I had a thought while I was painting ( first time for everything! Derp 8D ).
Often on Deviantart, through the piles of thumbnails we all are exposed to, I find myself in a random persons gallery. A person I have never interacted with, and who probably wouldn't know me if I came through their monitor and bit their face. " lol Hai, I'm Koji *CHOMP*"..the horror."
And while looking through their artwork, I see the same "mistakes" ( to my eye anyways) like a glaring sign, over and over. For example, I happened upon someone's gallery and I realized all the noses they draw look like lion noses ( no, they aren't drawing furries
). They're drawing humans, and attempting realism. Thing is, this is a very easy fix. In fact, if they just moved the bridge of the nose in on their work, it would all look a LOT better. Their drawings would receive more attention, and overall it would be positive.
I'm not talking about stylistic things either. It's not subject matter, it's not the type of art- It's just something like...wow, if only they had added a cranium on that person. The art would look pretty good- but they just need to draw that ONE line further out D:Do you say something to them?
I almost never give critiques. I don't think I'm very good at them. I'm not good at eloquently writing a long paragraph or anything, and often I can't explain myself very well. I'm someone who can only put a piece into Photoshop, and draw a diagram of what I mean
But so many people on Deviantart get insulted by a complete stranger posting on their work, saying something even teensy that is truly designed to help them.
See, usually Deviantart is filled to the brim with awful critiques. People have told me "OMG I don't think he should look like that!!11 I envisioned him differently! So it sucks and you failed >:[ *raaggggeeeeee*"
..and then you tell them, that it's fine if they don't like my interpretation. They are free to draw their own, and I get:" OMGAD u r so stuck up you horrible human >:[!!11 U cannot accept critique!!"
I think it's made a lot of people a bit timid when it comes to asking for opinions here. When you ask for a critique on Deviantart, I feel you are very brave. Because it's like playing russian roulette, except the gun has 5 bullets in a 6 bullet chamber
. As for myself, I usually only ask opinions of people I know, talk to and trust their eye.
SO all this had me wondering now- if it's a scenario like what I said initially, where you come across an artist who's art could take a giant leap forward if they just did a very easy fix-Would you tell them?Would you want someone to tell you something like that about your work?
Would you get offended because you don't know them?
I was just curious what people think of this, because I always opt out LOL. I always just think, nah. And stick to my own stuff and do my own thing. random jazz hands~~~