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Building A Robust Portfolio

Building a Robust Portfolio is a three-part, easy to follow video e-course designed to help you prepare to build a portfolio that best showcases your work.

This course is designed for aspiring or beginning artists who don’t yet have an online portfolio and are unsure of where to start. This class answers questions like: What exactly is a portfolio? What should go in my portfolio? How should it be organized? Should I create one myself or hire a designer? How do I approach building my portfolio when I haven’t any or much professional work yet?

Through this video course, artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon will guide you through practices for building your portfolio, including how to organize it, what to include in it, pros and cons of doing it yourself versus hiring a designer and building a body of work to include in your portfolio.

You can take this course from anywhere in the world at your own pace! It includes pre-recorded videos, along with a written summary of video content and resources in an easily downloadable PDF.

The class has three parts:

Part One: In the first class video, Lisa covers what a portfolio is and why it’s important to have one as a working artist.  She’ll talk about what we mean by the term “portfolio.” She’ll also cover what other information should accompany your portfolio on your portfolio website.

Part Two: In the second video of the class, Lisa will cover the criteria for deciding what should go in your portfolio, different ways to organize your portfolio and a few key design principles.

Part Three: The third and final video, Lisa focuses on how to approach building your portfolio when you are just starting out and don’t yet have client work, along with tips, tricks and best practices for creating a cohesive body of work.

PLEASE NOTE: This class is not about the technicalities of how to build an online portfolio. There are many platforms out there that allow you to do this easily (and some for very little money) without knowing code or complex programs, and there is a list of the best of the best of those platforms in the class PDF for you to research. In the second video Lisa does discuss the two different ways to approach building a portfolio: either by hiring a designer to do it for you OR by using one of the online do-it-yourself platforms (or a combination of the two). There are pros and cons to each approach and she’ll discuss some of those.

This class will prepare you to take the next steps!

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