This site contains over a hundred pages and more then twice as many image files. It was created in Dreamweaver MX 2004. Dreamweaver's "What you see is what you get" (WYSIWG) feature allowed someone like me, who knew nothing about programming or html code, to create a decent looking site.

My design aesthetics differ greatly from my illustration aesthetics. While I prefer illustrations with lots of things to look at and multiple layers of narrative, I tend to like designs that are very simple and minimal. So when designing the site I wanted it to be clean and straight forward. The site is meant to showcase my illustrations, not my web design.  

Although the site looks very simple, it's somewhat deceiving. An average page may have only a handful of elements, but almost each one of those elements can be interacted with. It ranges from something basic like text changing colors to a small preview popping up when you move you mouse over a thumbnail. The site is also rich in content. Not only is there my portfolio, but there's an archive of my past watercolor work, my preliminary work, character studies, and process.

From the very beginning I wanted this site to be a personal site just as much as it was a professional/online portfolio. I've found that when I know the artist, their work becomes more personal, thus I take a greater interest in it. So I built the entire site around that concept. Hence the inclusion of a lengthy bio, commentary for nearly every painting, info on how I work, and more random stuff like top five lists and even fishing pictures. However, I didn't want the "personal" to distract from the "professional." The navigation bar would be cluttered with links. The user would be confronted with too many things to look at and the main "professional" pages would be lost. As a solution, I used the red boxes. Visually just design elements, they function as links to the personal pages as well. Thus my fishing pictures never get in the way of my portfolio.

Somehow I've managed to muddle my way through building my first webpage. It was a good experience, but boy, am I glad it's over. Maybe now I can finally get some painting done.



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