|Nalani and Sarina, flemington shoot at Liberty Village|
When not to critique..Out of all of deviantART's recent site improvements, including a more comprehensive message center, and new 'sleek' site design (I wont go into blunders here *cough* portfolioBETA *cough*), Critiques is by far the most useful tool available on the site.When not to critique.. by straightfromcamera
Unless of course, you're not using it properly.
I have seen several deviations with glowing critiques on them (4-5 stars), and almost none with mediocre or below critiques (3 or less stars).
Based on the few I have looked at, as research for this article, A lot of people are using critiques as glorified comment boxes, and that both defeats the purpose, and does not help the artist. As much as a glowing review is appreciated, a truthful, real review will help more.
A short guide on using the critique system, and giving helpful critiques.
0) Critique not Criticize. If you don't know the difference, check the dictionary.
1) If you think your critique is going to upset someone, ask if they would li
Some of you know me as Allison.
I don't take myself too seriously, am crude and sarcastic, but that I am also passionate about helping other people to be passionate about something--anything--as long as it motivates you and gets you going.
I have been involved in deviantART since late 2002. For 3 years, I was the Gallery Moderator for the Fetish Portrait photography gallery and Abstract & Surreal photography galleries. I then spent 6 months as an MN@ helping out in the chats.
I administrated a group account for artists whose work expresses the effects of illness on their lives and gives an opportunity to spread awareness, called ItDoesNotHaveMe.
I'm not very involved any more. I rarely log in. Life offline has taken me by storm and there aren't enough hours in the day to encompass two gigging bands, a career as a make-up artist, running my business, and working my full time day job. No apologies
Current Residence: philadelphia, pa
"we do not always proclaim loudly the most important thing we have to say." - w. benjamin