Website critique



  • Hi all,
    I am excited to announce that I finally have a portfolio website. I am overall happy with the look and layout, but as with anything you work on for a while, you begin to get over critical. I would appreciate any willing eyes to jump over and browse my site and tell me if there is anything I could improve upon or change to make it better. Thanks!

    www.tombarrettillustration.com



  • First of all, I think it is a great idea to ask for critique on things like this. Second, your website looks great. I like the simplicity, there is nothing to distract from your portfolio. I really like your logo, it is very aesthetically pleasing. I noticed a few things that could be improved, although they are little.

    Some of the thumbnails clip your illustrations off awkwardly. The biggest example is the bottom right image. I understand that may not be entirely in your control.

    I think an image of yourself would make your about page more personal. The spoons are great too, but your photo should really go there, and the spoons should be an "in-line" image with the text.

    I would cut a few unnecessary words from your about page and remove passive voice:

    Hello!
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    Few days go by that I do not draw, sketch, or doodle something. I have drawn since I could hold a crayon; opting for pencils, watercolors, and other mediums over the years. I live in Florida with my wife and 3 kids.
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    I create my illustrations primarily with ink and watercolor, though I have dabbled with acrylic, pastels, and digital.
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    When I am not drawing, I like to carve wooden spoons or work in the garden. And I make some pretty good cinnamon rolls.
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    To see what I do "behind the scenes", follow me on Instagram.

    Hope this helps! Best of luck!



  • @cory-shaw Thanks, Cory. I am using Wix, which I like, but the gallery control is a bit lacking. All you can do, that I could find, is place a focus point on the image, and that point is the center of the thumbnail, so I tried to pick the best point to use as a thumbnail. Will have to research that more.



  • @tombarrettillo Yeah, I thought so. I had the same problem with the Weebly website editor.



  • Hi Tom!
    I enjoyed the simplicity of the website and am intrigued with the spoon carving šŸ™‚ The only thing that I would have liked, possibly, is to have things grouped a little differently. I'm mostly talking about all your extra images that we can click on and look at. I want all the wooden spoons to be in one place, for example and maybe pencil sketches and color work, etc. That's probably just me. I felt a bit overwhelmed by the the huge amount of pictures and I guess I wanted them in groups or chunks or something. Does that make sense?

    I love your characters! So cute.



  • @tombarrettillo said in Website critique:

    www.tombarrettillustration.com

    Tom, it looks fantastic. My only thing is the word "childrens" should be plural posessive, so it should be "children's"



  • Looks great! Congrats šŸ™‚



  • thank you @Laurel-Aylesworth and @aska