helperchan asked:

Hey there. This may seem stupid to ask, but I was wondering if you have a general portfolio for comics? I wanted to know what a professional's portfolio consisted of after they've released comics, and if you had one! I know the obvious answer is 'Scott Pilgrim, Lost At Sea,…', but what I mean is a collection of pages, inked/colored drawings, old sketches, as well as a list of works. Or is that stuff not necessary after releasing comics? Or is it a private thing people don't post online?

In this day and age I think a simple website with like 5-10 examples of what you do, a basic description of who you are (where you’re from and how old you are), and contact information (email) is more than sufficient.

When I go to a person’s site that’s all I want to know at a glance — how old are they? what do they do? do I like it? Just show enough work to make your style identifiable and make it clear that you have ‘chops’. I’m not a publisher or an editor but I definitely have hired people for small art jobs based on that much information.

If you’re an already-established freelancer it gets more complicated (like showing off all the stuff you’ve done for cool clients etc) but you should also be able to see that with a glance at the website, like “oh they’ve done a bunch of work for big clients, that’s cool”.

For me personally, I established a relationship with a publisher pretty early on and they knew me and knew what I could do and that I was developing my abilities. I never needed a portfolio after that — people could just look at my books and know everything about what I do.

I would say the ‘creative industry’ is MAINLY about relationships, and once you start establishing those, the superficial getting-to-know-you aspects of a portfolio or website are less essential (and often just sit there gathering dust while people are doing new and improved work).

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