Before you overlook this immediately, I’m not asking for money or begging for things I need/want. I don’t require signatures or anything of the sort — but I am making a humble request for a few minutes of your time. Critique
— a scary word for many creative souls, seen as a path towards improvement for some whilst also opening the door for spiteful people to cut into them with harsh words and unnecessary evil.
It can come in constructive form or tear tear labours of love to pieces. It can be cruel, it can be kind. I am terrible at critique
. Truly, I wish I could look at a piece and constructively point out the flaws in the hopes of ushering budding artists and writers onto the path they should be taking, but I am far too worried that they will take it as hard as I usually do and lose all motivation to continue. That said, critique is essential for creative growth. Flaws should be accepted as challenges, hurdles to jump over, not brick walls to slam into and slide down in despair.
Thus it is with great chagrin that I humbly request critique
. I invite you, all
of you, any
of you, to send me notes or comment here. Tell me what it is you enjoy about my art and what it is you dislike. Point out flaws. Rant to me about everything you hate about what I do. Praise me about everything you adore. Be as harsh or as soft as you like. I want you to be honest
Not about me as a person, let me make that perfectly clear. This is about my craft, not aboutme
I hate receiving critique. I hate feeling as if I have failed but if I do not face this as a challenge, if I do not take your comments with a pinch of salt and work on bettering myself then I will ultimately fail in the long term in whatever career I choose.
I need this. For growth, to harden my outlook, to toughen me towards future failures that will no doubt rain upon my head — no, not failures. Challenges. I need to overcome perfectionism and for that I need to face my flaws. I can’t live in a world of black and white and expect to do well.
So please. Help me
If you do not feel like leaving critique yourself, then feel free to pass this message along to people who might.
You can even find it on my tumblr here
to reblog if you so choose, or to leave a note there. Anonymous is on if you prefer not to reveal who you are.
Thank you very much.