As this is my first post on my new website, I thought what better topic to write about than the process of setting up a website - it's easier than you think!
During my week of work experience, the great people at 'The Whole Caboodle' have got me started, and now I have a live website up and running! Exciting!
So, where did I start?
Research - I decided on a name a while ago - I knew I wanted a website or blog of some sort, as I am starting art college soon, and I wanted to remeber the 'college days' well, and be able to see my progress throughout the 2 year course. I thought the name was quite apt, since I haven't chosen a specialism for college, I don't know where I'll end up or what I'll be doing, so 'Untitled Future Artist' keeps my options open. It's also quite optimistic, and it's always good to have a positive mind set! Once I had my name, I needed a logo, so I doodled away until I was happy with a design!
I drew my favourite in photoshop... I used a 'wacom' tablet which I used for the paintbrushes in the pot so that it was hand drawn, like my original design. I think wacom tablets are such a great tool to have, especially when you just want something hand drawn and it's so quick and easy to use!
I decided on which one I liked best, and I intend to create a lino cut of it soon. The paintbrushes in the pot was my favourite design. It started with me getting this lovely handmade jug from carboot (Yes - I am a huge carboot fan, you can't beat them!) and I store my paintbrushes in it. I was looking for something that represents me, so I took a photo of this jug and paintbrushes in front of my window, and it made quite a good silhouette! And with that, I sketched it out on paper, then in photoshop to finally come up with the design! I don't want it to be too precise and perfect, because that's not how I want my art to be! It needs to be individual.
I then experimented with my logo on bussiness cards, varying colour, layout, patterns etc... I didn't like the block colours, as I think they were too predictable and simple, and didn't really give away any information about me and what I do...
...so I looked into paint textured backgrounds, and really liked this one. I liked the vibrant colours and just the random texture, and how it is darker at the bottom. It contrasts well with the crisp white logo.
I then looked into other kinds of 'stationary' that I could design using my logo. I came up with letter layouts, differenet style logos, and really tried to explore a lot of possiblities. I came up with a few options, one in black & white...
... and one in colour.
Once I had a good feel for what I wanted my style to be, and I had a rough idea in mind of my website and what it was going to look like. I signed up to 'wix.com', began creating and wihtin 48 hours I had a basic structure for my website.
I'd definately recommend wix.com to anyone wanting to create a website, as it is so quick and easy to do, and you end up with really professional results! There are so many different options you can explore, and it doesn't involve any coding or complicated business... which suits me just fine right now! You can make so many choices along the way, and really personalise the look.
Creating my website has been a real adventure, with the different layouts, fonts, photographs etc. It is still a work in progress, and I will continously change bits here and there, but I think the result is more or less what I had in mind! There's a bit of trail and error involved, and a lot of things which haven't worked along the way, but I've enjoyed getting it to here and will enjoy its evolution!
I hope you like looking at my website as much as I have enjoyed creating it!