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Rules 2.4:

UPDATED October 3rd, 2012

Hey there you! These are the official RULES and CRITERIA for #AdvancedFelines. Please be sure to check back frequently for updates. New members must read them.


GENERAL RULES FOR THE GENERAL GOOD :la:

1. Joining is open to everyone, but because we want YOUR best intermediate-to-advanced artwork, this isn't an "accept all art" group.

2. Current submission limit is (2) deviations a week.

3. Not accepted: literature deviations, sketches, work-in-progresses, memes, colored bases, reference sheets, pictures with messages on them, or quick concept art! Comics should be in English and proofread.

4. Submit pictures to the correct folders. Organization can get away from us, but please don't help the inevitable. :nod:

5. Art should be age-acceptable for most of dA. Nothing too explicit, meaning no profanity or bondage, etc. Gore and "artistic nudity" are fine, but please use dA's filters.

6. Fanart and Simple Background folders: These are INVITE-ONLY. The correct procedure is to add the picture to our favorites. If they follow the criteria requirements, we will send a request. This naturally includes submitting art for other people.

7. Folders are periodically cleaned up for content. These generally include pictures that are in storage, were submitted by artists who have improved their art since their earlier submissions, and "borderline" pictures that we feel do not conform at least to the written criteria below for "intermediate art" upon later review.

8. Most importantly, art theft not only upsets people, but it's against dA's rules. Stolen artwork will be reported to the artist and dA staff.



CRITERIA ON ACCEPTING AND DECLINING INTERMEDIATE-TO-ADVANCED ART :o


Fully-completed artwork at the minimum should:

:thumbsup: Have a feline that's the main focus.
:thumbsup: Have a feline that doesn't look like a canine (and isn't submitted to canine clubs).
:thumbsup: Be colored nicely without errors.
:thumbsup: Have nicely illustrated lineart or fur.
:thumbsup: Have minimal use of smudge tools, grass, tree, and other brushes.
:thumbsup: Have anatomy that is not overly distracting.
:thumbsup: Be shaded nicely and coherently.
:thumbsup: Edited and cropped properly for color, lighting, and contrast (if traditional).
:thumbsup: Have a feline that isn't a person in a fursuit at a convention.
:thumbsup: Have correct English spelling/grammar (for comics).
:thumbsup: Isn't a "spur of the moment" photograph shot of your kitty.
:thumbsup: Be a properly represented (if a crafted or sculpted item.)


Backgrounds:

:bulletyellow: Backgrounds do not have to be perfectly detailed masterpieces, but we don't want you throwing on fuzzy patches or scribbles of color and calling it a forest either. :nod: Pieces should have the same amount of effort put into the background as the feline(s). We discourage lots of empty space. The Photography, Animations, and Crafts/Sculpture folders are excluded from this specific background rule.



:bulletblue: Advanced art passes all the minimum criteria.

:bulletred: Intermediate art can get away with one or maybe two of these mistakes, but the overall impact of the piece should be interesting and show off the skill of the blooming artist in some way-- aside from that, we look at: the artist's growing skill level used to create each piece they submit, the picture's composition/eye flow, the use of color and values, how well and believably the character meshes/fits with its environment, how it compares to their body of work, and generally how well the medium chosen for the picture was used to complete the work of art.

Please refer to the basic elements and principles of design that are taught in all art classes: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_e…

:bulletgreen: Artwork neglecting most of the minimum standards will be declined. Pictures are evaluated by at least two admins. Many pieces we see are right on the line for one reason or another. Do not take a decline personally... Trust us, we don't take satisfaction in declining art pieces. At all. We try to maintain a balance of quality while also promoting our artists. When every picture is unique, it's hard to stay consistent.

:bulletpurple: If you wish to know why your art was declined, we strongly urge you to comment on the picture's submission message. That way, we can easily see your picture and the conversation that went into our decision. We have decent memories, but we don't automatically know what "my" picture was when we need to reply to you. At that stage, you may politely ask for a critique.

PLEASE be polite. Please leave your pitchfork and torch at home... PLEASE! We all get frustrated, but comments that come off as repeatedly unreasonable, snarky, or generally insulting to us as admins won't get you anywhere. AT ALL. Use your adult words and feelings-- that doesn't mean cuss words or tantrums.


We encourage you to submit artwork that's to the best of your ability! Show your fellow members what you're truly capable of. Submissions are always welcome to the club's favorites, too. Chances are, we might just send a request for it. :nod:


Thank you for reading!
~ #AdvancedFelines admin team
Hi everybody!

School has begun for most of us, and your admins are no different.  If you have noticed the slower acceptance rate and the new 2-deviations-per-week submission cut off, then that would be why.  I myself am drained by the time I get home, and I know KaiserTiger is very busy as well. :faint:

So, please bear with us.  I also noticed a few of you guys have asked recently about advice for your submissions, and I will get to those eventually since I normally answer those.  I haven't forgotten, I just need energy to think a little straighter to actually be of help. :XD:

Thank you for looking!  Hope you guys are enjoying fall so far. :meow:

~ Administrator Shembre
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:iconstephunnie:
StepHunnie Featured By Owner Edited Jun 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hello, I was wanting to inquire why my deviation was declined?
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nazaratiger Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Hey advancedfelines. I saw that you declined my drawings. I was wondering- why?
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Shembre Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Hi there! Well, we're mostly looking for full-colored images with a decent amount of detail. What you submitted would be considered to be more like sketches. That is why your images were declined. Please see the "General Rules for the General Good" and the Criteria list at the top of the page, and please check out the gallery folders to get a good idea for what gets accepted into the club. :aww:
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nazaratiger Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Ok thanks :)
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NB-PhotoArt Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for requesting my baby jaguar photo!
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Kinomikin Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Thank you very much! I really appreciate it.:) (Smile) 
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Kiwano0 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey :)
I have a question to my drawing: kiwano0.deviantart.com/art/Rak…
what exactly is the reason why it got declined ?
A feedback would help me to remove my errors and to improve my skills :)

Best Regards Kiwano
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Shembre Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Hi there, Kiwano0!

Your picture was declined mostly because it is a portrait. We are looking for more pictures with full felines, showing their whole bodies, so the selection process for portrait pieces is more critical. The second thing is that the background is a bit empty. We'd like to see more pictures with more detailed backgrounds. :D

I have sent you a request for something that fits the club better. :aww:

~Shembre
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Kiwano0 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for that feedback :)
It was very helpful.

about the request... I haven't received any message...
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