I need some advice and criticism on the way my portfolio website looks and presented.
My portfolio isn't complete and a bit broad (well you should have seen it a few weeks ago, it's a lot more organised). The type of jobs I'm going for is in illustration for books, games and maybe fashion industry.
Here it goes
Intro is slow paced, unsaturated and thus boring.
What do you stand for? What does your art represent? Does it represent a robot with some weird antenna on it's head? The snowflakes are only slightly more interesting, but still such a waste of time to look at. Why animate when you can have your best piece displayed when entering the site?
When I navigate the gallery, clicking on each link/image results in a 1 second wait. The site is looking too gray, making the viewer expect the art to be fabulous in contrast to the colours of your layout. But it doesn't leave much awe.
Flash doesn't impress me. A kickass portfolio does. Unnarrow your layout, remove dull animations and try to get that 1hit KO effect. I.e. Try to get viewers really interested in the first .5 seconds.
I have been contemplating about whether or not if I want flash. You're right about it. I might just put a script that can call a few random images from the portfolio. The problem is I don't want to send the viewer directly to the portfolio, I want some sort of a welcome screen somehow. But still I am not quite sure.
I will reconsider the colour scheme.
Thank you so much for your comments.
Same input as above, the front page is confusing, it serves no purpose. You could just skip it and go straight to the gallery page. Or put a sweet, not necessarily overworked but personal self portrait or something, since you're really selling yourself and not some product.
And the links on the bottom right switch places whenever you click one which is confusing.
And I'd remove the "Aimee" drawing from your illustration portfolio, since it's rather weak compared to the rest of your works. You should be presenting your strongest works, not something that holds special affectionate value to you.
I'm just getting a white screen. :/
thanks for your comment. I have got a few self portraits I can use, but was planning to use them for the info page.
What browser do you use? i recommend Firefox but it should work with most browsers.
What do you think about my work in general? When I look at it, my illustration work needs more composed pieces with narrative I think. I am no good with environments but I'm practising.
My 3D skills aren't top of the range but I'm very comfortable with zbrush and I am able to come up with quick 3d doodles just like a drawing, so I would prefer to keep a 3D section.
I am trying to get away from monsters and aliens and demons but they just wont leave me.
What do you think?
chermilla: I fixed the problem with IE. It should show up now.
Present the material you like and that you would like to work with. If you think you're good enough to get jobs illustrating robots and monsters, then go for that.
Try a mix of showing your strengths, range and your preferences. But keep in mind that you'll always be judged by the quality of your pieces, so don't throw in anything sub par just because you like the subject.
And when I said a self portrait, I meant that you should really do it in a way that presents those strengths and preferences. If you like drawing robots, make yourself a robot. Demons, you a demon... Quick sketches, you a quick sketch.
But remember, quality.
I understand. At the moment my strengths are capturing dark moods and probably coming up with weird characters, creatures and etc. My graphic design background helps when it comes to typography, but I personally don't enjoy it that much.
If you go here, you can see a few recent pieces, they are rather dark in mood but I enjoy making that sort of work.
The problem is I am trying to get away from dark, grungy and depressive pieces and broaden my ability to capture variety of atmospheres.
I like the idea of portraying myself as a robot demon etc. I'm gonna think about that.
Hey man. First of all I suggest not to take some people's words too seriously, because I believe that if someone gives a critique, that person should show in his own personal work that what they suggest is serious. All I have read until now are people with only deviantart pages or unfinished portafolios, which is not very professional to say the least.
Now to my two cents on your site:
- First of all I think you're website is very well done. nice and simple to use. You don't get lost, and it's straightforward.
- It's minimalistic, which is good, but maybe too minimalistic. You should use more of the screen space.. nowadays 1024x768 res SHOULD be the minimum norm in designing websites, regardless of the old standards.
- I don't mind the little flash animation home at all: it is amusing. What I do mind is the title of your website disappearing and appearing every now and then. The title should have a FIXED space in your website, so it can be seen at all times, not just at the homepage. I advise to use the same type design that's in the flash, but put it in black color, in the white space ABOVE the flash animation. it's an important, but empty space that's pretty much misused.
- Now regarding the actual images of your portfolio, as everyone else before me posted, select your best ones: some don't seem that good. & Don't be worried about having equal number of pieces per section: if you have 10 great 2d pieces, but only 4 great 3d pieces, why would you want to "fill it up" with 6 more "so-so" 3d pieces? Just use the best, period.
- As a little suggestion, I would recommend adding a "News" or "Blog" section below the flash animation area in the homepage. The purpose of it is tell people who enter your site, that you have new work uploaded, and other stuff that may be important to you (like that you're currently accepting commisions, that your son was born yesterday, etc). Of course try to limit it to your pro work, but if you want you can put anything you desire. It's a good way to let people know what have you been up to professionally (and also a good way to put more content to your web!).
That's it from me, and I hope I have been useful in any way.
I agree with gringoloco that you shouldn't take other people's critiques too hard and go on what you feel is right for you. But it's pretentious to imply that our critique doesn't count because we haven't posted our own portfolios to be reviewed.
My portfolio: http://www.peratt.com/jan
It looks kindof old since I did it four years ago and basically haven't updated it since I haven't had to look for work since then. The copyright year and my age is calculated using a script so I won't have to update it. Ever.
Everything that's needed for critiquing and improving my art can be found on this forum, since that's why I'm here.
Gringoloco: Shouldn't one take everyone's opinion seriously? After all, there might be more people sharing these thoughts. Being openminded is a virtue.Hey man. First of all I suggest not to take some people's words too seriously, because I believe that if someone gives a critique, that person should show in his own personal work that what they suggest is serious.
The way you put things, it appears to me that you think only the ones that have better websites than the OP may offer suggestions. That would be weird. I'm not professional at all, I am a total amateur, I'm only 17.
So I agree with Whyatt. Plus you sound cocky.
Bora: Reading my own post again I realised I forgot to post the pros, which is essential..
It's good that you left space at the sides. Like with the composition of a painting, it creates an area of attention. And smaller resolutions will be able to view it too. You've also made the site in a sort of striped theme; themes are good.
GriNGoLoCo: thanks for your comments. I think I agree with the top white space. I am thinking of a solution. I was thinking of having a news type of thing in the front page, which would make the home page a bit more useful.
whyatt thrash: why dont you update your portfolio, I do like your graphic incluenced work, althought a bit too vectorized for me.
jasonuk: thank you. I have tested it with safari and it seems to work fine, perhaps clearing your cache might help?
vigilandus: I do like space. although still i am still trying to master the skills of simplisity, sometimes it can be too simple. The stripy theme is literally EVERYWHERE on the net but i still like it. making a tiled bg isn't easy though
thank you all for your comments again
Hehe, I guess I will update it, whenever I look for work again.
I'm currently working hard at improving my art skills though, so hopefully when I do update it it'll be filled with if not brilliant then at least decent artworks. And I'll be looking for a job specifically as an illustrator or artist... Here's to hoping.
That's what I used to think and just delay putting up whatever I have on a website, but I think its good to use whatever ability you currently have and try to make most of it, while improving it.
I like the beggining its simple and gives you something to look at, at the same time