Bad Critical TechniquesWhen you have any sort of following, on the internet or otherwise, you tend to become very adverse to criticism. In general, most criticism you get are trolls or an echo-chamber. And real, honest critics towards your work can seem exactly like one of those two groups. If they're harsh, it's easy to see them as a troll. If they're lenient, it's easy to see them as a part of the echo-chamber. Now there are certain ways to decide what's valid and what's invalid and here are some things that I've found will lead to destructive criticism. Keep in mind "everything you do is awesome!" is as much destructive criticism as "everything you do is crap." Keep in mind that this is very much a "do as I say, not as I do" journal, because I've learned a lot. Sometimes it takes people punching you in the face to realize that punching people in the face is wrong. But no (good) feedback should contain any of these "techniques." All of these are examples of destructive criticism.More Like This
B.C.T. 1: "Nitpicking"<
The Parable of the Two ArtisansOnce upon a time there was a travelling merchant. He was an esteemed gentleman who enjoyed many quality things. He knew what he wanted and he knew what they were worth. Today he was searching for ornate ceramic pots, ones that were aesthetically pleasurable as well as structurally sound. He came to a village which, despite its small size, held two artisans. He ordered a pot from each of them. Whoever had come closer to his vision would obtain his permanent service. He would judge their pots in three days.More Like This
The two artisans had different ways of making their craft. The first artisan had studied for many years, honing his craft. Each of his pots were sturdy and proved their function, yet they weren't much to look at. The second artisan came about his own techniques. He chanced designs and structures that the first artisan dared to try. Some of his pots crumbled under their own weight, but others became the envy of the town. The two artisans didn't like each other, or each other's work. Th
Growing Around-Four Seasons Of Fun (Draft 2)Growing AroundMore Like This
Four Seasons Of Fun
[Author’s Note: This episode is meant to have almost no dialogue.]
[The episode begins at the front door of the Dunn house. We see a little boy dressed as a mailman walk up to the door, a package and clipboard in his hands. He knocks on the door, and waits for a second. The door opens and Sally appears. The mailboy gives her the package and holds up the clipboard. Sally signs the clipboard and goes inside. We cut to the living room where Linda’s watching TV on the couch. Sally enters and gives Linda the package. Linda nods to Sally and opens the package, and the package is revealed to be a scrapbook kit. Sally leaves, and Linda puts the contents of the kit on the coffee table in front of her. She starts by decorating the front of the scrapbook. When she’s finished, we see the words, “Linda’s Scrapbook” on it, along with some pretty decorations. Linda then opens up the scrapbook and sees all the empty pages f
DeviantART sucksWhen I'm not writing my sentence, I spend most of my time studying web design. It's a fascinating subject. One of the unfortunate side effects is that you realize VERY quickly how godawful some sites are. MySpace is one of them. MySpace is the worst, actually. Large swaths of Yahoo! are. DeviantART is pretty damn high on the list. It's one of the reasons I've stopped using.More Like This
I know people here won't like my saying that. Let's stop for a moment, though, and think for a bit about how deviantART works.
When you submit work, you need to pick a category first. This calls up a blocky window that gives you choices. Every time you click a choice, something new loads. It's completely inefficient, and it could easy be replaced by a sliding category set (you click Categories and the choices unfold on the screen) for the same screen efficiency. That's basic stuff. That's a minor thing for picking art, and it's already something that's screwed up.
Next, you get a "filespace." Here's how this works.