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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.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish!
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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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The Artist thought this was FAIR
73 out of 76 deviants thought this was fair.

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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Blasterfreund 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.
The leaves need more of an outline c:
Flameshadow117 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*
Tujima 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. 
Storytelleri Mar 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice sum up. :D
I've met those types of people, not just in the art world, but in the regular world too.
Your images and descriptions of each type are spot-on, well done!
piggie4299 Feb 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
So very true and presented in such a cute way!
SparkKnight2 Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like most great things it is a awesome idea, but in practice it wouldn't work. 
RurouniGundam Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is something that should be spread around, Thank you for this!
Bluefire-Amaterasu Dec 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for that tutorial. :la: I've seen your deviation some loooong time ago, but didn't comment...Shame on me. But it helped me a lot! 

I remember that I once received a critique and wasn't very happy about it. I felt really offended by how he wrote the critique. He made comparisons that really don't belong in a critique. I was kinda mad at him and stuff... But I still roll my eyes cause of my reaction. I should have just thanked him for the critique, the time he spent writing it and tell him that I don't agree in many parts, but it's nice to see another point of view. Just like you said in your tutorial. 
After viewing your tutorial it was so easy for me to accept critique (constructive or not) and react just how I should. Now I'm really happy and grateful for every critique I receive and I try my best to write thoughtful comments and critiques that might help other deviants. 
Well, thanks again. :D
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