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  1. @aurevoir I'd suggest just making one banner if you have just one otp
  2. Challenge Issued By: bewitching. (previously by ailhsa) Challenge Title: [banner] I Will Go Down With This Ship Challenge Image Size: 1-3 700x110 or 110x700 banners Text: see below Specific Images: see below Mood: see below Animation: No Other Information: We all have a ship or set of ships that we love! Our ultimate OTPs! For this challenge make 1-3 banners containing the different ships/pairings that you love. One banner for each pairing. The character names should be somewhere on the graphic. Other text is up to you as is everything else with the graphic. The ships can be from any film, TV show or even characters from a book. Have fun and enjoy! Please remember your image code! If you're okay with us posting this on social media (with attribution, of course!), please say so when you post your entry. Thank you! Challenge Ends: Ends 10th June Remember to post the image code with your entry within code tags! [*code] [*/code] (remove the asterisks) [img=image url here]
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  5. @star crossed I've completed your critique. All spots open again
  6. Hi Grace! I’m here with your spring critique. Firstly, can I just say how gorgeous all of your graphics are. They are so pretty and shiny. Your mix of stock with textures is just beautiful. +this and +this are just stunning! Okay, so I could sit here all day and praise your work but that is not why I am here. Colouring After looking through your gallery I’ve noticed that you either tend to go for warm reds, cool blues or black and white colouring. Whilst this is not an issue it is just a habit that we can fall into. More often than not it is our personal preference to stick with certain things. Again, it is not a bad thing but it can limit us. Sometimes you have to branch out and think of the mood/theme over personal preferences. Think about what colours would best suit a dark angsty graphic and which ones would suit a bright romantic graphic? Always ask yourself does this colouring give off the right impression for the graphic? Think of it like this, if your graphic was a book cover then what impression would it give a potential reader. Does it convey everything you want it to tell them what your story is all about. Maybe try making a graphic with a contrasting colouring such as pink and cyan or dark blue/orange, mix things up. The results could surprise you. +this tutorial might be able to help you with colouring and ways of experimentation. Dark graphics seem to be your style but often it is nice to change it up every now and again. Instead of using dark textures maybe you could use bright colourful ones. If you have a dark texture then you could try having it on a different blend mode for different results. Create a bright colourful graphic with bright vibrant colouring, similar to your second set of icons. By mixing it up it should help you out of a rut and out of your comfort zone. Text Selecting fonts is exactly the same as what I said about colourings. They have to fit the theme of the graphic. Serif and cursive fonts work best with dark graphics and bold sans serif fonts work best with brighter graphics. I’d suggest browsing +dafont for new fonts just to change things up a bit. I always like to browse the ‘new fonts’ section as you may find some nice ones that inspire you. Again, try and get out of your comfort zone, go for fonts you may never normally use. Think of it like the book cover again. You will notice that dark fantasy books will always have a serif font for the title and a light hearted romance book will have a fun sans serif font. Choosing the right font helps to convey the overall mood. Another way to change up text is to try using different effects such as duplicating the main text, adding a stroke layer, reducing the fill to 0% and shifting the layer to the right or left. That is the most common effect with text now a days. You could try adding an inner glow to the text to lighten it. +this tutorial might help you understand some of the effects you can do with text. +here is another tutorial which may help you experiment with text. For me the text in +this banner does not work with the overall theme/mood. I would have chosen a serif type font so that it fits with more of the traditional theme. If you do create a bright coloured graphic then experiment with the fonts on that graphic and see what you can come up with. The results may inspire you when you create another graphic. Composition You actually have a good eye for creating a creative composition and focal points. Everything within your focal points is nicely grouped together. The biggest thing I think you need to work on is getting everything to work together and be cohesive. There are some cases where your choice of colouring or text or placement of people can throw of the composition, breaking the graphic up, such as your banners. The composition in your CI’s is amazing along with your signatures. I’d suggest working a bit more on trying to make everything within your graphics feel like they belong together. By that I mean so that no one can tell that they were placed together, they would think that everything in your graphic is the original image. If that makes sense. I’d refer you to my composition tutorial +here so that you can refine your compositions. I’ll also link you to +this tutorial as it is great at explaining how you can be creative with resources. I’ll also link you to my favourite places to get textures, stock pngs and brushes: +pngs, +texture-one, +brushes, +texture-two, +textures-three. Experiment with all of these and see what interesting compositions you could come up with. Spring Clean Out These are just a few graphics that should be removed from your gallery as they are not up to the standard of all the others. Feel free to ignore this section. +this – the main text does not fit within the graphic especially its colour. Your last two signatures +here and +here – they don’t feel as well made as your other signatures. I’d also shrink your banner section and only showcase your best work. I would suggest keeping +this, +this, +this, +this, +this and +this. If you have any questions about anything mentioned then do not hesitate to PM me. Gaby
  7. Ally! Welcome back! I'm Gaby and I remember you but I don't know if you remember me. I loved all your graphics. I cannot wait to see more pretties from you!
  8. Challenge Issued By: bewitching. (previously floralprint.) Challenge Title: [icons] Rainbow Icons Challenge Image Size: 8 100x100 or 200x200 icons (you may mix and match icon sizes if you wish) Text: up to artist Specific Images: up to artist Mood: up to artist Animation? n/a Other Information: It is always magical seeing a rainbow in the sky, wondering if a pot of gold really does lay at the end of it. For this challenge you will create a set of 8 icons each a different colour of the rainbow. Remember the rhyme: Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain. The colours must be: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, black/white. The whole set must be cohesive, despite each one being a different colour. Everything else about the set is up to you. Use stock, textures, people and text. It is entirely up to you. Be creative and more importantly have fun. Please remember your image code! If you're okay with us posting this on social media (with attribution, of course!), please say so when you post your entry. Thank you! Challenge Ends: 24th May 2020 EXTENDED until 1st June Remember to post the image code with your entry! [code][img=image url here][/code]
  9. Happy birthday gaby! Hope you have the best day possible 

    1. bewitching.


      Thanks Grace ❤️

  10. Hey Gaby! Thank you for your critique. I do have questions. And there are some links that weren’t working. Will send them when I am not on my phone. 

    1. bewitching.


      Send them via PM and I'll look into them for you.

    2. bewitching.


      They should work now. Sorry my mistake. I guess I skipped over them when editing my post.

  11. happy birthday lovely! have the best day possible :)

    1. bewitching.


      Thank you Jordan! ❤️

  12. @ailhsa completed your critique! All slots are open!
  13. Hi Lia. I’m here with your spring critique. Colouring Becoming the master of colouring requires a lot of experimentation and practise. We, as artists, all have our moments when colouring is a challenge. Learning all of the different tools that photoshop has can seems daunting but once you give it a go and see the effects it seems less daunting. After looking at your graphics I can see (please correct me if I am wrong) that you use gradient maps to colour your graphics. Whilst they are good for get different colours, they can also affect your graphic. Depending on the type of gradient map used they can actually make the graphic look darker than intended especially if used on soft light. I’d suggest maybe looking into trying to use selective colouring, photo filters, channel mixer and colour balance. Whilst some may take a while to get to grips with such as selective colour and channel mixer, they really will change the way you colour your graphics. Selective colouring allows you to select specific colours within the graphic such as reds and yellows and change the tone of them. It is the perfect tool to matching skin tones too. Photo filters overlay a colour to the whole graphic so an orange filter will warm the graphic whilst a blue filter will cool the graphic. Channel mixer is similar to selective colouring but only has three tones (red, green and blue) and should be used sparingly. Colour balance is similar to a photo filter but has three sliders. +this tutorial may help you with some aspects of colouring as well as this tutorial +here. Just experiment and try not to make your graphics look blue or purple, which is a constant theme within your gallery: +here, +here, +here, +here. Similar to either doing full monochrome or black and white. Your gallery lacks variety of colourings. Also, your graphics look rather dark in patches and it makes them look like they are over contrasted which could be down to the colouring methods you use. The solution would be going through your colouring layers and seeing which ones make the graphic look dark and either lower the opacity or edit the colours a bit so they are a bit lighter. If you use brightness/contrast, levels or curves then I’d suggest editing those layers to not make the graphic so dark. The colouring of any graphic should match the theme/mood. If you want a dark themed graphic then use dark colours but if you want a bright colouring to fit your mood then use bright colours. Colouring plays a large part as to how you want your graphics to be portrayed. Watch out for how your colouring is affecting your models skin tones. A lot of your skin tones are white or washed out for example +here. It makes the models look drained. By adjusting your colouring, you will preserve the models natural skin tones. If the models skin tones do not match then you can use selective colouring or other colouring methods to make them look similar. Blending You have a good grasp of hard cutting models as they look like they belong in each graphic, like they were meant to be with the chosen background. Kudos to you for that. The main issue with blending is your use of stock and often blending larger models in with it such as +here. Blending things together has to be done carefully otherwise things can look either too see through or have halos around them. If you are trying to blend stock together, this is a tip I learned from Bex, is that you have to have stock of similar colours, that way it will look more cohesive and be easier to blend together. This in turn will mean that you don’t have to full hide the actual colour of the stock. Similar to a few of your graphics where the colouring is overpowering the natural colours such as +here and +here. That is a point you definitely need to work on. In terms of blending a larger model into the background I’d suggest thinking of a graphic having a background, middle ground and foreground. By this I mean the larger person is the background the middle ground is the stock being used to hide the person in the background and the foreground is the smaller model and text. +this graphic is a perfect example of that. The way the trees go along with the tunnel of light gives the graphic perspective as if it is going away into the distance. Instead of trying the blend people into the background/stock have the stock cover them and only show parts of their face. That way you keep a solid model but you are just hiding them away but making sure they can still be seen. Experiment and see what result you get. Look at other people’s graphics for inspiration. Text This is another pet peeve for most artists at one point or another in their many years as graphic artists. A lot of us no matter what our rank is will struggle with text. Sometimes like colouring it can make or break a graphic. With a lot of your graphics I have noticed you use similar fonts; they may have different names but they are similar styles. I’d suggest going to +dafont and trying to find some new fonts that you like and may want to use. You never know finding a new font could spark your imagination for your next graphic. Find some nice script fonts and some nice bold sans serif fonts. Text sort of falls into composition of a graphic too. For me composition means how everything within the graphic works together. Next time you make a graphic ask yourself: Does this font work with the graphic? How can I position it to make it work? Etc. With text it is all about experimentation but also making sure that your selected font matches the mood/theme of the graphic. +this tutorial should help you understand text, the type of fonts used for which type of graphics and some of the effects that can be done. The text within your graphics does not jump out at me. Instead it just blends into your graphics as they look relatively flat due to the colouring. Bringing out more of the natural colours within your graphics (making them pop by using vibrance) will mean that your text will be able to shine and be noticed rather than fading into the background. I’d love to see you experiment more with fonts. Another thing I have noticed is the spacing between your text in some graphics. There is too much of a gap which is drawing my eye to it rather than your focal point, such as +here, +here and +here. I’d suggest pushing your text closer together especially your subtext. Have a look at how other artists do their text and try to emulate that into yours. Composition/Focal Points Composition and focal points play a large part in graphic design. Imagine you are looking at a painting in an art gallery. Where exactly is your eye drawn to? Which part of the painting do you look at first? That is what artists do. They want you to be drawn to a specific place on that piece before you look at the rest of it. A similar thing applies to photography especially landscape or nature photography. They want to draw you into looking at a specific place. The same applies into the type of graphic design we do. We want who ever looks at our pieces to look in a specific place. In most of your pieces there is no clear focal point and my eye is wandering everywhere or it is being drawn to the wrong place. There are many ways in which you can over come this. +this tutorial will help you understand composition and focal points better. Tip 1 – Find interesting model poses – having models placed straight on makes the graphic feel very flat but having then turned slight or even sat down can create some very interesting compositions. Try looking +here for some HQ images or even +here or +here for some pngs of people. Experiment with new poses and see what you can come up with. Tip 2 – Use larger images of models to create a focal point – Instead of using models of the same size throughout your graphics try and vary the size. Most people tend to use three different sizes: large model with only part or whole face showing, medium sized model next to or near it, smaller model which can only just be seen. Look at the composition tutorial above for some ideas of what I mean. Tip 3 – Use the golden spiral principle to get a better focal point – Using the golden spiral principle allows you to work out where the main focal point of your graphic will be. From there you can work outwards for the rest of your graphic. This acts in the same situation as before if you ask yourself where is your eye drawn to within a graphic. Look at other people’s graphics and see where your eye is drawn to first, that is their focal point. Tip 4 – Use similar coloured stock – As I mentioned before this point will allow you to create a better background base and allow your graphics to feel more cohesive, allowing everything to work together. +this tutorial by Bex will help you to understand this point better. Tip 5 – Be more creative with stock and textures – I have noticed that a lot of your stock seems to be leafy or windows. It is starting to look very repetitive, making every graphic look the same. There are plenty of stock packs on TDA with a variety of images that could get you out of your comfort zone. Changing it up a bit by using textures instead of stock can help you work on your composition. It might spark your imagination. +here are some stock packs. +here, +here and +here are some of my fave texture packs. Experimenting with all of things mentioned in this critique will help you become a better artist and help you get out of your comfort zone. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about anything mentioned. Gaby
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