Monday, February 25, 2013

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156 comments:

  1. My art teacher, she is the best

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  2. I turn to a good friend for an honest critique :)

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  3. Name: Donni Smith
    The person I turn to for critique is my old art teacher. I had him my senior test in high school, but as an AP art teacher, he has taught me so much, and believed in me, and I thank him for that.

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  4. My art Teacher as well! also my son for immediate feedback... he is very good at helping me out in an honest but tactful way.

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  5. I'm the most critical person of my art but I also ask for opinion of my former teachers at times.

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  6. I always turn to my art friends for an honest opinion from a technical point of view. And for a layman's point of view I turn to my husband who gives me a frank opinion always :)

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  7. My husband....he is so absolutely honest with me & I can tell from just a glimpse of his face what his initial reaction to my work is. He has helped me so much without even realising!

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  8. Daughter and artist Kelly along with friend Christy, also an artist. I know they both will be honest with me.

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  9. My mom! Instead of everyone saying what they think I want to hear, my mom tells me the truth and looks at everything with a critical eye, offering advice which I always take :) She is my biggest fan <3

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  10. Name: Lidia Penczar
    I turn to my art peers in my Colored Pencil group on Facebook.

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  11. Mr. Wonderful - he is awesome!

    AnnetteD

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  12. My husband will say exactly how he feels when he sees a work of art of mine...whether it's positive or negative...which I appreciate greatly!...then I can either decide if t's ready to frame...or ready to bring back to the table for reworking!

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  13. Another area artist or other art peers on the Internet

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  14. My friends, teachers,artists and facebook users.!

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  15. I turn to my best friend Sasha she always tells me the truth and give excellent constructive criticism! x

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  16. My online friends

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  17. My mother, cause she's also my teacher.

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  18. My hubby, because he just says it as he sees it.

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  19. One of my high school art teachers knew how to critique and I respected his opinion. Now, I don't know anyone who gives me that kind of honesty. When I find the time to take a class, the instructor usually gives me good tips. I guess I remain my worst critic.

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  20. I turn to my parents. Usually they tell me before I can ask them!
    Susan Fletcher
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  21. Honest critiques are rare, so I've found that the most honest are the peeps who actually purchase or commission my artwork, or another artist, because they understand what I'm talking about when I say I need an "honest critique". While a "you're so talented", or a "Beautiful picture" might make you feel good, an honest evaluation will make you strive to be a better artist, and that's why I appreciate an honest critique, even if it's negative.

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  22. I find I can always turn to my sister. She has a great way of giving me criticism alongside positive reinforcement. She is honest and supportive when I need her to be.

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  23. My daughter..because she is very honest and always finds something positive in my art!

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  24. my husband, he admits to know nothing about art, but when he likes something , he tells me to frame it and hang it up. then I know it is a winner

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  25. I have some trusted friends/colleages I'll ask, but I also listen to fans of my FB page (to some degree).

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  26. My boyfriend :) He's very honest but in a way that doesn't make me sad hehe He's a master of the 'sandwich'-critique technique

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  27. My husband. He knows how to critique without crushing my feelings, which is what I need at this early stage.

    -Alysha Beery

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  28. My collegues, friends and art students.

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  29. My Mom is who I turn to most. She tells me the truth...if something looks a bit off, if if I went a bit overboard etc. She will (nicely ;) without telling me what to do lol) tell me what she thinks would look nice if I add something or need more of something to balance things out. But in the end...she is my very own personal cheerleader and I love it.

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  30. I have a group of 6 friends that I paint with once a week. They are a great support group for encouragement and honest critiques!

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  31. For an honest critique of my art work, I turn to my two friends who are professional artists as well.

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  32. My sister is very honest and helpful to me. She is an amazing artist and very supportive to others.

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  33. Actually, my 7 year old. Child honesty is the best initial feedback.

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  34. My other half. He knos nothing of the techniques etc, not an artist, but has a keen eye and is very constructive. He knows how things should look.

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  35. I always ask my husband. He has a "good eye" and provides honest feedback!

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  37. My best friends...they will tell me the truth!

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  38. my old college friend Elana. We were once roomates at our art college in Brooklyn, and I could always rely on her to give me constructive criticism.

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  39. My daughter, who is a very good artist. I know that she will tell me the truth.

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  40. MY HUSBAND WHO HAS A BETTER SENSE OF COLOR PATTERNS AND THE FINAL FINISHING EFFECTS AND TOUCHES OF A 'BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF ARTWORK'

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  41. Some of my artist colleagues that provide their honest opinion.

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  42. I turn to all the artists I've found on the internet and all the friends I've made in my online art communities...

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  43. For an honest critique I ask my husband. He is the most brutally honest person I know. it's not always easy to hear, but his honesty is what I need.

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  44. If I want really honest critique, I show my drawings to my Mom (as she is a professional art teacher), if I want just a lot compliments and praises, I show my creations for my husband:)

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  45. I look to certain friends in the online community to let me know how I am doing.

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  46. I either ask my child or post what I am working on in a forum for which I am not know well so that people of varying abilities using the same medium will give me an honest answer and honest critique without knowing of me.

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  47. ..to my family and few (one or two) friends-collegues: I know they always tell me the truth.

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  48. Since there is no one near me to give me an honest opinion I use a mirror. It fools the brain into seeing something different than what you have been working on. You can see the movement and errors that you might not otherwise notice.

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  49. my children give me a youthful fresh perspective

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  50. My mom. She always tells me the truth, even if it hurts.

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  51. I ask my daughter because she always give me honest feedback and has a very good eye for detail. She is an artist as well, but a trained artist with a degree in visual arts. I am self-taught so don't always see everything that I've done wrong (yet!).

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  52. there are no better critiques than my own children. they are merciless critiques on their mum's work.

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  53. I ask my artist friends. They give my their honest constructive criticism.

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  54. My art teacher and the other gals in class. While we always encourage each other, we are open in how we see our art. Great learning experience.

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  55. My 12 year old daughter gives me the best, honest, unfiltered constructive critique. She has a very sharp eye.

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  56. I have to friends, one an artist one not, that I turn to for an honest critique because I know that I will get an honest, sometimes brutally honest, criticism from them. I know them well enough that I can trust their answers, and they know me well enough that they don't have to worry about my feelings. They both provide unique perspectives on my work, each finding things the other doesn't.

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  57. Susan, who has a studio next to mine.

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  58. I would turn to either my mum, my husband or my son. I know they will tell me the truth and notice a detail that I did not see myself.

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  59. My old art teacher from high school. He's a true inspiration to me and always tells me exactly what he thinks and offers great advice. Wouldn't be able to draw as well if it wasn't for him.

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  60. I turn to my few artist friends because i know they'd give me an honest and constructive reply. Although i wish i had an art teacher that could guide me.

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  61. to my husband!he is an experienced artist and I respect his opinion and sometimes I ask my daughter, she is good at it!)))

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  62. I turn to my artist friends whom I have the utmost admiration of, who's art is no less than a constant inspiration for me. Their skilled eye always tells the truth and I respect that, entirely.

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  63. I post it on Deviant Art. I also ask random strangers and classmates :)

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  64. My dearest friend, who is also an artist. Her well-trained eye and complete honesty is something I can always count on.

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  65. I turn to my fellow colored pencil artists and students.

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  66. I ask friends who will give me an honest opinion... good or bad, negativity is hard to take but it helps me to grow in my art.

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  67. I turn to my wife or daughter to get a honest critique

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  68. I ask my husband who can't see the art side of things, but he can tell if an angle is off or invaluable info like that, I also know several people that are professional artists that will be honest and can usually help me with whatever the problem is

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  69. I turn to my husband or daughter. They each have a good eye and for the most part, I trust their impressions.

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  70. Myself because I feel confident with my art. After I finish I show it to family and friends and they comment on it..

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  71. when i think there is something i just cant put my finger on, my husband will hum and har and say its not quite there. he is very honest and will offer suggestions, but my sixteen year old son will walk in and say," wow mum, i love it, but did you notice this?" and BAM!he points out the problem. it now becomes obvious and i am able to fix it.

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  72. My Thursday evening art buds... they are the best and very honest with their critiques.

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  73. I ask my mentor who is a fellow artist. I find that opinions from friends who aren't artists can be helpful but you have to be careful. Often they will come from a place of personal preference or just not understanding the stages a piece of work can go through. A fellow artist can help from their own experience, especially if they work in a similar style.

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  74. name Kiely Parker: my friends on facebook whom a few are tattoo artist have given me the best constructive critique and my mum being a non artist has given me some of the best outside opinions and tips that i can work with like colour schemes and the overall placement of object in a piece. i work well with constructive even negative critiique it makes me want to better myself as an artist, and as an artist your always look to improve style and being open to new ideas from an outside source really helps with that.

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  75. Artists I look up to on facebook etc.. I have fav artists for different mediums, and will seek advice from them, and critique :-)

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  76. My Mom, cause she is the greatest and has seen my greatest works and my worst. Has watched my skills growfrom the early age of 6 till now, has always supported and supplied me with supplies. I also have great support from groups like this and CPAL. :)

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  77. EVERYBODY. LOL I first look at it in the mirror, at a distance, hanging for a few days then I will also show my FB friends, artist friends, coworkers.
    Some people are too kind so they kind of ballance out my hyper critical views.

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  79. I turn to my sister cause a) She also sketches so she is able to give me good oneliner comments on the mistakes as well as encouragement about the good work
    b) We were at always at competetion in our earlier days so she can be really harsh which gives me the drive to improve as I know she is jealous sometimes it Really helps :)

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  80. For a truthful answer I ask my husband. For a feel good answer ask Mom.

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  81. I turn to children for an honest critique. Good or bad, nothing else.They will let you know.

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  82. I turn to my husband, not only because he's blunt, but also because he has 30 years in the photo industry with an eye for image detail and creativity as well as a gift for marketing.

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  83. i am my own critic....husband is next best thing and for honest and technical arts stuff my fb art friends.

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  84. My best friends, because they are one of the fine artists out there!

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  85. For an Honest Critique i would go to my Uncle, he was a true craftsman, working for over 40 years as a ToolMaker and studieing Fine art in the Evening with his Brother Who Graduated From Vesper George, They Liked to explain the use of light and shadow, and i learned a great deal from them, But their gone now and i think of their sugestions as i work on every piece. So i like to think i an now my best critic.

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  86. Anyone and everyone who will look. Office co-workers,family,friends,FB friends,school staff workers and teachers.I like everyone's input. I take it all into consideration.Everyone will "see" something different.

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  87. For an Honest Critique i would go to my Uncle, he was a true craftsman, working for over 40 years as a ToolMaker and studieing Fine art in the Evening with his Brother Who Graduated From Vesper George, They Liked to explain the use of light and shadow, and i learned a great deal from them, But their gone now and i think of their sugestions as i work on every piece. So i like to think i an now my best critic.

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  88. My father - he is a wildlife artist. I have learnt everything I know from him and my best childhood memories are of the hours I spent sitting on his knee (and later by his side) while he painted african wildlife. He is my mentor and ultimate plumbline. If he is happy with something I have done, then I am happy. I only wish we had more time.

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  89. My husband - he has a good eye and will always tell me the truth whether I agree or not. :)

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  90. I turn to my self, I do ask my wife and children, but nobody can ever critique a peice of art truly accept the artist to whom created the peace! I let a peace of my work sit for days in a place that I walk by often just so I can view it from different angles and light. Always critiquing and fixing problem areas. I beleave that when your honest with your self, that is when you truly start to improve as an artist.

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  91. My artist daughter Anjali, who's critiquing is honest and non judgmental.

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  92. i turn to my brother for honest criticism, because it's no holds bars with him.however, that is the feedback that helps the most to correct my mistakes and improve myself. fb name is Shake Maj.thank you:)

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  93. best friends. They know how important their feedbacks and critics for my crations.

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  94. My daughter who is an Artist in a different field will always tell me the truth and find any errors. What an eye she has. Of course, I in turn tell her when her music or singing isn't flowing like it should. We have the best relationship ever! Best friends now that she is 29.

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  95. Simone Clavin PapercraftsFebruary 26, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    MY facebook artist friends :)

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  96. My partner, he is always far too honest... but usually right.

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  97. My Husband. (name: Lisa Van Nunen)

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  98. I usually am the best critique of my work but like to turn toward my great friend.(Transe sur Papier)

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  99. I will go to my husband. He is not an artist but I have found out that he can see flaws I have missed. Gotta love him!

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  100. Big biggest critic is myself, and I tend to find flaws where there are none so I have to go to someone else. My go to person is my wife. She doesn't hold back like most people. Where others will praise a portrait, she will flat out tell me the head is too big, or it doesn't look like the person I am drawing. But she will help me fix it too. She brings the best out of me, and nothing less.

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  101. Honestly.. someone who doesn't like me :p Sounds weird but you can always count on an honest response :)

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    1. names Brit Ish on Facebook :) should probably start putting that on these because I can only enter this with my Google name :p

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  102. My husband .... he is probably the only one "Brave" enough to tell me when I have done something wrong, or could improve a piece.

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  103. My granddaughters. They tell me "like it is". I love their honesty.I know they will tell me their open opinions about my art. My eldest daughter bought me my first paint set after 30 years of not painting, and that started me back into doing what I love again. My middle daughter is a wonderful critic. She has told me many times of her opinions of what she thinks of my art. both good and bad. My youngest daughter, has gotten me in love with fantasy art and the use of all of my media. so..I have a whole family of critics that are not afraid to tell me what they feel, and when they tell me they like something, (which is quite often :), I know I'm doing the right thing. Not only are they my art critics they are my muses and my motivation.

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  104. My family and friends

    Vh Jette P. M. Nielsen

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  105. I usually turn to my Dad for an honest critique. He has an artistic eye, can pick out the places where I can improve but also recognize where my strengths have grown. He knows when I'm being too hard on myself, and always encourages me to keep doing what I love.

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  106. All my fellow CP Artists on Colored Pencil Artists and Lovers (CPAL)on Facebook. They are the best of the best and I value their opinions.

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  107. My wife, Laurie, gives me honest, creative feedback.

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  108. My hubby. He is no artist but he knows what is beautiful and what looks "wrong"

    I am never satisfied, and think it's not good enaugh.
    And my Friends mostly say: Ohhh beautiful, better than I could do it in a lifetime. But I don't want to hear that. I want to hear, what I can make better.

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  109. My Instructors and my Best friends who are also artists.

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  110. My most honest critiques always come from my art instructor. He is an amazing artist and always gives honest advice even if it may not be what i want to hear. Oh and i would love to win that sharpener :) I work on graphite art pieces everyday and this would give a beautiful point to my pencils and save me a ton of hand sharpening.

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  111. My daughter & my husband give me honest critiques and they are the first ones I go to with newly finished artwork. :)

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  112. Fellow artist friends. Sometimes I don't agree with my art teachers views eventhough she is awesome at what she does.

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  113. My mom. She has a Bachelors in Fine Arts. She is the one who taught me.

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  114. My granddaughter is 10 years old, she says oh grandma thats so pretty to everything I draw. Thats honesty.

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  115. I ask the internet, the land of honesty and truth. I'm also a French model, Bonjour!

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  116. I turn to a co-worker who's art and vision is well respected. Can always get an honest opinion.

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  117. My grandma :) my grandmother has always been and still is my biggest critic. The joke is if grandma can't find something wrong with it than it is pretty darn good piece of art :)

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  118. My husband, he is always honest about my work.

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  119. My fiancee who has been a photographer by profession all of his life. With his honest critiques I am constantly learning more about composition and values.

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  120. my best friend who is awesome artist

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  121. While drawing or painting with colored pencil in the part the most awesome critique comes from people passing by and looking at what I am doing. Some are artists while others just enjoy art.

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  122. My boyfriend and other art friends :) for sure.

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  123. My closest friend and roommate, because she has a keen eye, high standards, and understands what I want from my art.

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  124. Our Random winner is:
    Emre Aktuna

    Please contact us at admin@coloredpencilmag.com
    with your shipping address before 2/15/2013 to claim your prize.

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