I am so so sorry that my critique is so unbelievably late, but somehow
I just didn't get around to doing it earlier
I hope you had super nice holidays and a great start into the New Year!
I've already seen that you've revamped your gallery and I have to say
it's looking lovely!!
So let's get started with this crit!
As a major strong point I would point out your composition! I love that
you're playing around with all sorts of different things and are keeping
a wide variety in your graphics. So keep doing that! A little challenge
for you to keep things interesting though: make a banner with at least
4 (if you really want to challenge yourself include 6) people and no
I also love that you're very active and constantly improving! There's no
comparison between your gallery in December and your gallery now!
Making many graphics and asking for advice is definitely playing a big
role in improving so just keep being as active as you are and I'm sure
you'll be flying up the ranks real soon
Another strong point is your coloring in your newer things and also the
combined use of textures and stock - I think it's gorgeous and it makes
things interesting, so keep experimenting with that! I can't wait to see
There's two major points I want to address here: contrasts and text. I'm
concentrating on your newer graphics here, since this is the level you
are at at the moment. In section three I will suggest a little clean out.
Contrasts: Some of your graphics have slight problems with contrast or
white balance. Your newest banner (the alice banner) has a lovely
coloring, there's no doubt about that, but the whites are a little too strong
I think. Especially the white on the face of the person on the left - the
right eyebrow is completely vanished under the white and it makes it
look a bit funny. In contrast to the over-contrasting in the banner, the
white balance seems a bit low in the second CI (dawn of justice) - the
overall graphic would profit more from making the contrast a bit higher!
Same goes for your first signature as well as the last two sigs and your
'the force blend' (WHICH IS SUPER AWESOME OTHERWISE!), I'd say.
Just higher the contrast a tad and you'll be good to go!
Text: Okay so I think that you're still struggling sometime with finding
the right text placement and font that fits into the graphic. For text
placement we're taking a little older banner of yours, the 'leaving you
banner'. You put the main text completely off to one side, which shifts
the whole focus of the graphic to the right - you want it to be mostly
centered though, to maintain a sort of balance. So I'd suggest you
move the main text to the space between the big face in the middle
and the tiny person on the left - you could also make it look like the
text is behind the big girl (cut a little bit off) - it creates depth to the
graphic and can work really well!
The second thing I want to address is adding a border/outline to text.
You did that in your gorgeous 'slow&steady' banner, but unfortunately
it doesn't work at all for me. You have a gorgeous use of stock there
and what this banner needs is an elegant font - the font you used is
not bad, but the gradient and the border make it look too childish - I'd
say take the pipette, take an orange colour from the girls hair and
set the font to that colour. Get rid of the gradient and the border, if
you want you can add a slight black drop shadow, but I'd really stay
away from outlines! They hardly ever work, and if they do, 99% of the
time it's when used in texture filled graphics - and since your use of
stock is so great I would go for more elegant text, like the lovely one
you used in the alice banner!
Here I have a little clean out suggestion. Just in time for promo's I would
remove your hunger games icon set (the font is pretty repetitive, as well
as the coloring), your pride and prejudice banner (the text and the
colouring isn't as strong), the leaving you banner (the text placement is
weak, as mentioned above, if you change that, it can definitely stay!),
your let them eat cake sig (in comparison to your other graphic this is a
little simple), your I love you/I know sig (the image quality of the people
is fairly low).
What I wanted to acknowledge though is your gorgeous 'other' section!
Keep adding new stuff because this is a pretty strong point of yours!
So all in all I think you have improved so much and you are THIS close
to promotion in my eyes Keep on being so active and you'll do great
If you have any questions you can pm me about anything! Even if it's
just to chat - my mailbox is open! (Unless it's overflowing.. then just
leave a comment )
I hope I could help you a bit and I wasn't too harsh or anything!
Sorry again for being so late