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Hi everyone! I'm Megan, but I guess you can call me Bunny. I usually go by that. Anyway, I'm one of the new admins here-I'm so super excited to be here, and be able to help this wonderful group. Today I'm just going to make a little blog about how to deal with criticism. Especially as artists, we all get it. So, I'll try and help. ♥

1. Listen up. Figure out whether the criticism is constructive or simply rude. If criticism could be helpful, lend all ears and try to learn from it instead of getting defensive.

2. Respond calmly. Be respectful no matter what, and thank someone if the feedback is useful. If the critique is uncalled for (that story you wrote was crap!), kill 'em with kindness. A simple smile makes you the bigger person.

3. Don’t take it personally. Try to remove yourself from the situation and focus on what’s being critiqued.

4. Keep on keepin' on. Remember that the criticism represents just one person’s point of view. Know what your strengths are and don’t let other people’s opinions keep you from working hard towards a goal. If somebody says you’re too short to be a power forward, start working on that jump shot!

Well, that's all I really have for you guys today. Hope I'm a help and everyone has a good day!

-bunny ♥
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AnEclipseAtdusk Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im perfectly fine with constructive criticism, but sometimes its really hard to deal with, well if they are being assholes
but still, this is written very well XD
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DreamsCatchMe Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
That's very helpful. Thanks, Bunny! :hug:
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Aoi5796 Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
waaahh thank u so much helped me alot! :iconlainloveplz:
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The-Lost-Hope Nov 4, 2012  Student General Artist
This is really how I deal with it. :) So nice work.
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Scintillant-H Nov 4, 2012   General Artist
a good one word response to "how to deal with criticism?" is "gracefully". and you seem to have described that well ;)
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nigz Nov 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Agreed!!
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BlackFireOpal Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I always ask people to critique my work, but sometimes when they do, it's just plain rude... though I would really love some constructive criticism!
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Melalina Nov 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice work. I'm a new contributor in training for a literature group. So far, I haven't made anyone mad. But, from critiques and responses I've read, every once in a while we're going to get someone who doesn't really want a critique. It seems they're looking for someone to stroke them. While I am NON-threatening, and encouraging, I'm not good at coddling, so I guess I'll have to face it that I'm going to make someone mad at some point.
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MillieBee Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect advice. :thumbsup:
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SilverGameDesigns Nov 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great little article. Personally I find the best response to negative criticism is just no response. Every time I've responded to it, I've always regretted it. People like that don't need to be responded to, because they're often just out to hurt someone. Again, great article!
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