|by Sarah Anderson
With that in mind, I've been trying to learn to critique my own work as well as others. Not only is this a good skill to have in your artist toolbox, but it also is a great way to way to combat those nasty gremlins that keep
popping up in your mind telling you how much your art work sucks!
When I do a final self critique on a project some of the questions I ask are:
- What is the main idea of the piece and is it being conveyed
- Did the final design decisions flow with or against the conveyance of that main idea
- Are the design elements being followed or where rules broken without reason
- Is any element obviously bothersome and in obviously in discordance with the rest of the piece
- Is there movement in the piece
- Is my craftsmanship acceptable and craft methods not distracting to the overall main idea
Things to remember in giving a critique:
- Honest feedback doesn't mean bluntness
- Don't use personal pronouns - ie. "Your use of so many colors is distracting" rather say "Using a limited palette will solidify the piece"
- Offer compliments without the qualifiers - "But" & "However"
- Never use the phrase "No Offense" because its always offensive
the artist for their own edification rather than tearing down what they have already built!
I started a list of words that would help me in critiquing my own work as well as others. Hope they help!!
So What have you been doing creatively?