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Fella's Welcome Wagon: May 11th, 2015

Mon May 11, 2015, 12:00 PM

Hop on board Fella's Welcome Wagon as we welcome some awesome new deviants into our community!

Welcome, poibo!
Deviant for 2 Weeks

Happy Together by poibo

Welcome, aqua-lava!
Deviant for 9 Months

Irish doggie by aqua-lava

Welcome, killakee-cat!
Deviant for 2 Months

meow? by killakee-cat

Welcome, JopieLee!
Deviant for less than 1 Week

Dandy Mott by JopieLee

Welcome, ChronosNeko!
Deviant for 3 Months

Behind Every Playful Smile... by ChronosNeko

Deviants featured here have been a part of our community for less than one (1) year and have at least one (1) deviation in his/her gallery. If you see any awesome new deviants you'd like to see featured here, please send a note to fella with your suggestion!

Mothers Day

Sun May 10, 2015, 11:04 AM

mothers day by hunniebuzzMother's Day Truffles by pandrina
Mother's Day 2015 by WaterRingUntitled by Placi1

Happy Mothers Day!!

This fortnight's media: PHOTOGRAPHY!

Night bird by MichaelMagin E-Collar by MarinaCoric Wind by thefirebomb
My An by duongquocdinh 
Lost House by bamboomix Washed Leaf by Nitrok
old games by Satorstar Widow Fall by Hengki24 Story of My Life by DougNZ
Japanese Zen Garden by WindyLife The Good and Simple Life by FlabnBone Capreolus capreolus by DangerousLuke
Pink Haven by inktice The Beautiful Combination by SheilaBrinson
Rainbow Drop by AdrianaFilip Dragonfly by sanfranguy
Skyper by freMDartet Opposite Directions by CarlosBecerra universe by davespertine
Dropped from Heaven - VII by DimensionSeven Enchanted Nights by Draken413o
The Last Jawa by Balakov Faith by Sarqq

QOTD: Each row of photographs are divided into themes. Guess each theme in the comments section below.

Also, there is one row that has a mixed-up theme. Guess that row too. ;)

Fella's ArtFest: May 2015

Tue May 5, 2015, 3:00 PM

Welcome to Fella's ArtFest!

Fella's ArtFest is a monthly contest in which the DeviantArt community can display its love and appreciation for art and all its forms.
Each month's ArtFest has a particular theme! To participate, create an original piece of art (all media are accepted) and submit it to DeviantArt as a deviation! From there, simply submit your deviation to fella's very own gallery into this month's ArtFest gallery folder.

:fella: Theme

The theme for May's ArtFest is: flowers!

:sing: April showers bring May flowers~

:star: Prizes

The prizes for Fella's ArtFest are courtesy of DeviantArt and are as follows:

:bulletgreen: First Place will receive a 6 Month Premium Membership to DeviantArt!
:bulletgreen: Second Place will receive a 3 Month Premium Membership to DeviantArt!
:bulletgreen: Third Place will receive a 1 Month Premium Membership to DeviantArt!

:fella: Deadline

» The deadline to enter your submission into this month's ArtFest is May 25th! This month's winners will be announced on the following day. Submissions must be present within the Fella's ArtFest - May 2015 folder in fella's gallery by 11:59:59pm PDT to be considered!

:fella: Rules

:bulletgreen: Entrants may enter as many entries as they like however duplicate entries are not allowed.
:bulletgreen: Entrants must be at least 13 years old as of the deadline of the contest.
:bulletgreen: Entrants may reside anywhere in the world.
:bulletgreen: Entries must be received by 11:59:59PM (PT) on May 25th, 2015 and be submitted through the contest gallery at fella here
:bulletgreen: Membership to is required to enter the Contest
:bulletgreen: Membership to is free
:bulletgreen: Entrants must include mention to the contest within their entries' artist comments
:bulletgreen: Entries must be submitted to DeviantArt after the start date of this competition

Good luck, deviants! :fella:

#Fella - About: Commenting

Mon May 4, 2015, 12:51 AM

Comments are an integral part of our everyday deviantART life - we communicate with each other through comments, give and get feedback, critiques, or have the most interesting conversation whose origin is one simple comment on a deviation or journal.
This article is all about commenting, including a few commenting tips and thoughts on commenting by fellow deviants, as well as some resoures you might find helpful for commenting.


  • Keep in mind what kind of deviation it is you're commenting on, as there are different things to focus on in a visual artwork (e.g. colours, shading) than a literature piece (wording, grammar), for example. (DerangedSenpai)
  • You can use the "sandwich" technique for commenting: start with saying something positive, put negative comments in middle, and also end with something positive. (Sachi-pon)
  • Be specific with your positive and negative statements. Don't just say "It's cute", but mention a reason why you think it's cute; when saying something negative, explain why you think the artist made a mistake, and what exactly the artist can do to improve it. "You want the artist to learn, right? Help them learn something!" (Sachi-pon)
  • If you don't quite know how to explain something, linking to resources, like tutorials, videos, or stock images can help you point the artist into the right direction.
  • "Good words to use when pointing out a mistake: "Next time, maybe you can try...". This makes the artist focus on improvement in the future instead of feeling bad about their current work." (Sachi-pon)
  • Read the artist's comment before you critique, as the artist might state that they do not want to recieve critiques. The artist might also already be aware of the mistake(s) you noticed and wanted to mention. (Sachi-pon)
  • Try to be more or less objective, and don't let your personal tastes bias you. It's important to be aware of the difference between an actual mistake and something you personally think doesn't look too great. (Sachi-pon)
  • Even if you don't have time for a longer comment, or simply can't think of anything to say, you could at least say something along the lines of "Love it", "Great work", or short things like that. "I think too often we see a good piece, we nod mentally, but we don't do anything. Then the artist never knew that so many people appreciated it and feels discouraged." (ventimocha)
  • Typing a short sentence or two to let the artist know you enjoyed their work only takes a few seconds, and is most likely going to make said artist smile.
  • "Find something you REALLY LIKE about a piece of art (for example, the artist is new and they may not be great, but the shading is very unique) and go from there." (MayEsdot)
  • Asking questions about the work, like "How did you create that texture?", "What materials did you use?", etc. are great openers for a longer conversation.
  • "Always, always give them a nice complement in the end.  Be kind and courteous (make their day), don't say anything that you wouldn't want someone else to tell you." (MayEsdot)
  •  Comment the way you want others to comment on your work. (tmwillson3)
  • "Try to encourage new writers, or those still testing the waters, since they probably have great ideas, but need a push sometimes. I used to be a new writer, and I'm grateful to those who first encouraged me, so I do the same." (tmwillson3)
  • If someone mentions that they want help, give advice, but make sure you end with a positive statement, something encouraging or motivating, as especially for beginner artists, a comment that only mentions negatives can be very discouraging. (the1dragon1girl)
  • While "be positive" is important, honesty and respect for the individual are also very important. "Yes, it's nice to see positive comments when someone is giving feedback.  But nobody can grow if all they get is the good ol' pat on the back when their work could use some improvement.
    The person who made the work is a person, and they devoted time and effort into the piece they're showing.  They deserve respect as a person, and their efforts deserve to be treated with respect.  With that in mind, I won't insult the product of effort - nor will I disparage the individual who made the effort.  In the same vein, however, that person deserves honesty, and I will give my effort to help the artist improve the work; that means I'll indicate mistakes or "confusing wording" and ask questions.  If something catches my attention, I'll mention it - be it opportunity to improve or something worthy of a metaphorical gold star.  And I'll do my best to make my effort worth the while of the individual seeing it."
  • "If you comment in order to help the artist, and the artist gets upset, just leave them be. It's really up to them to take your advice." (kysketch)
  • "Don't add advertising to someone's site/store/what have you as part of a comment, especially when this information is also in the siggie - it comes across as spammy and just tends to annoy rather than get people interested in looking - leading to possible costumer loss, if we want to look it's already easy enough to do so." (Magical525)

Community Voices:

1. How often do you comment on deviations/in general?

"I comment everyday but not always intricate mostly one sentence or a few words. I Especially do if the piece touches me. If it's something I'm really interested in I will say a lot or if it's something that is simply astounding whether it's interesting to me or not I will comment.. basically if the piece grabs my attention I'll definitely comment. Actually at times even if it doesn't grab my attention but I come across a deviation that is not getting any attention from anyone I'll say something positive to random artists."

"Rarely. I usually don't have anything to add and I'm not a great appreciator of empty compliments." 

"Not very often. I reply to comments, but I rarely post any comments of my own — maybe if I see something I have a question about or maybe if the artist asks something in the description of the deviation I feel like answering.

"So, when I think about what I do comment on, I can say that when I look through my message feed at all the pretty art, I usually only comment if I know the deviant and it is a major surprise to me to see such improvement, or if it just grabs my attention. (aka, themes I am into - and then I only comment if i REALLY like it) I also will sometimes stop the commenting process if I see lots of people do one liners and the artist never responds - to me that makes me think, they are either very inactive and never see these comments, so why bother, or they see them, but get so many that it doesn't mean so much to them anymore, and again, why bother at that point."

"I always comment when I see something I like Heart

"I try to comment as oft as I can. It seems that lately commenting here on dA has died down a bit, and I want to bring it back."  

"I'm active with comments, I give maybe an average of 10 a week."

"Not very often. If I do it's to just let them know that I can see a marked improvement but that is typically reserved to people I watch. If it is not someone I watch then the work is typically very good and it has a uniqueness to it. Too much carbon copying/digital art that all looks the same etc." 

"On deviations? Not nearly as much as I should. People in dA deserve more love, but I'm more active in the forums." 

"Only when I can actually think of something to say to the person. I don't like leaving one word comments like 'Nice!' or 'Awesome!'" 

"Less than I should probably, but I always comment on something I am adding to my favorites:3 (Because I know me myself prefers comments over a fav anyway X3)" 

2. How often do you constructively comment on deviations?

"I try not to unless they specifically ask in their artist comments, if I know they're a beginner or if I'm friends with them on here "watch list" otherwise I don't feel I'm that talented  or important enough to tell someone how to correct their art." 

"This one is tricky, I usually have to feel like I know the deviant to give constructive comments, and they are usually positive, like: Maybe next time you make that you could add a little pixie fairy to the branch, or something like that. Now, If they ask for constructive comments and I feel like I know enough about the medium or art style the art is in, I might do a couple sentences."  

"I used to do this with my every comment. Nowadays, I have this "quantity over quality" view on commenting. I simply want to see more art than get caught up in writing a critique that the artist will proceed to ignore Stare But if the artist replies something other than "Thank you!", I will usually elaborate what in particular I like about the piece. If I spot flaws, I will point them out though, but usually I don't LOL

"On almost every comment I make, I always try to give the artist some constructive feedback. Sometimes I'll link to tutorials I've found helpful, sometimes I'll give small tips on anatomy or color--all that good stuff! I think that giving out a little help can really push an artist forward to rapid improvement, so long as the feedback is tasteful." 

"Almost always. I always try to point out something I think it's off, without ending up writing a full critique, but also good things I see in the artwork, for encouragement and so the artist knows what he/she's doing well. When it's a piece in a media I know nothing about (for example, sculpting or photography), my comments are more admiring than constructive."

"Every comment I leave I try to. I at least tell the person what I like about the drawing."

"Not often. I am really bad at constructive criticism be honest some people on DA are really bad at taking them."

3. Do you use a particular technique when giving feedback?

"No I do not. I just go as it comes to me."

"Yes; I try to indicate something I felt was strong about the work, as well as what could be improved. I also try to suggest some means of addressing the issue. This is what makes a comment "constructive". If I can't do any of those things, I won't comment." 

"No. But I usually include things like A. Telling what I like about a deviation and what turned out well, B. Things that could be improved + tips, C. Additional ideas or things the artist might want to try out and D. Some potentially random thing that comes in mind when I see the image."  

"The hamburger technique, or what's-it'called? Say something positive, suggest improving something (why and how), finish with something positive. I'm trying to be as polite as possible."  

"I always like to point out the good things first, then move onto other things that could be worked on. This way, I think, the artist will be able to see all their strong points and weaker points so they break their pieces down and figure out what to work on most in future pieces."

"No real technique for it, I typically tend to tell them what it is that captures me though. I focus on the positive parts, and what they do right or interesting, which I feel they deserve to hear." 

"Yes, point out the good or things that they have improved on since the last time I looked at their work. Then I point out the things I see and give the details of why I don't think it is as strong as other areas and what might help to make them better."

"If I'm writing a critique, I try to do some sort of sandwich in my comment. Start pointing out something good, so the artist won't get discouraged of reading right away, then go with the negative points, and then positive again, so the reader will accept what I told them but end up in a good mood anyway." 

"No, but I try to include
1) Whatever comes to mind when looking at the drawing
2) What I like about it
3) What I think they can improve on."

4. Do you think there's a difference between a constructive comment and a

critique? If so, what is it for you?

"Yes! A critique is wanted: go for it! A constructive comment shall not be written to avoid drama.
Ok, real difference: A critique is a detailed analysis of many of the aspects of the artwork. A constructive comment doesn't have to be so "deep"."

"Not necessarily. The implication would seem to be that a critique is longer or more in depth but there's no reason to maintain strict definitions." 

"Not really, but I think a critique has more depth and talks about things in detail while a constructive comment is more like a broad advice or idea. I think a critique addresses several elements of an image while comments might concentrate on one. Long comments can become a critique — there's no clear line.

"Yes. To me a constructive comment is usually one or two lines and it will focus on one thing in particular. If I am being asked to critique, I am being asked to put a grade on it, and give my thoughts to how it can be improved/or point out how well it all fits together (critiques can be posititive you know!!)" 

"I'd say that they can both be quite the same, but I feel as if critiques should be longer and more in depth; you gotta tell the artist exactly what they're doing wrong and give them tips to help them improve on the matter. For critiques, I'll go into great depth to help improvement, while in a constructive comment, I'll most likely point out a minor flaw and link to things that might help." 

"Yes. A constructive comment is most often a complement with a little advice thrown in on something general. A critique is a detailed layout of things to improve that should be followed with possible ways to improve them." 

"Yes. I think a critique is more in depth and explaining what you did wrong and how you should improve on it, whereas a constructive comment is just throwing out advice or ideas (sort of a simplified critique maybe?)" 

5. Have you had any particular negative experiences with commenting? How did you deal with them?

"Too many! I deal by not doing it anymore! Stare
If you want to know more, read this:… :D (Big Grin)

"Oh yes a few times. I let each speak their opinion as I would expect the same and move on.. but if it's completely rude or pure hate I do not reply at all.. and if it's super offensive to myself or could be to others I will not only not respond I will hide the comment or report as spam because that's unnecessary." 

"No, not really. Mostly people ignore my advice but that's neutral rather than negative. The only people who grind my gears are the ones who ask me to take responsibility for their own failure. I'm giving the wrong advice, or I'm lying. Suit yourselves! These people will not benefit from my help." 

"No, I don't remember any negative experiences." 

"Oh yes. There was this photographer who had a pic of some food I'm not into, and I commented expressing how I was in awe that they managed to turn something I normally don't like into something so beautiful that I did like. That somehow resulted in a shitstorm and the artist blocking me LOL Some people really get butthurt over nothing." 

"I've never made negative comments before, but I've had people comment not only to me, but to some of my friends too. I'd say it's always best to keep your composure and not say anything without thinking it through. It's best to be the better man in that kind of situation. Using reason will always work." 

"No, I can't complain. People normally sound happy and tell me thank you, etc. The comments I don't like seeing though, are the ones where people tell them what they should have done instead, particularly when its not necessary or helpful info"   

"I don't remember ever receiving a really bad or hurtful comment, except for once, when someone left a comment in my profile, some years ago, saying my art was absolutely terrible and I should stop drawing. I felt really bad and considered stopping drawing, but I just can't drop it, and here I am, still drawing.

What happens more often to me is people taking my constructive comments as personal attacks, and saying I'm a troll or violently asking me not to further comment on their deviations, since they only want ass patting." 

"I haven't personally, but I see where other people have these experiences."

"Usually only from comments received. Like someone being needlessly nit-picky or just blowing up in my face for no discernible reason... If this happens repeatedly I block the person."

6. What do you like best about commenting and why?

"This is how you gain new dA friends! :) (Smile)
- Stygma 

"I love best about commenting that you get to express your feelings that a piece of art has given you or done to you.. whether it's something you loved or disliked the freedom of comments lets you openly express your feelings but with respect of course. Also you can get into a lot of inspirational or eye opening conversations with others and even make some new friends."  

"I'm not sure I would say that I "like" commenting XD. It's a basic functionality that I don't really think about."  

"I like people to know that I really like their work, favorites are like facebook's like button... It takes 2 seconds to hit it, comments on the other hand take longer, even if it is just a few words. I prefer comments over favs any day." 

"That people take their time to actually look at an image and think about its content and execution and find things they can talk about to give the artist feedback, new ideas and advice.
Again, I don't think things like "Cool" or "I like it" are real comments. They don't give me anything valuable and it almost doesn't matter whether a person writes "Cool" or nothing at all.

"I feel like it breaks down the internet walls that are between all of the artists here. And what I mean by that, is that we are all sitting behind a computer screen, with commenting, I feel like I can hear the artist speaking to me in return and it just really brings, not a face, but a sense of character to the person you are interacting with. Humans are by nature, social. So to me, commenting is an essential part of interacting on this site with other Artists. Plus, how else are you going to make new friends here?!"

"The interaction! Love How else would I meet new awesome people? :) (Smile)"

"People can share so much information and helpful tips through words, and that's what I love most about commenting. :) (Smile)

"I like paying tribute to their hardwork and to their artistic passion. It also feels awesome to express myself, and then to hear them expressing themselves when they reply back :) (Smile)

"Engaging in a meaningful conversation with the hope that some knowledge is gained to help both parties improve in some way. Or if nothing else simply help inspire one another to continue to keep working. Often times little nuggets of gold can come from these."

"Sometimes, really interesting conversations are born from a comment. Also I like encouraging other artists, and love receiving encouragement myself. :) (Smile)

- Isho13 

"I like helping others out to improve their art, and I like others telling me how I can improve as well. I also like that people take the time to actually look at the art. The fave button for the most part doesn't let me know the person genuinely likes your work (sometimes people only fave to get pageviews or because they think you'll fave back).
I'm not fond of comments like "Nice!", "Awesome!" or anything similar to that because they don't help you and don't tell you what's good about your work or what's bad."

"It says so much more than just a simple gold star. If you fav something the artist may know you like the work...or maybe they're just doing it to put into a collection (I've seen people add complete copies of the same image into collections...yes clearly art-theft is involved at that point but it also shows these people don't really care much about the art they put in it if they didn't even stop to check if they put the same picture there twice). With a comment I know for sure you actually looked at the picture in full and I would usually know WHAT you like about it. (Unless the comment is just a generic "Cute.." least they tried.)"

Commenting Resources:

ProjectComment: A Guide To CommentingHow To Comment: Quick and Easy Guide to Commenting
A lot of people put hard work into deviations only to receive "Cool!" or "Neat. That's awesome." (Or the occasional "Gross...")
While all of those are nice and sweet, and it IS appreciated, it only takes one moment of your time to say something a little more, to give insight into WHY you liked it, WHY you thought it was cool, or WHY you thought it was gross. Even the negative aspects of a deviation are nice to know so you have that reference the next time you work on a piece.
You don't have to tear the deviation apart, you don't need to critique it, but by stating why you like the piece you let another person know how much you appreciate their effort. It is unfortunate when people give up when they have truly amazing potential because they feel their efforts are in vain. As a whole, it's not your problem OR fault if they choose this route, but often times, one comment can change their entire perspective!
Too often do there are d
  #01 Constructively Comment in 5 Quick Steps!ProjectComment is a Group of many projects centred around comments, but, more importantly, constructive comments. Every week, one admin from ProjectComment will write an informative article on commenting that will hopefully be useful to you! Please help support us by :+fav: the article and contribute your thoughts and opinions on the matter. :love:
This article will list five easy ways to make your comment constructive. What many people do not realise is that a constructive comment does not have to be as long or as indepth as a critique, and that you don't need to be an awesome commenter or an awesome artist to write a constructive comment. You probably won't have to spend more than 5-10 minutes writing a constructive comment, and it could still be helpful to the artist.
Here are the steps that you can take to make your comment more constructive:
State the things you like about the piece.
Try and state one thi
#02 Improvement and CritiqueProjectComment is a Group of many projects centered around comments, but more importantly, constructive comments. Every week, one admin from ProjectComment will write an informative article on commenting that will hopefully be useful to you! Please help support us by :+fav: the article and contribute your thoughts and opinions on the matter.
Hi everybody! Browsing the wide range of artworks here on dA, you may have carefully pondered about writing a critique on a piece that had caught your attention, but did not quite know how to communicate your analysis of the piece that would have helped the artist to improve. Likewise, you may have found yourself stuck on the other side of the fence, receiving a critique but not knowing exactly how to execute the advice to yield improvement. I plan to cover both grounds in this article, so hopefully this dual perspective will help!
3wyl’s step-by-step article on

How to Comment - Pointers and ExamplesThis guide was written by ProjectComment as a Group, by deviants for deviants. Not only have we sought suggestions from our volunteers, but we have examples of constructive comments from the rest of the community as well, making this a true, collective effort. After reading this, it will be hard to not write a constructive comment.
Each category of art has its own set of pointers in alphabetical order, suggested by our volunteers. If you have any more to contribute, spot a mistake, etc. please feel free to contact us! :D
General Pointers for All Categories
(Contributors: AGBBibag, Anjellyjoy, art-acheiver-4eva, CyberChristFF, eldestmuse, Kaz-D, leannecoleman, MachinesBleedToo, pullingcandy, seventysevenpercent, xblackxbloodxcellx, Zombienvy, 3wyl)
:bulletblue: Atmosphere/Mood/Feelings created – Does the artwork evoke any feelings and emotions within you? What kind of atmosphere/mood/feelin
  How to Write an Artist's (or Author's) CommentsNearly all of us, if not every single one of us, have come across a deviation that just has a disappointing '...'. Conversely, some of us have even come across a massive wall of text.
Whether we are the people who ask ourselves, "Is that it?", or whether we are the people who ask ourselves, "What can I say?", this guide will hopefully provide you with some insight in how to go about writing a good description for your deviations, a.k.a. your Artist's (or Author's) Comments.
IIIXII has already written a beautiful guide here. He mentions a great point and that is that your artists comments are the only thing that might motivate a reader or viewer to comment your work
How many of us want constructive comments, critiques and, most importantly, feedback on our pieces?
Thus, is it only fair that if we want something back, we have to give something as well?
A Guide on (Offending) CommentsThis guide will, hopefully, tackle the issues of how to show the disadvantages of a piece to an artist without turning them down, how to handle comments received, no matter how good or bad they are, and how to reply to the comments received, particularly if you don’t understand or you are bothered, which may lead to unnecessary drama.
How to show the disadvantages of a piece without turning the artist down (and making them feel worthless)
We all have our own perspectives, and so we all interpret things and, most importantly, comments differently. If Person A wrote a comment and thought they sounded quite calm, Person B could take the comment and perceive it as Person A attacking them.
One way to show the disadvantages of a piece is by reducing the accusing and insulting tone by introducing words such as "maybe/might", "perhaps", "I think", "could be", which softens the overall tone and make you sound less blunt and "in your face".
Additionally, putting

Why Comment in the First Place?Many people ask themselves (sometimes on a daily basis) why they should comment on a piece of work. Whether it's just a deviation that pops up into our message centres or a deviation on deviantART's home page, what makes us decide whether we should, or even want to, comment on that piece?
Why do we bother? Or more importantly, why don’t we bother?
This guide explores the thoughts that we may have, the excuses we make, and, hopefully, a few thoughts to encourage you to comment, not just with a few words and that's it, but to really give a fellow artist a constructive comment that they deserve... that we deserve.
What is mentioned below is by no means accurate or complete and it does not apply to everyone. It was written by ProjectComment as a Group, by deviants, for deviants and we sincerely hope you enjoy reading this.
A massive thank you to annajordanart, catadescour, katdesignstudio, Jenniej92 and xblackxbloodxcellx who all contributed in the maki
Guide on How To Receive Feedback & Critique:iconprojectcomment:
This is an editorial written and submitted by namenotrequired on behalf of ProjectComment, a group founded by 3wyl that aims to encourage deviants to seek and provide constructive feedback that can help you to better yourself at your art.
What's in this article
:star: 1. Encouraging people to comment
:star: 2. Getting comments through ProjectComment
:star: 3. Other places to get comments:
:pointr: Groups
:pointr: Forums
:pointr: Chatrooms
:star: 4. More related guides
:star: Encouraging people to comment :star:
:pointr: Make clear in your artist's or author's comments that you're looking for feedback. You can also ask specific questions to potential commenters about it (“Does this character come across as realistic?”, “Please tell me what you think of the composition/colours/...” etc.).
More about using your Artist's/Author's comments effectively can be found in our article
So I've been thinking about writing this for awhile, and recently I noticed a lot of people are commenting in ways that can make the artist feel uncomfortable. 
This journal is about commenting etiquette.
If you comment like this I'm not mad. Please don't feel like im targeting anyone or anything- it's just something I've noticed a ton of people do.
comment etiquette
to start out, I'd like to show you some of the types of comments I see A LOT 
the self-pity comment
"This is really pretty. I'll never be able to draw like this I'm awful at drawing"
this is the most awkward way to get attention- the artist feels pressured to give you attention and compliment you. This can be super hard on the artist. 
INSTEAD, make it positive!
"This is really pretty.

The Art of Commenting(Please note: In no way is this intended to be patronising.)
Comments On dA.  You're doin' it wrong!
Okay, admittedly it’s only a small proportion of the dA community who seem to be sadly uneducated about the standard level of courtesy meant to be used when addressing people. Making insensitive, rude and stupid comments does not make you opinionated or brave. That sense of pride you feel when making a conflicting comment is sadly misplaced. Why? Because you’re hiding behind cyber walls. I highly, highly doubt you would say those things to the person’s face. (And I’m not talking about trolls, because trolls are just losers with no motive except to scrabble for the title of Biggest Douchebag on the Internet.)
Here are my rules of thumb, and perhaps I’m being arrogant and self-righteous by hoping someone might take something away from this, but consider it a tutorial of sorts on what NOT to write in comments. (Please note that all the examples I’ve
Comments and Commenting    We all know that getting the exposure you want for your work is a tough endeavour here on dA.  Despite the wonders of the site, the simple fact of the matter is that comments are hard to come by these days.
    There may be many reasons for this - lack of time on the part of many browsers, lack of interest, or simply: not knowing what to say.  We've all been there at one point (some of us more than others), and it presented the question - "what is it that writers want out of a comment?"
    The only way to find the answer to this question was to set up a poll - which received an amazing response from the lit community, and with your help, this editorial will highlight some points that will aid in leaving some insightful and appreciated comments.
First and foremost - Read.
    Many of the writers on dA want f
How To CommentDo you hate it when people ask you to leave comments on their work, and you want to, but you don’t know what to say? Are you at a loss for words when you see a picture you love? Are you unsure of when to tell people to just keep practicing? I had the idea some time ago to type up a simple guide on leaving comments. That is, leaving them as I often try to leave them myself. I’m not saying this is the right way and the only way. These are simply my thoughts on it. Tell me what you think of it all.
All right, so you find a piece of art you want to comment on. What first? Well, I find that a good comment can be divided into sections. Generally, if it’s someone I know nothing about, I start with a compliment, give my thoughts/critiquing (if they encourage it), and end with a compliment. This way, it’s more likely to stick in their mind if they see the overall comment as ‘friendly’.
Let’s look at different areas of leaving comments:
Why do you personally

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