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December 25th, 2012 (10:57 PM).
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Yeah, icons are supposed to be simple and easy on the eyes. Too much effects or activity just does more harm than good. ;] And glad to see you taking note of my criticism. I'm really excited to see your next stuff now! :D
As for experimenting - just go for it! I'm sure you'll do much better if you rid yourself of any kind of unnecessary restriction. ;D
Onto the new tag - It is really easy on the eyes so that's a plus. Positioning of the render is pretty good as well and you have some good lighting in it. You also took care of depth to a certain degree by blurring where you thought was relevant. My two main complaints with this tag, though, lie in the text and the effects. The text, I feel, lie far away from the focal which kinda distracts the viewer's eye. It should be placed a little closer to him. And I don't really like the font used, either. I think you could experiment a bit with fonts. Dafont has some really good ones, y'know. Just get 'em and start experimenting! ;D The tag falls a bit short on the effects' side. I mean, it looks appealing as it is but there's not much going on in there besides lanturn and that pretty background. Some more background as well as foreground effects would really help the tag, imo. I can see you tried to smudge by looking at the background and I really appreciate the effort. I was never good at smudging so I'm glad to see a fellow graphic artist give it a go! :DDD
Just a little bit of tweaking can do this tag wonders, y'know. But yeah, really good attempt. Especially since it is your first tag in a while. Keep it up! :]
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I think I can see what you mean now. I'm still having a hard time cropping an image up at the right position for icons though, as well as whether to tilt it a bit or not. And as always, my attempts at adding text just suck. :(
Okay then! I shall try to experiment as much as I can with my next few tags. :D
Again I really need to work on the text that I happen to add. Sometimes I don't even know if I should place text at all, and it really takes a toll on my time whenever I get to that part of making tags. I'm happy I did well in the other areas, but yeah I also think I should have done more to make it flashier. :( It's really cool that you noticed the smudging I did, haha. I feel that my smudging was really ugly-looking and obviously experimental though, so I don't know how I'll improve in that aspect. XD;
But yeah, I'm really grateful for all these pointers that you keep handing me out; I really can't thank you enough! Oh and obligatory post: congratulations yet again for the promotion, dude. ;D
All credit for the art I used goes to various artists at pixiv. Thank you, and you guys make me wish I spoke Japanese just so that I can actually ask for permission in using these pieces!
Anyway, as you can see, I just dumped a couple of new icons I made. So sadly, no new tags for now. I was fiddling around with adding text for the first icon, so I placed two versions there so you guys can compare. Also tried to revise my most recent tag by placing the text a little closer to Lanturn (I feel it's still too far though, but for some reason I don't like how empty the right side looks when I move it closer). However, I can't find any good text that fits! Even with Dafont. I suck at typography, lol.
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