Ok so I'm a freelance digital artist.
I'm on this other forum. It's an art forum frequented by both students and industry professionals.
They have this subforum where you can submit a sample of your works so that you can get your portfolio critiqued by the pros.
I consulted @Stephen first, because as much as I'd like to get feedback from the pros, I know that I am also my own very harsh critic (I'd say harshest), very perfectionistic and strive to be very meticulous. While I do enjoy the process of painting, I must admit that there's always this little feeling of nervousness bubbling just below my subconscious. I'm very nervous that I'll get criticism because it makes me feel ashamed and obsess: why didn't I realize this earlier? Why didn't I preempt and foresee these problems? I can't believe I'm so sloppy...etc.
You can say that my Ennea One-wing comes out very strongly in this area: I want to be perfect and so good so that nobody can criticize me. I know that realistically I'm not so bad (I'm decent enough of an artist to make a living out of it) but still, it makes me burn with shame every time I see somebody else tells me that there's something wrong with my art. I'm not angry at them, I'm just angry & ashamed at myself that I couldn't be better.
He said that I should, and so I did.
So I submitted these pictures:
Critiques that I got so far:
- too many clashing/bright colours
- too flat
- not enough values (greyscale)
- anatomy is my weak point
- lack of focus
- perspective not quite right
and wow they really haven't even tried to mince their words >_<
As painful as it is for me to be told that what I do isn't quite up to par in some ways, I'd rather know now, so that I can improve, rather than being in my own happy-happy little insulated world doing the same mistakes over and over again.
I guess what I'm asking is that - how can I just take it so easily, like, "oh, thanks for the critiques! really appreciate you pointing them out, I'll work on them!" rather than burn with shame and wanting to crawl into a hole and hide there or something?