How to Deal with Criticism, dealing with haters

How to Deal with Criticism

These past few days I thought a lot about this topic!!! Why??? Because sooner or later haters/trolls / angry customers, you can call them whatever you want, find us all! If you are a blogger, creative person, small business owner, no matter how good your product is – you will meet these nasty trolls!

How to Deal with Criticism, dealing with haters

When it comes to social media, I think I’m one of the lucky ones because I never received a negative or hurtful comment because people who follow me on Instagram know me well, I always talk to them like with my friends and open up about my business, personal life and creative challenges.

I share my art and online classes on different platforms and I really love doing that because the feedback and support from customers and students is truly amazing and encouraging! So why do I sound like I’m familiar with criticism? Well, if you share your art online, you know that 99% of your customers are the sweetest and the most amazing people but there is always 1% that just pops out from nowhere and try to ruin your life (maybe I sound too dramatic, but that’s how it felt at the beginning).

No matter how many positive reviews you receive, the most memorable is the negative one. Isn’t it sad???

When you get a negative feedback on your product, it feels like the end of the world, you feel crushed, angry, devastated and you don’t want to create any more. Does it sound familiar?

And I get it, girl! Being a creative person means that you put your heart and soul into creating something and you truly believe that this product is the best and it will help others or bring joy to the person who purchases it. And when a complete stranger comes and leaves negative comment, we take it really really personal.

When you’re a creative entrepreneur, and you’re putting your work online, you are going to have haters. And that’s just the reality of running an online business, and even if I sound like a broken record, let me repeat again-sooner or later YOU WILL receive a negative feedback and I want you to be prepared.

So how to deal with criticism gracefully and not to get to the level of these people?

  1. First, take a deep deep breath!!!! Don’t you even think about crying, smashing your phone and screaming that you quit!
  2. Ask yourself if it’s a constructive or destructive criticism. If it’s a constructive criticism – take a step back, calm yourself down and when your mind is clear and there is no anger, handle the situation. Just keep in mind that some people even if they want to help you and point on some mistakes, they may use the wrong way to approach the problem and sound rude.
  3. Dealing with haters: don’t respond! Don’t waste your positive energy! Some people just feed on a negative energy and they want to see your reaction and want to be noticed. If you can, delete the comment, block this person and try to forget about what happened!!! I know that your first reaction is to defend yourself and write them back but that’s exactly what they want from you! People who hid behind closed accounts and try to bring you down by spreading their negativity will never archive the level of your success, they want to convince you that you are not talented enough. Don’t let them!!! Delete-Block-Forget!!!! That’s the biggest punishment to them!

Instead of thinking about them and doubting yourself, spend this time on creating what you love and building your success!




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Free Printable Coloring Page

Free Printable Coloring Page

Do you like coloring books as much as I do? Well, I have a surprise for you!!! This fun fashion coloring page is all yours and it’s totally free!!!

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You can download your page HERE or by clicking on the image below!

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CLICK HERE….Download link will bring you to a full resolution image. Save fun coloring page to your phone or computer. Send to printer and print on a standard 8.5×11 piece of paper.

Grab you pencils and your favorite drink and take some time to relax!!!  Enjoy it yourself or print a few more for your little ones or friends. 


You can also find my FASHION COLORING BOOK on AMAZON!!! I would love to see how you brought life to black and white pages so don’t be shy and share your colored pages with #colorinstylebook . I’ll be thrilled to share it on my Instagram @elenafay_art

I’m so happy that you enjoy my coloring pages and printables, please keep in mined that it’s for personal (not commercial) use! Feel free to share and please link back to this post and not the PDF file. Thank you, you are AMAZING!!


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Wedding Cards/ Will You be my Flower Girl?

I’ve been eager to create watercolor wedding cards for some time now, and finally decided to do it! “Will You be my Flower Girl” cards painted with watercolor seemed like a good place to start!

You can find these cards and other fun colorful stuff in my Etsy shopflower girl wedding card, wedding card, watercolor illustration

I stated with 2 options: girl in a blue dress and girl in a beautiful pink dress. Which one is your favorite?

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Fashion Illustration Class

fashion illustration class, watercolor illustration, art by Elena FayHey fellow artists! I’m so excited to share amazing news with you!!!! Last month I published my very first Fashion Illustration class on Skillshare and I was amazed by the response and support from you guys!!! I couldn’t even imagine that so many of you want to learn fashion illustration! I’m already working on new classes and by the time you stumble upon this blog post, maybe it’s already there, so check out my page and I would love to see you in my creative squad!

If you never heard of Skillshare, you should definitely check it out right now!! It’s an online learning community where you can find thousands of amazing courses. The classes are video based and you can do them entirely at your own pace.
fashion illustration, watercolor illustration, art by Elena FayMy Fashion Illustration Class includes short video lessons where you can learn the basics of fashion figure drawing, face drawing, fun and easy to follow tutorials that will help you to create beautiful fashion illustrations. fashion illustration, watercolor illustration, art by Elena Fay

If you crave learning new things, whether it’s how to learn social media marketing, how to make money blogging, learn to cook/ draw or design- Skillshare is the perfect place! I can go on and on about this platform because it’s really awesome!

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