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Critique V Pat On Back - Difference In Asking

Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 07/30/2012 - 9:04 AM

non official posting

My job here is hard enough some days, without people asking for a pat on the back and being surprised when they do not get it.

Here is my run down on thread titles and what to expect from them

Feedback wanted -

Thread starter - You will get feedback good AND bad. Be prepared. If you do not want that, please rephrase your subject title
Responder - Up to you what you do with this one as long as you are not plain rude

Critique wanted -

Thread starter - PLEASE try and add the images title so we can refer later and not end up with 100's of posts titled Critique wanted. This also gives good and bad responses but also you will tend to get good advice from very skilled and professional artist, both of paint or camera work. ONLY PUT THIS IF YOU WANT CRITIQUE
Responder - Give good honest critique. Anyone can give a critique based on what they do know about the subject shown. If you do not know how to give one, perhaps read this How To Critique Someones Work

What do you think -

Thread Starter - Think about WHAT? The weather? The cost of fuel? This is a silly subject title and should be treated as such. If you use this title then use a really good description in the actual body of the post.
Responder - Just tell them what you think. (remember the rules of the site)

Tell me what you like about this piece

Thread starter - Use this if you are feeling somewhat battered already and just want to know nice things
Responders - If you have a critique, bad comment or anything negative, stay OUT of these threads. There is NOTHING wrong with someone wanting a pat on the back sometimes.


If people do not like what other people say in a thread, it is not your place to tell them. As you can see from the above examples, if someone asks for a response to a question, then they should be able to take the answer to that question. If the responder is plain rude then I will deal!

We do not expect rudeness from members to other members but, we also do not expect people to ask for things they do not want.


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Posted by: JC Findley on 07/30/2012 - 11:23 AM

I actually listen to critiques very seriously even if they are unsolicited depending on IF I respect the critiquer.

SO, tell me what you like about this one!

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Posted by: Angelina Vick on 07/30/2012 - 11:34 AM

May I plug my group Beth? Work definitely improves from critique.

Raw's exactly what it sounds like.


Posted by: Patrick Anthony Pierson on 07/30/2012 - 1:49 PM

Beth wrote: "A lot of people have made changes because of peoples' inputs."

Perhaps, but who's to say any of that input, along with the specific changes that were made, was, in the final analysis, necessarily beneficial to the piece? After all, not one of those alleged benefactors who've recommended the artist accept their prescription for change has even seen the work in question in the flesh, before or after the changes.


Posted by: Patrick Anthony Pierson on 07/30/2012 - 1:49 PM

No masterpiece of artwork was ever created by committee; democracy may be great, but it fails miserably when it shapes the actual work of art.

Had I so little confidence in my ability, and in my skills as an artist, that I thought I couldn't trust my own 'eye' to do the work without help, I'd be a sorry excuse for an artist.

If you're one who thinks you need someone else's opinion of your own creation in order to complete the job - or at least, 'feel good' about it - you should first consider the source of that opinion.

Remember this: If you're uploading your own copyright-protected imagery to this POD web site and profiting from the sales of reproductions made here, then you should consider yourself a professional artist, and you should adopt the business acumen that accompanies this distinction.


Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 07/30/2012 - 2:53 PM


It is not up to you, or me, how people want to paint their pictures or portray their photography and, if they are new and would like help, then that is good.

If they just want to hear they are good because they hear nothing but negatives from family and friends.... that's good also.

NOT our problem or choice.

They just need to know what to expect when making a post. Hence mine.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 07/30/2012 - 3:18 PM

i just want to add that if someone asks for feedback or a critique - this isn't an excuse to berate or belittle the artist. you give your thoughts about the piece and why you don't like it. i've seen too often that certain people will use this as an excuse to add a snarky comment but not actually help the person in any way shape or form.

oh and jc my critique for that doll thing - i think it would look better if the eyes were more wall-eyes, both in two directions, but not too much. i can't decide if she should be looking at me, or in two directions at once.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: JC Findley on 07/30/2012 - 3:33 PM

Bethhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I asked people to tell me what they liked about it and Mike critiqued it!!!!!!



Posted by: Mike Savad on 07/30/2012 - 3:41 PM

trouble makers... since i stopped reading after - i take critiques seriously, then i'm pretty sure i read - mike critique this, i think it was subliminal.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Patrick Anthony Pierson on 07/30/2012 - 4:14 PM

Quoting myself: "...I agree with Beth's judgment in announcing this ruling."

Everything else I posted here constitutes my professional opinion; it is the basis of opinion that is the underlying premise of this thread.

Jeffrey wrote: "This is not a true statement, agreed Beth?" in response to my statement: "After all, not one of those alleged benefactors who've recommended the artist accept their prescription for change has even seen the work in question in the flesh, before or after the changes;" by 'in the flesh,' I meant the original artwork, not a reproduction.

To say otherwise would be to tell a lie.


Posted by: JC Findley on 07/30/2012 - 4:23 PM

I am just messing of course Mike. People are more than welcome to critique away on me. FWIW I only pay attention to them if;

1. It is something new that I am trying and not sure if I like it or not sure what I am doing.

2. The critique points out something I hadn't noticed before.


Posted by: Kip DeVore on 07/30/2012 - 4:25 PM

I think it's creepy, JC.


Posted by: Deborah Hall Barry on 07/30/2012 - 4:45 PM

I think it's creepy too, but that's what I love about it! :)


Posted by: Minnie Lippiatt on 07/30/2012 - 4:55 PM

Ditto Mike S!!!! Yeah JC if you were trying to freak us out,,, you definally got me. I think you should of put a warning before I scroll down next time LOL.


Posted by: JC Findley on 07/30/2012 - 4:56 PM

Mission accomplished. Of course, when my wife told me the doll could NOT come inside the house it was pretty much successful at that very moment.


Posted by: Joy McKenzie on 07/30/2012 - 4:56 PM

Applauds Mike Savad's comment at 3:18! I you know :)

JC, I would like to see more of the doll's hair and clothes. And if it's supposed to be an old doll...the dirt on her face looks more contrived than real...aged. She's creepy yes...I like how one eye is slightly lower in the socket than the other. It works. I just don't want to wake up and see her in my room...real or in print! lol


Posted by: JC Findley on 07/30/2012 - 5:08 PM

The dirt is EXACTLY how I found her face down in an abandoned farmhouse. Nothing contrived at all.

You can read her story here.

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Posted by: Arlene Carmel on 07/30/2012 - 5:15 PM

I am an emerging photographer who has benefited from the honest critique offered by other professional photographer and artist members of FAA. I feel that I am getting so much more than having my own web site for the fee I paid. I have been privileged to see the works of and participate in discussions with artists of all mediums and at all levels of their careers.

I have made changes to captures upon suggestion that have enhanced an image but not changed the essence of the piece. There are threads that I have read and gone back to over and over again. I know my work has improved and am more than pleased that there are professional artist who take the time to communicate with many of us who have the talent/eye. I have benefited from constructive critique offered by successful artists who are educated in the field as well as those who are self taught. I am pleased that Beth has laid out the rules for all to see. Rudeness just does not belong in any forum and that includes FAA. This is not reality TV.

Patrick, you are a highly respected artist with talent that transcends most mortals. I love your work; more than that, I am in awe. Please know that I have confidence in my ability and trust my "eye". I simply look to others who are willing to offer a bit of advice when asked for.

JC, I'm not sure there is anything about that doll that I do like, although composition, color and lighting are done well. It is just really,really creepy. I have to agree with Joy. You know I am a fan of you work...... your doll will probably sell well during Halloween though. :-)


Posted by: JC Findley on 07/30/2012 - 5:25 PM

I honestly don't expect to sell any of "Red's" images on here. She is really something I did purely for the fun and creepiness of it. Now, I do think I may be able to find the right venue in NYC where she will sell, but this site probably is not it.


Posted by: Amanda Jones on 07/30/2012 - 5:36 PM

JC, I really like the doll's crazy hair! Oddly enough..

Angelina, I just joined Raw Critique, and my first experiences in it have been great! I'm looking forward to using the group more as I further develop my skills and personal style!

Arlene, I totally agree! I don't have the time or money to go to take photography or art classes, and while I've done study on my own, I'm always looking to improve!

Patrick, the above does not mean that I will always take everyone's advice about my photos, but I will consider everyone's critiques of my photos and make changes that I feel will improve the picture, my skills, or my style. Thus, it remains completely a work of my artistic sense. Furthermore, should not every person in any field be constantly seeking to improve? Perhaps that is my own personal opinion, but I never want to stop learning!


Posted by: Marc Clamage on 07/30/2012 - 5:36 PM

I am admittedly sometimes harsh in my critiques but then I never provide them unsolicited and frankly, if I didn't think the artist had potential I wouldn't make any comment at all. So if I come down on you like a ton of bricks it means I actually like your work. Please note that I never ask for criticism, because I have a massive ego that you can do nothing either to rein in or appeal to, so don't bother trying.


Posted by: Joy McKenzie on 07/30/2012 - 8:38 PM

I really like your other two 'Red's, JC. That wild hair is amazing, and 'Wanna Go Upstairs and Play' emphasizes her little devilish grin :)


Posted by: Patrick Anthony Pierson on 07/30/2012 - 8:56 PM

Re: Critique vs. Pat on Back - Difference In Asking (resuming the discussion suggested by the topic heading)

"To say of a picture, as is often said in its praise, that it shows great and earnest labour, is to say that it is incomplete and unfit for view." - James McNeill Whistler

"You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe." - James McNeill Whistler

Arlene, you addressed this comment to me: "Please know that I have confidence in my ability and trust my eye," and I believe you. But to have the courage of your convictions means that you do not feel compelled to ask others (especially those who, you have convinced yourself, have better judgment than you) to second guess your own decisions regarding the art you've created on your own. How will you ever know when to stop asking for approval, to stop amending and stop second guessing yourself? (By the way, Arlene, thank you very much for the compliments!)

The only critics whose judgment I trust implicitly are the buyers who have acquired my work just as it is presented to them.

Whenever I fail to sell one of my original works of art - given a reasonable amount of time and exposure, of course - I'll pull it out of the market for awhile; eventually it will sell - I just have to figure out how to get it in front of the right person.

Timing and delivery are everything.

Amanda. I've stated in other threads that I consider myself more a 'journeyman' than a bona fide artist because I continue to strive to improve my skills, learn new techniques and utilize new materials in order to better express and communicate the creative ideas I wish to convey; I grapple with the artist I wish to become, but I do not need to improve my artistic sensibilities as they are intrinsically as much a part of who I am right now as are my thoughts on this topic; it could not be otherwise.


Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 07/31/2012 - 9:23 AM

Yes, I agree with you all and none of you.



Posted by: Amanda Jones on 07/31/2012 - 9:46 AM

Patrick, I see what you mean now, and I agree.


Posted by: Patrick Anthony Pierson on 07/31/2012 - 9:57 AM

Amanda. I'm just happy I was able to explain myself well enough to be understood; that you or someone like Beth would agree with the premise is even better. ;-)

Speaking of Beth, she wrote this: "...I agree with you all and none of you."

A transcendentally tripendicular tenet of Zen and the Art of Moderator Maintenance.


Posted by: Lawrence Supino on 07/31/2012 - 1:18 PM

Most adults understand that…
It’s not only what one says…but how it is said.

This also holds true for why something is said.
Meaning...whether the critique is what is needed or mainly given by an ego and an individual taste.

There's a fine line between “teaching” what is needed at the moment and what is desired to be taught.

Critiques based on an expertise in the medium are different than those given based on a simple like / dislike of a certain look. (one’s own taste).

In martial arts…
You don’t tell the student (whose kick is wrong) what the kick should be.
You teach them how to achieve it. ;)


Posted by: Roger Swezey on 07/31/2012 - 2:20 PM


When it comes to decision making....I don't believe it's always the case that you "teach" what the better way of doing it, is....As a teacher, I always felt that when I thought that something needed a change, express that concern ,without going into details...and allow (at times compel) the student to figure out for himself, what the concern was, with the opportunity to determined on his own, how to deal with it..Only after that exercise, would I show (teach) them a "Better" way.


Posted by: Lawrence Supino on 07/31/2012 - 2:41 PM

Yes, Roger I agree…
of course it’s “not” always the case. But sometimes…without having personal experience with the student…(meaning…when the “teacher” is not the one who taught the individual whose work is up for critique)… there is less of an opportunity to know what can or cannot be achieved without getting into some “How To’s”.
And in this forum environment…”the teacher” may never get the second chance at the “better” way.

Btw….in martial arts…(once the basics have been taught)…popping a student in the chest enough times usually inspires them to improve their blocking! lol ;)


Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 07/31/2012 - 2:49 PM

Yes, Lawrence. I have been finding that out >:(


Posted by: Lawrence Supino on 07/31/2012 - 2:55 PM

lol,'s really the only way, my dear!! ;)


Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 07/31/2012 - 2:59 PM

Hmmmmm >:(

My off-ence is better than I thought though :))


Posted by: Lawrence Supino on 07/31/2012 - 5:18 PM

Beth...there's nothing that can make one develop blocking speed and wanting to get hit! ;))

There's always the option of perfecting the art of...moving out of the way.

Go get'em! ;)


Posted by: Carmen Hathaway on 07/31/2012 - 5:27 PM

Lawrence -- brings back memories. First Taekwando class -- instructor asks what best defense is.

After allowing for a volley of enthusiastic student responses -- he caught everyone's attention by one very brief comment.

"If you can, leave."

Then we got on with the business of just how to accomplish this :)

Great thread BTW. Ideally -- we learn much from our peers.


Posted by: Lawrence Supino on 07/31/2012 - 5:32 PM

Carmen...good for have had him ;)


Posted by: Carmen Hathaway on 07/31/2012 - 5:35 PM

It was. ;)

His teaching was immeasurably inspiring in dealing with an agressor who was prone to display her 'power'. When she could not deal with her 'match' -- she resorted to flailng, windmilling desperation. Perfect 'in' -- down she went.

Runs an incredible parallel with just about any undertaking of a similar set of events.


Posted by: Lawrence Supino on 07/31/2012 - 6:10 PM

Yes fact...much of the wisdom pertained to fighting (especially eastern arts) can be utilized in many undertakings in life...having nothing to do with it.


Posted by: Carmen Hathaway on 07/31/2012 - 6:34 PM

;) Exactly why I shared this experience in regard to the topic.


Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 02/23/2013 - 3:55 AM


Posted by: Shasta Eone on 02/23/2013 - 4:53 AM


What are your thoughts regarding a newbie posting in the forum the first time, displaying a piece of their work and asking for help,
but, what kind of help with what is not defined ? Is THAT to be assumed that the displayed piece is up for critique, or, without it being stated, they are looking for help with the workings of FAA ?

My own thought on THIS : a critique right from the start, seems pretty cold and somewhat aloof a reflection of FAA ...
you know, " first impression. "

Everyone wants to feel welcomed, accepted, and appreciated. Especially when you are.... the newbie.



Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 02/23/2013 - 4:56 AM

I agree entirely and feel that should not be assumed. Rather, perhaps, a welcome and clarification required first. Perhaps even send to this thread to make sure lol


Posted by: Roy Erickson on 02/23/2013 - 6:31 AM

Beware - you may get what you ask for. Critiques should be constructive, not destructive. Perhaps there should be a discussion just for "a pat on the back or ego stroking".


Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 12/10/2013 - 6:28 PM

Critique or pat on the head..... which do you wish for when you speak here?

Do you ever listen to critique or look for it and feel it is lacking?


Posted by: Roz Abellera on 12/10/2013 - 7:06 PM

Thank you for clearing this up. I've seen too many threads started here where the OP asked for a critique and when they got one they ran away with their feelings hurt. They should have started a thread saying "Give me a pat on the back for my art with absolutely no criticisms."

-Roz Barron Abellera


Posted by: Mike Savad on 12/10/2013 - 7:08 PM

if i ask for a critique then that's what i want. otherwise, place me on a pedestal.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 12/10/2013 - 7:12 PM

Never Mike, sorry LOL

Yes Roz. You get what you ask for and, if you do not want, do not ask........


Posted by: Gregory Scott on 12/10/2013 - 7:18 PM

The doll is perfect, and I heartily endorse the "natural look". She would blend right in as a country tomboy (a female "feral" child) in many parts of the country. And that evil grin and those eyes just give it that twisted personal flair.

If you ask for a critique, it's up to YOU to discern the good advice from the bad. I think that answers Patrick's and others' concerns, mostly. Just give your candid personal reaction, and any level that seems important to you.

For example, when I ask for a critique on a high speed flash photo of a bird in flight, I will discount a comment such as "I prefer natural light.", other than taking note that I may be neglecting another (bigger) niche market.


Posted by: Janine Riley on 12/10/2013 - 7:21 PM

I must be the only one not creeped out by JC's doll.
& I think dolls are creepy in general.

Back on topic. ......


Posted by: Mike Savad on 12/10/2013 - 7:21 PM

it doesn't have to be a pedestal, that would be uncomfortable for me. one of those golden chairs like the romans used will be sufficient. i prefer my grapes peeled, and my chocolate slightly soft.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Janine Riley on 12/10/2013 - 7:21 PM

sorry, duplicate.

Throwing some grapes @ Mike.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 12/10/2013 - 7:25 PM

hope they're peeled...

part of the critique issue is, i've seen some critiques that were full of sarcasm or just being mean. some people don't know how to give them. it's like an invite to put someone down.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 12/10/2013 - 7:27 PM


Posted by: Billy Griffis Jr on 12/10/2013 - 8:00 PM

JC - About the only things I like about that shot are the lighting and sharpness. Technically an excellent shot. Aesthetically your mileage may vary.

I try to critique only when asked to, but when I do I try to be honest about it and look at it the same way I look at my own work. And I'm a lot more critical of mine than I am of yours...but if possible I also try to find the positive and bring that out as well as the negative.


Posted by: David Morefield on 12/10/2013 - 8:06 PM

JC, I don't know why, but that picture gives me the HeeBeeGeeBees and I have a pretty strong constitution.

If you were going for the creep factor, I think you captured it beautifully.


Posted by: Jeanne Fischer on 12/10/2013 - 8:18 PM

Actually good critiques look for the good and the bad. It is feedback crucial to growth. It's find to point out the what is wrong but it's more beneficial to also include what you would like to see. Suggestions like what would happen if you did..... or I like to see what you go do with ....... or this may work....... with those suggestions it's a purely negative, which is thought provoking but not nearly as beneficial. Most art school critiques are both negative and positive because that is best way to help someone grow in their work. The balance between the positive and negative perceptions is the secret many art schools use to shape their students growth. And yes they can be brutal as well as complimentary. But it also helps to know what someone is trying to accomplish without that your critique may really be off base. Just my 2 cents


Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 12/10/2013 - 9:07 PM

You will see my other post (linked) agrees :)


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