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24 August 2016 @ 05:08 pm
One Hundred Days of Happy - Day 22  
I kinda let this little 'event' slip, but I really need a touch of the happy today. It's not like anything heart-rending has happened, nah, but I've gotta stop catching whiffs of fandom pettiness on Twitter (usually not from my own timeline, but trickling in from the periphery) and I'M WEAK AND HAVE TO SNOOP and then I see things I'd rather not. So. Snuggle me in your mothering arms, LJ. At least for today. ;)

Anywho, some happy! I've always hated my 'pro' website because 1.) it was ugly and 2.) um, well, it was ugly. And also, kinda scattershot and too full of fandom things for professional uses. It's tough for me to brand myself and I'm a pretty dubious web designer, but I found a free site that's user-friendly and not too obnoxious, so I cooked up a new, streamlined, greatly improved portfolio site: quickreaver.com.

Feel free to check it out and leave me a critique! Test the links. Suss out bugs. Make suggestions! I have yet to add a shop with non-fandom work; I don't have much stuff to peddle yet, but it's forthcoming. For the time being, I'm happy I made something that's usable, somewhat professional, and not boring or (hopefully) over-the-top. Eventually, I'll upgrade to the paid version and get rid of the ads, and as I hone my brand (whatever that turns out to be), the inventory of images will grow and evolve into...something? Apparently I have a lousy time taking myself seriously as a professional, yep.

But I'm happy I finagled a portfolio site, so there's that!
 
 
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: 'Dream On' - Aerosmith
 
 
 
Amber: Bumamberdreams on August 24th, 2016 09:23 pm (UTC)
Fecking Twitter. More trouble than it's worth.

On the other hand, new shiny website! Ooh! Been and checked it out - sent you a message. I like the colour scheme with that nice green background, it really shows off your pics well. You should have something on there about taking commissions/orders for work/where to buy stuff though.

Edited at 2016-08-24 09:29 pm (UTC)
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: gone fishin'quickreaver on August 24th, 2016 09:46 pm (UTC)
You should have something on there about taking commissions/orders for work/where to buy stuff though.

Will do! This is my next website task. :D Thanks, Amb!

And yes, sometimes twitter is a curse wrapped in a poor-impulse-controlled blessing...
(no subject) - amberdreams on August 24th, 2016 09:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - quickreaver on August 24th, 2016 11:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - amberdreams on August 25th, 2016 07:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
Icarus was a test pilot: Breezing Upgalwithglasses on August 24th, 2016 09:57 pm (UTC)
Hey, the portfolio site looks really sharp. The background color is great because it doesn't draw your eyes away from the art at all and the color has a softening effect rather than the harsher-edged look you'd get with black. I don't know how it will look if you do something with a dark background in the art but I think it would still work well. I like how the art can be gone through like a slideshow and there is good info with each one. It eliminates scrolling down and you get a closer look at everything. The links for contact and about are clear and easy to find. I don't know if this links to a way someone could buy something from your site but that might be valuable in the future. All in all, very clean and it says to me that you are a professional too. Probably something good if you are planning to work by commission.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: gone fishin'quickreaver on August 25th, 2016 12:00 am (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH! I won't often do art with super-dark backgrounds because it's not ideal in most cases, so I don't think that'll be a worry. I'm working on a shop/commission page now, so soon that will be included. Your input is invaluable! :D
Amanda: pic#126017549dancing_adrift on August 24th, 2016 10:23 pm (UTC)
Twitter is totally my happy place (followed very closely by AO3 and now LJ), but it takes a lot of maintenance to keep it that way sometimes. I'm sorry yours brought you down today. I don't really have mothering arms, but I can still snuggle anyway ;) *snuggles*

I think your website looks great (and all your art is gorgeous, as usual ♥)! I especially love the font you used on top. (I probably shouldn't have visited it while I was at work, though, oops.) I think my main suggestion would be to maybe consider increasing the contrast between the background and the color you used for all the social media links? Granted, I'm four feet away from my work monitor, so the angle and distance don't help, but I almost didn't notice them at all. I'd also maybe suggest making some slight adjustments to your wording in your About section (for example: (s)mothering got split up for me - the (s) was on one line and mothering on the second) - and I'm not sure how I feel about the picture of yourself that you chose (I'm learning that you don't seem to like pictures of yourself, which I don't really understand but will have to respect... So while *I'd* like to see your pretty face, the silhouette does rather fit the feel of a lot of your art... kind of dark and mysterious with a side of slightly creepy. So if you were going for that, kudos! :)). ANYWAY, all in all, I like it very much :)

Not at all related, but perhaps it could connect to the 'happy' part of your post... I was reading some of my old fic yesterday (probably all that discussion over on spn_writing!), and I thought perhaps you'd get some enjoyment from reading this, my first fic. I think it just barely qualifies as a fic, it's so short and plotless, lol, but the hope of it is that, by the end, you would have a smile on your face. I'm not really sure why it made me think of you as I read it yesterday (perhaps because I associate you with a fondness for gen fic?), but if you do give it a chance, I hope it adds to your happy :)
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: gone fishin'quickreaver on August 25th, 2016 02:06 am (UTC)
I dig Twitter too, make no mistake! Most of the time, my TL kinda hilarious but it's not as well curated as my LJ, so stuff can dart in sometimes and before I know it, I'm in deep and grumpy. Fortunately, it doesn't take long for that tide to turn!

Thank you for all the suggestions! I'm taking notes and everything is in the works. What device were you viewing on? I wonder why '(s)mothering' was split. (Eventually, I will a better userpic but in the meantime, creepy will do just fine. You caught my intention, totally, hee!)

And yay, a rec! I will totally devour it. You're kinda awesome, you know?
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theatregirl7299: WC-SPNtheatregirl7299 on August 24th, 2016 11:19 pm (UTC)
I love your new site. The mood and the tone is so wonderful!

The color is perfect to enhance your art, and I can't wait to see more added.

Here are my thoughts. I looked at it from a client's perspective.

I like the Social Media links being almost a shadow but I would increase the size because they get a little lost. In terms of the SM - I would streamline your posts to reflect your art and inspiration, possibly by creating new accounts that don't have personal stuff like family pics, etc. Keep them all professional and use the color scheme from the website and let it bleed over to the SM accounts. That way you have a cohesive cross-platform look for potential clients to respond to.

Also - your photo. Maybe get a pro shot done in Black and White or else take a shot of yourself that you like and turn in into one of your art pieces - this is my preference. LOL

Lastly - I would increase the font size of your selected clients and maybe link to them. Emphasize your success as it were.

And as Amber said - definitely a link to commissions/sales. Are you thinking about doing a RedBubble shop or strictly canvas-style based art?

A thought - this is not web based, but maybe once you settle on your theme - have business cards printed up that look like the site. The tie-in would be wonderful.

Again - I love it. (And you have my favorite Sam and Dean art up on it!!)

Brava, BB!!!

The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: gone fishin'quickreaver on August 25th, 2016 02:16 am (UTC)
Great advice, all of it! I've flashed the site at my non-fandom art buds too, and it's fascinating how different--but not conflicting--the feedback has been.

The only thing I may not change is the content of the SM accounts, because part of growing a 'fanbase' is letting people into your life a little, sharing familiarity and some degree of friendship. When I start working on more original art, though, there will be more of that in there, and less bric-a-brac.

Thanks, lady! *smiiiish!*
(no subject) - theatregirl7299 on August 25th, 2016 02:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
borgmama1of5borgmama1of5 on August 25th, 2016 12:58 am (UTC)
Liked the site--not really knowledgeable enough about designing sites to have any critiques other than to say my old eyes found it pleasing...
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: gone fishin'quickreaver on August 25th, 2016 02:17 am (UTC)
My old eyes appreciate and hug your old eyes.
Morgan O'Conner: SPN Sam and Dean by bittersweet-amorganoconner on August 25th, 2016 01:15 am (UTC)
I love the new site! The color scheme is fantastic and really shows off your gorgeous art. As someone who also has a hard time taking myself seriously outside of fandom, I feel your pain on that front. Original stuff is difficult, and I think as creators we tend to be a lot harder on ourselves when it comes to something we might label professional or our own original creations. But for my two cents, I've always enjoyed your artwork, fandom or otherwise, and I think this new site is a fabulous showcase for it. :)
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: gone fishin'quickreaver on August 25th, 2016 02:22 am (UTC)
LET ME LOVE YOU.

Also, I have $8 whole dollars in my Paypal (wtf do you do with 8$??), so if you want $5 of it, you can doodle me a little SPN/Kingsman crossover, yeah? :D
(no subject) - morganoconner on August 25th, 2016 12:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
riathema: pic#126380131riathema on August 25th, 2016 01:48 am (UTC)
Your new website!
I just checked out your new website. God, I love your artwork. I read through the other comments, and I don't think I have anything new to add. I love that your site opens right up into the gallery. The artwork draws your eye immediately, and I liked the slideshow feature. It's a very clean page. I opened it in Chrome on my laptop and I didn't notice the issue with the (s)mothering splitting the line on your About page. I also opened it on my phone. The mobile site works great. I like how it put the SM links on the bottom of the page. It took me a minute to find the Home, About, and Contact links because they weren't above the gallery like on desktop site. (I wasn't sure if the little black box with the 3 horizontal lines was part of your site of the hosting site.) The font is clean and easy to read and the links all worked. I agree that the SM links could be a little larger on the desktop site.

I also agree; we should see your pretty face. :-)
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: gone fishin'quickreaver on August 25th, 2016 02:35 am (UTC)
RE: Your new website!
My pretty face may scare people off with its crow's feet and gray hair, but yeah, heh, eventually I'll get a decent photo up thar! I thought the 'cloud horns' were funny, for the time being.

The little button for the links is a pretty common device on teensy mobile sites, but I'll see if the template has a more obvious option, because clarity is vital. Thanks bunches for giving it a once-over! *fistbump*
I'm Mulder, She's Scully: realrunedgirl on August 25th, 2016 02:05 am (UTC)
Ah, twitter. A blessing and a curse... But ooooooooooooh shiny new pretty!!! Others have had excellent substantive feedback, and I agree with pretty much all of it. Just wanted to stop by and say I really like it :)
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: gone fishin'quickreaver on August 25th, 2016 02:36 am (UTC)
Awesome! Actually, everyone's advice--as potential customers--has been invaluable, so I thank you for your 2 cents, lady!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on August 25th, 2016 05:57 am (UTC)
I think it looks pretty damn good!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: gone fishin'quickreaver on August 25th, 2016 11:18 pm (UTC)
Woot! Thank you!
Nobody's laughing now: R - friendslavinialavender on August 25th, 2016 07:12 am (UTC)
Great new website, hooray!

You gotta ward off the ugly parts of fandom with a cross, I tell ya! *hugs you*

madebyme_x: Defaultmadebyme_x on August 25th, 2016 10:59 am (UTC)
Website looks amazing! I'm not technical minded enough to give you any proper concrit, but I loved the colours and the variety of art pieces you've show cased is perfect (I adore that charcoal 'fog' forest - beautifully atmospheric, and it reminds me of a etching that I have on wall). Good luck my lovely - and remember you are made of awesome! ♥
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: gone fishin'quickreaver on August 25th, 2016 11:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you, punkin! No, YOU'RE awesome!
milly_gal: Sex champion originalmilly_gal on August 25th, 2016 03:16 pm (UTC)
A cesspit full of wank covered in a thin veneer of pretending to be able to find your butt with both hands - That is twitter as far as I'm concerned, lol!
On the other hand, new shiny website! Ooh! Been and checked it out - sent you a message. I like the colour scheme with that nice green background, it really shows off your pics well. You should have something on there about taking commissions/orders for work/where to buy stuff though - SECONDED!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: gone fishin'quickreaver on August 25th, 2016 11:21 pm (UTC)
Thank ya! I'll work on a 'shop' link next. :D
(no subject) - milly_gal on August 26th, 2016 08:11 am (UTC) (Expand)
electriclita: dauntlesselectriclita on August 25th, 2016 06:23 pm (UTC)
It looks great! Understated and easy to navigate. I definitely want to see more of your work, and a photo that captures your loveliness!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: gone fishin'quickreaver on August 25th, 2016 11:21 pm (UTC)
Pffft, but thank you! :D
casey: spn s/d big hugcasey28 on August 26th, 2016 11:31 pm (UTC)
Your website looks amazing! And as always, I'm in awe of your art♥
the key of the day and the lock of the night: Locknkeylocknkey on August 31st, 2016 08:24 pm (UTC)
This looks great! Getting my own art site up is on the "to do" list. :) Congrats!