I felt the need to give my opinion on the subject, so here it goes.
I know there are a lot of people out there that don't particularly like critiques, and I understand that so I won't give people critique if they don't want it. For all of you who don't like critique, I am completely fine with that, I know some people don't know what they are talking about and will criticize work you spent hours on. It isn't fair. I WILL however give compliments (love the background, choice of colors is great, etc.)
I personally love critiques. I do. I relish them because I receive them so rarely. It seems like people are afraid to give them to me sometimes. If any of you out there have felt this way, I'm friendly, so don't be afraid that I'll yell at you if you point out my mistakes. I'm totally okay with it and will thank you tremendously. Even if someone says something mean about my art, I'll just brush it off.
Now, I don't know what my mistakes are, and I definitely don't really know how to fix them. The more I work, the more I begin to learn about myself and my art and the better I can work at fixing my mistakes. But, I really need critique. I get stuck in ruts, unable to get out of them until someone says, "Hey, this doesn't seem quite right." My biggest leaps forward in my art ability generally follow reading/watching a tutorial and receiving advice from real-life people who can relate to me.
Here are some tutorials on how to give a good critique.[link]