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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.


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.


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.)


: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:…

: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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Hello !
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Thanks a lot for the recent requests. That more than compensates for the recent decline (even though I personally think that declined shot was better, haha)
Shembre Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015   Writer
No problem at all, NB! Every picture you submit does look great, it's just a matter of trying to mix things up since you submit fairly regularly-- and a lot of people submit either domestic cats or tigers photography it seems like.

Btw, I think this is my favorite tiger shot by you because of how one tiger is in dark, while the other is in light. :aww: Two brothers 3 by NB-PhotoArt
NB-Photo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad to be part of your group, and thanks for the feedback. And sure, there's nothing wrong with mixing it up a little.
Vespias Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Writer
Hey folks...I'm finishing the final book in my "Chronicles of the Free People" trilogy. It's an epic fantasy about the anthro characters that inhabit their world. I plan on releasing the books as a eBook box set and have need for a cover. What I was thinking, is just a muscular arm of a white tiger holding a bow up in victory. No background or anything, since I can work photoshop. Just can't illustrate.
Anyway, I can't afford to pay for it. I can certainly give free sets away for anybody that sends a drawing. I know, pretty cheesy but it's all I got. Let me know if it interests you. Thanks.
CrimsonPencil94 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a bunch for accepting my picture, i'm sooooo happy çUç
Shembre Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015   Writer
:D No probs!
kristiekitten1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student Artist
Can I join?
Shembre Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015   Writer
Yes, anyone can join and yes you can (if you haven't joined-joined and not just added the club to your devwatch) :aww:
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