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The Artist's Corner

Who's club banner is the best? (see below)

  • Eeveelover824

    Votes: 6 11.5%
  • colorless-winter

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Sworn Metalhead

    Votes: 23 44.2%
  • Azulart

    Votes: 6 11.5%
  • Callie-Rose

    Votes: 1 1.9%
  • extroph

    Votes: 15 28.8%
  • Kutie Pie

    Votes: 1 1.9%

  • Total voters
    52
  • Poll closed .
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Keldminrachi91

Just call me Cooki
Personally, I use imgur over you-know-which-image-host just because I like the fact that it allows you to direct link, maintains your image for a few months, and I just find it a lot less of a hassle. It's an alternative if the one you've been using is now blocked, at any rate.

Personally, I've just always used Photobucket. My computer doesn't seem to like it, though, so I might switch.:/
 

Dragonicwari

Artistically angry
Preparefortheworst_zps1862e2fd.png


Realized it has been a while since I have posted anything and I was thinking of making a new banner regardless. Any feedback?
 

GoldenHouou

antagoonist
The reason they blocked t-pic is because it sometimes redistributes URLs. If you don't know what that means, it's basically it taking the URL of a picture and giving it to another - which could lead to your harmless Pikachu banner being replaced by hardcore porn.

@keldmin: No computer likes Photobucket. I personally use postimage.org Quick and easy, with the only drawback being that it doesn't seem to work well with .gifs. I need to use another site for those. I used to use t-pic, but guess I need to go to imgur too.

@dragonic: Hmm, the Absol doesn't really blend well with the background, and the text is hardly visible. Changing the font color to something a bit brighter might be good. The corners also look a bit plain; maybe make them rounder or have a border, if not even fragmentation (that's a bit more advanced, though).

I still don't have PS on my laptop, so haven't been doing banners in a while. I did pick up drawing again, though. Most of them are just mindless doodles/sketches, but eh. I might post some of them later, but they're already on my dA so I'm kinda being lazy about it.
 

Kaiserin

please wake up...
The reason they blocked t-pic is because it sometimes redistributes URLs. If you don't know what that means, it's basically it taking the URL of a picture and giving it to another - which could lead to your harmless Pikachu banner being replaced by hardcore porn.

...That would make sense, yes.

Dragoniciwari: I think you did a really good job cutting the Absol out, since I don't see any artifacts, although I probably would have outlined the text in a lighter color in the interests of legibility.

By the way, if anyone receives any more unwarranted negative reputations, please let me know. I'm hoping now that I've alerted a mod of this issue that it will stop, but as I and someone else have already received more negative reps even after it was supposedly taken care of, I'm not closing the case quite yet.
 

Keldminrachi91

Just call me Cooki
The reason they blocked t-pic is because it sometimes redistributes URLs. If you don't know what that means, it's basically it taking the URL of a picture and giving it to another - which could lead to your harmless Pikachu banner being replaced by hardcore porn.

@keldmin: No computer likes Photobucket. I personally use postimage.org Quick and easy, with the only drawback being that it doesn't seem to work well with .gifs. I need to use another site for those. I used to use t-pic, but guess I need to go to imgur too.

Well, I see why it's blocked. -_-

I still just leave .gifs alone, since
a) Can't find a good tutorial on youtube (to be fair, it's not like I've searched every corner of it), and
b) From the *very limited* knowledge I have of .gifs, you would have to move each individual frame, and I haven't found an easy way to do that (although I try to stay away from the "confusing" aspects of GIMP, aka channels, paths, and the like), but maybe that's how you do it. :/ (Wow, just made myself feel like a n00b there.)

I haven't actually gotten any negative rep points, but when I logged on this morning, I had a rep points notification, but it was just a positive one for this thing I posted in the Open Request thread (lots of banner work was being requested over there, and since my art shop is dead, I figured why not). It's nothing special, and I'm not too proud of the cutting job. :/



EDIT: Well, it seems I jinxed myself. Just got a neg rep with a comment of "The thread is for art, but every post is about rep" THIS POST IS THE FIRST TIME I MENTIONED THE DANG THING! >_<
 
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Conquer Phoenix

Falling Light
I'd like to join the Artist's Corner!

Username:Woebegoenick
Nickname:LOL Nick is fine
What art you enjoy doing:any really
How you became interested in art:When I first came to serebii and Mew had his art shop
 

TheCharredDragon

Tis the Hour to Reload
Hey there guys! I'm sorry that I haven't been active lately, my internet disappeared, and it will most likely will happen again. I'm still in the club...right?


Anyways, I'd like some constructive criticism on this as I wasn't sure how to color the ice that was covering the entire body of Scelus (the frakenstein dragon monster in the middle).
scel_y_fears_by_cchariz-d79de7p.jpg
 

GoldenHouou

antagoonist
@Charred: Hmm, the image is very small and kinda difficult to make out... you don't happen to have a better resolution version? It'd be easier to give crit.

@keldmin: I really like the font in the banner! The only thing that jumps out to me is that Zekrom's lines are a bit blurry. Enough to make it a bit distracting, but not enough for him to really blend. Maybe either make the blend stronger, or add stronger outlines?
 

TheCharredDragon

Tis the Hour to Reload
Yeah, I do. But I don't get why it's small though... Okay. How's this?

scel_y_fears_by_cchariz-d79de7p.jpg
 
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Keldminrachi91

Just call me Cooki
@keldmin: I really like the font in the banner! The only thing that jumps out to me is that Zekrom's lines are a bit blurry. Enough to make it a bit distracting, but not enough for him to really blend. Maybe either make the blend stronger, or add stronger outlines?

It's called Electrical from DaFont.com. As far as Zekrom goes, I probably should've found a better image, because the image I had had a black background, so when I cut him out, his outline came with it. :/ It was the only one that I thought looked like he was using Fusion Bolt (which was specified in the request) that was close to a render. :/
 

Toyosatomimi no Miko

炎髪灼眼の討ち手
I use Photobucket, my computer seems to tolerate it. Only thing about it is that stupid bandwidth whatever that replaces the image with an error thing. I don't remember this from when I first started using it, must be after the upgrade. ARRGH PHOTOBUCKET
Nothing in this world is free. Lesson learned.

Anyway, the banner is alright, except that Zekrom has blurry edges. If you used the eraser tool, try not to use the eraser tool. If you use the magic wand > feather tool, keep the feather to a minimum.


There's a lot of clashing colors and lines. Try to keep coloring in one direction, it doesn't fill space as quickly (as in trying to color in a horizontal space with vertical lines) but it makes the whole thing look cleaner.
Google Images: Search tools > Color > Transparent. Only transparent images! Saves time and effort (or at least, in my case). Only downside is that sometimes what comes out isn't exactly what you want.
 

TheCharredDragon

Tis the Hour to Reload
@Toyosatomimi no Miko

Oh... I didn't realize that until looking at it again. >_< I usually color in one direction (as you said) when I'm coloring something, no matter how annoying it is. But I think I was rushing it at the time but you still have a good point. But do you think you could explain what you mean by clashing colors and lines?
 

TheCharredDragon

Tis the Hour to Reload
You mean the curved ones? That was it's other wing. It's a bird's wing and that's the only way I know how to draw bird wings really. Is that what you meant?
 

Avenger Angel

Warrior of Heaven
Yeah, I've had that problem with Photobucket as well. It's slow as molasses for unexplainable reasons. And yeah, this is with a PAID version of Photobucket as I needed the additional space and bandwidth.
 

Keldminrachi91

Just call me Cooki
Yeah, I've had that problem with Photobucket as well. It's slow as molasses for unexplainable reasons. And yeah, this is with a PAID version of Photobucket as I needed the additional space and bandwidth.

I have the free version, because I can't get the paid one. :/


I've been trying to post these for a few days now, but photobucket has made it impossible. Decided to retry making userbars, and I'm pretty satisfied for first attempts.

 

Avenger Angel

Warrior of Heaven
I have the free version, because I can't get the paid one. :/


I've been trying to post these for a few days now, but photobucket has made it impossible. Decided to retry making userbars, and I'm pretty satisfied for first attempts.


I can actually see these.

They're pretty good and keep things simple without the flair. Only thing I would recommend is with the text. Set the anti-aliasing method to "None" if you're using a block/pixel font. That way, it doesn't look blurry.

If you're using Photoshop, this is where you change that:

ltF36gm.jpg


Also, if you're using the Visitor font (which I'm pretty sure is being used in this case), keep it at Size 10. Anything else usually ends up looking pretty messy.
 

Sohryu

Be a Man!
That stuff with the visitor font, it's pretty annoying. Also, I'm quite sure Dizzy have been using GIMP, but the same applies there too, if I'm right. It is somewhere when you set the font size and stuff.

Anyway, I have been trying some stuff lately. Mostly a mimic, though it's faaaaaaar from being the same, it's based on this stuff here:
016-mikan-title.png


Which I tried to mimic and have come with this:

cuzCA0D.png

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The Mario one is better, while the Koopa's got a bit different. That is, I tried to make it look less bland, and... I couldn't achieve the same effect I could with the Mario's banner =/
Critiques?
 
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