Feedback for improvement. About feedback or critique on art.

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About feedback or critique on art.
The artists of the DS106 dailycreate do add comments (on Flickr) to art of fellow dailycreate’ers. Some of the comments are:

  • “nicely done”
  • “very nice comp and detail.”
  • “I love it”

This kind of comment is nice, but something more constructive is missing.
The DS106 Shrink wrote about feedback on art work. She starts a project for better feedback on DS106 dailycreate and other art.
Rules for constructive way of feedback or comments: feedback [pdf]:

  • 1. If you can’t think of a constructive purpose for giving feedback, don’t give it at all.
  • 2. Focus on description rather than judgement.
  • 3. Focus on observation rather than inference.

You are not a teacher, nor the angry art critique from a magazine, so be kind. Negative comments are for trolls. “I love it”, or “interesting” is kind, but not constructive.
The constructive power of just writing down what you see is great. Description may seem foolish, but it is a powerful tool to improve your skills.  And the artist involved will be grateful, because you gave time and attention to the work and you did respect the work as it is.

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3 thoughts on “Feedback for improvement. About feedback or critique on art.

  1. There is long-standing National Writing Project guide for how a creator can request different kinds of feedback. I think these ideas work well for art or carpentry or any other sort of creation:
    1) Bless: I’m feeling vulnerable and only want to hear positive and constructive comments; 2) Press: I’m feeling full of confidence and want any and all comments, even those that may seem harsh (again, as you suggest, they should be specific and functional, designed to help the piece achieve its intended purpose); and 3) Address, meaning “I’m having trouble with this specific part of the piece and need help only with that.”

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