I've noticed that art criticism tends to be harsher than criticism in other communities such as creative writing. This seems to be because in the art community improving onself and perfecting technique are regarded as an almost religious activity where wise masters give advice and acolytes should STFU and obey and be grateful for any scrap of the master's time. Personally I think that's bullshit, that it is every adult's obligation to reject bad criticism and learn from good criticism, not just swallow all criticism. And I think that in order to be 'good' criticism should be phrased civilly as a suggestion or an explanation of one's own understanding of a principle, and should respect the artist's own philosophy, goals, and what they can learn from their current level of knowledge. I think even correct advice can become bad when it is phrased as an absolute truth, an order, or an insult.
In particular, intermediate artists seem to get the harshest criticism, probably because those who like to give harsh criticism think it's not worth their time to attack beginners. Also anime artists tend to get extra harshly criticised by realist artists. I would be surprised if there was a forum anywhere on the internet where an intermediate anime artist would be respected and get polite helpful feedback.
So anyway, what do you all think about criticism?