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Critique Clinic – November 22-24, 2013

November 22, 2013

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 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 intended for sale at Greeting Card Universe.
  • 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 before submission. Give us the link where we can see the card, such as your private gallery, Flickr, Tinypic, etc. If you do give a private gallery link, be sure your private module gallery is ON. Please do not post links to your Manage Cards section – do you really want strangers tinkering with your cards? And please don’t ask us to critique a card that’s pending review – we can’t see it until it’s approved.
  • 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!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2013 11:28 am

    Hi, I’ve noticed that the categories Birthday/Adult sexy/age specific have not many cards so I want to submit some series. This card is an example concept card
    My questions are: 1) is this kind of nudity acceptable? 2) Do I have to put this only in the category or also in a collection?

    Thanks in advance for the critique and advice


    • November 22, 2013 11:41 am

      From GCU’s Image Guidelines on the GCU Wiki: “Nudity – No frontal nudity. This includes but is not limited to all types of work; photographic, digital, sketch, watercolor, etc. Exceptions to nudity are:
      Lingerie, g-string, thong, undergarments, swimwear, wet t-shirts, pasties are OK as long as nipples are NOT visible. See-through or transparent clothing is NOT allowed.
      Rear or buttock nudity is OK.”

      To answer your second question, there is a Collections > Adult/Sexy category.


    • November 22, 2013 3:50 pm

      Fun card Jan 🙂


  2. November 22, 2013 11:46 am

    Thanks Corry

  3. November 22, 2013 6:00 pm

    That’s an idea. I will try to ad a ribbon with Photoshop.

  4. November 27, 2013 9:05 pm

    I’ll add here that MANY shoppers come searching for Adult and Sexy cards and leave not finding what they are looking for. Now for some of these shoppers I think GCU will never offer the kind of cards they desire however there is tasteful room for GCU to offer much more than what exists today. So Jan, YES, you are on to something, no butts about it ;)! Good luck!

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