posted on Oct, 27 2013 @ 07:36 AM
reply to post by boymonkey74
Art is subjective and there is no absolute "this is good and this is bad'".
Just shades of in-between.
You don't have to lie but there are ways to deliver one's opinion that can either encourage or discourage.
For instance if someone's drawing looked flat instead of saying "it doesn't have any depth" you can tell them it would "pop out more with some more
work on the shading".
If you are developed enough as an artist you should be able to point out the elements that aren't working as well as others.
You are fortunate to be made of thicker skin than many and didn't give up when people were harsh about your work.
Those that need to do art the most are often those who feel things deeply and are very sensitive.
I'm just asking to keep that in mind.
Thank you for your compliment, it is appreciated.
But it's hard to accept it if it's made by way of negative comparison to someone else.
If someone says "this is the best painting ever" they mean it's their
effort so far.
A lack of agreeing opinions is enough to clue them in if it needs a lot more work.
A lack of responding posts will give them the same message.
People should take pride in their efforts though.
So If I can't find a way to be encouraging I just say nothing.
edit on 27-10-2013 by Asktheanimals because: added comment