quick tip for you artists:
don't let non-artists critique your work. And if you're very susceptible to changing your work because of suggestions, don't even let non-artists see your work.
I just ruined a painting because of it so don't make my mistakes.
See, you and only you have the vision for what you want the piece to become, no one else, not even another artist.
Also, I've noticed that non-artists tend to be very open with their opinions and suggestions because they just want to help but sometimes their advice isn't the most useful. Sometimes, it's just best to leave a piece at a stage where you personally are happy with it and just move on to start another piece.
Even if a more experienced artist suggests something, you don't have to do it. Even they can't see your vision for the piece.
Also, hate to say it but if you make comment on someone's work while they're making it, without them explicitly asking for your opinion, kindly fuck off. Unless you're going to say "hey that's pretty good" and THAT'S IT, don't say it. Don't criticise their work unless they ask for you to do so because they might just be in the sketching stage and would be going back to refine it later. Idk if this is just me but i quickly scribble out sketches with rough shapes so when people comment on the proportions and stuff I get a bit frustrated because scribbling out quickly like that is the artists' equivalent of a building plan. If you don't know how the drawing is going to fit on the page then it's pointless putting hours into drawing it.
And with the non-artists, they definitely wouldn't have the practise or training that you have so art looks a lot different in their eyes than ours. Sorta like how we see modern art and really appreciate it and they see modern art and say "I could've done that" or "FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND FOR THAT PIECE OF SHIT?"
So yeah, overall, don't let other people throw you off your work. Not saying you shouldn't ask for peoples' opinions on your work but be very careful and stick with your gut feeling even if it's a bit weird.
I know it's good to take risks but honestly, not with paintings that are going towards 30% of your term grade. Just sayin...