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    Constructive Criticism


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    Post by cool on Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:38 pm

    This applies to all the threads under Creativity Lane.

    It is the thread starter's responsibility to indicate whether they would like constructive criticism or not.

    However, if the thread starter does not indicate any form of wanting or not wanting criticism, you must put your criticism in a SPOILER.
    If the owner of thread asks for constructive criticism, then you may openly offer your opinion without having to use the spoiler.

    Remember, some do not receive criticism very easily so please try to be as nice as you can. They don't realize they AREN'T the best in this world.


    Constructive criticism: Giving and receiving
    Also known as CNC, which means Comment & Criticize. Criticism is often misunderstood by people and taken the wrong way. I hope that with this guide, people will be able to realize how criticism is there to help you, not insult you. I will help you learn about how criticism is a great way to improve and is probably a lot better than the average “OH SO PRO!” comment. I’ll also teach how you can give fair criticism and how you can avoid arguments after giving it.

    Receiving criticism
    What most people don’t understand is that if you post your work on the internet, you are bound to be criticized. The people criticizing are not here to personally insult or attack you. Usually, it’s just a casual comment saying what they “dislike” about your work or what you could improve in their opinion.

    I strongly believe that art work is something you create for yourself and not for the pleasure of others. But when you share it with others, it’s only fair that they can have their little moment. You don’t have to listen to criticism, you don’t have to care about others. Listening to them can help you become better though.

    But back to the point. When placing your work on the internet you are practically asking for criticism. You might not want it, but the internet is filled with people who don’t know you and what you want. Most of them being understanding, but some of them aren’t. Everyone is able to comment on your work. Be it DeviantArt, YouTube or even here on BasilMarket.

    How to avoid getting it.
    People who give honest criticism won’t bother with giving it when you request them not to. In this case you should simply put “Please do not criticize my work.” into the description of your work. This way people will know. I would like to include a few words from other Basilers in this part.

    “People shouldn’t give criticism unless asked by the artist. There shouldn’t be any need for the artist to make clear beforehand that he or she doesn’t want criticism.”

    As true and fair as this seems, people aren’t psychic. People don’t know what you want or don’t to hear. It is so little effort to place a little sentence saying you don’t want it, compared to the endless discussions and arguments you may avoid with it.

    Other, more obvious ways to avoid criticism are to block comments or not post it at major forums. Keep it within your friends, they probably aren’t going to say anything that bad about your work.

    What to do with it.
    You can either take it seriously or ignore it. If you wish to ignore it, you can skip this part of the guide. If you ignore the criticism, you can either not comment or make a small thank you comment. Nothing too big, just a casual thank you.

    For those who want to take it seriously, start out by reading the criticism you have received about 2 to 3 times. Just to make sure that you fully understand it. Check the criticism and compare it with your work.
    If you aren’t sure about it being fair, you might be able to request others to respond to the criticism to say if it is. Nothing’s wrong with asking for more opinions.

    When you are sure about every point being valid, you can start correcting your work. Of course, some points are hard to edit afterwards. Do not forget about these points though. In your future drawings you might be able to avoid make an “error” like it thanks to the advice.

    Obviously, you don’t always understand what a person is trying to tell you. Don’t be afraid to ask. The person will most likely help you, considering he already did before. Sometimes people use difficult names and you will simply not follow what they’re trying to point out. Ask them to simplify it for you.

    Of course, you don’t always have to listen to the advice others give you. It IS your work, you can’t let them take over everything you have made. There’s always a difference between “rules” and opinions.

    How to deal with it.
    If the comment seems harsh, you can try working your way around it. Criticism will never feel amazingly good or anything like that. The best you can do is read around harsh words.

    If you really disliked the criticism given, just be polite and place a comment saying thanks. The criticizer is still putting effort in looking at your work, it’s worth thanking him even though you disagree with him. DON’T start a fight simply because you feel insulted.

    Because YOU are NOT the greatest artist in the world. You can’t be insulted because there is always a valid part in what people say about you having “errors” in your work.

    Finding an excuse for everything someone tells you, is simply immature. You are only fooling yourself with comments like “I was lazy”, “I was bored” and “My scanner sucks”. We have heard them all. You are deluding yourself if you think anyone will fall for it.

    “You create and form, someone who does this has to solve problems, not create them.” – This amazing quote is from one of my ex-teachers in the study Graphic Design.

    This isn’t criticism! This is a troll!
    Trolls will be trolls. I’ll keep this short because trolls don’t deserve a lot of attention (I’m a hypocrite as a troll, I know :[ I’m sorry my fellow trolls). All you can do is ignore them. If they’re being really insulting, report them.

    Giving criticism
    Well, let’s clear this up for the criticizer. You are not awesome, you are not great, you don’t know anything best and you aren’t all high and mighty because you have done something longer than someone else.

    I’m harsh aren’t I? Well, of course you are obligated to an opinion. But you have to realize that you are no better than any other human being. Equality. If you put down harsh words they will probably be thrown back in your face within a year, because the person you insulted with your harsh words will be better than you are.

    The difference between constructive and de-motivational criticism.
    Examples of constructive criticism:
    “This isn’t really well done, but by editing it could be better.”
    “Try putting more pressure in your pencil at that spot.”

    With criticism like this, people will understand what to do and where they are lacking.

    Demotivating criticism is harsh and straight, to the point. I will be honest about it, I’m very harsh myself. But I try to add in compliments if it’s possible.

    “This is god ugly, my eyes burn.”

    Look, now you can think “everyone does it.” But saying things like this doesn’t help anyone. You only start fights and unhappy faces.

    Always try to support your opinion. In a way people can really make use of it. There are exceptions of course. Sometimes it’s just so god ugly that you can’t go on anymore without saying that someone totally failed it. Well, you have the words “Practice a bit more” for that. In most cases, it really just is a matter of practice. Only a few artists are born with talent. And even those people have to practice their skills to improve.

    Forming your comment.
    Never write criticism when you’re in a bad mood!

    First step; find an error or dislike something. That shouldn’t be too hard should it? Only if you are 100% sure something has to be edited and if you are 100% sure that your solution would work out for it, you should state it. Half assed messages don’t work. This doesn’t mean you can’t make suggestions though.

    Start by naming all the errors. After that, look if it’s not just your opinion. If you really realize that it’s not just your opinion and a serious mistake, start forming your message. (GIVING YOUR OPINION AND GIVING SUGGESTIONS IS ALWAYS A GOOD THING THOUGH). Always support your message with solid proof. Nothing is wrong and nothing is ugly without a reason.

    Give as many options to the artist as you can, in how they can change something. Look at the thing your criticizing from different perspectives. From your own and from the artist’s. Considering why the artist made certain mistakes or decisions as well. This is also a great tip for the artist. Don’t look only at what you like. You are making it for others to look at as well, so try to place yourself in the viewers mind.

    When you have formed your comment, check for mistakes. Spelling and grammar mistakes should be taken out as well (I’m such a hypocrite in this). Failed grammar is hard to be taken serious. Check if you weren’t too harsh.

    Adjusting your level of speech.
    “The flow of your tag is totally incorrect. The typography has failed and you can’t place your focal there.”

    What the bleep are these things? Well I understand them, but majority of us don’t. Don’t work with expensive words. We are stupid artists, we will probably end up without a degree somewhere on the streets drawing people for money when the weather is lovely.

    Not everyone understands that a focal’s the most important part of your work. Not everyone understands that typography is related to text. Not everyone understands what flow is and what a tag is. Even if these words are so logical to you, NOT EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS.

    You can’t expect someone starts out as one of the most amazing artists in the world. This also means you have to explain certain parts about programs they might be using. Lower your level and point out where they can find certain things.

    Know what you are dealing with.
    Not everyone works with the most expensive software. Keep that in mind please. Digital work isn’t always done with Photoshop. If you don’t know HOW to use the program, try not to meddle with how someone did use it. Simply because you can’t know what went wrong.

    The same for all traditional forms of art of course.



    Always stay detailed. Never skip something because you’re lazy. Explain what’s wrong for each pixel. This way you will avoid being unclear and having to start a discussion with the artist about what you exactly meant in your comment.

    Compliments are a very important part about criticism. Your comment will clear up right away when you also put in what you liked about the artist’s work. Someone works hard on his/her art and getting a complete bash of criticism after hours of work hurts.

    Start with a compliment. Even if you don’t exactly mean it. People will know that you appreciate their hard work, disregard the “errors”.

    You actually finished reading this!? I’m amazed. If you see anything regarding grammar and/or spelling errors please tell me, I will correct them. I’m only a 17 year old Dutch college student with lack of English classes, so I make mistakes. Anything else you wish to point out or if you think should be added, go ahead and tell me.

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