My portfolio suffers a bit from inconsistency of style and lack of story. Bit by bit, I have been going in and reworking some old pieces to bring them up to date. It makes me glad to know that I am not willing to let go of these old ideas (and even color palettes)...for new ones.
I made the image below sometime in 2007? I was heavy into Flash at that point in my career and you can see that in the line quality and flat colors:
In the new image, I gave these guys a little bit more story. I thought about things like "Why would those birds be staring at that owl?" and "Why would he even care?" Adding a nice warm beverage to a snowy scene makes it look like the birds want a bit of that hot tea in his mug. Alas! There is story now.
It's a daunting task, redoing my portfolio, but I know it will be worth it to get the kind of freelance work I'd like more of!