At 3/14/14 09:05 PM, Earthmover wrote:
At 3/14/14 08:04 PM, AeroMusic wrote:
man I feel like I crushed a guys dreams in a review and I'm not sure whether to feel bad or angry that hes totally missed the point of a reviewIf people get offended over a single stranger's opinion of their creative work, it's their own problem. He uploaded it to NG with the understanding that it could get bad reception, so he has no right to be immature about it. Being nice in your review for the sake of niceness has no value to the artist, in fact I would say it has a negative effect.
While that's true, reviews that completely break the work apart can have the effect of the artists giving up before they actually get the chance to develop their skill. It's important to give advice in reviews, rather than just stating what's wrong with it.
I think a healthy structure for critical reviews is: Pointing out what could be improved, and providing tips/howto's from person experience on those particular points, then adding a few parts of it that you did enjoy and thought were good.
You can also start with the good points before going into the criticism and advice, but the important part is that both are included, ensuring the artist doesn't get dispirited by a barrage of negative feedback.
I agree that staying motivated is the creator's own challenge, but as reviewers (who after all did not put in all the hard work), we can contribute a little bit by showing some love, and recognizing the (sometimes well hidden) potential.