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[May. 4th, 2007|11:30 am]
Art Crit


This page will be updated as I'm pointed to useful things.

This is to help you critique art, if you're stuck, or just wanna freshen up. A basis layout for a critique can be found under the cut. Obviously you don't have to glue yourself to these guidelines, but they can help.

Step 1.  Describe
Just list what you see in the picture.
Colors, shapes, things you recognize)

Step 2.  Analyze
Talk about the elements of art and the principles of design.    These are the simple beginning things that make a composition.
            ELEMENTS:  the beginning, basic things you need to make a picture
                     L   ine-     a moving mark that can be straight or curved even dotted   
                    S   hape-  a flat line that closes itself making a square, circle, triangle or
                    S   pace-   a way to show distance with things in the front and in the back
                    T   exture-how an object feels or how it LOOKS like it feels
                    V   alue-   a lightness or darkness
                    C   olor-    warm, cool or neutrals
                    F   orm-    The use of 3-D
:  the more complicated ideas you get by mixing elements together.  The principles help
                        organize the elements and finish the art.
                    P   roportion-  the size of things in the art and the way they go together
                    R   epetition-  use of something over and over
                           hythm-     (pattern)
                    U   nity-           how everything seems to fit together and look right
                    V   ariety-       use of lots of different elements
                    E   mphasis-   the main thing your eye sees
                                            (focal point)            
                    M   ovement- how your eye moves through a picture
                    B   alance-     how things are arranged
                                            (symmetrical/ asymmetrical)

Step 3.  Interpret
Tell what you think is the meaning (story) and feeling of this art. (theme) Back this up with examples from the piece

Step 4.  Evaluate/Judge
                Decide for yourself if the work is a success or a failure and why.                    
                     I myself always try to start with what I like (to lessen the blow?)

Credit- Critique  (Edits by Terra)

This website also has some very useful information.

If you can't figure out what's off, but know something is, consider these 5 common problems:

-Inconsistency in style, idea, or feeling
-Failure to determine basic structure
-tendency to ignore negative space
-inability to develop value range and transitions
-failure to observe accurately.

[User Picture]From: sevensquids
2008-04-12 06:51 pm (UTC)


sad to see this community hasn't taken off... i think it's a wonderful idea.
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[User Picture]From: penguinfaery
2008-04-12 10:03 pm (UTC)

Re: hmmm

I just haven't had the time to put into advertising it and such. It's still on the back burner...would you be intrested in helping out?
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[User Picture]From: sevensquids
2008-04-12 10:54 pm (UTC)

Re: hmmm

Maybe... its an interesting idea... it all depends on what kind of help you need. What kind of help are you needing or envisioning?

I must warn you though... school and work take up most of my time.. and this will be true until the end of May. After that I'll be a bit more available... since I'll be moving to a new state and will have to take a year of school.

I'd certainly be open to further discussing this...

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[User Picture]From: sevensquids
2008-04-12 10:55 pm (UTC)

Re: hmmm

that "needing" was not supposed to be part of that second question. oops.
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[User Picture]From: penguinfaery
2008-04-13 01:30 am (UTC)

Re: hmmm

Mainly advertising and helping getting things rolling. I can matain, I just haven't got the energy to start the ball rolling, as it may be.
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[User Picture]From: sayyoudo
2008-04-27 07:09 am (UTC)

Re: hmmm

id bet all it would take is spamming some artist communities, nice these commemts are recent tooo ill post some art work soon and maby that will help, i feel bad it hasnt taken off, and all the other critique groups i checked were the same deal pretty empty. just let othter groups know there is an active crit group and i think ppl will come, allso these guidelines are way more intellegent then other things i came across, ‹3

btw the names paul
im 16
and attending mass college of art next fall

the new work is monoprints so let me know what you thikn

and i really like thte analitical bent of the group
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[User Picture]From: penguinfaery
2008-04-27 07:48 pm (UTC)

Re: hmmm

Yeah I have a bunch faved on this account I just need to actually get off my ass and do it. With summer coming I should have the free time to do as such.

And very nice to meet you Paul! I am Terra.
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