Taking and giving critique
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What is 'critique' and what's the point?

Critiquing is something everyone uses in every profession - it's a life skill that never grows old or leaves you. You need to know how to both give feedback and take it in order to be the most successful in life.

Think about it - you're a drink company that thinks it just made a breakthrough on the next amazing drink and you're about to invest tons of hours and money in to processing it. However, this is your drink. Everyone you hire knows they hate it, but they're too nice to say anything about it. You spend the rest of your life in jail for food poisoning crimes because of their lack of feedback (and maybe a few poor decisions on your part too, but we all make them.)

Tips to giving critique:

  • Know who you're critiquing - If you're going to critique someone heavily you need make sure they respect you and you respect them. If it's your worst enemy, they're most likely going to think you're attacking them. If you dislike them, that could cloud your judgement and cause you to be over-judgmental.

  • Pick at least one thing you like - If you start your post off with something you like then the chances of the artist listening to your opinion go up by a lot. I respect someone a lot more if they don't just go "I dislike this, this, this, and this" and provide at least something they like. It lightens the post a bit, especially if you're going to be critiquing a lot.

  • Pick at least one thing you DISlike - This is the hardest part for a lot of people. If there's something you just love and can't find any errors with then that's okay once in a blue moon. Always try to find something you'd like changed. They may not always change it, but they should always at least listen. Being nice isn't always helpful. ;)

    • Offer advice - Don't just point out a bunch of things wrong and offer nothing to improve it with. Describe, in the best terms you can, what you think might help it improve.

Tips to receiving critique:

  • Listen. How you see your work is important, but it's actually more important that others like it as well. Unless you're one of those types of people that prints their work out and only leaves it in their room for them to stare at, it's mainly going to be others who look at your work. Listen to what they say, and make improvements accordingly.

  • Understand. Not everyone is a designer, and not everyone can describe exactly how they think things should be changed. Experimenting with their advice as best as you can will often lead to good and unexpected results.

  • Keep the ego down. No one's perfect and everyone is going to have things to correct on their art. It's important that you not let your ego get in the way of your judgement and realize that people aren't going to think less of you just because you did something someone else told you to do.

  • Leave it open. Don't showcase finished or complete artwork that you have no intention of going back and fixing unless you tell people such. You should start critique at an early stage and then give progressive updates for people to use. You can also learn things for future reference, so there's no harm in posting up finished artwork - just let people know that.

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