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Site Update: A few small updates

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I’ve updated a few more smaller things on my website including curved edges to my thumbnails which animate to larger curves when the mouse is placed over each one. I felt this gave a bit of life to my site so it wasn’t so static and I feel the curved edges look a more up to date than having standard looking squares. I came up with this idea whilst on my iPhone and noticing the apps on the phone are all placed in curved squares and work really nicely placed next to and under each other.

I also added a small fade animation to the logo of my website so when the mouse is over it the colours slightly get fainter. This one again brings a slight bit of life to my website and also makes it more obvious to the viewer that this is a clickable button that takes you back to the homepage. I also used a fade effect on the subtitles of my site but instead these go from grey to black to highlight them when the mouse is placed over the link.

On my old website the ‘About page’ was all in third person which I was quite happy with at first but then after reading through it at a later date seemed a bit weird especially as I’m new to the illustration scene so it would be more obvious that I wrote in third person about myself. I decided to rewrite the ‘About’ page in first person which I think sounds better and gives a more personal feel the page. I also finally got a nice photo of myself to include next my write up.

All of my illustrations have a revamped description with a link to the article that they were made for if a direct link is possible which in most cases was. This allows visitors to read the original article and decide for themselves whether my illustration work well alongside it. It’s also allowed me to name drop some big newspapers which helps with Search Engine Optimization apparently which basically makes my website easier to find on search engines.

Something that you probably wouldn’t notice unless mentioned is the fact that the background of my website isn’t white anymore and instead is a very faint grey. I decided to change this because my illustrations with white backgrounds got lost in the white background of the website and especially looked weird when placed next to illustrations with a coloured background. It’s a very small change but helps a lot to separate my illustrations from the website background.

Finally I’ve added all the links to my social media accounts in the form of icons at the bottom each page. This allows visitors to easily find me on social media and give me a follow or just get more of a look into how I work and what I’ve been up to.

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Currently I’m very happy with my newly revamped and believe it look a lot more professional and welcoming than my original. Although I decided to stay away from added more quirky elements the addition of moving thumbnails and mouse over interactions have given my website more life and is now less of a static site. I’m sure in the future my website will be updated again and again but for now I think it represents me well, looks modern and showcasing my work clearly.

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Creating my business card

As I’d like to create a business card to hand out at the end of year show I’ve recently ordered lots of sample packs from different companies to get an idea of what’s already out there and what finishing can be achieved. Something that I think would work really well is the spot gloss finish that Vistaprint offer. The samples I received from Vistaprint were not only good quality but also very affordable compared to some other companies which is great news for me as it means more money to spend on the actual display of my work for the end of year show.

The spot gloss finish would work nicely with my idea as I could use it to give some depth to the brain that I plan on printing, it also gives a nice glossy feel to the image which shines in the light. Below shows the development of the front of my business card, I came up with the basic idea of having my brain illustration with my name and title but felt it looked a bit plain so had a play around on Photoshop. The text used for my name and title was taken directly from the same logo that I use for my website so that my business card links with what I have used already.

The idea were okay but I still wasn’t happy with them so I ended up just playing around more on Photoshop, moving things around until I came up with the idea of using a larger brain in the background but fading in black and white. The idea just came to me and it worked really well! I once again played with the positioning of the larger brain until I was happy with it and saved the image ready to send off to Vistaprint. Below is my finished front design of my business card.

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The faint grey scale version of the brain works perfectly to fill what was once blank space without taking away from the coloured brain illustration and the text. I made sure it was faint enough so the text was still easy to read and stood out from the background image.

For the back I wanted a reversed brain so that when the business card was bend over the back of the brain would be a mirrored image. I wanted to keep the back simple and clearly display my contact details, at first I added my site logo but felt it looked a bit out of place and distracted away from my details below. I also played around with including ‘Paper engineer & illustrator’ just to reiterate what I do but then thought it was a bit unnecessary and drawn the attention away from my contact details which I wanted to make sure was the most prominent element on the back.

I’d researched into already existing business cards as well as already existing artist business cards and found that the most common sequence to place the contact details was mobile number, email and website address. I decided to follow this sequence as it made sense to have the most direct form of contact at the top followed by the second and third. Below shows how I tweaked the back of the business card to keep it as simple as possible removing unnecessary elements as I went.

The positioning of the contact information was very important as I had to make sure that none of it would be cut off or creased when the business card was folded. I also had to make sure that the position of the brain matched perfectly with the brain on the side so that when it was carved out the cut would follow the outline of each brain. This was quite easy to do on Photoshop as I could mirror image the front cover brain which flipped it onto the other side of the business card.

Below shows the final front and back of my business card which will be sent off to be printed as soon as possibly. I need to give myself enough time to score and calve each one so I can achieve the foldable effect that I’m planning on doing. I’ve already tested the idea out and know it works so hopefully it’ll make my business cards stand out from the rest and be memorable.

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Researching business cards

I want to make a business card that can be taken away at my final end of year show but I don’t want it to be just a stand rectangular business card. As I pride myself on being a quirky papercraft illustrator I want my business card to represent that and make me stand out from the crowd.

I’ve been researching into unique business cards online and have found so many inspirational ideas. There’s ones that are different shapes, ones that popup, some that fold, others that turn into a figure, even ones that are carved into and layered. I’ve been keeping track of all the ideas that inspire me by using Pinterest and made a secret folder where I can store all of the images that I find. I managed to total up 65 different unique business cards that I felt were really cool and would stand out from others.

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The ones that really stood out to me and what I feel could work best for my business card were the ones that were carved out. There was one particular business card I found that I believe could work really well with the idea that I have. As I feel my brain illustration is the strongest piece of work I have I want that to be on my business card and I think that making a folded popup like the one below could make for a really cool and quirky business card that represents me well.


The idea would show off my papercraft skills and would also show off my artwork and I could make it so that it folds onto a table almost like a name place holder that can be found on office desks. To put the idea to the test I made a very simple mock up of what the business card would look like when carved and folded and it works really well.

I did consider also making the business card a different size rather than having thefolded standard rectangle but what put me off was the fact that it might get lost in a wallet. By having a unique shape it cool to look at but once placed into a wallet with all the other business cards it would get lost behind the stand rectangles especially if another business card was placed in the same slot. I need to make sure that when my business card is in a wallet it stands out and doesn’t just blend in with the others that might already be in there.

I’m really happy with this idea and think it could really help me stand out from the crowd, it also does a great job is showcasing my papercraft skills. I’m more than likely going to have to score and cut out each business card myself although I could potentially use a laser cutting. I do think using a laser cutting could take away from the fact that all my work is handcrafted though and wouldn’t represent me as well as a personally handcrafted card. At the end of the day these will only be for my show although for now so putting in that extra effort would be worth it.

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Instagram account set up!


So to promote my work a bit and see what others think of it I decided to set up an Instagram account where I plan on posted all my work including photos of projects that are works in progress.

So far it’s been great to see that people like my work and it’s also been really nice to see other artists work as well. I found that whilst looking through other artists work it gave me lots of new fresh ideas that I could use in future projects which is really useful. Instagram has also spurred me on to challenge myself to create more frequent artwork and really push myself to make my work as professional as possible.

I’ve discovered lots of really talented artists and have found a few artists that create really beautiful gifs which I really want to get into. I’m planning on learning how to use Adobe After Effects so I can bring my work to life a bit more which I feel will definitely help me in the future.

You can follow me on Instagram through this link: Jamie Windsor’s Instagram

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My own website



Over the past couple of weeks I have been putting together my own website that I’m hoping to use for my online portfolio.

I’ve made very simple websites before but this time I’ve decided to create the website using Squarespace. It was quite easy to make and I’ve decided to keep the website clean and simple so that everyone finds it easy to navigate around. I love the layout and how my work is put into it’s own square on the home screen, I believe it looks professional and modern.

I’ve decided to showcase what I feel are my strongest pieces of work and will update the work shown as I continue creating more so that my website only shows my best pieces that I think will impress. Although I don’t show all of my work I have included a link to this wordpress if the visitor wants to see and learn more about how I work.

As well as creating my website I decided to buy a domain name to finish it off. Luckily for me jamiewindsor.co.uk wasn’t taken by anyone so I’ve bought that and it’s registered to me for 2 years.

You can check out my website at www.jamiewindsor.co.uk

When I start contacting potential employees I will be redirecting them to my website to show off my work and hopefully it’ll end up with a few small jobs to start off my career.

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