A critique is not an analysis. It is not a job. It's not even about the individual work.
It is a learning discussion on art. That's it.
The purpose is not to fix the individual artwork. It's to help the artist so that next time their thinking about art has improved so that their art improves.
An anatomy focused critique should be reserved for about one tenth the posts here and zero of the beginning posts. (unless it's messing up the composition, it isn't the important part) Why? Because anatomy may be what is off, but not why the pony is off. A thorough knowledge of anatomy isn't built by a million little corrections and getting a large list can often be intimidating. It's built by the artists themselves changing how they observe the work.
Let me be redundant: Learning what is wrong with the individual elements of a piece is not as important as an artist learning how to see these things in the future
It is up to the artist themselves to build their interpretation of how the pony is put together.
It's not about the particulars of what would fix this drawing but rather, how the person can change their process in the future. So,
Measuring and comparing, angle observing, words about impressions, link to guides, words on volume, how you think about the problem, your personal experience, exercises to do.
Seriously. Do it like a boss. Questions are them trying to learn. Why wouldn't you encourage that?
If they don't ask any, encourage them to. You should ask them some too. What do they want to learn? Where do they want to go in art? What artists do they like? Questions facilitate introspection and thinking. Something seems off, be it the composition, the pose, the eyes, the ear, the mood, what be it. Gvie hints, show off references and ask them questions like "what mood were you trying for?" or "what seems off about the eyes to you?"
This is the most important. A critique is not a disassembling, dry analysis. It's a discussion. Talk to the artist like they're a person, not a problem. Keep it simple stu-dent.
To facilitate the direction of critiques and their general improvement, you may find me critiquing critiques.
As always, questions, comments, queries, and concerns welcome.