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Old 02-14-2019, 07:00 PM
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I'm having a bit of trouble reconciling two pieces of feedback on the same picture (https://images-wixmp-ed30a86b8c4ca88...epko-250t.jpg). The first, which was from a professional illustrator, was positive, and praised the it's expressive, cartoony style and use of watercolour. The other was more negative, and felt that it was too cartoony for a watercolour piece.

The second comment was constructive and raised some good points (Like the wonky perspective on one of the legs). But I'm in a bit of bind, since I've got two people praising and criticizing my work for the exact same thing, and would like some advice on reconciling these critiques.
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:12 PM
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Old 02-15-2019, 04:27 AM
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Re: Feedback Issues

How about this? https://images-wixmp-ed30a86b8c4ca88...cvepko-pre.jpg
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Re: Feedback Issues

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I'm having a bit of trouble reconciling two pieces of feedback on the same picture (https://images-wixmp-ed30a86b8c4ca88...epko-250t.jpg). The first, which was from a professional illustrator, was positive, and praised the it's expressive, cartoony style and use of watercolour. The other was more negative, and felt that it was too cartoony for a watercolour piece.

The second comment was constructive and raised some good points (Like the wonky perspective on one of the legs).
But I'm in a bit of bind, since I've got two people praising and criticizing my work for the exact same thing, and would like some advice on reconciling these critiques.

I wouldn't call a 'difference of opinion' a 'bind'. Opinions differ and artists have to take on opinions, ponder them, and then do whatever they think is best for their art. You obviously can't agree with both critiques and trust me - you can't ever trust critiques 100% or you'll quash your own uniqueness, your own visions and then what?

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Re: Feedback Issues

Personally, I would ignore the second opinion. I've heard this nonsense elsewhere. I have yet to see the Art Police enforce a rule that dictates that you cannot use certain mediums for specific subjects. Push you chosen medium to whatever limits you want/can.

BTW: Nice illustration
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Re: Feedback Issues

I tend to think of fine art as performance. The performance is done off screen really, and the end product (the art) is something like a movie. Many actors actually do not want to see themselves on the screen. For them, the actual "craft" was in the moment when they did the acting. To me, that moment comes after fussing and fussing with the medium, and finally telling myself "this is EXACTLY what I was trying to get." The expectation, in my case, equaled the reality.

So to me, people with no investment in the actual work have little meaning to the finished product. It can HURT when people do not see what you saw, and understand that your expectation was met by the reality of the art.

You dragged this thing out of your BRAIN!!! Many people who do not write, do art, sing, act or any of the so-called arts, do not even know what this experience is all about!!!

The professional illustrator knows exactly what the deal is. He/she is in the club. The non-artist can only give "impressions" aka, "I liked/hated it." These subjective and unhelpful criticisms need to be tossed where they belong in the "miscellaneous" file.

As an artist, you need to have a thick skin, because everyone will not like what you do. Some of these people are downright mean, using logical fallacies by, for instance, attacking the person, and not the art. People who are not educated in the steps of art are less likely to understand what you even did. (Not necessarily schooled, because you can be unschooled, and educated at the same time, an autodidact).
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Re: Feedback Issues

I get the same thing... one "professional" praises my work, the other rips it to shreds. Like the old saying: One man's trash is another man's treasure... or something along those lines.
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Neither praise nor "ripping to shreds" are constructive.

Someone who "trashes" what I do--who doesn't like/despises my subject matter, my style, my technique, etc., isn't someone who will ever be a fan, let alone a collector or patron.

There's no improvements or changes I can make to my work, to make them like it, so such comments can be completely dismissed.

Likewise praise.

Someone who likes everything I'm doing (present tense: now) is giving me nothing to help me improve.


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