Some more random practice pieces and such. Apologies for any misspellings. Beware of the nonsense.
First off, what a sweet question! You’re such an awesome friend to ask something like that :D
As for the answer, to be honest I think any form of compliment is awesome. Although, I do agree that sometimes “it’s really good” can sound rhetorical, so here’s a list of a few compliments that I think would be awesome to receive:
"That’s spectacular! I love the (choose a specific part of the drawing you find appealing - like the background, the eyes, etc. The more specific, the more the artist feels like you’re really looking at their art)."
When you don’t know what specifically you love about a piece, just say something like “I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s something so beautiful about this drawing.”
"You have so much skill!" (Most artists dislike when someone says talent, or ‘you’re so lucky you were born with so much talent’ simply because most artists have put in hour and hours of time and practice into developing their style. They didn’t come out of the womb and start painting masterpieces)
Or say nothing at all, and just do this:
But, for the record, any compliment is great to receive. Really, 99% of artists in the world aren’t going to be upset with you if you compliment their art (especially if your tone is genuine).
Don’t sweat it. If you love something someone made, let them know! Most artists are their biggest critic, so even something as small as “that looks great!” can really cheer them up.
Sorry for the long answer, and have a fabulous day :D
This is such great advice. I think it applies to other people in other trades as well. I know I’ve felt much like the original person posting, not knowing what to say and feeling like I’m just repeating myself. And I agree with the reply, that most artists are their own biggest critic and any words of genuine appreciation of their work is always a great thing for them to hear.
Just some sketches and things with me trying out a new digital brush.
Happy halloween to those celebrating and happy Thursday to those who aren’t. ;)
I call this little guy Trickster. He’s a candy corn dressed as a clown? Just a silly idea to practice with.