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Critique Clinic – April 21-22, 2012

April 21, 2012

How does it work? For three days a week (Friday-Sunday midnight), I will open the clinic to any artist who wants an honest peer review and critique of a card which gets plenty of clicks but no sales, so something’s probably not quite right, or you’ve got a new design you want to test drive, or you’re unsure about the marketability of a card. Or perhaps you’re a newbie who isn’t sure if a recently submitted card is up to a marketable standard. Anyone is welcome to participate. In fact, I encourage everyone to at least look at the cards in question and read the critique comments – you may learn something. The purpose of the clinic is to help artists improve the commercial appeal and marketability of their cards.


  • ONE card per artist only.
  • Card must be for sale at Greeting Card Universe.
  • We will take an unlimited number of artists, including those who have submitted recently, HOWEVER I reserve the right to close a clinic for the day if the submissions become overwhelming. If the clinic has been closed, and you submit a card, your comment will be deleted.
  • To submit a card for critique, post a link to the card at GCU in the comments section of this clinic post. Allowances will be made if you’ve had a card declined, or made a new design you’d like advice on. Give us the link where we can see the card, such as your private gallery, Flickr, etc.
  • Any artist is free to comment and/or give a critique of a submitted card. HOWEVER, post-and-run comments like “great card” or “you suck” will not be tolerated, nor will abuse. Criticism should be constructive, not destructive. Play nice or you will be banned.
  • I also won’t tolerate temper tantrums if you decide your “artistic integrity” is being stepped on because you asked for a critique, and someone told you the photo you’re using isn’t in focus. If you can’t take honest criticism, don’t submit. Once gets you a warning; twice and you’re banned from submitting in the future.
  • Artists who critique may do so by giving their opinion, posting an example of another card, or pointing the submitter to a video, on-line article, or other helpful suggestion.
  • Don’t forget that artists who are giving you tips and helpful advice are volunteering their time and trouble. Be nice. A link back to their store on your website or blog is appreciated (but not mandatory).
  • You are free not to take any advice offered. There’s no guarantee any card will be a bestseller, so don’t come into the clinic with unrealistic expectations.
  • Rules may change as we go along and we see how things turn out, okay?

So without any further ado, I declare this week’s Critique Clinic open!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2012 3:19 pm

    I’m going to be submitting this image for approval on a humorous Get Well greeting card design and I have two questions. One, will the copy on the front “The Hopping Dead” pass approval? It’s ment to play off the popularity of the tv show “The Walking Dead”, and is in a similar font and layout. Will this cause it to not be approved? Two, is the image appropriate For the humorous get well giving situation (not to gross)? The inside will say something like: I know you feel bad right now, but at least your not a Zombie! Get well soon!
    Here is the image:

    Hope the facebook link works, and thanks for any and all advice!

    • April 22, 2012 4:00 pm

      Hi John – Great card and wonderful humor. I really can not speak to ‘the hopping dead’, I’m guessing you’ll be okay and certainly think it’s worth a try. There are always exceptions, but in a general sense, if you change the wording such as you have it’s usually not considered a copyright issue. If you’ve done your own research and believe this is okay, I say try it before considering a change.

      And I personally love the humor and don’t find it too gross – after all it fills a niche in the get well section for those who love this type of genre and will really relate to it.


  2. April 22, 2012 4:51 pm

    Thanks, Dorren! There are some references to the hopping dead on YouTube and several others that mainly delt with zombie bunnys. There was one spoof independent movie with that title that delt with two legged zombies that skipped and hopped like bunnys. I hope in my case since he is a one legged hopping zombie that it would pass the GCU’s approval process.

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