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So this is another one of those artistic taboos we're never suppose to talk about, apparently. The idea of giving back positive feedback to an artist. It's seen as "coddling" as "babying" as "inflating the ego" and has such intense negative associations. It seems to be generally accepted that the only way to critique someone's work is to point out ONLY the negative parts. Any attempt to point out anything positive or something you liked about the work is seen as being unhelpful towards the artist's growth.

And frankly I think that's a bunch of hogwash.

Speaking from my own experience, I rarely ever get anything positive said about my work in a constructive way. I might get a lot of "good jobs" or people talking happily about my comics because they made them laugh, but I rarely if ever get any comments that go into detail explaining WHY I did something right. On the flip side, the amount of negative criticism and nitpicking is almost hilariously rampant, not just on my artwork but on the entirety of the web. We're so quick to point out the flaws we don't really ever talk about the positive things done right in a work.

And I can tell you that that's very vital information being kept away from the artist. Yes, I drew that hand wrong, yeah I made that arc a little wobbly, yeah the color here isn't exactly perfect but... what did I do right? What about this work makes you smile or laugh or do you enjoy?

The thing is, we do this with pretty much all other media. Movies and films are critiqued in such a way to point out both the flaws and the positive aspects. A fair critique for a film will detail all the good and bad things and then weigh a review based on the balance between the two, either recommending or panning it. Same with books, and TV shows, and pretty much everything else... except art posted online.

I've often talked about the idea of a critique sandwich, but it usually gets shot down. So many people are against the very concept of giving back any sort of positive feedback to an artist, to the point that it's almost expected that artists shouldn't have any sort of ego at all. But here's the thing... an ego is just a representation of your "self." It's egoism that is the negative trait of being self absorbed and full of yourself. It's not bad to have an ego. Egos are important to our very being.

Artists should feel pride in their work. They should feel accomplished and happy that what they're producing, while it might be flawed, is always a step in the right direction and that they will get better. I can tell you first hand that constantly getting nothing but negative feedback can seriously bruise your ego just as much as getting too much positive feedback. It can make you feel worthless, or unaccomplished, or wrong, or unable to improve. It can feel defeatist and depressing.

Of course what I am saying is not to just stop giving negative feedback at all and only give positive. That would be ridiculous. It's kinda like food.... Everything needs to be in moderation. Too much of anything, healthy or not, is bad for you. Likewise, too much negative feedback can be detrimental to your growth, as is too much positive. If anything I just want there to be more open discourse and people less willing to always give the negative side to everything. Tell us what we're doing right every once in a while. We need to know that all our effort to stamp out the negative is working.

One last thing before I end this journal. There are people out there who actually thrive on negative feedback. They WANT the negative feedback so they can continue to keep improving their art and getting better. But that's not the only way to encourage someone and I want to stress to those individuals that just because it works for YOU, doesn't mean it works for EVERYONE. There are many classifications of artist and we can't all be hardened thick skinned automatons. Be sensitive to the person's needs and don't be a dick because you think you're "helping" them, alright?
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JaneyKara Featured By Owner Edited Jan 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Praise is nice, but also harmful. Those who need to improve their work need a mix between positive and negative feedback in order to truly improve.

I love it when people like my work, but on the other hand, it needs improvement because I'm not exactly "amazing" at art, so I always ask for constructive criticism, even if it has to be negative, at least it's telling me what to improve on and how to improve it. If somebody who doesn't exactly have the best style gets tons of praise like "Amazing!" or "Cute!" with no criticism, they'll probably be convinced that their art is fine and needs no improvement, and just stay in sort of a rut.

But yes, learning artists and even those who have learned everything about art do need a good mix between praise and constructive criticism. :) I personally prefer more of the latter, but nothing is wrong with a compliment or two. ^.^
ViiiRoko Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree! And that can be a hard concept for some people to grasp, especially when you have a friend who both you and they know could use improvement, but you still want them to feel accomplished for trying their current best.
MateoGraph Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Artist
Personally what  interests me, is  criticism ( positive or not) because it is bound  to the analysis .Beyond of the emotion, it can raise questions, points of view and it is constructive! (The pure judgment, connected to the ego, without arguments is sterile...superficial, but i don t forget that DA is not open only to professionals)

People only looking  for glory and praise on D.A would better buy a mirror to masturbate (or maybe create a facebook account , lol^^)
Fireninjastar Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Everyone gets on my ass when I even say one nice thing about you.
TomPreston Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That says a lot about the people you hang around with, doesn't it?
Fireninjastar Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In some cases.

Everyone previously on your page targets me.

Stupid Internet rule #2056:

If you say one nice thing about Andrew Dobson (Tompreston), you can't take criticism, have the worst art in the universe, and deserve to burn.
Dappleswirl Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think I've said it before, but your artwork had improved greatly over the past years.
I was cleaning out a picture folder where I found a collection of your earlier comics that I saved because I liked them. It was hard to see at first, but it hit me how much you've improved by those earlier comics.
You've increased your panel numbers, have better shading, a ton more details, and your characters have better expressions and much more depth
Your lines are even smoother and everything looks really professional!
Even your humans, who were already pretty good, have improved greatly.
Each panel is like a work of art now and it's fantastic! ^^
ladybugotaku Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
that reminds me a lot of what happened with me the other day. i was checking out a cool alice pic and i read through some comments until i saw one of those critiqing ones. he was criticizing the dude about all the wrong things about the pic and didn't say what was so great about it. i had to butt in and critque the other guy's critique about what the artist did right. when i was done i just felt good. idk why, by the fellow deviant needed some praise. it was a good pic and it didn't need to be turned down like that.:-)
Rainiila Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I, say, found a portly written FamFic I my archive, I would review it with ConCrit.
No matter how badly written it is (as long as the author was actually trying to the best of their ability, and not just trolling), I'll go out of my way to say something nice about it. "I really like how you describe Black!" Or "That fighting Sven was the BEST! You give us enough detail to visualise it, without explain every single cut/stab/blow etc."
Then I'll burst into "You could improve this by...." Stuff.
Then at the end, I'll say something like "Once more, I love your fighting scenes/describing paragraphs. I just think that a little more description/whatever would be helpful!"
I find that works, and just pointing out the wrongs gives the writer a poor opinion of you, and they're likely to get upset. I find telling them what they did RIGHT and well helps drive in the 'I'm trying to do this to help you, I'm not a bully' thing.

Just my opinion, which I know will be riddled with incorrect grammar and typos.
Gundaam Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, praise is bad. one of the many rules in art is never have a high self esteem because you own a huge fanbase of loyal fans that dont realize what are the do's and donts in art. If you wanna be successful in both art and life, follow advices from the experts and always take any sort of criticism, even if its negative.

GeneralEagleEye Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's a bit warped mate. Imagine if you drew a painting, worked hard on it for a good period of time, and you displayed it and you were very happy and satisfied with your work, and not a single soul even acknowledges it, and blabs about what could be made better.

Praise is good as long as you don't let it get to your head. I'm not saying critiquing is wrong either, but there needs to be a balance between them, like so:

"I can tell this artwork was worked on very nicely, if I may, I would like to suggest a small fix with..." 

That way you acknowledge the artists dedicatin, and still give constructive feedback.

And having self esteem is not bad either. You can't just go around all the time saying you aren't the best, because that's in the eyes of the beholder. To one you could be the worst, but to another you could be a god.
Tetra-007 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
I think if people remembered (or knew) the first rule of critiquing, the overt negativity wouldn't happen. For every negative comment, you should also say what they did well! Not everyone's as good, some people are more sensitive, etc.  Especially on the internet, you should remember people ought to remember that they don't know this person personally. And if you did, and you were their friend, how would you treat them? Even when we're critiquing our friends, we usually say something positive too.

Running someone into the mud DOESN'T help them, even if they claim it does. People are people, treat them accordingly.
Enucleator Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
The internet is not your mother.
Aeskhari Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 I think you're right. People should really try to point out the good and the bad.  Even though I love being praised I also am even happier to have people who point out things I did wrong and how I should fix it. I had this awesome art teacher in highschool who gave me great constructive feedback and I loved hearing from her. That's what I try to do for everyone else.
Teasealot Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
When I do write critique of an artist's work, I try to make it well thought out and clear, regardless if it's positive or negative. I've been attacked for this, not by the artists I've critiqued, but the drooling fanboys and girls who find it absolutely necessary to defend any slight towards their idol. So far, the artists have appreciated my approach towards critique, one even noted me after his fans attacked me for critiquing one of his picture to tell me that he found my critiques to be amongst the best and helpful he's ever had in the years of being an artist,  that he liked the fact I didn't "pretty" it up, and was upset that I stopped watching him. I'm back to watching him again, he's a good artist.
icedragonsheart Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
i like this journal. im someone who draws for fun. i dont really need negative feed back on a piece that wasn't even given much thought. im no artist, i just doodle and draw. i do like it when people say they like my ideas though. :) your also very good at writing persuasively.
G1-Ratbat Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What's wrong with praise is when people want nothing but praise. I've had plenty of these situations where the artist posts something like "Read and review" and so you tell them what is good then what is bad, suddenly you're the bad buy because they didn't want to really be critiqued.

You get flames from their "friends" ... yeah, totally not them on another account *rolls eyes* about how bad a person you are because you were the one person to actually try and show them how they could change for the better.

It get's deterring if you know what I mean.

I've grown to prefer the straight truth over sugar coated dung because of these people.

The problem with the internet is you can't really tell the true intentions of a person unlike a face to face confrontation.

I agree people should do the critique sandwich when they are critiquing but sometimes it's not the commentators duty to be changed but the person receiving the comments and critiques. They need to learn how to receive in this age when it's hard to understand due to lack of visual face what is being said.
twipplestoast Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Writer

Very true. It's not just in art, though, it's also in writing. I've seen more negitive critiques in lit here on dA than I've seen in visual art. Anyone who shares a concern about their work, whether it be fearing if their plot will be stolen, their lit being posted to another site without their consent, or just wanting to know the good rather than all the bad, is veiwed as having an inflated ego.


Not to mention that some critiquers seem to do more disciplining, like who they're trying to 'help' out is a disrespectful adolescent, and calling them out as being the ones with the ego, rather than actually doing any good to help build the writer. This happened to me with a 'popular', published writer here on dA not too long ago, and it still infuriates me. She was mad at me for being misled by information, as if I had offended her, rather than being upset with the misleading information itself. and of course this is someone who thinks there's only one way to critique someone or the highway. Look whose book I'm not reading now.


Sorry, vent moment there....


Enough with my sob story though. In my critiques, I like to start off with positive feedback, giving them first with a sense of enlightenment. Then I'll go into what wasn't so great, not be a  dick about it, and then finish off on a positive note. with this method, I've never gotten backlash, and both parties are happy in the end.

Roos-Skywalker Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is the same way I give critiques.
AsymptoticWay Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree. :heart:
BerylliumArt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student
So true! If someone is doing something right, tell them so! Also, a sprinkle of positivity in criticism makes the artist think, "Alright, my art isn't complete trash, but I should real work on x, y, and z."
Deepizzaguy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Writer
I can relate to that statement. I get very annoyed when a person and I do not care what part of the world you are from uses language room language or calls stupid or retard for praising them. The person who insults me with language that would make former New Orleans Saints football coach Jim Mora could of should of would of don't mean sure happy it's Tuesday look like a atta boy comment will get my full wrath. If they are on Facebook I will block that cretin out of following me. Brian Tracy said everybody like a kind word from infants to adults. I mean we are adults not children at grammar school.
shareyourworldwide Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
I can't really understand the notion of getting better with pure negative feedback. Won't you lose what you're doing right out of your sight and concentrate on everything you're doing wrong? I have the feeling this path leads into a spiral of depression.
I try to critique in a way to show the artist, what he/she did right in my opinion and in what areas there needs to be a bit more work. And I judge what I can judge, I can't judge modern art (Picasso etc.) but I can do so with character design in certain drawing styles... I think.
So far for my two cents.
NeroStreet Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Don't think you're not the only one who doesn't get compliments on the things you did RIGHT on your work. These days I'm lucky enough to get a "cute, good job" on my work, and I'm a nobody. A lot of the time, I get comments that have NOTHING TO DO with the art. For instance, I uploaded a picture of Rainbow Dash recently and I was getting comments like "Applejack is my favourite pony." Usually it's some kind of anecdote or opinion from the person making the comment and maybe a "good pic" as an afterthought. Do you have any idea how RARE it is for me to get a comment like "I really like the way you used X, Y, Z"? They're almost non-existent.
In some ways, I'm HAPPY when someone points out mistakes I've made, because it means someone is paying attention and it gives me something to strive for. Not ALL critiques are valuable in that way, so one has to learn to distinguish what really is just a nitpick and what can be helpful.

I think it's just the fact that dA is so popular these days and so ANYONE and EVERYONE creates an account, even people who don't have an ounce of creativity. And now even the creative people are starting to pick up on it and have forgotten to actually COMPLIMENT their artistic friends' works. We've just created this environment that doesn't always help the artists improve their craft, but a semi-socializing site with some art thrown in. In a way it's good because of exposure, but sometimes it's frustrating to never get real feedback on your work.

There is, of course, a value to critiquing. Improving on your craft, blah, blah, blah, but I won't bore you with that since you know it already.

I don't however agree with you that everyone is quick to point out the flaws in everything. I think it's just sometimes we tend to focus more on the negatives than the positives, especially during our low points.
I don't think we've created an environment that shuns praise and compliments. Not at all, but as I've mentioned, comments like "the colouring looks good" comments are becoming extinct. Which is why every once in a while when I find a young artist with potential, I give them a little comment like "what a wonderful character design!" Such a small gesture, but I hope if I do it enough, it'll catch on.
The Nostalgia Critic made a good video recently on whether it was right to nitpick. Basically he concluded that if you can make your audience focus on the story and the emotions of the characters, the less likely we allow those mistakes to bother us.
Same for and kind of art. If you use the basics of colour, line weight, silhouette, composition, etc. then the less people are likely to focus on any little mistakes you've made.

I hope that makes sense.

monochromera Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
I know what you mean ^^
though I don't think comments like "the coloring looks good" are becoming extinct at all, I just think it's the more popular artists that are getting a lot of those kinds of comments; that and who finds your art too. if you draw something that's fandom related, fans are going to blabber about the show/game/book a lot more often than the actual art. If you're doing an OC, your chances of getting something related to such character. same with humor and serious works, funny stuff will get you a ton of "lols" while serious work will get you more serious comments. That, and well, some of us end up being found by the crappy people on DA :/ it can't be helped. surround yourself with good people with a good taste in art, and the comments your receive will reflect it. 
heck, if you look at any of my deviations, the few people who do comment tend to leave such comments as "I love the way you did the coloring" or "the eye looks a bit wonkey there, but otherwise great job" bla bla bla. 
and sheesh... the comments I leave...... any of them that are not a paragraph or two of obsessive love and critique, tend to be rather constructive. like "excellent character design~ the colors are fantastic, and match the attire well, my only complaint would be that the anatomy seems a bit off on the shoulders and chest area, but the rest is just about perfect" crud like that. soft critique.
I guess what I'm getting at is that you can get good comments, you just need to find the people who will give them :3 (which can be harder for some people than others) 
NeroStreet Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Excellent point! I hadn't taken into consideration that people tend to do that with fan art, and I do tend to draw a lot of fan art for my RedBubble account. Though a lot of my original stuff gets unnoticed. I do try to surround myself with good people, but as you pointed out, sometimes crappy people find us. I've been fortunate that at least my frequent commentators are very nice, so that's always good. Sadly a lot of the people I know who DO give good comments get caught up in their own lives and don't frequent dA as much. Of course I would rather they do good in life than comment on my silly pictures.

I try to do the soft critiquing myself. Be the change you wish to see and all that. Hopefully with users like you and I, we can help budding artists become better. At least that's my hope.

Thanks for your input! 
I took a quick glance through your gallery too. WOW, some amazing stuff there! I feel so inadequate. ^^;
monochromera Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
it's the same with a lot of friends of mine, their fan art get's a lot more recognition, but oh well ^^;
and yea :C  hopefully the good commenters get back online more; we could really use them here lol but like you said, better that they have good real lives than DA lives lol

and yea. it's a good idea, and more could do the same~! I'm with you :D 

and thanks :icondragonshy2: 
daww don't feel that way! you've got some crazy talent yourself, so keep drawing and you can surpass me easy~ 
NeroStreet Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Awesome! We'll keep giving constructive comments and critiques and hope it catches on! :D

Heehee, thank you! I am currently enrolled in school to learn animation (and have been taking a class on comics) and I've learned so much since being here and hopefully I'll keep improving as the year goes on. You keep up the excellent work, too! :la:
monochromera Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
yea!~ :D

woa sweet! I'll be doing the same thing once I graduate (I'm jealous lol I wanna take animation school nowwww) 
daww thanks XD I will and good luck with your classes
NeroStreet Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Filmographer
It took me several years to save up for school. ^^; But so far it's been very worth it!

Thank you! :D
monochromera Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
well it's money very well spent ^^

stephmala Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Writer
So true! I always compliment people. I mean i'm a terrible drawer so so many people impress me. And for fiction I actually need to know what parts are good so I can think more along that path. I really like to know what people like about the story because I cant be so objective, and tell the strong from the weak.
Atama--Muhonnin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The way I try to give feedback/critique and artist's work is by trying to tell them how well they did on certain parts, and why I believe they did so well, or why I liked it so much, then i tell them what I think they didn't do so well, Why i think that, and then how I think they could have improved it, and ways to improve themselves through methods I've learned myself. And then tell them how awesome they are because always end on a high note. 
asheraa Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think people forget that nurturing low self esteem is one of the quickest, and probably the most sure fire way to stifle creative growth. People don't tend to grow to their full potential by being told over and over again by what not to do. They learn not to do by constantly being told "don't".  We only really grow (in any aspect of life) if we are made aware of what we are doing right so we can keep on doing that and  striving to  improve it (something I truly wish I could get through my bosses thick skull too *sigh*).

And honestly, your art is beautiful. I love the way you use color to make certain things in your work almost leap off the page. I am in awe of how much detail you manage to show with just a few bold strokes. And your Trading Places series just plastered a big goofy grin all over my face. :squee: 

SpookyChick1013 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so damned awfully much for this, sir!  I curtsey before the majesty of your well-written rant, and have favourited the hell out of it!

In slightly less purple prose, I agree wholeheartedly with you.  I have several times, early in my digital days, nearly given up art because of the lack of praise, and MOST of ALL, because of the INCESSANT nitpicking.  Nowadays, I know for myself that I am doing solid work in the digital field, and so don't need the positive feedback quite so much as I once did, and have developed a bit of armour against the pickers of nits. 

Still, I am currently going back to school to learn traditional painting (I know, I'm insane to go learning a far less forgiving medium), and have a very rough time with the negative criticism which seems to be all that the vast majority of people, (especially my fellow students) can bring to the table. 

Recently, I found myself in tears, becaue I had done a bad job on something and knew it, and received harsh criticism on it from someone else, and felt (for a moment only, thank the Force) the impulse to just walk away, and quit all of it.  I had a cup of tea and a cry instead, and realised part of the problem is that many artists are insecure, and to the insecure, harshly criticising another artist is their way of protecting themselves against competition, which they see as a threat.  Similarly, praising an artist encourages that artist, which means encouraging someone who might threaten their sense of position. 

This is all poppycock on their part of course, but it naytheless, has real world consequences for the rest of us.  Thank you once again for this journakl entry, which I hope is read far and wide.

If I knew the right person to recommend this to, I would recommend it for a DD (BROAD HINT to anyone who knows the proper person to recommend this to for a Daily Deviation, because this is very much deserves a DD.)
Rohvannyn Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Very nice journal entry.  Everyone else has pretty much said what I would, so I'll just confine myself to one point.  That "critique sandwich" is not only a good idea, but it is also how many corporate managers and trainers are suggested (and often ordered) to give feedback.  Say something specific that is good, offer feedback on what could be improved, and then finish up with another positive.

I am really bad at taking criticism.  I'm far too prickly about it, in fact.  That's why I like it so much when someone else takes the time to see what is good along with what is bad, and comes at the whole thing form a "let's help you improve" standpoint rather than a "you suck because you did 'x'" standpoint.  Actually, most feedback isn't done in that latter way, but it feels like it to me.  See my first statement about being oversensitive.

Perhaps if we all paid more attention to how we criticized others, and also made sure we were doing it out of a spirit of mutual self improvement, then oversensitive people like me wouldn't have to be.  So that's why I really like what you had to say here.
villamar Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
"Artists should feel pride in their work. They should feel accomplished and happy that what they're producing, while it might be flawed, is always a step in the right direction and that they will get better."

I totally agree with this... but apparently artists have to be emo and hate their art so people are happy about them. As soon as an artist say he/she is doing a good job everyone thinks he/she's being arrogant. I do know of artists being arrogant. I got blocked by one once when all I did was actually to say a compliment. That person used to draw stuff that I normaly don't like so I was all like "omg... how can you draw this like this? ;A; Now even I like this drawing! Why you do this to me? ;3; " and instead of seeing it as a compliment (cuz it was) she saw it as an insult and decided to just block me cuz apparently she had so many fans that getting rid of one person was no biggie Oh, she deactivated her account later xD

I've also seeing artists being accused of being arrogant when all they did was simply not wanting to listen to trolls so they just blocked the trolls. It's pretty much what you should do but you are sometimes too kind, Mr. Preston o_ Which is not a bad thing but can make bad people hurt you too much u.u
SpookyChick1013 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Considering the negative phrasing of your compliment, I'm not surprised she overreacted. Artists tend to be more sensitive than most.  I am not defending her; however,  I have to point out that I would have found that phrasing offensive, and while I probably would not have blocked you, I likely would have flamed the skin off of you.


"How can you draw this like this?"  does not sound like praise, It sounds like outrage, and sounds as if you think they drew something wrong.

"Now even I like this drawing."  No one likes a backhanded compliment, which is what this is a sterling example of.  I fully recognise that you were attempting to communicate your happiness at the beauty of their work, yet there are far better ways to do it, which I will illustrate momentarily.

"Why do you do this to me?"  Of COURSE this is going to be seen as an insult.  You are asking her why she is affecting you so strongly, but you are doing so in a way which is almost exclusively reserved for people who have been undeservedly hurt by someone else's actions. 

I realise that English is likely not your first language.  Thus I would recommend that you stay within formal English and NOT informal or colloquial English.

A better way to phrase your compliment back then, would be the following:

"WOW!  This is amazing!  How did you learn to draw so well?  I am not normally interested in this subject, but your work brings out a hidden beauty in the subject.  I am haunted by the beauty of your work."

If you wish to give an artist a compliment, THAT is how to do it.
villamar Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Problem is that the kind of stuff she draw is stuff I normaly hate a lot... but she did it so well I actually liked it D: So it was more like I was trying to be funny by sounding like I was suffering for liking something that I would normaly hate... ^^; but then after that she just said something like "Say one more thing and I block you" then I just wrote once more to apologize and explain that I was actually saying a compliment and liked the drawing a lot. I dunno if she even read it or not but then she just blocked me u.u
SpookyChick1013 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, as I thought, it sounds like she misunderstood your intent.  That happens sometimes with sensitive people, which is why I find that it is usually better to be formal until I have gotten to know someone very well.
villamar Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
I would normaly be formal if it wasn't because most of the stuff she draws is about a topic that I don't like xD but I did get that she didn't undertand what I really meant... that's why I apologized and tried to explain but it didn't work u.u
SpookyChick1013 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed, misunderstandings happen (sadly).  One of the problems with the internet is we usually do not have the normal cues like facial expression and tone of voice to tell us when someone is trying to make a joke, or be lighthearted, or sarcastic.  This leads to a lot of unnecessary misunderstandings, and conflicts.   Too bad that happened.
ElwenDesign Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Most artists are they're own worst critic. I am way harsher on myself than anyone else could be so hearing the positive only reaffirms that i am moving in the right direction :3
i-like-dragons Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'll admit, that I'm guilty of the positive side of this. I suck at negative feedback, and I typically give positive with little reason as to why. I have been trying to fix that, though, and point out why I like things so much. But, you're right. Many artists need a healthy serving of both positive and negative. 

The same goes for white knighting, too. Apparently things done on the Internet don't need positivity at all, only negative criticism. It sucks, and it's  not the way to go. It's like a little kid. Keep giving the kid constant, good praise and they'll think they can get away with anything. Give them nothing but negative, and they could have problems with self-esteem. It's a balance that can be achieved easily if one tries. Personally, the reason I'm terrible at giving negative feedback, is I have trouble picking out something that looks like it could use improvement. 
16electronichearts Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anthro7 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here, here!
ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I... never knew that praise was bad... I always thought it was fine. Guess I don't know the rules of the internet then. Not the minor ones, like, "Never Praise an Artist" But as long as I know the major ones (Rules #34, 35 and 63 :XD: ) I'm fine! :dummy:
ReizYouUp Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Good. I agree. I like how you pointed out that too much negative feedback is bad for the ego.
blazingrunaway Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student General Artist
This is a message that I've been trying to shout out to so many people but they keep denying it or label me as "still being goody-two-shoes." It's vital to let the artist know what they should continue for their strengths. Without doing so, it can very well go into a nutshell.

For example, the artist drew the hands a bit too large in a drawing but they chose really nice vibrant colours in a work and the person critiquing it doesn't point out their colour choice being good. Then for their next submission, they chose saturated colours that blinds the eyes (you would commonly see this palette in older versions of MS Paint before Windows Vista) and then possibly the same person who critiqued on their anatomy will critique about their choice of colours afterwards.
The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
I don't have the authority of what you did right. I do know I like your stuff, which is something I don't hear a lot. I really like your drawing style, but I can't point out any specifics, I'm afraid. Drawing isn't my strong side. I'm thick skinned, although I still squirm for critiques sometimes. I strive for *ANY* kind of comment, even just a simple "I like this" from someone.
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