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Critique Stamp by LhuneArt Critique Stamp by LhuneArt
Feel free to use this anywhere.

It would be nice if you read the description too.

To prevent people from having to say the same things over and over ^^.

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I've recently noticed that a lot of people seem to have a very wrong idea of what critique is supposed to be. The subject was brought to my attention by fellow Deviants and several (wrong) critiques I stumbled upon.

I've also seen quite a few critiques with a full five-star rating. This amuses me, as it would mean that the picture in question is flawless, which would mean that no critique is needed. Let me make perfectly clear that this is only true for exceptionally few pieces of artwork, most of which were drawn by true masters.

What also needs to be pointed out is that you don't need to be of any particular skill level to critique. However, if you're going to critique someone, do consider your knowledge of the subject and be sure to back up your arguments with rightful information.

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Just to be clear; Good critique is a balance between helpful, constructive criticism and compliments. Compliments are not a must, but they generally make the critique easier to deal with and sometimes it's good to know what works in an image. It's not the purpose of critique to make the artist feel bad about what they do, instead, it should encourage the artist to work and improve.

Critique is NOT:
A long-stretched compliment.
An excuse to butt-kiss the artist.
An excuse to be an asshole.
A way to tell the artist how much they suck.
About the artist themselves.
Necessarily harsh.
An excuse to impose your preferences onto others.
.. More will probably be added to this list as I stumble across other wrong critiques. Feel free to suggest.

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My apologies for the stamps. I don't actually collect stamps myself, although I favourite stamps that make a good point. I'll probably move this to scraps later.
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:iconrainbowskies4ever:
RainbowSkies4ever Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Using! ^^
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PrincessPugly Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
using! So true...
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AGirlFromDistrict3 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree; I'm going to use this. :) :D 
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Sofffie Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i'll use it
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anatiidae Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
I'm not sure if I've already commented on this but I agree with it completely!
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Syber666 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What about how people critique and ONLY put what they like and do not say a think about how to improve? 
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That is not critique. That is what I call a lengthy compliment.
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Syber666 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know, but people say that that's a critique, I meant for you to put that in the "Critique is NOT:" thingy. ^^; 
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's up there, the first sentence even :>.

"Critique is NOT:
• A long-stretched compliment."
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Syber666 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh.. >_> I have bad memory.. ^^; I, to be honest, didn't remember making the comment until you replied. I'm sorry if I bothered you. ^^;
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I wasn't bothered :>. No worries.
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Syber666 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks ^^
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JeanaBeana Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
I know many art teachers that should see this... lol.

It is frustrating being told something is wrong but not being told why or how to fix it... Being told everthing is perfect when clearly it is not can be frustrating also...
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Punisher2006 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Yes! Thank-you! This is exactly what a critique is!  :+fav:

Here's a couple of suggestions for that Wrong Critique list.

1) Only pointing out what's wrong but not helping fix it or anything else.

2) Just to say their point of view of a picture they don't like.
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Zaiav Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree! I had someone read one of my poem's and only point out the negatives, and I was just like "wow that just left me feeling depressed, thanks!"
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Vanilla-Flaminga Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! I agree with this. I don't critique art muchg due to my lack of knowledge on anatomy and things, but on Fanfiction, I always try to be as polite as possible in my critiques, and always end with a 'keep up the good work' for motivation. Because, like you say, it should make them want to IMPROVE, not GIVE UP! :)
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TheEel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
I'm not good at giving Critique I think.
But if I give Critique I point out what's good and what could be done better, and try to give Advice that matches my Knowledge of the Matter.

I mean, I can't tell someone that the Muscles are off and should be there and there despite failing at drawing Muscles myself, now can I? .-.

...I love this Stamp.
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's good enough :>. You give advice to the best of your ability. Thank you!
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MrVoiceMan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is THIS an example of a good critique? "Good job. There are a few mistakes HERE and THERE, but all-in-all, it's great!"
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I suppose. It would be even better to add some instructions on how the flaws could be corrected rather than just pointing them out, but overall yeah, that would be a good critique.
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Math-X Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student General Artist
I realyl agree with you a person saying
"You suck,You fail, get outta here, art is suckish I mean the nose is like to big and a faillll"
Is not a REAL criquit

This is
"Maybe next time you should try to make the nose a little smaller, but got work, keep it up!"
A good one

:teamwork:
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TheLastUnicorn1985 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is SO true, I'm So tired of getting critiques that are simply them bashing my art, not being helpful or motivating in any way *sad sigh* awesome stamp, love it and have to use it!:D
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sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
"An excuse to impose your preferences onto others." OMG I'm so sick of that. >_<
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dashrogue Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
nice one! a good motivator in itself i suppose, though i wouldn't say this necessarily draws a definite line for critiques. I still somewhat agree that critiques are not harsh in nature, but rather it's what/how the person critiqued chooses to feel about it.

true, we seek that sense of satisfaction and joy to hear what someone thinks of our hard work. but that doesn't mean they owe it to us. when u put it up for critique, its bound to be spat on eventually, someone somewhere will use it to rub his shoes on. the main thing becomes clear, that it is the artist that chooses which comments are going to fuel his improvement, and which are just leaves in the wind
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RonTheWolf Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
so true
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OfficialChii24 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I deal with this all the time. I understand that my art isn't perfect, and I encourage an outside view! However, telling me all the mistakes I made and how bad they are isn't helping me at all. In fact, it makes me feel like a crappy artist in general. I want a suggestion on how to fix the problem.
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PowerRuffGirl Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
I understand what you mean. What's also not helpful are the vague 'critiques' (ex: the head looks weird) ...at least in my opinion.
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OfficialChii24 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, i hate that too! "The foot looks broken." uhh, okay?
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PowerRuffGirl Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
What I find also sad, is how some people can't help but point things out, that was already pointed out by a lot of others.

I remember how this person on youtube even had to block comments because people were always commenting how the character they drew had a long neck :\.

I may not have gone through this, or vague/unhelpful/etc critiques for that matter; but I feel bad for those who do get them. Especially the ones really trying to improve.

And what's sad is I can imagine the artist who says the critique is not helpful, would get ranted on..by the criticizer who made that critique.
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OfficialChii24 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree 100% with all of this. Especially the last part-
"And what's sad is I can imagine the artist who says the critique is not helpful, would get ranted on..by the criticizer who made that critique."

There have been countless times where that has happened to me. I've been told I was "unable to take critique", and told that I need to grow "tougher skin". When in reality, I really don't mind critiques. It's just if they're unhelpful and rude, what do you want me to do? Ya know?
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PowerRuffGirl Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Ya. This has to be one of the top ironic situations ever to be in. *Sigh*.

Though I bet some just try to use that as an excuse to be rude. And it must be terrible for those who are 'popular'. Worse than a lot of people I mean. Because than some would make it seem like the artist thinks they're better than everyone else. Even though the artist never intends that.

I notice how there are some who even critique a persons art style (in a bad way). I even came across one just today. The person was telling someone to basically draw that style, and not their (the artist) own style ([link] the whole conversation basically, so you know what I mean). Have you come across, something like this before? I can't help but shake my head personally...
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OfficialChii24 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I honestly couldn't even finish reading that conversation (it was so ridiculous). But oh yeah, definitely. People tell me all the time that my "faces are too round", or "the head's too big", and things like that. Which, I personally don't even consider a critique in the least. Who cares if I like to draw my faces round. That's just how I like to draw them. It really has nothing to do with what I'm not good at drawing, like hands or anatomy.

As for the popularity thing, I'm not as popular as I used to be, but I will admit I used to be pretty full of myself. However, even now people assume that I am. This, I can't even understand because I'm not even on Youtube or DA that often anymore. I rarely even post my art, and people have the nerve to tell me I'm just looking for attention; especially when I get defensive over a critique. It's really dumb. I got a few comments on one of my videos last month or something about how I haven't improved in years (they stated it was supposed to be a critique? I don't even know). Of course, this offended me because I wasn't just drawing for the heck of it. I did experiment and I did work really hard on improving. I'm not trying to toot my own horn, but I do think I've improved. A lot. Nobody can't just NOT improve in 4 years. 4 years is a long time to be drawing almost daily.
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PowerRuffGirl Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
You're not tooting your own horn, least in my opinion. I see how you improved. From when you started uploading pictures until now. You improved over anatomy, how you drew eyes, and heads, and even how You use to hid hands, then slowly had in details, like fingers.

I guess with popularity, people always think the worst in whoever they think is popular. At least because of the stereotypes and all. Maybe even because of that one news article some girl made about popular?

Anyways though, it's nice to see how you don't have to worry about replying to comments so much anymore. I think that was one of the reasons people thought you were full of yourself? What made me mad kinda was how they assumed you could easily reply to people. Even though you had 10+ comments on your DA page every hour or so (Not even including the comments you get on Youtube) .
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DeathAngelsDay Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i agree with this totaly cause i myself got completely trolled in a critique recently and it got to me so bad that i was questioning my own self worth. i will never again ask for a critique on the internet.
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
i will never again ask for a critique on the internet.

No offense hun, but that's more your loss than anything. Just because ONE ignorant troll hurt your feelings you will never take critique again? That's giving that person exactly what they want, don't get so worked up about it. I would suggest you don't take critique over DA (as a lot of people sadly don't really know what critique is around here); ask an artist to help you out directly, or take it up to different sites (ConceptArt.org, CGHub.com).
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DeathAngelsDay Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it wasn't a critiqe here, though thanks for the warning. and i was going to have profesional artists that i know in person look at my work. i don't want what happened to happen again. thank yo for the website suggestions though, i do appreciate them.
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AzureInfinity Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Cool stamp! If only people who ask for critique actually WANTED critique, and not ass-kissery and such...
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Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
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ayame18 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Very true, right down to the last sentence. :iconbravoplz:
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LokiMotive Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
someone should create a club where good critics can join, so that when someone wants a REAL critic, that IS both helpful and motivational, they can just submit/link to the deviation they want critiqued.
unless there is already a club like that, then can someone link me?
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Viur Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed completely C: And wow it matches my sig xD
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, yeah :3. Thanks!
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blueharuka Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
finally! someone who understands what a critique is.

i'm sick and tired of people thinking a critique is when you only say what's bad, and in the rudest way possible. that's just a bunch of bull. and it's incredibly annoying when they respond with the "well, that's how i was taught" quote.

though i do agree with you on the one's who tend to compliment too much. though compliments make me happy, and they do motivate me, they don't motivate as well as a highly constructive and well written critique.
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Saerileth Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, people say "that's how I was taught"? MY mother always used to tell me "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all"...
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blueharuka Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
exactly.
one of my old art teachers used to give me the absolute rudest and most savage "critiques" on my artwork. it was always about what she didn't like, but she refused to tell me what she liked or how to fix the "errors".

she always came up with the "that's how i was taught" excuse, one day i was so pissed at her i said "sorry, but I'm not you."
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Antoanela91 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
featured in my journal:[link] :heart:
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Antoanela91 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
most welcome :D
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Akimune Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll use this! :heart:
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looklooklookitabook Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I agree on this %100! *adds to stamp collection* <83
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