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Mount Giant by mayshing

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. 
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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TasticDragon Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are all good tips to keep in mind. Thanks for writing this. 
mayshing Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Filmographer
^^ welcome.
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:)
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. ^^
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.
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
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 :)
mayshing Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
you are welcome. ^_^ 
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 :)
mayshing Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
1-3 sentence is about perfect size. ^_^ And thank you. 
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