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Hello, I’m Rayna! I’m a second year student enrolled in the 3D Animation class and major mostly in 2D animation and visual effects. On the side I’m an amateur digital illustrator and comic artist. I mentioned to my instructor, Mrs. Myers that I could give some tips and she directed me straight to the Pixl Crew blog. So, let’s get started!
There are multiple classes in Francis Tuttle that utilize the easy-to-use Behance online portfolio and art community website. I would love to explain how to make your Behance look presentable for not only your instructor, but for family, friends, and future employers.
- What I’m going to start with is something everyone loves to play with on sites–colors. Behance is extremely customizable and allows for a lot of the user’s personality to show through. You can have as bright or as dark of a color scheme as you like, but don’t get too wild with it. I love lime green and sky blue, though once together as a text color and background color it comes off as a huge eye sore. Clashing colors are something you want to desperately stay away from in many situations. Complimentary colors and neutrals are the best thing to go with on websites for readability purposes.
Now, don’t get discouraged about not getting to use your favorite colors, you can still use them. Just try lowering saturation and trying different combinations of the same hues.
Something that I like to do is have a nice dark grey or black background and making the text a light grey, then for my links- which I want to ‘pop’, I use a bright violet. I try to make the tables have a lighter color to give my page some depth compared to my Projects background. Here is an example of my page:
- The next thing I want to mention is content. Behance offers many opportunities to write about yourself, your work, and mention other sites you are located on. I highly advise you to fill out as many of those as you possibly can. Use complete sentences, punctuation, etc. You want the viewer to see you as a professional as opposed to a friend looking at your status update on Facebook. Let them know about every program you know how to use and list how long you’ve been using it. The person looking at this page just might be the next step to your career!
With the mentioning of Facebook, there is an option to connect to your other networks. If you are comfortable with your Facebook being connected and looked at by possible employers then feel free to connect it, just be aware of what you are posting. If you don’t want to connect to it then that’s perfectly fine, I suggest making a Linkedin account instead, and fill it out to connect to on your Behance. Having something connected makes things look more active and allows people to contact you in more ways than one.
Another thing I will suggest to post on your account is any personal (yet still professional) blog pages. I have a Blogger that I use to post my latest digital paintings without much effort. If you have your own domain that you update with your work- may it be art, music, 3d models, designs, etc. then definitely post it. Not only will it show more of your stuff, but allow for those sites to get more views.
- Moving on from other websites, lets get back to improving your Behance! Most instructors that have required you to get an account do it so they could easily see your finished projects for grading. Behance is great for following other designers, and sending out notifications. Usually your class work is something from a step-by-step book or a well known tutorial course. They add up quickly, and soon your portfolio could look like a mess of class work. Its great to show your progress and how much you are working on your courses, but once you get to the end of a semester you may want your personal work and final projects to take center spot on your account. You can go through at the end of a semester and do some clean up on your projects by sending those old book lessons to drafts and they will be safely tucked away in your account to be viewed or republished later. If people or possible employers were to look at the entire classroom’s accounts they may see a pattern and not even notice your real work. This just helps your account have more refined and polished work for people to view.
If you are someone just starting in this industry and you don’t have any of your own work to post that is fine. I suggest leaving your favorite pieces up along with your final projects. Don’t be afraid to post your personal work, that’s what people really want to see. If you like to sketch or you have a list of unfinished work that you haven’t gotten to try making a large project post of them all. It will encourage yourself to finish those pieces and then you can post them again later. You will gain some nice progress shots from it, too!
- This last tip is for how to go about posting your work on your account. The posting system is a little intimidating at first with all its options that you have to choose from before it will allow you to move on. When you are posting work such as images you want to make sure your background will not interfere with the image itself. You want to choose between white, grey and black to give the image a good contrast and make it pop from your page. If the image is dark I suggest a darker background, and vise-versa . With videos you always want a black background, think of being in a theatre when you are watching a movie, everything around you is darkened out and you can focus on the video alone. You want your image or video to be the most prominent thing on the page and the text shouldn’t distract from it either. Choose a dark grey for white backgrounds and white to light grey for black backgrounds. As for the content of the text, you want to briefly describe the image or video or entire project before hand. I like to put another comment below the image or video to further explain it or mention how I created it. Once again, be as professional as possible! Here is an example of one of my project posts for reference:
- Bonus: I managed to stumble upon a video about portfolio etiquette in the past that helped me get a feel for what to post and what to stay away from posting. Feel free to watch this if you are unsure, most of the portfolio tips he gives are for concept art, but can be translated in to other things like 3D modeling and design.
- Also there are other videos made by Digital Tutors that gives even more tips:
This concludes of my explanation of how to improve your Behance account! I hope some of these tips are useful and can be utilized in other ways, such as blogs and beginning portfolio pages. Please post any further advice or videos in the comments below if you happen to have any. Thanks for reading!