Hellooooo Varsha! First of all, let me apologize for how ridiculously late this crit is! Real life got the best of me, it seems. But I am finally here with your requested crit!
I think you have a great start with your gallery! It's clear that you have an eye for design and I can already see some great technique on your end! I'm actually especially fond of your coloring skills. I think you've got a really great dreamy coloring style going right now that I find really appealing! With some tweaks, it'll be amazing! So, since you did list your known weaknesses as focal point and composition, I'm definitely going to address those for you. But since you are relatively new, I'm also going to go graphic-by-graphic and give you some tweaks along the way!
So, since these are relatively the same thing, I lumped them both together. Overall, I really don't think your focal point and comp are your weaknesses! In fact, I see them both as your strengths. +This CI I think is particularly interesting and is a great example of your composition skills being one of your strengths! It's interesting, dynamic and really well-composed. Great job! Your TDA blend thing is also really really creative and I think it's a beautiful comp! Generally, you do a really good job of balancing negative space with your models and you're really good at creating depth, particularly with +this banner. Definitely keep making things like this and experimenting with your comp! You clearly have the foundation to have some serious skill here, so experimentation is key in your case. Keep the rule of thirds in mind, of course, but keep doing what you're doing.
I will mention that I think +this is a little lacking in the comp department. Unlike your other banners, it doesn't read particularly well overall and come off as a little flat to me. I think there's a bit too much text, but that's easily fixed. What I wanted to point out the most about this banner is the fact that both of the large models are basically at the same eye-level, along with the main text. So, there's a bit of an issue with discerning the focal point here. I suggest moving some of the models and the text around. Maybe keep the larger female that size, reduce the size of the male and change the text around? Or vice versa? Experiment a bit here, but I do think this one needs a little work in the comp department. Everything else seems to be pretty great here.
Rihanna Icons: I really like this set! You have a lot of interesting cuts and I love that you're experimenting with monochrome! Overall, the icons need a tiny bit more contrast, but I think they're great! Excellent job!
Team Cap Icons: I like what you've done with this set so far, and I think we're almost there! I love that you took Alison's crit into account and she was totally right. These ones all have pretty unique cuts and look really nice in a set! You've also added more contrast, which is good! I will say that I think the whites are a little blown out on some and you lose a little detail in the faces of certain ones. Specifically in the Scarlet Witch one and the Bucky one. If you look, you really lose definition in their noses, so I suggest playing a bit with lighting here. I am a HUGE proponent of using black and white fuzzy brushes to create lighting. Essentially, I take my canvas and look at it from a photographer's point of view. Where is the light already coming from? Where do my whites look too white? What about my blacks? Then, I create a new layer and take a fluffy white brush and dot/paint around lightly where I think the graphic needs to be a bit brighter and set that layer to soft light, then mess around with the opacity until I'm happy. I do the same thing with a black fluffy brush on another new layer where I think the graphic is too bright. So, I would take a fluffy brush and dot on a new layer where their noses are and set it to soft light, then lower the opacity a bit. This should bring some of the shadows back in around their face. With these icons, I also wanted to suggest using some more creative fonts and text placements. While I like that you've added text, because it's all pretty small print in a basic serif font, it looks more of like an afterthought rather than a finishing touch, if that makes sense. I love the font you used on the Team Cap icon, so why not use that on some of the others? Text can overlap models too! So, don't be afraid to use the font for Team Cap for the Scarlet Witch icon. Maybe a red font with a white outline for the word Scarlet in about the same size as the Team Cap icon tilted slightly to the right going across the bottom of the icon? With the word "bleed" in all caps in a smaller serif or sans-serif font in white also tilted to the right above the word "scarlet"? You have a lot of great cuts here, so don't be afraid to experiment with text!
En Bleu Banner: So, I've already kind of addressed this one in the top, so I'm going to skip over this one.
Don't Mess with a Player Banner: I really love this banner! The only thing I would suggest here would be to control some of those whites again! Again on the faces of both of the models, the whites are a little blownout around the nose area, so take a look at those.
A Smokey Room Banner: This banner has depth for days and the comp is fabulous! I love the coloring and the stock use too! Here, I would suggest taking the text and rotating it a bit to the right just to push that comp over the edge.
Bottom Banner: I love this concept! I just would make a few changes to the text. I love the font and the placement and everything, but I'm not sure that it actually says? Is it "bottom, top?" I thought it was "bottoms up," but I don't think that's it? Just move this around to be a bit more readable and you've got another great piece!
Do You Remember Signature: I like this idea too, but I think this piece is a bit on the weaker side, composition-wise. You chose to have a really bold placement of a model in the middle of the graphic, but then you placed another smaller model and all of your text on the right side of the graphic. I would suggest actually going all-in and moving everything to the middle of the banner, which is usually a big no-no, but it could work here! It's all about experimentation. I love the dreamy coloring, but with that, I don't think the font for "remember" works so well. Try a skinnier script font and you'll have it! Don't be afraid to mess with monochrome too! It could be cool to have the larger model or the smaller model in monochrome, while the other is in color.
Alike CI: Like I said before, I really like the comp of this CI! It's really dynamic and unique and I love it! I will say that a few areas look a little over-sharpened or pixelly. For example, the text as a whole has a lot of pixelation around its edges (the smaller text is pretty pixelated, while the darker outline of the alike text is pretty pixelly too). This is usually either from putting your text under coloring layers, or from over-sharpening everything. So, either pull back on the sharpening, mask out the text from the actual sharpening layer, or move the text up over the coloring layers. I also suggest dialing back the sharpening a bit on the larger Anna's hair. But you have great blending here, great comp and a really great CI overall! Excellent job!
Basics Header: I think you have a great comp here, but I do see some image quality, coloring and sharpening issues. The larger model is pretty warmly colored, while the lady and her horse are pretty cool. You want to try and match your skin tones. This clearly doesn't mean that every single skin tone in a graphic should be the same (that's ridiculously impossible ) BUT you should try and make their general temperature and coloring match. Meaning, if the larger model is warmly-colored, the other models/focal points should also be warm and vice versa. The larger photo looks a little LQ as well, which could come from over-sharpening or filtering. Everyone struggles with image quality at times, so don't stress about that! Maybe dial back a bit on your sharpening or coloring and go from there.
TDA Blend: I love this. Honestly, I see nothing to change here. Beautiful, simple piece!
I think you have a great start, like I've already said! Just remember to watch your contrast, pull back on those over-blown whites, use some HQ images, start playing with text and keep experimenting! I hope I've helped you a bit and if you ever need anything, please don't hesitate to ask me! Happy graphicing.