New Website!

Howdy!

I am so happy to announce that my new website is finally LIVE! 

It doesn't seem that long ago that the original bluestarink.com was introduced to the world wide interweb. It hasn't even been 2 years, but I feel like I have learned so much since then. At that point, I really didn't spend that much time on the internet. I'd use it for checking my email, using Mapquest or Google. I had heard of blogs, but in all honesty, I didn't read them and I really didn't get the purpose. With that being said, I still felt that it was important as a professional designer, that I have an online portfolio.

Shortly after my website was up, I started perusing the internet a bit more. I discovered Twitter, and found that there is a whole community of artists/designers/illustrators out there sharing their work, interesting tidbits and advice. I couldn't believe it - how could I have missed such an interesting resource? It was through Twitter, that I finally came to realize how much the internet has to offer. Since then, I have been gobbling up every bit of information I can get my hands on. 

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Don't get me wrong - it has its drawbacks, too. Because I've finally found this wealth of info, I can easily get sucked into hours of staring gaped-mouth at the screen - reading...looking...longing...then eventually questioning...second-guessing...  Between the hours I miss actually getting any physical work accomplished, all of the amazing work out there eventually becomes intimidating. I start to ask myself "Why am I doing this? Who do I think I am? How do I think I can compete in this sea of creativity? How can I make myself known?" Then I start feeling really down on myself. I really don't like getting to that point. It's sad.

That's when I have to pick myself back up. Yes, there are tens of thousands of talented creatives out there. But that's great! They are an inspiration to me - I read their stories and find that they, too, were once floundering in the sea of artists. But now they've made a name for themselves...so why can't I? I have great ideas, too! 

And this is also when I started imposing the Google Reader limit. I can read my blogs up until 8 a.m. Then I can read them again over lunch. Then I can read them again at night, because the night is my time and I can do whatever I want. So far this has been working pretty well. I am able to focus better during my work days, and then I really make the most of my blog reading times. It is allowing me to get the best of both worlds - I get to read my blog roll, but I have quality time to be productive. Score!

So...back to my new site. Here are some screen shots:

One of my main issues with the original site was that it was very text-heavy. I had Stephen, who is a wonderful writer, write some very creative copy for my intro pages. Though it was brilliant, (and he made me sound REALLY wonderful), after looking at it for a few months, I realized that there was way too much reading for a visual artist. There weren't enough images! No fault to Stephen - it's what I thought I wanted - until I realized that people don't want to read a lot when they're visiting a portfolio site.

There is lots of white space to allow the images to breathe. There are thumbnails of all the work in the category, so people aren't blindly clicking around.

And there's a really nice area for descriptive text (If I want to add some). 

Plus, I added some hand-drawn type for my category pages and the dotted pattern - both very indicative of my illustration work. My old page looked too cold - too clinical. This is much more "emily".

If you can't, tell, I'm really excited about this! And it is nice that I finally have all my sites in one spot. You can access not only my portfolio, but this blog and my shop all in one place. And you can even find my Twitter and Facebook pages if you look  really   closely.

Thanks to Tony at Hexbreak for building the site - I couldn't have done it without you!

Now don't spend too much time on my site...Go make stuff!  ;)