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    Website and portfolio question

    Hi all,

    I'm in the process of re-doing my website for a couple of main reasons: 1) Since the website was last updated, I've created a dozen new paintings, 2) Need to add information about what stores/galleries are carrying my paintings and prints, and 3) Need to create a section to let people know what Art Fairs and shows I will be personally attending.

    While I'm updating my website for a new look, I keep thinking of several comments where people mention that the website should have a portfolio of the artist. In this case, they should have 6 - 10 pieces of the best artwork for any art director to review.

    The problem that I have is two-fold. I sell paintings and prints via my website. Sometimes I get emails about a particular painting and sometimes they purchase it through my Etsy store.

    How would you resolve a website that would be a portfolio AND one where people can browse to find the art work that they like.

    Last edited by Doug Hoppes; February 26th, 2012 at 08:39 PM.

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    I would suggest making one section a GALLERY, whilst another called PORTFOLIO. The first contains your collection of the work you should choose to show. And the latter section is for job-hunting, your latest and greatest.

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    what do you need a portfolio for if you are selling originals and prints? Just want to clarify because gallery art is a separate animal.
    Portfolios should be limted for art directors in the illustration, production art, concept art field. Not for galleries. Galleries want to know you have a large enough, consistent body of work so if they take you on they know you can give them paintings.
    Last edited by dpaint; February 26th, 2012 at 11:35 PM.

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    I agree, an gallery artist's site and an illustration/design portfolio site are two completely different animals. If you want to pursue both fields, better to have two sites, or at least distinct, top level divisions within a site.

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    Thanks dPaint and Elwell! That's a great answer. I'll do it that way.

    Dpaint: The point of the portfolio is for transitioning. Right now, doing the gallery/stores/prints is working out, but, I'm looking for the future... to expand into illustration work (which may or may not happen... depends).

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