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On Insults Masquerading As Critiques

Sat Aug 26, 2006, 3:54 PM


Sorry to put you guys through a big old rant, as I'm sure the last thing anyone really wants to read when they log into their Deviant Art account to catch up on their watch list is someone complaining, but I'm feeling a little irritated due to a couple of comments I found in my box this morning, and I do get some really bonehead comments sometimes from people that seem to think they are "critiquing" my art by leaving them. I don't think they came from anyone who is watching me, so I hope no one reading this considers it a personal attack on them, but certain types of people on this site in general really need to be told what constitutes a critique and what doesn't.

A critique is something that actually helps the person you are commenting to grow as an artist. In my opinion, a proper critique not only points out specifically what isn't working in a piece, but it also says why and gives the person suggestions on how they can go about fixing it. It isn't any of the following, all of which I have seen drift through my inbox from time to time.

- "I don't like the way you did her hair."</b> or "I would like this a whole lot more if her dress wasn't purple. I don't like purple."</b>

Well, you know? I probably do, or I wouldn't have done it that way. Style the hair and the outfits on your characters any way you like, but don't force your personal preferences on other artists. It will only irritate them, and you can bet they won't consider your comment a critique or anything close to it.

- "You need to reduce this model's thighs and stomach. She looks fat/pregnant/gross."</b>

Well guess what. Chances are I picked the model I did because I thought she was beautiful just the way she is, and if I didn't?</i> My Photoshop skills are definitely good enough to where I know how to alter stock images to my liking. However, I do not find the stick-skinny,  just-out-of-the-concentration camp look attractive by a long shot. I personally like women who actually have figures the way nature intended, and you can see that reflected in my artwork. Don't like it? Don't look at it, and definitely don't bother commenting on it.

- "Why have you done so many gloomy pieces in a row? Where are all the fairies and princesses and angels?"</b>

How am I supposed to respond to something like that? It isn't a critique by a long shot. I'm glad you like some of my pieces so much, but why do you have to insult others of mine for not being something else? The subject matter I choose for my artwork varies. It's as simple as that. Sometimes it will be fairies playing in your tea or Rapunzel in the tower, but other times you will be getting Jack the Ripper or creepy ladies covered in cobwebs. That's all there is to it. Just look at the pieces in my gallery that interest you and leave the others alone. Insulting me isn't going to change what I do or don't choose for the subject of my next piece.

- "You know what? I don't like it. I don't know why."</b>

If that's the way you feel, just keep browsing. I'm not doing my art to impress anyone. You don't have to like it, and you certainly don't have to let me know you don't like it. I could care less. If you're not going to offer some kind of constructive critique telling me why you don't like it with an actual reason outside of your personal preference, I honestly don't want to hear it.

There are a lot more examples I could add, but I think I've probably made my point and gotten it out of my system. I don't expect people to kiss my ass and offer nothing but raves by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm tired of getting comments like the ones I listed above. They are not critiques. They're just irritating and insulting. If that's all someone has to say about a piece of art that I've done, I'd rather they not say anything at all.


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cosmorama Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this! Comments like "Her hair is messy" and similar things, drive me nuts to no end!
I truly believe some things (thoughts, ideals, concepts, etc...) are beyond peoples minds.
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wolfmorphine Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah really! I could just see if you or I left a comment like that on their artwork. They'd be livid. :nod:
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azurylipfe Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006
Maybe those people should read thisbefore saying something [link] its very interesting:)
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wolfmorphine Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Oh definitely! I think something like that would be good for everyone to read, actually. It's very insightful and informative. :nod:
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fairydreams1963 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006
Omg...the nerve of some people...I think your artwork is beautiful and you are a truly talented artist:worship: Just keep up the good work and always believe in yourself..don't let jealous people bring you down...:blowkiss:
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wolfmorphine Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, honey! I will definitely do that. I love making art, and I love sharing what I make with my friends here. I won't let one or two ignorami ruin that for me and for everyone else. ;)
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mmenathalie Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006
What an ugly comments. :no:
They are just jelaous, because they aren't so great artists like you are.
I don't know what should be realistic in fantasy or surreal artworks? :confused: I always appreciate idea and invention and technical face is only the rest.
Don't worry. :hug: Your work is wonderful. Just ignore them.
Artworks must express yourself, not someone's soul, feelings, idea and more the same things. It is not your problem, because somebody doesn't like you as you.
Be proud, be yourself and that's all.
Take care. :heart:
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wolfmorphine Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks sweetie! :hug: I appreciate your heartfelt thoughts so much. :heart: It's people like you that make this community a wonderful place to be and to share my art. :nod:
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SAB687 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I can't agree more than that! I feel you have spoken for many of us artists too. Thank you
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wolfmorphine Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm just sorry so many people get similar comments that they can identify so well. I suppose there will always be people out there who would rather stir up trouble and try to tear other people down than create something of their own. The art world isn't any different. :shrug:
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