but if it looked lighter it would look bad

I drew this a few days ago, but I have different thoughts on it whether it’s good or bad.
So I’m letting you be the judge of that.

You over-used the blur tool so I would try to stay away from it or look at videos that help you use it properly. I would try to add more detail to the hair and smooth your lines out more. (Some art programs offer line smoothing.)

 Instead of using a text tool you could draw the words instead since they typically look better. (Also the bright red is a little much, I would use a lighter color that goes with the color pallet you’re using.)

-Mod Tk