I'm good at art, but I'm not creative. How do I make a portfolio?
August 13, 2010 7:34 PM Subscribe
I like to think that I'm pretty good at web/graphic design, programming, motion graphics, and a lot of other new media type things..but I'm a left-brained guy. How do I put together a portfolio (or otherwise market my skills) to show what I'm good at, even though I'm not the type of person to sit around and make art?
posted by niles to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I'm good at a wide variety of artistic things, and while I do have an intuitive grasp of art, I usually approach it from an analytical/mathematical perspective. (Yes, a good portion of my photography uses rule of thirds. Why do you ask?) This means that I create things with a purpose, and I rarely am artistic "just because".
The trouble is that I see my artsy friends getting jobs and other opportunities because they have a large amount of work to show off, often work they've created "just because". I, on the other hand, have a wide variety of skills (everything from simple Wordpress tweaks to sponsor thank you videos played at corporate events), but not a large quantity of any specific type of work.
For example, I taught myself how to use Adobe After Effects, and I've cranked out some "ridiculously impressive" (other people's words) videos for various events, but I don't feel that I have enough examples for a portfolio. Or I've put together various 1-2 page websites for community happenings, but I don't think I have enough samples to show off.
What's the best way to market my work while emphasizing my various abilities, without drawing attention to the fact that I might only have 2 or 3 samples of any given media type? Because sweet fancy moses, I am not spending my weekend creating fake corporate brand packages just because.