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)
and +this (I love the neon effect). Also the coloring in +this CI is adorable.
While you say that composition is a weak spot, I actually think you are already
mastering it quite well. Whereas there are pieces I would clean out of your gallery
(+this & +this, because the composition is not strong enough) there are other pieces
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.
I'd suggest you take +this and +this out of your gallery because your other pieces are
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.