At 4/7/12 06:37 AM, J-qb wrote:
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Do you really want to open this can of worms? I hate writing lock posts, but its sort of an unspoken rule that you should try to give one when possible, doesn't mean they will all be great sadly.
The thread was deteriorating into what would eventually be a big cluster fuck of images who's anatomy would be pointless to critique or childish attacks on various peoples anatomy skills.
The idea of the thread "find the anatomical error in the piece" is a good exercise if you are in a figure drawing class where flawless anatomy is the main focus and the person running it has found very specific examples that actually contain anatomical errors that were not stylized or intended (I have been in such classes, and Renaissance pieces are loaded with these). However ultimately the lesson the prof is trying to teach isn't how to spot errors, its more how to make the errors work or be less noticeable, or that sometimes the error is more important to the piece than getting everything correct. However we aren't in that scenario, we are on NG. The art 101 critique tutorial even discourages mentioning anatomy as something because 99% of the user base works in a stylized format where "fixing the anatomy" isn't exactly the big issue in any of their pieces.
Does this mean that users shouldn't know proper anatomy? No. Does it mean that they shouldn't be able to identify when a picture makes an anatomical error? No. It just means that the way the thread was made and going wasn't the right way to go about that topic or activity. All of the pictures in that thread had so many anatomical errors due to stylization that it would be completely pointless to even begin to try to point out where an error was.
So if someone who really knew what they were doing and talking about was able to find pictures that had a only a small handful of errors, and wasn't mean spirited about them, and wanted to run it themselves, and knew the correct answer to the question "where is the error" in the piece so that they could confirm and deny when users made guesses, then maybe the thread would have a purpose.