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The Shrine by DeaconStrucktor


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August 16, 2011
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How To: Constructive Crits by RipfangDragon How To: Constructive Crits by RipfangDragon

Over the years I have been a member here, I have encountered so many people who either give aggressive, negative comments or are afraid of constructive criticism because of the aggressive, negative comments. It really makes me sad to see so many people avoiding something so fundamental and important to artists because of fear. So I decided to make a tutorial concerning constructive criticism, what it is, and how to give it!

To see all of my "deviantART official" critiques, click here.

:iconcritiqual-mass: Please stop by #Critiqual-mass! It's a new and upcoming critique group geared towards learning how to give and receive critique, as well as helping you get and give critique!

:iconprojectcomment: Check out #ProjectComment. It is a wonderful group filled with kind, courtesy and constructive commenters who look to share and receive beneficial feedback.

Favorite this and spread the word. :)

:iconmachinesbleedtoo: Special thanks to *MachinesBleedToo for letting me use her art in this tutorial. The piece I chose to use is something that I critiqued on in the past, and *MachinesBleedToo has always been sort of a mentor to me. Just looking at her art is inspiring and educational, and she is very friendly, straight-forward, and has written some of the best critiques I have ever received on this website. Thank you for everything, *MachinesBleedToo. You are truly an inspiration. :tighthug:

=mantha1624's journal Random Acts of Recognition
#deviantARTtimes's September 16th News Article
^namenotrequired's artist's notes in his piece, Critiques Tutorial
#hq's The Resource Roundup #2
=The--Last--Hope's dA Related Tutorials 2011
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LazarCotoron Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is a nice guide with good explanations for folks. It's clear and concise.

I do think you missed one really big thing, and that's to be mindful that everyone is going to react differently. I'm notorious for being blunt as I prefer to be direct, and obviously not everyone takes that well. But even worse, I had one, where the artist had specifically requested critique where I tried to be gentle and kind and just tell her that last piece that would've improved her picture... I swear I put her in tears. Now had I received such a soft critique from someone else, I'd have simply replied "Let's cut to the chase, you think this could be better, fine. Why, and maybe how." I understand that art is often about making decisions and judgments, and frequently when someone questions one of my decisions, I like to really get in their head and find out WHY. That puts folks off too.

I'm analytical and inquisitorial-I want to know the WHY because I'm wondering if the critic is questioning my technical skill (which certainly needs improvement) or if he's getting at the core of the idea. Technical issues, I can nod and agree, or say that it was a tricky choice. But the idea... if someone is critiquing you on the IDEA, and art is an expression of things that can't be expressed in mere words... that information isn't just useful to an artist. It borders, if not IS necessary.
danlayton Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for this! I used this as a guide to make my first critique here: [link].
I'm planning to write more critiques so after a few I might write one for this one =)
If you have time could you please check out my first critique and maybe 'critique my critique'? (say that fast!)
RipfangDragon Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
sorry for the late reply! Unfortunately, I don't have much time to critique things, but I did read it and I think it sounds good. :thumbsup::meow: You're considerate and honest and that's excellent! Keep up the good critiques!
danlayton Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh no sorry to bother you ^^;
Thank you for the mini critique :heart:
RipfangDragon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh gosh no bother at all! :tighthug: It never, ever hurts to ask! I'm just sorry I had to decline. :heart:
danlayton Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No thank you for what you've done :thanks:
Imaginarionify Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is seriously a wonderful tutorial on how to make constructive comments. I really loved the pointers given in this piece because I myself have a difficult time trying to give good comments on other people's artwork, but this is really wonderful to look over.
RipfangDragon Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
I am so glad you like it so much. :la: It's important to remember, when critiquing and communicating with other artists, that networking is part of your career, and it's important to be helpful and polite! :D
Imaginarionify Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree. ^_^
kittyzero Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You did a great job on this. Its really informative and hopefully people can come away from reading it with positive attitudes towards criticism and the ability to give constructive critiques. This is super helpful. :D
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