Tips on judging your work?
Hello! I'm new here. I'm wondering if any of you have tips on judging your own work? I find it hard to tell the quality of my art when it's not representational. Any tips on breaking free from drawing "realistically" with confidence and judging how successful/good the work is?
Here's my site
Always open to critique if anyone cares to give it. I am more interested in one-off pieces than narrative illustration, and I'm still figuring out where I want to go with my art. Feedback would be super helpful! Thank you!
Kori Jensen last edited by
@Lily-Camille welcome! To be honest I find the opinion of those who know what they are talking about very useful. However, if you wish to critique your own work, I think the best tip I could share is be honest with yourself. Weather that mean challenging your own conception of how good you are OR cutting yourself some slack. It took me a hot minute to learn the latter. Gaining confidence is practiced and comes with honesty to yourself. Does that make sence?
I realized my link was broken! My site is lilycamille.com
CukiArtist last edited by
I think there are many ways of judging quality of art and a lot of it comes down to study and observing the people around you. One way is to get feedback from professionals, they will be able to tell what you are lacking technique wise. Another is to get feedback from people in your life with absolutely no interest in art, if they like it then you know there must be something there. Finally there is the option to compare it to artists that you admire in the same style/area as you are aiming for, compare how their work makes you feel to how your art makes you feel.
One thing I do notice is that currently your art is very similar in subject matter, most of your gallery was adult female portraits. However this could be something that you want and that's fine if you're happy with that. I think they do have a lot of interest and character to them.
@CukiArtist Thank you so much for taking the time to reply! I really appreciate your feedback. I'm especially grateful you looked at my site. You are right; I need to diversify what I do. I really appreciate all your pointers! Sorry for my delayed reply. Thanks again!
@Kori-Jensen Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. That does make sense! I think I need to practice trusting my gut instinct, whether it's telling me I need work or that I can be happy with a particular piece. Thank you so much for your feedback and time; I truly appreciate it! (Sorry for my very delayed note!)
carlianne last edited by
@Lily-Camille I love the note about learning to trust you gut because that is SO true. My other suggestion would be to gather 8 pieces by artists that you think are great, that are going in a similar direction or style as yours and put your piece in the middle. Take an honest look at what you’re missing and use that to help you figure out how you’re doing or what you need to work on
Jeremy Ross last edited by
Great advice @carlianne!
Cole Rts last edited by
I think to really judge your own art, you have to know what you want from it, or what it's supposed to be. If your trying to draw a children's book spread you'll want it to look like a children's book. Then, you just have to figure out what a children's book spread should look. You can find out by looking at other people's children's books and taking inspiration. With realistic art it's the same way or any kind of art really.