"I have an artist friend, but s/he is having trouble, I am not so good at art, I tried to cheer him/her up... "
First you must understand the principle of "everyone has a child inside" no matter how grown or talented the artist, their basic social needs is still the same as a baby, if you only praise, you will spoil the child, if you only criticize, you will kill the child's confidence, every child needs a balance of nutrients, so is the artist whom you care about.
What an artist needs:
1. Acknowledgement: They need to be acknowledged for what they do, no matter what style or level of artwork they have, giving them the acknowledgement is important.
Give them the "appreciation" of them sharing their art, just being an artist, being the emotional ones they are, and what they do. You can say: Thank you for sharing your art, or other words of appreciation.
2. Respect: All humans want respect, so even if their art is not your taste, look at the effort they put in and make that count.
3. Praise accordingly: Don't praise all the time, but also give them a thumbs up when you think they did a good job or really out done themselves, that would make them really want to move on and become better.
Don't tell them you are "the best artist" I have ever seen.... because if they believe you, you just made them cocky, if they don't believe you, they would feel uncomfortable with themselves.
You can say: "You are one of the best artists I know." Put them in a group, acknowledging others who are also great, that would make them more comfortable.
4. Encouragement: When they feel stuck, or have an artist block, when they are tired, just encourage them without giving them pressure.
Say things like: "I really enjoyed this and that artwork for ____ and ______ quality"
Or tell them what their strengths are in their work: "You are good at ________ and ________"
Or throw some ideas to them: "If you do this and that, it will be so fun! But it's up to you to decide"
Even give some kind of expectations: "I am looking forward to see more updates."
5. Critiques that gives directions:
Avoid nit-picking: "Legs too short, arms too long, eyes to big and the head looks weird."
---ok, this is usually what people give, this is what I call "Nit-pick critique" it helps, but the help is minimum. Before you give nit-pick critiques, measure your own strength and understanding of the art terms, and give this kind of critiques carefully.
Good critiques are critiques that give directions to work on, the more ideal would be critiques on bigger categories, such as lighting and shadow, compositions, or use of colors.
if you see an artwork that has room for change, give the tips and suggestions according to the room available to change.... if the artwork is completely finished, just suggest what can be done for future works. Usually the artist wouldn't like to go back and work on the same artwork for too many times.
After the critique, leave room for them to disagree and decide, say things such as: "This is just what I see..." or "but it's up to you to make the decision" that would make them feel more at ease with your critiques.
Neglected artists' problems: Usually neglected artists will easily become depressed, feel their work is unimportant, if one or two person just care and encourage them, they can move on. It's best for this kind of artist to first find a group of friends to keep the interest and art making going, and encourage one another, then slowly grow to become developed artists.
Popular artists' problems: Popular artists can feel lonely, like the neglected artist, because when there's too much praises and attention, they would feel having "less of themselves" and become more of a "product" that must maintain their popularity. They can easily build their own identity on their popularity, this is why you see a lot of depressed and irritated popular artists. They can become very defensive on their work, because alot of popular artists tend to get bashed more often than the normal ones as well.
haha~ I have a sweet artist friend. Still there's one thing, the influence of an experienced artist
A well known artist has the power to literally shape other artists. For one example, my friend is a pro artist and is well known all around. She saw my work and is secretly impressed with it but hides the feeling. Instead of a compliment, it's replaced with an insult and that brings me down up to the point where I might even quit doing art all together. Though this might be something small and dramatic to most BUT some artist take what their heroes/idols say seriously.
I have no idea how to straighten out what i'm saying but the idea's there Thanks to this guide, I managed to get my friend out of her depression state and now she's back to doing art and being happy with it.
I'm reading all these little things, and I'm being helped a lot, but one thing in this article (because that's kinda what it is to me) really stuck out. It was your last point: Popular Artists' Problems. I dunno, it's just, ever since I've been on dA, even on different accounts or just lurking idly, I've been ever so jealous of some of these really popular artists. At some times I'd give anything to get a reply from them or to be like them. Because I've never had that much popularity, myself. It really kinda changed my view on that subject... and they make a good point. I guess maybe I should work on that, and remember that it's not always good to have the spotlight on you.
Praise accordingly, all high school and middle school teachers should go by this, I was getting sick of being overly praised. Thus it led to a few "I'm gonna destroy art work" tantrums, but my mother nearly beat the hell out of me when she discovered I ripped up my First place piece in painting that was in a High School Art show. Thank god she didn't find that I ripped up and destroyed the Best of show and class piece I did in middle school. Then I would've really been dead.
Also, avoid going to art competitions for a teacher when every time he talks to you on improving some thing, he keeps mentioning the word "competition". Then calls your mother as a last ditch effort on the last day to get registered just so he can have another warm body in the VASE competition (he yelled at my class for so few of us going, I would've yelled back if it weren't for the insubordination clause).
I took a one year break from Art Class my senior year in high school due to he pissed me off that much. During that time I actually improved my drawing (probably because all the pressure was gone) and I still am. I would've argued if it weren't for the insubordination rule my high school had. But he did it in a way, to with the rest of the class he seemed nice about it.
Thank you, I've been trying to improve my style to be semi-eastern (manga) and semi- western. I try to give character's emotions without overdoing it on detail or on the emotion. I like balance. So far my Omega Red sketch is the only recently progress I've scanned ( I have a couple of other, but i haven't finished them yet), I'm trying to draw my other characters to were all of them have an initial design. I've created a lot without a good full body sketch. Only head shots... I've been an evil creator to my characters.
"Avoid nit-picking: "Legs too short, arms too long, eyes to big and the head looks weird."
---ok, this is usually what people give, this is what I call "Nit-pick critque" it helps, but the help is minium. Before you give nit-pick critques, measure your own strength and understanding of the art terms, and give this kind of critques carefully."
I disagree... I think in order to give an artist direction, they need to see that their viewer sees everything that could be better in their work. I don't understand how this detailed critiquing would be detrimental to the artist.
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