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On Giftart and Etiquitte

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 9, 2014, 11:25 AM

So, let's say someone drew giftart for you (regardless of the circumstance).  No money changed hands at any point.

What is your first response?

1.  Thank them.
2.  Comment on why they did X and not Y.
3.  Point out errors in the piece.

:bulletblack: If you chose answers 2 or 3, you may want to re-evaluate what you're doing.  Consider how you would feel if the roles were reversed.

:bulletwhite:  If you need to critique the work, you might want to consider the following:
:bulletpink: Does the artist accept critique?
:bulletred: Can I phrase my commentary in a constructive fashion? (Some rough guides on this can be found here, here, and here)
:bulletorange: Is my critique meant to help the artist?

If any of those are a 'no,' you may want to reconsider it, and stick to a "Thanks!"

:bulletyellow: But the error is horrible and so is the artist for getting it wrong / This giftart sucks! / OMG I don't want this!

In those cases, you may want to opt for saying nothing, or just a polite "thank you," will suffice.  If you can't find anything nice to say, then keep your hands, feet, and unkind words to yourself.

Now, let's assume that someone drew giftart for someone else that you knew.

How do you respond to this?

1.  Be excited for the other person getting the art!
2.  Express jealousy (in front of the artist) that the piece wasn't for you.
3.  Point out errors in the piece.
4.  Ignore it.

:bulletgreen:  If you chose options 1 or 4, then you're on the right track.  If you chose options 2 or 3 (again), then you should probably consider the points made in the previous section.

:bulletblue:  In addition, when it comes to art made for someone else, it's not really up to you to say whether the piece is bad or not.  If the other person enjoys it, then it may be best to leave it be.

:bulletpurple:  In either of these cases, if you REALLY, REALLY have to say something, perhaps try sending a note.  Keep in mind that not all artists may be receptive to criticism on giftart!

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kabocha Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you like them!  :D  They're small, but they don't photograph all that well...   But I'm really happy you like them!  Hopefully they didn't get wet in the rain or anything. X_X

Also, thank you!  :D  It almost makes me want to go through and prune my gallery a bit...  Haha...
YuniNaoki Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE them SO much!! :w00t:
They are in perfect condition :la: I plan on getting some cute little frames for them and display them proudly!!
kabocha Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, that would be awesome!  :D  I usually just put them in hard trading card holders, but framing them would be pretty neat, too!
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Niteku Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for the llama!Llama Truck 
Aki-ChiixHanatsuki Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist
OMG O: My Name is Samantha too! thehe -A-
kabocha Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, nice to meet you, Samantha!
YuniNaoki Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:la: Thank you so much!!!! :hug:
StarryHeavens3 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you for all the brushes you have provided for everyone adjksadlkjdsalkj *HUGS*
Creative2Bit Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the trade, please check out my artwork if you got some time ^^
kabocha Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I'm afraid I don't know what you mean by trade!  I haven't engaged in an art trade in a long time. ^^;  You may have me mixed up with someone else.
Creative2Bit Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
is that so, ??? hugh,

You haven't received any points from me ? :(
kabocha Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, llama trade!

I thought you were talking about something else, haha, sorry!
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Sakura-ShinRa Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Kabocha,

Just letting you know I used your Shoujo effects brush here…

I've credited you, and I hope you like it =D
DropThePress Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
I used your "Winter Breeze Brushes - PS7" HERE . I hope it's up to your standards hahah!!
deeaRockGirl Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i used your brush here…
and credited you for them. thank you
YuniNaoki Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:party::cake: Sorry it's wicked late!! ^^;
kabocha Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! No worries, I'm just happy that you thought of me!  :heart:
steven-polar-bear Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Lots of your brush sets will prove useful, thanks a lotsss
PumpkinSkyline Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty stock photos '3'
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Interface Designer
:iconloveloveplz::iconsaysplz:I love you.

Tag, quality deviant, you’re it! Quality doesn't mean that you have a lot of followers, or a lot of messages. It means that you’re nice to other people, and you deserve to be happy. If you get this message, someone is telling you that they love you as you are, and they don’t care how much followers you have. Send this to 10 deviants who deserve it. If you break the chain, nothing will happen. But it’s just good to let someone know that you love them!

- Continued chain from *odunze -
ZwartBlack Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
i love ur screentone!! n brush~!
it's help me alot!
JokerLina403 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
I tagged you! :D


sorry for my bad english
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DarkDevil16 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I used your stock here: [link] Thanks!
DarkDevil16 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sorry, the link I gave to you is not working: [link] Here it is!
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