I’m a big fan of making up projects for yourself if you’re in need of portfolio pieces but have any work or clients (I don’t recommend you work for free, but creativity is a muscle that needs regular exercise). A great example is this subreddit: Your_Post_As_A_Movie via design you trust
The story behind the first Photoshopped image*. *According to Adobe, you’re not supposed to use “Photoshop” as a verb. I don’t give a shit. They should be happy they’ve become part of popular culture and nomenclature. You google things on the Web and you photoshop images. End of discussion.