I love having a tête-à-tête with a potential client and sharing my work at a larger scale than the typical thumbnail size online. So when Blurb reached out to me to try their professional print-on-demand service to create a portfolio book of course I jumped at the chance.
They have a range of professional tools and plug-ins. Since I use Adobe Photoshop, I went with their PDF uploader. I created my book to their size specifications and then simply uploaded it to Blurb, chose the format (I went with hardcover image wrap in 8X10), paper type (matte) and even the endpaper color. I created a portfolio book to showcase my fashion and beauty illustration. I can show my hand-lettering, editorial and publishing work in a separate portfolio and art directors can flip through this book at our meeting. I had a few extras made to send to blue chip clients as well.
An art director once told me that my fashion illustrations added a “Grace Note” to the usual fashion week photography roll call. I loved that so I gave that title to the portfolio and added a bit of an introduction about how I express my viewpoint as an artist through the representation of the human form, reducing ideas to their essential elements—movement, texture, light, line, emotion.
More images from the interior after the jump…