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ARCHIVE Day 52: To Create or Critique

Original Release: 4/19/18

One of the most common arguments made against critics is the highly annoying ‘I’d like to see you make something better!’

I despise this argument.

Being able to create art and to critique it are two very different things. Sure, both are skills that need practice, but they are still seas apart.

To create is to take an idea and give it form. To spend hours, days, months or maybe years to give form to your creativity. It takes time to learn how to better present your ideas, be they with words or with paint.

To critique is to look at an idea that has taken form and to try to improve it. You need to look at everything that it is, every little aspect, and pick out what works and what doesn’t. By critiquing art, you aim to help it improve by ironing out the flaws.

Anyone can do either, regardless of experience. Sure, lack of experience makes for weaker art or a weaker critique, but you can still do it. So the whole argument of ‘I bet you couldn’t do any better’ is completely pointless. Maybe I could. Maybe I couldn’t. I don’t know. But that’s not the point. We’re not talking about my art here. We’re discussing why I didn’t like it and think it could’ve been better.

What a lot of people don’t understand is that art is not something you can do alone. You need people to observe it, to give their feedback, and to consume it. If it were all just you, you wouldn’t get anywhere. The only way to get better is to have your creative ideas challenged and pushed to their limits.

Or you could just be like me and post it all onto a blog.

The age of the internet is wonderful.

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