Time for my two cents.
I have to say as one just trying to learn digital art when I
joined eight months ago I have found the critiques that I have received on my
final pieces as helpful if not more helpful than those that I receive on my
WIPs. Usually WIP comments are encouraging and give less insight into what is
needed, such as “good idea, can’t wait to see final work”. IT was comments that I received on the finals
that gave more insight, such as on the Alien Storm where it was pointed out
that some of the lightning strikes led the eye out of the picture. This may not
have been picked up in the WIPs because the strikes were not completed at that
time. Another was my pin-up, where I cropped the final and EM pointed out that
he liked it but that pin-ups of the time were full figure, a point that I hadn’t
considered. Where, I wouldn’t have won
either challenges, these final critiques were that most helpful. To me there is nothing more discouraging then
to see votes 1,2 and 3 and not seeing any feedback on your work at all and left
to wonder why someone thought they were the best. You’re left with, ”OK but
what did I need to do”.
One thing I see is that more people enter the final vote
then put comments on the WIPs. This is good, but since they weren’t giving
comments during the development of your work it would be nice to know what they
think of your final and what might have improved it.
One final observation as the challenge gets closer to the
end there are usually fewer comments posted on the WIPs page probably as people
run out of time themselves to get their own work done. This means that as you’re getting closer to
the final result you get less feedback where it could be the most use.
KAZKY: Perhaps a solution would be when you close the
voting, put a stop point on the WIP page with a link and then ask for only the
top three votes in the Finals page and supply a link to that link on end of the WIP page, where you encourage critiques and comments on all entries. Then you could
post your personal vote but comments could still be made about all finals. Note
it would be helpful if that link would also open it as a separate web page or
tab so you could easily go back and forth to the posted finals and look at each
while commenting on them.
Anyway this is more than two cents, and finally I would say Llamas are fine but I
would like to see more jackalopes.