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How to Build a Strong Animation Portfolio When You Have No Work Experience

ben marvazi 2020

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How to Build a Strong Animation Portfolio When You Have No Work Experience

1. Start with the Basics

Create basic animations that demonstrate your understanding of timing, spacing, and weight.
Show off your ingenuity and technical skills.

2. Choose Your Focus

Decide on a specific area of animation to focus on such as 2D animation, 3D animation, motion graphics, or character design. This will let you tailor your portfolio for your career.

start with the basics and choose your focus

3. Create a story

Create an animation that tells a story or conveys a message. This will showcase your storytelling skills and audience engagement.

4. Include Personal Projects

If you have created animations as a hobby, include these in your portfolio. This will demonstrate your passion for animation and freelance work to potential clients.

create a story and include personal projects

5. Collaborate

Collaborate with other animators to create projects that showcase your ability to work in a team. This will demonstrate your communication and collaboration skills.

6. Focus on Quality Over Quantity

It is better to have a few high-quality projects in your portfolio rather than many mediocre ones. Make certain that each project is well-polished and showcases your best work.

collaborate, and focus on quality over quantity

7. Show Your Process

Add sketches, storyboards, and process photographs in your portfolio to show potential clients how you work.

8. Use Online Platforms

Use online platforms such as Behance, ArtStation, or Vimeo to showcase your portfolio. Make sure your work is easy to find and accessible to potential clients.

show your process and use online platforms

9. Seek Feedback

Ask friends, family, or other animators to give you feedback on your portfolio. This will help you identify areas for improvement and make your portfolio stronger.

10. Keep Updating

Your portfolio should be a living document that evolves over time. Continue to create new work, update your portfolio regularly, and stay up-to-date with industry trends and techniques.

seek feedback and keep updating

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