-The outfit you have equipped is not an avatar edit. It is a real, unedited avatar, and if you want feedback on it you should go to the Avatar Talk forum.
-A dream avatar created on Tektek or any other site is not an avatar edit, because it contains no art that you made yourself.
-A drawing, video game sprite, pixel doll, or other representation of someone's real avatar is not an avatar edit, because it contains no resources from Gaia.
-An edited image of one of the shopkeeper graphics or comic panels is not an avatar edit, because while it does contain resources by Gaia-employed artists, it does not bear resemblance to the avatars next to forum posts.
Examples Of What Are Not Avatar Edits:
Which leaves us with what images are acceptable to post here:
-A real avatar or a dream avatar that has been altered in ways such as addition of fake items, a new pose that is not available to real avatars, or animation IS an avatar edit!
-A naked avatar base with fake clothing and/or hair and/or facial features drawn onto it IS an avatar edit!
-An NPC forum graphic or companion item that has had its identity changed via a graphics program (such as changing the Johnny Gambino avatar into Ganondorf) IS an avatar edit!
-Even if it does not contain any resources from Gaia, a brand-new made-from-scratch character graphic deliberately meant to resemble a Gaian avatar or an NPC forum graphic IS an avatar edit!
Please don't bump mindlessly or spam. This thread is stickied, and does not require bumping of any sort to keep it where it is. THAT INCLUDES QUOTING ANY OF THE POSTS RELATING TO THE EXPLANATION OF THIS THREAD. Post either something related about avatar edits, or an edit.
Posting comments such as 'you suck' will not help artists improve. Posting comments like 'this and this and this is wrong, and you suck,' is rude. Try to be nice with your C+C. You want to give people examples of what to fix, but not be rude about it. Do unto others. 4laugh
Equally; If someone says 'try more shading' or something equally helpful and pleasant, don't respond by screaming about how they can't do any better and they suck. Be nice with RECIEVING C+C. It is only given to help improve your work.
If you have an edit or comment, for any reason, that will stretch the page, please link to it. Don't post the image itself. Page stretching is a pain, and is easier to avoid with avatar edits than it is with drawings.
Please post your Avatar Edits here. Don't post them in my PM's, Comments section, or Journal. They belong here.
Talking and chatting should be kept to a minimum. This means focusing on critiquing, and less on "Oh, How is your kid/pet/self/etc. doing?" Conversation of that nature should remain in PM's.
For those of you who like Cliff's Notes:
- No Bumping, Spamming, Begging
- Post ONLY Avatar Edits (Using Gaia Doll Base)
- Be nice. Both in Giving C&C, and Getting It.
- Do not Spam thread with talk. Post Edits, or comment on them.
Though there have been many people to ask "How do you do that?" There are few that answer into enough detail for everyone to understand. Listed below are a few tutorials on how to create your own Avatar Edits.
If you find one that you would think would help everyone else out, PLEASE submit it to this thread for addition. Information is only as good as the place where you keep/use it.
"I'm thinking of starting to get into Avatar Editing, but have no idea where to start. What should I do?"
First thing would be to figure out what program you would like to use. Whether it's anything from MS Paint to Photoshop, any program will help you start towards making better and better edits (One program is not always better than another. There are some really good artists that only use MS Paint.)
A lot of people start pixel work with small emoticons, or altering Avatar Bases that already exist. Best suggestion would be to get a few pieces of clothing that you would like to improve upon (or even just a similar shape to what you would like to work on) and try to add small things to it (Like changing a plain white shirt into one with stripes, or a short sleeve shirt into a long one).
Once you get a feel for what looks good, then try improving from there.
"What kinds of tools does an editor use when making Avatar Edits?"
This is really dependant on the editor. Some use just the mouse, while others stand by only using the tablet. Many artists like the control and feel of a tablet. Others are minimalists and prefer whatever they can get. You will figure out what works best for you as you practice editing more and more.
"How long does it take to complete an Edit?"
This also depends on the editor. The difficulty (Or amount of detail) involved usually sets the pace for how long it will take to finish. The amount of skill the editor has will also determine this. A newer editor may take more time than someone who does edits on a regular basis.