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Do you leave constructive critique on people's work here on DA? 

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28 deviants said Only if I have something REALLY useful to say, and I am confident that I genuinely know what I'm talking about.
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6 deviants said Other? Do elaborate...
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4 deviants said Occasionally, if I have something really useful to say, but I generally can't be bothered.
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2 deviants said Only if someone specifically asks for it.
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2 deviants said Most of the time...because I don't think a comment is worthwhile unless I give constructive critique.
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1 deviant said Only if the artist has loads of people saying great things about their work and I think they need to hear something negative to stop them getting full of themselves.
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1 deviant said No, cause I'm scared of offending people.
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1 deviant said Yes, all the time, even if I'm not always sure what I'm talking about - anyone who can't take it is just full of themselves.

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the-last-secret Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2005
erm, if i'm intrested in the work and have time i do try sometimes i don;t kno what to say and different things, but now that you mention it, I do hate when someone gets loads and loads of awesomes when it's not or they don't know whatthey;re talking about
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punkp1xie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2005
Hmm..
I have to admit if something is especially good I always comment and try and find something bad to say as well just so its more interesting!
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Dyingsoul15 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2005
Only if I have something REALLY useful to say, and I am confident that I genuinely know what I'm talking about.

no really have to listin to me.. i say if i see something.. well i usually dont say anything bad.. i maybe say what the photo or poetry or anything else may "say" to me..
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yoursweetsix-six-six Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005
no, because i can't really chat. i'd say something that would sound intelligible because of the long words...and they'd think...okay...maybe she makes sense...and then go to my gallery to see MY work...and *blank*
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krash Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005  Professional Photographer
Art is objective and my views on things may or may not line up with the artist, so unless I truly think something I have to offer would make a huge impact on their work I just let them know that I do like what I see.

It also depends on my mood :)
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2005   Photographer
That's a good way of looking at things. There's no set formula for art, and it's so open to interpretation that there is no right or wrong way of creating.
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tylerdurden1m Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005
if i like something then i'll make a point of saying so, if i don't then i won't bother.....i think that being a ''critic'' is a fucking shocking waste of energy, why pick holes in something that someone has put some effort into and is proud enough to put their name too... i think the world would be a much better place if we spoke about somethings merit rather than it's faults...........tx
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2005   Photographer
"i think the world would be a much better place if we spoke about somethings merit rather than it's faults"

I really love that statement...its so true, and something that more people should try to live by.
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thedaemonspawn Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005
Only if I see something that I think could use a little attention to help make their work even better.
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Sweet-Venom Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I try to, but I only comment on things I'm really impressed with. I mean, I don't try and pretend I'm all clever and say all stupid crap when I haven't got a clue, but I try and suggest things when it's a medium I'm familiar with. I never know if I'm going to be flamed if I say, "Oh its very good but ... is a bit wonky" or "It's great, but some parts look a bit out of proportion." Even though I don't have room to speak on the latter ;)
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IDeviant Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only if I have something REALLY useful to say, and I am confident that I genuinely know what I'm talking about. And only to an experienced artist who would appreciate constructive criticism. I admit to also having a 'softening' policy for these times by having something positive to say as well. Generally, though, if I haven't anything good to say, I'll keep it zipped :)
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CapnSkusting Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005  Professional General Artist
"Only if I have something REALLY useful to say, and I am confident that I genuinely know what I'm talking about."

Generally, my comments are more along the lines of what I feel when looking at something
or what it makes me think of.
If it's something that doesn't strike me or strike me one way or the other, I probably just won't comment.
When I'm perusing and posting in Thumbshare, If the poster's thumb doesn't strike me,
I'll still look through their gallery and comment on something that does.
I'll leave a critique or suggestion if it's something that I really like and could use a little help.
One of the nice things about this place is the ability to pass on a little knowledge to
the padawan learners.
There's a lot of great young talent here.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005   Photographer
I don't comment on stuff that doesn't move me either...I know some people comment on EVERYTHING in their watch, but I feel like if I can't think of anything decent to say, it's probably better to say nothing.
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O-Uaglione Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005
I try my best. I am also guilty of saying "brilliant" or "fuck, I love it" and don't elaborate that much. but generally i try to explain the reasons.
I've also given more in depth critic...but only if i know what i'm talking about...

I hope so...
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005   Photographer
:) I think it's great to give in depth comments when you know what you're on about, and very smart to keep it short when you don't. I try to do that too. If I don't know much about a style of art I don't go into detail about the technique.
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Cassandra28 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2005
I said the same thing as everyone else... :P

I will look a bit harder for suggestions if they have the advanced critique option ticked, but normally I only say stuff if I think there's a chance I know what I am talking aobut.
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xXDiAbLoXx Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2005  Hobbyist Artist
Definitely when I know my stuff. Otherwise I get a free lapdance.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005   Photographer
There should ALWAYS be free lapdances :)
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xXDiAbLoXx Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2005  Hobbyist Artist
Of course, my master! :)
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lonelyxangel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2005   Writer
I try to give critiques when i can... positive and negative... I love to try and give people a more indepth comment as opossed to thats nice, or wow! or this sucks... I like to let people know what it is thats good or bad about it, I love it when people do that for me too...
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005   Photographer
You hit the nail on the head with the positive and negative thing - it's important to tell people what you DO like about their work as well as what you don't like.
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lonelyxangel Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2005   Writer
yep. thats the best way to get things done. I love knowing what people think is good and bad about my work!
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Narikia Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I would hate offending someone T__T
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invayne666 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2005
Hmm. Good question.
I try to give constructive criticsm only if:

a) I know what I'm talking about. For instance I'm probably the worst free-hand draw-er ever. So if I see a really cool drawing then I don't feel its my place to step in and pick the piece apart. Not only that, but I also just plain don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to certain things. So even if there was something I wanted to say, I probably wouldn't know how.

b) I'm in the right mood. I've written constructive comments that are like a paragraph or two but that actually takes a lot of time and energy. Sometimes when I'm in really eager moods I clean up my message centre, and all most all of my comments are really long but I'm not going to lie, sometimes I'm just too tired to leave anything insightful and lengthy.

I only give favs without comments a couple times. Come to think of it, I usually only have done it when I'm sick. Just because I didn't have the energy. But I think very every comment I give, its never just a "I like this". I try to point out certain specifics. What caught my eye, or what I like best about pieces.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005   Photographer
I have to be in the right mood to leave detailed comments...if I'm feeling bitchy, I leave ALL my commenting til the next day when I'm less likely to be vicious!
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RaNdOm-HeRo58 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2005
i do mostly for my friends. i try to sometimes, but normally it comes down to not knowing what to say. i do think sometimes pointing out something you feel in an artwork is good counts as a critique. :)
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005   Photographer
I agree that pointing out the good stuff is constructive - if someone knows what they've done well, they can keep doing it. That's just as valuable as knowing what they need to put more work into.
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SoulCatcher78 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2005
I think our nurse has hit it right on the head. Some people only want to hear that they are the greatest artist on earth and don't enjoy hearing what could be done better or easier. The point of asking for a critique is so that you can improve what you do, not so that people will respond with "OMGYOURTEHGREATESTEVER". If I think I can help someone improve or they ask for opinions, I am more then happy to offer it. Most of the time, you don't get responses to these posts (apparently no one likes a spoilsport, lol) but when you do, you can tell it's someone who genuinely cares about what they're doing.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005   Photographer
Exactly - if people ASK specifically for advanced critique they ought to at least say thankyou when you take the time to give it.
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SoulCatcher78 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005
:clap: very true dear.
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KariAnnLax Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2005  Professional General Artist
I leave constructive critiques on work ESPECIALLY if it has the advanced critique thingy ticked. AND if I see something that I know is off or have a sugggestion on how something could be done more easily or effectively. I don't dare try to critique painters, or people that draw, but other genres that I'm familiar with, like photography- photo manips and writing. Sure I do! :D

I've noticed though... that even sometimes when people have the advanced critique selection for their deviation and I do notice something or point out something (nicely) that they don't even acknowledge it. My conclusion is that they only put that there because they think it is so well done that no one dare say a thing negative about it. This has happened on more than two occasions with one particular artist. BUT if I say... good thing with no critique I get a response. Peculiar huh?
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005   Photographer
I don't understand why anyone would ask for advanced critique if they don't really want to hear anyone else's opinions on their work. And if they do ask for it, and you're nice enough to leave it, they should at least acknowledge the time you've taken to help.
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KariAnnLax Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005  Professional General Artist
Precisely why I don't do it anymore for her ;)
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