WordPress Themes for Portfolios

I’ve bookmarked a few nice free WordPress themes that I’ve seen recently that would be good as portfolios.

Sketch Theme- This takes advantage of the new Portfolio feature on WordPress.com.

Illustratr Theme
- This takes advantage of the new Portfolio feature on WordPress.com.

Espied- This takes advantage of the new Portfolio feature on WordPress.com.

Pictorico- This takes advantage of the new Portfolio feature on WordPress.com.

Pho- this theme makes posts appear in a masonry grid

Fukasawa- this theme makes posts appear in a masonry grid

Touchfolio- Responsive touch optimised portfolio theme

Personally though I’m pondering making my Illustration portfolio using good old static CSS and HTML files without a content management system this time- perhaps a bit of Jquery here and there because I won’t really need another blog and I might play with the one page website idea.

Illustration and Web Design: Alice in Wonderland

I’m in the process of turning this website into a dedicated blog on things that interest me. My Illustration portfolio website will be at a different web address to avoid future confusion. So here goes:

This is a rather interesting video on an experiment by Adobe and a design team called Ultranoir on how CSS shapes can be used to enhance visual storytelling.

This reminds me of my earlier days of web design when I was messing about and having more fun with CSS and images.

A Quick Update

I just thought I should write something here because it’s been a while.

I’ve been very busy on the mend getting back to something a lot better than how I was. I’m getting into doing more exercise and working in my sketchbooks on new ideas. After completing the course it boosted my confidence and made me unlock some of my old self before life got in the way. I’ll get some sketches uploaded soon of some studies and things.

The concept of looking after myself is all quite new to me rather than working on stress and repetitive strain syndrome. I would definitely have to recommend it though.

Here’s some advise if you are reading this- you are worth it, looking after yourself is not selfish, it’s essential.

A New Beginning

I’ve had a chance to reflect on things over the course of this year and have also come to a few decisions about the future direction of this website.

At present I want to make this website into an Illustrated blog about my interests and things I find useful. I aim to Illustrate articles on Folklore, Mythology and other things within my experience (including art and Illustration of course). In short I want to have a bit of fun with it for a while whilst building a body of work.

I took down the galleries from my coursework for the present because I’m still not sure how best to present such work with it being quite development / student based, but the work from my Final Major Project can be seen at www.taleofstone.com and I will continue to develop this project.



Sculpting a Squirrel

I’m warming back into my Tales of Stone Project after a little break. I want to make some 3D reference for my comic. There are quite a lot of squirrel characters in Episode 1 which I still want to explore by doing some more character designs and studies.

I made a model using silver foil and Super Sculpey:

Early stage model

squirrel early stage back

squirrel early stage front

squirrel early stage side

Added details

squirrel early stage2 back

squirrel early stage2 front

squirrel early stage2 side front

Baked Model

squirrel baked side

squirrel baked side2

squirrel baked from top

squirrel baked front

squirrel baked front2

I want to make a cast of this model in Plaster of Paris rather than paint directly onto it because I have found sculpey to be a bit fragile and I want to try different paint designs.

A Trip to Wonderland

Katherine and I had a nice day out in Wonderland (Telford) this weekend. It was nice to re-live some childhood memories although things have changed a little since I last went around 29 years ago.

I thought it was a nice woodland walk with some sculptural fantasy inspired art work to boot. Katherine said it was more relaxing than Disney Land.
We got lost in the maze for a while though.

Here are some pictures I took.

Moving House

I recently completed a Foundation Diploma in Art, Media and Design at Telford College of Arts and Technology. I achieved distinction level.

Their art department had had a complete re-design last year and their facilities, students and staff are amazing. I had a great time (apart from the Glandular Fever LOL) and I would recommend it.

I’m in the process of moving house right now so I’m looking forward to setting up my new art studio and office.
I will get working on my comic Tales of Stone again when I’m more settled.