Commenting Workshop #7 - Connection

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ProjectComment is a Group that provides Guaranteed & Constructive comments for the DeviantArt community. By discussing what makes a great constructive comment, we aim to support the awesome commenters out there through a workshop where, twice a month, we will be conquering the challenge of commenting.

Welcome to our seventh commenting workshop on Connection!

Sometimes, looking beyond the technical aspects of a piece allows for a greater beauty to be revealed. The beauty of artwork can often be forgotten in a constructive comment:

"Your traditional technique is good. But, fix the perspective. You need darker shading in the drawing."

Sure, the technical aspects of a piece are covered here, but there is more we can do to connect with the artist and the artwork.

When we create art, many of us hope to evoke a reaction from the audience, whether this reaction involves emotion, thought or belief. How well the artist is able to convey that should be an important part of your constructive comment. Explaining our feelings, thoughts, beliefs - or even more abstract or transcient things like memories - will enable us to connect with the artist and the artwork. It is one thing to feel or think, but another to explain that to the artist so they can connect with us in turn.

Connection isn't a one-way street, and neither is interaction. When we make the time, effort and more to interact with another artist, we put ourselves forward in connecting with that artist. Both commenter and artist can gain a lot from this, especially if the artist can see whether their artwork really hit the mark. If both the commenter and artist can understand whether the artwork's intentions were received or not, this can allow for even more improvement.

Openness & Honesty

Often, commenters are more than willing to consider the concept of an artwork, and artists are eager to receive them. Still, both parties can achieve more if both are open and honest about conversing with one another.

For example, if you, as an artist, receives a comment, and the comment does not dive deep into the meaning or backstory, then it is up to you to ask the commenter. Try to connect and understand their thoughts and feelings.

If, on the othe side, you are the commenter, ask questions of the artist or explain why and how from your perspective. Why is the artist's traditional perspective good? Is it to your personal taste or something else entirely?

With a little back-and-forth, both commenter and artist can learn more about one another, as well as the artwork's power and ability. This is doubly true if both parties are honest with each other from the very beginning. When we say 'honest', we mean 'truthful', and only in such a way that it is actually helpful to the artist. After all, being honest is not an excuse to be rude or offensive.

Question Everyone

...but especially yourself! Try to reach for something deeper, because if you are gliding on the surface, it is more difficult to establish a connection that way, whether you want to connect with the art, artist or commenter.

Consider deeper meanings; think about the first impression the piece made. Did it evoke emotion or create an immediate story in mind? Does the piece present moe questions or more answers? Is there something that could be interpreted differently?

First impressions are important, and not to be discarded just because they are first impressions. At the same time, if we really want to make a comment constructive, we need to go deeper than the first impression. We need to spend more than a few seconds or minutes and really question artists and ourselves as commenters.

Power of Conversation

Constructive commenting can get very 'dry' at times, especially if a commenter makes many comments and barely gets any responses back.

Rather than making it so cut-and-dry, try to engage with the artist (or if you are the artist, engage with the commenter). Start a conversation if you can. Perhaps this conversation is about the artwork, or perhaps it is about a topic that leads from the artwork.

Whatever it is, through conversation, both commenter and artist can achieve a deeper connection that may last for life, especially if you become fast friends. If you don't achieve a deeper connection, that does not mean you haven't achieved a deeper understanding. After conversation, you may look at the piece again in a whole new light. Perhaps you are able to connect to it differently than before.

Blending Technique and Concept

Talking about technique can help with the concept. Likewise, talking about the concept can help with the technique. Both are supportive of one another. For example, if we wanted to discuss the concept, we could bring in techniques that could help the portrayal of said concept. If we wanted to discuss the techniques, we could bring in concepts and how they lead on from certain techniques.

Rathe than rely on technique or concept, use them both for maximum effect in connecting with the artwork and the artist.

Overall, connecting with art (or artist) allows us, as commenters, to 'see' deeper and expand our knowledge.

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victorian nudist by marcoabe

professorwagstaff, Jan 3rd 2016:
Hey Marco, I am commenting on behalf of :iconprojectcomment:.

First I'd like to say that this is a really pretty cool concept.  The mix is a bit unusual but then again who am I to say what normal is.  I do like your drawing an awful lot mostly because it's been done in a traditional manner,  pencil applied to paper.  Kudos sir to you.

The young lady you have drawn looks great.  You've drawn a very normal but attractive woman physically speaking.  This in itself attracts you to the drawing. Her body is quite lovely with just enough curves to please any voyeur. You definitely seem to have a good knowledge of the female anatomy. In addition you have adorned the woman in just enough clothing to make her sexy.  The stockings really work (I'm a sucker for fishnet) and I really love the gloves, nice touch.

If I were to change anything it might be the building behind her.  Its perspective looks wrong.  It looks as if there's a telephone box behind her.  I think had you extended the roof higher and not even shown a pitch it may have looked different.  Also the building in the back is really lit up as if spotlights were on it.  Maybe a little darker I don't see that torch throwing that much light. Some really dark shading on the ground to her right would show some great shadow as well.

Overall this is a real great drawing with a real cool style and look to it.  I just feel that a little work on the overall shading , adding more darks would i a few areas, would definitely add to the overall mood of the drawing.

Have a great day and keep those sexy drawings coming.

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Jass-Veyix's avatar
Nothing work...
we must force people to get a nice conversation!
they prefer rejecting, blocking, trolling, despie we're nice and polite than getting conversation.
even if I do a comment to feedback with constructive critique, they never reply back. 

I have a question.
how can we have a pleasant conversation with people?
I'm here since 4 years, and still nothing work...
any advice anyone?