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    splitting professionnal and casual persona on the web

    So, I've been out of school for a year soon and I've built an online portfolio which I try to keep clean and updated with contents related to my field of choice.

    Thing is, everything I produce isn't always portfolio friendly. I like to doodle pinups, unoriginal stuff, fanart, not to mention my personal style is unfit for video games/film. Since I choose my real name as a portfolio address, I've been thinking about turning my deviantart/blog/other online gallery (which are under the alias freiheit) into a more casual zone where I can dump everything I don't find fit for a portfolio.

    My question is, how separate should I keep my casual galleries and professional one? Would an Art Director be offended if they'd trace one back to the other? Should I never mention in one or the other that I have an other gallery? Would people feel cheated? Should I link in my casual gallery to my portfolio but not the other way around?

    I don't want to do porn, but I'd love to indulge in shamefully kitsch art and simply not care whether what I'm doing is oriented towards the kind of work I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freiheit View Post
    I don't want to do porn, but I'd love to indulge in shamefully kitsch art and simply not care whether what I'm doing is oriented towards the kind of work I want.
    Well, apparently this http://alohalilo.deviantart.com/gallery/ is Chris Sanders' DA. Mostly full of busty, half-naked girls.
    So honestly I don't think people (or art directors) really care if you have a sketchjournal or DA where you post random stuff (at least if your DA frontpage isn't full of comments where you flame 13-year olds and act all assy or something). I've seen several professionals to have a "link" page in their website which links to practically everywhere they are, because well, the more people will potentially follow you.

    I myself have links in my portfolio to places where I upload more stuff, but not to places where I re-upload the same stuff as in the other links.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBird View Post
    I don't think people (or art directors) really care if you have a sketchjournal or DA where you post random stuff (at least if your DA frontpage isn't full of comments where you flame 13-year olds and act all assy or something).
    This. While it's fine to showcase different styles separate from your cohesive portfolio (and it might even get you work closer to your personal style), I think, if it's possible to trace you from one to the other, you'd best keep your attitude and interactions with others in mind -- if your potential employer had access to your Facebook, you'd probably take down all the party photos of you drunkenly puking into the toilet while people draw on you with a sharpie; some bosses (but not all) will hold you accountable for your attitude and conduct in your casual life, too. I'd be more concerned about how the friends and comments reflected upon me than I would be about the artwork.

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    If you are really concerned, I would suggest you make an anonymous account for you more dirty work.

    Wasn't there this guy who made fine art using his real name, and then use his pseudonyme, Puddnhead, or something like that, for his creature or character art because the fine art "world" would not appreciate him as much.. or something. this is very fuzzy, but I hopes someone corrects me on this.

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    Luis Royo does professional, straight up fantasy book covers, at the same time as (most people) know he does um..racier stuff. Doesn't seem to hinder him. You're being even more discrete than that, so I don't think it's a big deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Medusa View Post
    If you are really concerned, I would suggest you make an anonymous account for you more dirty work.

    Wasn't there this guy who made fine art using his real name, and then use his pseudonyme, Puddnhead, or something like that, for his creature or character art because the fine art "world" would not appreciate him as much.. or something. this is very fuzzy, but I hopes someone corrects me on this.
    pretty sure this is correct. I remember watching his gnomon dvd and his voice was censored. I haven't heard of him in a while which sucks cause I really enjoyed his work. I'm pretty sure he's one of the featured artists here.

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    Dirty is to strong a word, Chris Sander's gallery might be more around what I had in mind then Luis's raciest piece lol

    I just want a place where I can put anything I want regardless of content or quality. Not that the content would shock anyone, more that I don't want to give the impression that I have poor judgement of my work and don't know it doesn't belong in a portfolio.
    Am I making sense? Or am I just over zealous?

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    Quote Originally Posted by freiheit View Post
    I just want a place where I can put anything I want regardless of content or quality.?
    Who's stopping you? Just start a Tumblr or Blogspot blog and post away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBird View Post
    Well, apparently this http://alohalilo.deviantart.com/gallery/ is Chris Sanders' DA. Mostly full of busty, half-naked girls.
    Wowza, thanks for the link! That stuff is amazing.



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    There are some circles in which pinups of half naked young girls wouldn't raise an eyebrow, and there are other places where they would get you fired. Best bet - keep separate portfolios for each, and I'd even go as far as using different names.

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    fired? Wow, I did think they didn't have their place in a portfolio but I never imagined a pinup could get an artist fired.

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    Well, reading the thread i can think of someone i know of, without mentioning names, that over time has been shunned out of serious work over and over for earning himself a background on doing sexual stuff. I wouldnt say he is bad, hes not the greatest but he can probably tackle more than he does stuck with that very public label. For years everything he gets to do is cheap and about the same, i can think of him being bugged with that too.


    But anyways, thats one case where he pushed it too much and for too long and was a mistake to let it outweight anything else he could show. But having a secondary account and being active in more than a just proffesional setting is not wrong. I dont think nobody is looking down on Dave Rapozza for painting some Ninja turtles for example.

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