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    Question Creature Design: Talpa Pluma

    I'm auditing Terryl Whitlatch's Creature Design course on, the first assignment was to produce a fish hybrid with either a reptile or amphibian, with just two species. I am very happy with my design itself, but I have no idea how to format a sheet. I accidentally painted onto the background layers which makes even simple changes difficult to this one but I'd really like to have a plan to tackle the next assignment because I feel the sheet itself gives my work an amateur quality. What can I do to fix this?

    And crits/comments on the rest are welcome too.

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    Cool design man!

    Here's some thoughts on page layout you might find useful

    I'd also look at James Gurneys Dinotopia for some ideas:

    The mean idea is mostly make sure the eye moves smoothly through the page and information is displayed clearly and in an appealing way. My gut tells me that your stuff would pop better vs a lighter background, esp. those bones

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    I think it looks good, doesn't look that amateuristic at all. One thing you could improve though, is divide the sheet into some different areas. Something I often see people do is vary the background by adding in blocks of a different shade of background color. You could also make the title more obvious by either making it larger, bold face, or add a block of a different shade behind it.

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    You just could do a better work with the plan it is holding from.
    For a better presentation, you should use a different typography. Maybe a free sans-serif like Trebuchet, that looks good to print and for screens.
    You must have a clear space for margins, and also always work in a 16:9 aspect ratio format since you have to show it through internet and the world's standard screen size has that aspect ratio. 1920 x 1080 px to be exact, and 72dpi of resolution.
    Also, always have in count those sizes and ask yourself if the font is too small to read without making zoom or approaching your eyes to the screen. Just visual ergonomy.
    Have a Margin too. A safe zone from logos and things that could overlap into your design.
    I hope those things make sense to you.
    Good work
    Live and let live

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