This is the setup I built in our new place. I wanted a workspace that felt like it was tucked into the wall so added cupboards either side. I recycled the weathered old fence palings when we re-did the fence.
Here's the final piece I'm going to submit. I don't have that 100% pleased feeling but duty calls elsewhere so I think it's time to move on.
I'm still trying to figure out how to blend my love of crisp graphic line work with texture. I'm excited by texture but it's very new to me!
I threw this concept together this evening for a competition where the theme word is "muse". This sketch is a quick treatment to test the concept before drawing it properly. I like to tell a story with my art but I fear this is a little complicated.
How do you read this scene? I'm in half a mind to scrap it and do something more simple. It would be fun though.
I joined about 18 months ago. I thought I'd push my art but since have decided maybe I'll stick to drawing just for fun (for 'me' not a client) for now. I recently renewed my membership incase I change my mind again but I'm not sure my situation warrants it. The news mailouts seem to be quite writer focussed too. I attended an "anyone welcome" cafe meeting intro before I joined and I think I was about the only bloke. Being honest I probably felt a bit out of place because of that. Having said that, I think if I really wanted to get into the industry as a paid artist it would certainly be worth joining. I'm claiming my membership as a tax deduction against my freelance web business too.
@Ben-J-Hutchison The new layout looks great, I think this is a big improvement! As for image compression - you could make some big savings without noticeable loss of quality. For example, I took your Astrid image which is currently 328kb and compressed it at 80% compression (using "save for web" in photoshop) and got it down to 131kb. I've attached both below for comparison.
I support the idea of smacking visitors in the face with your best work and a well written short (1-2 sentence) overview of what you and your web site are about. As for content, it comes down to who you are targeting. If you want people reading then it's more likely attracting fellow artists. If you're targeting art directors they won't be reading articles - so pull back on this.
Really consider social platforms too and using them natively. For example, instagram or pinterest for sketches and pieces - facebook to tell short stories about your art and providing interesting links to gain a following - just as an example. Web sites are losing relevance.
With your current site, you have a **massive **performance problem. Your front page fully loaded takes an average of 26 seconds and weighs in at 14MB. You will definitely be losing people from this. Performance is huge in web development right now with 20-25% people accessing content from mobile devices on limited data plans. Consider showing less posts and providing small thumb nails of production shots instead of full size.
You could combine all these things too. Something like this perhaps - this is just a super quick wireframe as an idea.
@Rob-Smith Hey Rob, I can see why the t-rex is darker (being in shadow and letting the viewer see boy first) but I'm wondering if he could be just a little brighter/higher sat? I'd give the balloon less transparency too.
I love the styling of the bus and people, this looks really tight and professional. Since t-rex seems to be whispering "quiet" to the viewer, I wonder if his eyes could be directed to the "lens" more obviously?