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Dare by SeCl4 Dare by SeCl4
This is a vectorised revision of a vexel piece I submitted a while ago and originally made even longer before that. I'm kind of worried about the placement and style of the text, but I'd love to get some opinions on the image as a whole, really.

Anyway, I was "inspired" to make this while walking home from school after band practice. I saw my shadow and things sort of went like this:

I see my shadow on a fence and my tired brain hacks and sputters into life.

"Hey, this would make a good concept for a piece when I get home!"

One hour later, the image completed...

"FFFFFFUUUUUU--"

Well, things don't always turn out as we might like them to. This update made it a little closer to my original intent, which is good. ^^

(Probably should've just moved the old piece to scraps instead of deleting it. Oh well.)

Are the proportions of the silhouettes opposed to the text okay? What do you think of the text placement/style? What about the colours used?

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Thank you all for the abundance of favourites and collections on this piece! I should thank each person who :+fav:'d this personally, but I've really been buried under feedback messages for the past few days (goodness knows why), and, well, I'm a lazy bastard. Instead, I offer you all the sheer goodness of a rainbow wave!

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:iconcharushraut:
charushraut Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
good one...:dance:
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SeCl4 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thanks :)
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hgmuffin-stuff Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
Yeah, the shadow looks a little off, but I scarcely noticed it until taking a second look at it. It's been years since I took a graphic design class, but I like the overall balance the lettering placement gives to it, the capitals and bolded letters on the bottom accentuating the message and causing the eyes to linger, look at the diverging shadow, unity of the color between text and image assisting in directing the focus of the viewers.

It's the kind of image I'd like to have on a bumper sticker, or a T-shirt. Well done.
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SeCl4 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Yay, another comment! :eager:

<cough>

Err, I mean, uh... Yeah, I was going for something like that -- a logo-ish design that'd be suited to being displayed on a t-shirt or a poster, or something along those lines -- rather than a stand-alone piece of artwork with more proper shading and details. (thatandisuckatthis.) Maybe I pushed the whole "Keep It Simple, Stupid" mentality a bit far; after all, the silhouettes all have the same practically military, straight posture, which doesn't really help express individuality, after all. I'll need to practice some more with vector shapes before I can play around with it on that level, though.

About the shadows, do you have any tips that could go towards improving them? I know that they're not great, but I'm kind of stumped as to how to make them better. Really, any impressions would be great; I'm not used to working within more rigid confines than those afforded by bitmap formats, and I'd really love to improve on what I know and what I can do with vector formats, given the advantages they offer. (Near-limitless possibilities for size = Unconditional love.)

Oops, I'm babbling on again. Sorry! Thank you so much for the commentary, and the favourite. It means a lot! :)
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lvkimiko Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome!!do you think it would be possible for me to use it for my school's GSA?im the president and ive been looking for new ideas for posters and flyers
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SeCl4 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
Oh, absolutely! I think it's kind of cool that you find the design good enough to actually be put to that kind of use. Just let me know if there's something you need for it, and I'd be glad to do what I can. :)

Oh, right, and thanks for the comment, too! ^^;
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lvkimiko Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
well actually,is there any way possible that you can change the pink to blue?just to have more diversity?if not,it is TOTALLY understandable.thanks SOOOO much for letting me use it though.it is truly perfect :D

and you are very welcome :)
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SeCl4 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Sure, that's no problem at all. Let me know if this is all right: [link]

(I was hesitating over the copyright bit, because it is kind of a useless addition to begin with -- it's usually very easy to just cut it out in pretty much any graphics editing program without leaving any evidence of the modification -- but, in the end, I put it in anyway because I feel like it kind of balances the layout of the design. Let me know if you want it gone and I'll take it out. After all, if someone takes a piece of mine and claims it to be their own, well, they could've picked a better artist to "steal" from. But then, I digress.)
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lvkimiko Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
its perfect : D honestly.thanks soooo much!the copyright is fine where it is :] again,thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!!! you have helped me out majorly! <3
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SeCl4 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Yay! Glad it's okay. ^^
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lvkimiko Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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SeCl4 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Right, I forgot to mention that if you want a different size for the design, just ask and I'll adjust it to suit your needs. Yay for vector-based images! ^^
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HollowValentyne Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Student General Artist
I think its amazing. such a wonderful concept and very well done. the shadows are good in proportion, and the color difference is great ^^
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SeCl4 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
Aw, thank you! It means a lot. I wasn't sure about the proportions and how they balance out the design. I'm really glad you like it. :)
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HollowValentyne Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Student General Artist
So am i ^^

Its really a great piece.
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:iconsecl4:
SeCl4 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
:hug:
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HollowValentyne Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Student General Artist
Awww
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InoShika Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this. Really. I think that the proportions are very good. The shadows seem a little unnatural, but not too much so. I very much like the fonts and colors that you used.
Quite amazing. <3
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SeCl4 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
Yeah, the shadows look more than a bit, well, fake, really. I'm not really sure how I could make it look more realistic, though. Do you have any tips? I'd really love to try and improve the design if I can, but I'm trying to keep this particular piece vectorised, so I can't use the bitmap methods I'm used to here. Sadness. D:

Glad to hear that the text and colours are all right. My biggest worry with this piece was with the 'Dare' bit being separated from the rest of the message by the visual elements -- it wouldn't be fantastic for it to be hard to spot, after all. I hope that the point still carries across efficiently with it divided that way. It was just too much trouble to try and emphasise particular words while keeping the whole thing in a block and still have it fit in the context of the global image.

Oops, I think I've digressed a bit. Ramblings aside, thank you so much for the comment, and the favourite. I really appreciate it! :hug:
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InoShika Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I think the slant they're at is a little awkward, though it doesn't really, honestly, detract from the design at all.

And no, I think it's very...I think the separation looks quite good. It adds very good emphasis. Definitely not separated too much.

BAH. Nothing wrong with ranting. ^^
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SeCl4 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Hm, you're right: they are at kind of a weird angle. Doesn't matter how minor it is, I must fix it! <insert more perfectionism/mild obsessive-compulsiveness>

...

Well, I'll do it later. (Yay for procrastination! =P)

All right, I'll leave the separation as it is, then. Thanks for the (further) feedback! ^^
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InoShika Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
YAAAAY PROCRASTINATIIOOOON~
xD

And no problem. I'm glad I could help. ^^
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SeCl4 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Yus! ^^
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