Many believe that criticism will help to do a better work. But there is one very important nuance: the work can be done better ALWAYS.
- At first, the schoolboy will come and say "faugh! What the crap...?"
- Then the sofa critic will come and say "legs of different lengths, neck is too short".
- Then the teacher will come to the rural art school and say "the thigh muscle of irregular shape".
- Then the teacher of the prestigious art university will come and say "in motion this muscle will perform one more tenth of a millimeter".
- Then the art historian will come and say "you are a good master, but your work lacks style / dynamics / work with textures".
- Then the world recognized genius will come and say...
And so on.
And they will all be right - each in his own stage. Any author can do any work better. This applies even to the classics - they are the same people, just popular.
But only the author himself can decide how much his work should become better.
Yes, there is a chance that, having spent months and years, you will still make an unsurpassed masterpiece. One. But, first, you probably will not do anything with such an approach than create a masterpiece. And secondly, for all these years you will lose the opportunity to talk about what excites you right now. And not at the moment when you started this masterpiece.
There is no "right choice", each option has its own price to pay. One thing is constant: you can always do a better work. But is it always necessary for you personally, as the author?
That is why (and for many other reasons) criticism in the modern world is meaningless. Except when the person himself, voluntarily and consciously, asks for advice.
However, in the world there are a lot of senseless things that are done just for fun. Comrades critics, treat your hobby honestly - you need it. And this hobby can cause quite natural irritation - like a violin at three in the morning from a neighboring apartment. Drop the stupidity of the fact that your occupation brings public benefit - and negotiate with people personally about the limits of what is permissible. There will always be people who need you for who you are - tactful or tactless, requested or unsolicited. And people whom you do not need at all, in any form, according to any "public rules".
I mainly observe such battles from the side, and often notice how people who take on the role of critic are offended. "I'm polite and on the topic, but they ...! Shame on them!"
It's simple. These critics are faced with a living person, and not with a social function.
Personal growth of the author consists of very many factors. In which the criticism can be in one hundred and fifty. Much more important is the true love of his cause.
I want to appeal to people who give others unsolicited criticism: do not be afraid, the world will not collapse, if "these lazy authors" do not kick for the public good. On the contrary, the world will become much happier if you honestly kick them for your own good, and they will honestly fight back. Or, on the contrary, honestly say thank you.
And - in secret - you yourself will become happier.
Returning to the original question "how to make your work better", if you set yourself the following goal:
- Choose a topic that touches you. Whatever you sincerely want to do well. What you voluntarily make an effort. Use natural motivation. Be a tomboy who wants to go to the park and climb the tallest tree. He doesn't care that his parents scold him. His desire outweighs all fears of falling. And even if he does not climb to the top, he will still receive a lot of pleasure from the process of achieving his goal!
It is on such works that are done with itching in the hands and natural motivation that you will best raise your level, because you will really try. Frankly speaking from my own experience, not all of these works are good. And not even all the works are completed. I have a bunch of abandoned blanks in the cabinets that have not become finished. Not because they were bad then, but because they did not work out. Or it has ceased to be relevant. Or something distracted and knocked down concentration.
This is not some kind of obligation to take and make a masterpiece. This is only the application of natural forces, the embodiment of desires. Do you think children just throw a bunch of things that are left undone? That's the same...
- Look for workshops for a specific task. Sometimes, of course, it is useful to just search-inspire. But learning is what you need at the moment, and not everything in a row. So the skill will be fixed faster and more reliably.
- Inspire the masters, but compare only your work - old and new.
- Do not cripple others (and at the same time yourself). Pass by what you are not interested / do not like. A crooked cast brooch is not an attack by a thug in the gateway, there is no need to interfere.
- And yes, you know, some healthy unscrupulousness does not hurt. I often hear something like "I am ashamed to show my work." With this approach, you will always be ashamed, even if you create a masterpiece. Learn to enjoy what you are doing. At least in the details.
- Determine the degree of completion of your work yourself. Remember that you can always sit a couple more hours, weeks, months, years. And that work can be done better always. But it is better if the work will be a little unfinished, than will remain only in unfulfilled dreams.
Sorry for any errors, I use Google translator.