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All deviants can now write Critiques

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 6:13 PM

:star:  Be a giver!

Sometimes you come across a deviation that deserves special attention. It catches your eye in such a way that you're compelled to craft a response that goes above and beyond a normal comment.  Or perhaps a fellow deviant is having a tough time with a particular aspect of their work, and you know just what they need to take their art to the next level. As a good Internet citizen and art enthusiast, you want to help them out, but a normal comment doesn't quite suit your purpose. 

For these situations and more, we've given everyone the ability to write a Critique.  

:?  What is Critique?

DeviantART's Critique system is designed to help artists get in-depth, critical feedback and commentary on their work.  Valued feedback through Critique promotes creative growth as an artist and draws special attention to work.  Critiques are also a way for committed art enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and fans to publish real criticism, gain recognition as a critic, and introduce new and emerging art to the community.

Previously, only Premium Members could give Critiques, but we wanted to open up the opportunity to give meaningful feedback to all deviants.  However, it remains true that only Premium Members can request Critiques on their work.

:?  How do I use Critique?

When submitting a deviation, check the 'Request Critiques' option to enable Critiques on your work. 

With this option checked, your watchers will be notified that you're looking for extra feedback. Your deviation will also appear in deviantART's Critiqueable page.

If you're looking for a work to Critique, browse the Critiqueable page for a piece that deserves expertise. You can also browse the Critiques page to view what other deviants have written and provide your own unique point of view. 

Once you've found the deviation you want to Critique, hit the 'Write a Critique' button and start writing! Critiques must be at least 100 words. You can rate the deviation using a 5 star scale based on various criteria, like Vision, Originality, Technique, Impact, and Deviousness. When you're done, hit 'Send', and wait for the deviant to accept it! 

:star: Critique away!

If you'd like more information on the specifics of Critique, please see FAQ #95: What is the Critique Feature and how do I use it?

Have fun and critique to your heart's content!


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Swanbreeze Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist
Oh, so only Premium members can request Critiques. dA is denying the right for nonPremium members to get feedback on their art. Why don't they just demolish the Critique thing and make everyone critique in the comments? Money-makers these days. :no:
LillySkiploom Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
I don't get why the critique button was moved to premium members only. A non-premium member can just say "please give me a critique" and people would give them critiques as if they were using the button except it would be in the comments.
And people don't need to use the button to give critiques. They can just ask "can I critique this drawing?" and if the creator says yes then the person who critiques them and give them a critique in the comments section. 
The main thing that bothers me about this is that this is an art website yet it makes people think they cant receive or give critiques without a pm. And people need critiques to improve and grow in the first place. So why make it a pm feature? 
wwwarea Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
That's cool, but does "Originality" have to always be a requirement? There are certain works that aren't meant to be "newly idea like", and is meant to be for other kinds of things.. Say a "Mono-Lisa" recreation by scratch.. In respect to the person's interest, it's not good to bring out "lack of originality" as a flaw when the artists original post is not meant to be original in the first place.
shadsilvson Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
how do you publish a critique?
DarkPurpleCyanide Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Photographer
Okay so I saw this just now and let me say that...


I'm sorry it's just it was really really painful back then when I wanted to give a critique on an artwork but I couldn't because I can't afford the membership. Finally, I can help others in the best of my abilities and thank you deviantArt for this wonderful news!

lippincottart00 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so u can't write one if u dont have premium membership
Pandakat26 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
While I can write critiques, I can't request them on my own art....
ILoveBigCats Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You need a Premium membership
Pandakat26 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah well then...
ddeactivatedd Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
What happened? I cannot request critiques anymore! :(
Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I will admit that critiques were one of my favorite features of the premium membership. That being said, I also thought it was very silly that such a feature was restricted to premium membership. I mean, a HUGE part of any art community is the feedback. Why else would we post online?

And yes, I know people could just critique in the comments. However, I also appreciate a special platform for it because I know the deviant is open and accepting to advice whereas a random comment seems more likely to be taken as criticism.
Topicality Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Haii Heidi! :wave: This has been featured on the Community Projects Group Update!


Itti Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope this means there's going to be something else awesome upcoming for Premium Members!
cookychristina Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought this was a permanent thing? I want to still be able to use the Critique feature when I lose my premium, but according to all my friends without premium they can't do it?
artbytiffany Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist
I think for every thing DA takes away from Premium Members, DA should make a new feature for us.
Ep1cShad0w Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Seriously? Critiques wern't even that special. Anyone could give a critique anyway even if they wern't on the "super special critique feature". It's not as though we really gained anything with this so quit acting like you've lost something.
artbytiffany Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist
You only say that because now your getting it.
Ep1cShad0w Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Not really. I never cared for the systom because it's redundent as hell. I critiqued things all the time without that junk. Also it's not all given away like you're saying because we can't request critiqus, just give them. But at the same time, what's to stop us from just requesting it in the creator comments?

angelStained Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012   Writer
I don't see why more people aren't grateful.
CuteCabaret Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student Writer
This is amazing, but if unpaid members can't request critiques, I don't see the point.
RoxyCockerSpaniel Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
I fucking love you
Oneofakindthief Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! This is a Truly Wonderful move guys!
novuschroma Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
I'm glad this feature was made available to all members and hope it leads to more people using the system. I've been a premium member for a while and always thought restricting who could write critiques made it a less valuable feature.
GazenArt Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I've not been able to give a critique when I wanted to.
sennennwars01 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012   Traditional Artist
this can really help us who want our work to be truly seen
Crystal-Gryphon Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
can all members also request critiques??
KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Writer
Can we (non premium members) give critiques to deviants who didn't request them? :confused:
spawndon Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
nope, I dont think so...
someone has to request a critique to be given one
KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Writer
Aha, thank you!:aww:
OutsideFate Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's like people have forgotten /everything/ about leaving critiques in the comment section, just like everyone did before the function came along.
JackassRulez95 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ps how come only premium members can request critiques?
JackassRulez95 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you telling me that I don't have to have a premium membership to write a critique?
vitzhk Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Gostaria de saber até que ponto isso pode ser considerado algo bom de verdade.
mcp100 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is great. I've been wanting people to share their honest critique on my work. I know that there are places I need to improve on, & I want to hear everyone's honest opinions.
Aetharius Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The critique system is kind of dumb in the first place. You don't need a special platform to ask for and deliver critique. ConceptArt just has posts in forum threads, and you get way better critique over there, largely because there is a strong culture encouraging critique and improvement. Deviantart has a culture of sycophants, hugboxes, and kids that can't handle anything less than gushing praise, which I guess why there's this perceived necessity of a special critique platform.

I'm just going to start writing my 'critiques requested' notes on my pieces in big, bold letters and ask viewers to just drop a critique in the comments. Or is that stealing a premium resource?
somnomollior Featured By Owner May 9, 2012   Writer
I agree with you.
darazan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think that's a great idea. I'm pretty sure that requesting critiques used to be a feature available to all members, then it was changed for some reason.
Aetharius Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
When I first joined, it was indeed a feature for everyone, and I would always check that box during submission. A note would show up in the artist's comments saying 'The artist has requested critique on this piece' or something, so people would know you were seeking crit. Then it got replaced by the special premium platform.

I thought that making critique a special, exclusive Thing was a bad move on DA's part, because it moved the site vibe even further away from the idea that DA was/could be a good resource for a growing, learning artist. I guess DA just wanted some new feature to entice more users to get premium? Meh.. I'll just keep requesting crit the old fashioned way.
darazan Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess until they make it a feature for everyone again, which very well may happen if they're opening up writing critiques for everyone, I'll have to request in the description as well. :D
LiquidLeo Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I've been hoping for this for a while :)
klomp123 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's about time.
MyouBade Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is great! the one thing i always though DA should give to everyone. Critique is a good way for all artist to improve and should not of been only for those who had money to pay for a premium membership. Thank you for this
tumblinteaaa Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I wont let me request critiques. :cry: arent we supposed to be able to do that now??
Melodia-J Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student General Artist
It says that that is still a Premium feature.

"However, it remains true that only Premium Members can request Critiques on their work."
tumblinteaaa Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
well, that wasn't very clear, but thanks!
DigitalPen Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
If you read it properly, It was actually very clear.

Hmm.. I have given a critique before... And I've never been a Premium member, meh, Maybe it was just a bug...
tumblinteaaa Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
y-f-s Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student General Artist
You actually released this months earlier. =P
A friend, who has never had a subscription, wrote me a critique on Jan 29, 2012, 9:20:02 PM:

So I was wondering whether I was only imagining that only premium members could write critiques for others. XD
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