Recently I stumbled across an uncomfortable situation with another artist and this time it let me wondering a few things. I’m seeing a lot of confusion between a compliment and comment and would love to read some opinions. By no means attacking someone is my intention, but I’m also putting my grain of salt with my opinion.
I say things the way they are and people who know me personally knows what type of person I am when it comes to crucial events. I learned during the years of college to accept constructive criticism and if there is something that I don’t agree with, instead of putting up a whining, I just refute the argument with justification (without taking it personally or disrespectfully). In the field of art you will not only get praised, that’s for sure!
I told a fellow artist that her storyboard, which she shared on a local open group, reminded me of a character from a Disney movie. My comparison didn’t go well, and she took offense to my observation by saying “Comparison aren’t really compliments”. I was worried that I did something wrong. I thought I had to learn a lesson and not repeat this “mistake” again.
So I began a search about this topic and found multiple forums of people saying how awful it feels to be compared to other artists / artworks and how a small portion didn’t bother with it. Problem is not many people take this lightly, while others say it depends on the context.
People who didn’t love it:
People who love it:
If you are just here to get praise or gain followers, I think you are in La-La-Landia; and if you can’t take an observation lightly, I can’t imagine how can you gulp up a criticism (either positive or negative) and apply it to your work. There’s nothing original left in this world, the wheel has been invented thousand years ago. All what we do here is take or “borrow” some elements, mixed together in one, redefine it and call it our own. Once you stop caring about how other people are going to see your work, it will stand out on its own.