Gone is the era of solely relying on a bulky sketchbook or physical portfolio to showcase your work. More artists are working on tablets these days, crafting digital art for everything from brand campaigns to digital comic books. An online art portfolio is a quick and easy way to share your drawing or painting skills with a client.
A good sampling of work in a portfolio will demonstrate your creative abilities, as well as your understanding and mastery of artistic elements like composition, perspective, proportions, and more. Make sure your portfolio is filled with work in the field you want to work in. Show prospective employers you have the skills they are looking for, whether it’s visual storytelling, fine art, or crafting professional portraits. (Artists who create 3D works like jewelry or sculpture, for example, may need photographs to show off their work. But having work samples readily available digitally is still essential.)
Artists can also showcase their technical chops by uploading their work as JPEGs to make their site load faster for visitors. Because PDFs have a larger file size, converting a PDF to JPG may help decrease loading times. You may also want to compress PDFs to maintain a manageable file size and load time for your portfolio or merge various files first to keep them all in one place.
Artists need to keep their portfolios updated, and digital portfolios make it easy to quickly upload images of their work to keep things fresh — as well as making it simple to share work on social media to get noticed by potential clients.