Here’s a list of those skills. And don’t take them for granted.
Know Your Tools
I get the sense that when artists start out in the business, all they have is their sketchbook, and a sketchbook that’s a decade old is only going to get worse.
This is a terrible idea.
You don’t need to spend hours and hours on drawings and then move onto a more traditional painting method, because you can always make a graphic design portfolio on a computer in a few days.
I would definitely invest in a laptop. It’s much easier to transfer over all of your design assets onto a computer.
What you will certainly need is, at the very least: a scanner, a projector, Photoshop, Illustrator, and a decent word processor. Anything going beyond just that will be a big expenditure. As for a projector that can fit several screens: it will have an additional weight that you may not be capable of dealing with. And there will be a lot more power required for that projector than it is worth.
The first thing you should always have is a basic reference document. It’s an inked list of all your designs that you want to illustrate or display. What happens when you’re working full time, with all your creative energy focused on a single project?
When you’re done, you’ll end up with just three or four documents that you can reference.
It’s not enough to just know a bit in an older document. Be specific. Show how the design is structured, how the illustration is constructed, what’s important where. It’s important to show the relationship between each design element.
For example: The back of a photo should be clearly identified as the back, not as a blank blank for the next one. Even if you can’t draw it completely on the back of your paper: show the direction of where each object is located. For example, if a logo is on an image you just drew, why not show it at the center of the image by just flipping it over and drawing a line down the middle?
You’ve done this before. You know where the object is in relation to the objects the logo is around. Now you can try the same thing with a design in your portfolio.
There’s a lot more work to be done than simply adding art and then taking it away. When I first started this project, I got it all done in 10 to 11 days! I took
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