Originally Posted by dd316
Constructive criticism is one thing, it's flat out complaining or spiteful comments that don't help. It's the latter that usually sparks the outcry.
"X Artist really should work on their perspective" is much better than "This artwork is a joke, I wouldn't line my cat's litter box with it!"
I had a great conversation with Warren Martineck at the last Philly Show about my work, and he was extremely helpful in offering suggestions and breaking down a few areas where my art needs more work. I totally respect what he had to say and have been taking his suggestions seriously and applying them. He could have just said my work was sub-par and left it at that, and I'm sure I would have gotten defensive.
I haven't seen much litter boxing, and I have seen good constructive criticism that was not taken the right way. The artists in this genre tend to think every comment is spiteful complaining, even when it is not.