|Asking for help can only help!|
Many have criticized we live in a time/society that awards everyone, passing out participation trophies like tissues, telling everyone they are a special snowflake and they're doing a great job doing whatever it is they're doing no matter what. This leads to many people getting a false sense of accomplishment, sure, but I have to believe that most people understand the truth about their own individual abilities. Self confidence and esteem is one thing, it's invaluable really so you don't get yourself down, but thinking everything you touch is gold is quite another and I haven't seen many people being the latter.
|Ease up, Gramps, it's not that bad|
This reminds me of one of my most favorite musicians, Lindsey Stirling. This girl is AMAZING with a violin, and mixes classical training with modern style in such a seamless and inspiring fashion. What she does is original, unique, and fantastic. However, one has to start somewhere:
People booed Piers Morgan's vote, made out to be the bad guy, but he did absolutely nail some issues she needed to address: missed notes, sour moments, balancing playing well AND physical movement. What she did was certainly a lot better than most could doing what she did... but she needed to perfect it. She cried, she got angry later... and then she decided to do something about it. Proving someone wrong may not be the most noble way to improve, but sometimes it helps more than anything else could have been. A kick in the pants if you will.
Granted, there are those who publicly rip on pieces as if there wasn't a feeling human being behind the piece they're so viciously attacking. Usually this happens most on new OF models from Breyer or Stone. Keep in mind the molding process itself may cause some flaws here and there, and judging by one or two angles in a picture is not the best way to fully assess it. NO ONE is stupid for liking something even if it has flaws. Something can have flaws and people can still like it The Gypsy Vanner is a good example of this. Now, these public opinions may have at least a kernel of truth to their bashing as far as the flaws they identify, even if the way they convey it is rude. Yes, they need more tact, but it's one of the things you have to deal with as well when you present your work.
|People are already passing "final judgement" (good and bad) on this guy and he's not even out yet!|
Being an artist means having a thick skin. Being able to handle presenting your soul to someone and have them pick over it. Sure, there's your own personal vision, but there's also fixing to correct flaws and problems that dwarf the idea. As replicators of the living, breathing equine equivalents, we have a standard to match: the realism and fascinating science of how the horse moves. From major muscle groups to subtle nuances like how hair flows when a horse moves, we're constantly learning how to faithfully copy our favorite animal.
|Hubba hubba, am I right?|
That said, DON'T let them get you down! There's always room for improvement and hey, you made something, which is a lot more than many can say. It can be easy to get discouraged, but NO ONE started off perfect. My love and goal of striving for the elusive "perfection" is what humbles me so I can listen to critique. Yes, even I *may* get defensive at first on occasion (no one likes to hear what they're doing is wrong) but taking a step back and mulling over what has been suggested to you is ultimately the best decision.
|Even if it doesn't seem like it... Everyone starts somewhere! circa 2003-ish|
If someone offers advice you do feel is absolutely just plain wrong due to your own research, you're obviously welcome to calmly counter with your reference materiel to "show your work." If they continue to argue, you can respectfully agree to disagree, but do try to understand what their perspective is just in case you missed something.
|Whoops, almost missed that! Drawing on images with Paint or Photoshop can help visualize issues|
Now for those who critique: there is a right and wrong way to give advice. First, you have to ask if advice is wanted. A lot of artists are not ready to hear for many reasons, one being they know there's something wrong and they plan to address it themselves first later.. Or perhaps they just aren't emotionally ready to hear anything after struggling with a lot of other problems. Unsolicited advice is a surefire way of creating a poor attitude, hurt feelings, and crushed confidence. And yes, you should care about all of those because creative type people have a certain personality that depends on a certain state of mind to properly create.
Once you've been given the go ahead for advice, be gentle. Do not outright rip or bash on the work done. "It would die if it were real" or "Looks like a giraffe" is NOT helpful. Use positive language and a "compliment sandwich":
- Point out an overall good attribute or compliment the idea
- List what what needs fixed with some possible solutions or reference pictures
- Wrap it up with what has been done RIGHT.
If you and the artist disagree about what is wrong, you can rebut with facts and reference materiel, but it's likely best to back off and let it go. The artist may just be still blind or in denial, but they may also be trying to save face to saving their feelings for making a mistake. It may not be the best way they should deal with it, but either they'll come around or they'll just continue to hamper their own growth and you just can't force them either way.
Overall, Critique is a GOOD thing and should definitely happen, but remember not to hurt people's feelings, assume, or step on people's toes. Too many feel that it's rude to even suggest it, or to talk about something behind an artist's back, but ultimately, it does help teach and people can learn from it. Just keep it respectful (it's a small hobby, people DO hear about this kind of stuff) and someday, some newbie kid may become the next big name artist!
|Thank you to whoever spoke up and helped me with this model... the first time I remember getting advice (to raise the back with a lowered head) that helped improve my work and caused me to open my eyes to really *see* what I was looking at.|