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Portfolio Consultation – Tess Redburn (London)

An invaluable 1-1 Portfolio Consultation


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Suitable for early career illustrators, those looking to change direction, or just freshen up their portfolio. This hour long consultation with Tess Redburn can cover any area you want to focus on, but often includes

  • An overview of the main commissioning areas, with detail on specific spheres that interest you
  • Objective analysis of your strengths and weaknesses to help you find your niche
  • How to find and approach appropriate clients
  • A breakdown of what commissioners will expect to see in your portfolio
  • How to build and maintain professional relationships
  • The pros and cons of being represented
  • Pointers on basic negotiation
  • Approaches to marketing and self promotion
  • How to display work to its best advantage
  • What to take out, leave in and what to replace the things you’ve taken out with

The portfolio consultant offers frank, unbiased feedback, recommending practical ways to build on your strengths and existing body of work to make professional, effective presentations.

Please note that this consultations can only be carried face-to-face in Somerset House.

Tess Redburn is the Senior Agent at the Central Illustration Agency, as well as a freelance project manager working with creative design studios.
Having spent 5 years representing a global roster of illustrators and animators, and regularly scouting new talent for CIA, she knows from first hand experience what agents and commissioning clients are looking for and the common pitfalls of self-promotion. Her experience spans the fields of design, publishing, advertising and editorial.