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Some people brought up some pretty important points, so I've added some additional information about critiques below!

Hey all!

Something that's been bugging me a bit lately is how the DA community has sorta changed over the years (and not in a good way). People are more bold and will post whatever's on their mind, and while that can be a good thing in some scenarios, I feel that people oftentimes say things that they might not realize will hurt someone's feelings.

I generally get a lot of positive feedback, and it really helps! It's always great to know that someone likes my work, and it keeps me motivated to keep going with this hobby. However, I'm still a human being, and negative criticism can hurt me just as much as anyone else. I'm not sure what it is, but the amount of really negative comments has increased these past couple years, and it really discourages me from even using this website anymore. Many times I've considered just disabling comments entirely, but I feel that would destroy part of the reason I even use Deviantart to begin with.

Surprisingly, one of the more recent incidences was actually from someone that I had met before at a con, and in person she told me that I was one of the reasons she started cosplaying. She recently made a negative post on one of my photos, and I don't want to think that she had intended to hurt my feelings, but it did regardless.

This journal isn't going to reach the entirety of the DA community, but hopefully most of my watchers will at least read this and keep some of this information in mind, and maybe even spread the word. 

There's a reason Deviantart has the "Request a Critique" button. Granted, this is for premium memberships, but if people want to hear a critique, then they can ask for one in the info box, and I'm sure people who see it would happily oblige. I personally don't like critiques. I do this hobby for myself, and I feel I know my flaws better than anyone else...so when someone points out those flaws it's just a bit discouraging sometimes because then I feel like people have way too high expectations of me (it's really stressful).

Edit: The whole critique thing for me is a personal preference, but I understand not everyone feels the same, so I'll elaborate a bit more. Unfortunately most of the "critiques" I've gotten have been comments that bluntly point out the problems in a negative way, which is why I don't like them overall. However, if the only criticism I got was in the form of well-written critiques, then I would probably be fine with it. A well written critique should be something that benefits an artist more than hurts them. If you're going to point out something that you feel could use improvement, then tell the person what they can do to improve it, but not in a way that's going to come across like you're out to get them for it or put them down. Also, don't pick on things that a person can't easily fix (like physical characteristics). Don't tell someone that they can look better as a character by getting plastic surgery. 
I'm going to self-critique myself here as an example. Let's nitpick on my Skyward Sword Link Cosplay. 
The first flaw I notice is my shield; You can see the seam in the plastic where it's bent to have a curve rather than a nice smoother shape.
Don't just say, "I don't like the shield," or even, "The cosplay looks fantastic, but the shield could be better." While adding a positive thing about the costume does make it sound a little nicer, it still sounds a bit harsh, doesn't it? That's because it doesn't really provide any benefit to help me improve beside the fact that I need to get better at props.
So, what would have been a better critique? Maybe something like, "Costume looks great! I feel like you've got something good going here, though it looks like you had a hard time with shaping the shield. I recommend using [insert new material I might have never heard of here] for getting those rounder shapes. :)" bonus points if it also has a link to a tutorial or further information as to where I can find this magical material.
This critique is TONS better because first of all - it isn't telling me to throw away what I have and remake it. Sure, I might consider it and use the advice they gave me, but the important part is that they gave me information that I can use in any of my future projects. I might run into that same problem down the road with a different costume, but I'll then have this new knowledge to keep me from making the same mistakes. 

*end edit*

If you don't have something nice to say, you have the option to keep it to yourself. You're just going to make yourself look like a jerk. It takes more time to type out the comment, so you're doing both parties a favor by just avoiding the situation entirely.

Let's keep this community positive and classy, ok? :)


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Skyrider-1 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow,  thank you for writing this.  I've been on Deviant more than usual lately, and making comments on various things.  Reading this, I think back to a few of them and realize I should have (...darn, I don't know how to say it...).  But I do think you're right in this.  And not only in the cosplay area, but literature, drawings, photography, etc. 

This kept going round my head.  ^_^" Thumper: "If you can't say somethin' nice, don't say anything at all."  or useful.
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GanCristufel Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
I am agog, I am aghast!  If you of all people are getting negative feedback, it's wicked hard not to flip my table and quit myself!

Unfortunately, no matter what we do, people are always going to try to find something wrong with it.  And it's caused many an artist to leave their work forever.  I just hope and pray that we can implore you to persevere and not give up over the petty prattling of prejudicial panners. 

Nevertheless, I'm sure you know all of this already, but either way, I wanted you to know you're a wonderful artist who is amazingly blessed.

Also, quite honestly, I have refrained myself from contacting you or asking you questions on account of the fear of being a burden.  So you can add all the compliments that come to your head on your mental list of comments, because, chances are, I probably will/would have said it and meant it.  To make up for it, perhaps I should go back and actually make mental compliments physical.

Love the entry on Etiquette!  I agree wholeheartedly!

Also looking forward to the possibility of going to Katsucon, I'd love to shake hands, say an exuberant hello, etc., if you end up going, that is.

I hope you and your hubby are doing splendiferously!

Blessings & Prayers,
~Gan
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Greninjastorm Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013

it's okay! :iconyuihugplz:

 

keep your head up, you're not alone my darling.

 

To be honest, at first I thought you were a great cosplayer and crafty in everything you do and I was right. Once I started to look at your yugioh cosplays, I thought that you could be the "perfect one." And I was right on that point too. As a huge fan of your cosplays and all the aforementioned work you've completed, I am proud to say that you are talented and full of spunk. :) Don't let other people downtalk you for all the hard work you've paid off, just ignore them and pretend they don't exist.

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HikariHellion Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Everyone runs into assholes like that, especially people who are good at what they do. It seems that, when someone requests a critique, the ones giving the critique seem to forget that the one they're commenting on his a human being, not an android. As humans, we're not perfect; if we were, we couldn't be human. 

Jerks like that I tend to put on my ignore list. I try to give my reviews as positively as possible, because I know the person who's work I'm reviewing is part of the species homo sapiens, and makes mistakes every now and then. 

My advice, just ignore the jerkasses and leave it at that. If that doesn't work, well...you can always block them, I guess. ^^

Keep up the good work!
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freegirl333 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awww M-chan :( *hugs* I shall always follow and promise to be your stalker friend :3
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habbo-hampster Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
your cosplays inspired me to do cosplays and that is no lie. I love all of your cosplays and if I could I would come to America to meet you and give you a plushie that I have made. recently ive been in a rough patch and rewatching all your videos on you tube has helped me to pull through and to attend a con this weekend past.
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shikaru777 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Well I honestly like a lot of your cosplays. Because you cosplay both males and females and can do either one really well. Like I love your Yoko and your Nami cosplays because you look like you had lots of fun in them and put character into them. Your male cosplays are also awesome too! You inspire me to become a better cosplayer and your tutorials are extremely helpful for styling wigs. I hate to think that negative comments have put you down so much, but I hope you keep at it, because you are an awesome cosplayer. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

On a random note: You and your Husband make such a cute cosplay couple!
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PlatinumAngel25 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well said. Nod 
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Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student Photographer
I especially hate critiques because I KNOW people will use to to point out all the problems with it. I'm very happy with my art style, and I don't really care if people tell me otherwise--I would ask for the opinion if I wanted it. Still, my past semester of getting into photography (while also doing graphic design classes because apparently graphic design and photography are the same exact thing to this college) was two solid classes of critiquing our work and I HATED it. I loved what everyone thought to do and it was awful being the best artist in the class (and similarly, there was a really good photographer in the other class that we all oggled over). I never had many critiques in the art class, but I had several pointers in the photography class just because I don't have the resources to do what I want to do just yet. I turn in what I think looks good; if I'm not happy with it, I won't submit it.

Even without the critique button, some people STILL tell you what they want to be better, whether you ask for help or not. I'm very fortunate to have not run into very many rude commentators or people who like pointing out what's wrong with everything, but as a much more popular deviant, I'd hate to know how much you have to deal with people like that. Most of them just want to troll no matter how good you are. 
Your wigs and cosplay are GORGEOUS, and everyone has room for improvement, but if you're happy with something, or if you feel like YOU need to fix something, that's primarily up to you, unless, like you said, someone provides a good suggestion for what you can do.

(On a different and happier note, you were recommended when I talked to a wig booth at San Japan this weekend! I told them that I didn't have nearly the dexterity and talent that you had though, since I've been looking for people who can do wig commissions and I know you're pretty busy for commissions, but I was still pretty happy that they suggested you and mentioned how good your tutorials and such were. Congrats for being such a celebrity! X3)
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LividDoll Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
/Highfives for this <3
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AXYIC Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Those are nice tips on how to provide a critique. I recently started thinking that a comment is not the same for every person, and this is because not every person look for them because of the same reasons.
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Zerelixon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Constructive criticism is something everyone should be taught how to do. And to stay nice despite being an anonymous person hiding behind a screen. This is a well-written post, and hopefully more people will understand this point and actually put it to use after they have read it :) 
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Twlightlion Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student General Artist
She it and I will say again if you don't have anything nice to say , DON'T WRITE IT OR SAY IT!

P.s Thank you for your time.
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AyuMayuki Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True enough everyone takes criticism differently. I'm use to hearing negativity growing up from both family and school; even through here on dA or through other artists I meet. Anymore, I take the negativity to help me just get better, even if they don't provide me any sources or any links. I would do my own research when I can and do lots of practice. I'm still a learner myself through both artwork and cosplay; same goes for learning how to critique. I try learning the "constructive criticism" so I could help beginners out. Due to learning the hard way, an old friend of mine use to take every criticism I make as a killing stab when I wasn't intending for it but wanting to help tip in how the person could get better. I would always get confused why some of my critiques would be taken wrongly when all I wanted to do was be helpful. Reading your journal here, pointing things out, sure helps me quite a bit. I thank you for writing this. I'll learn to be a better and a more constructive critic. Critiquing can be very hard sometimes... It's easy to be afraid to say anything, which may explain why many folks don't critique as much anymore. I've noticed this in the college art classes. The other students had probably felt the same way I had felt. Learning to critique is sometimes like learning how to write a proper story. Not everyone has that talent and it takes practice. I thank you again for writing this, Malindachan.
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meguzara Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student
This is really needed. The amount of unnecessary hate people get for being bad at something, or messing something up, is just ridiculous. Haters going to hate, and the best kind of criticism is always the constructive kind. :>
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narutogoldylocks Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I completely agree. I'm okay with criticism as long as it somehow points out something I could do to be better. I am a perfectionist and I hold very high standards for myself, so I'm quite aware of all the mistakes I made in a drawing or cosplay.

When someone blatantly points out those flaws, it's like, "You're telling me something that I all ready know. You're just being a jerk about it." If said person were to tell me how I could IMPROVE for the future while not sounding negative, then I would be okay with it.
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benihimecosplay Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
More and more people are forgetting the saying "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"
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animefan9545 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
i dinn't even notice the problem whith the shield.
but yeah some people can be mean, but maybe you just readed it difrent than they had in mind, not meaned to be mean. but yeah wat your saying is true.
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VoiceActingChibi Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I usually try my best to give constructive critiques, but I always put in the beginning that I'm not trying to hate on the cosplay just in case someone tries to turn it around and make it sound like I am. I know there was a cosplay contest on Facebook going around, and someone had cosplayed Xion from the Kingdom Hearts series. I offered a critique on it. I pretty much expressed that I loved the character and, as politely as I could, tried to point out things that could be done to help improve the cosplay. The replies I got back told me that I had gone the right direction. People were even told that this was how constructive criticism should be posted on contests like that.

But yeah, I know how that feels. I'm nowhere near as talented of a cosplayer as most people, but I still try to do my best. Some critiques actually hurt me more than help me, so I can kind of understand where you're coming from.
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purplegoldfish14 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*applauds the edit section* wholeheartedly agree there!
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There are tons of ppl who care and really adore your work. <3 its a battle everyone faces on the net, esp. on da and it hurts realizing that this has become a place for a lot of negativity....'sticks n stones...but words can still hurt'

Hold tight to your skill. your talent, many ppl look up to you for ( i've been able to become more confident in my cosplay work b/c of you!)

They;re prob. jealous!! Pay them no mind malinda and keep your talent along side you with the utmost pride and love for your work!! 

We're all here for you!!
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SueaNoi Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually like critiques. If they are too blunt, I'll just ask right back if they have any idea about what to do to fix what they don't like.
If they are just doing it to be jerks, then I ignore it, but acknowledge that there are parts that could be better.

DA has been like this for a big while and I think you really should... you know... learn to ignore the negative-and-useless parts and focus on the useful part, positive and negative.
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Ex-Shadow Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Unfortunately some people are better at ignoring negativity than others.  Malinda is a very sensitive person, which is why she is providing this disclaimer.  Surely you can understand too that even if you can move on from negativity, it is by definition still negative.  No matter who you are, it still has to hurt to some degree when a person talks trash about your art or talents.  All she is asking is for people to be more considerate and change their attitudes rather than excuse them for their rudeness by simply saying it will always exist therefore we should just ignore it and move on.
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SueaNoi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i am giving her advise about the fact that it is impossible to change how other people will respond to her artworks. no matter how beautiful, there will always be some jerks who are just there to be jerks. and there are people who just wanted to be helpful, but said it wrong. and there are people who used to be helpful, but got this kind of comebacks and simply stopped giving art advises at all. I am telling her this, does not mean I am one of those jerks. i am not excusing them. what they say surely is negative, and hurtful even. but they will not stop happening simply because of this journal entry. everyone here must learn to live with it or continue to be unhappy because of something they cannot control. i am just giving advise on how to be happy while being talked trash to on a regular basis. if not, then I don't think DA is for her.
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Ex-Shadow Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
honestly, I agree with you on that.  But she may or may not be capable of letting go like that.  I've known her for half of my life and it's always been hard for her to move on from the simplest of things.  But thank you for taking the time to comment.  I'll keep working with her and hopefully she'll get to a point where the trash comments don't phase her anymore.
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SueaNoi Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really hope the best for you and her. Undeserving trash comments are very common on DA and also in real life. I know it's hard, but I really don't want to see a great artist like her leave because of these unstoppable trash comments.
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Dancing-Sand Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Japan emote  I completely agree. I know I'm a pretty bad artist, but negative comments really do hurt, and they definitely don't motivate me to better my art skills.
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M4dman Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Artist
Well, critique can be hurtful from time to time, I know that as a photographer.

(Not really sure how to convey this message...)

Anyway, sometimes I would rather have, in quotations - "Negative" critique rather than positive on a ratio of 1:3, while it's great to get a post saying "Awesome photo man!" That's not really a critique as such for ME.

I often find the positive messages to be pretty short and lacking in information I can use to better myself as a hobbyist photographer, web developer or whatever I might be doing, while posts saying "It's too bright, it's too sharp etc." is something that I can actually use, and even if there's a hint of a sentence or message that might hurt me, it's still more valuable than the short positive "tap on the shoulder".

So my point is, (I think.)

While critique might be hurting your feelings, if there's value in that critique I would try to put my feelings away.
Also when it comes to your story about having met that person in flesh, I personally try to keep thoughts and feelings separate, in a way of "Whatever is said on dA is said on dA and not in flesh."

Hope any of this is useful, otherwise just slap me and call me crazy. :)
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neoswiseman28 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Thumbs Up 
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flamedragontamer Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
I agree people should keep any negative thoughts they have to themselves, it would be a different story if they were trying to help, but just going and typing something just plain negative is just plain rude.
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Malindafan2 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah so true.
Don't let anyone get you down, Malinda.
You're a great person, one of the nicest people out there.
I bet you'll stay that way too. :3
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inuyashaluffler Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I compleatly agree, people should not be so negative. and for what it's worth, you are one of the best cosplayers i've seen. you've really inspired me to do more complicated cosplays, and i love the work you do on yours. it makes me angry/ sad that you have been getting negative comments about your work, because it's not fair, or nescisary. i hope you keep cosplaying and using deviantart, and just try to ignore them even th the negative comments are hurtfull. (i'm aware of the kind of pain you can get from negative comments)
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qu-ko Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm... actually a little disappointed to hear you aren't open to criticism, or at least that's what I'm taking from this? You seem like a sweet person, but I admit that makes me go ":S" in that there's no need to take critique as a personal affront, as difficult as it may be sometimes. There are people who make some really scathing comments and try to pass them off under the label of constructive criticism, or who half-assedly point out that such-and-such part is lacking without really explaining why or how to fix it, granted. But... I dunno, it seems discouraging in itself to hear this?

Like, I don't want to give you lip service because I respect you enough to feel I can be honest about it, and I seriously hope I don't get dogpiled for this. I don't know, maybe I'm jumping to the wrong conclusion -- is it because you take the comments too far to heart, or just that you feel the people who are bothering are terrible at critique (or are not actually aiming to critique)?
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Malindachan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What's triggered this has been comments I've gotten where people are outright harsh about something or don't provide any advice for improvement. If the only criticism I got was in the form of a well written critique that helped me rather than just put me down, then I think I would have been fine with it. So I suppose part of the problem is the second thing you had mentioned - about the people who bother don't actually know how to give a proper critique or are seriously just being mean about it. 
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qu-ko Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, yeah, then that makes a lot more sense. I've always believed there's a certain etiquette to follow in both giving and receiving critique, it's just... a lot of people tend not to consider how what they say sounds to the creator's ears. I think on one hand, unfortunately, you are so visible and at the forefront of the community that it's difficult to stem any negative comments entirely; you get people who are bitter or, much as I hate to go there, jealous of your ability/popularity, as sucky as it is. But on the other, the ones who do mean well really could channel their comments better. DA just seems not to have the same common knowledge of how to critique as some communities. :C

Thanks for clarifying! I hope your post helps with the comments you get, at least a little.
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Mana-hime Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
I think the problem is, that as a person you are more or less anonymous in the net
you can hide behind a nickname and a fake picture so noone will blame you or hate you if you post negativ things

I totaly agree on what you said
but I also think that IF you want to help by giving out your opinion (even if it is criticism) you can always put it into nice words
instead of: "Your shirt looks bad!"
you can say: "maybe you could have adjusted the size/use this material/try this pattern etc"

and also I think, if you say something negativ at least say 2 things that are positiv about it first
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ninjapink Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
I agree with you on critiques! so much. Like, what kind of response are they trying to illicit when they say such nit-picky things when you never even asked for their opinion? I always feel like I can only sound angry when I respond because of their overall tone. Its super annoying, right?
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Twlightlion Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Malindachan thank you for post this I think people need to stop hated people work because it is not cool. So I pledge to write good thing about people work and if I am act like a jerk please tell me so I can stop it. Thank you and if a great day.

P.S Love your work and hope to see at a up come Con.
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Rockcandysweetie Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!!
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Rockcandysweetie Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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nekomatalee Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you for making this post! It especially irks me when the only thing they point out is flaws...it's rude and hurtful. But dA has generally been a pretty good experience for me and I always look forward to seeing your cosplays (shots here are much better quality than FB provides!) so I hope you don't leave any time soon!
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HikaryChan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Totally agree with you, I don't understand why some people has to say mean words even if it's for a critique, there's always a polite way to say it and there's a huge difference between a destructive critique and someone trying to give you helpful advices (also don't get why people has to make it public, it's not hard to send an inbox -_-) they don't have the right to make you feel bad, this is something that we all do for fun, I don't like critiques either, as you said you know your flaws better than anyone else, they don't have to point them out, that makes me feel bad too, it just ruin the awesome feeling of cosplaying a character that you like. 

You don't let that people get to you, it's hard but there's people supporting  you too, it sounds really stressful to have to think about expectations but we love you <3 people here won't let me lie, you're awesome!!! 
I hope you don't get more negative messages, don't leave DA :'(  *huge fan here* send you a lot of love from Mèxico <3 ~^^
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IllusoryMagi Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not prone to leaving comments, but I have to agree with the many comments below that I am amazed at the growing negativities. Personally, I hope you do not stop cosplaying, at least until you feel you want to because from the first day my roommate showed me your pix, I loved them and it gave me inspiration to try cosplaying myself. I don't want to sound redundant to the many others, but please keep at it! :hug: You are very talented and always keep things interesting
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RelicRaider Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I've had a few negative comments when I was first starting, after stepping up I was trying to win this negative comment-or argument when one of my cosplay mentors stepped in and then invited me to join the forums she participated in.  See sometimes some positive comes out of negative stuff because I've improved my cosplays since then.
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Starcloud12 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can understand the pain of negative criticism. I'm actually not popular enough to get it about my art yet.
Actually, negativity can get so bad on here that some of the chatrooms are like "Leave drama at the door" because we want things more positive.
To end this comment on a positive note, I've apparently gotten more confident and Oli (the winged kuriboh with a squeaker I bought from you) says hi.
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Aluh-Minium Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
I'm quite surprised that people write negative criticism about your cosplays... Because they're all amazing. It's obvious you worked hard to make them. And plus it's a hobby, I could understand if it was something professional, then negative criticism would be logic. But if it's just no constructive criticism, well... It's quite discouraging.
That's why I'm glad you seem to keep your cool and your patience about that.
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Sir-Herp Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Afraid I'm guilty of being tactless at times, too. It happens, and it sucks.
But hey, you're a super cool person and a lot of people look up to ya, so keep going strong, and stay classy! Let's spread the positivity! :la:
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Sora-yaoi Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Sadly there are so much trolls out there making bad comments just for fun. Or maybe just jealous people, which maybe think they are more aweome and want to get the same amount of attention that you get. We don't know personally but I think you are a very kind and honest Person, which I think, everyone should like ^^
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GrayIceFullBuster Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
I love all your cosplays and you put so much work into them, I can't imagine you getting negative feedback. Pleas guys, stay respectful ^^
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slifertheskydragon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Malinda take the like hundreds of positive comments and focus on those. These negatives are like what, 1 in a thousand or something? They sting more since they leave a bad taste but at the same time it's really disproportionate of the love vs hate that you can't let it totally negate and throw out all the positive.

So what if you "don't look as good as the actual character" like what the hell kind of expectation is that on a person who didn't do this for them but for your own because you have the passion and love the character enough to make the cosplay?

I'm not watching that "Heroes of Cosplay" thing for this reason either since the promos totally turned me off and it was making it seem like cosplayers were nothing more than drama attention whores and I was like... no

A lot of people as you said really don't think before they hit "enter" and stuff they say they think it's funny but it can come off as rude and disrespectful, like this group at Otakon did an amazing Metal Gear Rising cosplay and there were hundreds of positive comments then this one asshole had to go "ugh why is that (one character) cosplay so cheap/bad looking it ruins the group" when I think they did a great job and idk wtf their deal is like why dont YOU make the cosplay and YOU make it perfect and see if you don't get criticized or even be able to make it HALF as good as she did?! That cosplayer got so focused on that one negative comment she got depressed for a bit before her friends convinced her to ignore the dumbass and that she really REALLY did a great job like dang man!

 I had one comment on my Raiden cosplay like "why is a dark asian girl cosplaying Raiden, lol jk" and it's like... "I'M SORRY I CAN'T CHANGE MY RACE/FACE AND IT'S SUMMER I LIKE TO GO OUTSIDE???" I cosplay this character because I friggin love him you know and so what if i'm not the "right" race/gender/bodytype I'm not cosplaying for you, i'm cosplaying because I want to and because I love to and if you can't deal with it or have even TRIED cosplaying before, I don't think there's any value to your opinion at all.

Sorry that went on a bit longer than I thought, just kind of sick of all this "weh they're not 100% like the character weh" stupid drama lately. Do what you have to, even if that means disabling comments. If there's rude comments you can always block/hide them as well or just ignore them. It's your cosplay, your deviantART.
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