Since you were kind enough to drop by and leave me such detailed gallery crit the other day, I thought I should drop by and comment on your gallery as well. Mainly, I'll just be squealing about everything I love because what crit could I possibly offer you really? I'll break it down by sections so I can keep my
emotions thoughts in order.
Banners: Ugh. There is so much pretty here that it hurts. Like I just don't even know what to look at first. I really love the first three banners. I'm thinking they're a continuous set? Anyway, I love the color palette on them. It's nice that you went with a darker palette, but add pops of red, orange, and yellow to give it just a touch of brightness. I also love how different the text composition is on each one, but how they all look like they go together.
And that Queen of Carthage banner. Don't even get me started. I read that story awhile back for a review activity and the first thing I noticed immediately was how stunning the banner was. Then I looked at who made it and was not at all surprised to find your name there. That is possibly one of my all time favorite banners. The golden coloring, the smoothness of the animation, the way you've created depth by having the character in front of the animation. It's just perfection.
Your vertical banners are in a league of their own. Seriously, when I was trying to learn how to do vertical banners awhile back, yours was the first gallery I went to look at. I think my favorites are the Wall-E banner because Wall-E is one of my favorite movies. I also really love the Cat banner. It's so cute and I love the way you played with the textures on it. Again, you have that really nice darker coloring with a few pops of bright white and yellow.
I think the only really tiny, super nitpicky piece of crit I could give in this section would be to do with the Sense banner. The one with the big yellow S on it. I think the girl in full color looks a tiny bit distorted. I don't know if maybe she's just a touch over sharp, but really it's a very minor thing.
Chapter Images: Another really stunning section. Just one gorgeous thing after another.
I think some of the standouts for me are Memory, John Murphy, and your Burning Inside (in latin) CIs.
The Memory CI has such a lovely softness to it even though it's sort of creepy with the skeleton hand. The way you made it all look like an x-ray and then added splashes of red to it was brilliant. The comp is so good on this too.
I have no idea who John Murphy is, but that CI gives me the creeps in all the best way. I think you really captured the essence of a villain in it, but also made him sympathetic in his thoughts about loneliness. And I feel like a broken record, but I love the way you play with dark and bright colors together.
And your Burning Inside CI. Gosh. It just makes me think of a beautiful fall day. The golden and orange colors are just right and the image of the woman is so soft. I love the contrast between the overall feel of the graphic and the meaning of the text. Just looking at it, I wouldn't think it said "Burning inside with violent anger," but the meaning changes it and suddenly there are sparks flying off of her and she's gripping at her throat in frustration and what was just a pretty texture suddenly looks like a fire burning up from the bottom of the graphic. Maybe I'm way over thinking it, but I like how it all fits together.
Signatures: I think if I had to pick the weakest section of your gallery, it would be the signatures. Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything bad in it. All the graphics are nice, but I didn't find myself captivated with them the way I am with your banners and CIs. Maybe adding a sig or two with a brighter color palette to break up all the darker graphics would help?
Of the signatures, The World Turned Upside Down is my favorite one. I like how you faded the armies into the background almost like a texture and then highlighted the group of people in red. The text is really cool too. I still haven't quite figured out how to do the text along paths, so I'm impressed that you were able to get into such a perfect circle.
Icons: Ok I'm in love with the Harry Potter & Hamilton icons. I can't get enough of the bright colors and I love the cute messages on the Harry Potter ones. On the Hamilton ones I love the way you cut them out and placed them against heavy textures. It looks really cool.
Blends & Things: Your stylized poem is awesome. I think the poem you chose is super cute and I love the background you created for it. I'm a big fan of the ocean having grown up only a few miles from the beach my whole life, so I really related to it too.
The Belle blend. OMG. Can I just talk about that forever? It's gorgeous. The transitions in animation are so smooth. I can't even begin to imagine how many slides you had to make it play like that. Like my head is practically spinning thinking about it. Even the bit of pixelation on the rose from the animation ends up looking like it's just sparkling. Just beautiful work. That's all I can say.
*Special note for your Header & subheaders because they are so cool. The colors are perfect together. That blue & orange is one of my favorite color combos. And the cat lounging by the window is so adorable. I especially love that the quote continues down your subheaders. I read the first one and then was so excited to get to the second one to see if it continued.
All in all, an absolutely spectacular gallery my dear! Of course, I expected nothing less from you.
Thank you for being such a great Big Buddy!
edit: Sorry this turned out so long and rambly.
Edited by TreacleTart, 23 October 2016 - 08:21 PM.