Way to go Rick! Glad to hear you're back in the saddle. Didn't have to move or anything like that.
Congratulations Rick! I was reading about Wild Tangent on Wikipedia. Looks like the work is right up your alley. I also see that they "manage advertising sales" (whatever that means) for other games including Sony Online's Free Realms, the game I work on.
Did you have an "in?" Someone you knew. Or did you do it all via application, linkedin and such? I've re-intensified the linkedin. I've also broadened the scope of what i might do with applications. I went through an ordeal filling out the psych test they give you to work for Home Depot. I'd love to work for Home Depot. And do my thing (storyboarding my own scripts is what I've decided my thing is) as a trade off for that purely bracketed work of Home Depot hours. Right now I'm designing a new web site to show flash animation and banner ad skills. That would be good creative freelance, but that sloppy, crunch prone time bracket is the trade off.
I've been doing a lot of different stuff. I found this job through the job search on LinkedIn. The other successes I had where situations where I knew someone, had coffee or lunch with that person and they got me in to talk to the right people. LinkedIn is good- I've used it a lot when I've been hunting for talent- but your profile on LinkedIn needs to have a link to a good portfolio.
Thanks Rick. I need a much better portfolio and I know it. Still shaping it in my head.
Rick, are the TAG links current for your portfolio page? Do you do your own HTML? Using...Dreamweaver?
I completely understand how you did your webpage Rick. It is within my ability to do similar. Not talking about the art.I'm talking the web page architecture. I'll launch something to get reactions to within a week.
How do you do your web pages Ellis?
Photoshop-cut up with Imageready-taken into Dreamweaver for links and such.
I'll probably lay mine out just like Rick's. The giveaway that I could do it was the url update as you press the links to the gallery art. New page of html but 90 perecnt of the images still drawn from the same file, one slice refreshing. Nice and clean, quick loading.
How did you do your web page Rick? Dream Weaver also?
Yes. Originally I created it after Keith gave me a tutorial on basic HTML many years ago. I basically cut and past code to make it run. More recently I've been using Dreamweaver... I didn't know much about the tool, and I still don't, but through trial and error I got something to work. It's not as slick as a lot of websites our there, but it's functional and I can tinker with it without hiring a web designer.
Unsolicited portfolio advice:Start with your best work... don't save it for last. If you have work that is "iffy", then don't put it. The only possible exception to this rule is if you are applying for something super specific and the only piece you have that addresses that specific thing is an iffy piece. Even then you would be better off reworking the piece before including it.Don't put a ton of stuff in your portfolio... you don't need ten drawings of a raccoon, for example, you just need one really good one.
Thanks Rick. Exactly. I've done way too much shotgun in my approach. I'm taking your number 16, picking really good drawings and making them into "paintings." That should make it fun and also focus me. Thanks for all the info. How was the first half week?
Cool!What does a senior artist do?
The first half week has been great. Loads of drawing and brainstorming. I've also been providing some feedback on a per-existing project.
Benjamin, senior artists stick freshman artists in their lockers and take their lunch money.
You always land on your feet dude. Hope this one works for you. Watch out for the suits!!!! :0
Ellis: Thanks for the tip... I've been doing it all wrong!Jim: Thanks for the well wishes. I will keep an eye out for suits. I haven't seen any yet, but I'll let you know if I spot any.
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