Monday, November 29, 2010

Illustration Portfolio class

This Spring I’ll be teaching a class entitled “Illustration Portfolio” for the Continuing Education department at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The focus of the course is the development of an impressive illustration portfolio to show potential clients or employers. We’ll work on researching potential clients and creating samples tailored for prospective clients’ brands while maintaining an individual artistic vision. I’m really looking forward to getting out of my hermit cave and trying my hand at teaching. You can download a pdf. of the Spring brochure here. Also, here’s an interview I did for the Continuing Education Blog, Creative Consumption.


  1. Ha! Where were you when I was still a student there? ;)

  2. Hello, Matt! My name is Chaz & I've been a big fan of your work for a while now. I am an illustrator currently re-inventing my career and I was really hoping that you might answer a few questions, please. (I could really use a little help.)
    1. How do you maintain your focus throughout the day and not get distracted?
    2. How do you spot a bad client?
    3. Could you please tell me one thing that you've found that worked really well for you in terms of self-promotion?
    4. My time-management skills really kind of suck. Do you have any tips that could help?
    5. Lastly, who are some of your favorite artists?

    Any help you could give me would be GREATLY appreciated! lol - I really admire you as an artist and as a professional. Thank you for your time.

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  3. Chazz-

    1. I have to admit I struggle with that myself. I find I work in spurts of activity, followed by a lot of procrastination. The thing is that the work day never ends, the only thing that matters is that things get done by the deadline.
    2. Sometimes you have to trust your gut. If sometime doesnt sound right, don't feel you have to do the work. Don't be afraid to turn stuff down.
    3. There's no magic formula or trick, it's lot of work and time, and patience. If I had to pick one thing though, it's really going all out on a sample piece of art. Really showing what you can do, and using that image for self promotion.
    4. Planning. Break down projects into what you can get done on a daily basis.
    5. My "Friends and Admired" to the right is a pretty good list of my favorite artists.