Okay, so an illustrator going to an SCBWI conference obviously wants to bring some artwork to show. The thing is, I don’t have a portfolio! It’s not that I’m too lazy to put one together, but it’s complicated because my work is stored in multitudes of sketchbooks, and due to my working style (and preference for conserving paper), there isn’t one drawing to a page which I could simply rip out and slap in a portfolio. Often I’ll have many drawings on one page, and this lends itself beautifully to being scanned, cropped, and showcased on… say… an online portfolio.
Plus, nowadays, with the prevalence of internet access, it doesn’t seem resourceful to divide one’s attention between an online portfolio and a physical portfolio — especially when a physical portfolio can only be viewed by one person at a time, while the alternative is available for everybody, all the time.
Of course, online portfolios aren’t perfect. Not everyone carries internet access around with them, nor would they be inclined to immediately check your site anyway. As I see it, the trick is grabbing someones attention, giving them a taste of your work, and leaving them something to remember you by. I decided to accomplish this with unique, hand-drawn business cards.