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Optimist Stamp by Melody-Chaos Optimist Stamp by Melody-Chaos
Edit: I got a DD? o.o Woah, didn't expect that!
Many thanks to `ClefairyKid for suggesting it and ^namenotrequired for featuring it! Thanks so much! :heart:

Well this took forever to make. Hooray for pixel art practice, it's been a while. :B

Might make pessimist and realist stamps in future.

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Given 2012-05-18
The suggester said, "Optimist Stamp by *Melody-Chaos is a wonderful stamp that makes you feel more optimistic just by looking at it." She also praises the colours, technique, and the detailed animation.

deviantART Related / Deviant Stamps ( Suggested by ClefairyKid and Featured by namenotrequired )
Aww! What a wonderful stamp! (that is a great first impression to make via a stamp, congrats on that).

Overalls, the biggest strengths I have to note here are:

- The blues working with and into the purples, there's no sense of muddy black or gray shadows or over the top white highlights, just some really lovely colour knowledge and blending that increases the vibrance of the piece and makes it a pleasure to view.

- The rainbow is well constructed, especially considering that I have personally experienced how hard it can be to blend colours and create a good arch using pixels. I think if you wanted to take it further, increasing the amount of orange and blue/purple seen in it would be even more awesome, but with the limited space and the need to maintain proportion and room for the animation, this is wonderful as is.

- The layout of the stamp is well considered and planned in detail, things aren't just plopped around at random, and the writing is brilliantly commanding being centred. I especially like how the structure of this is subtle and blended, the foreground purples are more detailed than the sea/water area and this creates a great sense of depth. I also like the sparkles above the rainbow, it breaks up the blue a little since the blue is also used as the border colour.

- The emote is an incredible achievement! So small, and yet it conveys emotion and is animated quite well with a trailing, sparkling rainbow. If you wanted to take this element even further, I would encourage using some slightly redder shadow shading, to create a shiny gold colouring, and/or work on moving the arms a little as it flies across, as if in the wind or just wildly waving with excitement.

My biggest area for improvement would be the stamp border. Although there is nothing inherently "wrong" with what you've got here, I think it's the one aspect that you could do even more with. Stamps have a limited number of areas where you can work, and therefore no area should be overlooked in order to push your stamps awesomeness as far as it can go : P

I would recommend firstly avoiding black outlines, no pure blacks as they are too harsh. Secondly, no outlining the entire outline, as stamps tend to develop a more subtle sense of overall depth shape when the lighter parts are lighter and the darker parts of the teeth are darker. This is hard to explain but looking at a the shading on this template here should show what I mean: [link] there the top row of teeth have no dark outline at all, and the rest of the teeth have variation which can be observed.

Now, because of this added depth when outlining, you may worry that the edges will blend or seem flat due to the colour. My personal preference to avoid these issues and to add subtle contrast to the overall border in comparison with the content, is to colour it as the matching colour as you have done here (or a complementary one, which in this case may be that nice foreground purple) and then to use a multiply blend mode to increase the darkness of the layer (it is important that when applying colour to the border, you use a blend mode or carefully avoid the parts of teeth shading that I talked about previously, otherwise you can lose that sense of depth by having solid colour covering it, using the colour blend mode in photoshop makes this easy, or layering transparency if your options are more limited).

Lastly, I like the pixel font, but I wonder if you might experiment with a number of other great fonts provided on dA and, that fall under the pixel category, as you might find something that displays the "fun loving" aspect that is being shown in the background a little more. However, there is nothing "wrong" with the current one and I love how you've ensured that the outlines have a dark contrast without being black, and that the shine is used to give them depth.

Overall, I think there area a great many things that are done well in this stamp, and a nice number of things that can be considered to help it shine just that little bit more too, if one desires. Well done!
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Wow! Just wow! 8D
This stamp displays all the good that could come out of optimism!
Such a cute and imaginative display of happiness in the simpliest, yet the most powerful way!

I couldn't help but love the rainbow, that alone ties it all together in the cutest way!

The structure of the stamp is very original and very well put together, as well! All in all, this is a very unique stamp that should be treated with the up-most respect!

This. Is. ART! And this should be treated as such!
Art, my friends, nothing but pure art!
Wonderful job!
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Always-Optimistic Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love this so much! :D
anonygrayscale Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely stamp <3
Kodaic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful stamp. :) 
AgentHisui Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Itīs really hard to be an optimistic person sometimes.xD
Because many other people are like trying to convince me itīs bad after all.
PixoChaos Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dunno if I'm optimistic or pessimistic. I have a dark outlook on life, yet I always think that I will get beautiful grades, be praised... And I'm OFTEN disappointed. For some reason, I expect disappointment, but I get victory instead... It's the other way around sometimes. In fact, I'm the least patient and calm person you will ever meet. I'm hyper, I'm impatient and of course I love food. If somebody asks me a question, I reply directly and walk away. I'm a bit... Too serious. Even if I'm hyper, I still act a bit too serious.
Merijne Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really cute
PoliticalViolet Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   General Artist
I don't get why people say they're proud to be pessimistic. What a sad existence. I know people would argue that they never get disappointed because of it, but really, expecting bad things all the time is just going to bring more bad things.
SnappedWires Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Yes. Is it better to be very disappointed some of the time, or be mildly disappointed all of the time?
PoliticalViolet Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013   General Artist
I think if you hope for the best, it will come. I suggest reading "The Secret".

(that was an old comment of mine lol)
Robotcatgirl Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Doctor i think i might be an optimist!
:icondurhurhurplz::iconsaysplz: What makes you say that?
:iconbarfrainbowsplz: RAAAAAAAAAAIIINBOOOOOOOOW!!!
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