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Hello again everyone! Seems like I haven't posted here in ages. I still do art, I swear! Just none of it ever gets finished :D

That's actually what brings me back here. (Shocking, no?) In my quest to better my artistic skills, I *think* I know what I need to find: An art critique forum of some kind. My most successful attempts at developing my skills were due to the time I spent at pixeljoint/pixelation, where people trade critiques and tips, sometimes editing each others work, and challenges are offered regularly to help you learn to use limitations as inspiration.

I know art can be posted on the forums here, but for some reason I feel like thats cheating, and Im not entirely sure I won't just get a slew of "thats cool"'s and "good job"'s. I've also considered conceptart.org and satellite soda. The former is waaay to intimidating for me, I know Im not up to par for that yet. The latter still feels out of my league, but I dig the tight-knit feel of the community there and everything's just so pretty! Im a sucker for pretty.

So I guess what Im getting at is: Can anyone tell me of any other forums like the ones mentioned above? Should I suck it up and join one that intimidates me as a way of kicking my own ass into gear?

I feel like this is a lot like my previous journal entry, and I haven't gotten very far from there. Feel free to salmon-slap me if I get too much more redundant...
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sergiocornaga Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I heard icrit.org was great for this, but it looks like that site's died since I visited it and vowed to eventually sign up two years ago. So, uh, darn!
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Morganne Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Drat! Might just have to start my own forum then :F
I feel like that might take specialized knowledge and dedication though. hrm...
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infinipede Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The big one is [link] Conceptart, though the amount of luck I've had there varies. Their WIP section can be extremely helpful or you could get no posts at all! (I think they're not big on pixel art, so that might be part of it.)\

Pixeljoint and Pixelation are both great for pixel art, though I know you already mentioned them. Another good one is [link] TSRc, though they tend to be more... blunt? They share a few members with Pixeljoint but I've found TSRc consistently gives really in-depth critique. They'd also probably be willing to critique digital and traditional work. (If you join, I'm Masquerain in 3D).

Good luck!
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Morganne Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thanks so much, I've either never seen or never payed attention to that particular pixel place. I love the style of critique you get from pixel-pushers, I just cant ever seem to find it for cg/traditional pieces. Everywhere I look usually only wants to critique finished pieces rather than help you with works in progress.
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infinipede Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, which is a shame because like, it's a FINISHED piece... I'm not likely to fix it when it's at that point. And pixel artists give great critique.

I found the issue with conceptart is they're more likely to critique artists with really high skill levels, which is all well and good but ignoring beginners/intermediately skilled artists just causes problems.
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Morganne Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Thats why I'll always love pixeljoint/pixelation, they never hold back on beginner artists where critique is concerned. Rather than saying "You're doing it all wrong, practice more!" they actually tell you ways you could try to do it right, as well as encourage the things you did right already. The god-tier artists intermingle with the beginners and usually produce some amazing results.

I think I posted on concept art a couple years ago. It was pixel art, so that was probably my first mistake, and I was a teenager so that was probably my second. One person total replied to my thread to tell me I probably wasn't going to get too many replies because I just wasn't good enough. Blunt, but ultimately true, I suppose. The only time I've ever seen my pixel communities turn someone down in that harsh of a manner was if the art wasn't pixel-kosher. All bets are off when that happens :D

Maybe I'm being hypocritical, though. I haven't critiqued any art in a long time...
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infinipede Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I feel that's one advantage pixel art communities have over places like Conceptart. They're more than willing to help artists of all skill levels.

I don't do a lot of critique, but that's mostly because I haven't been doing a lot of art either, heh.
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