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Constructive Criticism – Do It Right

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One of the most useful things you can get on your work (any type of work in fact) to help you improve. It’s both positive and negative  analysis and assessment of work given in a friendly way to help one accomplish a goal.

Sadly, I find that so many people take any kind of criticism badly. They take it personally and are often offended by it and for whatever reason they feel that the person giving it meant in a bad way ( when they often don’t). Quite often its just a small comment or something pointed out. Even amongst all the nice things said they focus only on the bad and don’t try to at all use it to help their work.

When you receive such critique be  it a minor one or a major you cannot take it personally. You should not assume that this person is trying to say what you have done is no good, that it means they think they are better then you or that its there to make people look at your flaws.

In my opinion anyone can give critique (“Everyone’s a critic” sound familiar?).  That’s because everyone has an opinion and they are entitled to it! Just because someone cant actually do what they are giving critique on doesn’t mean that they have no knowledge on it. Sometimes another person can see something that you don’t, or maybe they just would change something that you have done.

You also have to remember that

some things are just personal preference, you don’t have to change it because someone else tells you they think it would be better another way.  if you like it leave it, if your done, don’t change it. just take what they said, think about it,  and maybe it will be helpful to you later on.

 

I agree that there are people who will go around and ONLY point out negative things. Often these people are trying to hurt your feelings and should probably be ignored (troll alert!)

My tips for constructive criticism.

Giving

  1. Say something you like about the picture or  something that was well done ( color composition, use of space, anatomy etc.)
  2. When you say something negative try to offer a suggestion or an example of how the person could improve that area.
  3. If you don’t like something in particular try to tell them why. Maybe its too small in proportion or the colors are too bright for where the light touches.
  4. Don’t point out every flaw!  There are always tiny things you can pick at, don’t look for them specifically, look in general for things that stand out to you!
  5. If you don’t like the content don’t talk about it, look at the characters, the color scheme and the composition. we are looking at the overall image. We aren’t going to learn anything if you tell us you don’t like dogs because one bit you as a child.

 

Accepting

  1. Don’t take any of it personally,  the comments are about the picture not you!
  2. Remember that everyone has their own opinions and preferences on what they do and don’t like.
  3. This is to help you improve not bring you down. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone can get better, and nothing is perfect.
  4. Try it. Don’t just disregard what someone has suggested but try it, maybe not now but later. one small tip can really help! you might not realize until you try it for yourself.
  5. Remember that if you never had any criticism (even self critique) you would never be as good as you are now. Its essential for anyone that wants to improve upon their task.

Of course there are many more points to make about constructive criticism, feel free to comment on them 🙂

 

 

Here are a few sites I would recommend if you would like to read more about the value of constructive criticism and how to accept the feedback in a positive way

http://clickitupanotch.com/how-to-critique/

http://www.psychologytoday.com/collections/201207/constructive-criticism

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-constructive-criticism.htm

https://www.boundless.com/communications/learning-to-listen-and-helping-others-do-the-same/giving-and-receiving-criticism/giving-effective-criticism-be-positive-specific-objective-and-constructive/

 

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Rules

Rules

Please read the rules before joining crit night.

  1. Meet the Deadline. I will provide you with plenty of time to send me a link to your artwork and your critiques for the actual crit night. I understand that people are busy and have lives and I would give no less then a few months notice (unless there is an emergency). the time between when I send out the pictures to be critiqued and be posted will be around 2 weeks  and 1 week which will give me time to organize and create the post ( Yes, I have a life too!). Please understand that organizing and arranging things like this with people I may not have direct contact with can be difficult and time consuming. Please do your best to meet the deadlines set and communicate with me if you are unable to do so.
    See the Schedule
  2. Keep in touch. To have something like this be successful you need to keep in touch. Please use an E-mail which you actually look at, of add me on facebook or twitter so you can see when an E-mail has been sent. E-mail will be the key communication method used to send and receive everything that has to do with Crit Night.
  3. Constructive Criticism. We are looking for people to give constructive criticism. You must be willing to give constructive criticism on at least one picture to be eligible to have your picture with its critique posted.
  4. Submit Proper content. Please check the submission page to see what type of work is accepted. I have the right to reject or remove any art which is submitted.
  5. Use appropriate language. Nobody here is looking for a puddle of insults or a text message. This is open to people of all skill levels.  Which means people of different ages are able to contribute. Please use appropriate language and proper spelling when you send your critique. I will do my best to try and help filter this out but it is far to time consuming if I have to sit and read everything word for word before I can even get started on posting the material
  6. Post your own artwork. The reason for Crit night is not to see who is the best artist on the page, its to get an insight to how you can improve. DO NOT post artwork that is not your own. DO NOT post tracings or copies of other peoples work. we are looking for YOUR original artwork.I will accept fan art but it must not be a simple copy of  another piece, that would be copyright infringement. Using a reference picture is ok.
  7. Quality Pictures. Please submit quality pictures. This means using a scanner or taking quality photos or your artwork. We want to be able to actually see your artwork!
  8. Water Marks. I myself use a water mark on my artwork and I understand its purpose completely.  When you apply a watermark to your artwork please do it in a way which does not obstruct or distort the image (make the watermark fairly transparent).
  9. Permissions. Keep in mind that this is a PUBLIC BLOG. the public will be able to view all the images which you are allowing me to post for crit night. Please don’t submit things which are personal or contain personal information. By adding them to crit night you are allowing me to post them on my website and or blog for the purposes of Crit night (promotion, examples etc.)
  10. Sexual images and Pornography. Again, this is open to people of all skill levels and various ages. I understand nudity and sexual images but please submit what you would deem “tasteful.” To put it short and simple no hard core porn please! if your not sure please ask.
  11. Violence. Yet Again, this is open to people of all skill levels and various ages. Please no horribly graphic violent images.
  12. Offensive Images. No Overly offensive images such as very racist, religious or political images.

Rules are subject to change. Previous participants will be notified if a change occurs.

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Improve your Figure and gesture drawing

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Hey everyone,

Just thought i would share to you this great place that I found! Its really useful for people of all levels to start and improve on their figure drawings and gestures.

I actually found it ages ago and forgot, then my friend ForthSanity re-introduced me to it.

its got some great tips on anatomy  color and just drawing in general.

I’ve been trying to use it a bit more but really haven’t had a chance to really try it out. I think it could really help anyone improve their art.

Figure drawing is very important. It allows you to improve your observation skills. your proportions and shading will also greatly improve making your image really come to life. By studying the different details of each subject you can learn to distinguish between two of the same subjects more easily. Everything is unique and no 2 things should be the same!

So if your interested in improving your figure drawing skills be it human or animal this site would be a great place to visit.

http://artists.pixelovely.com/

Let’s get sketching!

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What is Crit Night?

Crit Night

Critique Night is night which will be dedicated to creating a night full of constructive criticism for artists of all skill levels.

This is open to people who draw, sketch or paint digitally or traditionally.

This is not for people who do photo-manipulations, photography, Creative writing,  sewing, crafts or 3D art.

What I would like to do is build a community of artist willing to help one another. I and a few of people I know find that critique, real constructive critique on your artwork is extremely hard to find. Most of the time people simply “like” the picture, and sometimes we wonder what it is about that picture it is that they really do like.

Every few months I am hoping that people will submit work which they would like feedback on, in turn they will help provide feedback to other artists about their work. This allows the  artist to see how others view their work, what they like, what they don’t like and most importantly how they can improve their skills.

Once all the art is collected each artist will be randomly assigned 1 piece to critique (Of course it would be great if you could do more). This would ensure that everyone gets at least 1 critique on their art work. Your art will only get posted when your critique has also been written.

There will be a deadline for art submissions and I will give a set amount of time for people to write their Critiques ( Im thinking 2 weeks would be enough time to crit just 1 picture)

On Crit Night I will post all the pictures with all the critique they received for everyone to see here on my Blog where people can view them all and post comments.

Of course to contact  you I would require your E-mail address (which I will not post or share to others)

 

the Basic form I am hoping people to fill out is a simple one and will be something along the lines of this:

  1. First impression: 
  2. What do you like about this image?
  3. Is there something you don’t like?
  4. What do you think the artist can improve upon? suggestions?

Red line/examples (optional)

Please rate from 1-3

Originality/creativity:

Color scheme:

Overall Composition :

 

So,

If you’re an artist looking for some constructive criticism on your artwork and are willing to critique others work then this might be a great opportunity for you.

If your not an artist but are interested in  providing some valuable feedback I would also be interested in hearing from you.

All the information about participating in Crit night can be found here

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