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    How many successfull pieces make a good portfolio?

    My goal is to establish about 20 solid pieces by comicon and only show about 10 of the most responsive. Does that sound right?


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    Display the ones that represent your skills, style and personality as an artist the best. Quality over quantity. Worry about the content of the portfolio rather than the size.
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    8 According to Loomis. Maybe more if you're a photographer.

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    if you're after illustration work (finished paintings) then you should be good with 6-12. You'll do best if they're all cohesive and look like they're done in a consistent style/technique. Err on the side of less. 6 awesome paintings are much more impressive than 6 awesome paintings and 4 ok paintings.

    If you're looking for concept work, I have no idea what's standard, but I get the feeling that you're expected to show much more.
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    thanks you guys. 8 does sound like a good number. Now I'm thinking 4 I enjoyed working on most and 4 I worked hardest on. Unfortunately they are not the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirpid View Post
    thanks you guys. 8 does sound like a good number. Now I'm thinking 4 I enjoyed working on most and 4 I worked hardest on. Unfortunately they are not the same thing.
    Enjoyed and worked hardest on, neither of those necessarily man your best work. There are some I worked very hard on that still were not great, because I was having trouble with it and it somewhat shows. Other times I've enjoyed a painting a ton because of the subject, and again it's not always my best work (although odds are better that a fun painting will have more going for it).

    Gather up your best pieces, and fix up any that you can make better. Pick the best no matter what that number ends up being. If all you have is 6 really good ones, go with those. If you have a few more that are slightly less good, maybe bring them, but only show them if someone asks to see more.

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    The thing about my favorites is they're not technical because they are usually loose and abstract. In my eyes either they are perfect the way they are or they are un-editable because they are water color or ink. The more technical ones are I can always fix and add to, but are less fun because it didn't come naturally.

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