As you know, producing art is primarily a solitary activity. In many cases, any evaluation is limited to self-critique or the feedback of family & friends. Although there’s certainly a place for the encouragement of family and friends, unbiased critique is essential to artistic growth. Finding a trusted source to provide such feedback can not only help you in the evaluation of your own work, but also provide the direction you need to take your art to the next level.
Artist’s Network Critiques is here to connect you with that expertise. Now you can get the specific, tailored advice you need to improve your painting and drawing skills. Our faculty of art professionals has been hand-selected by the editorial staff at artistsnetwork.com and our sister-publications The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Artist, The Pastel Journal and North Light Books.
After a thorough evaluation of your submissions, one of our experienced art professionals will offer detailed written feedback and recommendations for growth. You’ll not only learn what is working in your art, but what is not, and — most important — how to fix it.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Can I Expect from Artist’s Network Critiques?
Artist’s Network Critiques provide a high-level review of your work, pointing out reasons your work may not be getting the recognition you desire. A critique offers:
- An overall evaluation of your artwork’s strengths and weaknesses
- Specific comments on 3 images submitted for the critique
- A clear idea of how to move forward with your art
What type of work can I submit?
- Our critique service is designed to evaluate paintings and drawings in traditional media. We review two-dimensional works made in acrylic, collage, oil, pastel, watercolor, and dry media (drawing materials). Sorry, no sculpture, ceramics, digital art or photography.
What do I need to provide for an evaluation?
- A biographical statement (optional)
- An artist’s statement (optional)
- At least 3 images of your artwork (see image requirements); you may send as many as 7 total for additional reference (but only 3 will be critiqued). Each image must be labeled: title, medium or media (oil, watercolor, etc.), surface (paper, canvas, board, etc.), and dimensions. Please indicate which 3 images should be critiqued.
- If submitting work in a variety of media, please clearly indicate what medium was used for each work.
In addition, you should submit answers to the following questions:
- What is your intent/ambition as an artist?
- How long have you been making art?
- What is your primary medium? And how long have you been working in this medium?
- How much time do you spend each week making art?
- If there are specific areas in which you feel you need improvement and would specifically like guidance, please tell us (in 2 or 3 sentences).
What type of images can I upload?
- All images must be submitted electronically in ONE of the following formats: .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, or .png
How long does it take to receive my critique?
- Once we have received your submission, it will take up to 30 days for the feedback to be delivered to you.
Should I include my original photo references?
- You may include reference photos if you like, but they are not required. The work will be judged on its own merits as an independent piece of art. If you include photo references, please clearly label them as “photo reference for (painting title).”
Who will be critiquing my work?
- We have assembled a group of art professionals to evaluate the artwork: professional artists, art magazine columnists and writers, workshop instructors—all of whom are working artists. Among our experts are Michael Chesley Johnson, a plein air painter and workshop instructor in pastel and oil; Deborah Secor, a pastel artist and instructor; and Maggie Price, a pastel artist, workshop instructor and author of two books on pastel painting.
Can I request who evaluates my work?
- Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that you’ll receive feedback from a particular faculty member. However, we will try to accommodate any requests.
How much does each critique cost?
- The fee for each critique is $100.