Silver Blaze - Comic artist and writer
pinkbubbleinteractive:

Once again working on ProtoStar!

pinkbubbleinteractive:

Once again working on ProtoStar!

I am a taco shell.

Life is my filling.

discorderlyconduct:

Reboot

this is awesomo.

I likeru all da cakeru.

did someone just invent good artist privilege oh my goodness

Seems like it. I honestly think people need to get off their high and mighty horses and learn something about not generalizing “people who want to help” with “people who are being dicks”(again not naming names).

I don’t know why so many people are so grumpy all the time. Get some sun, energize yourself with happy stuff, relax a bit ya know?

Though you also have to respect people with "constructive" criticism. Cause even if you're not looking for something to be pointed out, that thing may be what helps you with the part you're trying to improve on... Criticism itself isn't bad, it's how people write or react to criticism that makes all the difference... Personaly, I never ask for criticism, but I appreciate any I get because I like to know where I can improve my art work.

alskylark:

theonewithretroeyes:

alskylark:

Thing is, constructive criticism usually comes from people you already know, friends, fellow artists and even your family. Especially for people who is already reticent towards criticism.

So, regardless of your good intentions, if an artist DOESN’T want criticism, that’s the final word really. Don’t risk it unless you are close to them.

You are open to criticism, constructive especially, that’s awesome! That’s when you need to respect their word, as harsh as it might be, or as frustrating as it might come to you. You were the one who wanted criticism in the first place, so the least you can do is respect what they said and not be a dick to them.

I agree with almost all of what you say, but I know of some artists(not going to name any) that could really use a good critic because they have not improved their artwork since they started their tumblr lives. No, their not asking for the criticism, but it can always be helpful. If you don’t feel like taking criticism on something, that’s okay. No one is making you read what other people are saying or forcing you to respond.

But if you got even a small amount of criticism on a picture from a super famous artist, what would you do? Would you blow them off and tell them that they should keep their “opinions" to themselves? Or would you appreciate that they took the time to check out your artwork and give you some "pointers" on how you can get closer to being the best artist you can be?

Because there is a big difference between “Criticism" and "Opinion" and one should never be mistaken for the other.

- Opinions are usually what fill up the so called “Bad Critique"(I personally don’t like calling it critique at all). It is never written to help the artist in any way, only as a way to complain about something the commenter doesn’t like.

- Criticism is meant to help an artist grow and become better. It should be mostly positive, starting and ending with something good. This is to make sure the artist isn’t going to feel like they are being attacked or shot down for their efforts. And most critique should read as though it’s an ordinary comment, not some kind of strip down with ratings and nit pickings. That’s the hard core stuff that should only come out when it’s requested.

But critique in general should never be shot down, nor should the person giving it. Respect goes both ways, and the only way to improve, is to be positive about your work.

Wow, I really made a rant there. But that’s my take on critique.

The thing you need to understand, you and MANY others, is that you speak from a privileged position of someone who hasn’t gotten actually unwanted criticism. You have an open mind towards criticism and thats fantastic, it works. But it works for YOU.

Those artist you mention that according to you NEED criticism may very well be open as well, or closed to it. And the thing that needs to settle in your mind is that the whole “NEED FOR CRITICISM” is a fallacy. It is only as needed as the artist wants.

Dennybutt is the best example of someone who never needed criticism and still improved (and continues to improve) on their own. I’m a good example of someone who also doesn’t really want criticism but will take it in small doses for improving purposes, but I will usually seek it on my own, by actually asking better artists what they think or by going back and forth with people I know KNOW about the stuff I usually work on (typically Wiggles with storytelling for example).

As for getting critiqued by some “super famous artist” it would still depend if I’m open for critique in that piece or not. And it would also depend on whether they are super famous ‘cause they are actually good, or just super famous because of luck, because on the second instance I would blatantly ignore them as they are not on a position that I consider they can actually criticize.

You go really far by implying some artists could use criticism, and I’m glad you didn’t mention names ‘cause otherwise I’d think pretty low of you (depending on who you’d mention). What if those artists aren’t really aiming to improve? What if they just want to have fun with their work? What if they are just killing time? Your criticism is bound to only make what they do not fun.

Aiming for perfection is not something everyone does, as “getting better” all the time is not something everyone does either. You can debate they should and all the bla but in the end the point is they don’t. Hence, any form of criticism you direct at them to me is rendered unwanted and thus unnecessary.

Respect both goes ways, you said it well. So respect an artist choice of rejecting ANY kind of criticism. I don’t have to respect your opinion or your critique when I never asked for it in the first place or especially when I told you not to and you did anyways.

I will only respect someone’s opinion when I actually asked it. Regardless if it hurts or not.

I don’t really want to get into a big thing about this, so I’m not going to talk much more on the subject. But I do have a couple things I want to say.

   "The thing you need to understand, you and MANY others, is that you speak from a privileged position of someone who hasn’t gotten actually unwanted criticism. You have an open mind towards criticism and thats fantastic, it works. But it works for YOU."

I have, infact, recieved a CRAP TON of the so called “Unwanted criticism” and how you respond to criticism (good or bad) can really make or break your reputation with both artists and critics. doesn’t matter how good or bad they are. I’ve experienced what bad reactions to critique can do, as well as good. An artist should always respect critique no matter if they want it or not.

"Aiming for perfection is not something everyone does, as “getting better” all the time is not something everyone does either. You can debate they should and all the bla but in the end the point is they don’t. Hence, any form of criticism you direct at them to me is rendered unwanted and thus unnecessary."

Perfection is something I don’t ever talk about because it’s impossible to reach anyway. Improving is something people should strive to do no matter what. No you’ll never reach perfection, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying to be the best you can be at whatever it is you’re doing. Doesn’t matter if you’re doing it just for the funzies or not, when you see your improvement, you feel better about who you are and it will always make it more fun.

"You go really far by implying some artists could use criticism, and I’m glad you didn’t mention names ‘cause otherwise I’d think pretty low of you (depending on who you’d mention). What if those artists aren’t really aiming to improve? What if they just want to have fun with their work? What if they are just killing time? Your criticism is bound to only make what they do not fun."

I respect your opinion on the matter and I’m not going to pursue it any further. But I don’t agree.

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I’ve got to go now, and I’ll be working on art stuff when I get back. So this is the last of what I’m going to say for this conversation.

Though you also have to respect people with "constructive" criticism. Cause even if you're not looking for something to be pointed out, that thing may be what helps you with the part you're trying to improve on... Criticism itself isn't bad, it's how people write or react to criticism that makes all the difference... Personaly, I never ask for criticism, but I appreciate any I get because I like to know where I can improve my art work.

alskylark:

Thing is, constructive criticism usually comes from people you already know, friends, fellow artists and even your family. Especially for people who is already reticent towards criticism.

So, regardless of your good intentions, if an artist DOESN’T want criticism, that’s the final word really. Don’t risk it unless you are close to them.

You are open to criticism, constructive especially, that’s awesome! That’s when you need to respect their word, as harsh as it might be, or as frustrating as it might come to you. You were the one who wanted criticism in the first place, so the least you can do is respect what they said and not be a dick to them.

I agree with almost all of what you say, but I know of some artists(not going to name any) that could really use a good critic because they have not improved their artwork since they started their tumblr lives. No, their not asking for the criticism, but it can always be helpful. If you don’t feel like taking criticism on something, that’s okay. No one is making you read what other people are saying or forcing you to respond.

But if you got even a small amount of criticism on a picture from a super famous artist, what would you do? Would you blow them off and tell them that they should keep their “opinions" to themselves? Or would you appreciate that they took the time to check out your artwork and give you some "pointers" on how you can get closer to being the best artist you can be?

Because there is a big difference between “Criticism" and "Opinion" and one should never be mistaken for the other.

- Opinions are usually what fill up the so called “Bad Critique"(I personally don’t like calling it critique at all). It is never written to help the artist in any way, only as a way to complain about something the commenter doesn’t like.

- Criticism is meant to help an artist grow and become better. It should be mostly positive, starting and ending with something good. This is to make sure the artist isn’t going to feel like they are being attacked or shot down for their efforts. And most critique should read as though it’s an ordinary comment, not some kind of strip down with ratings and nit pickings. That’s the hard core stuff that should only come out when it’s requested.

But critique in general should never be shot down, nor should the person giving it. Respect goes both ways, and the only way to improve, is to be positive about your work.

Wow, I really made a rant there. But that’s my take on critique.

Dearest silver.

kassos-the-goblin:

theonewithretroeyes:

I am Kassos, the goblin.

I chalange you to an evilness competition, the one who has the most evil fingers between us two shall win.

I hope you accept my chalange.

P.S;

You have no fingers, MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Are you sure about that?

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Those fingers aren’t evil, I win by default!

How can you be absolutely sure they aren’t evil?

Some of the most evil things in the world don’t even look evil untill they do something evil. I just have yet to do anything evil with my mighty evil fingers.

I am excited for games! :U

I am excited for games! :U

Dearest silver.

I am Kassos, the goblin.

I chalange you to an evilness competition, the one who has the most evil fingers between us two shall win.

I hope you accept my chalange.

P.S;

You have no fingers, MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Are you sure about that?

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theonewithretroeyes:

askgooglechrome:

ask-internetexplorer:

CELEBRATE ME

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Fire fox is still better. :V

At least IE doesn’t have wings she randomly loses.

Those wings are an extension to FireFox. and it’s not hard to turn on and off FireFox extensions. It’s just the click of a button! :V