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    And the winner is...

    After 7 long weeks, we have reached the ending of The Graphic Race. It has been narrowed down to Gaga.For.Gaga and wunderful, two amazing graphic artists.

    Here are the final crits to end this season and determine the winner:


    1 – Gaga.For.Gaga

    1.
    Coloring: 35/60
    Blending: 36/45
    Effects: 55/75
    Overall Look: 64/90

    Haus: This piece was definitely your strongest this week. I really loved the whole idea and the whole thing. The main picture of GaGa (the one in color) looked great. It was a great choice. I love how you made the background blurry so it didn’t focus on that. The polaroids turned out great too. They actually looked real, which I don’t know how you pulled that off, but I would love to know. The text on the polaroids was pure genius. I absolutely loved it. The font looked as if it were actually hand written. The black and white effect that you used on the polaroids also looked great. My only complaint is that the edges of the polaroids look pixelated. I think that was meant to be like that, though, because when I zoom into it, it looks like the polaroids were cut with custom scissors. Overall, this was amazing graphic. I couldn’t find much negative to say about it.

    Haus of Dance: Your first piece was great, gorgeous font and picture choice. I’m amazed by the good quality of the pictures. However, the background GaGa looks like she’s dying, screaming, or taking a shit. Bad, bad choice. But overall good job. I’m almost impressed, this is your best piece this week. Grats.

    Fer: The Photoshop block, well I like the concept with the polaroid thing, but you should’ve picked no color (like black and white) or color, because both mixed doesn’t look very good. The background is too blue for the black and white pics, though I liked the text and the font.


    2.
    Coloring: 47/60
    Blending: 37/45
    Effects: 64/75
    Overall Look: 47/90

    Haus: This entry was ok. It wasn’t what I normally expect from you, though. The texture was good, but I think that you could’ve found a better one that would’ve pulled the whole idea off much better. The text at the bottom was great. The font was a bit hard to read, but it was still clear. I liked the color too. I like how the background of the image wasn’t busy, so it focused mainly on GaGa. The blood on GaGa, I gotta say, looks sorta fake. I know it can be very difficult to make something that is the only color in an image look realistic (I’ve tried it before), but I think you could’ve at least made it a bit darker so it made it look more realistic. Overall, it was a good piece, but nothing too special.

    Haus of Dance: ... Eh, your second entry... Nice masking. But you know, the sepia effect is so overused it’s pretty fucked now. I’ve seen it at least more than 5 pieces. Actually its not the color, it’s the old movie effect. Nice font and color. You really should’ve worked more. This is the last week, youre supposed to really impress me. Your second piece did NOT do that.

    Fer: On your second piece, I loved the effect you used. It looks old but... good old. I also like that the only color that shows is red and that you used it on the font because when she started bleeding, it was like the best thing ever. Although, the background is too shiny.

    3.
    Coloring: 32/75
    Blending: 53/75
    Effects: 38/90
    Overall Look: 73/120

    Haus: Honestly, I was really disappointed with this. It was your final opportunity to wow us judges, but there was nothing amazing about it, really. The picture that you chose was great. However, you did nothing to it besides add a sepia effect to it. I expected so much more than just that. You added some lens flares, but they didn’t blend in at all. They looked like they were on top of the image, versus them being a part of the image. I would’ve lowered the opacity a bit to make them blend better. The text was good, but it popped out too much. That could’ve used some blending too. It was also in a really odd position. Overall, this was a disappointing end. I know that you’re an amazing graphic designer and could’ve done so much better.

    Haus of Dance: In your third piece, the flashes are overused, and instead of using that color effect on the whole picture you could’ve just used it on one portion. The text is too small. Also, it’s amidst all of THIS flashing lights (but don’t worry that won’t lower your score, not the first time it happens.) I didn’t really like it. So not impressed hun. The reason your crit is not large, is because I have no good things to tell you. Shame, this week made me feel you don’t care about the competition.

    Fer: The last entry, maybe too shiny, maybe 2 or 3 'sparkles' could’ve been enough. But I like it because you kept it simple. Maybe you could’ve used color because the last one should be like, shocking. But I like the photo and the color of the font.

    Overall this season:
    97/120

    Haus: You have grown throughout this season. I have noticed a big incline in your graphic skills, whether it’s sets or plain old graphics. Some weeks you just weren’t good though. However, when you wowed us, you REALLY did. But this final week, you didn’t really wow me like you should’ve.

    Haus of Dance: I think you really have the potential to win this competition, but some weeks are just FLOP. Your first week was amazing. I didn’t expect less from you when I saw your first entry ever. I love all your work overall, and I think you really have changed as a graphic artist. I think you really need to stop using some overused effects I saw several times on your pieces. I think that from the beginning you’ve been a great competitor and you are an amazing graphic artist. Good job and keep it up!


    FINAL SCORE – 678/1020


    2 – wunderful

    1.
    Coloring: 49/60
    Blending: 42/45
    Effects: 63/75
    Overall Look: 71/90

    Haus: This was amazing. One of the first things that I noticed was that text. It was such a creative choice. I loved how you used 2 different fonts, and I loved both of them. Another thing that impressed me a lot was how you managed to make it look like there was 3 GaGa’s on stage, versus making it looks like you blended 3 pictures together, making a messed up stage. You didn’t have to mess with the stage at all, which really wowed me. However, one little thing that bugged me was the color choice for the text. It could’ve looked so much better if you would’ve used a color slightly more light. It still looked good, though.

    Haus of Dance: I loved your first entry! At first I didn’t like it much, but the more I looked at it the more it grew on me. Nice picture choice. I love how GaGa has the most colors out of all the picture. Nice text choice, for once someone knows how to use the stroke effect properly and nicely. The pictures are blended in smoothly, and in my mind it looks like there’s THREE GaGas on the stage instead of just one (That means I’m impressed, very VERY impressed dear. Great job!) You repeated the text though, but it looked cool so no prob.

    Fer: On the first piece, I think that the two bleeding GaGas and the background make it look too saturated, but it still looks good. Though the font you used for the ''I pray the fame'' doesn’t match the other font.

    2.
    Coloring: 58/60
    Blending: 43/45
    Effects: 69/75
    Overall Look: 82/90

    Haus: Wow. Just wow. This piece is just… wow. It is by far the best piece of your three. It’s so simple, yet so stunning. First off, the color choice for your text was perfection. It just looked perfect with the rest of your piece. Also, the font looked great. It worked perfect. Also, the image that you used was great. It was so simple. You didn’t overdo it by using any effects that weren’t needed. I think I see a bit of a lens flare on it, but I’m not sure, it could’ve just been a part of the original image. Overall, it was just an amazing piece. Definitely one of my favorites I’ve seen come out of The Graphic Race, and definitely what you needed to produce to be worthy of the final week.

    Haus of Dance: Your second entry is WONDERFUL!! Seriously, I love the background effect, the font is gorgeous and so is the color. GaGa hanging is just really pretty, and I love how the girl under the text has her hands up like she was showing it haha. You really impressed me with your second entry.


    Fer: I'm amazed by your second piece. I love it. I would just change one little detail, the font could be thinner, but the rest is just marvelous!

    3.
    Coloring: 63/75
    Blending: 66/75
    Effects: 83/90
    Overall Look: 112/120

    Haus: This piece was really a grower on me, but now I love it. At first, I was a bit iffy about everything being blended together, but it looks very professionally done. People can’t normally pull that off, but you can, which surprised me. The text was pretty good. The font was great. However, once again I see that awful salmon color which you need to step away from, because it is just awful. Back to the blending. The blending was great. It worked, which I was surprised that you could pull that off. The piece seems busy, yet simple. It really plays with me eyes. My only other complaint is the 2 smaller images that you used of GaGa in the upper corners. She looks like she’s trying to shit or something, lol. They’re just not flattering, at all. Overall, this was a great piece to end your collection. It was up to par of what needed to be done, except 2 little things.

    Haus of Dance: The third entry is just beautiful. I love the picture choice. Background gaga looks like she’s having a blast and her and the other girl look like people in a rockshow. I love the overlay effect you used, it looks GREAT. The text was repeated but no worries, it looked AMAZING (three times.) Even though you use that font in MANY graphics you make. So just next season (if you sign up, please tell me you will.) try to use a bigger selection of fonts. You just really impressed me, and overall this week you did great. I love all of your entries and I see no flaws.

    Fer: The last entry was so good!! I loved the effect!! I liked it so much I don't really have a lot to say.

    Overall this season:
    108/120

    Haus: You really grew a LOT this season. I remember in the beginning of the season when your work was just, eh. You’ve become much better gradually over the weeks. Now you made it to the final week, and to be honest, I didn’t think you would make it this far. Congratulations on making it so far!

    Haus of Dance: You, wunderful, really impress me. You don’t know how much you’ve progressed. If you look at your first entry and compare it with the last one of this week its just two different things. You have transformed into a new graphic artist throughout the whole competition and that deserves respect. I really think your great, and even though at first I didn’t like some of your pieces, I have to say this week you just impressed me. You showed what you had to this competition, and this week just proved that you are really talented. I really like your graphics and you’re a wunderful artist. Good job, and I'll see you next season and in TFK!


    FINAL SCORE – 909/1020




    We are sorry to say that Gaga.For.Gaga, you didn’t win this season. You were SO close, but I think you just didn’t wow us enough this final week. You have been a great competitor and I really hope that you come back next season to win it!

    With that, we are very happy to say congratulations to wunderful for winning this season! You have been a great competitor and have progressed greatly throughout this competition! I hope you come back next season!

    Also, wunderful, feel free to ask a mod for permission (as they currently do not allow more than one image in a sig) to add this graphic showing that you won this season!




    Well, that's a wrap! Signups for Season 2 will begin sometime early next month! I hope all the eliminated contestants and everyone else enjoyed this season

  2. The Fame Killer
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    OMG :')
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    Quote Originally Posted by wunderful View Post
    OMG :')
    THANKS <3
    What a fast reply, lol.

    Congrats

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    well done

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    I have gotten the pleasure to knowing Wunderful as of late...and I just think he is so astounding. It's been a pleasure mister...Congrats
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    You did a great job Gaga.For.Gaga x


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    Congratulations! You earned it.
    Last edited by Luke; Jun 17, 2010 at 01:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haus View Post
    [CENTER]The picture that you chose was great. However, you did nothing to it besides add a sepia effect to
    It was two. i can prove it give me a min...

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    Here it was this:


    and this:

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    Thanks for pointing that out. Sorry I made that mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haus View Post
    Thanks for pointing that out. Sorry I made that mistake.
    it wouldnt have made me win anyway so it doesn't really matter


 
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