Creating an illustration portfolio: Part IV

Creating an illustration portfolio: Part IV

Hi! Today we will talk about the portfolio layout and I will show you some editorial design basic: the grid.

We will need:

  • A computer
  • The files of our illustrations well ordered, as I said in previous post (if you do not usually work in digital, you will have to scan your illustrations and adapt them).
  • Programs: Adobe Indesign (if you have scanned images you can prepare them with Photoshop).
  • Basic knowledge about these programs is welcome and will make your life easier. You do not need to know them thoroughly and there are many ways to learn how to use the basic tools for free online (YouTube, blogs, manuals …), I think it is a good idea to invest some time in learning a little about this topic.

Let’s talk about the grid: grids are a widely used element in graphic design, especially in editorial design. A grid will act as the ‘skeleton’ of our design and will help keep everything in place and be visually aesthetic.

Ready? As an example, I will make a portfolio to display digitally. I show you all about it in this video:



I hope it didn’t overwhelm you, specially if you’ve never used Indesign before. My idea for this video / blog post series was not to teach an Indesign class, nor to give a set of strict guidelines for creating a portfolio.

My idea was to give a starting point to start researching about the portfolio, show my personal experience and my way of doing it. Also, why not, invite you to reflect on it: it is interesting to ask ourselves if we are applying everything we know to our portfolio and if it is helping us find the right illustration projects for us.

In short, if we are treating our portfolio as a useful tool or are we not really using it because we do not feel like it, we don’t have the time to work on it, perhaps out of fear or just because we don’t know how to approach it. I will write a little about this for next month’s post.


Our portfolio, like our skill as illustrators, is never complete. As we work we improve, and this constant learning means that, from time to time, we have to update our portfolio so it accompanies us along the way and shows our best work.

So do not worry if it is not perfect at first, step by step it will improve.

Finally, I want to say that although it is a lot of information and it is overwhelming at first, if we go one step at a time, we divide the work and we have a little patience in the end we will reach the desired result.

And more or less that’s all I wanted to share about the portfolio. Did you find it interesting? Do you have any doubt? Write me! Tell me all about it at Instagram , Twitter and LinkedIn

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