I had drawn this goblin awhile ago and am now re-examining the illustration. At the time of its creation I was quite happy with how it came out (and to an extent I still am) but the critique got me thinking.
The only type of critique that is “bad” is the type where the artist learns nothing from the input of others and/or the critique is not held in a respectful nor objective manner. Therefore, a critique that may seem harsh or one that does not satisfy the artists ego (perhaps even does the opposite!), may end up being the most beneficial to that artist.
What I am trying to say is this: lots of feedback that may seem negative to the person receiving the crit, is actually really, really beneficial as long as it is given respectfully. Likewise, feedback not given respectfully or perhaps only giving feedback telling the artist what works for the piece, is not beneficial. Essentially, it is all about balance of feedback between what works and what does not in a piece.
Okay, I’m done blabbering about that. Now, let us talk about the work in question!
What I was focusing on while creating this illustration was composition, line variation/quality, background, anatomy, and depth. These are all elements that I have trouble with and wanted to improve. So, did I accomplish working on those elements? I think I did! Good job, me!
However! What did I forget about?
What about everything else? What about how to mix all of these elements to do the very things I was trying to do yet was separating? For example, I exaggerated the size difference between the main figure and the other goblin who hides behind the tree to create more depth and variation. But, I should have also pushed the line variation between foreground and background!
And do I have enough contrast? Well…I had thought I did at the time but after I didn’t look at it for a month I am thinking…no, I definitely do not!
Anyway, I still like the illustration but now I know what I can do better next time! Little bit of advice, take everything that is said to you in a crit into consideration, then think about it and decide for yourself if it holds truth. It may or it may not, it is really up to the artist and the artist’s intention. However, don’t just throw away feedback without thinking about it first! Critiques may bring you down if you don’t hear what you want but that is not the purpose of a crit.
The purpose of a crit is to help you improve and hone your skills!