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22 May 2008 @ 01:32 pm
Feedback Please!  
Looking for some feedback on what is my first manip here. I know I have some kick ass manippers on my flist so suggestions, totally appreciated.

Before you look at it, have to do the story behind it. At St. Solanus (my role-play group) we are doing a plot where a demon exploded, releasing all this magic and energy into the city. It caused shooting stars in the sky and because of the magic, anyone who made a wish, their wish came true. Our Harmony player had Harmony wish that her unicorns were real.

This is what is the "final" version that I sent to our Harmony player for feedback. I liked the black and white version a lot better than the color one.

This is the color version. I am not sure if it is just that I couldn't get the shadows right or the level of noise. But I am not as happy with is one.

I am still worried on both that her head may be a bit too big.

Girl on unicorn base
Harmony base

So what do you all think? And be honest here. Cause I want to learn and the only way to learn is constructive crit.

And if you want me to get back to writing C/A and Buffy/Faith porn instead of making craptastic manips, give me some suggestions here!
Current Mood: nervousnervous
Heather: BTVS - Spuffyamericangrl69 on May 22nd, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
Her head's just a little big but I always have trouble with that too. But otherwise it's good. I like the b&w one better too.

Edited at 2008-05-22 09:07 pm (UTC)
Kelly: Buffy: Monkeyxlivvielockex on May 22nd, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
I think the B&W one is better cause it is harder to see the color/skin differences. LOL

Mercedes McNab, sadly, has a big head so it was hard for me to tell. I am going to go back in and adjust it some more.

Thanks for the feedback. It helps more than you realize. :)
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Kellyxlivvielockex on May 22nd, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
I opened up Mercedes McNab's gallery at Buffy.nu when I was working on it and I am not sure if it is me or if her head really is a little big ala Tori Spelling. That is why I wanted feedback. If you have a chance could you, look at her gallery and tell me if her head seems big? I mean, I still think the head on the manip might be large. Second opinions are always awesome. And it is NSFW. They have her playboy pics there.

A lot of the hair from the original base was showing so I used the clone tool to clone the background. It was kind of pebbly and blurry so I figured that would be easier than giving Harm this huge head of Jersey bridge hair. LOL

Thanks for the variations tip. I totally forgot about that. I think I was just so spacy as hell about that. I've used variations a ton before in the past. I think its too much cleaning these past few days. LOL

I will have to try that photo filter tip too. I did add noise and adjusted it since there was a lot of speckling in that original base.

But thanks so much for the help. I am dipping my toe into the manipping world and I figured this might be something small to get feedback on. :)
selene2selene2 on May 23rd, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
I think that you did an FANTASTIC job. Manips are so hard. *sigh*

Most of your problem comes from the fact that your unicorn base has already been manipped and you lost the original neck. *is sad*

The only thing that I would add is that you may want to play around with the blur tool on the edges of Harm's hair. Maybe put a slight shadow so it gives the hair weight?

I have THE utmost respect for people that manip bc I have the hardest time with them.

I think that they turned out wonderful as is though. It just depends how tromp l'oeil you want it to be.

And now that I have exhausted my French... I better go fight with my own banners. LOL

Katie: angelickatiesangels on May 23rd, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Manips have always been a riddle to me. So, thumbs up for you giving this a try.

It does seem like her head is a bit too big, especially in comparison with the neck part that's visible. I'd also say that the blurriness/sharpness of the too pics is different. Harmony's hair seems quite sharp, most of all at the bottom, whereas the unicorn looks quite blurry. Alnog with that also goes the color contrast, which is higher in the Harmony pic, I think.

I don't know if that might help you but uglybusiness has posted some manip guidelines and she really is amazing at those.