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Critique Clinic – August 24-26, 2012

August 24, 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, Tinypic, 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!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2012 3:37 pm

    Hello! It’s been a while, but I’m back with a card to be critiqued. 🙂

    I created this one using Corrie’s suggestion for incorporating the silhouette technique, but I wonder if I’m putting it all together right. I made it yesterday after reading Corrie’s article, and fast-tracked it for the new “moving in together” category.

    I’m also wondering if you think it’s good enough to make other cards with this (or similar) image . . . but with different text, of course.

    Thanks for any and all input. 🙂


  2. August 24, 2012 4:35 pm

    I like how you did the background, Cindy, and the silhouettes are very nice looking. The composition seems fine. What I’m less sure about are the seahorses. The color seems “off” to me.


  3. August 24, 2012 5:31 pm

    Hi Corrie!
    Thanks for replying. That must have been what was bugging me enough to post it to the Clinic, because now that you point it out to me, I can see the problem. Lol. I was trying to tie the color of the seahorses in with the rainbow background, but I guess I was less successful at it than I hoped. I will post a link to the updated image soon.

    Thanks again,

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