Portfolio Add-Ons

September 10, 2023

Portfolio Individual Consultations

Includes a 15-minute illustration portfolio critique with our art director, illustrators, or agent.

Please bring your portfolio to the conference. Please do not bring original art.

Only one portfolio consultation is available per person. 

Spots are limited and are first come first served.

Refer to our portfolio guidelines below.

Be sure to attend our Virtual Pre-Event on August 12th where Isabella Kung and Diana Toledano will discuss tips on how to make a great portfolio!

Portfolio Showcase

Illustrators are invited, free of charge, to bring portfolios for display along with business cards, postcards and book dummies. There will be private viewings of all the portfolios by our faculty–an amazing opportunity for your art to be noticed. All attendees who bring their portfolio for the display tables will be considered for the Golden Gate Portfolio Award and The People's Choice Award.


One (1) permitted

Size: (Measure while open)

Maximum width: 32” max.

Maximum height: 12” max.

Closed Portfolio: 3” tall max.

10 – 15 images suggested.

Copies or prints only; no original art.

Name: your name and contact information must be in or on your portfolio.

* Please Note: Portfolios that do not follow requirements will be disqualified from judging, and may be placed at a back table.

Business or Promotional Cards—50-100 suggested.

Size: Up to 5”x 7” horizontal or vertical.

Only one design required. (One stack will be placed by portfolio).

No card holders permitted.

Golden Gate Portfolio Award

The Golden Gate Portfolio Award is presented at the SF/South Illustrator Day. Portfolios will be viewed privately by art directors, editors, agents, and award-winning illustrators who will select this year’s recipient. Winners of the award receive complimentary registration to the 2024 Golden Gate Conference. The Golden Gate Portfolio Award winner will receive a paid commission to illustrate the digital program cover art for the 2024 Golden Gate Conference.

People's Choice Award

During the Portfolio Showcase, attendees can view all the portfolios and vote for their favorite one. The People’s Choice Award is given to the portfolio who receives the most votes. The People’s Choice Winner will receive a spot on our webpage as a Featured Illustrator and a gift certificate to a local bookstore or art supply store of their choice.