Hi There, It’s Taylor with your requested gallery critique.
Let me begin by saying that you have a very lovely gallery. I already commented above with some of my thoughts but I’ll be a little more involved now. I know you mentioned that you want your critique to be based around the idea of how to move up in rank and where you stand now and all that but I’m going to be honest with you and say I’m not comfortable with making recommendations based on that concept. As far as I can tell from your graphics you are already skilled and not new to graphic making so I’m sure you will go far, but I’m not qualified to tell you when that will be.
I will structure this critique to tell you what I think you do really well and what could be improved upon the most, and where I think you stand.
Let’s begin with what you do well. Your composition, coloring and use of textures and stock is implemented very well in all of your graphics. Each graphic has a clear focal point that is seriously eye catching. I think is awesome that you have this is most if not all of your graphics because I often find that this is something artists struggle with, or that if there is a clear focal point that said focal point isn’t as immediately drawing as yours are. Fantastic work. this signature is a perfect example of the focal point. I’m immediately drawn to the enlarged face of sansa and the flower and then the medium sized sansa. I love the approach you took to that composition, the models kind of give a stacked feel to the sig, one layered over the other with the smallest being on the top. Excellent work. Your use of textures is extraordinary. This+ and this+ both examples of that skill. The way you use the textures in both of these just really makes the backgrounds pop out and gives your graphics a dimensional feel. Your coloring is also well defined. Each graphic is cohesive and uses colors that flow with the stock, and it stands out. this blend+ has colors that just pop out, I think it may be the first thing I actually noticed about this blend.
Moving into what I feel could be improved upon. Your text, some blending and less cluttering. You yourself acknowledged that text is a weakness for you and to be 100% honest I feel it is for most artists, myself included. I can see that you put the effort in to try and get your text to flow, I think your larger text is better than your smaller text. this banner+ for example, the small yellow text between the models is blurry, small and hard to see. I also suggest that this would be a better spot for main/larger text and the quote to be moved where the main text is currently. this sig+ is also an example of text. While the text is in this case readable and flows well with the feel of your graphic, it seems to be placed odd. I would suggest moving it slightly left and down towards the bottom of the smaller model’s dress. Where it is placed now, it battles the larger model for the focal point and in my opinion covers up too much of the curtain. As a general rule for text, try to experiment with different fonts for your smaller text especially and choose colors from the base of your graphic. Try to place text to where it flows with the focal point but doesn’t detract from what you want the viewer to see first. I recommend checking out some tutorials on text, because it is one of the best ways to learn. However, As far as text goes it isn’t altogether bad, it could just be improved slightly.
Now, If I were you I would watch out for some of your blending around models, especially faces It’s not something I feel you struggle with overall but I did notice in one or two of your graphics something that isn’t quite a halo per say but that just don’t strike me as belonging fully either. It’s not something that you really need to work on but rather just be mindful of. Then there is your graphics as a whole, I love how you fill the whole space and have something going on with them, however some of your graphics seem a bit cluttered as well. It’s not something I feel is a problem but I think you would also benefit from experimenting some with use of negative space, or minimalistic elements as well. Also, I’d love to see some B=W or monochrome coloring techniques as well.
You have a wonderful gallery with great potential. I have no doubt that you will only improve and go really far and I look forward to seeing your gallery and graphics develop even more. You have a lot that you already are doing great on and a few things that you could develop but as a whole you are very talented, and you have a lot to offer. Great work!
Edited by BrokenButterfly, 26 June 2017 - 10:21 AM.