Why Should You Have A Portfolio Of Your Own?

By Daya Kingston 

Whether you are an emerging artist or a professional artist, it’s very important to create a portfolio of your own. Now, what really is an artist’s portfolio? It’s in essence a showcase of your best work which will reflect your style or method of work. Do include drawings, paintings, digitalmedia, printmakingsculptures, mixed media, or other mediums that you have worked with. Ensure you have both black and white pieces and also a full range of color.

Traditionally, an artist’s portfolio was a physically created one but today they are in online as well which helps one share it with a larger audience. It’s suggested to have both a physical and an online portfolio too.

Photo by Bruce Mars on Unsplash portfolio
Photo by Bruce Mars on Unsplash

Make a good first impression
It is the first impression you make, whether it’s for use when applying to art schools, for scholarships, to galleries, potential employers and so on. While choosing the work, make your choice but also take the help of others, preferably those in the art field. Importantly, choose art that reflects your originality, avoid art where you have copied other art works.

Let your portfolio speak for you
Not all artists are articulate. While some artists find it very comfortable to speak about their works, others find it a tough nut to crack. A portfolio will contain information about your work so you this will communicate your ideas effectively to curators, gallery owners, and potential buyers. It will build the right image for you. 

Photo by Eddy Klaus on Unsplash
Photo by Eddy Klaus on Unsplash

It shows your strengths
Make sure your portfolio shows the areas you are strong in. Choose work that is unique. You might be good at painting but not at drawing, don’t fall into the trap of using drawing too just to show diversity. It must only project your positive traits.

Use high-quality images
Make it a point to always use high-quality and high-resolution photographs for your portfolio. In case, you put watermarks on your images, take care that they do not interfere with the visual impact of an image.