I've done a few concepts for the reaper and floater, and have be rewarded with good but confusing comments on them. So I'm going to attempt to write some rules of common sense (feel free to ignore them and me)
1) Read the post beforehand, all of it, and in detail, and think about what has been written previously. I get a lot of comments that contradict or repeat something said two posts ago.
2)Explain which post you're talking about. We have a lot of images posted that are made by different people. It can get very confusing when people post things like "make it longer" with a post of thirty images.
3)Explain who you are talking to. Same as rule 2, most people do this anyway.
4)Explain why you said something. "Make it longer" does not help in anyway. "Make the neck longer, so it would be able to look up at things" does help.
5)Explain how. Again using the "make the neck longer" - "if you make the neck longer you would have to add some muscle to the top of the head, plus you would need to make the tail longer to balance it out. Of couse with more musle on top of the neck you would need more under to counter-pull so it would be able to move its head down."
6)Do research. Even if you are not drawing, but only posting a comment on a picture, not knowing what you're talking about does not help the person drawing the picture. I know we're drawing aliens and weapons etc, but every concept is based in reality. Learn about muscles, and how guns work. It is all there on the internet. And if you're even thinking about drawing pictures without doing research first... I'll kill you
7)Concepts should not be considered ugly or pretty, but more to discuss the design versus the artist's drawing ability.
8)If you don't have time (can't be bothered) to make proper comments about a concept, don't bother. Thinking takes time and effort, the same as drawing. So if you're not willing to put in the effort you're not being very helpful.
9)Keep your criticism constructive. Although I've never seen someone say "you're crap" outright, criticism can be very non-constructive and quite hurtful. and may cause some of the younger and newer artist here to leave. (not me I'm as hard as nails )
10)You're not going to like everything. There are many of you, and doing drawings for 50 points of view is a pain in the backside. Making a Reaper a mammal with a spiders body is clearly impossible.
That's all I think. feel free to ban me or something. If anyone else has any ideas that would help post it here.
Im not trying to start a fight here, by the way.
Edited by Zipperhead, 04 February 2004 - 03:07 AM.