Originally Posted by tobias
I think this forum has been over run by people who would rather make a smart ass comment about some one rather than try to promote sculpture or the act of sculpting.
There is very little work shown because most often people give opinion and call it critique. If you think that opinion and critique are the same thing then you are wrong.
We have had some great sculptors show work on this sight and they have been blasted with massive negativity. Most often by some one who knows very little about anything artistic.
Just a few months ago Blake was subjected to some one calling his work merely decoration. THIS IS NOT CRITIQUE. Why would a sculptor of his caliber continue to post with this sort of crap going on.
petty bullshit. Way too much of it!
I have sent private messages to some one who was just looking to scrap and was told that I should look for another forum if I dont like it.
Does any one think that sort of nonsence will make people keep coming sign up?
I dont care if you want a little club house with only a few people commenting... patting each other on the back. But this wont last.
I guess you`re right to some extent. Probably, moderating our attitudes help. There`will always be a smart ass putting down the best work no matter what,and hey who knows, at times he may even be right. Now, my believe is that the key thing is not what one says, but rather how something is said. It`s not the same to say that you need to work a little harder on anatomy proportions, than saying your figurative sculpture makes no sense, or you`d better go fishing instead of taking up sculpture recreationally. Now, members of some forums, really make naive, crafts if you wish, or what have you and they expect the how beautiful, nice or colorful their art is answer. So they`re either shocked by some hard professional opinion, or they find themselves posting with almost zero answers because nobody dares to say it`s a crap in a "nice" way. Might be too extremes, but rather have a hard comment than an empty pleasing one. Again, the tone is important. Did you read about the ORDER/CHAOS post? Well, that permeates into every aspect of life and this forum is no exception. I like it though for the most part, but let`s be politely harsh huh