Tear Sheets at the Back of the Book

by Heather on March 22, 2010

I’m still in Vancouver prep mode so it’s another short post today:

As anyone who’s heard me talk for more than 10 minutes on the subject of portfolios knows, I’m a big fan of showing thumbnail tear sheets in the back of the book.

It shows how your work has been used in the past; that you’ve handled big clients, big productions, or even something mundane. This is the place to show what you CAN shoot, the rest of the book should be saved for what you WANT to shoot.

Wanna know what these pages looks like? Here you go. Two from Aaron McKenzie-Fraser (a double page spread) and one from Nick Simhoni. Thanks boys.

© Aaron McKenzie-Fraser

© Aaron McKenzie-Fraser

© Nick Simhoni

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa Blue March 23, 2010 at 9:05 am

What a great idea! Thanks for the post! Now if only I actually had tearsheets to use… :-)

stephen March 23, 2010 at 1:33 pm

yea, great way to put it- the book is for what you want to shoot, the tears show what you can/have shot- thanks!

Kathryn Wagner March 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm

“This is the place to show what you CAN shoot, the rest of the book should be saved for what you WANT to shoot. ”

Great advice, and a great way to easily contribute a qualifying track record!

Jackson Couse March 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm

haha nice coin Aaron! I swore that assignment up and down, and here you go rockin’ it. Excellent, as usual. Nice to see the fighter pilots in there too.

The thumbnail tear sheet shows nuance and a progression in your work in a more concrete way than the portfolio without.

aaron mckenzie fraser March 24, 2010 at 7:45 am

Thank you for your kind words Jackson.
It was great that you could be there and help with some of those adventures.

The TTC coin wasn’t the typical “bright field/dark field” school assignment. It was actually the product of putting that knowledge into practice for the “token division” of The Royal Canadian Mint.

Ben Welland March 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Two of the only non humans on the cover that Xpress ever ran… Awesome! At least one editor was “let-go” for outlandish editorial decisions like that. Personally I think people are boring. Long-live “places” and “things”.

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