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Posted 01 September 2015 - 10:16 PM
first! will edit soon-ish
I am in complete awe of our work honestly, it's really clear that you know what you're doing. all of the colouring is lovely, especially on the banners, and you have a clear handle on comp and blending. You may have disappeared for a while, but it's clear you didn't lose any skills while you were gone! I'm honestly so jealous of your skills right now!
One thing I would suggest, however, is to watch for image quality. I don't know if it's the images itself or just a texture that you used but, to me, the images of T Swizzle on your sig look LQ compared to the rest of the images used in your gallery. I'd just suggest looking into that so you can make your graphics even more aesthetically pleasing! Keep up the great work because I'd love to see more!
Edited by moonbaby11, 02 September 2015 - 09:04 AM.
Posted 02 September 2015 - 08:43 AM
Posted 02 September 2015 - 08:47 AM
okay, callisto... that sounds so familiar that I feel like we were here at the same time before we both disappeared! So hello if you remember me and hello if you don't!!
First off I cry at the beauty.
Okay now that that's done, holy gosh your work is beautiful
Your icons are super duper cute! The cut and colouring on those is to die for!!
I absolutely love the colouring of your banners. It's one of the prettiest colourings I've seen around TDA! And you have great comp skills! The use of avalanche.'s (I think those are the ones you used ) textures are so beautiful there!! The onnlyyyy thing I have to say as far as improvement, is maybe try and vary in your text placement? Your titles seem to always be in the centre(ish) so maybe experiment with the focal points idk tbh i don't feel worthy to give crit
With your sig, I mean it's Taylor so I love it. And those colours
I think what I'd like to see you try is dark colouring maybe. You've nailed the bright colours, so maybe dark or monochrome is something for you to get your nails into Also, CI's!
Okay so anyway! You honestly have an amazing gallery and I look forward to seeing lost more of your delicious pretties
Edited by victus., 02 September 2015 - 08:51 AM.
Posted 02 September 2015 - 12:51 PM
kristina, welcome back finally posting that comment i meant to earlier!
i saw your sig earlier and got SO excited. the colouring, composition
and text just blows my mind. it shows off your skills so well. <3 i love
all the banners you've got in here, too. your colouring is just mind
blowing in absolutely EVERYTHING, i just don't know how you do it!
your graphics are just sooooo pretty and it's so nice to see them around.
keep making awesome graphics and MAKE MORE please. i need
Posted 02 September 2015 - 04:08 PM
HI KRISTINA! <3
holy smokes your gallery is so. pretty. the softness of your graphics is something that i wish i could do!
your colouring is so subtle and lovely and it like... reminds of me of some famous painter??
idk i just feel so warm looking at those banners.
not to mention the comp! and the text and wowow. please continue to make lovely things
Edited by narcissa malfoy, 02 September 2015 - 04:08 PM.
WHAT A FEELING TO BE A KING BESIDE YOU SOMEHOW
hello my name is ariel
Posted 02 September 2015 - 10:46 PM
Hey there! You requested for a crit so here I am xD
Okay first off: ICONS! I like how you're experimenting with cuts. Each one has different perspectives but I can recognize the theme for the set. I think the third icon is a little low quality compared to the others though. Other than that, I think you have a good start with icons. Play more with composition and coloring, and they'll even be more amazing!
Your banners are lovely! First look and I'm just *___* so colorful and vibrant! Your composition is spot on my friend! Since this section has the most graphics, I'll talk about each one. As I said earlier, your composition is there already. For the first one, I think what you can improve is coloring and text. I'll also be a little mindful of the skintones of all the subjects. Cara on the right is a lot darker than the other two Caras and Cara on the left is desaturated compared to Cara in the middle. Maybe the secondary text will be better on the right sunflower area?? Banner #2 is my favorite! It's so pretty! My only suggestion for this one is maybe you could have added another image of the girl to cover the empty area to the left of the flower. Maybe adding a gradient and adjusting curves can only make the graphic pop in terms of colors Banner #3 is also pretty! (They're all pretty!) I think it would be better if different picture was used for the secondary one. They're both looking straight and I think it will add perspective if you choose a different angle? But that might just be my personal preference! I think a scripty font would make the text better as well. Banner #4! I like how you experimented with fonts on this one! Yay!
For the chapter image, I think you were going for a bokeh effect with the circles? I think blending the edges would make the image cleaner. Use a soft brush along the edges and adjust the opacity, maybe it'll turn the general effect softer? The sig is okay, though I think it would be better if you cut up the text and put it in the empty space in the middle so it's like a cascading verse and it won't distract from the primary focus of the graphic.
Overall, you reallllyyyy do have a good start here! You have a good grasp on composition and your blending is also good! Even your hardcutting is very well executed!!! Practice your coloring more so you'll have an even more seamless graphic. Play with filters, adjust the brightness and contrast of your graphics. Download more fonts, move them around the canvas. Experiment! I look forward to seeing more of your graphics! Good luck!
(P.S. if I was harsh about anything please know I didn't mean any offense!)
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Posted 04 September 2015 - 12:10 AM
kennedy- great name btw not just cause it was my favorite
president lol but thanks so much for your sweet comment!
it's great to be back & i'll completely take in mind the image
quality next time! i wanna say it might have been the texture
but no clue haha
hannah- eppp thanks so much that's unbelievably sweet of
you! and yasssss so much taylor lurve! i adore her so much
which my boyfriend can't seem to stop making fun of me for
lol but thanks again for stoping by! & your karen sig is the cutest
thing ever! she was my favorite plastic, totally the most underrated!
kay- hi! yes i think i remember you, but yeah back now & really
excited about that. and thanks so much for the warm welcome
back! you're too sweet & ughh evil text yep totally need to work on
that! haha yeah i try to get into making a dark or monochrome
banner and get all moody with music and such then i'm all
like ohhh pretty flower and sunshine and bam its happy &
colorful lol and thanks again for stoping by and the sweet words!
jordan- helllllo lady! haha thanks for dropping by and the utter
sweet words, girl! already started on the other ones for you to
drool at your earliest leisure! lol
ariel- thanks so so much the sweet words! i totally know
who you're talking about & the name is on the tip of my tongue
but i seriously can't remember! this art history lessons that
i aced seem like a massive fail right now lol
jireh- thanks so so much for the critique! it was really great & not
harsh at all. i totally see where you're coming from on all the points
you made and will make sure to remember them the next time i'm
making something. thanks again!
Edited by callisto, 04 September 2015 - 12:20 AM.
Posted 04 September 2015 - 08:50 AM
omg yasss. your graphics are so darn good.
the coloring on everything is soft but still crisp (if that makes any sense) and I really like it.
and you like Taylor Swift so, I'm even more in love with your gallery
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amazing sig by Photoshopfreak!
Posted 16 September 2015 - 12:14 PM
so I was scrolling through your gallery thinking
HOW THE FLYING FUDGE DID SHE MAKE THOSE PERFECT GRAPHICS?
your use of textures and stock is so creative, and your coloring is phenomenal!
and your compppp
please teach me
keep it up!!
btw you are a culinary student?? that sounds so cool!
Posted 17 September 2015 - 06:02 PM
lilo -thank you so so much! and yes i know
exactly what you're saying lol oh gosh taylor
is totally queen, love her so much <3 i'll
teach you only if you teach me! haha
maya- epppp that is way too sweet of you,
you're so lovely for saying that! and talk about
coloring! the coloring on your sig is so pretty!
& yep starting culinary school soon but working
in the mean time. i'm hoping to focus on pastries
& pastry art (:
Edited by callisto, 17 September 2015 - 06:03 PM.
Posted 28 September 2015 - 04:43 AM
Do you know what? I used GIMP once and it was terrible, too difficult to me, so now that I'm looking at your graphics and remembering my biggest fail ever I can only feel respect for you. Your colorings and compositions are flawless, not to mention the amazing fonts you use. I'm so amazed, I don't even know how you do it, but you should definitely tell us what's your secret. Please, update soon because I think I found a new gallery to stalk hahaha <3
Posted 22 October 2015 - 01:26 AM
Hey hey, Kristina!
I'm not sure if you'll remember me, but I was your Little Buddy in BBLB.
You have such a brilliant knack for color, and your use of purples and greens is just mind-blowing!
Congrats on the promo and the new blue, and I am so happy to see you back. <3 I have always adored you and your style.
Let me know if you ever want to chat, and I can't wait to see more of your new work! These graphics are just so, so, super lovely.
Continue with the awesome!
Posted 22 October 2015 - 11:29 PM
ash- thanks so so much for the really sweet words especially with how
utterly gorgeous all your stuff is! oh and the comment about the fonts,
insanely sweet since text hatesssssss me!
faye- thanks so much! and look who's talking about coloring, your's
is seriously so so amazing. i'm loving your current style!
lucia- epppp yes of course i remember you! i seriously looked at our
last convo just now & had zero clue what we were talking about lol but
i'm insanely glad to hear from you & thank you so much for the
super sweet words. also your sig is ksdhdlkbvcbvk <33
Posted 05 November 2015 - 12:16 PM
Hi! I keep seeing you all around the challenges n stuff and I just wanted to say your graphics are really beautiful There's so much variety in your style and coloring. Every single graphic on your page feels really distinct! I am particularly in love with the coloring here+ and here+. Share your secrets pretty please?
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Posted 16 November 2015 - 04:33 AM
CONGRATS ON YOUR PROMO!!
everything in your gallery is super duper pretty; this promo was so well deserved and I'm so happy for you!!
that last CI had me staring for like 10 years ok it's so beautiful ;_;
keep up the awesome work! <333
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Posted 21 November 2015 - 01:06 PM
Hi there Kriss!
This is Sally with her critique in tow. You said your weak points were composition
and text so I'll see if I can help you on that. So let's get started.
I really think your coloring is great, especially in +this (the monochrome is awesome)
mastering it quite well. Whereas there are pieces I would clean out of your gallery
in which I like the composition really well. Your black and white CI has great
composition; the heartless banner has really great composition (especially since there
is only one character in it really (I don't count the really small one )). Same
goes for the sins banner (although I would move the text to the center) and the Evan
one (where the text placement is good, only the font is bothering me slightly, but we'll
come to that later).
Overall you've got great work going on. I wish to see more icons from you; the two
you've got in your gallery are great. And basically just practice: make hundreds
and thousands of graphics and most of it is really just experience and experimenting!
For the weak points in my eyes I would like to focus majorly on text and image quality,
since in my opinion these are essential for you to improve your gallery
So, text: I do not think you have a problem with text per se, but more with text
placement, coloring and fonts. But first, let me say the text in +this banner is perfect ,
really - I would not change a thing!! As I already said above I would move the text on
your sins banner - since you've placed it so far to the left in my opinion it throws the
banner off balance. I also don't think the font is that fitting. I like the 'I write […] not
tragedies (GREAT SONG BTW) but I would chose a smaller font for the sins and also
get rid of the white outline. But that could also be just in my opinion - I already think it
would be great if you'd move the text and make the sins smaller (maybe also turn it a
bit? so it's not completely horizontal?).
Okay, let's move on. For the Evan banner, as I said, I think the placement is done very
well, but I think it's again the white drop shadow that bothers me a bit, because here
it's visible on each side of the letter, move it a bit more to the right and maybe experiment
with a black drop shadow or no drop shadow but add a more prominent gradient on
top? Basically just experiment. And don't hesitate to ask me for my opinion or help; I'll
be glad to! In your 'beautiful' banner I'd also recommend you to erase the white drop
shadow, maybe change the gradient so it's light on top and dark on the bottom and then
play around with curving it, making it diagonal or smaller - just play around with it.
The last thing I want to say about text is: try to download a million fonts and maybe start
experimenting with mixing different fonts (okay usually not more than 2) fonts in one word.
Often it looks great if you have a really curly and bigger first letter and then add smaller
and less curly letters! You could also lower the opacity or set the text to soft light or
multiply to play around and see what works best!
Image quality: Here I think is your second big problem. Excluding your flawless 'heartless'
banner, your graphics are often grainy or over-sharpened and that makes them seem of
lower quality than they actually are. If you want to sharpen blurry images, that's perfectly
fine - we all do it. But just be careful not to overdo it. Since you use GIMP (hey fellow
gimper!) I am sure you are familiar with G'MIC. I use it to make my graphics smoother and
a little blurrier at the places where I need it to be. under artistic you find graphic boost
(which is a great option, if you put it on overlay and lower the opacity to say 15%) and
channel processing (where you have to find your preferred settings at first - took me a long
time!). Keep in mind that even if you create a layer from visible parts and apply the options
first you can set your preferred opacity and second you can erase parts where it's too
blurry or sharp or just not as you want it to be WHEW. That's it for image quality I think!
It may seem that I'm criticizing a lot but let's face it your gallery is great and you have
all the basics down and now it's only improving and experimenting and finding your style.
just stronger ones. Your 'heartless' banner is in my opinion your strongest graphic at the
moment as well as your lovely icons.
If you have any questions, just write me a pm or leave a message on my profile, whatever
you like. It's a great start you've got here and I can definitely see the potential!! I hope the
critique helped you a bit
Edited by fayeswonderland, 21 November 2015 - 01:13 PM.
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