Now, I know the artist is going to ask questions, i.e. How would I do ___________? or whatever. Would a critique thread be the place for things like that. I easily see a conversation developing on points like that. I think that’s fine if that’s what we want. It would be more like a critique/learning thread. If we don’t want that, then how would we handle an artist’s questions? By PM, in a separate thread for that purpose, or what? I only ask because I can easily see such a situation happening.
Hmmm. Not sure…
I can see how someone like Joe wants a critique to be more “real world”, like the *bigger* questions are composition and intent…. I think if your submission is a work in progress or you are submitting just a part and trying to figure something out, maybe that should not go in the critique thread because it’s more a “How To” kind of topic.
At the same time I can see someone submitting a few renders of a model from different angles (maybe even a screengrab in the model room) and the critique should be limited to a modeling discussion—even if some of the suggestions are “I’d rather see a ‘clay render’ because there are problems with your UV map”... or something. In that case I think a specific discussion about the Bridge Tool or whatever would be appropriate….
Likewise, If I submitted a hairstyle for criticism, I may not be very concerned about the head it’s resting on…. BUT the real problem with my hair might be the lighting, rather than the hair shader or something. We have to be able to concentrate on the stated goal of an image - otherwise every image must be a completed masterpiece and that is less likely to happen. Besides, not everyone wants a fully illustrated book cover. The stated Goal might be to develop a fictional character (the criticisms being whether the clothes are appropriate or distracting or whatever). A goal might be realistic ocean, but the sky isn’t part of the goal or the expressions on people in a boat… We just need to be able to be specific or every critique could be very random….
On the otherhand, if a book cover *is* the stated goal, a discussion on fonts is totally appropriate. If the stated goal is postwork, that might lead to a discussion on both photoshop AND lighting in Carrara…. I think if someone wants help with something specific, they might get better answers starting a specific thread on that topic….
testing the smiley—>
Smiley problem seems to be with the Quick Reply. Hitting the Quote button opens a new interface and the smileys work…