Hi all, I'm new
I've been putzing around in Photoshop for years, but have recently been bitten by the digital painting bug. I'm a beginner! But I have some knowledge of the program - masks and such. I'm learning tons with each new painting that I try.
That said, I am autistic (Asperger's). It is hard for me to hear harsh criticism. Am I doomed to not post my work online?
Yesterday, I finished a painting and I was so proud of it. It's not perfect, not by a long shot, but it's 150% better than my first try. And I prefer to try to paint whole scenes, not just objects for practice or whatnot.
So I posted this new painting on Reddit and received one harsh (to me) statement on how I was obviously a beginner and "shouldn't be painting in color" and was making a lot of "inaccurate guesswork" for lighting. Not one bit of positive reinforcement in the entire comment. It hit me pretty hard. To pour hours of work into something and be told it's worthless is so hard to hear.
Is this a good place to post my artwork and receive actual constructive criticism, i.e. "work on lighting from left - your shadows are too weak," and the like, rather than just "you're obviously a beginner, practice more, don't try this" ?
I want to learn and grow and I know my work is not good yet. Can anyone point me to a place to post my stuff, to get direction on how to improve, if this isn't a good place?