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:iconmelmee:
Melmee Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
hehe I have a tendency to go overboard sometimes :la:
but I agree with you, I think it's important to read the artist's input :nod:
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
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Going overboard is better than writing nothing. I mean you can always pick just certain parts to read then but you can't do that with only three dots there. >__>
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Melmee Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
true ^^
Personally, I just get disappointed there's nothing to read. It makes the work seem more.. distant. Unrelatable to or something :meow: The artist is making no attempt to connect to the audience whatsoever.
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly!
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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.

Great article! :)
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:iconvalasedai:
ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly my thoughts. :handshake:
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caffeinatedmusing Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amen to that.
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Retro-Death Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always hate it when people do not state WHERE there fan-art is coming from, what movie or game etc...
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ditto. And just because something is in the fan art category doesn't mean you don't need to give credit anyway.
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
On one hand, I agree. I always leave long descriptions on my work (averaging about 2 to 3 paragraphs) and I like reading them. :D

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?
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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. :)
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It depends on the work, for me. There are times that I really wish the artist had just kept quiet, because after reading their views, all their work is spoiled for me. :shrug: I suppose it just depends.
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hm I don't think I've been that unlucky so far but who knows what I'll still stumble across in the future. ^^
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, who knows. ;p (I think I just hang around in controversy prone areas...)
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YoSop Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When I first came here on DA I couldn't help but
leave descriptive comments on people's work. And when
I don't, I make sure I meant what I said. This is quite helpful.:D
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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YoSop Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep.:)
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Shadow-Hacker Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The description of a picture from the artist can make or break it
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. :)
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Painmistress Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist 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.)
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to see you agree and never apologize for a long comment, I love reading them. ;)
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Painmistress Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem.
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StarrySkyKnight Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful for me! Thank you!
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always glad to be of assistance. ^^
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very well done :#1:

Great information :love:
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:iconvalasedai:
ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, Jo. <3
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome :heart:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously, even if it's short it helps to know what the artist was trying to convey :eager:
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly! :la:
Even one line is better than nothing.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely! And I don't care if your English isn't good, either.
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod:
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Viokcha Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah yeah, I really hate it as well when an artist doesn't write anything in its artist's comment. It feels like "Fav and comment, I don't care anyway." :/ I just don't want to do either of them then
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very true. D:
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Arichy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Larkynn Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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?
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As long as you don't have to scroll down for five minutes to get to the comments I'd say it's okay.
Personally I like it when artists write little background stories etc about their pieces, but I'd suggest arranging it nicely, meaning several paragraphs and not one giant one and if possible make little headlines for each part such as terms of use, usability, credits, personal comments etc. That way people can pick very easily which part is interesting for them without necessarily having to read all of it. :)
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Larkynn Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Using little headlines is really good tip/idea. Thank you very much!
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. :)
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EvelynTaliette Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Writer
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
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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. :)
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DarkEarthDragon Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student General Artist
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.
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:iconvalasedai:
ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But consider that maybe some people would be more tempted to come back to look at your works or even constantly follow you by clicking on +watch if your descriptions all included a few nice comments. :)
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DreamersArcadia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said!
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. ^^
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DreamersArcadia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome <3
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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 ;) )
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed and it really doesn't take that long to at least write the used media or materials in there. :)
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Exactly :)
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