After much deliberation I have finally chosen the two finalists of Stardoll's Next Top Graphic Designer Season 2. The poll did help (I'll keep it open just to see who you think deserves to win) but I want to give a special thanks to Lana/ForeverGorgeous for making my decision so much easier with a comment she wrote.
And for that, top photo goes to Elle!
& here's the reason why...
Everyone should be told to be happy with who they are, whether they're
skinny or fat, short or tall, blonde or ginger - but it's easy to spout
almost-positive buzzwords about being confident and unique and happy in
your own skin, and the more we hear it, the emptier the sentiment
becomes. People are told constantly that they should be happy with who
they are, and are yet bombarded by images of what they should be.
My favourite is Elle's. The reasons why are simple and few, but I feel have an important message:
Elle's model is wearing clothing. It did not reduce an overweight girl
to being naked just to prove how body-confident she is in the face of
SOCIETY!!!, it's an image of an overweight girl rocking the hell out of a
nice dress. That's what I wanted to see - plus size models, wearing
fashionable clothing and looking damn fierce because of it. The other
two entries, though decent, are next-to-naked. The task called for
fashion, and only one entry is clothed.
Secondly, Elle's is in
COLOUR. It's a bright, pretty pink, instead of the grey both Khol and
Jack have chosen. The underwear on Jack's graphic is yellow, but the
background is grey, and there's a lot of negative space. The eye is
drawn to the text, rather than the woman. Today, so much of the clothing
offered to overweight people is neutral in color, so to see an entry
making full use of color is great.
Thirdly, I couldn't help but
notice Elle's cheeky little double chin. That's detail, that's not
shying away from being fat, and that makes it very honest.
get me wrong, I'm not trying to detract from the Khol or Jack - Jack's
skin shading is so good(!), but to me, hides behind Lady Gaga's positive
image. Elle's stands out for it's color, originality, but it's my
favourite because I think it shows the most effort, the most heart, and
best of all, it doesn't make excuses. The graphic's not perfect and it's
a shame about the awkward hand, but deserves no less applause because
of this. Well done, Elle!
So who goes?
Although your graphic this week was the weakest, you have proved to be strong overall throughout the course of the competition. What worries me though, is that with this task, you would have put in more to get to the final. I know how much this means to you, and although I understand your real life problems, I was still slightly disappointed when I know you could have done so much more.
Your execution of the graphic this week was great, a massive improvement, but what worries me is that quite a few of your previous tasks were quite weak comparing. Was this a one off? Was this an amazing graphic that you are only able to create one time?
This decision is so hard for me.
I've hard to look through every entry from you both to decide which of you is stronger.
In the past Khol, you have been stronger but have stayed at roughly the same level. Is Jack improving? Was this graphic a breakthrough?
The person leaving is.... Jack.
Although your task this weak was strong, I feel like overall Khol has really dedicated herself to the competition and is so determined. Be proud of yourself, your graphics have improved tremendously throughout the course of the competition and you've come 3rd place! Well done.
*This by the way, was probably the toughest decision I've ever made on SNTGD, as you can see I took two days to decide, my mind was going back and forth continually, it was very hard.*
Khol, you've made it to the final with Elle, congratulations.
The final task will be up soon.