I wanted to create a post on putting together a physical illustration portfolio, since I had been furiously Googling how to do so and felt like there was not enough information out there for illustrators.
So, here's what I did (please forgive the terrible pictures):
I bought a screwpost presentation book - I got this really pretty one (the Pina Zingaro Vista from Dick Blick) that has a translucent cover, so you can see the first image even before you open the book. I agonized about whether or not I should have a title page with my name and contact info and decided that I would rather just start out with an image.
I used Epson double sided matte presentation paper and printed all my images full bleed (allowing for about 1/2" on the left side of the page that would be hole punched and stuck into the book. I used a folding bone to score the pages so they would lie flat. I also used double stick tape and adhered the pages together (in particular the double page spreads) so they would be perfectly lined up and not shift around.
The reason I used the double sided paper is so I could stretch my landscape images across the page - I picked up the tip about the double sided paper from Eliza Wheeler's great posts about her portfolio: (http://wheelerstudio.com/category/portfolio-2/) :
(http://www.whitewolfstudioart.com/) to print any images that were not full bleed on a black background. I just dropped the images onto a black background in Photoshop and printed it out. I made sure that any landscape format images that I didn't print across two pages were printed smaller on a portrait size piece of paper, so the book didn't need to be turned in order to be viewed.
http://studiobowesart.com/) figure out which images were working together and which I should cut.
The last piece in the portfolio: