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“Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” – Ken Blanchard


What type of feedback do you regularly use? How do you work feedback into your practice? 

My Answer:

I use external feedback most often in the form of video, I pair that with focused internal feedback and ping pong back and forth for the fastest results.

Thoughts and Actions:

It's necessary for artists to receive feedback on every work they create in order to help understand how to improve over time.

The traditional Art Critique consists of four categories. Describe, Analyze, Interpret and Evaluate. By breaking a critique down into these four categories, you can organize your thoughts and thoroughly state your opinion as well as discuss your thoughts in an actionable way.

Describe: what do you see?

Analyze: examine methodically and in detail the structure of something, typically for purposes interpretation.

Interpret: the action of explaining the meaning of something.

Evaluate: form an idea of the value of something; assess.

Remember, someone’s feedback is only their opinion or perspective. So, choose wisely… do you love and admire this persons work? Then they will probably give you high quality feedback. Understand that feedback can do more harm than good too… sometimes feedback comes from a negative place, jealousy, dismissive, malicious, etc.

There are many different types of feedback, too many to list out, and they change depending on the subject matter at hand. So, let’s focus on SOME of the major types as it applies to artists work.

SOME types of feedback to understand, strive for and LOOK for:

  • external (coach, video, peer, audience, etc)

  • Internal (present practice)

  • Actionable

  • High quality

Give good feedback: 

  • Be specific

  • Use examples

  • Be concise

  • Stay neutral and know your audience 

  • PRACTICE! (both giving and receiving)

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