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#1 SwissMiss


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Posted 16 January 2011 - 08:53 AM

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made for the Blast from the Past of TDA challenge, based on the Heath Ledger challenge ~~ Actor: Heath Ledger in screencaps from Brokeback Mountain ~~ textures by butterphil, innocentlexys, maeappleseed, crazydelight, planets-bend-between-us, and makarosh


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made for the Woo Icons challenge ~~ all stocks in public domain ~~ textures by sanami276, innocentlexys, dustypaper, crazydelight, and tomycoffee




made for the Three of a Kind challenge ~~ Benedict Cumberbatch images via cumberbatchweb ~~ window stock by lumbe_stock@dA // mountain stock by austriaangloalliance@dA // space stock by 365daysdone



made for the Just Cause challenge for Lady Asphodel ~~ Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in HP promotional image ~~ All additional stocks in public domain



request ~~ Model: Montana Cox ~~ All stocks in public domain



made for the Ultimate Guy Crush challenge ~~ Matthew McConaughey images from matthew-mcconaughey.net ~~ Stocks: bird and forest by sacmaluk@dA, texture by slayground@tumblr, galaxy in public domain



made for the Ultimate Guy Crush challenge ~~ Martin Freeman ~~ Window by mnadi@flickr, Textures by nyvelvet@dA and planets-bend-between-us@tumblr



made for the Ultimate Guy Crush challenge ~~ Zachary Quinto ~~ Castle window by freebird4@flickr, texture by rosebein@dA, everything else public domain



made for the Ultimate Guy Crush challenge ~~ Benedict Cumberbatch ~~ Texture by me, all stocks in public domain



made for the Show Your Technique challenge ~~ Actress: Vanessa Hudgens ~~ All stocks and textures by tanja92@dA



made for the Bad Font challenge ~~ Model: Camille Rowe in YSL advert ~~ stocks and textures by tanja92@dA






made for the Remake It Challenge ~~ Tom Felton and Emma Watson in promotional images for Harry Potter ~~ cottage by stuant63@flickr // castle by extranoise@flickr // all other stocks in the public domain



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made for the Title Challenge ~~ Nicholas Hoult, Alvina Valenta ~~ all stocks in public domain



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made for the Chart Toppers challenge ~~ model: Anna Christine Speckhart, couple: Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom in screencap from Elizabethtown ~~ door and window by austriaangloalliance@dA // forest by peppinousuraio@dA // vines by ooori@dA // mountain texture in public domain



request ~~ Actors: David Thewlis and Natalie Tena ~~ All images screencaps and promotional images from the Harry Potter movies



made for the Fresh Faces challenge ~~ Model: Anna Christine Speckhart ~~ All stocks in public domain



request ~~ Actors: Tiffany Espensen and Aaron Johnson ~~ Stocks: All public domain except the roses which are by prima_vera@stockxchng



made for the iTunes Shuffle Challenge ~~ Actors: Lenny Kravitz and Zoe Saldana ~~ Stocks: all stocks by sergiba@dA, leaves texture from stockxchng



made for the Good Ol' Harry Potter challenge ~~ Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint in a screencap from HBP ~~ Stocks: castle by Ness8Bit@dA // leaves by levanatempest@dA // white flowers in public domain // clock by Thomas Claveirole@flickr


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made for the Before and After challenge ~~ male model Jon Kortajarena for Karl Lagerfeld // female model Molly Quinn // textures by tanja92@dA, cocacolagirlie@dA, rosebein@dA, maeappleseed@dA



made for the Random Male Model challenge ~~ model: Jeremy Dufour ~~ stocks: flowers by melmel_00@stockxchng // cathedral by jimwhiteheaducsc@flickr // ivy by Frankincensy@flickr




made for the Retouch Challenge ~~ Benedict Cumberbatch via fanpop





+ All New Public Domain Images Stock Pack (133 images)

+ 10 Medium-Sized Grungy Textures

+ 6 Public Domain Images Stock Packs (245 images total)

+ Icon Textures from Public Domain Images (15 sets)

+ Classic (Vintage) Images Public Domain Stock Pack (24 images)

+ Free to Use with Attribution Windows Stock Pack (71 images)





+ Centering Layers (including text) in GIMP


+ How to Make a Bokeh Brush for GIMP


+ Making Blood Splatters Look 3-Dimensional


+ An Introduction to G'MIC (GIMP Plug-In)

+ Green and Yellow Blended Chapter Image



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The Fire Challenge -- 3rd place
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The Random Number Generator Challenge -- 2nd place
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The Picture-Mood Challenge -- 3rd place
The Unrelated Quote Challenge -- 1st place
No People Colorization Challenge -- 1st place
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#2 prospero


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Posted 16 January 2011 - 09:41 AM

I love everything about this. The coloring is so beautifully unique, just like it is in your other graphics and everything is beautiful. Like this and its interesting to see how you're working so well with filters- you use them in way I've never seen them used before. smile.gif I really admire how much you've grown since the last time I visited your gallery and how you've focussed so well on your weak points, that I can't even spot them. Composition looks perfect now, so does text. happy2.gif I'll have to drop in from time to time, to see more gorgeousness. th_hug.gif

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#3 quixotic


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Posted 30 January 2011 - 06:10 AM

gorgeous gallery!!

i adore your colouring!! Those banners are amazing.. esp. the deathly hallows ones!
& beautiful sigs! omg the chapter images are just.. wow!!

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#4 SwissMiss


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Posted 30 January 2011 - 07:38 AM

Thanks, you guys! blush.gif I'm gonna try and get some new stuff soon.


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#5 Lady Plantagenet

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 02:58 PM

Hey Swiss!!! Your gallery is looking really great these days! I'm totally loving your coloring, and your composition is looking very strong! This banners are amazing! I'm totally jealous of your banner skills!


#6 LoveJames

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 02:49 PM

Wow, you're an amazing artist!! I especially liked the Deathly Hallows Banner things smile.gif xx

#7 nouvelle


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Posted 31 January 2011 - 02:59 PM

Hello happy2.gif
you have always been an inspiration to me when I first joined this site, yours was one of the galleries I could sit all day and stare at
I remember following your tutorials so I could learn your tips and tricks tongue1.gif
my favourite thing in your gallery would have to be +this, I just love the text, placement and font choice, and the filtering really finishes off the piece nicely smile.gif
keep updating!
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#8 kairoru


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Posted 17 March 2011 - 09:59 PM

So, I feel like no matter how many times I check out your gallery that your work never ceases to amaze me. Seriously, you need to send that talent my way tongue1.gif. I love your work, and I can't wait for what you'll make next happy2.gif

P.S. (after reading the above comment. biggrin.gif) you've always been an inspiration to me as well smile.gif. I remember when you'd always critique my work and so forth when I had GIMP. I committed every word to memory biggrin.gif and of course still try to follow it when I do work today!

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#9 SwissMiss


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Posted 18 March 2011 - 01:22 AM

Thanks you guys, I can't believe anyone actually was inspired by me because I'm a big ol' copycat myself, lol. But I'm glad I was able to help you with GIMP. smile.gif And thank you for the drop-in, you're a sweetheart. th_hug.gif


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#10 Lady Plantagenet

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 12:39 PM

Swiss, your gallery is looking great! I can't believe how much you've improved since I was in here last! Coloring, composition, image quality, EVERYTHING looks fantastic! girl_blush.gif

#11 Harley Quinn

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 06:05 AM

I am on a big comment-leaving gallery-stalking rampage today. And I chose you as one of my victims. SeansEvilSmilie.png

Anyway, ignore scary statement above, I love your gallery. happy2.gif So, you know, it's strange but your banners are one of the first tda graphics I admired (even though at that time I did not pay attention who did it). There is a story on the archives called the Marauding Misadventures of a Murderous Beater (one of my favourites) and it had one of the best banners I've ever seen. And when I was reading it before I started making graphics I thought: "Gosh, this story has an amazing banner, I wish I could do something like this." And then later I saw it was made by you and thought "This woman is so freaking talented." happy2.gif So... just letting you know, you are amazing. xD

But your newer graphics are even better! I especially love your banners and those Dexter blends. love.gif Your entire work screams of so much creativity which is really hard to achieve. (I guess that's what that thing talent I've heard about is xD ) Keep getting better and experimenting with your filtering, I really love where you're going with it. biggrin.gif And I'll be back. girl_blush.gif (this comment was so much rambling... excuse me xD)

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 09:16 AM

I am also stalking galleries today, so consider yourself stalked twice tongue1.gif
I am in love with your twentieth century icons. They are so bold, yet very vintage at the same time. The colouring is lovely.
Your Fred banner made me smile. I was so sad when I read DH sad2.gif

Great gallery, keep up the fabulous work! biggrin.gif

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 09:00 AM

heroo there! I love your icons and blends! they're fantastic they really are, I'm a Dexter fan!!
the vibrancy of your icons is really attractive and I could see it in your other stuff too smile.gif
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 04:55 AM

Just dropping by to say that your sigs are ah-mazing! I mean, Sherlock + mind-blowing composition = SURE WIN. And those text icons are so clever! They all fit the episodes perfectly. Such an awesome gallery. :wub:

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:49 AM

I love your signatures so much <3 give me your secrets? (A) love everything else in here <3

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 07:39 AM


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Enjoy your new color, dear, and keep on making such beautiful things :hug:

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#17 Lady Plantagenet

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:20 AM

I am just so proud of this very well deserved promotion! You've worked so hard and really taken strong steps to improve, and now it's all aid off for you! :D I'm just so glad to see you here as Staff, so congrats to you!!!!! Time to party!!!!! :yahoo:

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:19 AM

Congrats on the promo! I adore your signatures.
Thanks for being so helpful in the past <3
Enjoy your new colour!
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