I don't know if you've already heard about this affair
. Generally, there's a girl that runs a blog about terrible dragon art. She posts pictures with removed signatures (to keep artists anonyomus) and says what's wrong about them. She seems to love dragons and she wants everyone to be better artists. How nice of her!
Actually, not. She says what sucks in an artwork, but she wouldn't say how to fix it. She just describes it with tags like "dat anatomy", "mangled wing syndrome", "godawful character design" and so on. She doesn't even let the artist know she gave them a "critique", and I have no idea how it's supposed to help them.
I know it's the Internet. If you upload something, you must be aware it will never disappear and may be abused. But she really seems to believe she helps people improve, even when they don't want to.
Someone asked her a question: Have you ever thought that perhaps people simply aren't trying to be professional artists and are simply doing this for fun? If people wanted a critic, they'd ask for it. There's no need for you to go around throwing your criticism at people who either don't care or don't want itI'm not aiming to be a professional artist. I draw just for fun.
I have spent what?? Over five years working on learning how to correctly draw?? Just because someone is doing it for fun, doesn't mean they cant improve themselves or learn to accept criticism.
I personally don't find art fun when I can't look back on my mistakes, laugh at them, and see how far I've come. Right now, I'm majorly proud of something I speedpainted a few days ago, comparing it to a similar thing I did in late 2011 and seeing just HOW much I've improved. I've got pages and pages of dragon sketches from the last few MONTHS where you can see the improvement. Again, I'm not aiming to go pro, but I can still improve myself.
So can everyone else
For me it's like going around and telling people what to do to look better. "Hey buddy, you look fat in these jeans, seriously!", "This hair color doesn't fit you". Or, it's even worse, because she doesn't let the person know about it, so it's rather like posting someone's picture and saying: "look how fat she is!". I know people do it, but it's "usual" mocking, nobody says it's to help these people look and feel better.
A lot of people draw just for fun. I feel great when I improve at art, but there are areas which I don't need to be good in. I've made myself a furry llama. It sucks as a plushie, but I like it. If someone came and said: "uhm, I'm sorry to say but you're not very good at this, you should learn how to sew, I can show you" I would feel weird, because I don't really need this help. Even this kind (and fair!) critique would be useless, because I don't want to be better at this! And people can draw for fun too. Just to create something they see in their minds, and then they upolad it to dA to show it to friends. If you don't like it, don't look. If they want to be better and you have some time, tell them what you'd fix if you were them. But don't take these crappy pictures and don't make fun of them in public.Hi, regarding post #44198598387 and the others of the same artist; I am requesting on behalf of my younger sister to remove her art from this blog. She struggles with anxieties and her 'terrible' art and comfort zone poses are her way of doing something creative to keep her from becoming overwhelmed. My family would appreciate if you would not cause any further distress by featuring her creativity as something to be picked apart by those that know nothing about her. Thank you.
But she's a terrible artist, isn't she? Doesn't she want to improve? I do, and certainly so does she! Let's show her shitty artworks she made to feel better and have fun of it! She needs to learn how to take critique...
It's... it's really sad. Probably you know people who would like to draw, but they're afraid to start because it will look like shit at first. Yes, it will, and it's totally ok! Everything doesn't need to be perfect, there's no duty to be beautiful nor pro in every area. If you found your artwork at this site, go over it. If you want to improve, maybe she's got any point? If you feel it's too hard for you, just tell her to fuck herself and draw the most terrible dragon you can. For yourself.
Because you can love your terrible dragons, even if you're the only person who loves them.