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Mount Giant by mayshing



WHY:
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.




TIPS:
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. 
I have thought about this for a while.... in the early days on DA when it's not so convenient, comments are much more frequent, now it's so convenient, even with very popular artists they are not getting the quality of comments much either, if they are not, then its much less with the little ones starting up. Starving for feedback, got nothing, and left or give up, or get disappointed in the community. 


I noticed there's a trend of thought of "If I can't make a good meaningful comment, better just shut up."

It's my hope this article will help those who mean to comment, but couldn't get beyond one word, or one liner, to get to the next level and making your own comments reward you with new friendships, and new opportunities. 


We are artists, we will need the commenting skill especially for the art world. It will get you to places and even friendships, and favors if you know how to give good positive feedback. So comment away! 


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:iconfireforger:
fireforger Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for this! I always try to mention my favourite parts of a piece, now I have more ideas to add to my comments! I want to continue trying to avoid being that person who just sits there and says "cool" all the time.
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TasticDragon Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are all good tips to keep in mind. Thanks for writing this. 
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Filmographer
^^ welcome.
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talisath Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You make good points:) I usually comment on other people's artwork, though I sometimes tend to forget it, especially if it's an artis I've faved many times, and who's work I really like, so they're not so much to say anymore. But, I still try to leave a praise, if nothing else:)
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mayshing Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
for popular/established artists, I think they are mostly looking for people who believe in the character/story/world they have created. ^^ 
Or people with skills paring their own to give them technical feedback. 

Words like "awesome" or technical praise "You did the face/body/hands/pose so well" mean a bit less to them from random stranger.
Technical praise means more to a practicing artist who's trying to achieve perfection. :) 

But a lot of practicing artist's praise to established artists are technical related,
which they can appreciate but most likely won't find what they are looking for. 

My 2 cents. ^^
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:icontalisath:
talisath Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I think your right. Like I said, I mostly tend to leave a comment, though not always.
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Filmographer
me neither. Used to do it more when I don't keep 5-6 part time jobs. lol
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:iconxong:
xong Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Artist
very good points :), good guide for people who have hard time expressing their feelings (due to lack of communicating skills)while commenting on an artworks (like me X'D) Thank you :)
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
you are welcome. ^_^ 
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EchizensGirl Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for pointing out that the comments do not need to be long.
I tend to only make 1-3 sentence comments, and I tend to get a lot of feedback or interaction from others that way.
I like to make comments to hopefully make the artist feel good, or to encourage
This is a good journal :)
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
1-3 sentence is about perfect size. ^_^ And thank you. 
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Queen-Soulia Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Long comments make me crinch. A simple awesome is fine..
Everything I say is gold so pay heed.

I thank everybody for using their eye-balls to look at my page. It is the least I can do
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
lol agree super long comments can be daunting to read but I usually try to chew them down cuz the other person spent so long to writing it. Probably hours. XD

Good to know you can be happy with just page views/eye-balls, that's one grateful heart. :) 
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Queen-Soulia Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
When I am busy I do not have time to read long comments. I save them and get to read it some other time. Suggestion : Fast answer, shorter comments
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CardinalCompanion Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this journal is going to get the best comments due to the nature of the journal.
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
LOL thanks.
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:iconcardinalcompanion:
CardinalCompanion Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Single words praise really does hold little weight"
"LOL thanks."
... Well um, you are welcome, I guess! Woohoo!
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
i don't think i need to make everyone of my reply comments meaningful unless there's more to discuss. La la la la Pardon my lack of humor, I have trouble replying with humor if I wanted to, so here's a funny icon: Lovely Shoujo (My kawaii cheeks) [V3] 
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:iconcardinalcompanion:
CardinalCompanion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is the most perfect answer.

I know it's not your job to be the meaningful one. I was just enjoying the irony.
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
figured you were teasing. Glad the answer worked for you. lol
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UsagiYogurt Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a nice reminder. Thanks for posting this.
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delta-why Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
this is very helpful! i think this will help a lot of artists and appreciators out there to make better comments for a better community as you mentioned. thank you for writing this! (:
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
:) you are welcome. 
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Thank you very much for writing this down. I can agree with comments making the community a better place. I've met some great people on dA thanks to the comment system, and I hope to be able to continue that (although it's kind of watered down comment-wise these days).
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I didn't think I would need to do something like this. But I felt the need as community changes to give people, whoever willing, a reminder why spending a bit of extra time for others is good for us too. ^_^
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LOSTgnosis Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student General Artist
I have had some fun conversations with Stjepan Sejic a few times over the yrs.  Nice guy, doesn't bite the hand that feed him.
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
good for you. :) 
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LOSTgnosis Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student General Artist
:)
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BornWithTheSun Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Great ideas! :) I try to leave thoughtful comments, but sometimes I feel like I'm just copypasting the same old comment on multiple deviations. This will give me something to chew on. Thanks! :)
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
its an exercise of the brain to think up different things to say. lol
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:iconbornwiththesun:
BornWithTheSun Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, definitely! :) It takes more time but it's so much more meaningful to the artist when you post personal comments on the art that they spent so much time on. It's worth it in my opinion. :)
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Def agree. ^_^
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mcaputo123187 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student
This is soo very true what you wrote here. When I get 1/2 word comments on my stuff I'm like "why do I even bother". I'm soo glad you did this ^^*
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mayshing Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
share/repost at will. :) Lets all make this community enjoyable for us all.
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mcaputo123187 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student
Already did ^^*
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metonnika Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for writing this inspiring journal post. This is something I've been thinking a lot about because I feel like it's rare when people get comments in art galleries. Most people just fave which is awesome, but it's always nice to know what people love about the art. I also like to talk and make friends to fellow artist too.  :)
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mayshing Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
When getting into pro world, you will find giving comments really helps career too. :) Best wishes and thank you. 
DA overall is a very nice community, when there's feedback we will all visit more often so I'm hoping comments ratio can go up. XD
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Trickster91 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is very helpful. I always make a comment on every piece I favorite (and then some). I try to add more than just "pretty" or "cool". My thinking is that I like to have people comment on my stuff so in turn I make a habit of commenting on others. Just sometimes I can have a heard time making a meaningful comment. But this really helps give me something to think about. :)
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mayshing Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
that's great. ^^ May you get lots of meaningful comment coming your way. 
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