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March 19, 2012
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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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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! :(
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