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This article will list five easy ways to make your comment constructive. What many people do not realise is that a constructive comment does not have to be as long or as indepth as a critique, and that you don't need to be an awesome commenter or an awesome artist to write a constructive comment. You probably won't have to spend more than 5-10 minutes writing a constructive comment, and it could still be helpful to the artist.

Here are the steps that you can take to make your comment more constructive:

State the things you like about the piece.

Try and state one thing you like about the piece, be it the concept, main subject matter(s), how the artist has approached things, theme, mood, atmosphere, feelings evoked, etc.

State the things you don't like about the piece.

After stating the things you like about the piece, state the things you don't like about the piece. Try and keep the number of things you like and dislike equal, so that your comment is not skewed to one side that is overly positive or negative.

State why you like and dislike the things you mentioned.

Stating the reason why you like or dislike something gives justification to your thoughts and opinions, and may help the artist see things from your perspective. You are also explaining further and offering more clarification, which isn't something you should shy away from. Elaborating on why you like or dislike something will mean that the artist will understand more where you are coming from. Once again, it is best to keep this as equal as you can between the likes and dislikes.

State suggestions to improve the piece and explain why.

This would follow well after stating the things you don't like about the piece. Suggest ways to improve upon the things that you don't like about the piece. Like the above, explain why you think that the artist should heed your suggestion and use what you have suggested to improve the piece.

End the comment differently.

This is not really a core thing to include in your comment to make it more constructive, but it doesn't hurt to end the comment differently. Don't just finish the comment after following the first four steps here, but think about doing something else. Perhaps you could write something more personal, state something that will encourage the artist, list resources that the artist would find helpful, or just leave a brief sentence about your overall thoughts and feelings about the piece. All in all, there are many ways to end a comment and some ways do make a comment more constructive.

Example of a Constructive Comment

Here is an example of a comment made more constructive from following the steps above so that you can see it in action:

"Hello! (A greeting never hurts)

I really like the colours of this piece (stating what you like about the piece), especially the way the green contrasts with the red! The colours really go well together to create an interesting atmosphere (explaining why). However, the way you've included the sun dead on in the centre is a bit distracting for me (stating what you dislike and why). I feel it would be better if the sun was slightly more to the left or the right (suggestion), as it would be less distracting and the composition would improve as well (explaining why). Overall, I think it's clear that you've put effort, thought and time into this piece and I can't wait to see more of your work! (ending comment differently)

As you can see above, we have turned a one sentence comment, 'This is an interesting piece!', or even a one word comment like 'Cool!' into a constructive comment. It really isn't difficult to state one thing you like or dislike, explain why, and then state a suggestion for improvement and why. The best thing is that you are not limited by these steps. There is no reason why you can't list five things you like, or elaborate more on why you dislike something, or include resources into your comment to help the artist more. Relying on natural progression does not hurt sometimes!


In conclusion, we have briefly gone over the content of a constructive comment in this article. In the following articles, we will guide you on how to form and write your comment so that it is well received, among other things.

Keep watch :+devwatch: of ProjectComment to find out more ways to help your commenting!

Thank you for reading, :love:

3wyl, posting on behalf of ProjectComment
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Nyakumi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really want to try this, but I'm stumped, some people say I was a very subjective one to comment whereas they also asked me for my opinion to their arts. How I should be able to be objective?
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Moonlit-Creator Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I use this tutorial whenever I give a constructive comment, but there is a problem that I run into once in a while. Sometimes I see a piece of art where I cannot find anything wrong with it. What do I do then?
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3wyl Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
If you cannot find anything wrong with a piece, that is fair enough. It is better to not be nit-picky, trying to find something wrong where there isn't anything wrong (in your eyes).

I would say that you could still offer alternatives for the artist to consider. Perhaps the artist doesn't have to improve, but they could consider different concepts, ideas, etc. that could make their work more interesting, or better... if that makes sense?

Otherwise, a person can still write a constructive comment using just praise: Comment Support Group #3 - Constructive PraiseIntro
My name is _______ and I am a commenter…
Well, of course you are! If you are reading this, more than likely you are a commenter, and what commenter doesn't have concerns, problems, issues or more with commenting?
That is why ProjectComment has formed a Comment Support Group to help people with commenting. To be utterly honest, we can't improve your commenting skills for you, but we can help you improve only if you want to improve.
Both commenting and improvement are individual processes. It's up to you to become a better commenter, but that doesn't mean you have to go it alone!
We are here to foster a group where commenters feel safe, where commenters feel they have the right to share their thoughts, feelings and more about commenting, where commenters have the right to open up, seek advice and get the support they deserve.
None of us are here to make fun or criticize. We are here to encourage commen
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Why use praise?
:bulletred: Sometimes, one may think there aren’t “praise-worthy” elements in a piece, so only flaws are mentioned.
:bulletgreen: Praise can be used to create balance in your comment, thus showing the artist that the piece isn't “all bad”, even if the artist still has a long way to go before becoming, artistica
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ShatteredViridity Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Do we constructively comment on deviant's works specifically in this group or outside the group too? I've read the ProjectComment Information page several times, but I'm a little stumped on how to start. This may actually be due to the fact that I'm exhausted and functioning at 11% capacity but I think it would help me understand a little better if I could be nudged into a specific place to start off.  Thanks for the help and the explanatory article. It is much easier to understand how to write the constructive comments now!
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3wyl Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
If you would like to submit to our gallery, please comment on pieces in our gallery, though all comments should be given on deviant's works within the group (i.e. members' art).

Not sure if you've seen this? Visual Guide to ProjectComment by 3wyl
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ShatteredViridity Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! 
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this helpful article, one thing i strive for is constructive criticism and considering English is not my first language this is a even more interesting challenge for me. After a bad encounter with someone who acted rudely under one of my work i realised the importance to give criticism, feedback and critical thought. That experience was manna from heaven because i started informing about critiques and comments and today i was invited in this wonderful Group, thank you! I do not only want to improve as artist but also as commenter!
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3wyl Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Your English is awesome! It sucks to hear that you had a bad encounter with someone who acted rudely, but you are not the only one. Almost everyone here has had some kind of bad experience. It's a learning experience for sure. :nod:

That sounds fantastic! We strive to encourage people to improve in both their art and commenting, but it's definitely an uphill battle for all of us, no matter what position we're in in the group.

I hope to see you around! Please let me know if there is anything I can do. :la:
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. Don't worry i am thankful to that person because without that encounter i wouldn't start studying and exploring critique, constructive criticism, critical thought, feedback etc. and so i wouldn't meet this awesome Group.
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3wyl Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That's very true! We can still learn and gain more experience, either way. :nod:
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are right and i've found i love to critique and being critiqued! I love this Group, one of the most useful DA group i ever met. :hug: thank you so much because i started giving critiques and i feel vey good since i can help my little knowledge other artists.
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3wyl Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad, and that's awesome! :la:

:hug:
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome :)
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FelisSimex Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for posting this! I will definitely be following these steps from now on! :clap:
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3wyl Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope it works! The article is a bit outdated. :)
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FelisSimex Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sure it will! ^_^
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LonesomeBookworm Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for being clear! It's good to know that I should write a simplified critique instead of a mini literature essay XD I adore this group an what it strives for, and I hope I can contribute sufficiently with my comments :)
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DorianPavus Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016   Digital Artist
That would be interesting indeed! :)
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3wyl Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
We don't expect everyone to write a mini-literature essay, but we do expect the simplified critique to still be constructive. :nod:

Thank you so much for your support! :hug:
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LonesomeBookworm Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :love:
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Arab-MC Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This really helped me :)
Thank you so much!
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3wyl Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I am glad! Let me know if there is anything!
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B00813S Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good! thank you for this amazing journal! im a noob at giving constructive criticism so this is the great help i needed!
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3wyl Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome! I am glad that this has helped! We post workshops once every two weeks, and we also have a bunch of other articles that may help as well! Just let me know if you need assistance with anything. :)
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B00813S Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok!
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SanityIsNotKey Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This feels like English class all over again, Im not used to giving constructive commments...
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FallenSoulOfSaddness Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Student General Artist
I feel the same way........
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SanityIsNotKey Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah..it feels weird having to type a long paragraph for a commetn..what is this a critique or a comment?
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FallenSoulOfSaddness Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Student General Artist
I guess it could be called a critique comment.
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SanityIsNotKey Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah..
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FallenSoulOfSaddness Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Student General Artist
😉
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3wyl Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
English class was necessary for a reason. :nod:

Basically, if you can write a few things you like and why you like them, a few things you don't like and why you dislike them, a few things that the artist can improve on and how to improve them, that will be great. :)
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SanityIsNotKey Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
it'll endup like an essay then...
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3wyl Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a bit of an exaggeration, no?

It should be a full-length paragraph. That's all.
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SanityIsNotKey Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
still so long for a comment
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3wyl Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It is what makes a comment constructive. :nod:

You will get two in return for the two you give to others, of the same length.
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SanityIsNotKey Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ohhhI dont get comments often(if at all) so that would be great
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3wyl Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed! If you want to receive such, you must give such in return! This way, the motion continues in other people. :la:
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Spin-chan Featured By Owner Edited Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi ! 
I'm not going to make a really constructive comment here, but as I find this journal very useful, can I feature it in a group? (You-Deserve-More )  and yes, indeed this journal deserves more ! it's a really clear step-by-step, and could help many deviants!
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3wyl Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course! We appreciate any and every support. :)

Please feel free to use any of the guides that we have posted! Some are linked on the front page of ProjectComment. :nod:
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pawcanada Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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I think this is very well written and really wish more and more people who offer constructive crit would follow this example. As a beginner artist I want constructive criticism like a drowning man wants air (to borrow an old instructor's quote) but I do feel there's a certain degree of tact necessary when giving it, namely to highlight the good aspects of a pic. About nine months ago I read some constructive crit that was mostly about what they didn't like and it really disheartened me for about a day or so. Admittedly I did initially read it while I was drunk which didn't help, but not one bit of the criticism was positive. Sure, it was helpful (bar the part which suggested effective;y abandoning my style in favour of a different one) but the pure negative outlook did taint my view on it.

I also agree with the paragraph about WHY you like/dislike something and elaborating on it. On a few occasions I've had some advice that isn't overly clear or fully elaborated. I've had some people tell my my poses are stiff, which is fine but have never said how best to fix it. I even showed the comment to a friend who's MUCH better than me and he wasn't sure how best to help either. As a suggestion I would suggest offering a link to any references or tutorials you may feel will benefit them.

If I may offer some constructive criticism of my own, one thing I would suggest is "respect the artist's current level". One of my friends and supporters has stated she always taylors her criticism to just a slight step above my level and I think that's a great idea as I find her advice much more helpful and beneficial. Sure, in an ideal world I'd love to go from beginner to expert in a flash but the reality is that takes time and if you jump at an artist and tell them 101 things they should fix and consider when they're struggling to get poses and anatomy right, I feel you'll dishearten them. To me it's like taking a learner driver to the most complicated and busiest road in their area on their first lesson or expecting someone to run a marathon when they're just starting to train for it. I'm not saying you shouldn't reach for the top but you have to be realistic about it in my eyes.
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3wyl Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!

I think a lot of people are quite set in their ways in terms of how they offer constructive criticism. It's easy to get into a habit, or a type of style with it all.

It does help to encourage people to comment. Or rather, there are some things that may make a person more likely to comment. For example, if one asks some questions, then others may answer them, and you could get a more constructive comment that way.


But yes, one needs to go about it carefully.. it could easily backfire. :hmm:

Perhaps the other issue is to not get overly personal in the criticism, but to keep it close to the 'facts' or the informative aspect of it all?

I do feel a lot of people shy away from travelling the 'why' path.. myself included when it comes to essays, I have to say. :D

As for suggestions on how to fix something, that can be difficult sometimes. Most of us can say what we like and dislike about something and why, but telling you how to improve requires something else.. such as artistic knowledge?

Yes, respecting the artist's current level certainly won't hurt at all. Slightly above the level is good too. It reminds me of school and how one of my teachers said her comments are designed to get us to reach one grade above the one we received on an assignment.

It definitely helps to let them know, though. Commenters aren't mind readers, so letting them know that you'd rather have advice on certain things over others, etc. should help with things. :nod:
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013   General Artist
perfect! and simple :clap:
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3wyl Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you think so!
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013   General Artist
:lol: What I meant by that is:
It is a wonderful article my dear :) it explains everything clearly and understandably.
Even a simple minded person could understand.
Your hard work is beautiful and perfect.
:heart:

is that better?
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3wyl Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol:

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