Liked the first one best, but needs more of a conflicting element to it, like more villains. Maybe even put a half-sorta good-bad-beast. Like Veil. Second banner is too dark and, er, unclear. Need something to look at. xD I really don't understand the third one though. What's it supposed to be?
Sorry TJ. I know most of what it takes so don't look at me! points to Jetfang I will admit that I tried to do a funny giff, but I couldn't figure out how to do the stupid layer to get the fox in the grass. Otherwise it would have been great. I also watched RL do a BUNCH or giffs. Search Resident Geek on google and everything in the states is his work. Try it.
We are soooooo happy that you are doing this. We weren't wanting to criticize. We were just saying that it looked good and offered a few suggestions. If you want, I can start learning once I am ungrounded and take over.
Seriously awesome work, TJ. Amazing. Personally I think the first and second are perfect the way they are (maybe add a comma to "Redwalls" so it is "Redwall's"?) You did an awesome job of creating two pieces that will appeal widely to to very different style groups. And the colors are strong enough for an awesome skin scheme.
I do agree that the third could use a focal point of some kind, though. Would it be possible to add a few items related to Redwall riddles over the top of the riddle words background (Kind of like the ink fountain and pen on our current banner provide a focal point)? I disagree with the suggestions for lightening it, since I think that doing so would wash it out and it would cease to be eye-catching. I really like the idea for the third, though. I suspect it may end up my favorite… I like cool-looking handwritten documents and stuff.
Those are fantastic banners, TJ! But I do have two small suggestions: On the second one, it is a bit hard to read what the words say…although I suppose that if you're reading the banner, you're here at this forum already, and you know what it says. So I guess that point is pretty much moot. The second one is swell.
And the third one, it does seem a bit random to the casual viewer (although it's the riddle to find Martin's sword...right?). Perhaps have a slightly faded text saying Redwall's Legacy in the background?
Just my two cents. It's great that someone actually got around to making banners. ^_^