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An Insult is NOT a Critique by blazingrunaway An Insult is NOT a Critique by blazingrunaway
I don't recieve these types of comments that often. Although I do post my some of my art somewhere else too such as basilmarket, I just got a flame from someone on one of my art pieces rofl.

However, I see them so often on other people's artwork. I understand that you do NOT have to be a super talented artist or even have to be one, no one is perfect in this world. But I see people claiming themselves as "critics" but they're actually insulting the artist instead.


"This sucks."

"You're never going to improve."

"What the hell, this isn't art. This is shit."

"Please stop doing art."

Okay, what the hell are those then if claim them to be "criticism?" Ladies and gentlemen, those comments are clearly known as insults NOT criticism.

Definition of insult:

An insult (also called putdown) is an expression, statement (or sometimes behavior) which is considered degrading. Insults may be intentional or accidental. An example of the latter is a well-intended simple explanation, which in fact is superfluous, but is given due to underestimating the intelligence or knowledge of the other. -[link] :|

"Draw better"

"Improve on the proportions please"

"You need help with art"

Again, what the hell are those? Those aren't specific enough for letting the artist to know what their flaws are for improvement. You didn't let the artist even KNOW what they should improve. Oops! I think I did make the arms a bit too short (even though that they're actually at the average correct length), I think I should extend them to the feet!

Jesus if you're going to critique, then you BETTER know how to critique or even know what it is. Otherwise, if you're going around randomly claiming that you're "criticising" someone's artwork while you're actually insulting them instead, you'll turn out looking like an arrogant idiot instead. :/


"You've done a fine job on drawing the expressions on this. However, I suggest that you should increase the arm length seeing that it is only reaching at the tips of the girl's hips. Other than that, everything looks fine!"

"The landscapery is magnificant in this. Perhaps you could try removing the sign post that's on the side to avoid any sort of distraction next time. The trees around it are very eye catching, keep trying your best for sucessful improvement!"

See the difference? Those are ACTUAL critiques, they may not be the best but the point is clearly given out.

Definition of criticism:

Constructive criticism, or constructive analysis, is a compassionate attitude towards the person qualified for criticism. Having higher experience, gifts, respect, knowledge in specific field and being able to verbally convince at the same time, this person is intending to uplift the other person materially, morally, emotionally or spiritually. -[link]

Kays, want a non-art example? Of course, this isn't directly applied to art but still lmfao.

Honestly, why do you receive comments on your essays, report cards, projects from your teachers at school? They leave criticism on your (insert whatever here) for the intention of HELPING you improve for better sucess in the future (E.g: Suggesting to seek for more help, do more homework, whatever). It's their job to do that. :|


Or in short simple words:

-An insult has the intention of putting someone down (or to the point of getting them to stop doing their hobbies/art/whatever).

-A critique has the intention of HELPING an artist improve in their flaws. There's always a positive lesson to be learned from them.

Stamp template from [link]

Feel free to use this. :aww:
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AsahiGirl Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Critique: "The arms are nice, but you should work on the head." Nod 
Levi-Calledin Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Damn straight! And thanks for saying feel free.
Indeed Smiley :D
blazingrunaway Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Levi-Calledin Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
LightSide-Angel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student
I love this stamp, really, but then I get to thinking of the people who know what they're doing, and are insulting the artists just to be mean, not because they don't know the difference between an insult and critique. Which sucks, but when it comes to the internet, people are allowed the guise of being cruel and terrible.

But the message is simple, yet speaks a lot, which is well needed. So overall, I like it, and whenever I touch premium, this is one of the first stamps to be used on my profile.
Dumuzi-ouji Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
That's how OC hating blogs tend to be. They say they are critiqueing but they insult the artist and call the persons art shit without evening letting the artist defend themselves.
LightSide-Angel Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student
And sometimes, what's insulted is old art, or the person is actually trying to improve with constructive critisism. I know I've had my share of Mary Sues, like any other person, but sometimes, that crap from OC hating blogs isn't needed when stumbled upon, I don't need to be told my art sucks I know this already, I need to see what's wrong with it that I can improve, and what's okay with it or what I'm doing right. 
Dumuzi-ouji Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
I love how those OC hating blogs say they aren't attacking anyone. Pure bullshit at it's finest. I've asked them to remove my art they didn't listen and acted like assholes. I had to close my ask account cause of them. Infact one of the OCs they rated I did a mary sue test on and he came out Anti-Sue. Clearly those fuckholes don't know what they are talking about.

Oh please, hun, your art is fine. Honestly they don't know art when they see it they do it to hate on others.
PlutoForever Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
I have a question. This hasn't happened to me, but I saw it on someone's profile. It asked "Do you even put any effort into your art" 
And the person said she did, and they ended up getting into a tiny argument and the person who said that called her butthurt (I REALLY hate that word). But the girl was being really mean, and even said "Ask anyone they'll tell you the same" and then got one of her friends to tell the girl that. Is that what you're talking about? The girl ended up getting tired of her and just finally agreed and deleted most of her stuff and left DeviantArt... (Sorry if it's unclear, I didn't want to mention names...)
BlueRosePetalsQueen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
I believe you and really good stamp.
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