1. When did you start commenting on artwork, and why?
Way back when in 2008-2009ish? It was mostly for connections at the start, or for showing a little appreciation beyond a favourite. Now, though, I comment to [attempt to] further an artist's work or skill. I suppose I'm an editor at heart.2. What kind of art do you like to comment on?
Mostly things that I can speak with some experience on, or that I know I have something to say about it.3. Nowadays, do you often or comment, and why?
A little of both. I favourite on busy days, or when I'm unsure if the artist wants something beyond a friendly comment. I critique on other days within Project Comment when I know I can set aside a couple hours.4. What motivates you to comment? Can you name three things, minimum?
1] (see answer to #1)
2] I'm a tad pessimistic, so I live vicariously through other people's work while partially dejecting my own. .-.
3] I think commenting on things gives some artists more pride in their work. It's hard to make it these days, so every bit counts.
4] On a selfish note again, constuctive commenting improves my own art by noticing mistakes and applying similar critiques on my stuff.5. What is difficult about commenting? What do you usually do about it?
It's trying to apply a balance -- good/bad, too little/too much. I also try to pay attention to the style of art and the artist's description of it to build a more personalised comment.6. What is a constructive comment, in your opinion?
Constructive commenting is, like above, applying a balance in your words. If you've only negative things to say, then it's not constructive, and hurts more than helps. Likewise with only good things: if you sugarcoat it all and don't try to find something the person can improve on, then the artist doesn't go anywhere.7. Is there a difference between a constructive comment and a critique? If so, what is this difference?
I personally think critiquing is a much more serious take on constructive commenting. There's less focus on what's been done right and more on what can be improved on. That's not to say it's devoid of compliments. Critiquing is also more in-depth. For example, if someone drew an arm wrong, constructive criticism might be like, "the arm needs a bit of work [at this spot] but overall shape is ok", while critiquing might be like, "[this specific spot on the arm] needs work [and here's how you might do that]". Sort of, anyhow.8. How often do you think you comment constructively and post critiques?
I try to think most of my comments are constructive. Within Project Comment, I do my best to make all of them constructive. As for critiques, I don't do that as often as I'm still learning. Posting an actual critique in the requested box far less so.9. Do you use a specific technique when you comment? (e.g. sandwich method)
Sandwich, yep. Good -> improvements -> good. If the improvements get a little lengthy, I stick in some relevant things done well.10. What kind of comments do you like to receive? (e.g. constructive, critique, 'normal')
I want to say all but... I can be a little downtrodden with any of those. Normal comments are ok but I really need to get better. Constructive are really nice but I tend to feel like my art's terrible when I felt it was great beforehand. Critiques would be even better, though I can take it the wrong way. HOWEVER all comments are fine in the end. I shrug it off in time.11. Do you have any comment expectations regarding your artwork? (e.g. tips for improvement, likes and dislikes, etc.)
I mainly just want tips on improvement. I try to learn by reference and sketching in general, but outside point of views are a godsend. Sugarcoating is ok once in a while, too, just for some vanity.12. Do you have any pet peeves with the comments you receive, and the comments you give?
The only pet peeve I have, I believe, is when people are fully in their comments. It really comes off as unappreciative, and a blatant ignoration of the artist's feelings. I can feel really terrible for a long time when that happens, and I imagine others are the same way.13. In all honesty, when you comment, would you like to receive a comment back?
In all honesty? Yes. I push off my agenda as only helping others for their sake but I'd also like a bit of recognition, too. But people don't have time or aren't interested at the moment or have other issues on their mind... etc., so I don't expect a lot.14. Do you have any tips and suggestions for new commenters and artists looking for feedback?
To new commenters: keep commenting! It's rather rewarding sharing your thoughts and having others listen. And in terms of constructive commenting, keep balance in mind! (What am I, a zen enthusiast?)
To artists: making connections is pretty important. Share your enthusiasm for someone's work, and they'll return the favour (probably). Or join groups that specifically focus on giving feedback (online or otherwise). Or ask a friend! Be honest about what you want out of someone's feedback, otherwise it'll be a somewhat unsatisfying experience.15. Ask one question about comments you would like your tagged people to answer!
I don't have friends (shhhh) so to anyone reading this: how often do your comments start a new friendship? Do you wish they would?