Ah hah! First!
Your title interested me, and as a fellow 7th pager I know we don't often get the majority of critiques, so I thought I'd pop in and give you some! (I do this for my first post in everyone's, don't worry, they're just my thoughts
You have some good ideas with these, and I must say I love Matt Smith. One thing that's popping out for me is the poor image quality, and that goes for all the graphics. They look blurry, and some pictures, like the lower right icon, are warped. Easy way to fix this is when you resize, hold down Shift. It "locks" the pixels in place, so to speak and prevents warping. To help with the quality, just sharpen it (not sure how this is done in gimp, so look around the tutorial section for that) Also, try to vary the cuts, right now they all look the same, Matt's head on a black background. Try zooming in or out, have multiple people, experiment.
These have very pretty coloring, I like the lightness of them. On he first one, I would flip Emma around and bring her closer tothe text, as right now the focal point is split between the two, leaving me confused as to where I should be looking. Also, sharpen Emma up, she's very blurry.
The second one is much better, the cats are so cute! And see how Emma looks sharper in that image? Great. Just move the main cat a little closer to he text ( which I'd also say experiment with on everything, use gradients and drop shadow to make it look really good and stand out) and this could easily be your best piece.
Right now, this one is clearly your best. The coloring is the most cohesive and he focal point is more clear than your sigs. The main issue is the big Billie Piper, she looks blurry and a bit warped. The text on this is the best so far! The blending in he background is also very nice.
In general, I'd say keep up the good work by practicing a lot and eating up tutorials like your life depends on it!
Here are some things to check out:http://the-dark-arts...showtopic=77023
an awesome base making tutorial, can be applied to EVERYTHING.http://the-dark-arts...showtopic=78705
some simple tips to make text look god, something everyone struggles with, believe me.http://the-dark-arts...showtopic=91998
and finally, some tips for icon making.
Hope this helps you out! PM me if you have any questions at all.
If this was too mean, feel free to whack me with a stick. XP
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Edited by randompotterink, 14 February 2012 - 09:33 AM.