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Ashley Walters
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
I am a professional freelance illustrator and concept artist and a mother of three. I enjoy painting, Sonic's milkshakes, Netflix binges, and the ever-elusive quiet house. When I'm not painting, I blog about arty things. For tutorials, goodies, and art news, catch me over at my website.

I am available and looking for commercial work, including concept art, book covers, and illustration in the fantasy and sci-fi genres. Please note me or fill out the contact form on my website.

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The greatest asset of an artist seeking work is an outstanding portfolio. I can think of no other industry in which skill level can trump a degree to such an extent. Self taught? No problem. Prove you know what you're doing and you're hired. But how do you know what to include in your portfolio? Is it really that big of a deal?

Portfolios are an illustrator's resume, and therefore ought to be handled with as much precision and editing—“proofreading” if you will. Wonky anatomy, like spelling errors, can push away prospective employers. Before you show your masterpieces to the world ask yourself if what you've chosen is the best representation of what you have to offer, and soak in these expert tips from illustrators Donald Wu, Neil Swaab, and Chris Oatley:

1. Pick Only Your Best Work

According to children's illustrator, Donald Wu, a “portfolio is only as good as its weakest piece.” Nothing in your portfolio should be less than good. Otherwise clients will question your ability to deliver at the level they expect and that could cost you future work. Start your portfolio with a strong piece, and end it with a strong piece to leave a lasting impression.

2. Less is Better than Mediocre

Aim for ten to fifteen pieces to display—twenty at the most, but only if the work is good enough. “It’s better to only have five incredible pieces, than five incredible pieces and ten mediocre ones,” says art director, illustrator, and instructor Neil Swaab. Focus on quality over quantity, and take the time to create new pieces instead of using sub-par work as filler.

3. Show Professionalism

Showcase your work with care, whether that be in a nicely bound portfolio or a well-designed website. Also important—let your professionalism spread beyond your portfolio into your communications with prospective clients. Disney character designer Christ Oatley shares the industry's number one portfolio pitfall: unprofessional communication. “The animation industry is based on relationships. If we begin every potential relationship with an untidy, misspelled, poorly written, slang-laden communication, the relationship will last about as long as it takes the receiver to click “DELETE.”

4. Show Consistency

There's something to be said of an artist who can successfully execute several different styles, but in a portfolio setting show only the type of work you want to be doing. Hate doing environmental concept art? Weed it out. Not only will your work be more consistent, your style will be too. “An art director wants to know that, when they hire you for a job, they’re going to get exactly what they expect,” Swaab says. “If your work is all over the map, you’ll make the back of their neck hairs stand on end.”

5. Be Relevant

And finally, be mindful of whether or not your work matches the needs of recruiters and contacts. “If you are applying to work as a character designer but your portfolio is filled with logos you did for your grandma’s punk band, you will just waste the time of those generous enough to review your work,” Oatley says. Be sure you have examples of the type of work they need before you present yourself.

So get out those pruning shears and go to work to make your portfolio one stellar experience your clients won't forget. Time to do a bit of weeding myself.


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Sources:  5 Common Pitfalls Of Concept Art & Illustration Portfolios | Content and Your Illustration Portfolio | How to Build an Illustration Portfolio

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Cocoletta Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
Have you read The Demon trppers Serie ?
Lexi247 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
Just stopping by to say hello :hug: Have a wonderful day!
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Hello, it's an honor for me to welcome you in Fantasy-NPC :) (Smile)


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GiantPanda Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your fantasy art!
doctorci Featured By Owner Edited Nov 29, 2014  Student General Artist
hey lithriel what happened to the sequel Things Unseen is cancelled is no more or what
lithriel Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I might have lost all my work on it. My computer went kaput about three weeks ago. I have a new computer and I've been rewriting the Price of Victory, but I'm honestly not sure what's in store after that.
doctorci Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student General Artist
well good luck in you future projcts and i hope you be writing the sequel of Things Unseen one day 
barananduen Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   General Artist
Dropping by to wish you a very happy birthday. I hope you have a great time with family and friends, and may the coming year bring you great happiness and success!

:party: :hoLA: :cake: Remnants Carameldansen 
daeien Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Happy Birthday! :D :party: :cake: :party: :D
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