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Do you think it's awkward when someone gives you a critique but that someone doesn't follow their own advice? o3o 

52 deviants said Yes >A>
13 deviants said Nope o3o

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Avalonfang4 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
There is a difference between "following one's own advice" and trying to give a (I am assuming constructive) critique. They may be able to provide good insight without necessarily having the skills to do it themselves. 

General anatomy could potentially be a good example:

Personally I have a relatively thorough knowledge of human and animal anatomy from studying medicine (both human and non) but don't have the skills yet to fully show/apply what I know to my images.
TheDeceptikitty Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Not at all..

Person giving critique has a fresh view on the art he critiques and therefore can see mistakes to point out.

The same person stares at their own drawings for millennia and half and therefore does not see mistakes they did. In time, maybe.

Same principle like when you write something hastily and are all like ye this will do and next day you realize your handwriting is complete shait and nothing makes sense >.>
Reyniki Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Depends on their definition of "mistake" X'D I mean, if an artist deliberately makes the eyes on humans big as a STYLE, there is really no point in pointing out "hey, the eyes are too big" 'cause that was done on purpose X'D

So if the critiquer can clearly tell what is done on purpose and what is not, I think I'll be cool with that o3o
TheDeceptikitty Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
IDK like..sometimes it's hard to tell, imho. Especially if an artist doesn't have consistent style (like me hurrrr) :XD: Then you really don't have any reference basis for the critique and can accidentally point out mistake that is deliberate style quirk...the real question is, was the critique wanted in the 1st place (I mean I don't seek it out, because I know that every pic will be drawn differently so I won't really follow it). >.>
ScurvySimon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it depends on the tone and nature of the critique, but I voted "Nope" because you don't necessarily have to be able to do something yourself in order to see when someone else is doing it wrong.  For example, someone might be terrible at drawing perspective in their own art, but they can still look at another person's art and see when the perspective is off.  Sometimes it can even be more helpful to get advice from someone who isn't an expert in the field, because they come to it from a fresh perspective!

Also, it can sometimes be difficult to notice flaws in your own work because you stare at it for so long while making it that you just become adjusted to it.  But when you see a completed artwork by someone else for the first time, the flaws can be more noticeable because you're seeing the final product all at once.  So someone critiquing another artist's work may simply not have noticed the same flaws in their own work because the process of watching it come together hid the flaws from them.

On the other hand, there are certain kinds of critique where it should be easy to take your own advice.  Like if someone says "you use too much green in your work" but they use a lot of green themselves, that's pretty hypocritical because you can make a conscious decision not to pick green if you think it's overused.  I mean, unless you have a colour vision deficiency, but I think I'm going off on a tangent now . . .
notecardPasta Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Not really, but that's mainly because I kind of do that. Just because I'm working on my own flaws at the moment doesn't mean I can't help other people with theirs.
kage-niji Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Student General Artist
Kinda? I've got heaps of great advice irl from people who aren't great at drawing, but it can be a bit awk XD
Comet-117 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oh god yes
To me, it kinda just shows that they were looking to point out a flaw for the sake of pointing out a flaw
Reyniki Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
IDK, saw this on someone else's page thing so I'd thought I'll make a poll out of it XD
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