Every two weeks, we will be interviewing commenters and volunteers at %ProjectComment, specifically revolving around their life on deviantART and, the purpose of %ProjectComment, constructive comments.
We sincerely hope you enjoy reading the sixty-ninth interview of this series with =rainylake!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hello! My name is Kathy, also known as =rainylake here on deviantart. You will see me running around the community posting photos, features, interviews, administrating groups and other miscellaneous things. I solely exist here on dA to help you, the community On the side, I dabble in photography and am currently trying to master amigurimi and other various crafts. I am completely self taught, and of course, always learning . I'm quite horrendous about talking about myself, so I'll just leave it at that
How did you come to be on deviantART?
Well, I first came here about 5-6 years ago. A friend showed me the site, and I got hooked. Unfortunately, life happened, and I had to take a 2 year hiatus. I deactivated my old account, and thought I would never come back. A few years later, one fateful summer afternoon, I became nostalgic and came crawling back. I swear, deviantart is one wonderful Siren.
What is the difference between a comment, constructive comment, and critique, if there is a difference at all?
Well, I think all of them should be appreciated equally. Sometimes, a person can't think of how to write a proper critique, so they express it with a simple comment, such as "Great work!" or "Fantastic" etc etc. A constructive comment is just that. A constructive comment. You say the good, the bad, and how you think the person could improve. A critique, however, is very in depth. Loaded with the good, the bad, and the ugly I find that critiques often are much longer, and contain examples or tutorials as well.
What would you suggest to someone who doesn't get the feedback that they want?
Be more involved in the community. I've noticed that deviantart works on a "give and you shall receive" principle. The more you comment on others works, the more likely it is that the person may drop by your page and return the favor You have to put yourself out there!
What is something that will encourage you to comment on other people's art?
I find that I'm more inclined to comment on a piece if the artist's description says "please tell me how to improve this". I've found that not everyone wants critique, so I usually go for the ones that ask, whether it be directly asking me, or in the artist's description.
What do you include often in your comment?
I usually do the "comment sandwich". I start with something I like, then add any suggestions on how to improve, and end with a tutorial(if applicable) and another thing or two I like about the deviation. I always try to end on a positive note, and encourage the artist to create more. To improve, one must create.
Do you have any future plans in terms of deviantART and such? Any ongoing projects currently?
Of course I've got plans, but they are a secret currently/still being thought up But, you can count on me to be here featuring, interviewing, and creating projects/contests for others to join for quite some time.
As for current projects/contests, these are the main ones:
Recommend A Friend Project:
Recommend A Friend Project: Startup InformationHey all. Welcome to the Recommend A Friend Project. This journal's purpose will be to describe this little project, and to tell you information about signing up. Please be sure to read all the following information carefully in order for things to run smoothly. If you'd like to spread word about this project or even just favorite this journal so it reaches a larger audience, it would be most appreciated!
Basically, I noticed a part of my profile seemed a little blank, so I decided to create a custom box on my page dedicated to featuring deviants of all talents weekly . The box will feature a recommended friend, and the deviant that recommended them. It will also include a tidbit about the recommended friend, including why you should check them out Each duo will be up for a week, and at the end of the month, I will collect all of the features and create one big journal feature, with everyone that participated that month.
How to get Involved
Musically Inspired Contest:
New Contest: Musically Inspired CLOSEDWINNERS ANNOUNCED:
UPDATE: ONE WEEK EXTENSION FOR THIS CONTEST. Entries will now be due on November 7th 2013 11:59PM PST
NEW PRIZES ADDED!
What inspires you to create? I often ponder this question while I browse deviantart. Many deviants I have spoken to have mentioned that music was a big influence with their artwork. This lead me to the idea for a contest
Please note this contest is not just for the members at %ArtisticAnimals It's just being cross posted to get more exposure. I hope you all don't mind.
The theme of the contest is to create an artwork inspired by a song of your choosing, and also to let us know how/why you got inspired from that song in the description box.
Please read these rules carefully, if your entry does not include the things listed below, it will not be accepted!
Caption Challenge-Winners Announced!EDIT: Winners announced! Scroll down to see the winners
EDIT: Closed. Winners will be announced on Halloween. Stay tuned!
Let's have a bit of fun for Halloween and get into the spirit of fall, with a mini caption challenge! It's a super fun way to get some fun prizes and make yourself laugh at the same time.
How to Play: The rules are really simple. Be sure to read all of them and follow the instructions Choose one or both of the pictures below, and create a funny caption for it. Comment on this journal with your caption, not the deviation itself. Comments on the deviations will be ignored. Multiple comments are allowed! You can only win once though Please try to keep the max at 3 comments. Deadline: Get your comment in before October 23rd, 11:59PM PST.
Winners will be announced on Halloween.
Prizes: There will be 6 winners! 1st-3rd for each deviation. I'm still looking for prizes, so if you could o
The Hats: A CV Interview Series:
The Hats^: Featuring PolyMuneFirst, a brief introduction. The Hats^ is a new series of articles aimed to show you a bit more about our community volunteers(aka CV). Each article will contain a featured community volunteer, a brief interview with them, recent Daily Deviations they have given out, news from their galleries, and a bunch more .
OUR FEATURED CV THIS WEEK IS ^PolyMune
Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about the gallery(ies) you look after.
Hello, I'm polymune, mune for short or Michy to my friends. I am the Game Development Art CV and the temp. 3-Dimensional CV here on Deviant art
Describe your typical day on dA as a CV.
Well I generally start off my day responding too/looking after the suggestions I get while drinking a nice cup of tea. Then usually those suggestions just inspire me so I decide whether or not to choose to suggest them, an
and a few million more.
Can you offer any tips for commenters at all?
A comment is a comment, whether it be big or small. Comment frequently and with the desire to help others improve. You can make a person's day with one comment, so why not go and try?
Finally, is there anything else you would like to add?
Thanks for taking the time to interview me. You are wonderful.
Thank you =rainylake!
Thank you for reading.
^3wyl, posting on behalf of %ProjectComment