Ashley I have no excuses for getting here late plz forgive me </3 BUT BETTER NATE THAN LEVER I have come to give your critique like you asked~ You put your weakness as repetition and also vaguely asked for a clean-out of sorts, so I will start there
I can totes understand why you'd worry about repetition being a weakness- of course, being a grad, you should be all about experimenting. But fooortunately, looking through your banners, I'm not seeing anything egregrious in terms of repetition - I think that your newer banners, especially, are great because you've been messing around with composition and putting more people onto the canvas, so A++. However (and I'm basing this off my knowledge of the unstyle challenge), you have a tendency to put +long quotes and there's very graphics in here that are truly minimalistic - you seem to favour fairly +busy compositions and while that works very well for you, you really should get out of your comfort zone a little more. It's what makes graphics like +this stand out more - it's still unmistakely yours, but the simpler composition and brighter colours (you also seem to like fairly dark colouring?) make it very different to the rest of your gallery. There isn't really much of a fix for this, I'm afraid, although what I'd recommend is taking a look through your gallery before you start something new - if you're making a banner, have a look at what you already have and pick the opposite. At a glance, I can see that your gallery would do great with some more pastels (I LOVE PASTELS), graphics with a little less text and some negative space going on in more than just your sigs.
For the large part, your image quality is greeeat but there's a few graphics where I think the lower image qual is letting the graphic down. First, the bigger Candice +here, and the people +here (which I'm p sure is just because they're screencaps, so I'm not horrified by it - but I think you have far stronger graphics in your gallery). Finally, you have lower quality +here (again, p sure it's screencaps. But I can see other graphics with anime characters that are a lot more polished, so). Also I just realised, while linking these, that the URLs are saying they're jpgs- from what I know, tinypic has a tendency to change PNGs to JPGs sometimes, so if the image quality issues continue, it might be tinypic over your graphicing. That said, I've found the best ways to bring LQ images up to scratch is to use a mix of the blur and sharpening tools to make things work - sharpening eyes a tad, blurring the skin, etc, maybe duplicating the layer and using surface blur (to smooth the skin) and then lowering the opacity to get the details back, so you can definitely still use screencaps and things, but just remember that they need a little more preparation.
Like I said, I looove that you're experimenting with your composition because it's very easy to get stuck in a composition rut
I would know. Howeverrr I would say that sometimes with your composition, especially in your banners, you lose your focal point a little because of the general busyness (is that a word?) of your graphics. For example, +here, the 'melancholy' stretching out past both pictures of the girl (is that Imogen Poots? I do not know) makes it very hard to work out whether I'm supposed to be looking at her first, or whether the text is the focal point. You have a similar issue +here where you have three girls of a similar size and text that takes up the same amount of space- so I don't know if I'm supposed to look at the main text first, or the girl by the byline. This leads to the well-known O___O syndrome, of course This is mostly present in your older banners, but I figure it's definitely something to look out for in the future too ^__^ Fortunately, your sigs have no such issue because they mostly all have one person on them (there's a challenge for you - time to make a sig with two or three people ;D )and I'm not seeing an issue with it on your CIs either, but it's still something to look out for in your banners/in case you start building your other graphics the same way
Your gallery is v strong and I actually love it very much because you have such brilliant colouring (and I am a colouring fiend) but I think for you to get to the next level, you absolutely need to be getting out of your comfort zone (as I don't know how you build your graphics I can't really tell you exactly what that is XD). Like I said, work on minimalism, brighter colouring, more people in your sigs, etc, but at this point, I think the only real critique I have is that you just need to keep experimenting
If my explanations are terrible or you have a question or something, feel free to PM me 'cause I'll do whatever I can to help
Edit: comin' in here, taking ur new pages..
Edited by clarity., 03 July 2015 - 02:39 PM.