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February 28, 2010 1:09 PM Subscribe
What is the typical way to include artists' work in a portfolio? Do you include any kind of disclaimer, copyright notice, and labels for the content?
posted by Eicats to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm finally putting together a real portfolio of my work, and I have a few questions since I've never done this before, and I haven't really seen examples of other artist's portfolios.
I have a standard Itoya 11"x17" portfolio to fill. My work ranges from graphic design pieces done for the company I'm employed with and my personal artwork—which, of course, varies in size and medium (from big digital pieces to smaller paintings and drawings).
The graphic design examples, because they are print pieces, are easy. I just print new copies and include them. However, my personal artwork is trickier... I have scans or photos of my work, and I have simply reprinted copies pieces small enough to fit at the original sizes and I reduced the larger pieces down to 11x17 prints.
But I'm wondering: do I include some kind of disclaimer to the extent that "the content consists of reprints that may not reflect the full quality of the originals ... and the originals sizes vary and have been reduced when necessary to be displayed"? Do people do this? But I suspect that anyone that would request to see my portfolio would already know it contains example prints and it would not be necessary to explicitly state this. Or—I could be completely off in left field—maybe typical artists' portfolios contain originals?! I wouldn't think so...and if so, that will be difficult.
And a few related questions: do artists typically sign each reprint or include some copyright disclaimer? is it common to include a label with each piece? (for the labels, I was considering the title, original size, medium, if it was shown/sold- if applicable)
Hope me, metafilter artists! I want to do this right!