hey jess! I'm here with your critique First of all, CONGRATS ON GETTING FA and so sorry I didn't get through this before May promos!! I'm gonna separate this by the different technical aspects that you mentioned in your weak points!
In general, I really like how diverse your font choices are and how experimental you are with using different fonts in your gallery! I think along with colour choice, sometimes the effects that you use on your text can make it stand out too much. In terms of colour choice, I can see that your try to choose colours that are already present in your graphics but also try to choose ones that commonly appear in your graphics (eg. the beige here+ looks a little off and I would've tried one of the greens from the leaves, here+ the majority of the text is white which stands out a bit too much (maybe try it on soft light?), here+ the orange is too bright compared to the muted colour scheme for the rest of the graphic, quote text here+, and here+ the yellow cuts through too much and doesn't appear as commonly and as bright as the text). Also in terms of text effects, sometimes you add stroke when it's unnecessary (here+ and here+) and in general, I try to use outer glow or even a low opacity brushed colour behind the text instead of stroke unless it's a very graphical/shape texturey graphic (if that makes sense? ). I also noticed that you use very high opacity gradients on your text and just to make the text look more integrated with the graphic, try lowering the opacity on the gradient (here+ and here+)
Generally, I've noticed that you do have some repetitive composition in terms of people placement. In banners, your focal point tends to be on the left with a smaller person on the right (challenge: have a focal point on the right and put three people on the banner, and use predominantly soft blending on your stock!). In chapter images, your focal point tends to be on the right but I see a lot more diversity in composition (love the use of photos here+). For your sigs, your focal point is always on the left side (challenge: have a focal point on the right with only one person on your signature, and use stock!)
No major issues for me here! I love the yellows here+ and the greens here+. Watch out for muddy/one toned colouring on natalie's face here+, almost monotone colouring here+ and muddy colouring here+. Try to avoid muddy colouring as much as possible by either committing to full monochrome or trying to add more tones! Be careful about matching skin tones as well here+, here+, and here+ in terms of lightness/contrast/saturation.
I've noticed a lot of your edges, especially on text and sometimes on your hard cuts seem kind of pixelly? I'm not too sure whether it's due to oversharpening (but that doesn't seem like it's an issue on the rest of the graphic) but for hard cuts, if you're using a layer mask to blend, you can use light gaussian blur filter on the layer mask! (eg. here+ for the hardcut on the girl and the text but the filtering on her face is gorgeous, here+ for the S, here+ for small jughead and here+ for the text as well)
Sometimes, your hard cuts on hair are a but too harsh so try to use a low opacity soft brush to blend it more (here+, here+, here+, here+ and for this one, watch the halo on the smaller girl). Also, here+ Alex's elbow abruptly cuts off so try to cover that one stock/textures.
All in all, watch out for text that sticks out too much and keep working towards experimenting and watch for mistakes in your hardcuts! You're making some really cool and creative graphics so keep on practicing and developing your technique Hope that helps and let me know if you have any questions!!
Edited by empyreal., 07 May 2018 - 04:23 PM.