How to Create a Digital Illustration Portfolio

Crafting a professional digital illustrator portfolio is essential for showcasing your skills. Follow these steps to create a  portfolio that highlights your digital illustration expertise.

A hipsterish Conquistador looking guy "discovering" a plate of tacos. He stands proudly facing the camera, as if he owns the tacos, claiming it with a flag that waves behind him while the taqueros continue making their tortillas and trompos next to him.
Illustration by Deborah Cantu.

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Choose Your Best Work:

Select a diverse range of your strongest digital illustrations that demonstrate your versatility, creativity, and technical proficiency. Aim to showcase a variety of styles, subjects, and projects.

Organize Your Portfolio:

Structure your portfolio in a clear and intuitive manner to make it easy for viewers to navigate. Consider categorizing your illustrations by theme, style, or medium to create cohesion to help us find what they’re looking for quickly.

Create a Consistent Look:

Maintain a consistent aesthetic throughout your portfolio to reinforce your personal brand and style. Use consistent color schemes, typography, and layout designs to create a cohesive and visually appealing presentation.

Provide Context:

Accompany each illustration with a brief description or caption that provides context, such as the project brief, client name, or concept behind the artwork. This helps us understand the purpose and story behind each piece.


Optimize for Digital Viewing:

Design your portfolio with digital viewing in mind, ensuring that it is optimized for both desktop and mobile devices. Choose a responsive layout that adapts to different screen sizes and resolutions to provide a seamless viewing experience for all users. Examples: PDF, Adobe Portfolio, Behance, or Website.

Include Links to Social Media and Online Profiles:

Incorporate links to your social media profiles, online portfolio website, and other relevant online platforms.

Update Regularly:

Keep your portfolio up to date with your latest digital illustrations and projects. Remove outdated or weaker pieces to ensure that your portfolio always reflects your current skill level and style.

Seek Feedback:

Before finalizing your portfolio, seek feedback from peers, mentors, or industry professionals. Their insights can help you identify areas for improvement and ensure that your portfolio effectively showcases your digital illustration talent.