As time passes here it seems people comment less. I suspect it has something to do with this community growing so unbelievably huge and everyone just feels like a tiny blip on the radar- but it makes me sad. Really very sad. Because comments are awesome and everyone should have an over-abundance of them. I know I can't change everyone's mind on the matter, but I really want to make a difference in the community as far as communication goes.
So, here is five reasons why you (yes, you) should comment MOAR!
1. It lets the artist know what they're doing right.
Who cares if a dozen people say the same thing. It shouldn't give you a reason to feel silenced. If an artist hears the same thing over and over it reaffirms that they did something well, and to keep on that track.
2. It's personal. It lets the artist know you're really looking.
There's nothing I love more than hearing what goes on inside someone's head when they see my stuff. Simple or not, it means something to me. It's also nice to know that the favs weren't just meaningless (it's an impersonal system) and that my art left some kind of impact on the people viewing.
3. You've taken time out of your busy day to let an artist know you appreciate what they do.
And that is really, really awesome. I love comments of all shapes and sizes for this reason. Life is busy, so if someone stops to appreciate something I've created it really makes my day. Silent appreciation will still make many of us feel ignored.
4. It helps you organize your thoughts and know what you like.
I might see something an artist has done that has impressed me, and I want to comment further on it, so in order to do that I have to ask myself why it impresses me. I've found commenting has caused many artistic epiphanies this way.
5. It gets you noticed.
Spreading the comment love means people are more likely to come across you. In a big community like this, it's one of the best ways to get your name out there. And you'll not only be known for being an awesome artist, but an awesome person too!
Some awesome comment examples!
Here are some examples of effective comments people have left on my work that I believe illustrate quite well that you don't have to write an essay. I won't add links to the pictures the comments were on because I find it irrelevant; this is more to show what kind of things there are to say about an artwork and all the different ways there are to say it.
"Oh my lord. time well spent for sure. this is fantastic. her proportions are really nice, and her hands are super well done. the detail on her clothing is great, doesnt feel too busy or anything. the colors feel like they go really well together, its just a really coherent piece with a real voice." ~rejecttemptation
"I absolutely love this. The lighting, the texture, the view itself." ~Klage
"Jeez, I really don't know how you create such clean drawings. Your coloring really brings out the lines. And it looks amazing too!" *ChaserTech
"the wings look fantastic, they look like they're made of translucent heavenly light. i also love the detail on Gabe's tail snap. gorgeous color choices, Amzarah's dress i wish i owned, and... just fantastic. i bet it feels good to finish something this involved after a block, too.
Gabe's new horn style... just noticed it. TOPS." ~sparkpenguin
"A shame you don't like it. Then again we artists are always unsatisfied with our work. I rather like the grittiness and slimyness of the pic. One can only imagine what unspeakable horror he's just committed, or what's going on through his head!" ~Fruitso
"This is really good! I like how the texture of the skin looks slippery. Nice colour scheme and detail!" !furawatchi23
I know what it's like to feel as though your efforts are wasted, but you'll find that the people who really do appreciate your efforts make it worthwhile. So please, for the sake of many artists out there like me who strive off feedbback, please don't let this get you down.
A really useful guide on constructive criticism can be found here by `RipfangDragon for further reading if you are interested.
You make excellent points. After all, if nobody comments, it kind of leaves you feeling crummy about your artwork. They also provide the best advice on how to improve artwork, and sometimes, you can gain some of the best conversations to read over and over and laugh about that way (that is, if you're a replier like me).
This...this is pure win. I agree with all of this. I even spoke about it and added a link to it in my journal just now.
This is why I always make sure to leave a comment whenever I fave a pic. I always admire the great skills artists show here on this site and I let let them know that their hard work has not gone unnoticed. Thanks for taking the time to address this.
This is really awesome! I couldn't agree more. My pieces average at somewhere between 200-300 views total before people stop seeing them and out of all those views there are normally about three different people who comment on them and people rarely seem to give critiques either and I find it really hard to grow as an artist because of this. I try to almost always try and comment on something that I come across and appreciate. It really is nice to hear peoples' thoughts on your pieces and to know that people actually appreciate them. I'm really glad there is someone else who feels the same way.
It would be hard to find people to comment on prose, because it's such a small side of this site. And because people hate reading, it's hard to find people who even read descriptions, AND THAT SUCKS. The internet has created a whole new breed of ADDs lol.
Favs are alright but thesedays they don't mean much (although when accompanied by a comment they give me warm fuzzies.) You can fav from the front page without even looking at stuff- heaps of people just drag whatever is on the front page into their favs without actually visiting the picture, and they do it for attention.
So favs are nice and all but...yeah. I dunno, same reason I dislike llama badges. Impersonal and don't amount to all that much when looked at how people abuse them.
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