Critique, on any art forum, has always been very welcome in my eyes. There's plenty of praise and nice comments going around, which is always a joy to hear, but it won't make you a better artist. Although I don't always like to hear critique of my work, I know that it is what I need
. It prevents me from becoming complacent with my level of ability, and often pushes me to work harder than I would under my own initiative.
However, I recently heard from a group of artists whom I greatly respect, that to critique someone's work who had not asked for critique, was a rude thing to do.
If this is the case, then I have been a most despicably rude person.
There are situations in which I understand critique may not be appropriate. Say for example you have an actual gallery show, in an actual building with walls. That is a formal setting in which you may not want me to walk up to your framed artwork... and proceed to point out your shortcomings in front your admiring fans.
Now if we relate online art galleries, such as DA, to brick and mortar gallery shows, then I suppose I can understand why posting a public critique may be considered rude. It's effectively the same 'rude' act, only I can't physically see the look of disapproval on your face.
I would like to hear what you all think of this matter. Is it rude to openly critique someone's artwork when they did not specifically ask for it?
I feel that an honest critique of my art, is one of the most valuable things that I can receive. It is also the best I can give to other artists. If I take the time to critique your art, it's because I care!
Or... perhaps I truly am a despicably rude person.
You guys let me know!