Whoever posts after me, please critique InCompanyOfFaeries/Carly's banner. I'm just weighing in my opinion, not looking for critique at the moment.
Not a bad banner overall. I like how well the colors/tone for the girl, road and background trees match together well. The guy's skin is a little too yellow for me. It stood out to me, and just bugged me. I'm not really loving the large flower/field of flowers at the very bottom -- the colors don't match the rest of the banner. I think they're just a little too much for the banner. I'd suggest either removing them or turning them to more of a darkish, sepia tone. Also, over the pinkish flower, I can see a bit of either the girl pic or a texture -- I think it's a texture. Either erase that out or make sure the flower is laid over it. Ilike the texture over the girl, though. It works well with the banner. I don't like the texture over the flower though -- I just think it doesn't work well where it is. Maybe if you moved it underneath the girl, and to the left a bit. I think it might look nice over the trees there. I'm not loving the texture by the guy's shoulder, either (sorry, I'm all over textures today). I'd put it on a lower opacity, so you could see it the shape of it, but more of the road behind it. Again with opacity, in the first banner I'd either get rid of the white stuff or lower the opacity of it. I don't think it's really working for it. I DO like your text -- it's a very nice font, and I like the size you used for the second one. I would have made the words on the first one around the same size as the font on the second one -- it's just a smidge too big for my tastes. On the lower banner, I like how the word 'beginning' is brighter and slightly different from the other words -- it puts a nice emphasis on it. I'm just a little bothered how that word looks over the hoodie of the guy -- I don't know if I was looking at it and my eyes went weird, or what, but it looks like the letters over the hoodie are brighter than the other ones, and it's kind of distracting. I'd put that line of text around where the flowers are now.
I'm sorry if that sounded a little harsh -- I know you asked for it, but once I get going, I'll keep nitpicking. I really do like your banners though, Carly -- overall they look nice, and I think you're doing great, especially as a new bannermaker on MNFF. I just looked at your thread, and I really like your Merlin banner, by the way.
I'm also sorry if what I just wrote is a total mess. I'm all over the place today. If you need me to explain anything as to what I meant, PM me. I'm more than happy to do so.