Portfolio feedback, 2 sites? Video game artist dilemma.



  • I like the websites separate. It makes your illustrations and focus more clear. Great stuff Nat!


  • Pro SVS OG

    I like the idea of separate sites myself, strong work!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!


  • SVS OG

    I agree with everyone else I like the two different sites. Are you going to have your illustration portfolio focus on one type of art...are you going for children's editorial or are you wanting to draw picture books?


  • Pro SVS OG

    @natiwata I think they both look great but if you want to see ideas on how to combine them maybe check out @Jake-Parker website.

    He does a lot of different types of work and has everything separated out nicely on his site. So it is clear and concise and shows all his different strengths. It is very easy on the eyes and easy to navigate. I think ideally one location is great if you can make it flow nicely. This way everything leads back to one place.

    It is never an easy thing to decide. Either way, your work is awesome!!

    Here is his site http://mrjakeparker.com/


  • SVS OG

    I think that some organization showing you understand the different styles you work in is important. One way to do that is having two separate websites, but another (as Charlie mentioned) is to simply have two separate pages on your website--one clearly labeled as "game concept art" (or whatever) and the other as "children's illustration". That way its all still on your main site, you don't have to pay for another domain, and its easy for people to see the different things you do without having to type in another web address. It also makes it obvious that you understand the difference between those styles, rather than having it all mixed together as if you see no difference.

    Whichever way you want to organize it will work, just make your categories clear either way you do it--whether two entirely different sites, or two clearly labeled pages on the same site.


  • SVS OG

    @Charlie-Eve-Ryan @Sarah-LuAnn Thanks, I am familiar with Jake's site and had some of the same thoghts, I think the main difference I felt was that all of his work was illustration of some sort, where I have 3d modeling, animation and art direction to try and show. I also can't help but feel that perhaps the fact that I am in the video game industry might be a turn off to some people in the publishing world. I guess the 2 industries are just very different I like that on the illustration site I could direct people to the simple portfolio without them having to choose a submenu, if that makes sense...A lot to consider...



  • Your work is beautiful! I agree with having separate sites, but I think you've left out some amazing pieces from your current site that would also fit with your newer site - unless, of course, you would prefer not to do that kind of work.

    Your test site also appears very clean and is pared down to a smaller number of pieces. Sometimes I think people cram so much into their websites that it loses punch. Even the very best illustrator's work gets my eyes glazing over when there's simply too much.

    Great work and good luck with your decision!



  • Hi @natiwata, I struggled with the same thought as I was creating my site. Personally I think it best to have all your work in one place, and here's why. You are a very well rounded artist and showcasing your work should reflect all that you do for your potential clients. I've directed people to my site and when they replied they were "Oh you do illustration too? Great, I have this project..."

    I think you can re-organize how you're displaying your work to better reflect which area your clients should proceed to, then they can marvel at the rest too as they keep browsing. Plus, you wont have to get two sets of business cards, domain names, etc.

    Kyle Webster wrote a good article on the "Style Problem for artists" and why showing that is a good thing.



  • I couldn't help myself, I like the simplicity of the new site so I did a quick mock up of what it could look like. Like I mentioned you can organize the work in a different way and slim down on some of your older work to help. Whatever you do don't forget to put up your social media and copy write info.

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  • SVS OG

    @BradAYoo - thanks for the mention about including copyright - I did not have that on my site and just went and put in into the footer right away!


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