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by Oly-RRR

This is very whimsical work. I especially like the highly stylized hills, although I'[m not entirely certain that I like the way they s...

I myself am not an artist who draws in the anime/manga style but I think that I can provide some opinion and guidance based on what I'm...

by pikaole

The first thing which crosses my mind when I view this piece is that it is a really good example of how a subject can be stylized. I te...

I'm always fond to find an artist who has ventured out of their comfort zone to try something different; it's always important to chall...

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Celtic Knot Zoomorphic- Rats by realitysquared Celtic Knot Zoomorphic- Rats :iconrealitysquared:realitysquared 87 25 I'm Here for the Long Term by realitysquared I'm Here for the Long Term :iconrealitysquared:realitysquared 1,668 248 I Support Policy by realitysquared I Support Policy :iconrealitysquared:realitysquared 48 114 Optical Illusions I by realitysquared Optical Illusions I :iconrealitysquared:realitysquared 77 34 realitysquared deviantID IV by realitysquared realitysquared deviantID IV :iconrealitysquared:realitysquared 7 13 Black Rites Wallpaper Pack by realitysquared Black Rites Wallpaper Pack :iconrealitysquared:realitysquared 14 8 Black Rites by realitysquared Black Rites :iconrealitysquared:realitysquared 25 13 Simplicity by realitysquared Simplicity :iconrealitysquared:realitysquared 5 12 realitysquared deviantID III by realitysquared realitysquared deviantID III :iconrealitysquared:realitysquared 2 13

Giving Feedback

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 12, 2014, 5:58 PM

So, over the years I've occasionally realized that I'm not terribly active in the community; the various responsibilities and tasks that I have cross my desk every day have sort of moved me into the background of the site; my commenting got fewer and farther apart and the same can be said for my journals and I've definitely become one of those "drive-by Favorites givers" where I just :+fav: and don't comment.

And I'm sure that most of you know the deal; you figure you'll make more of an effort to connect but then those sixteen things over there need your attention first and next thing you know it six months later and you still haven't taken that first step to really get out there into the community.

I imagine that among you people are those who are "here" but not really "here interacting" and I'd wager that even you guys interacting probably have a good chunk of you who have insulated yourself into your own little niche group and rarely step outside that comfort zone.

Well, a couple of weeks ago I started my determined effort and I actually got out there browsing and I managed to ignore the little voice that told me that I probably had other things to be doing long enough to look through a bunch of deviations and journals and things.

I'm certain that it probably comes as no surprise to a lot of you that there is a marked lack of any real feedback. Oh, there's certainly a lot of praise and congratulations on a job well done but you don't see much by way of actual critique; you know, that stuff where you not only say that you like something but you explain a little bit about why you like it and if you don't like it you explain why you don't like it.

No doubt everybody likes to be told that you like what they did but you can help out so much more by explaining why you like what they did; and if you don't like what they did you should tell them that and why as well.

And if you decide to tell them why you don't like their work there's no reason to be mean-spirited about it. You all have probably seen at least one of those types; they get fed up with what they consider to be too much vapid, meaningless mutual back slapping so they decide that they need to balance it with "brutally honest critique" (which tends to be code for just being a jerk).


What I decided is that I will set aside time in my day to browse new submissions and leave comments on a few every day at least five days a week. The number of deviations which get my attention won't be very large because I simply don't have that sort of free time but I will be making the effort and when I make that effort I will be leaving meaningful commentary.

If I like what I see I'll tell you what and why I like it.

If I don't like what I see I'll tell you what and why I don't like it and tell you my personal opinion of what you should try next time.

I will always end with something positive to say about the work and if I can't find something positive to say about it I will reconsider leaving any comment at all because if you can't encourage an artist in some minute fashion then all your comment will be doing is discouraging them and I think there are enough people out there who can do that job and I don't need to add to their number.

So if you've read this journal down this far I'd like to take the opportunity to challenge you to take a look at your own activity.

Are you one of those who always puts off commenting? When you comment do you find yourself sticking to your niche or your close friends? Do you find yourself typing "Good Job" and then moving on to the next? Are you afraid to give suggestions or tell someone that you don't like this thing or that?

Change your interaction; slow down and really contribute; Assume that every artist is here for actual feedback and that they want to know what you liked about their deviation, not just that you liked it and they want your suggestions or for you to say what you didn't care for about it or that you just want to talk about what they did and how they did it.

Yes, some people may ignore the time and effort you invest in your thoughtful, meaningful commentary but I think you'll find that far more people will appreciate it and who knows what sort of insightful conversations you may find yourself involved in just because you took the time to actually contribute rather than tossing a :+fav: at someone and yelling "Good Job" at them over your shoulder during your mad dash to get to that next deviation.


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I joined deviantART just about a month or so after it opened on September 22, 2000 and I immediately enjoyed the unique community atmosphere and vision which I found here. I've always attempted to put my full support behind the site, it's staff, and it's artistic vision for the future.
Because of my constant presence and supportive attitude I was invited to join the staff as a member of the Policy Violation Team in 2002, an invitation I was more than happy to accept.

The PVT was eventually reorganized as the Copyright & Etiquette Administration (or CEA) where I now find myself as a project manager. In this capacity I am responsible for overseeing the training and operation of the CEA staff, creation of training and other support documentation, maintaining the Policy section of the FAQ and directly handling several other responsibilities and tasks.

Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
We're pretty sure Realitysquared has earned deviousness before, but for some strange reason the award dissapeared from his deviantART page! In any case, he's one of our favorite deviants and has easily earnt the award for a second time. Realitysquared has been an avid supporter of deviantART since its inception and his excellent and unique art combined with a mature and intelligent approach to the site has resulted in the award going his way once more.

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Yanie-The-Brown-Pone Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You guys do a crappy job with the reports. How about instead of giving me a copy-pasted answer everytime, actually handle the problems? If you won't handle them, just don't even bother answering the tickets.
skylandsonic Featured By Owner 4 days ago   Writer
hey just wanted to say that 707fangirl is STILL abusing other deviants after i made the report
TheLegendaryPixie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Professional General Artist
Hi again. Sorry for bothering you again, but the eggly guy has made another 2 accounts; one being an "admin" and the other is impersonating Flippy.

I wasnt sure sure if I should reply on the report ticket or here, so again, sorry if I'm being a bit of a nuisance >.<
Mrdrawinglover Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, do you mind critiquing one of my drawing?
(preferably one of my new ones)
Jigglypuff239 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017
HI there.I've a=saw ann art theif…
This comment really...did irritate me
Tysaylor141 Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the link to an account that's impersonating you
Andaelentari Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I just wanted to ask:

If I use a concert photo I took and edit it in the darkroom, can I sell it or do I need the musicians to sign a model release first?  The rest of the textures etc. are of my own creation.
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