My Website Design

It’s always hard to design your own front website page. I had all sorts of  ideas on what I visioned the final design to look like.

I finally got to work on sketching my own front page at the end of 2009.  Here are some closer detailed shots of this site and some hand rendered preliminary sketches on how I got through to the end of this design . The artwork complete took 170 hours which included the outside borders.

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23 Responses to “My Website Design”

  1. Hi Ho Dave.

    Amazing!

    How do you make time to develop so much detail – I have probs with finding time to go fishing even – normally with Ashby :-)

    Regards – Doug.

  2. Greg Manwaring says:

    Simply wonderous!!

  3. David Smith says:

    Thank you Greg and thank you also Doug. Not enough hours in a day!

  4. Ray Guzman says:

    David,
    Just saw the film-
    Fantastic Mate!

    Ray
    Hoboken Sign, USA

  5. David Smith says:

    Thankyou very much Raymond.

  6. a.klein says:

    your talents are absolutely amazing and truely inspiring.

  7. David Smith says:

    Thankyou very much glad you enjoyed the site.. keeping looking in as I upload monthly.
    Thanks

  8. a.klein says:

    hello again david, i had tried contacting you through the email address provided. i’ve yet to hear back from you, but i think it’s safe to assume you’ve been busy. i’d like to see about getting some work done when you have a moment. look forward to hearing from you. -adam klein

  9. David,
    Its raining like bloody hell here in Chicago, must have been my contact with England again.
    You have sent me a lovely English Summer day. I was in Milwaukee Wisconsin yesterday,a
    Pinstripe Legends event, lots of variety in the art. My friend Jim Hingst and I colaberated
    on a glue chipped glass, It reads “VonDutch” Iwill send Photos. I am very glad to be in
    contact with you again and will send photos and info. about events over here.

    Not quite tea time yet but must dash .
    Joe

  10. Zulma Fulda says:

    Fantastic goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you are just too great. I really like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it sensible. I can not wait to read far more from you. This is really a wonderful website.

  11. Suso Mora says:

    Hi David ,
    Words fall short to describe the beauty and quality of your work . It is an endless source of inspiration , thanks for sharing it with us .
    Just one question , do you use exclusively vector software or do you use photoshop to render your computer images as well ?

    Thanks again .

    Suso.

  12. David Smith says:

    Hi Suso. I use both platforms for design including the main one which is hand sketching to bring it to life and then to enhance it with the computer. The two together work so well.

    Thanks for your comments.
    Dave

  13. David, I am not easily impressed. Your talent, however, blows me away. Your website is magical to look at, and your lettering is superb. (I began my lettering “career” at 4 years old when Daddy pointed out numbers in a book. Since then professional lettering, logos, typography, book design and a stint in the sign business.) I really appreciate when you take a project to the ultimate level of “spectacular” and then keep trying to make it even more impressive! And what another treat – your movie is a real class act. Extremely well produced, photographed, edited, and sound engineered. Your passion for what you do seems exceeded only by your talent – or is it the other way around? Thank you for slowing down my day to appreciate true craftsmanship. Now back to this rather mundane Photoshop project…

  14. David Smith says:

    Well thankyou Chaz that is very nice of you. Would love to see your work sometime also. keep in touch and look in when you can.
    I appreciate this very much.
    Dave

  15. nathan davies says:

    working in london today, as usual i got up there early to beat the masses on the train. With an hour and a half to go about two miles i took a roundabout walking route, passing the houses of parliament. i was just standing there looking at the craftsmanship involved thinking how incredible it was and how we’ll never see that amount of man hours put into a building again. it was therefore heart warming and refreshing to come across your site tonight, and to find someone with such passion and skill, and able to make a living (i presume)from their craft.

    nathan

  16. David Smith says:

    Hi Nathan .I also did alot of walking about London looking for the old Victorian pub gems and architecture from that era.
    Thanks for looking in at the site….Dave

  17. David Smith says:

    Thanks Chaz. Glad I could make a mark on your creative day…..cheers!
    Dave

  18. Archisman says:

    Good work … fond of your small small details …

  19. Thanks a ton for utilizing free time to create “My Website Design

  20. Dan Harris says:

    Hi David,

    I only came across your stuff the other day and I have to say I have been utterly blown away by it! Such skill at every level that it really has lit a fire under me and left me feeling incredibly inspired!
    I notice you mentioned you looked at Victorian Pubs for inspiration but are there any books that reference this style of art that you could recommend specifically over others? It’s something I would very much like to look in to in more depth.
    Also, are you on Twitter? As I looked for you there but of course the name David Smith had a billion different possibilities and if you are on there, I would very much like to follow you.

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  23. jim says:

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