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#1 Nightmare


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Posted 16 August 2015 - 05:49 AM

___if the morning light don't steal our soul


{ 06. 15. 17 }


hello lovelies~

22. got the glasses. likes elephants and turquoise and studio ghibili and doctor who and books and ouat.

writing a book so am only /semi/ available.. work takes precedence, as well.

first gallery was, 'my beloved monster and me'

I love critiques and love to give love ♥



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Edited by Nightmare, 15 June 2017 - 08:16 AM.

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#2 tea cup

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 06:12 AM

I'm approving this, but just a note that the links to pixabay and mellowmint aren't working. However, it's very easy to find them without a link, so unless you were linking to specific pages/resources from there, or they require a link back to them when crediting, it's not a big deal. Just thought I'd let you know!

Edited by tea cup, 16 August 2015 - 06:13 AM.


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Posted 16 August 2015 - 08:14 AM

Hi Katy!  :dumbles:  I'm Julie and though you only have two things in here, they're both so fabulous. :loves: I especially like the Once Upon a Nightmare signature, the coloring and the composition of it are both so fabulous. I love how you're able to take such dark tones and give them vibrancy and depth because I think that's such a challenge. 


I'm not sure why, but the links to your old stuff just keep redirecting me here. :/ So you might want to double check those but that might just be my computer. :ermm:


Anyway, welcome back and I'm looking forward to seeing more from you!  :dance:



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Posted 16 August 2015 - 08:59 AM

Hello, Katy  :hiwave: 


I'm so sad there isn't more in your gallery because those two sigs are gorgeous  :wub: 

Looveee the second sig most though. The colours are so beautiful!!  :wub:  And the comp is stunning, it all just really flows.


And like Julie above me said, your old stuff redirects back to your gallery  :sad: 


Welcome back, and I look forward to seeing more from you  :loves: 


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#5 Nightmare


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Posted 16 August 2015 - 02:16 PM

Edit: All the links should work fine now! I don't what was wrong with them. Thanks for catching that, guys!


tea cup : Thank you for the approval! :happy:


magnifique. : Nice to meet you, Julie! Oh, you're so sweet, thank you!  :glomp:  That means a lot cause I've been away so long I was afraid I was going to be horrible. 'Specially cause everyone got like twenty times better and more talented while I was gone. *looks around galleries* Everybody's skills meters broke. :hide:


victus. : You, too, are sweet! Thanks Kay!  :loves:  I'm going to make lots more to fill up this space, but in the meantime, I'm just happy to be back in the TDA fold.


I'm going to be heading to your galleries soon, too, 'cause just from those signatures, I want to see more. :yes:

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 03:31 PM

Hey! Just wanted to say that I absolutely love your 'Once upon a nightmare' sig; the black/white with the multi-coloured textureyness just works so well :loves: 


Looking forwards to seeing some more graphics in your gallery :dumbles:

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 05:10 AM

eee hi katy can i just say i adore your once upon a nightmare sig? its so pretty and the greens GOSH *__*  and i love how soft and pretty your style is, it takes my breath away!!!! youre the bomb!

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#8 Nightmare


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Posted 01 September 2015 - 02:04 AM

runaway : d'aww thank you lovely <3


a.leksy : you're the bomb too! :D thank you and nice to meet you Athirah! that is a GORGEOUS NAME and ADORABLE ICONS btw. :wub:

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 08:56 AM

Hi Katy

Your gallery is gorgeous :) I love your use of colours especially in your 'Nightmare' sig.

Your banner is really pretty, loving the font used for the main title.

I hope to see more pretties from you soon <3



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Posted 30 September 2015 - 10:31 PM

katy  :drop:  you have a very very very very very unique blending and comps and that's really really great.


i wish you have more and more. oh, and maybe you can experiment more on colors. but they're all so beautiful. i especially love your signatures <3



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Posted 02 October 2015 - 11:15 PM


o n  y o u r  p r o m t i o n !


junior junior junior! 

Congratulations! <3 I love how soft everything is??

Like, I can't even with how amazing your signatures are!

You've already got such a clear style and that's i m p r e s s i v e girl

please please update soon! <3 Amazing work! Can't wait to see where you go

with all these pretty pretty things *-* 



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#12 beyond the rain

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 03:21 PM

ahh katy I knew you'd get promo'd!!! 

I'll come back in a few days with your crit but for now 

here's a promo pressie from me to you.

Keep at it, your graphics are amazing, I've always loved your style! 





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Posted 01 August 2016 - 08:11 PM


Hellooooo Katy! Congrats on your promo,

senior! I am in LOVE with your style, oh

my goodness! Everything is super soft and

dreamy! Your sigs are amazing! I love every

single one! It's super to easy to see why

you've been promoted; you deserve it! Enjoy

that new blue!


- Katlynn

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Posted 02 August 2016 - 09:46 AM

hi katy!


congrats so much on your promo

I adore your soft style and your blending in your sigs is gorgeous

i can't wait to see more from you!

and have a little present from me <3




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Posted 02 August 2016 - 03:49 PM

congrats katy! very well deserved promo,
you have a such a gorgeous style! I love
the softness and prettiness and your
texture use is perfect! absolutely adore
the icons and the iris sig, they're just lovely :wub:
enjoy the new blue!

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Posted 06 August 2016 - 12:00 PM

Hi Katy!


I really like the less is more concepts of galleries. I feel that this is one fits that and where you let your art do your talking! 


Your Icons are awesome. I love the photos of Clemence Posey. (sorry I don't know how to do the fancy e's on my lap top) They definitely fit the mood and are almost ghostly in a way. 


The Banners are STUNNING! The composition, the colors, blends, contrast EVERYTHING is working well together in both of these. The second one is my absolute favorite graphic in your gallery. It has a haunting beauty to it the really stands out and I find unique. I do have one minor crit about the first banner: I am not liking that little bit of coloring by the man in the middle. 


Your Signatures and Blends are all wonderfully composed. I find myself sitting here in awe just looking at how wonderful they are. They are so soft, but strong. 


I look forward to seeing more of your stunning work in the near future! :)

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 12:26 AM

THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH  :loves:  :loves:  :loves:  :loves:  :loves: 


(also those pressies are LOVELY)



Bex, you're such a sweetheart I cannot tell you how much that means to me! 


Katlynn, ahhh thank you!! you're seriously making my day over here stahp/ 


Hannah, thank you lovely!! you're pretty wonderful you know? 




Stille Nacht, thank you so much for the critique, it really helps! 

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#18 beyond the rain

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 12:17 PM

hey katy!! I'm here at long last to give you some crit! Sorry about the wait! So after looking over your form - we're gonna go over contrast, composition and text. Now before I start I have to say you've got some gorgeous pieces in here! This++ sig is without a doubt my favourite piece. The composition is amazing, the colouring works so well and the way you've done the text is so clever! It's just an all round flawless piece! Anyway, let's crack on! :D 



A common theme I see in a lot of your pieces is that they're all amazing, but left under-contrasted, and it doesn't give your graphics the nice finishing touch that they need. However, this isn't a big issue, and can be easily fixed, so don't worry! For example this sig++ has so much potential, but because the girl's face is undercontrasted she looks a little flat. The same applies to this banner++ which is a shame because the entire piece looks amazing! It's not a massive issue like I said, but contrast can go a long way to help a graphic pop. I'm not sure how photoshop works, but in gimp we have a brightness/contrast tool, and I use that all the time. You can also use a black and white layer and set it to overlay before playing with the opacity. Both of these things can go a long way. 

It's also about finding the right brightness/contrast ratio, I always start with -5 on brightness and +5 on contrast and change it from there, because then you can see if that's the right setting or not. 

Don't worry though, it's a just a very slight issue! 



For the most part, I'm a big fan of your composition skills! You seem to know what works and how to make a graphic 'busy' but not cluttered, which is always good! My issue at the minute is that your composition sometimes makes the focal point get lost. It's something that goes hand in hand with text (which I'll talk about more in the next section.). In this piece++ for example, the girls are very similar in height and size, and because they're next to each other I don't know where to look. And, the text is so far away from them, so that doesn't help much. Similarly here++ the two girls are close together and the text is on top of them so nothing really 'stands out' because everything's going on in one place. What I would recommend is spacing out your people and composition a little more, and have your text closest to the main person, or what you want to be the focal point. With composition and focal point, the text acts like a label like 'LOOK AT ME FIRST!!!!' without blatantly screaming that. So when everything's either too spread out or all in one place, it can confuse people a little, and even though what you've made is extremely pretty the depth gets lost.


Another thing to watch for which I briefly touched upon, is that in some pieces all your people are the same height. Like here++ with this signature, it doesn't really work, because it makes it seem a little bit flat. It's like I said, it confuses the focal point, because I don't know where to look. In some pieces it can work well, but a lot of the time (well whenever I've done it, it doesn't work hahaha) it can be a bit unsuccessful. So I would make sure people vary in height, as well then you can fit a lot more people in your graphic, and if done properly, I find the more people in a piece the more depth it has. 



I've mentioned text already in composition, but this is more about text itself rather than how it affects composition. This may be personal preference, but I remember when I was coming up the ranks - a lot of staffers told me off in crit for using white as a colour for main text. I know that it can make it easier to read, and it makes text as a whole a lot easier to do...but in some cases it doesn't work. It doesn't work in your 'ruby irving' sig, because I mentioned before it is right on top of the girls who are already quite light, which makes it a little unreadable. The way I do text is, I pick a colour from the graphic - and I go by a rule of opposites. If I'm placing it on a dark background then I'd use a light colour from the graphic, and vice versa. By doing that the text is a lot easier to read, and by picking a colour from the actual graphic the text doesn't look out of place.


The only other issue I noticed with text, is what I talked about earlier, how it seems to stand alone and not be linked with the rest of the graphic. In your first banner, the text (as gorgeous as it is) is very distant from the other people, and it goes to waste a little because people look at it last and then it's forgotten about. If it was closer to your focal point, I think it would be recognised a lot quicker - and the graphic would easily be your best piece in here :D



  • remember brightness/contrast is important to help a graphic pop
  •  try not to put everything in one place, or spread the people out too much - find a happy medium :D 
  • text and comp go hand in hand 
  • vary people in height/size and placement 
  • pick other colours than white for your text
  • work by opposites, dark background = light text & vice versa 
  • make sure text isn't its own thing, make it part of the graphic 




one++ - the blending's a little too messy, the two guys are v similar in height so there's no focal point 

two++ - it's quite cluttered, the comp and text are all kind of on top of each other & the text is a little unreadable

three++ - blending's a little sloppy, the girls are a v similar height so again there's no focal point and the text is too far away. 



Bexcellent challenge: Now this is the part where I give you a challenge based on your crit - you don't have to do it but if you do I'd like to see what you create! I want a chapter image with four people in it, but try to make sure it isn't cluttered :D I also want some text on it - that isn't white ;) Like I said - this challenge is completely optional, but if you do it - show me the results!! 


That's it for the crit! I hope it was helpful, and not too harsh! If you have any questions or concerns - feel free to drop me a PM :) 



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