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If your day hasn’t been ridiculous enough…I’m sure my latest video will fill your bizareness quota for the day…I’ve seen a lot of creators respond to well-meaning comments as if they were hate-mail. In this video I set out to help artists recognize when they’re over-reacting, and how to transform a “bad” comment into a valuable experience. With a little help from my inner “Ahrteest”. 🙂

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Ack! Poor baby Kali! Kid can’t catch a break… </3

Yet another great page, and a great video to boot. I'm so glad you did a video on knee-jerk reactions, and a helpful one it is. There are definitely people out there who need to hear this, myself included – Although my comic rarely, if ever, attracts any feedback of any kind, I know I have a tendency to get on the defensive. My big strategy is to read the comments given (on any work, not just comics) and then let it sit before replying. An hour, a day… whatever time it takes to let the content sink in and be processed to the point that I can be detached from it enough to learn a little, and then write a response that is at the very least polite, if not overly cheery.

But I digress. Thanks so much for sharing this story with us – I look forward to each and every page.
Cheers!

Great video! 😀

I’m guilty of writing occasional comparison comments. Or perhaps I should call them ‘connection comments’. I just figure that if work X and work Y have certain similarities, people who create and/or enjoy one might be interested in checking out the other.

Of course, if the other work is something as well known as Avatar I probably wouldn’t bother posting, since people would already know about it. Or I might actually mention which details I like, but in doing so it would be kind of pointless to mention that I also liked that stuff in the other, more well-known work.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with comparison comments. Only the way most artists react to them! 9 times out of 10, the comparison is made because the commenter wants to share something they like that they think would be of interest. Unfortunately, 9 times out of 10 an artist will take comparison as an accusation of plagiarism and flip their gourd about it! Which is a shame, because I’ve been shown a lot of cool stuff by comparison comments!! I think it’s neat how often two completely independant people will approach the same creative problem in a similar way!

There’s a lot of good information in the video. If anyone hasn’t yet watched it, they really should as it applies to life in general as well as being an artist.

Since my comics were never really popular, I was never really subject to trolls or any other comments other than a few supporting ones. However, as a podcaster, I have had my fair share of trolls and well meaning people who just sort of say the wrong thing.

If I can offer a piece of advice beyond what the video says it’s to treat every comment in a positive manner and reply accordingly. So if that trolls tell you “you suck and you should not do comics anymore” you can ignore the comment or you can probe further to see if they actually have some insight as to why “you suck”. Often, the troll’ll get scared and run away, but sometimes you get that one guy who really does know what he’s talking about but likes to poke fun at people. Suddenly you’re getting good advice from a jerk and you’ve turned the conversation around.

-snerk!- Hilarious video! I think my problems come around more when I’m the commenter. Either I prattle on too long (this comment, for example, was originally 3 paragraphs) or I don’t set the tone right. I try to edit down comments a lot now and start with the positives to keep my intentions clear, and also ask questions to show that I’m interested in conversing, not preaching. I hope it’s working!

Personally, I like long comments, so you never need to worry about them here. 🙂

I need to takes some tips from you tho. I always go on and on when I leave comments. I think they overwhelm a lot of people, which makes it difficult to communicate effectively. I still find the idea strange that less words can be more effective at getting a point across, but often it’s true!

This reminds me that I was about to “pitch a fit and give up” on art completely about a year ago after I went to a portfolio day.( a day where representatives from colleges around the us gather at one art college and art student hopefuls can get people to look at their work and critique it)

So a previous years I went to this day of improvement in my eyes had been very helpful. I took what people said to heart and set out to expand my abilities.

The day I wanted to stop art all together is when I brought my art to one particular college representative who just floored me with what they had to say about my art. ” needs more colour” and ” my advice is, get better at drawing”

I asked them about if they meant more colour variation or something but they said “no, needs more colour” and gave me absolutely nothing to go on to improve myself. this was someone representing a COLLEGE whose main job was to give critiques. to say the least it left me booking it from the building horribly distraught. I was left to flounder not knowing why as they put it my art was “just not good” and how I was going to improve.

an artist told me something very helpful”The difference between constructive criticism and unconstructive criticism is that the constructive kind will give you ideas of how to improve” and what that school said to me gave me NOTHING to go on.

so I guess where I’m getting at is that bad “comment” or real life experience is what made me harden my skin a bit and gave me a great experience to really get under a “troll’s” skin by smiling thanking them for their time and walking out of there.

It sounds like you faced a difficult challenge – but it’s fantastic that you learned from it and used that obstacle to make you stronger. I think the artist told you something incredibly valuable. Often a specific comment, no mater how negative, can be more useful than a vague positive one.

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