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|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
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.
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
Fully-completed artwork at the minimum should:
Have a feline that's the main focus.
Have a feline that doesn't look like a canine (and isn't submitted to canine clubs).
Be colored nicely without errors.
Have nicely illustrated lineart or fur.
Have minimal use of smudge tools, grass, tree, and other brushes.
Have anatomy that is not overly distracting.
Be shaded nicely and coherently.
Edited and cropped properly for color, lighting, and contrast (if traditional).
Have a feline that isn't a person in a fursuit at a convention.
Have correct English spelling/grammar (for comics).
Isn't a "spur of the moment" photograph shot of your kitty.
Be a properly represented (if a crafted or sculpted item.)
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. 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.
Advanced art passes all the minimum criteria.
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: [link]
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.
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.
Thank you for reading!
~ #AdvancedFelines admin team
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