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November 30, 2013


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Journal Entry: Sat Nov 30, 2013, 11:00 AM


So I've been thinking about writing this for awhile, and recently I noticed a lot of people are commenting in ways that can make the artist feel uncomfortable. 

This journal is about commenting etiquette.
If you comment like this I'm not mad. Please don't feel like im targeting anyone or anything- it's just something I've noticed a ton of people do.

comment etiquette

to start out, I'd like to show you some of the types of comments I see A LOT 

the self-pity comment
"This is really pretty. I'll never be able to draw like this I'm awful at drawing"

this is the most awkward way to get attention- the artist feels pressured to give you attention and compliment you. This can be super hard on the artist. 

INSTEAD, make it positive!
"This is really pretty. I've always wanted to draw like this. Maybe if you had time, could you critique my work?"

the jokester comment
"wow such doge such great"

at first this comment is kind of funny. But usually when one joke is made many people tend to follow along. I've seen art with 10 joke comments and only 2 actually comments. Please use comments to actually comment, not to just make fun of it.
(okay with good friends though)

the denier
replies "no I suck at art" when you compliment them.

NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER EVER say no to a compliment. This is only okay when you know the person really well and you are joking. When you do this you are pretty much telling the complimenter that they have bad taste. You are also making it a waste of their time to comment. Just accept it.

the cheapskate
"this is too expensive"

first of all let me just say that this is the WORST.
Minimum wage in my state is 8.50 an hour. That means that a lot of worked is UNDERPRICED. Even if someone is selling stick figured for 100$ don't say anything. 

the comparison
"hey this looks just like___"

no no no no no no no no just NO. Even if this is meant as a compliment this IS NEVER going to come out the right way. People WANT original art. You are pretty much telling them that you think they copied someone else. THIS IS NEVER A COMPLIMENT GUYS.

and lastly:
the cruel critiquer
"your color choice is ugly. That hand is badly drawn."

If you are going to critique work, never ever just state what is wrong. State what you like, what could be changed and (important) how they could change it. If you have the time link them examples, tutorials, references, anything!


3 rules of commenting:

1. Keep it positive! 
Make the artist smile! Comments shouldn't be used for hate.

2. Use somewhat good grammer. 
no one wants to have to decode your comment! 

3. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. 
maybe you really hate that person right now and all you want to do is tell them to die in a hole. NEVER DO THIS. EVER. If I find out you told someone to die, I will personally find you and beat you up. (okay no I won't but still) Some people take their comments very seriously and it can be extremely hard on them.



is getting old.


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BabyFaceCrossbones Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so true. I really do feel that a lot of the comments I'm actually seeing are counter productive to the purpose of what comments are meant to be. D.A. is a tool that is there for the purpose of helping artists grow in their ability to carry out the creative process. Here I've learned the importance of things like presentation and making yourself understood visually and have been incorporating that into my work. However, I am guilty of leaving comments like "cute or very cool " on other people's deviations because I've seen so many others do so. 
Redfeathercat Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
The self-pity one's are so annoying. You always have to reply with something like, "Don't 
Say that! Your art`s so amazing!" But really, it's like they want you to say something like, "lol yeah mines better"
NoaQep Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional General Artist

is getting old.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SAYING THIS. There has been too many times where the only comments I get are "cute" or "how cute" or "aww" AND THAT'S IT. THAT IS IT.
I'll be glad to hear WHY it's cute, not just that you think it's cute and then RUN AWAY NEVER TO BE SEEN OR HEARD FROM AGAIN.
KonoeitheWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said. Perfect.
SnowStarStripes Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

And you know what else I hate? "I like this but I wish you would draw....." comments. It's like they're thinking "I complimented you so now you're obligated to draw me something"
Sulfate-free Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
yes sorry yes
I do get lazy with comments for friends and I kind of think the jokester comment is appropriate for friends in the right situations?? You feel??? But yeah i completely agree girl
Magicpawed Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes I completely agree!!
TheGirlArtLover Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I cant believe people really complain about money.. thats BAD! I mean, too expensive for you, WELL DONT BUY IT! because the other people in the other side of the screen dedicates to this (make beautiful pieces of art) and maybe something else, and they broke their spines working on this stuffs, and making people happy but they need money too! Anyways, thanks for the journal, everybody appreciates that someone do this.. now i know i shouldnt ever compare (new tip XD)
Adorable icon, gets perfect with your personality (compliment, of course XD)! taking advantage that I am here.. Could you, please!!! if you know, give me one of two links of goods tutorial of how to make one? I would thank you if can.. i would thank you anyways :D
Andilizi Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I completely agree with all of this. Minimum wage in your state is awesome compared to mine! 
MysticalSquad Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student Artist
Thank you! Llama Emoji 21 (Speechless) [V1] 
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