hehe I have a tendency to go overboard sometimes but I agree with you, I think it's important to read the artist's input It kinda strikes me as a no-brainer, isn't it obvious one would read it? So why wouldn't you put anything there? XD
true ^^ Personally, I just get disappointed there's nothing to read. It makes the work seem more.. distant. Unrelatable to or something The artist is making no attempt to connect to the audience whatsoever.
Great points! I always try to put personal touches in my comments. I think it makes me seem more "human" to my readers. I also hate the generic "..." or "^" comments. I almost always read comments. I want to know what the artist or writer thinks about their piece.
This is all very important to know. No matter how casual or professional the artist, we all could do with the reminder and the practice. At least, I know I could... And comments can be just as important for the person leaving them as they are for the one receiving. Learning how to talk about art, what makes a work good or bad or whatever is a skill unto itself. Learning what you like (or don't) about someone else's work can help you in developing your own. The rest is just good manners- which are always better to use than not.
On one hand, I agree. I always leave long descriptions on my work (averaging about 2 to 3 paragraphs) and I like reading them.
On the other hand, if a work is good, the artist comment isn't going to matter much. I'm either going to like it or not. And for people that for whatever reason don't write one, why should that be any more of a barrier to my discovery of it than a long description in a language I don't read is?
That is of course true. If you really like a work you will favourite it or anything of that kind without an artist's comment as well but it can still make a work even more appealing if you get to know a little bit of background information with it.
PainmistressFeatured By OwnerNov 21, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
This is very good! I can see your point in the first paragraph. I always read the description and even the comments (well, most of the time). I always say descriptions are there to be read. If you specify certain information, you can say something along the lines of ,"Read the description. Plus, I agree with the Credit part because, I`ve seen people who make deviations and don`t give credit to anyone. (I`m sorry for the long comment.)
This was very helpful. I try to at least write something there, but sometimes I feel that I write too much and start to ramble. It doesn't happen often but sometimes I'll end up with two paragraphs of "how this came to me" or "techniques/materials used". Sometimes I think it puts people off. Do you think that there is a limit on how long an artist's comment should be?
I can understand that, sometimes, with photography. Ten thousand pictures and you can't comment on every single one, but wouldn't you at least leave a sentence or two on the occasional breathtaking picture? Besides for that, I don't think there's really any other excuses
Yes, one doesn't need to do it on every single picture, it's totally understandable if someone doesn't have the time for that, but at least here and there would sure be lovely and lighten up one's gallery.
Should someone ask about any of those things mentioned on work of mine that I have done '...' to, that is usually enough for me to post something in the artist comments. Seeing as that doesn't happen to often or even views for that matter , I typically don't, unless it was something that was really good.(good compared to me of course) It's not lazy, its that my art will not be appreciated as often as it could and more so for any comments. Further more if I had a fan base that asked this of me I would also spend more time with the comments and info.
HOWEVER I really like this post because some info you mentioned I had not considered which will be nice to share.
This is something that I wish everyone did - it's always a shame to see an incredible artwork and not know what it's made of, especially with Artisan Crafts. It's right up at the top of the list next to decent, in focus photo's that are not cluttered with things that aren't part of the artwork and same coloured backgrounds (how to make your artwork fade into the background )