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    Please check out my website (How to draw from imagination)

    Mostly sci-fi/robot stuff. I wanted to get it as right as possible before I let ConceptArt know. All crits welcome...Thank you!

    http://www.mechafromimagination.com
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    Promotional animation... (better quality here)

    http://www.mechafromimagination.com/demohumanoid.html
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    Added 3 more mech demos here:
    http://www.mechafromimagination.com/demopage6.html
    Thanks for looking!
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    I would put a lot more effort in to the design of your website. If you're an artist but your design skills don't carry on to how you present your work, you're going to lose a lot of potential viewers. There are plenty of free tools on the internet that offer easy but visually pleasing solutions for a site layout.

    As for the content, I think your method of random shape scribbling and coming up with a design was actually rather cool, and I use the same kind of methods sometimes to reduce the block in creativity. It was also good to see demos of all the designs like that, as well as some life drawings. I would like to see those mechs in some environments and perhaps bigger pictures of them, too.
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    Thank you for your reply Kauil, I appreciate it. I think I'll try some enviros using scribbles and perspective, since that's the theme of my site. Thanks for the ideas! Brian
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    Hi,
    Quote Originally Posted by Kauil View Post
    I would put a lot more ....
    I totally agree with Kauil. You Drawings are fine and your "HowTo draw robots" is very cool and inspiring, while you website is not. But thats much better than a good looking website without content.

    Even a simple black background without all these commercial banners would be more inviting.
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    Thanks CarstenJ, I appreciate your crits very much. Time for a website redesign. Thank you! Brian
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    Still working on redesigning my site... in the meantime I tried some quick environments starting with random scribbles. Animated demo here:
    http://mechafromimagination.com/demomechenv.html
    Thanks for looking!
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    Hello again, ..Not ignoring any advice.. (my friend is helping me redesign site) ...just wanted to finish and post this animated demo.. link here:
    http://www.mechafromimagination.com/demo9mechs.html
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    thanks,

    Your website should reflect your priorities. If you're trying to get work designing robots, then your site should show the best of the best of your design work, showing turnarounds and notated detail to show potential clients that you know how to break everything down.

    If you were a client looking to hire someone like you to design robots for 3D modeling or toy design (nowadays basically the same thing), you would want to hire someone who knows how to prep the designs for 3D modelers. Remember (assuming you can do 3D modeling yourself), most of what you'll be doing for clients will likely be handed off to other people to execute your designs into 3D models. Why is this? Because if you're a bad-ass designer, then clients might want to keep you working on those designs & turnarounds, and not wasting so much of your time also doing the 3D modeling. You'd be more valuable to them as the designer.

    The work you're posting here, along with most of your work on your website, have a very rough sketch quality to them. That's also known as an unfinished look. You need to work at making your work much more sleek and finished-looking. The more you do so, the more professional things look.

    Seeing your process is very impressive, but if you want clients to hire you to design for them, then you need to present more of your finished, fully notated designs 'up front', and 'in context'. You need to show more fully-finished designs that also are placed into an environment of some sort that give that design context.

    By all means, keep the process pages you have. I'd suggest you make them an ancillary part of your website. The process shows how you arrive at your impressive designs, but you have to keep in mind that clients are busy; you have a very short window of opportunity to grab the client's attention! If you haven't grabbed their attention right away, they'll more than likely pass you over in search of someone whose work is presented in a much more 'immediate' fashion.

    Make sense?

    Whatever they see in the first 30 seconds will make or break an opportunity for you to find paying work with them. I personally don't think spending that short span of the client's attention on watching your process is good time management.

    Same goes with your drawing lessons and other type features. If you wish to have a website that teaches people, you should make it a separate website. Your I'm Looking For Work website should be clearly separate and apart from your I Want To Teach You website.

    Separate out your ego website from your business website.

    Also, get rid of any links that go nowhere. You have several of those on your site. Not professional, and clients who click on dead links give up on looking at your work even faster than the usual window of opportunity I mentioned earlier.

    Good luck!
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    Hi magnut,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to post a very informative reply. I really appreciate it. It's a gold mine.
    I wanted to document and share an idea I had (designing robots from scribbles), that I had not really come across. I love to just scribble and refine with a ballpoint pen. But I do want to take it to the next level. I know there's tons of resources on this site and the web, would you or anyone reading this know of any specific ones that would help my particular case?
    Thank you again,
    Brian
    P.S. Had no idea about the broken links thanks!
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    thanks,

    To better answer your questions, tell me first: what are your aspirations? How old are you? What career are you looking for?

    If this is just a hobby for you, then there isn't much to give you advice on, because who are any of us to tell you how to be happy doing your indulgent hobby?

    However, if you can tell us what your career goals are, then I can give you a much better, more pointed answer. My previous post to you was me just assuming you wanted a career doing something. I just don't know what kind of career you want, or what you're open to.
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    Hi Magnut,
    At this moment it's just a hobby, but if I could turn it into something it would be nice. I always wanted to be a toy designer. I just found out Maya is the industry standard. I should grab a copy and start converting my sketches!
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