The cover page image is a great representation of what kind of work your about to investigate. The backplate color chosen is representative of the content displayed. It seems a bit stark against the black and white images. It also dominates the landscape of the webpage by quantity and I notice my attention shifting to the negative space often. The bonfire paintings are beautiful but tend to get lost against the backplate. The “spartan” approach to the website is understandable in that it wished to keep the artwork at the forefront of the readers attention. I think that the website could benefit from some minor graphical implementations that would help focus the page. The organization by category is wonderful and easy to use. The artwork itself is fascinating. I grew up in and around the woods, so it brings me great joy to get lost in Todd’s work. I’ve viewed several times over, both admiring the skill and yearning to return home. The point that Todd places the viewer at allows me to get a sense of being right there while he paints it. Perhaps it’s his goal to put the viewer into the environment; to allow them to enjoy a beautiful scene as he did.
As for the bio, it’s a nice balance of describing his work as well as listing his accomplishments. I think it’s one of the more impressive sounding of the lot that I looked at. I certainly appreciate the clear labeling of “about / CV” I dint see anyone else doing that. The photo chosen for this isn’t one that evokes emotion. I’m curious about the reasoning behind choosing that photo.
This Blog post of Todd’s has a nice layout, the white background is working well. It almost gives a sense of sunshine to the page along with the content. I like the contrast of super clean and simple with spots of complex organic imagery.
I think the white background, simple type face, and beautiful little bird in it nest icon are all well balance. The length of the bio seams to be consistent with others I viewed. Again, there is a balance of personal information, description of his art, and a few notable pieces of work. I like the inclusion of a childhood photo; I think that shows both a strong sense of pride and humor of one’s self.
I like the incredibly simple layout of this site. Icon, small grey header, no sub-header, and prefect grid of artwork. Anything else on this page would be too much if paired with this portfolio. The work is so intricate and colors so saturated that a square with a date is as much as they need. I love seeing the Eaoa Andrews outright defiance of material properties, perhaps this is because it’s a welcomed break from industrial design mixed with my long-time fascination with Hieronymus Bosch.
Michelle, “wolfskulljack,” brings something a little different to my research. The website wields a heavier graphic layout. I think this can be a risky thing to do depending on the type of art you are promoting. Regardless I think she does it very well. The creature lurking behind the slash in the page creates an instant emotional response; preparing you for the journey through Michelle’s work. Moving to a white space with in the black backplate was, I believe, a smart choice. Paired with the simple grid blocks this make the artwork much easier to focus on. I appreciate the details that show the care the artist takes in presenting themselves. The white spaces top and bottom keep parallel to the diagonal “slash” header. The body of work being introduced and concluded with monotone illustrations.
The bio for this artist also sets itself apart from the others in that it chooses to sway towards an emotional story telling not just through words, but also a sequence of photos that show the real-life inspiration to the artwork. I think this is simple, yet very powerful. Instead of a long list of academics and shows, the artist tells a more personal story.
It doesn’t surprise me one bit that Matthews “about me” is the longest of any artist bio I’ve looked at. This artist’s life is full of adventure and I’m sure it was a struggle to say everything in such a small frame. Nevertheless, it accomplishes it nicely. It leaves one in awe of the artist, which is what it should do. Something I haven’t seen yet is the use of a new paragraph to list out the academic accomplishments separately. I think it works nicely by giving the reader a chance to digest the awesomeness, and then button it up with the business.
This site as well, follows the simple monotone, sans serif header on a white background. The artwork presented in a grid of blocks. Not once did any of the sites using this format feel generic. It’s a format that works well, and the artwork is allowed to do its job. I can tell very clearly that the artist carefully selected the images to start off on the home page. It’s a very diverse body of work and makes me want to dive deeper into every page. The perfect teaser I would say.