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: Dealing With Constructive Criticism

12-29-2015, 09:38 AM (
When you pour your heart and soul into a project that you are working on, how to you handle constructive criticism?

Does fear of what people might think sometimes keep you from posting?

Why? Why not?

12-29-2015, 09:54 AM
No. I will even post while my art is a work in progress. I'm confident in my talent. Any constructive criticism is taken as it is meant.

12-29-2015, 06:46 PM
Hmm, good question. I'm not that confident in my painting ability so yeah I think that I sometimes hesitate to post my paintings. But I don't dwell on negative criticism because it can help me improve.

Susan Mulno
12-29-2015, 11:42 PM
As long as it's constructive, it is welcome, there is always room for improvement. :vs-kiss:

12-30-2015, 07:04 AM
As a beginner, I know I have much to learn so I welcome criticism. It's nice to hear, "good job". Who doesn't want to hear that, but I think us beginners need some red marks here and there to force us to improve. I like both comments but I actually prefer the red marks. I need them to grow as an artist.

12-30-2015, 06:46 PM
You know what's more fearful about posting your art than hearing criticism not to your liking? Not getting any feedback at all, none, zip, no reply good or bad.

I occasionally visit a non art forum which has an art section where members post their art. The section is quite active so one day I posted a digital painting that I really like and thought turned out pretty good, and nobody said anything. I watched the views go up and up but not one comment, while all the other posts were getting feedback. I felt like the kid nobody wanted to play with.

12-31-2015, 05:26 PM
As a beginner, I know I have much to learn so I welcome criticism. It's nice to hear, "good job". Who doesn't want to hear that, but I think us beginners need some red marks here and there to force us to improve. I like both comments but I actually prefer the red marks. I need them to grow as an artist.
I'll remember that hahahahah jk

01-01-2016, 06:50 AM
I hope so.:biggrin:

01-04-2016, 06:29 PM
I do art for a living, both graphic design and illustration, so I have to deal with a lot of criticism and feedback. Mostly I've just had to get used to it and not take it personally. It's a job, to get the best possible piece of art, and even if I don't agree with it or pour my heart into a different revision, it may not be what they need or the vision they were trying to capture. So I just keep the one I like, put that on my portfolio, and make the changes they need.

Mostly I just have to remember that it's a job, and I'm trying to give them something they can use. It's not personal.

01-18-2016, 07:12 PM
As long as it is constructive I don't mind. I welcome it.
But when it is intentional to 'make someone feel bad', I bite my tongue.
I remember a few months ago, I was sitting in on one of my past mentors class (she no longer teaches me), and in there was a student of hers, a girl, who was deliberately being rude, criticizing every other person work, it wasn't constructive criticism but criticism to make the other students feel bad about their work. I so wanted to shout across the class to tell her to 'shut up and go do her own work'. But I held my breath.

But I don't post work in process on line or let anyone see until I'm comfortable with it. It's not that I don't have any confidence in my work, it's just that even when I'm writing I don't even like to show it.

01-31-2016, 11:05 AM
I still consider myself a novice, not so much because I can't draw, but because I am still so unfamiliar with art terms, and just simple things that I'm sure I learned in my junior high art class, but have no memory of it now. :vs_worry:

I welcome constructive criticism in anything I create, but what I do not like to see, or will not tolerate is disrespect or bullying. Not all artists are confident in their work, and should never feel afraid to post a piece for fear of what someone might say.

02-27-2016, 11:38 PM
I believe in people having an opinion, staying true to their thoughts and sharing them. Not everybody likes the same styles and not everyone will agree on artwork. But that's why we continue to do what we do. It is about expression. I would love to get more criticism about my work, and yes in the process is preferred so I don't feel committed to the piece yet. Being something of a loner I had to find tricks to help me criticize my own work at times to decide if it is finished or "right" yet. One way to do that is to take a picture of it. Looking at the picture gives you another perspective on the piece and helps you see it as if from another person's eyes. It definitely helps you with any piece, like holding a mirror to it can, by seeing it from a different point of view. This helps in many ways but done early in the work it is a great way to decide if the composition works.

02-29-2016, 10:21 AM
Well I just received my fourth unhappy letter in 2 days. I'm gonna back off a while. Apparently the advice and lessons I have been sharing, which I get $100 an hour for, is taken as cruel criticism by some people here. I am not in the business of hurting other people so I will back off quietly.

02-29-2016, 10:53 AM
What a shame. But I understand that an awful lot of folks just don't do well with criticism. We're all different. I on the other hand will appreciate anything you have to offer so please keep that in mind. It could be that I'm such a beginner as opposed to a long time artist that I expect to be told I should do things differently.

02-29-2016, 11:26 AM
I have found that he talks down to people or at least he did to me. He gave me tips that I was already aware of and used. When I made him aware of my age and experience he suggested that I change my medium and forget about drawing small realistic pictures. He now portrays himself as a victim.

02-29-2016, 11:37 AM
It seems to me that if you just have all these years of experience and your an established artist that you would be confident enough in yourself to take his advice with a grain of salt. We should be able to disagree without getting all emotional but the title of the thread suggests that we're probably going to anyway.

02-29-2016, 11:40 AM
Who's all emotional? The guy came off as a pompous know it all and as an ex-teacher, I let him know that.

02-29-2016, 11:55 AM
Oh well, I think he's taking the right approach by backing off. Seems like a good guy to me. I didn't have your experience.