I think it might be time to crowd source this question. I'm looking for a good portfolio theme that I can use to showcase my comic books and storyboard panels. I've not found quite what I'm looking for yet. I think what I need is relatively simple. Then again, I clearly don't know much about this, but I have a couple friends willing to help me get set up of I can find something that looked nice. Would you be so kind as to suggest some themes that can do all this with?
Okay, what do I need?
On home page, I need a large feature image space with slideshow. Under I need thumbnails that can be clicked on (with a mouse on a PC or Mac) or tapped (with a finger on a tablet) that will take you to the "category" that thumbnail represents.
Each category page would be similar in appearance to the home page. Large feature image with slideshow on top, with thumbnail images that can be tapped or clicked to take you to the "project" or "client" that thumbnail represents.
If its a "client" then again the page would be similar in appearance to the home and category pages. Large feature image with slideshow, and under would be thumbnail images to take you to the "projects"
Now, "project" pages are different in design and function from the "home" "category" and "client" pages. See, I am a comic book artist and a storyboard artist mostly. I rarely do work that is just ONE thing, ONE drawing, ONE panel. I draw dozens of things, sometimes HUNDREDS of things that are meant to be seen together. Books, storyboards, ad campaigns, collections of concept images and production art. So what I need to see on the project page is a cascading set of thumbnail tiles. Then, when you click on a thumbnail, a light wave-type reader window should pop up to show you a close up of that thumbnail. Also, with my storyboards, it's important that there be a clickable image link to video content, be it YouTube or Vimeo, so visitors can see the end result of my production work.
Bear also in mind that on each page there should be a place for me to write an explanation of what visitors are looking at, and there should be basic navigation tools and links.
Thats it. Home page with Category thumbnails--> Category page with Client thumbnails--> Client page with Project thumbnails --> Project page with Image thumbnails--> Images in image media viewer.
Can anybody recommend a WordPress theme that can do this?
Note, I bought two very nice themes, Photography from Theme Foundry and Cleanr from Mojo Themes, and hey are very nice, but I can't quite get them to do what I want them to do. I really liked the LOOK of the Cleanr theme home page. But ultimately, and quite possibly because I don't know what I'm doing, neither has given me what I want.
I really NEED to get this figured out quickly. My web presence is embarrassing and I won't really be able to apply for jobs illustrating and storyboarding and designing until I get this figured out. Ideally, there would be a ready made theme that I could just simply install and load media into, but if there is, I have not found it.
So I'm asking the Internet, can you help me find what I'm looking for? I need names, demos, examples. Also, I am not a web developer. There's a limit to what I can do, I already find this whole project excruciatingly difficult. So a ready made theme would be much better for me than dramatically redesigning an existing theme, adding on a lot of plug-ins, editing and diagnosing HTML.
Anyway, Internet, can you help me find what I'm looking for?