How to comment on other people’s Art
I have been on Flickr for quite some time now, I am a member of deviantart and I have been presenting my art on this blog for quite some time. I have received comments and I have given comments, and I must admit that in many cases I haven’t said anything after looking at some other person’s art.
Commenting on other people’s art is a bit like commenting on other people’s blogposts. Many commenters use their comments as a way to get traffic to their websites, blogs, articles or galleries. I don’t want to be misunderstood – this is absolutely legitimate, as long as their comments are qualified comments.
What are qualified comments? Let’s get back to the person at the receiving end. At the beginning of my blogging career I would have savoured any comment that came in, even a “great post!” one. But some blogging posts later I was not so enthusiastic anymore. What exactly was it that the commenter liked? Was it the subject, or the way I dealt with it?
I must admit that I didn’t have these difficulties with “Lovely picture!”, because I could relate to that – I had felt that reaction many times when looking at other people’s photographies. However I love to get comments which refer to certain aspects: “Nice composition”, “lovely vibrant colours”, “great macro”.
The same applies to pieces of art. Of course it takes much more time to comment then, because you have to take a closer look and find out why you love the piece. Is is the detailed work, the composition, the distribution of light and shadows, the imagination, the expression of skill, the expression of love for the subject – I think you are getting what I mean.
Commenting like this takes a lot of time. You might have to reduce the number of your comments. But: those comments are very important for the artist. They are not only helpful, but they also are an expression of appreciation – I appreciate your work and so I give my time to produce a qualified comment.
This blogpost was inspired by reading Judy Adamson’s blog post “Who needs Praise?”. I am looking forward to your comments!