Theres a difference between helpful and unhelpful criticism
Saying whats bad about a piece is not a FULL crit unless you follow it up with WHY it looks bad. u do the same thing when u say something looks good.
Unhelpful crit: That looks bad.
Somewhat helpful crit: That looks bad bc the shade of blue is too dark.
Helpful crit: That looks bad bc the shade of blue is too dark. It overpowers the other colors and doesn’t achieve the relaxing affect you said you wanted.
(A really helpful crit might go into ways u can FIX it, but that’s not always the case, and might not be ideal to hear from someone if they’re less experienced. It can also depend on how well u know an artist’s intent. The artist is still able to learn from this statement–they’ve learned their current choice is bad and why it’s bad.)
Unhelpful crit: That looks good.
Somewhat helpful crit: That looks good bc the shade of blue is very dark.
Helpful crit: That looks good bc the shade of blue is very dark. it compliments the other colors in your piece creating a relaxing mood, which was your aim.
(Many argue (me included) every crit needs a point to improve, but that can vary based on how experienced the person critting is, and, once again, knowing artist intent. The artist is still able to learn that their current choice is successful, and why.)
I see ‘this is what happens in art school’ ALL THE TIME when ppl are trying to defend their unhelpful (and downright nasty tbh) crits. My profs have literally stopped critique to lecture us when one of us gives an unhelpful crit, whether it was positive or negative. Just saying something is bad w/o explaining your reasoning would NOT hold up well to more serious professors.
Like, criticize/critique all u want, but realize unless you go into WHY you think a certain way, ur ‘crit’ is ultimately useless and easily disregarded.
((Extra art school tidbit, ‘bad’ and ‘good’ are just example words, a lot of profs dont even like you using either of those words lmao.))