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Every two weeks, we will be interviewing commenters and volunteers at ProjectComment, specifically revolving around their life on deviantART and, the purpose of ProjectComment, constructive comments.

We sincerely hope you enjoy reading the eight-first interview of this series with Azymic! If you have a spare moment, feel free to :+favlove: the news article, too.

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hello, I’m Azymic! I’m essentially a potato. With opposable thumbs. My ability to type and hold pencils is valued greatly. Any spare time is spent neglecting my studies and forgetting to eat. Any sleeping time is spent making art and skulking in my corner of the internet/gathering the courage to reply to comments!
//anxious laughter as I glance at my messages

What kind of art do you do and why?
Visual art! It’s something that I can muck about and experiment with and not feel self-conscious! ;v; Any performance arts were pretty much ruled out because of my stage-fright and anxiety even talking to people (also potatoes are root vegetables and therefore can mostly only roll about). My medium of preference is digital art - less clean-up time afterwards as paint is ever so messy, and I don’t have to worry about wasting supplies.

Aster by Azymic Bloom by Azymic Xiao Niao by Azymic

Do you do a lot of commenting in your spare time?
I try my best to! It’s a really great way to meet some new people and find new works of art. Not to mention, a wonderful way to give back to the community. Sharing knowledge is absolutely great. Heck, commenting on other artists pieces might also get you a few pieces of feedback yourself.

But I’ll admit my mindset isn’t purely altruistic! Dissecting and analyzing pieces of work and styles that i might otherwise not see are great ways for me to learn how to do the same to my own work. What do i like, and why, so to speak.

//other than that, just because it’s a whole bunch of fun!

Do you prefer to give and receive critiques or constructive comments and why?
Personally, I prefer giving constructive comments! It’s just because I don’t really like the rating system on the critique bit, just because the standards seem to vary quite a bit! Reading critiques from others, the way things are ranked are all over the place. For me, it’s also really difficult to rate the quality of a piece! But it could just be because I’ve never really used critiques. ;v;

I also tend to blabber quite a bit, but i just want to give one piece of advice, about a certain detail and comments are more convenient in that regard!

As for receiving, I wouldn’t really mind either, but i don’t have a premium membership haha.

What do you always make sure to include in your comments?
A positive comment, definitely! My rule is to always have at least one or two. Encouragement is the best way to help others! And honestly, anyone who can gather up their courage to draw and post their artwork for others to view and judge should be applauded for their courage and sent plenty of good vibes. Addressing both strengths and weaknesses isn’t just for the sake of being nice. I believe it’s a lot easier to improve when you can understand how to use your strengths to your advantage, and branch out from there!

Oliver by Azymic Look at this dork by Azymic

Is there a particular technique you use when commenting?
I don’t believe i do anything different from most commentors, or use any specific techniques. But i generally work my way from a very broad idea of the piece, to fine details, if that makes any sense.

I’ll evaluate the overall impact, or “feel” of the piece. Does it make me feel something? Does it tell a story? After that, I begin to look at how all the pieces Where is the energy, the movement, the focal point? How does the composition come together? After that, details and anatomy, the more technical components.

I think the first two are things that just grow and develop the more you create art, and there usually isn’t any specific feedback I can give others on how to improve (other than practice, practice, practice). Therefore, the focus of my comment falls on the technical aspects - adding a few brushstrokes here, different ways of rendering materials, a light source that makes sense, and anatomy. I think that giving specific steps is an easier way to help someone to improve than vague answers (although that’s just my personal opinion!). Thankfully, deviant art is a huge resource for tutorials on anything from colour theory to how to draw feet, so linking makes a commentor’s job a whole lot easier!

What do you do when you don't get the feedback that you want? Do you submit to groups, for example?
Submitting to groups is a good first step, and insures that more people will view your art, but if i’m looking for feedback, i go to Project Comment first! The commentors here are really friendly and there are a whole bunch of people willing to help.

I also really love the group CuteArtistUnite ’s critique folder: cuteartistunite.deviantart.com…
Improvement-Club also has “correct me folders” that you can submit to for help!

Horse Studies by Azymic Wanderlust by Azymic where is my style going by Azymic

Do you have any future plans in terms of deviantART and such? Any ongoing projects currently?
Not particularly - I just hope to keep on creating art, and meeting new people! ‘v’
I’m actually working on a webcomic right now, but it’s still in the developing stage right now (and will be for a while).

Can you offer any tips for commenters?
Be kind, always be kind because these are people who are putting their hearts out for you to judge. Artists, listen carefully, because feedback is precious, and even if it’s just a “quick doodle” someone is critiquing, there’s something to be gained and learnt.

Drink lots of water and eat good food and spend your time with people who make you smile!! And keep making art, don’t give up! I’m rooting for you!

*disclaimer I have no idea what i’m doing and no advice to give don’t look at me

Is there anything else you would like to add?
I’m a very boring person, so if anyone is looking for resources that are worth more than my vague replies, here are a few below!

TutorialsClub is a fantastic group for a large collection of tutorials!
original-worlds is a good place to share your stories and worlds.

purplekecleon has a tutorial on colour theory that is covers everything you need to know to start getting wonderful palettes in your work! You can find it here: purplekecleon.deviantart.com/a…
They also have brilliant character designs you may want to check out!
twin-tail has plenty of tutorials for everything from facial structure to pixels: twin-tail.deviantart.com/galle…
rainue has one for cell shading (and her scenery is beautiful too): rainue.deviantart.com/art/HOW-…

//laughs if anyone has more I have a whole list

And if anyone ever needs some feedback, just shoot me a note and I’ll get right on it! I hope you all have a good day!! c:

Indigo Bunting Study by Azymic Kirby Gijinka by Azymic


:boogie: Thank you Azymic! :boogie:


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ProjectComment presents the community of deviantART a project that will question what it really means to be a commenter, an artist, a member of deviantART. All of these challenges relate to commenting in some shape or form, and we sincerely encourage everyone to take part! :la:

You do not have to be brilliant at writing comments and we are not asking you to perform miraculous feats. We are just looking for people willing to make a difference. It is all too easy to receive constructive comments, but giving them is equally, if not more, rewarding.



Each week, a challenge is set with the deviations of those who participated in the previous week featured in a news article. Many thanks to CameronKobe and valloria for participating in Week 37!

Ladies of Middle-Earth: Rosie Cotton by valloria



Participate in this week's comment challenge…

Give three constructive comments in one of the critique threads sticked at the top of these forums: General Art, Photography, Digital Art, Literature.

:iconyomp:



Guidelines

:bulletblue: Once you have commented, link us to your comment in a reply to this article!
:bulletblue: The comment must be newly submitted to deviantART from today's date.
:bulletblue: Please try to include something along the lines of: "Commented on behalf of ProjectComment's 52 Week Comment Challenge" in your comment!
:bulletblue: Feel free to follow our guide on How to Comment - Pointers and Examples. If you are struggling with the concept of a constructive comment, this should help!
:bulletblue: You may do this challenge as many times as you want!

:star: Those who complete the challenge successfully will be featured in a news article, and the one who completes the most challenges successfully will win themselves a 12 Month Premium Membership. There will also be :points: given to the best efforts!

Have Fun! :love:
ProjectComment is a Group that provides Guaranteed & Constructive comments for the deviantART community.

In order to support those efforts, we encourage dedicated users to give comments too. For those who are critics, artists, or just helpful in the community, we now offer something in return for all that you do - be it helping the participants of ProjectComment, or the group itself!

This weekly article focuses on the amazing deviants in the deviantART community, who have given fantastic comments, through excerpts of those comments, artwork by the deviants themselves, and much more! Your support in :+fav: the article would be much appreciated. :heart:



Spotlight Commenters

These commenters are determined by you through Nominations (read below for more information). Each month, we will be selecting a couple of amazing commenters based on the comments we have seen in our gallery submissions and elsewhere on deviantART. Anyone on deviantART is applicable for this feature!

:icontheshadowempress:, TheShadowEmpress, Varied, Hobbyist
Commented on Bottle Miku by Temari-Chi.

Bottle Miku by Temari-Chi
"So, first of all, I love the hair. Well okay, to be fair, this piece is about the hair. :/ But it just looks great. :D My fave part of the hair it´s probably her bangs/side-bangs or whatever you call those, the shading and high-lighting just looks so realistic there, even though the hair colour you're working with is blue, which is not a very realistic hair colour to start with. The hair on the top of her head doesn't look that realistic anymore, probably because you can't see any individual strands of hair. But this is manga, so no worries on that... it's not supposed to be hyper-realistic. Far from it.

And that water/her pigtails. That water is just so gorgeous. I love the flow in it, and considering that water is a very hard thing to draw you did very well. And it's hard to find reference images with water floating around... Again, for manga, this is very realistic and looks neat. The lighting looks great there too. :) I'm not even sure if lighting's the right word... sorry not a native English speaker. The fish at the bottom-right corner that's kind of "trapped" in her hair was a nice touch.
[...]"

Here is a selection of art created by TheShadowEmpress.
Red Panda by TheShadowEmpress Eyes by TheShadowEmpress Beaded pig by TheShadowEmpress
Have a browse of their Gallery!


:iconastrikos:, Astrikos, Varied, Artist
Commented on Marina by Northstar170.

Marina by Northstar170
"This piece seems to have been taken on a beautiful day at a wonderfully scenic location. I like the mountains, and the plants. Those are two great subjects for nice pictures.

However, I think there's a few things to remember for next time.
I think trying to recover some shadows in the plants would be good, or perhaps going the other direction and make them completely silhouetted.
I also think the framing is a bit off. The composition could be improved by moving so you're not looking down at the plants, and perhaps shooting some of the shorter ones so that they don't completely cover parts of the mountain.
[...]"

Here is a selection of art created by Astrikos.
BioluminescentI thought you held lightning in your mind.
Your thoughts, that could dance across a shattered glass sky,
were, in the end, locked down in a clear jar.
Inside, you struggled to free yourself from your own thoughts.
You no longer spoke in one sixty mile per hour winds, instead
you ran from the growing storm inside of you.
Through the darkness, your light would still flash when you saw me.
Your heart still hummed in flight, even though you couldn't reach me.
I only realized, too late, that I was the storm and you
were the storm chaser
and I had left you destroyed in my wake.
After that, I realized only your lightning filled my dreams. 
Focus  Skin by Astrikos Silence: Day 163 by Astrikos
Have a browse of their Gallery!


:iconworldofpaper:, WorldofPaper, Varied, Hobbyist
Commented on curiouser and curiouser by Knifapotamas.

curiouser and curiouser by Knifapotamas
"There are a few anatomy troubles going on here, though. The eye on our right (There's no way I'm going to try to figure out which side is her own left or right in this set-up) is too far away from the bridge of her nose. In general, you'll want about one eye's worth of space between each. But the angle of the head can offset that rule. In this case, since you seem to have her bone structure in mind, it might actually be safer to try to think of the distance between the skull's eye-holes and the nose, to try to remember the correct distance for each angle of the head. The bridge of the nose should be touching those eye-holes, and so the end of the eye should be closer to that bridge. Her head is also a little on the wide end, overall. Keeping in mind the same thing about eye-hole positioning, her cheekbones should be positioned higher up and more to our left, close or directly adjacent to them. Her jaw should maybe also curve up just a little bit sooner, but I think most of the width here is more of an illusion from the oddly positioned cheekbones, rather than anything else. I think part of the problem here is that you're giving her a more masculine skull shape. Here's a reference for a female one, on the right side: hippie.nu/~unicorn/tut/img/bas… [...]"

Here is a selection of art created by WorldofPaper.
Commission - Luci by WorldofPaper Awakening Monster Sprites 1 by WorldofPaper This is Code - Pg. 1 by WorldofPaper
Have a browse of their Gallery!

Do you know of a potential Spotlight Commenter? If so, we take nominations. Feel free to note ProjectComment!




Comment?

Consider commenting on one or more of the below!

sunset by Esfire-Shadow Will you... not marry me? by sutoroberikurimu Eugene Phantasm Official Design by lorreinegeralde

If you want to be in for the chance of being featured, feel free to submit to this folder!



How To Nominate


We need nominations of deviants who you think should be featured! Send us a note with the subject "Nomination" and the following information:
    :star: Name of Deviant

    :star: Links to the deviations they commented. (This is great way to give back to a user who has given you an exceptional comment!
:bulletgreen: You can suggest anyone and everyone (except yourself ;P) at any time and include as many nominations as you want in one note.
:bulletgreen: The news feature occurs once every week and all nominations will be taken into account.
:bulletgreen: If your nomination isn't featured immediately, it may still be featured in a future news article!


3wyl, posting on behalf of ProjectComment
ProjectComment presents the community of deviantART a project that will question what it really means to be a commenter, an artist, a member of deviantART. All of these challenges relate to commenting in some shape or form, and we sincerely encourage everyone to take part! :la:

You do not have to be brilliant at writing comments and we are not asking you to perform miraculous feats. We are just looking for people willing to make a difference. It is all too easy to receive constructive comments, but giving them is equally, if not more, rewarding.



Each week, a challenge is set with the deviations of those who participated in the previous week featured in a news article. Many thanks to CameronKobe for participating in Week 36!

Lost To The Captain by CameronKobe



Participate in this week's comment challenge…

Find one good comment from three different people and give them a constructive comment on their most recent deviation.

:icontardsinloveplz:



Guidelines

:bulletblue: Once you have commented, link us to your comment in a reply to this article!
:bulletblue: The comment must be newly submitted to deviantART from today's date.
:bulletblue: Please try to include something along the lines of: "Commented on behalf of ProjectComment's 52 Week Comment Challenge" in your comment!
:bulletblue: Feel free to follow our guide on How to Comment - Pointers and Examples. If you are struggling with the concept of a constructive comment, this should help!
:bulletblue: You may do this challenge as many times as you want!

:star: Those who complete the challenge successfully will be featured in a news article, and the one who completes the most challenges successfully will win themselves a 12 Month Premium Membership. There will also be :points: given to the best efforts!

Have Fun! :love:
ProjectComment is a Group that provides Guaranteed & Constructive comments for the deviantART community.

In order to support those efforts, we encourage dedicated users to give comments too. For those who are critics, artists, or just helpful in the community, we now offer something in return for all that you do - be it helping the participants of ProjectComment, or the group itself!

This weekly article focuses on the amazing deviants in the deviantART community, who have given fantastic comments, through excerpts of those comments, artwork by the deviants themselves, and much more! Your support in :+fav: the article would be much appreciated. :heart:



Spotlight Commenters

These commenters are determined by you through Nominations (read below for more information). Each month, we will be selecting a couple of amazing commenters based on the comments we have seen in our gallery submissions and elsewhere on deviantART. Anyone on deviantART is applicable for this feature!

:iconcameronkobe:, CameronKobe, Digital Art, Hobbyist
Commented on Class Distinctions by Celesol.

Class Distinctions by Celesol
"Gorgeous piece, Celesol.  The colours are beautiful, and you have really captured the temperature and mood of the early morning hours.  I love the effects you can produce with paints and markers.  The image is packed with detail and represents a valiant and largely successful attempt to tell viewers a short story about a different and complex society.

It’s terrific that you’ve given such thought to each of the characters.  The background characters all combine to add life to the scene.  The fact you have a clear backstory for each is probably the source of the vibrancy.  I like the story of the high-class siblings, and how you have depicted their status through the boy’s attire. (The top hat and pocket watch are particularly nice touchers.) Although his sister is teeny-tiny, we can see a clear connection between the two of them since they’re obviously waving to each other.   In the case of the sheep-lady worker, I love how you have a female doing heavy lifting! :thumbsup:  It has interesting implications for your society.
[...]"

Here is a selection of art created by CameronKobe.
I'm Fabulous! by CameronKobe Lost To The Captain by CameronKobe Here's To You by CameronKobe
Have a browse of their Gallery!


:iconnorthstar170:, Northstar170, Photography, Hobbyist
Commented on Bottle Miku by Temari-Chi.

Bottle Miku by Temari-Chi
"Even though everyone has commented on the amazing bubble/water jet that forms from the ponytails, I'm really liking that too. It gives the piece a nice rhythm and rhythm is always pleasing on the eye. However I also really like the actual hair part though too. The detail in it is very composed, a job well done. Hair can often be really amazing, or come out really terrible, but in this case it came out great. The cool (as in temperature) colors are lovely, and I like how the orange warm colored fish give it just that perfect amount of warmth so the cold colors don't make the piece feel detached. Although I do have to say the lines of the cape/sweater are a tad off, they're not flowing properly with my eye. And in some places the water streams seem to be a bit angular, I think they'd work better if the lines weren't as harsh, to make it seem even more hair and water like. [...]"

Here is a selection of art created by Northstar170.
Heaven Calling by Northstar170 The Sky is the Limit by Northstar170 Freesia by Northstar170
Have a browse of their Gallery!


:iconbundleofstring:, bundleofstring, Deviant Member
Commented on Carrots,Bunnie ears, and Red Cards, Oh My! (color) by shibblesgiggles01.

Carrots,Bunnie ears, and Red Cards, Oh My! (color) by shibblesgiggles01
"-I like the randomness we got here! A carrot popping out of the box, a Goomba falling from the sky, and we got some bunny tacticians here (haha illegal item! Always hated that part in the game!)
-Great use of color! Bright and colorful!
-I like that you took care with the background as well, that way the characters feel more grounded :)
- lovely shadow effect! It brings the idea we're in a little storybook!
[...]"

Here is a selection of art created by bundleofstring.
MU Challenge 4: Balan's Method Page 1 by bundleofstring Light by bundleofstring Final Fantasy 0: Chapter 3 Page 1 by bundleofstring
Have a browse of their Gallery!

Do you know of a potential Spotlight Commenter? If so, we take nominations. Feel free to note ProjectComment!




Comment?

Consider commenting on one or more of the below!

Kha and Merit by Sanio ANCIENT SOCCER PLAYER OC by CHOCOLATEREIGN1 Little Les Pauls by OrangeStripeyLlama

If you want to be in for the chance of being featured, feel free to submit to this folder!



How To Nominate


We need nominations of deviants who you think should be featured! Send us a note with the subject "Nomination" and the following information:
    :star: Name of Deviant

    :star: Links to the deviations they commented. (This is great way to give back to a user who has given you an exceptional comment!
:bulletgreen: You can suggest anyone and everyone (except yourself ;P) at any time and include as many nominations as you want in one note.
:bulletgreen: The news feature occurs once every week and all nominations will be taken into account.
:bulletgreen: If your nomination isn't featured immediately, it may still be featured in a future news article!


3wyl, posting on behalf of ProjectComment

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