How many of you think of art criticism in a more or less negative way?
I read an incredible book by Terry Barrett called "Criticizing Art" for My Visual Cultures & Critical Practice class in my senior year of college. This author and the class has enlightened my view of what art criticism is and the components of it. And I'm posting this here on dA to share it with you.
This community is part of the bigger Art World, believe it or not. And every person who posts a comment on an artwork is practicing a form of art criticism. You don't have to be some snobby Art Historian from New York to be an Art Critic. Critics come from many different backgrounds- poets, musicians, historians, artists and everyday people- using what they write about to add to communicate what is "likeable" to the community. Critics are what drive the popularity of artwork- which essentially drives the interest in the communities they work in as a whole.
So here are some REAL Art World thoughts for all of you out there who are actively involved with feedback on artwork here in this community- straight from an Art Educator:
Criticism is neither denotes or connotes a negative activity.
Why give publicity to something you hate by talking about it?
The clarity of your feedback will determine who and how many people read and reflect upon it.
Criticism lends credibility- so artists in general like their work to be reviewed. The usefulness of criticism is subjective to the artist, however. Some artists could care less about what others have to say about their work.
Is criticism an angle for marketability? Absolutely! The most popular artists in this community are those who have been reviewed by the most people/ featured in the news/ guests of honor at conventions...etc.
So what is the point? The point is, If you are here leaving comments on artwork & faving, you are all officially Art Critics according to the definition by the Art World. Congratulations. Now use your capabilities to better our community- Continue to talk about the artwork you love and be as thoughtful as you can about it. What you post reflects on you as a critic to the artists you write about, and the audience that reads what you write.
It has been one tough ride deciding the winner out of all the wonderful, imaginative, creative, story telling wonderful wonderful pieces. You can see all the entries here >> anothercontestgroup.deviantart… << ~ Thank you to everyone who took part, donated and judged.
ACG's TALES OF TIME CONTEST WINNERS Congratulations!!
1st Place goes to with Valkyrie, well done Kanamm "In Norse mythology, a valkyrie is a female figure who decides which soldiers die in battle and which live. Selecting among those who die in battle, the valkyries bring their chosen ones to the afterlife, Walhalla, ruled over by the god Odin. Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals, where they are sometimes described as the daughters of royalty, and sometimes connected to swans or horses."
2nd Place goes to with Gaia, well done Bushaqua "Gaia was the goddess or personification of Earth in ancient Greek religion, one of the Greek primordial deities. Gaia was the great mother of all: the heavenly gods, the Titans and the Giants were born from her union with Uranus (the sky), while the sea-gods were born from her union with Pontus (the sea). Her equivalent in the Roman pantheon was Terra."
3rd Place goes to with Red Riding Hood, well done 1Kit1 :bigthumb389341277: "I was inspired by the story of Red Riding Hood. Red Riding hood has always been one of my favorite fairy tales, and I wondered what it would be like if it was more romantic... (I love wolves, so it made me sad when the wolf was killed. In this version, no wolves will be killed! )"
Congratulations to our 3 winners. But as stated in the prize list below everyone who enters will get some prizes. So here's everyone else
Well Done Again
PRIZES ARE AS FOLLOWS: Winners please contact prize givers
PLEASE REMEMBER TO WRITE IN THE DESCRIPTION THAT YOUR ART IS FOR THE CONTEST!! THAT WOULD HELP A LOT!!
OKAY We're doing a contest! AND THE FINAL IS FEBRUARY 15th (add an extra day for you procrastinators).
This will be top journal for until the contest ends so sorry everyone for pushing everyone's personal journals down, but this is a group event.
Also, I'm willing to chuck in 30 (darn thats from our super group savings...) for first place and a llama. _______________________________________ RULES: Theme: Giving and Love EDITED
1. All art must be made from 1/7/13 onwards. 2. Must include something about the theme. 3. Only one submission into the Contest folder. 4. Non members can't join... 5. ...but spreading the word would be nice! 6. People giving prizes can still enter... just if you win with your prize, you won't be doing anything or getting anything, you'll just be receiving stuff! 7. Include in the description that its for this contest _________________________________________
Thanks for all the birthday wishes guys! And a warm hug to all who drew me a fanart or wrote a fanfic. I'm honored<3
As for news: the Kickstarter campaign is doing amazing, my mind still has difficulties processing with the amazing-ness of it all. Thanks to all of you who chose to help! There's still 17 days to go too. Dayum<3 (Also, we added hardcover versions of the book, if you wanna check that out in the pledges)
Other little news from my personal life: Installing a new workspace in my room, installing Linux as well to test all those opensource goodies, trying out a working technique called the Pomodoro, aaaaand getting my new graphic tablet tomorrow<3
UPDATE: Hey Friends, I get to go on a surprise camping trip this weekend! Unfortunately that means I won't be able to call the raffle until Monday or Tuesday, but to be fair the raffle will still end on Saturday! So all those entering must enter no later than tomorrow night! I will see you all again next week!
It has been a crazy busy summer! So, busy that I have not nearly been as active with my photography and clothing as I would like. I also have been promising more bracer raffles for the future but have gotten behind schedule with them! So to start off the slide into fall I would like to host another bracer raffle!
So here is how it works: -Favorite this Journal. (this is how I will keep track of the contestants) -You must be watching me. (This is a gift to my friends, not passerby's! It is ok to start watching me now. )
Prize: If you are the winner, you will get to pick either one pair of bracers from my shop valued up to $60 or less,... or you can pick any two items from the clearance section of my shop (no price limit).
It doesn't matter where in the world you are living this time! Anyone who is a watcher can enter!
DEADLINE: This contest will be called at some point on September 7th 2013 so you have about 1 1/2 weeks to enter!
I decided to post a series of interviews with the most inspirational Tolkien artists at devianArt in the three Tolkien-related groups: , and . If you have a suggestion about whom I should interview next, leave a comment here. You can also suggest questions you would like me to ask them.
As the first one in this series, I talked to one of the most popular Tolkien artists on this site, - Gold-Seven. At the beginning, a little sample from her gallery:
And here are the questions already:
1. You are an outstanding artist and illustrator of Tolkien's stories. When did you read Tolkien's books for the first time, and what impression did they leave in you?
Thank you! My first encounter with Tolkien was in first grade, when my mother read the Hobbit to me. I’d always been a great book lover as a kid, and when we were through, I said, disappointed: “That’s it? Is there more?” Yes, there was more. And my mother read it to me too. Always stopping at the most exciting points, so I’d “secretly” read on by myself. 2. How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth? Do you consider yourself Tolkien nerd?
There are definitely people who have read more about Tolkien, and more recently, than I have, but I’ve read most things Tolkien has ever written, and a fair bit of secondary sources too.
3. When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie. Did it happen to you as well? Did you try to prevent it?
I was never in much danger of that, as I had been drawing – and thus, visualizing – the characters for myself for years and years before the movies came out. I’ve been very careful ever since to keep the movie looks out of my pictures.
4. What about you and art? When did you start doing it seriously, and who or what influenced your style?
Seriously, as in professionally – exactly ten years ago, on 2003. I started taking on private commissions and jobs for RPGs. My style was influenced – and still is – by artists I admire, from classic illustrators and painters like Larsson, Mucha, Bilibin and Burne-Jones to comic book and modern Fantasy artists like Wikland, Biukovic, Marini, Edelfeldt, Lee, and Howe. I accumulate more idols and influences as I get older. 5. Where do you look for inspiration for your paintings?
Written stories. Sometimes my own, but mostly myths, legends, and of course Tolkien.
6. You are most famous for your watercolours. Did/do you experiment with other art forms as well?
There are few media I haven’t tried, though I keep comic back to watercolour, and to pencils. I live the control and exactness I get with pencil, and the flow, vibrancy and lightness I get with watercolour.
7. Besides a great illustrator, you are also a writer. Could you tell us about your original story, the Rhyddion Chronicles? Will you try to get it published?
The Rhyddion Chronicles have been on hold for a while now. If they’re ever resurrected, it will probably be in a completely new form. It’s a nice little story with nice characters, but I have read too many nice little generic Fantasy novels in the last twenty-five years to go on writing another one.
8. You share your knowledge in tutorials and workshops. Is it fulfilling to see people improve in their art because of you?
Very much! The workshops I hold are often a stark contrast to my other life as a school teacher – I love teaching, but at school, most people learn because they have to. In workshops, they learn because they want to. That’s a huge difference.
9. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of
- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?
The Oath has been awakened
- a picture from other fandom and original picture you are most proud of?
- a picture of your favourite original character?
The Sword and the Harp
- a picture that was hardest to paint?
The Drawing of the Sword
10. What key people in your life, (on or off of dA) have been inspirations to you, or has supported you, as an artist?
Always my mother.
11. Is there some artist(s) at dA you know, who doesn't have as much attention as they would deserve? If yes, could you give us some thumbnails from their gallery?
12. There are many Tolkien-themed groups at dA. Do you have some favourites which you would recommend watching/joining? What about other art and fantasy groups?
I really enjoy , and . I’ve temporarily unwatched all the Tolkien groups that I’ve been in. I can’t stand all the Hobbit movie fanart, and Sauron in submissive poses and black leather thongs.
13. Is there something else you would like to tell to the fans of Tolkien and your art?
Regarding the last question: It makes me slightly wistful to see Tolkien being placed squarely in the middle of mainstream pop culture, with all the weirdness that entails. I fully realize that I have Peter Jackson to thank for the enormous surge of Fantasy love that’s been going round since 2001, and I fully realize that I would probably still be a private dabbler at my desk if it hadn’t been for that. But I still cherish the old little book versions of the characters and the world of Middle-earth, and it always makes me glad to find that so many others are still eager to share this world with me, too. Thank you for the interview!