Monday, July 8, 2019

How To Overcome Criticism of Your Art

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Criticism of our art stings. Last week I shared some solid advice from artists I admire.   The second question I asked them was, how do you overcome criticism.  

Every answer included one specific thing and that is to keep creating!   Others may have their opinion on how good your art is but the most important aspect of creating is the feedback you feel from yourself when you are drawing, painting, doodling, and making what you make!

Drawing is not a superpower, it is a skill that can be learned. The only way to learn that skill to do it more often. I like to say that you aren’t going to get worse, the more you draw, the better it become. This in and of itself can overcome the criticism.  

How to overcome criticism:

1. Take time to reflect on where it cans from:
“I’ve had my work criticized over the years and the way I respond today is very different than years ago.  I try to separate my work from my personal feelings.  It is not a criticism of me as a person.  I try to get to the heart of what has been said and ask if it is genuine and can it benefit me.  If not, I just let it go and move on.”

2. Surround yourself with people who enjoy your art. 
. I prefer to create art for the people who are connecting with it and not focus on the ones who don't. It hurts to receive criticism, but all you can do is listen and try to learn from it. But, most importantly, focus on the people who do connect with your art and continually create with them in mind.”

3. Remember the joy of creating. 

Holly Nichols replied:
I typically overcome it by just creating more work! Not everyone will like my work, but I’m an artist first and foremost because it serves my spirit, not to please others. The joy that it brings some, is just an added benefit!”

4. Your supporters input may help you improve 

Brittany Fuson pointed out:

There will always be critics. I try to ignore them as much as possible, but welcome feedback in terms of what type of designs my loyal followers want to see more of. If it's criticism about the overall look of my signature style, they are not my target audience. I want a following of people who love the art and everything I'm creating, not critics of it. I try to use criticism as fuel to be better and do better without catering to their pettiness. “

5.  Taking photos of your art can help to see it with fresh eyes. 

Ivy Newport explained:

As I mentioned, if it is Nonconstructive criticism - I might wince a bit and feel a little hurt but then I have to remember the source. If it's based on someone's personal opinion then that's not really what I'm looking for anyway. Your ego will be a bit bruised but MOVE ON.

If it's Constructive criticism from a trusted friend, family member or mentor, then 
listen closely and try and see what they see. You may need to even take a photo of your work to see it with fresh eyes! I do this all the time with my phone and often see errors that I didn't see before. Consider good constructive criticism like that...a pair of fresh eyes with fresh insight
into the development of your work. It doesn't mean that this person is 100% right or that you absolutely have to do what they say. Just consider it. Think about it and ask yourself, how can I use this information to improve my work. Be humble enough to keep learning all the way through the process.”

6. Let your feelings out in a new piece. 

Carolyn Dube told me:
That’s where the art supplies come in very handy.  I art it out to some loud music.  I art out the good, the bad, and the ugly feelings.  Many times when words from a stranger have hurt -after acting it out I see more clearly why it hurt so much.  The biggest culprit for me is because it was something I was afraid was true- and in that moment, I took it as proof that I am a fraud, not good enough, heck, insert any big sweeping statements about my worth as a human.  

But after scribbling out my feelings, letting go with color, I begin to see it differently. Either the hurt goes down or the fire goes up.  Once the feelings have had their say, ifit was from a stranger or acquaintance, or was just an unhelpful criticism, I can let it go and laugh about it.  If it was from a trusted friend or it was constructive criticism plus there are valid things that I agree with that need further investigation, then the fire heats up inside of me to decide what actions to take to improve what I do.

7. Practice makes progress

“Best way to overcome anything is to prove them wrong, right? Get even better than you are now!”

How do you overcome criticism? 

I’d like to say a big thank you to every artist that responded to my messages and allowed me to quote them.  I appreciate every ounce of wisdom and encouragement. It makes me admire your work ever more 💜

Monday, July 1, 2019

How To Cope With Criticism

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As an artist, showing our work to anyone opens the door to criticism. It’s not easy because everyone sees things differently and so making art feels like a part of ourself.
It always crosses my mind, “what if they don’t like it?” A lot of times I’m shocked when I get a compliment because I’m hardest on myself.

I assume every artist has faced insecurity over what someone else might think.  I’m pretty sure everyone has had someone say something negative about their art. Its not fun to experience. It’s very easy to wallow in and keep repeating  in your mind, especially the next time you attempt to make something.

Knowing criticism is something all artist have faced, the question of how do we react to criticism has been on my mind.  I thought it’d be really cool to ask some artists I admire how they have dealt with criticism?

I was really surprised by the response and enjoyed reading their thoughts.  There are a few common threads and every one of them had something important and encouraging to say.

1. Everyone has different taste. 

     I love how Evelyn Henson put it: 

I love the saying "you can be be the most amazing piece of pizza and there's still going to be the person who doesn't like pizza." That's true of everything: Taylor Swift songs, ice cream flavors, etc. “

Roben-Marie echoed the thought: 
“It is hard to take when our work is criticized.  We create from the heart and sharing it can be scary and there will be many who don’t get it and others who will be envious of our talent. It hurts because we think it is an attack on us as a person.  Simply put, criticism can make me doubt my abilities.”

2.  Asses what you (and the other person) views as good drawing. 
   Brittany Fuson replied: 
 “Educators should be nothing but encouraging, especially when it comes to art and creativity. I think there's a space for every type of art, but sometimes we need  to change our mindset of what "drawing well" looks like! I think that's an open-ended line and means something different to everyone. Now that I have a signature style identified,I definitely do illustrations that don't seem as "good" as others, but that's per my critical eye.”
Holly Nichols assured:  
“I had a lot of discouraging art teachers growing up. It’s incredible that they exist in what should be such a freeing space, but they unfortunately do!

It took me a long time to not dwell upon or be offended by criticism. I guess now it happens so frequently to me, I either just laugh at it or reply to the comment with a “Thank you for your opinion!” lol. I don’t know why but somehow over time I just stopped caring! “

3. Realize not everyone will get your art style 
Carolyn Dube commented:
“Not everyone is going to “get” your art or your style.  And they don’t have to - plenty of people don’t understand Jackson Pollock’s work and yet his paintings sell for millions and hang in prestigious museums.   That said, no matter who you are, it stings to have your art criticized.  But is it like a little insect bit of an irritation or is it like a great white shark taking a big bit out of you?”

4. Understand some people are simply unhappy and take it out on others. 

   Riley Sheehey said: 
“I think that in my experience, it’s really important to find a way to identify whether a critique is helpful or not. I get critiqued all of the time when I’m working with clients, and although it always stings to hear that there’s something someone wants you to change in your work, if the person is coming from a place where they’re kind about it, it can be really helpful to hear another person’s feedback, and it can help me make better artwork!
However, if someone is being continually discouraging and negative without anything positive to say (I used to teach art, and we called it a “compliment sandwich,” ha- pointing out something specific that you like about a students’ work, pointing out an area they could change to make even better, and ending with another positive), then it’s best to be polite, but not to engage with them, and to ignore them and move on. It sounds harsh, but when someone is continually criticizing you/your work, it’s not about or because of you or your work, it’s because they’re unhappy with themselves 
and feel like spreading that unhappiness/discontent to other people is going to make 
them feel better (it won’t.) If someone posts a negative comment on an Instagram 
post, I delete it. If someone messages me something discouraging, I block them. I know that a lot of artists and people handle this differently, but for me, we don’t owe anyone a place to air their grievances!”

5. There is non-constructive criticism & constructive criticism.  
   Ivy Newport hit it home:
 Obviously, no one really enjoys criticism however, I learned, through many, many critique sessions in Art school that we can learn from objective and constructive criticism. This can improve our sense of composition, form, style, color and overall skill. The important part is to listen to the criticism and then discern whether it is constructive or not. Non-constructive criticism might sound like - "I don't get it?" That's ugly." I don't like it. That is really weird. It's too sad. Etc. This kind of criticism expresses an individuals personal and subject response to a piece of art. It is purely based on their own life experiences, emotions, limitations, beliefs, and opinions. In other words, it's not really relevant to the progression of your art. Ignore this stuff. Like for real. Nod and move on. Ask someone else, someone who actually values your art and better yet has some understanding of art and it's principles.

Constructive criticism sounds like this...
"I think you might need to tighten up your composition."
"That bright red circle is distracting to the main focal point."
"You didn't quite get that leg in proportion to the body. Try looking at your reference image again."
"That bright white space at the bottom of the work is leading my eye right off the canvas and away from the figure, did you intend for that?"

Do you see the difference? It's important to understand just what KIND of criticism you are getting.

Carolyn Dube always talked about constructive/non-constructive: 
How deeply it hurts, and how much weight I give to it depends on who is doing the criticizing and how they do it.  If it is a trusted friend then that is different from an acquaintance or someone I don’t even know.  And how they deliver it is a big deal.  If it shames, belittles, or is dismissive, then it’s not constructive criticism. 

If it is constructive and informative, meant to help me see it from another perspective then I give it some thought.  If it’s just a harsh and judgmental  comment with no substance then it says more about them than it does me. That’s the logical, 
intellectual, but it still hurts.  Sometimes a lot.

Inslee Fariss  responded:
  What an interesting question... I think that criticism of art often feels like criticism of self. It's hard to separate the two. However, it is important to listen to it and not dismiss it off the bat, there's usually some validity there and an opportunity to grow and push yourself.

Hearing criticism is never easy, but I hope we all can be comforted that no one is alone.  We have the choice of whether or not we listen to it. Learning how to decipher constructive criticism can be very empowering and help us grow into better artists.  

The other questions I asked them was- how to overcome criticism?  I’ll post their suggestions next week. 

How do you react  when you are criticized? 

Monday, June 24, 2019

Sketchworthy Reads- Simply Stine

Simply Stine is a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog run by Christine.   The overall focus of her blog is beauty but she likes to talk plus-size fashion and approachable lifestyle. 

Christine spent over 10 years working in the spa industry. As she worked at a spa she was able to see how woman left their treatments with their heads held high.  She wanted to bring that feeling to girls and woman everywhere.  

 Christine was also an avid beauty blog reader.  She decided to start a blog herself implementing all the tips and tricks from work.  Her mission is to educate us on what works and encourage us to embrace who we are. 

As I’ve followed Christine what I’ve liked most is how approachable she is.  She gives of her knowledge, is thorough, and breaks it all down. Plus, Christine and her friend, Lindsay, have started a new podcast called, Influenced

Do you follow Simply Stine ?

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Artists Who Inspire- Mindy Lacefield

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Mindy Lacefield is a mixed media artist, teacher, blogger, and YouTuber.  Her art is intended to capture nostalgia and bring back the joy we had as a child. Her art is often based off of toys from the 70s and 80s, especially strawberry shortcake.  

The best part is her work doesn’t look like it’s something from the 70s or 80s.   The colors and layers are very vibrant and the way she adds in little memories from them can’t help but make you smile.    My favorites of hers are CandyLand and Strawberry Shortcake. 

She is always using new supplies and every painting is filled with different mediums, truly embracing the idea of mixed media!  All of the layers creates a lot of texture and almost leaves a rustic look. I say almost because there’s so much color it’s more of a rustic rainbow!  

Mindys approach to art is that if embracing your inner eight year.  Go easy on yourself and love what comes out. Embrace your mistakes and realize that every accident is a happy accident.  Setting aside perfectionism help us become fearless in our artistic approach.

Mindy’s website offers a variety of  classes. Her Etsy shop is filled her prints, stickers, and pouches. She is also a regular teacher at Tangie Baxter’s  Art Journaling the Magic workshops. 

Check out Mindy’s art, her approach will warm your heart. Follow Mindy on Instagram

Monday, June 10, 2019

Faber Castell Aquarelle Review

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Faber Castell Aquarelle Pencils  offer the opportunity to turn your drawing into a painting. They are watercolor colored pencils meaning they come in pencil form and write like a pencil but with  the swipe of a wet paintbrush your drawing turns into a painting! Similar to Jane Davenport’s ColorSticks  or NeoColor 2’s but the Faber Castell Aquarelle’s are a pencil and not a crayon. 

 They come in a sturdy tin of twenty four.  Opening them up you are greeted with an array of pretty colors. The pencils come in a triangle shape making them easier on the hands and also easier to pick up.

The idea behind watercolor pencils is to be able to add precise detail you wouldn’t be able to get straight from a brush. They are water soluble so your lines will blend right in with your regular watercolor. Almost like dehydrated watercolor in stick form.

You can use them as you would a colored pencil or color and draw with them and go over them with a wet brush.  I was excited to try them.  

 As I played I realized, the key to watercolor pencils is knowing how you want to use them. As well as  being able to control the amount of water to get the desired affect.  

If you color a large swatch and go over it directly with water the swatch will turn out nicely pigmented. The Aquarelles have a number of pretty purples and blues that are really good for this. 

If you draw a thin or medium line and the put a lot of water on it, the line will dissolve quickly and anything around it will be pale. 

It all comes down to how you use them. There is a lot ability to shade with watercolor pencils. First color a spot and dissolve it with water. Then add a little extra water to the side of it  and draw some of the watercolor until the water. The color will lighten and your left with a swatch going from dark to light.  

The   pencils are also really helpful for details that are more delicate and easily messed up with a brush. Draw details right on top of your dry watercolor and dissolve with a damp brush. 

Faber Castel Aquarelle Pencils are fun to play with and offer a lot of variety. 

Have you tried watercolor colored pencils? What did you think of them? 

Monday, June 3, 2019

Spring/Summer ‘19 Roundup

Twice a year designers gather in New York City to show their newest collections at Fashion Week.   I love to look through the pictures online because there’s endless inspiration. I never have the time or energy to draw everything. 

Seeing the creativity  is really invigorating.  I end up in awe of the fabrics, colors, and details. 

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite looks from Spring/Summer ‘19 runway shows.

Brandon Maxwell

Sprinkle on glitter blog// spring/summer 19/ Brandon maxwell

Sprinkle on glitter blog// spring/summer 19/  Zac Posen

Sprinkle on glitter blog// spring/summer 19/  Reem Acra

Sprinkle on glitter blog// spring/summer 19/ Lela Rose

Sprinkle on glitter blog// spring/summer 19/  Oscar de la renta

Do you have any favorite Spring/Summer dresses?