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I am an artist who would like to get into graphic design, however I’m unsure where to begin. I’ve gone through online courses to learn more and hone my skills, but have not had an actual client so my portfolio for real world work (say that 3x fast) is bare.
For a beginner in the industry, how do you begin a portfolio? Do you use student examples or some work for friends/family/associates or make up your own designs or some other methods or a little of everything?