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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
115 out of 121 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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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.
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...
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.
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.
Bulbamario Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pouty princesses.... Pouty princesses everywhere.
josegoncalo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
SybilaSulfur Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
God, damn you! I've lost the Game :P
HollyWren Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
What a wonderful tutorial! So adorable too! 
Oseviel Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Good art piece, love the subject!
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