is a group that provides Guaranteed & Constructive comments for the DeviantArt community. Our mission is to encourage the development of a culture of exchanging constructive comments within the DeviantArt community, for the benefit of all its members!
As many of our members have discovered, there is great opportunity for improvement in both giving and receiving comments! This feature will spotlight a few of the amazing members of ProjectComment
for an entire month: every week they will answer a different question to showcase their experience with giving and receiving comments and how that has improved their experiences as artists and in the DeviantArt community in general.
How can ProjectComment members improve the feedback they give?
I really like it when I get feedback with soft and carefree language; like the comment from 1). It makes me feel like I've got a friend helping me get better, and that is always nice!
A lot of people refrain from using emojis and such because it doesn't look "professional" , but it honestly makes criticism feel a lot kinder <3
Lots of people said this already, but far more people still ignore the fact that an harsh truth is always
better than keeping silent about something: even if you're polite in your way of expressing yourself, some things are bound to sound unpleasant to the ears of who's receiving the critique, especially so if the receiver lacks any significant previous confrontation (and this is true for more experienced people as well since, after all, it's normal to be protective of our own works and standings); still avoiding to point out a mistake -big or small as it might be- or straight out saying that something sucks (and why it does, it's important to back up your claims) when necessary for the fear of being too harsh, sounding pretentious or of hurting someone else's feelings will never help people to grow in the long run.
And even if you lack the fancy words or deep understanding needed to explain why something is wrong, if it feels wrong -especially when anatomy, lightning or perspective are involved-, chances are that you're right since they're things we all experience just by being alive and are rooted in our brains, so in this case, it might be useful to make use of the powerful tool that is the internet to redirect to an external source that holds the answers and examples that you're lacking.
I feel like the mission of Project Comment is a fantastic one. Most people put a lot of time and consideration into their art, and it's great to recognize their efforts. While I highly encourage pointing out the good in pieces, I find the most helpful comments aren't simply praise, but include suggestions of improvement as well.
As most art isn't perfect, the artist can usually benefit from corrective feedback. I find this, coupled with highlights of the artist's strengths is one of the best ways to give constructive feedback.
They can improve the feedback with telling how they FEEL about the current artwork,trying to be positive (some people are just incredibly dry IMHO), and of course to point out advantages AND disadvantages. Voila! There we have it! A recipe to cook a perfect comment! In my opinion..
If it would be between personal experience or more general, I´d take a personal. Because easy commenting doesn´t always improve your commenting skill!
When you pick up something harder you will think and use your brain very hard
It´s good for you. For me. For us.
Well, for one, they should stop giving ridiculously short comments that just state the general things. "Hands look awkward", "fingers too stiff", "eyes are uneven" or simply using 1-4 lines for narrating on how the image looks. I know how it looks, thanks, but I'd rather know my weak points. Next, the featured hall of comments in the group might help, as it contains a lot of amazing comments. They should expand on their points and not only list the bad things, but also talk on what they like and how to improve it- pointing out mistakes without a solution is pointless when you're commenting to a lazy person like me who wouldn't search the solutions themselves...
One way to improve once and for all is to have the initiative to actually comment and not just for the thought to receive another in return.
As I already said, many comments I get are already near perfect. I think the most important thing is to keep them "balanced" - pointing out both the strong points and the things that could be improved and also going into some detail explaining them. The first is important, because the effort an artist put in a picture should be recognized. Getting only criticism - even if it's well-meaning - can be quite discouraging, especially for young artists or those with low self-esteem.
On the other hand, only receiving praise might be flattering, but it doesn't help an artist to improve. Pointing out flaws the artist might have overlooked can be quite a blessing for future works. I usually try to search for at least 2 points on both sides and go into some detailed explanation, that works pretty well for me.
Another thing I'd like to see more often is analysis of the themes in a piece. Commenters often stick to commenting on the technical side and that's completely fine. But reading a personal interpretation of what's going on in a picture can be very interesting and gives the comment a more personal touch, too.
Commenter Bios and ArtAce1999
- I am a 17 year old artist with a heart for musicals and Disney villains. Up until recently I've been self taught, but my past years as an art student have truly opened a whole new world to me.Ailithir
- I'm an Italian guy that has always loved to create worlds and tell stories; I grew up in a pretty strict environment so at times I sound more severe than what I intend to, still, I think to be pretty tame and genuinely like to help where I can.fluoroid
- Currently I'm primarily focusing on being a comic artist, and while I have had a few formal classes, I'm mostly self taught with respects to drawing and digital painting. I love learning about anything and everything, and finding ways to use that knowledge in my comics and art is one of the things I enjoy the most.matarioshka
- I´m a crazy & ambitious artist. Hobbyist. Made in USSR, Lived in Lithuania, dumped LT for Argentina, now I live in ARG with my Boyfriend. I´m 27. Not married. I dream to have a good job, or to open my own business. And ofcourse to have some project with the great V. How could I forget about them? How could I?!..rainbow000pegasus
- has started art since a young age. She has a passion for art and literature. Some of her personal favourite fandoms are Gyakuten Saiban and Cardfight!! Vanguard.Zitruseis
- I'm a self-taught artist from Germany. I think I've been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pen, but it's only been for a bit more than two years that I've actually started considering myself an artist. I'm always striving for improvement, probably owing to my perfectionist nature. In my day-to-day life, I'm studying social sciences and I'm hoping to become a professor of sociology and a scientist one day. I have a wide range of interests, including psychology, philosophy, storytelling, video games, writing and cooking among others. I also love rabbits!
How To Nominate
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of deviants who you think should be featured! Note astarayel
with the subject "Nomination" and the following information:
Name of Deviant
Link to their exceptional comments. (This is great way to give back to a user who has given you fantastic feedback!)
You can suggest anyone and everyone at any time and include as many nominations as you want in one note. All nominations will be taken into consideration--if your nomination isn't featured immediately, it may still be featured in a future news article!astarayel
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