Making one's comment meaningful and making it count has many benefits, especially in the art world.
Single words praise really does hold little weight, and just not making any comment also don't earn anyone anything, so bringing it up another level is good for both the artist, and the appreciator.
1. It starts conversations, and make friends:
When you comment on people's work around, not limited
to the artists you admire but also artists you can buddy with on different levels, you will find yourself rich with many art friends to discuss your own work and joy with. You will also find this skill useful when you make it into the professional world where you would be making comments to make connections.
2. Gets comments for your own work:
when you give people meaningful comments that rewards them, you can ask for feedback for your own work easier, because you have invested in their work first. If you cold-call it's harder to get the same favor back. Many times you don't need to even ask, they will be looking to your way.
3. Make the community much more enjoyable
: we all enjoy an active community that encourages, and guide one another with kind words and understanding.
1. Talk about how the artwork "feels" to you:
if you observe the artist is trying to communicate a mood, or a feel, talk about what it means to you personally when you see it. If they see their intention has communicated, they will be very happy. Even if it didn't, you will seem like an interesting person.
2. Talk about the area that took the most work technically to achieve or execute:
the other person will be happy to know their time spent, and attention to detail is noticed and appreciated.
3. Talk about the one little area you appreciate personally
If you don't see anything else from point 1-2, use 3.
4. Appreciate what the artist is trying to achieve,
and discuss where they actually are and what else they can do to get where they want to go. This perspective is very suited for artists in study.
5.Thank them for their time and effort, and let them know how it helps you
Especially for people sharing some useful information on tutorials. This one is pretty straight forward, simply because they really don't have to do it, so its a favor to the community that they are sharing.
6. Make up your own short story from the artwork
, this option is very entertaining for both sides. If you are a creative writer, definitely do that!
Lastly, the feedback doesn't need to be long to count, it doesn't need to be a paragraph, it doesn't need to take 1-2 hours, it doesn't need to be a well informed critique, it can be even just one sentence, all it needs to do is show that you care. When you care, others care about you too. It's just that simple. (But if you did the above 5 points your comment would be a paragraph already. lol)
Any additional thoughts to add to this welcomed.