Hi Aria! Kara here with your critique - sorry about the wait!
I think you're brilliant, tbh. <3 I can't believe how young you are! I made graphics when I was your age too but I was absolutely terrible hahaha. Nowhere near your level of brilliance. You have amazing composition. It's so interesting, intricate, and well put-together. I can't get over how brilliant +this banner. The coloring is so beautiful and striking, the composition is perfect, and everything just looks so good! You have an amazing eye. Your chapters blow me away too. The coloring is really nice and vibrant, you have excellent texture use, and everything is just arranged in such an eye-catching nice way. Major props.
My only piece of advice, really, is to be careful that you don't go overboard sometimes. You don't have to insanely busy compositions to make things interesting. You make everything look interesting, like +this. I love the use of negative space. It looks so good! You definitely have heavy coloring, like sometimes I might pull it back just a bit. It looks looks so good +here and +here. (Though in the first, I might recommend erasing some of the texture off the girl's face to the right as I'm not sure it adds much - but that's just my opinion. Regardless, the coloring is lovely), but a bit too contrasted +here and +here. The first also doesn't have the best quality. Perhaps from too much coloring/textures? Not sure exactly, but be careful. I like the effect of the second sig and I think it looks really nice, I just think that it might improve from a little of the textures being erased/lowered in opacity for the girl on the right. But this is honestly really nitpicky. I think you pull off most things that you do very very well. Just something to watch out for, perhaps.
That's really honestly the only thing I have for you. I think you have a really brilliant style. I love that you are constantly trying new things and new compositions - keep doing that! If you feel like you're in a slump, download some more textures and stocks that you have never used before! I really like the way you branched out with your Soul banner. Don't feel like you have to stay trapped in what you think is your 'style'. It will definitely help you to brand out and try new things, and your style will definitely come across anyways. Once you have one, it doesn't go away. It comes across in all things you make! Just keep stretching it out. Like make yourself stay away from your line/circle-y texture thing for a graphic. Make something super simple. Make another stock banner. I don't think you're a bad place at all. You are so creative and you're making really great things. Like really great. I'm with Ayesha, don't be too hard on yourself! We all get in slumps, but that doesn't mean you're any less talented than you were before. Keep looking through galleries, challenges, old challenges, ask friends for some advice, make things about your favorite music, TV, movies, etc. Just keep making things and you will find yourself out of your rut really soon! I don't think the quality of your graphics have suffered - just your motivation. It'll come back.
Keep up the amazing work! Feel free to PM with any questions! Hope this was mildly helpful! <3
Edited by klutzy_kara, 26 February 2015 - 04:07 PM.