Without someone viewing your work, you are the vacum, Creating for yourself is great, but 90 percent of the time, you will need another person outside of your own eyes to view the work and give feedback. In snoody art terms, this is called a critique. There are lots of ways to analize art. Spoiler alert...
(this is also a large part of what art school is about)
TYPES OF CRITIQUES
Methods to the Madness of Critical Observation
Personal One on One Critique
Group Critique With Other Artist
Online Critique With Written Feedback
Critique From An Artist or Critic You Admire
How to Grow As An Artist From A Critique
Taking feedback from your work can be a great exercise, once you know how to apply the feedback constructively.
Start By Really Listening
To get started Listen you will be surprised by what you might hear. Look at the body language of how the viewer is responding to your work of art. Observe what is said and what is brushed over ...pun intended, for example Pay Attention - to how certain explanations take longer, more pauses or softer words, try to mind read. How are they interpreting your work of art?
Take Notes By Hand
Take your notes by hand. Alternatively you can use an app on your phone to record feedback in the form of audio files. Remember, this will not capture their body language or facial responses. Make little sketches or doodles to remember subtle details.
Back To The Drawing Board
To finalize your critique be sure you are ready to make your edits or changes to your work of art. Some edits may involve painting out, painting over, erasing parts, starting over, or rethinking the compostion entirely.Do not scrap the entire idea, you will need a place to refer back to things that worked, things to avoid, or things that need to be redone. Often times several edits will be ready to happen first - while some near the end may be more subjective and up to your personal vision as an artist. Take note however of any aesthetical choices that are hindering the emotional response of your work. Also realize what is helping to further enhance your art works interpretation and turn up those elements more if needed.
Simply: to make you better, to improve your process, your work of art, or your approach to the subject in general.
- Improve as an artist and critic
- Increase your subtle details that are working
- Eliminate hinderances to your art
- Sharpen and refine your technique
- Understand how others are responding
- Become a better visual problem solver