Are you thinking about creating a website to showcase your artwork? Well if you are, then know that your online fine art portfolio should be designed the same as your traditional fine art portfolio. Your online portfolio has to represent you without you being there. It should have a strong presentation that's reflective of your artwork.
Below are suggestions on how to plan a website fine art portfolio.
The home page is very important. It is the first impression of your work. The goal of the home page is to provide maximum visual impact to lead your visitors further into your website. Avoid to many pictures and text. I suggest one large image or if you are more savvy with flash, then maybe several revolving images.
In selecting images for your gallery, use the same guidelines suggested in creating an artist brochure. Don't include every piece of artwork you have created, only show your current work. But if you have a need to show older work or work unrelated to your current body of work, Carroll Michels suggest to add a hidden link, that can be sent on your request to others.
Your artwork should be labeled with the title, size, and medium. Prices should not be posted, they can be an distraction. Include a note indicating to contact artist for prices.
Your artist statement and biography should be included here. The biography can be used in place of your artist resume. In some cases I have seen artist include their resumes a PDF link. You can also include a head shot or a photo of yourself working in your studio.
This is a must. In this section provide a way for gallery owners/ visitors to contact you: email address and PO box address is good enough.
A page devoted to exhibition reviews, articles and video presentations about your work should be included in this section. This is the place to "toot your own horn".
I thought I would end this post with a few links to my favorite artist websites. I hope it inspires you to create your own website fine art portfolio.
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Peace & More Love, Alease Michelle
Hey guys, wanted to share a few resources with you about blogging. I follow alot of art blogs and I also follow bloggers who write about blogging. One person I follow and have used his advice often is Problogger. About a week ago Problogger posted several links I felt would be very helpful to the new and seasoned art blogger.
I hope the tips are helpful. Just be mindful that he writes from a business angle. He does make $100,000 year just blogging, so alot of his advice is about making money or generating more exposure to your blog.
Happy Reading- Alease
What's an artist package and what goes into an artist package? I have wondered this often, and thought I understood what to include in an artist package,until I started reading How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul. Caroll Michels makes it so clear in this book that's it is hard to miss, but just in case you do miss it I've provided you with a list of the essentials to include in your artist package.
An Artist ResumeNow most of us have an resume of sorts. It might not be updated, but we have one somewhere. If you want to get down and serious with your artist career, you gotta have an update artist resume. If you are at lost with how to start write an artist resume go to the College Art Association.
An Artist Statement
For me, actually sitting down and writing an artist statement, was just painful. It was hard for me to translate my visual concepts into writing, but I did it and I got help from some really good sources. Empty Easel . Making a Mark, Renee Phillips, and Molly Gordon
A Cover letter
Yes that's right a cover letter. Michels states in her book that "a cover letter can provide a context to help people view your work". An artist cover letter should include: an introductory paragraph- stating who you are and your purpose; a short artist statement; a brag paragraph - picking out a few key accomplishments from your resume; a concluding paragraph - reminding them that if they are interested in your work you could send additional materials or they could view your website.
Include quality images of your work. With the advancement of technology there really is no need to send slides of your work. You now can include images of your work on a CD and some galleries prefer you send them as attachments in an email.
Michels suggests also to rethink the way you might send your artist package. Her suggestion isto create a brochure. Brochures- are cheaper than putting together a slide presentation and can assist you in getting a higher response rate from galleries, it resolves the problem of having to wait for matierals to be returned for recirculation, they are easier to handle and quicker to assemble, and they can serve as a sales tool for art dealers and consultants.
Designing My Artist Brochure
I've decided to take this route and create a 3 fold brochure to send out to galleries. I've spent the last few days designing the cover and inside pages. I also had to update my resume and artist statement. Check here to view few pages of my artist brochure.
I started blogging, because I wanted to do what I saw other artist doing, which was blogging. I've kept an journal every since I was 10. So writing about myself - seem very natural. I have been blogging for 4 years. I have written about my artwork, family, personal interest and resources I've come across about marketing and business.
And many of you have followed me through all the changes- design, photos, banner changes, and topics. Well this year I wanted to focus my blogging efforts more. I want to take what I have learned from this blog and apply it to my new blog - Studio 2229.
Studio 2229will be a place I write about what inspires me as an artist, the steps I've taken to complete a mixed media collage, current events in my artist career, and new techniques I am playing around with. There will be other things, but for now I am pretty sure this is the direction I'm taken. If you are interested in being part of the Studio 2229 family - please SUBSCRIBE. I am looking for a few new family members to offer advice on the direction my artwork is going, and maybe to be a first to buy new mixed media collages, invited to collage workshops, or gallery events.
Now please know, This blog will remain. It was my first and I really enjoy sharing information on business and marketing for artist, new art lessons , creative inspirations and whatever I think might be an interest to you guys. And all of those topics will still be covered in this blog, but with even more focus.
Peace and More Love, Alease
An Educator, Creative Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, and Mixed Media Artist