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#1 inspector.


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Posted 26 September 2010 - 01:24 PM





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logan lerman, the life and times, makorra, sherlock,

stydia, the social network, percy weasley & the stark girls.

is commonly known as the female reincarnation of john watson









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2012 - best at simplicity

2013 - best at texture use




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#2 accursed.


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Posted 26 September 2010 - 06:18 PM


**ahem what??**

Hey Kelsey/Lucy biggrin.gif
I'm Laura. happy2.gif A fellow MA.
Welcome to TDA. Now you're a MA you
can really participate with the site and have
heaps of fun happy2.gif

You have a great start to a gallery here!
I love your banner smile.gif It's so cute.

Haha, don't worry, Blends petrify me biggrin.gif
I've given them a try but they never turn out that great confusedslant.gif

Icons are pretty cute too. They are my favourite graphics everr.

So feel free to hit me up with a pm or comment happy2.gif

& i'm not sure i've got the heart for this

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#3 catawampus.


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Posted 16 October 2010 - 10:28 PM

SECOND!! boo yaaa!!

soooooo i relly like your texture usage, it makes me quite happy. for shiz. and i looooove your banner, the simplicity is quite amazing. you NEED to check out +shizoo, it has the most amazing textures, they are litterally my lifesaver.

you have an amazing start here, can't wait to see what ya come up with thumbup.gif
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#4 jeremyy

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 08:45 PM

What is this amazingness!!??
I am in love with that banner!!
And the rest of your gallery, for that matter!
Those Soka(sp?) icons are brilliant.<3
You need to make more, because I see real potential!
Definitely a better gallery than when I first started out.
-looks away in shame-
Keep it up!!
I wanna see more!

I'm Jeremy, and I'm indefinitely back!



#5 Ariellem

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 10:12 PM

Absolutely brilliant! I love your banner and everything else and I can't wait to see more! happy2.gif

Hello, My name's Sexy (12+)

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#6 allegro


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Posted 27 December 2010 - 07:30 PM

I have a good suggestion for you : MAKE TEN POSTS AND APPLY FOR PROMOTION!
Really! You have such amazing gallery!

no muse for now. sorry!

#7 inspector.


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Posted 29 January 2011 - 02:04 PM

Thanks to everyone who's commented so far. I really appreciate it, despite the fact that it's been forever and a day since y'all commented. -looks away in shame-

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#8 anachronism

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 11:42 PM

Your style is beautiful smile.gif I'm totally jealous, because I would never be able to pull it off. Especially your current signature wub.gif

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#9 insomniatic


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Posted 28 March 2011 - 08:49 PM

Hiya, just gallery browsing and saw your gallery title and thought maybe, just maybe it was a vlogbrothers reference. smile.gif

I really, really like your current sig. It's so different and creative. Your Mulan blend is pretty awesome too. And all your icons. And the katniss banner. Actually I really like your whole gallery. smile.gif

Just thought I'd let you know.

-Val smile.gif

hi, i'm val. how are you?



#10 inspector.


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Posted 28 March 2011 - 10:03 PM

@anacronism: Thank you so much. I kinda just make a lot of PNGs in my spare time so I have them handy whenever I need them. Shhhhh. Don't tell anyone. It's a secret. wink.gif

@!nkblot: Yep. Welcome fellow nerdfighter! Oh how I love John and Hank. *sigh* And thanks for all the... praise? I really appreciate it happy2.gif

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#11 beyond the rain

beyond the rain

    that is so fetch!

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:43 AM

Hi there! I love what you have so far, your style is pretty awesome and you have a great sense of composition and colouring. I can really see you getting promoted but there are a few things in your gallery that are getting in the way.

on the third set I think that the second icon (the one that's representing it.) isn't the best so I would try and lose that one so it's out of the set. As for the loners I would definately get rid of the first one as again it doesn't match up as well but the loners don't quite have the same aura, their colouring is good but not amazing, the text is clear but not as sharp as the others (like the second icon, I can only just read the words darren criss.) So perhaps getting rid of all three is the best thing?? It's up to you really.

I would get rid of the first one and the Jackson Rathbone, the first one is very LQ and basic so it seems a little rushed, the Jackson Rathbone is again, LQ and it's far too busy and though the text suits it I feel like it's out of place and the composition isn't as good as your other graphics.

Again I would lose the first banner as it's very LQ and the text isn't as readable as the others and the third one because I know that this is how you intended it to be but it's very empty and the text fades in pretty well. However I love the second banner and the fourth banner to pieces!

I'd keep it but the text needs to be sorted out sharpish as it looks LQ and the colour doesn't match with the graphic! I love the blending and colouring though!

Keep both of them, I love them they are just amazing full stop.

Sorry if I seemed a little harsh but I can seriously see you getting a promo soon so I'd try to work with stock a little more! smile.gif


#12 amoretti.


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Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:44 PM

Hey Kelsey! happy2.gif Jordan here with your requested critique.

    First things first, I would reccomend not thumbnailing all your graphics, as it can become a little tedious clicking on every graphic to see what you have in here. I know that some staffers do it for aesthetic appeal, but especially when you're looking for promotions, it's better to showcase your work properly. Thumbnailing older graphics is a better option. That's completely my opinion, though, but I think that thumbnailing all graphics can do more harm than good. smile.gif

    Your current sig, as well as the Kaya banner are really good. I think you work really well with textures and the collage look, and this is definitely one of your strengths. I think it'd be really cool to see you experiment more with this. happy2.gif I would watch for overusing textures though (no real friends), as it can become a little heavy and wash out the graphic.

    In terms of critique, I think the main thing that you need to watch out for is image quality. A few of your graphics appear a little too blurry (parks and rec icons). A low opacity sharpen and some contrast would really help make them pop. Watch for using low quality images too, just prep them a little more (romione blend). Some blurring (the paintbrush like blur tool, not surface blur) would also help with the image quality.

    As well as that, I would reccomend experimenting a little more with text. You seem to use a lot of simple fonts and, while this works, some variety would also help you. Watch out for using the font in the Jackson Rathbone sig too, as it can look a little off in most graphics, though it does work in your current sig.

    Overall, I think you have a really good gallery here and my main advice would be continue to experiment and push your boundaries. happy2.gif

I hope this critique helps you a little and, if you have any questions or whatever, feel free to drop me a PM.

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#13 inspector.


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Posted 29 March 2011 - 09:14 PM

@Rollerblades: Thank you so much. This is just what I needed: someone telling me straight up what looks good, and, to use your words, what's getting in the way of me moving up! I really took what you said to heart and, as you can see, pretty much used your advice straight up. I agreed with you on most things. Thanks again smile.gif

@ammoretti: Thanks for the critique. I liked thumbnailing because it looks so nice and clean... but I can see how it can get in the way. confusedslant.gif I'll probably use it for bigger things/older work, like you said. I am a fan of (some) textures, not going to lie. It's probably because I learned how to use them before any real coloring techniques. (August 2010: "What the heck is this gradient map everyone keeps talking about?") I am quite terrible at prepping images. I'm still learning what exactly makes something HQ... and how to use the sharpen/blur tool. As for text... I'm working on it wink.gif
Thanks again for all the critique and advice!

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#14 GinnyPotter25


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Posted 30 March 2011 - 11:09 PM

Holy cow. I have to fangirl about THIS BANNER for a second.
WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWWOWOWOW. I saw this in the challenge and I was blown away. It's SOOOO PRETTY. I would, like you said to me, marry this.

Now that's done, I really love your icons too. I SUCK at icons, so I'm always worshipping those who don't. As far as my coloring goes, I really dislike Gradient Maps (except black-white of course) and I use fill layers in my coloring. I flood fill my layers with whatever coloring I want and play around with the opacity and I like to set it on Soft Light/Overlay usually. There's some really cool effects that you can get from experimenting with flood fill layers. I also experiment with the Shadows/Brightness of my images. Errr what else, Hue/Saturation. Except I need to lay off of that now. But that always helps brighten things up and add a pop of color!

I hope that helped! And I hope to see more awesomeness in your gallery!

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#15 brithewriter

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 09:45 PM

OMG I love your gallery + siggy, they be quite awesome! I'm so glad you want to work on my siggy! For reals wub.gif

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#16 inspector.


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Posted 05 April 2011 - 09:32 PM

@GinnyPotter25: Thanks! I don't think I quite realized the awesomeness of it until everyone began saying how amazing it was huh.gif Hm... Fill layers you say? You know, I bet I could make that work kinda like selective coloring... Hm... *wheels turning in head* Thanks for your info on coloring!

@brithewriter: Thanks! I'm glad you like my gallery and your Scrubs siggie. Scrubs FTW!

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#17 !PINK


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Posted 13 May 2011 - 10:48 PM

Hey Kelsey!
Here for your crit biggrin.gif

icons--> I love your icons! The cuts and coloring are great. My only suggestion is to expand them and put the whole set in you gallery. Unless the images are so large that you have to scroll sideways then there is really no reason to link to them... unless it is your personal preference tongue1.gif .

Sigs--> Coloring and blending are great but one thing you will want to watch for is focal point. In this sig I don't know which is the focal point or, the girl which you have beautifully colored and blended or the very large text. So you can make the text smaller and the girl would become the focal point... or make the girl smaller and the text would become the focal point. The composition on this sig is wonderful... but the text is pulling the eye away from all your wonderful work. Maybe you could drop it down and place it on the white of the cup. I LOVE this image... just inch that text over and it will be gold!

Banners--> The concept behind this banner is great, but the overall quality of the image is very poor... be sure to seek out higher quality images. This banner has a great concept but the blending on the back of the Kayla's scalp needs a little love. This Banner is banner is amazing... keep up the good work!.

CIs--> No comments for this CI... the color is great A++ for creativity. This isn't one of your strongest compositions. I love Adam Brody but sometimes his images can be a little low quality. Just keep an eye out for a higher quality image. I would consider taking out of you gallery as there is many other amazing thing to look at biggrin.gif .

Blends--> I absolutely love you mulan blend... keep in you gallery forever! Your Ron and Hermione blend is nice... just keep focal point in mind the text up and to the right is a bit distracting.

Strengths--> Icons... you rock the tiny square!
Weaknesses--> Focal point... you aren't to far off just a little TLC and you will figure it out!

You have a great gallery here.
Keep up the good work!
hope this was helpful!

#18 Mintleaf



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Posted 13 May 2011 - 10:54 PM

I loveee your gallery so much! I can't even pick a favourite! Your waffles banner makes me hungry hahaha happy2.gif


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