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The Hitchhiker's Guide to Critique

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A little follow up to:


Since a lot of people seem to have problems with it, here is a little tutorial how to give and take critique and how not to be a giant vagina about it.

Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish!
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This work is very amusing especially to us artist that go though that crap all the time. I loved your visual depiction of the different characters you can possibly get in a critique. I'm happy you didn't change the bunnies color's though the piece but at the end I was looking for more. I wanted more characters that we know we see all the time in the art studio. It may be a bit stereotypical but its always fun to push those characters into their extreme forms of themselves. Over all very good work, the piece was very interesting and kept me reading it and nodding knowing that you knew what you were talking about.
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I have to admit, this is a very funny yet accurate comic/infographic on critiques. The bunnies are sort of odd to me though. I am more inclined to actual people being in the comic but that is just my opinion. But still this is a great way of showing people how to give and take constructive criticism. There really is nothing for me to say on improving it. Sadly there are people that think the phrase "What a piece of shit." is a critique. One thing though, I love the spin off title to the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy! That was a really brilliant title.
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Love how it was very simply laid out, organized and not distracting from the reasoning behind the comic. The white background and monotone little bunnies made it a lot easier to follow each category. Would have to go so far as to say the simple quality is one of the aspects that actually makes it so wonderfully amazing.

The illustrations were spot on and wonderfully done, showing exactly what you were trying to portray in the descriptions and the faces are brilliant. Also love that you stayed with purple and blue in order to help show one category from the next instead of jumbling them with a multitude of colors. Helps to easily run through them with barely any need to follow your wonderfully placed arrows. (Arrows are always a backup)

The speeches given to each made it all the more enjoyable, humorous and easy to understand the labels each little bad bunny was given.

Another amazing comic by an amazing artist! A very enjoyable read as always.
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I really like the way you showed us (people of DeviantArt) what is critique and how the 2 sides (the artist and the critic) interact with eachother in different situations (what do they say/do; what is their "style" etc.)

I rate it as very original (5 of 5 stars), because it is quite interesting to see something different for once (rather than just cats or unicorns), because I am used to people drawing cats, unicorns, ponies, non-existant creatures, though, even here we see, that the rabbits speak english, even when in real life- they don't, so I see more originality than in most deviations.

The technique recieved 4 of 5 stars because I have seen many deviations with a similar art style. I would have given it a 3 or 3.5 instead of 4, if it wouldn't be more original than other deviations, just for a future note.

The idea itself is great, the techique is a more/less popular one, more original than other deviations. I like it. Keep up the great job. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":-)" title=":-) (Smile)"/>
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Very nicely made, I liked the fact that you kept it simple, yet the message it gives is very well thought out.

The Rabbits make the deviation attractive to read, and even funny. I also liked the fact the way you drew the rabbits, making it seem like they all have their own character.

The chart did it for me, I loved to see it clear, which also made sure I didn't miss something.

The humour is also very fun to read, and perhaps it was because of the humour I started reading this chart over and over again.

So you did a fantastic job on this deviant <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>!
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The original, linked in the artist comments, against which this is paired is a marked contrast to this update.

The original was all about raw energy. Although the outcome suggested that the process of critiques can only result in dangerous and painful outcomes, it also suggested that critique can be quite exciting and vibrant for the critic as much as for the artist. In this, it was an original offering.

The Hitchhiker's Guide, on the other hand, displays advanced maturity towards the same subject. It may actually be an attempt to educate overtly. It is a clean approach. It could hang on the wall of an elementary school with different word bubbles to explain how to have a polite social exchange on any subject of potential contention. It is calming and friendly and completely approachable - - and maybe a bit too much so.

This update is pretty accurate. I wish that critiques on dA had more function to them and involved more well-directed commentary to artists. Instead they tend towards either wondrous support or bland descriptive passages with not much conversation for the artist to consider.

Maybe the author is mellowing, but she needs to bring back a bit more bite for my taste - - particularly through the illustration in this instance.

Of course, the execution of the Guide is near flawless and I remain a big fan of these characters who are becoming friends even as they age.
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I think some of the higher ups on ConceptArt.com need to read this XD

I know they try to help and actively petitioning against the way DA's run comment wise, but some of them need to realize that they can be just as wrong as the person they are critiquing. I also find it kinda funny how they treat everything like a critique wether it's art or a comment lol

But enough of my bitching about another art site, this is great and in an ideal world this is how DA would work. But I think the massive amount of younger viewers makes this sort of thing difficult. They haven't quite learned the benefit of polish, so it's hard to judge who is going to take crit well. I think part of this also has to do with DA requiring money in order to get critiques on your work. I know they are trying to make the membership worth while and you don't need the crit option to get one but it makes it clear who's open to the idea and who's not.

Love all your satyr stuff, their always so witfully crude... but in a good way... wait... well I'm sure you get what I mean.
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And which bad critiquer would they be?

Not to mention, you go there for their expect advice. It's not like they seek you out to disparage you.
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Tofu-Senpai-kunStudent Digital Artist
I'm not talking about the majority or even a general problem. So please don't go feeling attacked here. There are just a few people who are a bit on the right side of the chart, the key word here being few.

Thats all I ment, nothing more. ^^
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I just disagree.

They become the tops at conceptart.org through lots of experience, and by consistently giving good advice. While you might disagree with an aesthetic choice, their advice is always well-founded. While it's your choice whether you want to be part of the conceptart.org mentality, you can't argue that the guys actually do know what they're talking about a lot better than the rest of us.
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You seem to be arguing as if he said something about the quality of their critiques. This was not the case. He's not saying they're bad critiques, they're some of the best. They just don't have any discretion at all. It's like a dude who has a black belt picking fights all the time.
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Umm... no. It's more like black belts at a dojo teaching students, being harsh but honest. If the student whines about their advice, then yes, they'll kick that student's butt.

If you don't want that style of critique, don't go there and ask for it.
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Again, his point wasn't the existence of crits, it was the fact that they judge character like they would artwork.
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Yeah they do. They judge people who come for the express reason of being told how wonderful their art is.
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Alright I don't think you're seeing what I'm trying to say here. But thats fine, I don't like arguing so let's leave it at that.

cheers ^^
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i usually go to the wip section and i very much agree with you on this =p
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thanks ^^
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This is a beautiful rendition of how critiques should be written and how the creator of the art should respond.

Basically, what this piece has done is portray, through bunnies, how artists (or whatever) should react to critiques of their works and how critique writers should react to how the artist responds. And also show a few categories of critics and artists that one should avoid in becoming and deal with everything in a good and proper manner.

I wish to state that all the categories that the artist has grouped deviants in applies to both artist and critic equally.

As an individual piece, the "guide" is missing a lot of information. I suggest the author do more works in this topic.
I can't really say what has been missed out but some other members of the community could very well.

If the title of this work was any different, it would have lost a comic feeling to it but it would have also made it. The reference to "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is comic but I totally feel it's unnecessary (but then again, it might have lost much curiosity to the subject).

It might have been pointed out that this piece would have been better if the white was transparent. While that is still true, there is another factor affecting this piece.
It could have been better if each frame where boxes like that of a comic. I can't really say how the boxes should be made but I can say that it would be good if those boxes had shadows behind them.

Speaking of shadows, the bunnies don't seem to have any. It would have looked better but that was the decision of the artist. I don't believe I would have added shadows, if I had an idea for a similar piece, either.

The usage of bunny rabbits is quite befitting when addressing a large community. Using cats would also have been effective but due to Internet memes, some people have issues against cats. Bunnies are also considered cute plus I believe that they best speak to the public and convey the information into people's minds somewhat effectively. I assume that their bunny rabbits and shall refer to them as such (or just bunnies) throughout this critique. Now that I really think about it, they seem like hares. I don't really know the difference.

Let me conclude this critique by saying, "This informational artwork is beneficial for users to understand that they should have a common etiquette."
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50 people didn't think that this was fair!!?
c'mon people, try to tell me where I went wrong instead of telling me what I said sucked and leaving me in the dark.
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I liked both the piece AND this critique.
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ok, thank you. :D
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I have written a lot of critiques on a lot of art, but never critiqued a deviation based on the very subject of critiquing. That being said both this artwork and one of the previously written critiques are statements I agree with.

Both as an artist, but also as a critic. There are ways of explaining to artists how they might improve without hurting their feelings. And as a critic it is ones job to analyze the artwork as impartially and as fairly as possible. Ones own taste can't help but showing up in the critiques one writes but one needs not be rude.

As an artist getting critiqued there are so many ways of tactfully accepting the critiques people write. And pride should lead us as artists to further our own art, however it should not make us attack the critic not even when the critic only writes to further their own self esteem by hurting others feelings.

Yes this is a double edged sword and I think you portrayed this situation very nicely with a very nice hint of humor at some scenarios that may pop up during this quite important part of these galleries.

I like the cute characters you created as well as the idea behind them. Honestly who knows more about what looks good in a picture of a carrot then a pair of rabbits.

If only everyone who writes critiques would take the time to read the Fair Critique Policy. There's a link when you click the button to write a critique even. If anyone is confused please read. It could be stated that this artwork is just your way of describing that policy. I think you describe it very well in this piece
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People always focus on an artist reaction when contemplating criticism, but rarely take a stab at the one giving the critique. I've seen many who have a hissy fit if the artist doesn't agree absolutely 100 percent with them, even if they're being polite about it. They accuse the artist of not being able to take criticism, and never seem to understand that giving a critique doesn't mean that it has to be accepted. Critiques are a matter of opinion. I liked how this piece focused on both sides and, about how a good critique means you have to both meet somewhere in the middle, and if you can't then it's best to just agree to disagree.
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