Please, can you give me an honest critique on my website?



  • @sigross great point with the https and not secure site, is really important for Mag and other ppl.



  • Hi Magdalena,
    I agree with what most have already said, you have a really nice website there and your work looks consistent and strong πŸ™‚ I would remove the last two images as they're a bit too dark and seem to different compared to your other pieces.
    I hate writing About Me sections, in my opinion just keep it short and sweet.
    "Hello, I'm Magdalena and I'm an illustrator/designer/whatever from _____." and then just what inspires you or your aspirations for your career and if you studied anywhere and maybe clients you've worked with.
    I'm never really interested in the artist's life story πŸ˜›



  • Hello Mag,

    I like your website. It also reads very well on cell phones.


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    @hannahmccaffery me neither, only when it’s fun to read... but I will try my best not to bore people to death with my about me page. Thanks so much for helpful suggestions! 😁


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    @sigross thanks for the feedback and the info about secured web. The site is done by my husband, I’ll ask him what he can do about that. πŸ™‚


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    @eddysage good point! The picture for the contact page is actually really old. I had different portfolio back then, but lately I’ve been refreshing it up a little bit, but forgot about that picture. It is a quite sad. I also never thought about this picture being particularly important,but you are totally right, it’s the last picture from me they will see before making the decision of contacting me or not. 😬


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    @MichaelaH thanks so much for your feedback! I’ll deffinitely will look into that. You had some great points there. 😁



  • Hello Mag!

    Here is my feedback:

    does it look professional?
    I think it reads pretty professionally. Only suggestion would be to increase the font size of the menu bar so it is a bit easier to see/click. Also, I'd make the titles of the menu bar both start with capital letters as they are titling something, so instead of "My books" use "My Books".

    I don't have the "about me" page, because I have absolutely no idea what to write about my self. Do you think that would be a problem? Or does the site works without this page?
    I think it would be helpful to have an about me page. It makes you a bit more relatable to know a little more about you personally but you could also write a bit about your preferred mediums, etc. Maybe taking a glance at other well-known illustrators would be helpful. I like Jake Parker's website and he has a nice about me section for reference: https://www.mrjakeparker.com/about

    Is there a picture in my portfolio you would withdraw? I have emotions and memories attached to almost all of the illustrations, so I might not be the best person to decide what to dismiss...
    The only illustration that I questioned was the comic strip. I don't think it is necessarily the wrong piece to add if you are interested in also doing comics, but if you are not, that was the only piece I questioned not really aligning with the others.

    I have multiple styles represented on my website. Is it a good thing or a bad thing?**
    I'm a total newbie and so I might not be the best to answer this question. However, I think I would ask the question about what type of work you hope to get and do those images resonate with those goals?

    I hope this helps!



  • @mag - also if you want to post an "about me" draft here, happy to take a look!



  • @mag Hi Mag. I used to work in web & UI design. Here's my feedback.

    Positives:
    Clean, simple, easy to navigate. It will allow potential agents / publishers to quickly browse through your work without any fuss. Clean background doesn't detract from your work. Works well on a mobile as well as desktop / laptop. All links pointing to the right info.

    Negatives:
    Like some others have pointed out, some information about who you are, what you have done in the past and what led you to do what you're doing. Or may be something about how long you've been in the industry and your accomplishments thus far. I was at a recent SCBWI conference and they recommended that our About section is written in from a third person perspective. This allows agents / publishers to cut and paste when they need to promote you or talk about you.

    I think this can flesh out your Contact page. So no need to add an additional page and further complicate a beautifully succinct site.

    I personally feel a recent photo of yourself on that page is a good idea. This is not comfortable for me either but people like having a face to put to a name.

    I hope this was helpful. Best wishes for everything πŸ’•
    Cindy


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