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Interview Preview: Building engaging portfolios

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Artist Niklas Lundberg explains how you to can make the most of a successful solo career

Niklas Lundberg’s career so far is a great example of how to make your own way in the commercial creative arena. Lundberg constantly pours his efforts into producing a solid portfolio brimming with energy. He started building this back in 2003, as a contributor to the art society deviantART (

Lundberg made steady connections here, learning and improving from peers. A few years later, in 2006, he ventured into Diftype, which came to be his creative playground. Only a few months after this Lundberg joined Depthcore ( and everything changed. “What I didn’t know at the time was that being a part of this collective would help me build a direct connection with the industry,” he reveals.

Lundberg made many friends at Depthcore, some which turned into working relationships. “It’s definitely been the biggest influence in my creative career,” he admits. “It’s always good to have other professionals that you can share your work with and get feedback on, if you ever get stuck. When I first set my foot in the freelance world I was a bit clueless on the business side of things, but I had much help from my father who had some experience and gave me advice. It was a big influence because he really supported me in taking the leap.” This freelance career gathered pace around 2008, when Lundberg was only 20 years old. But he didn’t become a fully-fledged independent freelancer until 2009.

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Interview Preview: Building engaging portfolios