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WELL HELLO THERE

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i'm so happy you created a gallery on tda because your stuff is just incredible

and let me just pause to contemplate those chapter images

this one is like......trying to find a pixel i dont like and i can't :/ 

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saraaah!! ahhhhhhhh you made a gallery on TDA, I am so HYPE for you ❤️

 

I absolutely love love your graphics, you know I am a big fan and I'm so excited to see more of your beauties!

both of jinyoung's signatures are GORGEOUS - the colouring & composition are so amazing!! and the "i can't stop me" chapter image, again that composition and colouring and the text!! so stunning!! ❤️

 

ahhhhhhh, so happy that you're here and i look forward to seeing more beautiful graphics from you!! ❤️

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hi sarah! omggg i am finally getting to look at your gallery on my computer instead of my phone and WOW! 😍

 

i love love love +this and +this, and i love how soft your coloring is! your use of textures is also gorgeous, and creates so much to look at in each graphic!

 

congrats on your promotion!! 💕

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alskaskd i took so long to reply because i didn't know how to reply to one compliment and ended up with THREE???

 

um thank you all so much this is all very kind and i am very appreciative of your nice words 🥺🥺   it really means so much that you took the time to comment!!!! ahhhh i don't even have words i don't know what to say i'm blushing. thank you !!!! 🥰

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Hi Sarah, I’m here with your critique. Congrats on your promotion this month. So well deserved. Your graphics are so soft and I love that!

 

Centre Based Focal Point

One thing I have noticed whilst browsing your gallery is that you tend to keep everything on a central focal point. Whilst that is not a bad thing as it is a good starting point, it does tend to make your graphics look the same. The viewers eye is always drawn to the same point, especially in your signatures as a straight line can be drawn through then all. Ideally you would want a jagged zigzag line going through them (from this ----- to this /\/\/\).

 

The best way to approach this is to try out different placements for focal points. I always try to divide the graphic into three sections (similar to the rule of three grid in photography), this can be horizontal or vertical sections. Which ever you choose. Focal points are generally what the viewers eye is draw to first, naturally everyone is drawn to a different place depending on where they look first, but as we are the artist, we want to tell them where to look in our graphics. Another point to add is that focal points can be people or text or an area of the graphic in general. You already have a good grasp of different size models (perfect for focal points) and placement of text; you just need to work on where you place everything.

 

Trying creating a focal point more towards the right or left of the graphic. Think of that zigzag line I mentioned before. If you create one on the left, try and create your next one on the right. I know that placing in the centre is easier as it gives you more space but doing it in every graphic does get very repetitive. Honestly trying something new can be a great spark to your imagination and creativity for graphics.

 

Text

Text will mostly start to look the same if you use fonts which are similar in style. They may be called something different and look slightly different but in reality, they are very similar. To over come this, I would suggest browsing +dafont or downloading my own font pack +here. There are millions of different fonts out there it is just about finding different and new ones.

 

The text in your graphics also looks the same because you are doing similar styles on them. By that I mean the outlines and shadows. There are times when we rely too heavily on those effects. Again, they are not a bad thing but they become a bit repetitive. I to have found it hard to break my reliance on them. My tip to solve this reliance would be to use textures or brushes under the text to make it more readable. If you need to rely heavily on an outline to make your text more readable then you need to think of a way to make it readable without it.

 

You might find +this tutorial helpful when it comes to text.

 

Composition

The main definition of composition is ‘the act of combining parts or elements to form a whole’ but it can also mean ‘anything from how you place a model on the graphic or how each graphic is laid out or even how creative you have been’.

 

I think +this tutorial on composition may be a big help. There are many aspects of creating a good composition and if I am honest, you have the basics down. You can create depth within your graphics and know how to place models etc. I think you just need that extra push to get out of your comfort zone and be more creative with your compositions.

 

How about in your next graphic you place a model upside down or creatively hide half of their face? The possibilities are endless and once you get out of your comfort zone you can be really creative. Look at how other artists do their compositions and get inspiration from them. Another way to create a better composition is to have models in different poses, rather than ones which are directly looking at the camera. It stops your graphic looking flat at the same time too. Think of your graphic being 3D rather than two dimensional.

 

Also try having more than three people on the graphic. This can really help with your compositions as you have more to work with.

 

Colouring

I love the colouring on +this graphic. The light and warm tones work so well together. As for your other pieces I think the colouring is too dark and the model images cannot be seen very well such as +this. So just watch out for your darks being too dark and black. There needs to be a fine balance between brightness and contrast. On +this piece the colouring is perfect and you can see the definition of everything clearly.

 

If you need more help with colouring then +this tutorial should help.

 

The best way to learn how to colour is to download some PSD’s and look how others use the tools to colour their graphics. I know PSD’s are taboo to some people but honestly they are a great help to understand how a certain colouring tool settings work. So I’d highly recommend looking into it. Do not be afraid to try some bright vibrant colourings too.

 

Mini Challenge

Create a banner with the focal point being set to the left of the graphic. Must contain four models, have a completely new never before used font. A bright colouring.

 

I hope that this has helped you in some way. You certainly have the scope to improve and create a fuller gallery. You got this!

 

If you have any questions then do not hesitate to PM me.

 

Gaby

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thank you so much Gaby!! this was all so helpful and i really appreciate you taking the time to come critique this for me, i've had a feeling i was getting stuck in a comfort zone and i really am thankful for your tips in overcoming that. can't wait to give the challenge a try :loves:

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congratulations on the promotion, i super love your use of texture and colour in your graphics and the way it all works together.  that first blend is my favorite, it looks so bright and the composition looks awesome 

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ah I can’t believe I took so long to reply to this I’m so sorry!! thank you very much, that’s so sweet of you 🥰 I was so scared to make it so that’s really the best compliment 🤩

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sarah, hello!! cannot believe I haven't popped in yet, I swear I've been meaning to. I love everything you've done, but I'm particularly obsessed with your blends. both this+ and this+ just floor me, like, how??? especially the guilty pleasure one. the text? the blank space? the colours and poses? AMAZING :wub: big canvases scare me, so colour me impressed. I cannot wait to see more of what you do, and I'll be keeping an eye on your gallery excitedly for whatever comes next :loves:

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