Need HELP getting a design submitted! :S

I have submitted 2 designs that have been declined, i'm not sure what i'm doing wrong!

I would really appreciate some feedback from you talented human beings :)

This first design was for the Sherlock challenge:

This next design was for the Summer challenge:

I've never designed stuff like this before so any feedback is good feedback for me! :)


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Hello! So for the first design, I think you'd really benefit from getting away from the polished look you have. The designs are sleek, but almost too sleek. Maybe you could explore outside of photoshop (or whatever program you used) and see what kind of textures you can achieve with a dry brush on paper! I think the Sherlock one would look a lot cooler with some texture thrown in! The way it is now makes it look a little too flat. Also, I'd get away from is the use of black outlines. Punch up the color and have fun with it

As for the second design,
First thing I'd say is get rid of the text and also the bubbles in the background. Great designs rarely need text in them! Maybe head back to your sketchbook and work through the character design a little bit more. The same basic idea's been done lots of times (ice cream cones eating humans instead of humans eating ice cream). Just work a little bit more on the concept!


Thank you :) i really appreciate the help ! I will work on them again !

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