I'm excited to announce the launch of my brand new illustration website !!erinwitzel.com
I welcome you all to check it out!!ART + CODE
This website marries my two career paths, web development and illustration. Isn't that cool? By day I'm a professional web designer and developer at a small but successful design firm in downtown Philadelphia. I've always loved coding— I started when I was in 6th grade, we learned basic HTML in my computer class. It's hard to tell if I'd be into building websites if it wasn't for that experience!
I enjoy coding because I love math but don't get to do much of that in my daily life ever since going on an art career path. (This is coming from the gal who was so sad she tested out of all college math with her AP Calculus test scores, CRIES. My schedule was packed and I used those free credits to minor in Japanese but I'm sad I don't remember much calculus anymore... or Japanese for that matter. CRIES SOME MORE.) So, to me, coding stimulates that more logical/mathematical side of my brain that art doesn't. I love solving code challenges and making something function with mere letters in a text file.
ANYWAY. In my free time I try to do more creative art things, like drawing, making illustrations, planning a webcomic, etc. I used to be big into sewing and cosplay but that phase of my life is coming to an end, so I hope to focus more on advancing my art. I'm hoping this new portfolio website will help my prospects in this area.ART THEFT
Also, to be honest, although I was planning on building a new site for a long, the task got put into high gear when I re-discovered a bunch of art theft for some of my illustrations. I wanted to have a portfolio site to link to, in additional to dA, as proof of my ownership over the image. I sadly have been going through pages upon pages of Google results of sites who have stolen my images and issuing email notices. I get the most angry at people who have cropped out my watermark and/or posted my images on "free clipart" websites, which exponentially exacerbates my problem...
Anyone else have art theft problems? How do you deal with them?