Hello dear watercolorists members!
Let us say goodbye to summer and welcome the colorful autumn. For some of our members the month September also meant the beginning of a new school year. We wish you good luck with your exams and lots of fun too! Study hard, but don't forget your beautiful watercolors They need some love and attention too.
This month we got our first AquaChallenge winners:
JoaRosa , artMARUSIK and IvieMoon
Our group would also like to give a big THANK YOU to our donors NOLANOS and LualaDy for helping us with the prizes for this previous AquaChallenge.
We are now accepting submissions for the next AquaChallenge-Halloween. We can't wait to see all of your entries!
Watercolor Downpour - The Best of September
Watercolor Drops - Categories Highlights
Watercolor Drizzle - Advice Corner
Thank you to RiEile who gave such a good critique (advice) to LualaDy artwork A stroll in the Forest .
As it says, this space of the journal is meant to be for giving advice. Since this month we didn't receive any requests for critique we will use it for learning purpose.
:thumb497972052: This month's AquaTIP focuses on:
Critique / Feedback / Commenting
All of them are meant to be helpful and meaningful for the artist. Whenever you write to another person, please be careful what and how you write. Even if you have good intentions it can happen that the other person feels offended or discouraged by it. Whenever this happens to you, don't stop writing. Take this as a lesson and be better the next time. Always make sure you end your writing with a positive note, with what you did like about the artwork.
For the ones who get feedback or critiques, be open minded, don't take everything personal. It's a good opportunity to see your artwork through other's eyes. No one likes to hear that they done something wrong, or that something needs to be improved, but as an artist we all can and must grow. Hearing all the time praises won't help you to improve. It's mostly the »negative« feedback that is a blessing in disguise.
Here are some TUTORIALS on this subject:
PE Feedback: How to Give a CritiqueHOW TO GIVE A CRITIQUE
It's a great thing that you want to critique other deviant's works and help them improve their skills through your constructive feedback. By critiquing fellow deviant's works, you are developing your critical thought and vision and thus, developing yourself as an artist. However, critiquing is not all about pointing out what others did wrong. As ChewedKandi has pointed out in 'How To: Critiquing Artwork' "a critique is giving your opinion in a constructive manner about a subject - be it a piece a music, a piece of art, the meal you've just ate and so on."
That's the main point of this article: to share a few pointers on how to give a quality critique while providing links to a compilation of useful guides that focus on this very same topic.
Introduction: Let's start!
First things first! You've come across a piece of art that caught your attention and
PE: Do You Really Want Critique?As part of projecteducate’s Critique Week, we thought it’d be a good idea to take into consideration when you should and shouldn’t ask for critique on a work you post to deviantART.
Before I get any further into the article, I would like to address the fact that the things I say here will not always apply. In fact, they may not even apply most of the time. As with all guides to art and feedback, your mileage may vary, and it’s always best to learn things for yourself. So, without further ado, here’s a few things to consider before you request critique:
Personal work: The most common issue with critique that I’ve personally encountered around dA is the critique of personal work, and a lot of the time this is because the artist requests critique on a work that they are not ready to receive critique on. A few examples of this could be work done as a result of a person’s passing, a difficult change in life, or a work based
PE: The Basics of Giving CritiqueA lot of people seem to think that giving a critique requires you to have an art degree and a lifetime of experience. This is merely an excuse barrier to stop you from trusting yourself in the art of delivering a fine critique. Today's Project Educate guide is an aid to help you consider the basics of critique, and in particular critique on dA.
This article has been written as a guideline overview only and one persons advice. There are hundreds of existing "how to" guides for critique already existing on dA, so if this one doesn't suit you, take a browse and see what else you can find!
The key rules to critique
1. Keep in mind you are writing a CRITIQUE not a CRITICISM. Be wary of your word choices and make sure you keep in mind you are helping the artist for improvement. Be Constructive, not Destructive.
2. Consider you audience- who is the artist reading this critique? How may they react to your words? Be wary of patronising the person you are c
PE: Dealing with a negative feedbackPE: Dealing with a negative feedback
"To escape criticism - do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."
Everyone wants to be praised for their work. It's the extremely rare individual who creates things and doesn't care how they're received. Dealing with criticism can be painful, but at the same time enormously helpful.
Let's begin with understanding the function that positive and negative feedback serve. Positive feedback (pointing out things you did WELL) increases commitment to the work you do, by enhancing your experience and your confidence, white Negative feedback (pointing out things you did WRONG), on the other hand, is informative - it tells you where you need to spend your effort, and offers insight into how you might improve.
With that being said, positive and negative feedback are affective and motivate differently, their impact varies from different peop
Artists who wish to receive constructive critique from fellow members and watchers of watercolorists can be featured here with one artwork.
The rules are:
1. You need to be a member of watercolorists, obviously
2. Your work must meet the Submission rules - it doesn't need to be a part of group's main gallery, but rules apply just the same.
3. Ask some questions about the area you want to improve. We would like to know what exactly you want to improve on - it makes it easier to give helpful feedback.
In order to be featured here, please comment here or send us a note with a link to the artwork and your question(s). We will feature your work in the next month. Requests without at least one question will not be featured. We wish you can find the watercolor help you need!
Let the October be a month full of creative ideas for your next watercolor paintings.
And to the ones who will participate in our AquaChallenge : Good luck!
~ watercolorists crew