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Constructive Criticism

Tone and attitude mean so much in written and spoken word. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being assertive, but don’t be a jerk. The “jerk” attitude may overwhelm the message one is meaning to send.

Great constructive criticism comes in three parts:

1) What worked, and why.
Often overlooked and frequently forgotten, this is important so that the creator does not inadvertently change something they were already doing correctly in the first place. When things that were working well are changed in future works, this is frustrating for the audience. It helps the creators in that it directs them down the desired path. Explaining why something does work also shows the creator why it works. If they understand the appeal, they can make it even better. It’s also not always obvious to the creator. They may have their own ideas of what worked well and what did not.

For example: even in my own worst-rated episodes, I don’t hate them from end-to-end. Usually I can find little bits of goodness in the episode that gave me a smile or a chuckle. Very rarely am I left without anything good to say at all.

2) What did not work, and why.
It’s extremely helpful to the creator to offer an explanation of why it just didn’t work for you. “It’s bad” offers no help or insight at all.

This is important because it shows the creator weak points—or as I prefer to call them, “areas of opportunity”. This are mistakes you don’t want to see the creator making in future works. The point isn’t to get them to stop. It’s to identify mistakes. As with things that do work, you also want to explain why you think it does not work. The creator may have their own ideas of what did and did not work, and your reasoning may not be clear or obvious to everyone.

It explains quite concisely what wasn’t liked, why, and it opens up a dialogue with the creator. “I felt it didn’t work because…”

3) How to fix what did not work, or offer alternatives (and why).
This helps the creator turn the problem into something positive at the next opportunity. You’re not just complaining about a problem, now—you’re showing them the problem and offering one of many possible solutions. While what’s done is done, it’s always helpful to treat the experience as something that can be learned from.

This also helps the creator understand your point of view a little more clearly. When you share your vision of a solution of what would work well for you, it helps the creator further understand where you are coming from.

The ultimate goal should be wanting to see the creator improve over time.

And this is what makes good constructive criticisms constructive.

ivegottobethere:

ima-ho-ho-ho:

rneerkat:

snapfox:

rneerkat:

rneerkat:

what happens to nitrogen when the sun rises

it becomes daytrogen

I’m going to bed.

good nitrogen

sleep tightrogen

don’t let the bed bugs bitrogen

steamquestria:

Happy birthday, Dad!

egophiliac:

adurot:

Another colored sketch I’ve been working on, this time of a trio of Bat Ponified Mane Six from egophiliac. 

look at these cuties c:
(the bat-winged cutie marks oh my goodness!!)

egophiliac:

adurot:

Another colored sketch I’ve been working on, this time of a trio of Bat Ponified Mane Six from egophiliac

look at these cuties c:

(the bat-winged cutie marks oh my goodness!!)

captnkilljoy:

Goodnight

CUTE!

captnkilljoy:

Goodnight

CUTE!

D’aawww, that face! She’s so cute!

D’aawww, that face! She’s so cute!

pixelkitties:

There’s a little less laughter in the world, this grey and rainy morn. 

pixelkitties:

There’s a little less laughter in the world, this grey and rainy morn. 

viistar:

4” private commission of octavia and vinyl carrying 1:12th scale miniature instruments purchased from ebay

youtube:http://youtu.be/C2t-6P39MqM

Wow. This is astounding!

bri-sta:

Famwy pictwer

HNNNNNNG

bri-sta:

Famwy pictwer

HNNNNNNG

Words cannot describe how awesome this is. They cannot also describe how awesome the album is. :D

Words cannot describe how awesome this is. They cannot also describe how awesome the album is. :D

mcponyponypony:

/r/: twilight swimming
I wanted to draw her learning to swim. Fun childhood story time: When I was like 3 or so, my mom brought me to the pool and I was like, fuck waterwings, I can swim just fine. So I bit holes in them and started sinking to the bottom of the pool but someone rushed in and saved me. (too bad huh?)

mcponyponypony:

/r/: twilight swimming

I wanted to draw her learning to swim. Fun childhood story time: When I was like 3 or so, my mom brought me to the pool and I was like, fuck waterwings, I can swim just fine. So I bit holes in them and started sinking to the bottom of the pool but someone rushed in and saved me. (too bad huh?)

chasingdreamsasiscream:

eleven49pm:

psychiatral:

Written by an 8th grader

WHAT THE FUCK THIS IS AMAZING

I’m blown away, wow.

I read this aloud to my wife, and I couldn’t make it all the way through without getting choked up.

chasingdreamsasiscream:

eleven49pm:

psychiatral:

Written by an 8th grader

WHAT THE FUCK THIS IS AMAZING

I’m blown away, wow.

I read this aloud to my wife, and I couldn’t make it all the way through without getting choked up.

real-life-night-vale:

viridecinerem:

4gifs:

Gravity shift! [video]

THIS IS SO COOL

City Council is re-calibrating the gravity of the city today. Citizens are warned to anticipate sudden gravity shifts and stay near objects which can be grabbed onto in the event of a shift. And now, the weather.

real-life-night-vale:

viridecinerem:

4gifs:

Gravity shift! [video]

THIS IS SO COOL

City Council is re-calibrating the gravity of the city today. Citizens are warned to anticipate sudden gravity shifts and stay near objects which can be grabbed onto in the event of a shift. And now, the weather.

2snacks:

Three months ago I finished those mlp rigs, and I tried to animate them. The result was bad…
I realized that my models were horrible. So I decided to redo everything from scratch.
This time I embraced the cartoony style of the show and everything is looking much better.
Here’s my first animation test with the new rig:


Oh wow. This is phenomenally well done!

2snacks:

Three months ago I finished those mlp rigs, and I tried to animate them. The result was bad…

I realized that my models were horrible. So I decided to redo everything from scratch.

This time I embraced the cartoony style of the show and everything is looking much better.

Here’s my first animation test with the new rig:

Oh wow. This is phenomenally well done!