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Old 02-06-2005, 11:33 PM
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The Figure forum is a pretty open forum. We accept any type of artwork as long as some part of the human body is shown and as long as the artwork doesn't contain anything that is not allowed in the Users Agreement. We welcome both nudes and the clothed human body.

We also value the diversity of several different kinds of responses. Kudos are acceptable here, as well as observations-both positive and negative, as well as thoroughly analyzed critiques which usually include both things that work about the work and things that don't.

We don't dictate to members what kind of artwork they post as long as they represent the human figure and we don't dictate what kind of responses members can give as long as they follow the tenets of the users agreement. Critiquing, like making art, is a developed skill and we accept all levels - from beginner to advanced - in both the areas of creating artwork and giving critiques.

So that being said, we know several members desire to post their work but do not wish their work to be critiqued. If you don't wish your work to be critiqued, that's fine. You just need to post somewhere in the first post that you don't want your work critiqued. A simple 'No Critiques Please' is enough.

A couple of WC! forums have a don't critique unless asked policy, the WC! Gallery is one of those that accepts the human figure. Instituting a policy like that in the Figure forum would add one more thing for the moderators to police which quite frankly, we don't have the time for. We have more than our share of butt icons to attach to threads.

Thanks for your understanding. We hope you enjoy the Figure forum.

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Re: Figure Forum Guidelines: If you don't want critiques, let us know when you post

Thank you Dana.

This has been needed for a while now.

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Old 02-12-2005, 09:42 AM
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Re: Figure Forum Guidelines: If you don't want critiques, let us know when you post

Thank you Luka.

I'd like to take the opportunity to remind everyone however, of one type of critiquing that is NOT allowed without the artist's permission - and that is altering the artists artwork and re-posting in the thread.

If you want to show the artist an suggestion using their own artwork for demonstration, please ask their permission first or else your alterations will get pulled.
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Old 02-12-2005, 11:22 PM
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Re: Figure Forum Guidelines: If you don't want critiques, let us know when you post

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Thank you Luka.

I'd like to take the opportunity to remind everyone however, of one type of critiquing that is NOT allowed without the artist's permission - and that is altering the artists artwork and re-posting in the thread.

If you want to show the artist an suggestion using their own artwork for demonstration, please ask their permission first or else your alterations will get pulled.

A good point.

One I have just learned about.



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Question Frequently Asked Questions - Please read

Welcome to WetCanvas and the Figure Forum.


Within this thread you will find the answers to many of your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)...
Figure Forum Staff:
Please pm any of us if you need assistance

Guides

Nathan (Descartes)
Lauren (Lauren F-M - co-guide with Portraiture)

Moderators

Mac (macrobertson)
Kevin (kevinwueste) co-Mod with Portraiture
Bethany (bethanyt) - co-Mod with Portraiture[/quote]

Critiques

Please indicate clearly in your post if you do NOT want your work to be critiqued by fellow members.

How often can I post a new thread?

Please allow for a 24 hour period before posting a new thread. This is to give everyone an equal opportunity to have their threads on the first page, at least on the first day of posting.

I've posted my work. What now?

Excellent question! Please have a look at the work of other members and leave (at least) a word or two of encouragement. That's how a forum works - through interaction. Besides, we also expect others to do the same, don't we

Btw, while leaving comments in successive threads, please do it from below upwards. This helps preserve the original order in which they were present.

User Agreement - So what did I sign anyways?

Ever wondered just what your User Agreement says? Check it out here...
Updated User Agreement


About the BUTT icon...

The Icon is added by default i.e. automatically to every thread and every edited post in the Figure forum (thanks to former site owner Kerri).

If you're posting a non-nude image please un-attach it by clicking on the small circle next to 'No icon'. If that doesn't work, click on one of the other choices, before clicking 'save changes'. The icon also appears by default in every post you edit. If that annoys you, it can be removed in the same way.



When do I need the ICON? - As mentioned above, this will be set as default to all your Figure Forum posts, but read on in any case...

WetCanvas requires the BUTT Icon for nudity/partial nudity posts... For more info on the current erotic/nude art policy please re-visit User Agreement and scroll down to section 24. J (placed under Rules of Conduct)

OR, click the "Alert Post" button (the red triangle) at the top right next to the post number


... and type a note that you need the icon removed and a Moderator will remove it. You may also use this button to alert the staff about other issues.


Critiquing Guidelines

In the Figure Forum we do critique... check out the guidelines here:

Figure Forum Guidelines: If you don't want critiques, let us know when you post

6 Techniques For Handling Criticism: Are you afraid to display your work because you can't handle criticism? This article walks you through six ways to avoid bad criticism and learn how to use it to your advantage!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/558/343/

Giving Critique - a Check List for Critiquers: Not quite sure how to give a critique? Try using this check list as a good basic starting point for any critique.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/509/168/ [/quote]

Library of Figurative Art Resources

A compendium of resources for the figure artist including references on proportion and anatomy, demos and work in progress, tips for working from life and from photos, choices of medium, and our own Hall of Fame - the staff's favorite picks of posted works... can be found here. (Listed at the top of the forum)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=199


The Image Uploader and Attachment Manager

Edit: Watch this Youtube video made by Doug (Yorky) on how to upload images.

Having trouble trying to figure out how to put images in your posts? Uploading files and attaching images will be a cinch after you check out this step-by-step article showing how to use the Image Uploader and Image/File Attachment Manager!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/44487/496/

[quote]Should I use the Image Uploader or the Attachment Manager?
Answer... the IMAGE UPLOADER... that way your work can be viewed within the thread when someone is replying. Since we are big on critiques here it makes it easier to give one.

Check out the Image Uploader... Doesn't get any easier than this!




Also...

If you don't have a photo manipulation program here is a brilliant free program. http://www.irfanview.com/ You can resize your images to fit the 600x500 requirements.

6 Steps to Registering Your Account!: Been lurking long enough? Want to join WetCanvas! and get in on all the neat benefits of membership? Well, it's easy and it's free, so just check out this 'how-to' article and you're on your way!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/44487/501/

How To Rate Threads: Artie is at it again with helpful hints for New Users in this Article on How To Rate Threads! Ever wonder how some threads get those little stars? Step-by-step, you'll find out how!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/44487/500/


Anything else?
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=962871
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Helpful info for us gathered by Rose Queen...

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Dear Fellow Guides and Moderators,

We are moved to send out this PM to all of you because we cruise enough of the various forums here at the site to see even long-time members hitting the same stumbling blocks and making the same mistakes that new members make. In the New User forum, we have developed a number of articles and stickies to help people get their arms around some of the more commonly used features of the site, as well as a few of the more arcane. If you don’t already know about these, you should because they can help you help your forum’s members get more out of WetCanvas and keep from having to repeat yourself over and over when the same problems crop up. Here are some links that we hope will help you all!

Opening an Account at WetCanvas
Avatars:
Making Avatars
Making Animated Avatars
Images: Posting Images
Creating a Signature Banner
Personalizing WC! (setting options and preferences)
Using the Article Publisher
Where to post your work (a guide to the forums)
Private Message system
The WC! Award System
Rating Threads
The Chatroom/
The Art Project System

Edit: The links below may not work at present

Resize Images using free software
Resizing tutorial for Photoshop
Gallery Manager
Overview of commonly used Features
Help for Mac Users

We hope you’ll find this PM useful and save it somewhere that you can find it! If you find anything that needs updating or you know of subjects we haven’t covered that we should, please feel free to let New User forum moderators Rose Queen or Marty C know!

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Re: Figure Forum Guidelines: If you don't want critiques, let us know when you post

Hi,
I agree with that!
If we critique each other work of couse, in a respectful manner, we can all learn by our mistakes or by a way of the artist decided to do his piece!!!
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Re: Figure Forum Guidelines: If you don't want critiques, let us know when you post

I have a minority view here. I think critiques should be asked for, not offered.

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I have to agree with michael newberry it's easier to ask for a critique than to ask not to. Personally, I dont like giving or recieving critiques.
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Re: Figure Forum Guidelines: If you don't want critiques, let us know when you post

For people like me who are beginners the help and advise on this forum is indispensable. For those that have ability and enjoy sharing there knowledge it’s a lot easier to be able to give advise with out having to worry about people saying I didn’t ask for it. It works well this way.

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I agree with Dave and I'm not a beginner. However, I am a student of life and art and am always interested in opinions. Even the most "untrained" eye has the ability to see what others sometimes cannot. That said, it's just as easy to say "no critiques, please." You can put it in your signature, never have to type it again, and folks will respect it.


Personally, I think it would be a pretty boring forum if 80% of what went down was back-slapping, gush, and a dozen ways of saying "that's sooooo nice." . There are enough forums like that in this labyrinth of WC and they have never held my attention for long.
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Re: Figure Forum Guidelines: If you don't want critiques, let us know when you post

Big difference between given advice and critiqueing. A hard or unkind critique can destroy a young artist who does't have confidence. Recently we witnessed such a poor display of good manners from one of our newer members who insisted that he did no wrong.
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Big difference between given advice and critiqueing. A hard or unkind critique can destroy a young artist who does't have confidence. Recently we witnessed such a poor display of good manners from one of our newer members who insisted that he did no wrong.
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I agree with Sonni and Dave that the help we get from others on this forum is invaluable and it should be the default, but Giancarlo has a point: we should be careful with our wording when posting critiques, I remember an instance when someone wanted to say "terrific" but wrote "terrible" instead, you can imagine it caused quite a stress!
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The artist, the work or piece and the viewer or audience. These are the three components in this relationship. Each viewer that comes to look changes that relationship or response. Since the artist makes art not only for it's sake, but for someone to view. It would seem reasonable to expect feedback about content and formal issues. We here must take care not to crush someone's spirit. It is a fine line between challenging someone and attacking them often the difference is in how the challenge is received or perceived by the artist. So it is good to try to see where the artist is coming from, where they want to go so as to help them to see what they're viewer takes away from their work. I think it would be helpful to develop suggested terms of critiquing, their meaning and usage. Harmony, Balance, Form and others and their relationship to content, subject and process. In this way a artistic language will be understood and in that discussion new ideas may be found. Or you may just have someone point out your figure has three fingers not five on that hand, is that what you wanted? It is possible that your viewer focused on an issue that was not addressed in the work, missing what was. This allows the artist to respond to the viewer to reveal their actual intentions to educate them in a sense or at least have them consider what you where working on.
Having said all this, good manners and differing opinions should go together. This forum is a place to develop those skills, how to give advise, and how to receive it even if it is bad. An artist needs to have a strong yet sensitive skin.
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