Whether you are engaged in a single drawing or in your personal project, the anxiety to get a result beyond expectations can go up to a thousand. At some point it seems that nothing is going well, or you would like to improve the image but you can not identify the critical points.
The first instinct would be to publish the design on social media and ask for advice.
Don't do it!
Why you sould not ask for artistic advice on social media
Posting a design on your social profile or in public groups is almost always a waste of time and a source of stress:
- The drawing becomes public "as is". In addition to violating any Non-Disclosure Agreements, it's like throwing the image to the wolves. In addition, a potential client or publisher may first come across this still-evolving image rather than other finished ones you've already published.
- Anyone can comment, even without any skills or artistic taste. Maybe he's a person who criticizes with neither art or part, or he's in a bad mood and decides to bury your image with criticism.
- You'll have to filter all the unnecessary comments, the polemics and the simple compliments, looking for one or two sentences of dubious usefulness.
In the end, you will end up with the same doubts you had before posting, some empty compliments and critics that undermine your self-esteem and desire to complete the image.
The tips I am going to list will help you get targeted and constructive advice in a short time to improve your designs.
How to get valid advice through social media
- Post in thematic, restricted or private groups where the purpouse is to receive feedback, in which there are users who know you and share your same passion for drawing. Furthermore, your design will not be visible to anyone on the entire social network.
- Specify what you need or which part of the design does not satisfy you. The more precise you are, the more responses you will receive.
- Give permission to paintover. The other artists will know that they can download the image, draw on it and visually show the changes that they think should be made.
- Don't get angry if you receive severe but fair criticism, even if they involve redrawing the image from scratch. Remember: you're the one who noticed that something was wrong, to the point of asking for help.
- Don't post if you have not yet learned anatomy, unless the drawing is an exercise. Most of the capable artists are already exhausted to answer "learn anatomy" or link the related books for the umpteenth time. So they could just skip your post and you'd receive only superficial compliments from novice people.
- Do not post controversial images. Unless the request for advice is not about this, avoid posting images that may generate controversy that has nothing to do with the advice you need.
- Evaluate the experience of the commenter. Look at his profile, look for other posts to which he replied or google the author of a comment. You'll understand how much experience he has and in which specific niches.
- Contact in private the most experienced artists with whom you have a minimum of relationship (for example, you are part of the same groups) and ask for a technical opinion about your image. Remember not to prolong the conversation to the bitter end and not to disturb the artist to examine every single modification or drawing you make.
Following these simple steps you can make the most of social networks to get good and targeted advice on your drawings, even when you are carrying out a project in solitary.