Feedback on my Website?

  • Hey all! So I've been fiddling with my website and I keep going back and forth on whether or not I should have every art piece in one place or keep it separated as it is now in "genre" sections (fantasy, kidlit, sketchbook, etc):

    If you have a second, would you mind giving some feedback? I'm sending out postcards for the first time to publishers (aiming at companies that do all ages books and have YA/fantasy series) and I just wanna make sure I don't look like a total newb when/if they check out my website.


  • @Kasey-Snow i think you could group all your illustrations together and just keep your sculptures separate, your style is strong enough to connect them all.

    It’ll also give the site a better flow.

    Hope this helps :smiling_face_with_open_mouth_smiling_eyes:

  • @sarahlawrence Thank you for your feedback! I am relieved to hear you say that you think my style is cohesive enough--it feels all over the place to me! That was a big part of why I sectioned them off.

    If I group them all then I'll certainly trim the number of images down a little since I've heard 15-20 images is all you need.

  • SVS Team SVS OG

    @Kasey-Snow I sorta like them separated but also would like to see them all together. I have the same issue on my site with the different sections. I plan and putting them altogether and then having a filter on the side that will filter out based on the tags I give each image.

  • @Chip-Valecek Oh, that's really cool! I like that idea. Is that something that you know how to code? Or does your site platform allow that kind of thing?

    Also: your website link in your signature doesn't work for me for some reason. I found the link in your profile though and that took me there.

  • SVS OG

    @Kasey-Snow Hi Kasey,
    Personally, I think having them separated out into categories adds to your site as it doesn't make it overly complicated for people to find exactly what they're looking for. Someone looking specifically for kid lit illustrations knows where to go to find material specific to their needs. Remember that people have a very short attention spans when surfing the internet so the easier you make it to find material, the better.

    One design aspect you could maybe rework is the homepage and the griffin background picture you're using. I feel that on the homepage, it takes away from the central horse-riding image. It's competing for attention at the moment (I think anyway). Maybe use a plain cream background just on that page and have the griffin on the rest of the site?

    Other than that, I think it all works really help. Like the others have said, your images are very cohesive and work really well together. I love your style and hope you get lots of business from it!!!! πŸ˜ƒ

  • @Kasey-Snow I agree with the idea of grouping together the illustrations, your style and characters are nicely consistent to allow that. Another thing I would do is that I might look into the various fonts on the website and maybe just use 2 different ones instead of 4.

    Good luck with your applications! πŸ™‚

  • @nikolett I didn't even notice the multiple fonts! I thought I just had the script and the serif! I'll definitely double check that, thank you! I'm so not a graphic designer, haha. Just hope that isn't too apparent to the art directors, eek.

    @ShannonBiondi Thanks for the suggestion on the gryphon! I've wondered about that, maybe I'll fade it more or just make the homepage a solid, like you said.

    I've always heard that art directors don't want to click around a bunch when looking at a portfolio, so that's what concerns me about leaving the sections. But I do agree that it makes it easier to find genres, especially kidlit. I am sending to a few places that do kidlit and I'd like them to be able to see easily that I have that stuff in my portfolio.

    Gah! Not sure what to do.

  • @Kasey-Snow - I personally like the subsections. I think it might make it easier for someone to come to your site and looking for a specific genre. I do think for the Portfolio landing page it may help to have all the titles the same size and maybe you could kick back the opacity so that the titles are a bit more legible? Just my 2 cents, I hope it is helpful.

  • Hi πŸ™‚ I think you have a lovely website there with a good chunk of work to look through, I think I would put your 'Illustration' and 'Kidlit illustration' sections together as they would both work for children's illustration in my opinion πŸ™‚ But they work separately too πŸ™‚
    I think I would also lose the background image , to me it distracts away from your other pieces in your portfolio and makes the whole website seem a bit dark and muddy. Maybe a plain colour background, or just white might help to really bring attention to all the great details you have in your work πŸ™‚

  • SVS Team SVS OG

    @Kasey-Snow I am actually going to code it. I do web design and development for a full time job, so I don't use any platforms for my site. Thanks for the tip on my footer link here, just fixed it.

  • Hi @Kasey-Snow You've got a great website with a fairly large collection! Good job on putting this together.

    I agree with @hannahmccaffery on the background - I feel like the current brown background might be taking away from the actual artwork, and wonder if just white would make everything look a little sleeker.

    As you're shooting for work with YA/Fantasy series publishers, the work in the "Illustrations" and "Creature Designs" category might be most relevant to them. If you are also sending your postcards to kidlit publishers, I'm thinking they might want to see a slightly larger number of pieces in that category? This depends on your strategy, of course.

    All the best, and again, good job on this website!

  • It's a nice lil site, I really like it Kasey, especially the brown colour , feels very calming πŸ™‚ The black bars seem sort of aggressive though, did you play with other colour combinations? Maybe brown bars with that cream/white behind the images? or cream bars and keep the brown middle like you have it?

    I like Chip's idea of adding a filter … but than I also think the way you have it, as it's future proof for when you have 1000's of paintings πŸ™‚ I find trying to organise the content to be the hardest bit about a creating a website.

    Nice site though and I love your artwork πŸ™‚

  • @djly Thanks for the feedback! I fixed the title sizes as best I could, I hope they look more uniform now? I need to see if I can fiddle with the opacity easily, maybe like the way the images in the portfolio fade when you mouse over them.

    @hannahmccaffery I was worried some of the illustration stuff would be too dark for kidlit since a lot of the work in there is from a creepy retelling of fairy tales series I did. But I'll look at it more. I took out that background image though, just made it a muted sort of brown, hopefully it looks better now?

    @animatosoor I switched it to a greyish-brown, what do you think? Still too muddy? Some of the publishers do kidlit as well and I definitely need more stuff in that section, you're not wrong, haha. Been trying to finish up some pieces to throw in there, but so far they are slow going. There's one more going up in a bit that features a ~gasp~ kid in it, haha. So hopefully that'll help. I did throw a few cutesy sticker illustrations that look pretty kid-friendly in there, maybe that helps? I'm hoping they pass as spot illustrations. :smiling_face_with_open_mouth_closed_eyes: At least until I can get more kid stuff done.

    @Sophie-Lawson Thanks so much! You're very kind. 😊 I changed up the color in the background, what do you think? I think you were right on that black, so I switched things up. Better? Worse?

    Thanks SO much everyone for all of the feedback in this thread! You've all been super helpful and I already feel better about art directors looking at my site thanks to you all! ❀

  • Here's a screenshot to save some link clicking time. x)

  • @Kasey-Snow This looks so much better in my opinion, it's cleaner and looks very professional πŸ™‚ I would also maybe make your social media icons the same colour as your name and make them a bit smaller?
    It's looking really great πŸ™‚

  • @Kasey-Snow - sorry to just get back to you, sick kiddo! Your site is really coming together nicely, I really like how you changed the mouse-over to a lower opacity. The only other thing I might add is taking another look at the thumbnails and seeing where they cut-off. I know some are not a "square" but maybe you could crop so you are getting the best piece of the image?

    For example, on the dragon in the kidlit page (below), perhaps you could focus in on the top portion or head of the dragon, right now we are cutting off on both the tail and the head.


    Feel free to take it or leave it, of course! Again, really nice progress.

  • @djly For sure valid feedback! I am frustrated with those thumbnails as well, the platform atuocrops it and there isn't really a way for me to adjust it that I can find. 😞 The only thing that seems to fix it is making the squares bigger so that face isn't cut off. But then the squares on the kidlit page are much bigger than the others. I dunno how important uniformity of thumbnail size is across the site though.

  • @Kasey-Snow - oh I see, that is frustrating! Perhaps someone here with more experience than me on what publishers look for would be helpful. I don't think it is a huge issue but just wanted to provide the feedback.

    I'm not sure if you can control any of the html/css coding, but if you can, maybe that would be a route if it something you end up wanting to fix. It seems like this is a fairly straightforward tutorial:

    Again, I think it looks fine the way it is but just wanted to put it out there.

  • I love your artworks! I think the website is already nice and tidy.
    The only thing which I can give input is, from my own experience when I check my website's traffic, most of my website visitors only check the front page. They barely click on the thumbnails to check for more images possibility. Also, from what I heard on Podcasts that art buyers/ art directors they are a very visual and busy person. They probably will only check the front page and make decisions from that frontpage without digging more (CMIIW).
    So, what I did is I try to keep my website as simple as possible without too many menus or links and try to put all the best images on the front page so visitors can immediately have an idea about my works right after they hit my website. Hope it helps πŸ™‚

    Good luck for you! πŸ˜ƒ

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