Hi Jess. I’m here with your requested critique. I’m going to lay this out by acknowledging the specific areas you mentioned and give feedback on what is working and what could use work as well as any advice I have. I’ll wrap up with a general critique of your whole gallery.
Text – I feel underqualified to critique text because it’s not my strongest area. What I see from your gallery is a firm understanding of the basics. You match the text with colors in the rest of the graphic and you seem to be experimenting with fonts and text styles. However, your text can be hard to read or be distracting from the rest of the graphic. In this+ banner, for instance, there is so much going on with text. The main text blends into the graphic while the quote sticks out. In this instance, it would do well to try a drop shadow under “Missing” to make it stand out and decrease the size (and make it all one size) on the smaller quotes. However, in your, this city never sleeps sig the text stands out great and is both eye-catching as well as creative. Text is one of those areas you really just need to practice with and play around with different fonts, sizes, styles, and colors until it fits in.
Coloring – Your coloring is pretty good all things considered, you have a variety of dark and lighter colors in your graphics and are showing that you are experimenting with them in your graphics. However, in some case,s your coloring is too saturated making backgrounds stick out more and take away from the focal point in your graphics. I feel you do well with picking complimentary colors but that the coloring itself is a little flat. You would do well to add more depth with shadows and highlights, lighting goes a long way. Check out some tutorials and play around with using different adjustment settings like levels and gradient maps and color balance. this+ tutorial really helped me when I was getting back into graphic making and is still one I use frequently.
I love your coloring in this+ banner. In this+ signature, however, the coloring kind of hinders the focus. While I love the actual colors you chose my eyes kind of do this O____O. The bright texture behind the smaller model makes him stand out and be noticed first which is great, but the contrasting darkness over the bigger model pulls my eye in that direction almost at the same time. The coloring over that area may be too dark and could benefit from some lightening up.
Image Quality – Your image quality isn’t terrible. From what I can tell you are using higher quality images and your models don’t look too grainy or blurry. Three things I’ll mention. To improve overall image quality image prep is super important. I usually will prep my models before I use them in a graphic even with HQ images. Check out some tutorials to find a style you like best but basically, it’s a mixture of sharpening, blurring and blending around faces that I find useful.
I also have discovered the benefits of filtering after you have a graphic complete. this+ tutorial has been particularly helpful for me.
One thing that I feel you should watch for that may affect the overall image quality is your blending around models. In this+ CI you did a fine job of blending around the hair and really fading it into the graphic. But in this+ sig there are areas of the hair that are a little jagged and rough causing the model to stick out more. The reason I mention this blending under image quality is because blending isn’t something I feel you struggle with. It’s more the blurring of hair to mesh well with the background. Usually, I hard cut my model out with a large hard brush and then will decrease the opacity and a smaller, fluffier brush and gently fade the edges of a model’s hairline.
General – You have a lovely, developing style. You use textures very well and have lovely composition. I recommend playing with some tutorials and just reaching beyond your comfort zone a little more to gain more practice. I also feel it would be lovely to have a little more variety in each section of your gallery. It's best to have a couple of examples in each to really showcase our style and techniques. Wonderful work Jess, I have no doubt that with a little practice you will go very far indeed.
Edited by Amortentia1992, 31 March 2018 - 07:42 AM.