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As the title says ^_^


Well on several people's request I've designed a while ago namecard for my 'hobby activity' which is namely characters designs and graphic making. Till now least my fans seem to be pleased by it's appearance but I was tad curious about what You guys think? Does it look cool? And/or even remotely professional XD?



As said: it was mainly the type of thing that people who like my art suggested for me to 'appear more serious'. It's funny in fact to have the physical form of those business cards since 90% of commissions are via internet XD. Still something to use during conventions I guess :)
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Its kinda hard to criticize to strangers because I don't wanna get death threats for providing my opinions but I'm sure your cool with it (criticism not death threats.)

I like the rendering on the skull predator thingy that's in the thought bubble but that makes me wonder why you decided to only do soft shades for your characters? Its like you had a layer of shades above your colored layer and all you did was use the soft eraser to subtract. Try to stay away from pillow shading because it seems lazy and if you want to be professional you have to actually work harder.

anyway, keep it up.
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Haha whitewingedquetzacoatl you must've had some pretty bad internet encounters considering your weird premonition XD

Well while the answer missed the question I still appreciate it. Though it's kinda sad. Well the shading in (most cases) was 3 or 4 layer phasing shading which on other hand is quite time consuming, though in this resolution makes not much difference. Only exception in this graphic would be... in fact your aforementioned headpiece of powersuit where single layer subtraction shading was used - reason to it is that apparently shading dark/black metallic surface is next to impossible on multilayer with retaining any effect unless you can do 'mirror effect shading' (which is super hard and I can't do it - chlip) or go for some outer light effects (also hard - I include here things like burning ashes in forefront perspective or so on)

In fact I am a bit concerned about leisure of shading characters lately shown mostly in European VN developers communities. Mostly double or even just single hard corner shading is used (which is like... easiest and fastest there is in CG?). On other hand we can see things like CG arts provided by Nutaku or in-Japanese based artists which lately borderline with things Genzoman would provide still keeping the direct Anime-like theme and feeling. This is quite disparity... especially since some EU VN games are pretty cool that thing aside.

Well in fact I was wondering if someone would put a little flame over my 'strong border' line which some consider my style while others remaining flaw . It's kinda style at this point considering that it's mainly aftermath of making Linearts traditional way with ink on A4 or A3 paper and scanning/cleaning them digitally. It's most hot topic these days XD (still my clients like it, I like it so... why change XD - yup this one would be hard change in fact as it concerns many little things in chain reaction)

Oh my... sorry for long comment and thanks for yours ^^

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In reading this I am not sure of the question.

Are you asking if your artwork looks like it needs to be more serious? Or are you talking about the layout? Were people telling you that you should have business cards in order to appear more serious?

I think Art is like humor, it is all in the eyes (or ears) of the beholder. Sadly we cannot please everyone. So it is difficult to say whether strong lines are a good or bad thing. If you consider it part of your style I would not change it. Personally I like strong border lines, but I also like cell animation. So I have a bit of a bias there. I am also a fan of soft shading for various reasons. Really, style is just that. Some people will like it, and others will not. But it is yours so as long as you are happy, and those who ask for your artwork are too, then that seems to be all that matters. The world would be boring if we all did things the same way after all.

Assuming you mean it as a business card, I have to ask, is there any reason you do not have any contact information on it? I realize privacy concerns would mean you would not want your phone number or address on it. But a contact email address or website info seems like it should be fine. The primary purpose of a business card, after all, is to inform the receiver. So that later they can get in touch with you, for a commission in this case.
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Posted 4/20/17 , edited 4/20/17
Yup it might've been confusing due to my 'write to long post' tendency. sorry for that.

I was more or less simply asking whether it looks fine overall, no more or less.

In terms of contact info: I've poster obverse and Info is on reverse :). Reason as to why I did not post obverse is mainly due to it being primarily contact info and thus nothing to behold (mostly people seem to notice those glossy obverse sides, right ?)
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Personally, I'm not a fan of having the text at right angles to the artwork like that, but I can understand that you wouldn't readily be able to change that without completely changing the artwork as well.

Have you considered colouring your name/logo white rather than black? It doesn't stand out much against the dark grey background.
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Posted 4/20/17 , edited 4/20/17
Hmm... it might be indeed good idea to use white color. I did not thought of it since I use Black one as default (mostly on pure white backgound).

And yeah. Text align was pretty much object of a bit of brainstorming (even before art was aligned). Personally I'm neutral on this myself as it was mainly dictated by art align. Hmm.. this definitely is a thing to consider in future design.

Thanks for insight LobsterHarmonic ^_^
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I would say no one takes business cards like this, at least no serious business. I would think the reason is that it looks like you want to over - design it. it certainly looks special, but most of it has no point from an employment point of view. I would suggest you use a single design, possibly one of those characters, and put a clear, but not too large text above it near the centre of the card, but you can get creative with that.

don't think of how much you want to put in it, think of what on the card the receiver will look at
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omlettespammer wrote:

I would say no one takes business cards like this, at least no serious business. I would think the reason is that it looks like you want to over - design it. it certainly looks special, but most of it has no point from an employment point of view. I would suggest you use a single design, possibly one of those characters, and put a clear, but not too large text above it near the centre of the card, but you can get creative with that.

don't think of how much you want to put in it, think of what on the card the receiver will look at


I was thinking pretty much the same thing. Business cards should generally be minimalist. This one seems very busy.
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Posted 4/21/17

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omlettespammer wrote:

I would say no one takes business cards like this, at least no serious business. I would think the reason is that it looks like you want to over - design it. it certainly looks special, but most of it has no point from an employment point of view. I would suggest you use a single design, possibly one of those characters, and put a clear, but not too large text above it near the centre of the card, but you can get creative with that.

don't think of how much you want to put in it, think of what on the card the receiver will look at


I was thinking pretty much the same thing. Business cards should generally be minimalist. This one seems very busy.


i dunno i usually just toss minimalist business cards aside busy ones are much more curiosity creating and make you want to use their service i find
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Does it look cool? And/or even remotely professional XD?


If we don't judge the art, because it's obvious you're not someone who does this for a living. I guess it looks pretty cool.
No, it doesn't look even remotely professional.

Here's why (in my opinion).

It's super busy, there's a lot going on. Eventhough you can see what you do in 1 glance, it doesn't really make you appreciate what you've drawn because it almost looks like there's a weird story being created on the card.
I'd personally prefer if you'd have drawn 1 or 2 things in detail which showcases what you're capable of. If you really want to make something busy, maybe a 4 window comic? Since it's something you're promoting.

The background color and the light blue text color are just a big no. It doesn't fit in the color palette and it's very distracting. It doesn't make the card look like a whole. A solid color, fitting theme background would be better. Gradient on simple cards like these are.. egh, not my thing.
Also I'd try to find a more minimalistic and less bold font. This one looks very unappealing to the eye.

The card shouldn't have to be rotated to show what you want to show. Now you have to rotate it to either read the text or see the image properly.

Your DANDERE logo/text looks really cool! Eventhough that's just a basic font, right? I like it.

Again, this is just my opinion. I admire people who do something they like and enjoy, so by all means, keep it up and keep doing you!
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It's definitely too cluttered.

You can still use some of the elements of the card you have, but you've got to reorganize it based on priority. Consider printing a double sided card as well, so that you can show both your name and artwork well.

1. Name comes first. Your name needs to be the largest thing on the card. Or at least, second to the illustration. Whatever skillset you provide is secondary. On your card, your skill sets are the most readable thing. The font and size for your name are too small and thin.

2. Simplify the image. I highly recommend going with just one girl, and possibly putting the artwork on the back completely. You need one good image to stand out, not your whole portfolio.

3. Clarity. Take this to any art program and dial down the saturation to 0. What does it look like in black and white? Is there a good balance and contrast, or is everything gray and muddy? Choose values that will emphasize what is most important on the card.

5. Choose a theme. Do you want it dark and grungy, or bright and poppy? Bold like an old comic? Do you want thick fonts, or something like calligraphy? Pick something here, and build around it. Don't put in too much information.

5. Color. Now that you have a good idea of what values you need, choose a color scheme that won't clash. With something as small as a business card, you need to be careful about building a good balance. You don't necessarily have to stick to a 2 or 3 color palette, but if you're trying to put in a whole rainbow, think about why each color is there and whether or not you need it.

You can look up examples of other people's business cards as well. It's a good starting point to figuring out what you like, and what you've noticed doesn't work.
Now that you've revised your card, step back and see if it passes the clarity test. The number one rule in graphic design is to get information across as effortlessly as possible. Flashiness and style come second. Even if this is for gaining commission leads and not for jobs, it still needs to be professional. It's not an illustration. It's your introduction.

Based on what I can see on your card, I think there are some quick things that you can do to improve it right away. Definitely get rid of the gradient. Pick a lighter shade of blue, and a darker gray for the border. Or just get rid of the border even and go with a solid color. Pick one girl from your image, or just make a new one. You can either go with a picture that shows more of the body, or zoom in and focus on the face. Choose a larger font for your name, and put it in a location where it's easy to read. List your services in a smaller font.
Do consider double sided printing. Put the illustration on the back, and your name and services on the front. It opens up much more room for both, and allows for the possibility of a logo.

It's really not a bad start! Your art is great! Graphic design has some different rules compared to illustration, but they're not hard to learn.
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