Posting Guidelines: Structured Critiques Forum
The purpose of this forum is to provide a place that is "kudo-free", for people who desire to focus on serious critique of their works. A "kudo" response is where someone simply says "great job", and nothing more. If you are looking for this type of feedback (nothing wrong with that!), please visit either the WC! Gallery forum or the "Open Critiques" forum. Be sure to read the posting guidelines in those forums before posting!
Like the "open critiques" forum, it, too uses the new posting form for starting new threads (the link is the same, so just click on the "New Thread" button like always). The big difference here is that not all members can post replies to threads in this forum. Only those members who have agreed to the site standards for the structured critiques forum will be allowed to respond to critique requests. Becoming a registered critiquer is easy, you simply read the guidelines on the signup page, check the "I agree" box, and submit the form - at that point, you can respond to posts in this forum.
When we say "registered critiquers", we don't mean some sort of "elite" pool of people who somehow have been granted magical critiquing powers (lol). This just means the group of members here who have agreed to the structured guidelines of this forum, and who have opted to participate as a "registered critiquer". As with anything, there is good and bad - so you may, indeed, get what you, or others, consider to be a "bad" or "inaccurate" critique. A critique is an opinion, and nothing more. We want to foster as many angles and viewpoints as possible - we just want to create a more structured environment to facilitate the process.
Remember, by posting your art in the Structured Critiques Forum, you are openly asking for serious critique of your work. You won't get a bunch of "great job!" posts here. You will be asking for fellow artists to provide their insights as to the positives AND negatives of your work. Keep this in mind when posting! As mentioned earlier in this post, if you don't want to open yourself up to this type of feedback, you are in the wrong forum!
When you receive constructive feedback, please make an effort to "receive" it as such. Posting an image for critique here, and then coming unglued because someone offers constructive criticism, will not help you make many friends. Too much of this, and you risk the removal of your account. If you feel that someone is blatently bashing your work, please report the post to a moderator (by clicking on the link with the same name).
Finally, please refrain from cross-posting the same image in multiple critique forums. Find the forum that is right for you, and call it home. Cross-posting images all over the place just adds unnecessary confusion to an already busy site.
To become a registered critiquer:
Note to Critiquers:
No kudo-only posts! All responses posted by a registered critique member should always contain some form of instructional, educational, and/or constructive feedback regarding the piece(s) posted. So-called "kudo" posts are not allowed (i.e. "great job!", and nothing else). A critique must point out a few things done well and why they are done well. The critique should also point out the biggest improvements (a few) that you think can be acheived and why you think so.
Each response should be posted in a tone that is in keeping with the friendly atmosphere of this site as a whole. Please use the proper decorum and comport yourself properly when posting your comments. Blatently lambasting another's art is not permitted. If you don't have anything constructive to offer, then simply refrain from posting.
We all want to hear what you have to say, but there is a way to do it appropriately and constructively, and a way that is wholly unproductive. Any member who blatently lambasts another person's art will be subject to a warning, and possibly a ban from this site. You have been warned!