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The Hitchhiker's Guide to Critique by akreon The Hitchhiker's Guide to Critique by akreon
A little follow up to:


Since a lot of people seem to have problems with it, here is a little tutorial how to give and take critique and how not to be a giant vagina about it.

Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish!
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:iconhoperobin:
I love this! The bunnies are so darn cute! The expressions are the best part. My favorites are the Pouty Princess and the slightly skeptical artist-bunny at the bottom middle! :meow:

I think the piece is well executed, and the point is very clear. Your characterizations are so dead on, I honestly laughed as I read them. :lmao: It's also a great topic that we can all relate to! Everyone has given and received a critique at some point in their lives; Your essay, your art, and your driving are all examples of things that can be improved with helpful input from others. Heck, you can even critique this critique! ;)

While I love Hitchhiker's Guide, I don't know that the bunnies really fit that theme. That doesn't detract from the piece or the point, but when I read the title I was expecting something different.

Thanks Akreon for making this guide! I think it can help a lot of people be more effective at giving and receiving criticism. Thanks for reading! - Celadon Catamount :meow:
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187 out of 194 deviants thought this was fair.

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i do actually like these , and i wish you'd do more on other subjects , as well. not to suck up, but i enjoy your insight [ and occasional venom].
the star-system is arbitrary and near-useless , but......

vision: based on follow-up , so only 4
originality:based on follow-up, but well-expounded on , so 3.5
technique:lacks expansive panorama in 36 shades of orange . 3 stars
impact: i loved it. it amused the hell out of me while covering what is most annoying about feedback and critique systems. a full 5 stars!

like many realistically grounded artists, i'm my most harsh critic . i feel that nearly none of my work, other than a few mildly interesting items is worth putting up; and i tend to give my work to anyone interested in it [ that got me on an fbi watch-list for a couple years for being published in a "questionable" periodical :) ]
nevertheless , i'd agree that any artist asking [ or receiving unasked ] for comments and critiques needs to cave a barrel of salt handy.

'cause if you aren't using a pinch for the comments, you can mummify the bodies... ;)
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NightshadeTheRanger Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Student Writer
I wish everyone could see this...I've had so many people give me horrible critiques, usually because they're the "I don't even know what I'm doing" type. 

Also, I admit I have been the Hungry Evildoer a few times, but it was always with people I know well, people who know that I have a fun-loving side (that often finds entertainment in all the wrong places...) by doing or saying things that I know will get a rise out of them. *hangs head in shame* I know, I know...it's childish...I'm not proud of it...but some people are just too fun not to mess with. And I make sure they know I'm playing. 
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Hellsing4lyfe Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I got more critiques like this....one asshole called my own drawn base a piece of shit because "No homestuck or FNAF usage allowed" -_-
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UnknownName2 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The impact on this.
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American-Hero4 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Am I the only one who thinks that the "Self-Proclaimed Pro" bunny looks like the Nostalgia Critic?
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Roro102900 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student
This. Is. Awesome.
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Enderlox2 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
42.
First person to get it wins a digital high five.
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ThePirhana11 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy!
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:iconenderlox2:
Enderlox2 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
YAAAY SOMEONE GETS IT :3
*gives you a high five*
(reading is fun XD)
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Flo-Uses-Bases Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The first one reminds me of when i tried to help someone with their style. The proportions were terrible and they used the "IT'S MY STYLE EXCUSE" and they were a pouty princess.
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Fainalotea Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This needed to be made, and I absolutely adore it XD Iy's so cute!
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GrayVII Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
Leafs too feathery, not intense enough orange on the root 0/10
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Latrion Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I lost the game. 
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divakitty704 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
thx for the guide... derp
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EnderDragonLover Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  New Deviant
I like
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WynterrX Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
This is amazing omg
Everyone needs to read this
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KatrueYumeNikki Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this i love you
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ChaoticTempleKnight Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this. I feel it is very accurate. Also I love the Hitchiker's guide to the galaxy references you threw in.
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Fandom-OC-Queen Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
I love this

I had to turn my Critique's off :/

because for some reason I just got trolls who instead of giving valid critique. just left comments like "lol, you draw like a fag" (apparently if your gay or bi-sexual you can't draw :/  )
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anabanana20 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dwie strony medalu *V*  dobrze  !  
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IluvWinxandRandyCunn Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, I used to get a little peeved off about critiques, but maybe it was because the person was indirectly giving 'criticism' just because I write a certain way/use bases.Yeah, basically she just said that all crossovers have to have the same genre/I was not a real artist because I used bases, giving me no help whatsoever to improve.
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SonyaCipher Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Me, being an idiot..
hmm.. a purple bunny and blue bunny, seems familiar..
YEP ITS OFFICIAL, IM AN IDIOT :D Ohai There Bonnie Cutie!! (Chat Icon) toy bonnie says HEY emoction 
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iceythewolf22 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
i have to say at first i did think it was fnaf too XD shadow icey emoction detailed icey emoction icey emoticon 
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ThetaSigmaIV Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is so true it hurts. I hate the people who take it wrong... 

Why would they even accept any kind of criticism if they know they can't take it? I never understood that. ;;
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StellaLockser Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
llama cancan llama cancan llama cancan 
Funny and true
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PenguinDJ8 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Why Are There critiques on a page about critiques?
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VultureIslandEtc Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
critique-ception
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:iconpenguindj8:
PenguinDJ8 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
reply-critique-ception!
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TheBlindAlchemist Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Loved it =D The point is clear, and I couldn't agree more.
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ChryssiPuffRules Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Student Artist
Welp, so now I know tha I am the "I Don't Even Know What I'm Doing" XD
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IceFireDrag Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this! I know you posted this a while ago, but it still helps. I love the bunnies and the expressions on their faces
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FunnelVortex Featured By Owner Edited Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I've dealt with passive-aggressive douchebags before. 

They both acted like my art was the worst thing they have ever seen, insulted it, and used it against my credibility, and also used it against me personally. They were super rude. 

It basically went down like

Critic: This is the most horrifying/worst thing I've seen in my life!

Me: What? There is no need to be rude.

Critic: I am a critic. I am not supposed to be polite/nice/passive. Now take my constructive criticism or shut up!

Me: Constructive Criticism? All you did was make a rude comment on how "horrible my drawing is". I am willing to take constructive criticism, but you are doing it wrong.

Critic: If you were to go to art school, the teachers will just be like me.

Me: One, I am not going to Art School. Second, I don't think teachers in art school call a drawing "shit" without leaving proper feedback.

Critic: Lol, you know nothing about life!

Me: What does have to do with this!?

Critic: You are butthurt.

Me: No, I just want proper criticism, not some rude comment saying how bad I suck at art.

Critic: LOLOL. Keep crying, you shitty artist. You are a shitty artist because you draw Sonic!!!!



The strange thing is that one of these "critics" had very crappy drawings in their gallery (much lower than my skill level at the time). The person said they could take constructive criticism, but when given constructive criticism, they threw a fit. This person was actually a Pouty-Princess and Self Proclaimed Pro combo.

The other "critic" literally had nothing in their gallery at all. And a self proclaimed pro.
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Ask-The-SP10113 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Student Writer
Bruh! OMFG, I've gotten critiques on my poetry like that!
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RoguishBard Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I just ran into a Pouty Princess a little while ago.

And I quote:

"anyways i shouldn've said 'constructive criticizem' i didn't even read your comment, more so skimmed through it. I already have good advice from understanding people, I don't need your two cents worth."

So essentially she told me "fuck off" and closed the thread immediately. Also "criticizem".

I hope that she took the similar advice of another artist I saw there, otherwise there will be another Enoby unleashed upon the world...
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ScorpianAkio Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
fuk off prepz i dont need ur revioues
i will only update wen i get 5 GODD revioues
I realize how sad and insignificant my life is that I memorized a fictional work and quote it whenever I am given the chance.
WORTH.
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MaryBethDarcy Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this.  A critique of anything is at it's heart a subjective opinion.  That opinion is suppose to help the recipient.  If you can't provide a reason for you like or dislike of something, then you are not helping the recipient.  I behooves both criticizer and recipient to be open minded.
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reaperproject Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Professional Writer
I get the pouty princess and the stylist a lot in response to literary critiques.  I find it odd when they say it is their style to spell words incorrectly or to forgo any form of punctuation.  I know most art is open to interpretation, but with literature there are a few guidelines we all follow so things can be understood clearly.  Great idea and execution.
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Bulbamario Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pouty princesses.... Pouty princesses everywhere.
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josegoncalo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Girlfoxgirl Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Writer
God, this piece's extreme accuracy is very much appreciated. I have seen so many of the don'ts. So... many. It is extremely painful.
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SybilaSulfur Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
God, damn you! I've lost the Game :P
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HollyWren Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
What a wonderful tutorial! So adorable too! 
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Oseviel Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Good art piece, love the subject!
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Cheeyev Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
pretty good! Don't listen to that LOL freak, this is awesome.
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SuperNanafu Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You had me at the hitchhiker's guide to critique. It would have been really fun if the rabbits had been mice instead XD But I really like it! Some people need this guide :D
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Blasterfreund Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excuse me, just so everybody knows... THIS! THIIISSS!
they should hand this out to everyone signing up to deviant art, it would save a lot butt-hurt and create an all around more respectful environment... though the trolls still won't stop.
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Kittycatz22 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
The leaves need more of an outline c:
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Flameshadow117 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So good! So true!!! Yess! If only everyone on the internet and real life for that matter behaved like the bottom row. *longing*
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Tujima Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really wish people would be more open to critiques - but at the same time, I wish the people that gave them wouldn't be bigots. 
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Storytelleri Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice sum up. :D
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