Version 1 and version 3 are my personal favourites.
I normally feel like giving "critique/feedback" is a royal pain in the arse, because I feel like you honestly cannot correct someone on a style of art. However, you're looking for some pointers here, so I'll try and give it a go. =]
Let me start by saying that the composition of this signature is great, I think the only issue is the style render itself. Something more "realistic" would've suited this piece better in the overall picture. Also, I'm not a great 3D signature maker myself, perhaps Ewan could help you?
Version 1: Though, personally I think the C4D in the front is too blurred out (you wanna blur the back C4D's to get that 3D effect). Maybe the lighting could've been toned down, but personally I like it, and I would've gone for the same boldness you went for. Maybe a gradient map and colour balance to even out the colours, because I do find the render is a bit out there still (has nothing to do with blending, like I said I think it's the render style).
Version 1: Same critique/feedback as the above. Not a fan of that text at all. I agree 100% that it's perhaps better to keep fonts simple when it comes to signature like these. Try Bebas - Dafont. <---
Version 3: You know I'm a sucker for out there text, so I love the text in this one. I can understand why a lot of people won't, so I will not comment on this further. It's just right up my alley.
Also, great job on the rendering! I hope this helped somewhat. I also hope you're getting back into GFX for real this time! We miss your face around the graphics section + it's good practice!
Oooh, I love these Stray Arrows! You pretty much nailed the colour palette, flow and text. I prefer the text on the second banner more because I think it looks more balanced in ratio to the piece.
The blurring and depth is very good, did you try making the C4Ds just behind the render (and a little bit around it) clearer and more in focus? It might enhance the 3D effect or it may not; it's a personal call there.
Thanks for sharing your work, so happy to see you taking up GFX again!
the c4d i used was very blocky and i blurred it as a last hope to use them cuz i had no other purple toned c4ds. i've still got the psd so i'll try and do that and fix the few mistakes that I see. thanks for commenting, btw.
one thing i'm always worried about with my sigs is... if they're too flat. i can never tell if they look glossy or shiny and it's why i usually throw a piece away. i've always been pretty shit with curves
I really like these. I think you did well with the pointers you got previously, and the colouring is (obviously) not something I'm going to complain about either. I have two things for constructive feedback.
1. Not a fan of the font, because it's small I feel like it distracts more than it should. With that said, I think it's also too far away from the render.
That texture looks like the edges weren't erased so it looks like a perfect square was pasted onto your canvas. I love the effect the texture gives, but maybe erase the harsh outlines so it doesn't look like a perfect square.
Great job, Cali. I told you you could make signatures like the people you admire in DeviantArt!
This is a lovely piece Costello. I particularly love the flower motif and your use of text. I can't put my finger on how, but you've managed to make the sprites and indeed the whole wallpaper, look dreamy and blended. Great work!