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BusterWilde

Porn Standards

BEWARE. SLIGHTLY-RANTY PERSONAL OPINIONS FOLLOW. NO DRAMA PLS.

I might just be picky, but am I the only who who holds porn to some kind of standards? Technical skill is nice, but if the piece or character lacks personality, I can get off just as easily to a brick wall. The reverse is also true. I have a hard time fapping to something if it isn't done well, even if I would generally find the situation or characters really hot.

This is partly why I'm a huge fan of
Weaselgrease
Weaselgrease
's work. He has amazing skill in his toony style of work and can easily convey personality for the characters he draws. The same goes for artists like
InfamousMustelid
InfamousMustelid
, @chetchaka,
Doggieo
Doggieo
, and others. But then I look around and see people blindly praising artists who have much room for improvement without a hint of constructive criticism, and other people (much more understandably) holding artists with great technical skill up on pedestals even though their work or character lacks heart (ie: he's just a dick with a body attached).

"I like my porn to have a story. I don't get anything from it if I don't know who this woman is or what kind of poverty has driven her to have to use blowjobs as payment for all her deliveries and household maintenance." Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, Crysis 2 review
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Added: 5 years, 5 months ago
 
Cadmus
5 years, 5 months ago
I don't think it's being picky so much as wanting your porn to have a good background. Some good back story and personality (whether text based or conveyed through a picture itself) enhances pretty much everything, and I agree that having some in porn makes the piece a whole lot better than if it's just 'Look, cock sucking!'
Shokuji
5 years, 5 months ago
Lots of artists don't want public criticism. Basically if they're not asking for it, don't offer because you'll just be met with annoyance.
BusterWilde
5 years, 5 months ago
I don't buy that. If people don't want their work critiqued, they should keep it to themselves. By making their work available on a public forum, they are by default opening it to criticism and analysis.

Which, despite what fragile emotions may be bent in the process, is a good thing. How else are people supposed to improve if others don't critique what they think is wrong (so long as it's done constructively, otherwise it's just bullying)? If they're just doing it for their own enjoyment and don't care about how good they are, why do they offer their works up for others to view? And if they can't handle critique because they take it too personally, then again, why do they offer it up to be viewed?

The answer is, of course, so that others can enjoy their work. And that's okay too.

But, here's the thing. Would anyone offer constructive criticism if both A) they didn't enjoy the work/style of the artist and B) felt the artist was unable to improve? No, they wouldn't, because they either wouldn't care or it wouldn't matter even if they did care. Criticism is, in essence, a very good thing and nobody who's pursuing a skill shouldn't not want it.

Granted, reading back over your response, you said "public" criticism (I missed the "public" part), but do you think if someone can't take constructive criticism well in public, would they be able to take it any better if you pulled them aside privately or sent them a note? Maybe :P But people can, and often do, get just as defensive when confronted with something they don't want to hear in private as they would in public. If someone can handle criticism in private, that's fine. SO LONG AS they say that when they say they don't want public criticism (which I personally haven't seen when people make requests not to have their work critiqued).

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Tl;dr version:

Asking not to be publicly criticized is fine as long as you're willing to accept it privately, otherwise there's no point to posting your work.
Shokuji
5 years, 5 months ago
" The answer is, of course, so that others can enjoy their work. And that's okay too.
Exactly, so don't critique unless they ask for it. =)

" Granted, reading back over your response, you said "public" criticism (I missed the "public" part)
Oh you~

" but do you think if someone can't take constructive criticism well in public, would they be able to take it any better if you pulled them aside privately or sent them a note? Maybe :P
Most certainly. It's embarrassing in public I'd imagine and it calls out the flaws that may have been ignored or missed by others.

" If someone can handle criticism in private, that's fine. SO LONG AS they say that when they say they don't want public criticism (which I personally haven't seen when people make requests not to have their work critiqued).
I think you're asking for trouble (or a block). I imagine people are sharing to share, not to get critiqued. Many artists know they have lots to work on and really don't need feedback just yet. Plus, it's art, and some things are done purposefully even if they may look like mistakes to others.
BusterWilde
5 years, 5 months ago
It's a double-standard no matter how you look at it. Artists can post their art, but people aren't allowed to react to it unless it's "Great job!" or an equivalent?

I can't wrap my head around that
Shokuji
5 years, 4 months ago
I guess the saying "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." applies here. I mean, these people don't have to share their art at all. If they're not looking for critique (as constructive as it can be) and they're freely sharing their art, then that's what they should get. It's a different story if a commissioner is unhappy with the quality of work. But we're just tagging along at this point, and there's another saying that applies here; "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

Again, some people don't need criticism, they know their flaws, they know they need to improve, so critique isn't needed. Give them props for putting in the effort & for freely sharing their work with us. That's my take on it, anyways. =3
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