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Constructive Critique by ClockworkStamps Constructive Critique by ClockworkStamps
Constructive critique is meant to be just that. It is criticism that helps one improve, and that means it doesn't necessarily have to be "nice." Someone giving constructive critique is in no way obligated to tell you what they like about your piece. As long as their criticism gives you something to work off, something that will help you improve, then it is absolutely legitimate.

I'm not necessarily saying this is the only right way to critique. I know there are beginners out there who would love this kind of critique once they are more comfortable with their work. Of course compliments are nice to get. And it's fine to give them.

But constructive critique does not always need to come with compliments. Someone who doesn't tell you anything about what they liked in your piece is not being mean.
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kaikaku May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I agree with this. I mean, I'll always say things that I appreciate about the piece alongside critique, and if I can't think of anything, I'm unlikely to give a critique. But I don't think that it's necessary for critiques to be nice in order to be constructive, and when I've taken classes I certainly didn't expect critiques to be "nice." I wanted them to be honest, concise, and to the point. At the same time, here on the internet, I think that putting some effort into being nice pays off, otherwise it's too easy for people to think you're trolling them instead of honestly trying to help. This is especially true when you're not just critiquing anatomy issues, but more subjective problems with a piece.
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Nordica93 Jul 21, 2010  Student Writer
Absolutely true. If there really is nothing you like about a piece, there's no point trying to pretend that there is. That being said, I believe it is possible to be nice and still be completely honest on what you think about a piece.
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Areina Oct 15, 2010
Since I have find out that some artists here can`t stand critique even a civil one I stopped paying them attention.They are just impossible to speak with.
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ever-so-much Feb 23, 2010
Aha, I gotcha. :-) Wasn't sure precisely what'cha meant by nice (hence my quotation marks--I'd meant to show a little uncertainty that way, though looking back I'm not sure myself how that translated...weird quotes were weird <_<). Like I said though--there isn't always something good. :-P I personally find compliments useful if they're specific because it lets me know what aspects of a piece are going in the right direction, but would rather get a good, honest critique than random fluffy comments. So I suppose I agree after all.
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ever-so-much Feb 23, 2010
I do disagree, but kinda see where you're coming from too. Most of my serious critique work goes on in online writing communities rather than visual art (though I'm dabbling here too). There are some very talented authors who go around ranting at beginners, giving specific feedback on everything they're doing wrong but losing all civility and tact when they do so. While there isn't always something good in a piece, be it art or writing, my experience has been that it's extremely important to be encouraging and "nice" in tone while giving crit. Common consideration really, because otherwise the recipient is just left feeling like crap. Just my two-cents. :-)
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Oh no, I definitely don't think there is anything wrong with being kind when giving critique, especially for beginners. I think there is a difference between being honest in critique and just being a dick. Someone giving honest critique doesn't necessarily sound nice and fluffy, but they can still use tact and not come off as condescending. My point was just that honest critique (and I mean actual critique, not "Hardehar, I am better artist than you, you do everything wrong") doesn't always have to be laced with compliments, but there is nothing wrong with it if it is.
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