submitted by -kittyichooseyou
The following response probably something I did not have to do but I wanted to re-reblog with more refined response to this confession. I doubt the people who already disliked me and saw just the confession will change their mind over my thoughts but might as well throw it out in case.
DISCLAIMER: This is NOT saying the person who wrote this is WRONG. Just surprised because I have a bias and don’t always see how another person interprets my actions on the internet. Please DO NOT harrass the OP for this confession.
When I post art, I always expect crit. Even though I don’t formally request it, I do assume some people to come by and evaluate my stuff because they feel like they can communicate with an artist with something helpful. And even though I get a ton of comments daily and might not reply to all of them, I do try to at least read through most. Save for the occasional friendly banter reply, I will reply to dA comments that ask me questions, have crits, or have some logical fallacy that I feel the urge to point out.
Now about those crit replies…after thinking over/talking with the OP I realize not all of my replies to crit comment sound NICE; most, to me, seem fairly neutral. And not-so nice reply to a crit =/= I WILL REJECT YOUR OPINIONS. Most of the time my “not nice” crit responses were seen as such because I said the following phrases to the crit commenter:
- “I will think about it.”
- “I cannot promise if I can change it but…”
- “Okay :U”
As much as I want to be unemotional and detached/logical online when replying to such things, I am human. I do get SOME emotional response over some of the feedback I get (especially those that initally sound unfair); I do have SOME ego and sometimes the negative crits do rile me up. But I try to sound as nice as I can because I assume the crit person’s intentions are not to HURT me but to HELP. And after my initial upset goes away, I DO take the crit into heart.
Of course, as one person who reblogged me said “An artist has every right to say they disagree with a critique if they think it’s unfair or simply not right for them.” I sometimes find the expectations a critque-er has might not be what I want and I selectively take whatever I can from feedback.
Also I want to point out that giving crit and accepting crit does not lead to instant improvement. One notable example are my nuzlocke comics. Even though my Diamond run was a bunch of shit scribbles cobbled as a comedydrama comic, I did try to improve things within the limited art resources I had for the series. At first people got annoyed by the constant small-text I had made in the comics and by god I tried my best on TE to make them readable. There were some art complaints too, some of which I did fix but by and large, it was a casual project and I didn’t put the effort that I did in my White Run. In White, I dearly want you guys to compare the first comics in that series with my latest. Even though the effort I put in this project is that as much as that of a professional comic artist, YOU CAN SEE THE IMPROVEMENT. This took time and effort for me to realize. When people notice this change I feel accomplished.
Now, do you know where that improvement came from? Partially self-motivation and partially from CRITIQUES I DID GET IN ALL MY PRIOR ARTWORKS. Just because I might not have replied to a crit comment or replied not-so-nicely does not mean I ignored them. I realize some artist do ignore such feedback but I have, for the most part, have not.
Of course it is far more professional to take crits “well” or “nicely” but I am an artist who doesn’t always do but will ULTIMATELY appreciate every feedback I do get. I hope everyone who follows my things via tumblr and dA (I think there is some overlap) understand this.
…I do mean it when I say thank you, OP. I might have been blind to my own actions and these kinds of reality checks are important.