Whether your animation portfolio includes clips of your work, examples of storyboard designs, or detailed concept artwork, a clean design and carefully curated selection are key to showing off your talents.
Especially for creators with diverse portfolios that are full of colorful work, it’s important to choose a website layout that helps your designs shine, rather than overpowering them. The best animation websites do get creative with custom logos and personalized about pages that make for a memorable online portfolio without distracting from the art on display.
We’ve rounded up ten standout animation portfolios that are sure to inspire graphic artists and designers of all kinds. Including concept artists, storyboard artists, filmmakers, character designers, and more, these websites all have impeccable design (and some stellar artwork too, of course).
A photographer and stop-motion animator based in London, Georgie Lord is a creator of many talents. She works in-house at Urban Outfitters, and has also worked with clients including Moo, Twitter, Made, and more. A grid-based layout keeps her artist portfolio neat and tidy.
Character designer and artist Natalie Young is based in Los Angeles. She’s created character designs for Bojack Horseman, and done design for animated series by GQ and Adult Swim. Young keeps her portfolio feeling unique with a handmade logo and a personalized about page featuring a self-portrait.
Yulia Ruditskaya instantly announces her work on her artist website with a hand-drawn header logo that reads: “Director - Animator - Artist.” The Brooklyn-based creator, originally from Belarus, has won many awards for her work, which has a unique, fantastical aesthetic. Separate gallery pages for her animation, illustration, and music video work keep Ruditskaya’s portfolio organized.
Bradley Gake is a background designer specializing in cartoons. Gake has worked for Disney XD, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, and designed for Nickolodeon’s much-beloved Fairly Odd Parents. Gake’s website design allows viewer to take in each image one at a time, helping the small details of his designs shine.
A concept artist and illustrator based in Boston, Bill Balzer uses a black background to help the artwork on his website pop. Balzer has worked in the gaming industry for years, notably creating concept art for the game City of Heroes.
Established concept artist and matte painter Benoit Pelchat has created artwork for more than 30 films, including Star Wars Episode III, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Chronicles of Narnia, Iron Man, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest—which was honored by the Visual Effects Society and the Academy Awards. A dark grey website background and bold orange font help Pelchat’s portfolio stand out.
Alison Donato has done character design, visual development, and color styling for Disney TVA, Nickelodeon, ReelFX, and Cartoon Network. Donato’s website is as fun and playful as her work, with a retro-styled logo bringing personality to her sidebar menu. Including a resume on her about page helps Donato showcase her professional background to potential future clients.
Filmmaker Fx Goby was nominated for an Emmy for his 360/VR Google Doodle, which was an homage to French filmmaker Georges Méliès. Goby has also worked on commercials for Google, as well as for clients including HMV, Tropicana, and Vodafone. He showcases his animation and film work using a grid layout website with lots of white space, allowing for an overview of his commercial and creative projects.
Australian storyboard and concept artist Mandy Clotworthy has done 2D and 3D storyboarding for a range of projects, especially children’s TV shows—she most recently worked on a modern reboot of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.
J. Michael Stovall
Illustrator and animator J. Michael Stovall, who works under the name of Stovepipe Art + Illustration, worked on animation for Richard Linklater’s film A Scanner Darkly, moving into full-time freelance work after a career in branding and PR. A custom logo instantly introduces Stovall’s style to his website visitors.