mitatell said: Do you think critique helps even if you’re not super serious in the art field and more of an amateur with no real plans on being professional?
Good question. I break the professional art world into two large categories. Illustration and Concept. This is way over-simplified, but I’ll give you the distinction: Concept goes to another artist such as a 3D modeler or animator while Illustration is designed to stand on its own for consumption.
Things such as anatomy, form, readability, presentation, etc are universal principals. These are the criteria that I personally judge things. I think that anyone that wants to improve should get objective feedback from anyone they can.
However, if you do the same thing long enough and you will get a fanbase for it. There’s great strength in having a brand that is instantly recognizable. I’m sure you can think of a webcomic or two that doesn’t have the greatest technical skill, but is also memorable in its own way. I can neither judge nor predict that.