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Old 11-18-2012, 02:22 AM   #111 (permalink)
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Would be hard for you top your bro. His sheer creativity will blow you out of the water, son.

Btw, that's a sick sig.
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Don't be a douche lol.

I like it Prae. Good shit.
Okay, let's just settle this.

Spoiler for Abk and A$AP:

I am the one overseeing my brothers progression personally and it's no secret I judge based on experience. My brother mentioned me in his little comment because I have praised his arc of progression as it matches mine with the exception that I've been giving him pointers whereas I improved based solely on experimentation. He's a creative guy as well but right now he's focused on getting the basics down. His latest (not quite final) pieces:



I'd say he's in good hands.



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You're supposed to be rating his work. Not telling him how much better his brother is.
It's like going to every art gallery and telling them how it's nice but Da Vinci's work was much better lol.
A$AP, the voice of reason.

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Hmm..I'm all for the return of shops tbh. This current system is quite dull. There are enough active artists to keep the section going.

Maybe throw up a contest, and the first three get shops or just leave the selections up to the mod so he could give a shop to whoever he thinks deserves one in the section. Don't think it's a bad idea tbh. Champ, I'm expecting you to second this.
I'll address this here since I don't want to clog up the Giveaway Thread. At this point I don't care anymore, I loved having a shop because my shop was pretty popular in the absence of the 'old school' guys. In fact I have the shops to thank for having my own little group of loyal 'fans' who 'til this day still PM me for a signature, since they like my style. So in a way I still get a bit of both worlds, you're not alone though, others, including my brother want a shop too. Here is my concern though and the concern I'm sure Tenacious might have as well, upkeep.

Don't take this the wrong way, but your recent actions don't bode well for you having a shop Abk, recently you've been all, "I'll give this a try" and then never follow through. Which hey, is fine since there are other artists who submit, part of the beauty of this new concept. I know you might change your ways if you had a legit shop and you were pretty consistent with your old shop but you seem uninspired right now. This goes for anyone else who wants a shop. Upkeep is key.


Now moving on to business...



I like the concept, I thought it would be more fitting with a masked guy like Sin Cara, but I can understand that Kofi's action is more like 'Spiderman'. So I provided an example of how I would approach your idea using the same subject:



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The Kofi one is a cool idea but the color choice is meh. Since everyone uses green in Kofi sigs you should go the other way and try blue or something. Orange would fit him too.

Just my two cents.
-Like A$AP said, the 'watermelon colours' as I like to call them are a bit played out (I am guilty of using the same colour scheme),they don't (in my opinion) fit this particular concept.

-The text I used is The Amazing Spider Man, which of course is very fitting for your concept.

-I added subtle Reddish Outer Glow to the web, and a distant Drop Shadow consistent with the light source.

-A couple of texture layers for the background and another lens layer to tie it all together as well as a subtle lighten of dull gradient blues over top.

-Kofi himself has a drop shadow and a gradient overlay of Red and Blue which is REALLY subtle now that I really look at it.

This of course is just a quick example of my style and my approach to your concept. It's rather simple 8 layers in total including text, of course you could add more 'effects and textures if that's your preference. I hope it's cool that I provided my own example, A$AP vouched for you and said you're pretty chill, so I felt comfortable enough. All that being said, I've seen your work in the Giveaway Thread and I like your style and it's distinct which is great as it adds variety to this section.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:24 AM   #112 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input Champ, your version is absolutely awesome, i just love how the text pops out, so simple yet effective.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:49 AM   #113 (permalink)
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Tutorials can only get someone so far. I think that's where people go wrong in terms of relying on tutorials alone. I always try to look for a piece made by someone that I find amazing and try to duplicate it to the best of my ability. Finding other artists to inspire your work is the way to go.

I still do that to this day. No matter how good you get to be there's always someone better so there's always room to learn.

I always keep a tab on my favorite online artists and follow their work. Like look at this piece.



Immediately after seeing this I was inspired to add more colors and umpth to my work. Before that it was much more toned down. All about inspiration.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:20 AM   #114 (permalink)
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Preach, Preacha!



Seriously though, although experimentation may not be for everybody it certainly makes you challenge yourself. I'm not advocating the shunning of tutorials, at all, that's just how I go about it as of now. Maybe when I feel like I've hit the ceiling, I'll check some out.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:51 AM   #115 (permalink)
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I've got college exams coming up in a week's time. Should explain my 'inconsistency' atm but I'm adamant I'll return to full stride as soon as I'm done with my exams. My internet isn't helping the matter. PC internet is down so if I make stuff from my computer, I need to send it to my phone before uploading it to the net, then subsequently posting it on here. I feel lazy following the routine especially now that I'm pretty much occupied.

A$AP, that's an awesome piece. Love it. The effect of textures is clearly seen.

I love using textures right now. My best tool atm. If one can master the use of textures and colours, one will become GOAT in no time.

I'll try to put a lot more focus on textures and layer styles when I get back to full string. They're massively effective.

My inspiration tends to stem from majority of Shady's work on here, and TC a bit. Love the gritty feel in their works and particularly Shady's use of textures. I'm nowhere close to the two yet, but I think I'm on the right track. I also tend to focus solely on sig creation. Especially wrestling related ones.

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Old 11-20-2012, 08:13 PM   #116 (permalink)
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Hi. Some of you may know me as Destiny or Des. I was part of the Graphics League a little while back and was quite active in this section. I remember being champ at one stage (lol) and won't ever forgot some of the talent that we had around here. Well, It's great to see TC trying his best to get the graphics section active once again. He's doing a really good job. Some of banners are impressive and are inspired by TC, from what I can see. The tutorial from TC was a great idea and has improved the skill of some designers on here. Although, I would love to see people start to explore more when it comes to design and put their own style to their work. I feel as though your work should represent your own vision by trying to make it your own. There are some talented designers from what I have seen and I feel as though you will grow if in terms of 'design' if this section is active from now on.

Considering I'm now on holidays from uni and so I thought I'd try and get back into the swing of things.





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Dessleton back to show us how it's done?

Destiny (still going to call you this) made one of my fav. sigs ever.

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Haha, Dessleton.

Yeah, IM BACK!

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Hi. Some of you may know me as Destiny or Des. I was part of the Graphics League a little while back and was quite active in this section. I remember being champ at one stage (lol) and won't ever forgot some of the talent that we had around here. Well, It's great to see TC trying his best to get the graphics section active once again. He's doing a really good job. Some of banners are impressive and are inspired by TC, from what I can see. The tutorial from TC was a great idea and has improved the skill of some designers on here. Although, I would love to see people start to explore more when it comes to design and put their own style to their work. I feel as though your work should represent your own vision by trying to make it your own. There are some talented designers from what I have seen and I feel as though you will grow if in terms of 'design' if this section is active from now on.

Considering I'm now on holidays from uni and so I thought I'd try and get back into the swing of things.
So you're a vet, huh? It's good to have another one around. We've got a few more new additions to this section and they bring their own style; NemesisDivina/TehOne/NeyNey. A$AP's not that new anymore but he has a distinct style too. Everyone else will find their own style eventually, some will take longer than others but you raise a really good point.

Judging by Tenacious's 'marking out' I'd say business is about to pick up in here.
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Destiny (still going to call you this) made one of my fav. sigs ever.

Damn.

I wish I was still that good.

Very true CHAMP.
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