The first site to receive a face lift and get back up and running was Neo-Elegance Design, my illustration and design portfolio website. Since the late 1990s, I've worked off and on as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer illustrating t-shirts, rock posters, advertising, company logos, and a bunch of other stuff. In 2006, I started Neo-Elegance Design as a venue to promote my illustration and design work and assist me in the process of acquiring freelance contracts and design jobs.
In July, after putting the professional illustration work aside for awhile, I figured it was time to get back to work applying for illustration gigs on Guru and oDesk. Since my old site was no longer available, getting the new version of Neo-Elegance Design up and running became my first priority.
Mad Kassar template that I ended up using for the new site. Once I had it uploaded onto the site and had a few test posts up to check functionality, the next day and a half was spent stretching, poking, prodding, and tweaking as much of the code as I could to give the site the retro-vintage look and feel that I was after. I even made a custom background using some poured cocoa powder Photoshop brushes I found on Dribbble. Once the site looked right, the following week was spent reformatting all of the image files to fit the new layout and appearance of the site and getting everything uploaded.
As of the end of July, the new online home of Neo-Elegance Design is finally live and mostly up to date. I still need to upload some product designs that I've created over the years and a few recent illustrations I've done, but there's enough there to give prospective clients a pretty good sense of what I'm capable of as a designer and illustrator. It seems to have done the trick so far as I've already been hired for a few small projects on oDesk and there are a couple of others that I might be able to luck out and get as well. Now I just need to get the other sites to the same level of completeness.
If you'd like to check it out, the site can be found at: neoelegance.blogspot.com I still need to get my domain, www.neoelegance.com, ported over to the site so I can drop the "blogspot" part of the web address, but it works for now. Also, I'm always up to doing some more illustration and design work. If you've got a project you're working on that you think I could help on, feel free to contact me through the Neo-Elegance Design website or hire me on oDesk.
Until then, it's an idea...