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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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
That's very helpful. Thanks, Bunny! :hug:
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Aoi5796 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
waaahh thank u so much helped me alot! :iconlainloveplz:
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student General Artist
This is really how I deal with it. :) So nice work.
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Scintillant-H Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Agreed!!
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BlackFireOpal Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect advice. :thumbsup:
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SilverGameDesigns Featured By Owner 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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Saidorak Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, criticism is a horrible thing when it isn't done with respect and actual careful thought!
I have had very helpful critique from people wanting to give me tips, which I have been very thankful for too! But you also get the typical "this is crap, this is not good enough...etc." trash from know-it-alls. Killing them with kindness is truly the best solution: by kindly telling them how their opinion is irrelevant and their statement stupid, they often shut up and don't respond anymore =) Quite a nice feeling afterwards!!!
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Cunnawabum Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I think this sort of advice should be said more often; critiques often put artists down and kind of turn them off art all together-
I think these sort of bloggy things are really positive and yeah more advice should be shed~
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MimiSempai Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In general I'm agree, but for the 3. I think it's difficult to not take it personnaly, because most of we, artists, put a lot of emotion, work, time, tears in our artworks and each artwork is like a baby birth, and it's normal to take it personally. Because the art work is yours, from your inner person (in my case).
Critic is importantg very important to improve that's a fact, but a constructive critic who also take care of the sensibility of the artist.
Thank you for this interesting article.
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gacktsaga04 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
what you have said on that really was true and thanks for that :D
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gacktsaga04 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
criticism will never be gone, it was part of being an artist instead of avoiding it we should face it, we cannot please everybody no matter what we do so we should just listen to their comments even if it was bad or good as an artist we should be open minded we should take comments as a guide for us to improve more
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AnRa--doexma Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like to be critiqued. I think it shows that the person really looked at what I did and thought about it. And even if the comment is something like "You suck, go die", at least that gives me a laugh (I know from experience).
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Zagiri Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome article. <3 So many people don't get how important critique is....

Oh! And congrats on Adminy goodness! Since I've begun to refer to Blue as the Overseer of Awesome Sauce, I shall remember to call you, Bunny, the Overseer of Fluffy Goodness. :nod:
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BunnehBoos Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank yew, so much. ♥ Means a lot. xDD
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Zagiri Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Why of course! :3~
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as-red-as-fire Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Should I be upset because I never got a nickname?
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Zagiri Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nope! For I simply have not gotten to you yet, Overseer of Grilled Delights. :3~
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kongvmax Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
this is the worst article and its poorley written but I hope you will learn from my remarks....lol....well done :D
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MimiSempai Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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contemporaryhart Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Excellent advice! :) Thanks for sharing!
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Arrol-Lal Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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