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Fri Feb 4, 2011, 9:07 AM by alltheoriginalnames:iconalltheoriginalnames:

:star:Attention please also read: F.A.Q.  Credit Guidelines and Criteria

Welcome to digital-artists, a Premier Art Group here on deviantART for Advanced Artists and Artwork of the Digital Medium. We proudly present High Quality work with exceptional Style, Technique, Skill and Originality. This group is accessible to both Artists and Art Enthusiasts. Digital Artists are welcome to join as a contributing member, and people of whom simply wish to enjoy the artwork of others are welcome to add us to their devWatch. You are all welcome to visit our chat room for advice and suggestions to learn and grow.

So whether you are an artist or enthusiast, if you enjoy Digital Art this is the place to be.
Please enjoy our galleries, and be sure to visit the galleries of all the artists kind enough to share their work with all of us. If you like this Group and wish to keep up to date on artwork and events, simply add us to your devWATCH. If you are interested in becoming a Member, simply review the guidelines below and to the right before sending in a Membership request.

Each and every art submission to the group will be screened and processed by multiple group moderators.
All submissions must meet criteria standards in regards to technical skill, impact and general composition.
Art submitted must also abide by all of the groups Submission and Credit guidelines.
Artwork is not automatically accepted, and some submissions may be declined.
If your submission is decline it is not an insult upon you nor your work. So please do not take offense.
This is a premium art gallery with intent on promoting intermediate to advanced skill level artists. Novice and beginner artists wre welcome to visit our tutorial sections, to help learn and grow as artists.  

This Journal will be updated and re-posted from time to time.

:bulletgreen: Gallery Submissions are Open everyday.

:bulletgreen: You may submit 1 Submission per week.

:bulletgreen:To Submit, click on the "Contribute Art" button found at the top of the front page in the Blue menu Groups bar, and on the top Grey/Green menu bar. You can also go straight to a specific folder and click on the "Submit to this Folder" button on the top right of each folder.

:bulletorange: All Submissions must adhere to the deviantART Terms of Service

:bulletorange: You must be a member of digital-artists in order to submit your work to the Group. To become a member, click on "Join Group" at the top of our Groups Front Page in the Menu Bar. You will be notified when your membership is approved.

:bulletorange: All submissions must be created in the Digital medium.

:bulletorange:  Artwork must be of Advanced skill level to be accepted, as determined by our Staff.

:star::bulletred: Do not use/alter Copyright Protected images that you have found online If you did not make it, you must get permission to use/alter it from the original artist/company. Once done you must give credit and provide a link to the piece used. If you do not have permission to use it, then it is Considered Copyright Infringement as well as being in violation of the deviantART Terms of Service. No Exceptions

:star::bulletred: Credit and Links to each resource used must be provided You must provide Credit to each creator of every resource used, regardless of where you got the resource. This includes but is not limited to: Stock Photos, Clip Art, Pre-made Backgrounds, Application Resources, Public Domain, etc.

:bulletorange: Submissions must be of finished, completed work. We can not accept sub par quality photos or works in progress. Presentation is very important to us. Tutorials must be presented in an organized, easy to follow format. Tutorials must also be informative and relevant.

:bulletred: No explicit submissions. This includes but not limited to:
excessive blood/gore, sexual explicit material, implied sexual innuendos or depictions of any other inappropriate subject matter, whether implied or obvious.
Artistic nudity is acceptable at the staff's discretion.

:bulletred: Please keep in mind that we have a wide age demographic, so use Mature Filters when applicable. This is not intended for censorship, but rather to keep the Group a Kid Safe, Family Safe and Work Safe environment.

:bulletorange: Every Submission is screened by multiple Group Moderators during processing. Group Moderators converse with one another about every decision made. We reserve the right to decline or remove submissions at any time.

:bulletorange: Estimated time for your work to be posted in our Gallery is approximately 1 to 48 hours. We receive a lot of submissions daily. We process Submissions in the order which they were received. Multiple Group Moderators screen each piece to make sure they follow Group Submission, Credit and Criteria Guidelines. We will process your entries as soon as possible. Issues not withstanding, the submission process usually does not take more than a day, though this may vary depending on Group traffic.

To ensure quick processing of your submission make sure that all information is provided where applicable; including but not limited to: Mature Filters, Resource Credits and links, etc.


This Blog is not intended for any debates, disputes or standpoints regarding deviantART Terms of Service, Group Policies, Resource/Stock Artists Terms of Use or Copyright Laws. Any such comments will be hidden. This Blog is intended only to establish and present our Group Credit Guidelines. If you have any questions regarding this blog or any information within do not comment here, rather please send a note to the Group.

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alltheoriginalnames Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
To whom it may concern:
digital-artists is testing a new model and format at the moment.
The old system was broken, so we all needed a break so that we may develop and test new formats and structures in other groups. 
Once we establish a model that works, we will incorporate it into this group, restructure, give it a facelift and relaunch. 
We owe that much to to our audience to make an effective change that benefits all, rather than a bandaid over a bullet wound which is what we had been achieving previously in regards to any resolutions involving the submission criteria issues the group had been experiencing. 

Moderating a a group with a high level of criteria was difficult. 
There are people of whom that do not take rejection well.
Many mods were insulted and even attacked on the mods own personal pages and through notes. Some mods were blatently harassed and at times even threatened. 
Gross misconduct from Members to Modrators made it nearly unbearable at times to process submissions. 
So I made a tough decision, to close the group indefinitely rather than subject my fellow mods to one more day of harassment and beratement.

A group blog will be posted at some point regarding the groups future.
TSSOCM Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Student General Artist
I cannot submit. Only for advance??? I can only submit a blog entry... This is a very picky group. I'm leaving.
melobunii-P Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I cannot submit, And only for advance? Leaving, sorry. You should really change it to We-Are-A-Picky-group-only-best-of-the-best-and-DD's(Read alot of comments about this.)
komota-alot Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist too, can only submit blog entry.
could some one responsible please respond...cause i'dont wanna be a part of the group that i can't participate in.
Thank you admins and moderators for response!
Ubermatik Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Err, I can only submit blogs apparently...?
magdali-na Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I got accepted in the group today but there is no 'Contribute' button. Also, when I try to add my painting to the group, it says that I do not have permission to do so. Why is that?
Vigior Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
I tried to submit my digital work but a message says: Sorry, you do not have permission to submit artwork to this group.
What I must do to be able to submit?
Thank you.
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Mosaikify Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
My art got rejected!
All of my art is of a very similar style.
So, when I applied to join the group, why did they accept me?
They could have quickly looked at my gallery and they would have known what I do.
Pretentious group.
Leaving, bye!
witchpaws Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Just looking for opinions, not critique: Do you think this was declined because it was too loose/whimsical looking for whoever is moderating this pages' personal taste? :-? (Confused) 
Chandelier by witchpaws
ValentinMinai Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I know this is late and you might not need this and I'm not an admin of the group or noting but I think I may be able to solve some doubts you have about your artwork, don't take this the wrong way or in any other bad way possible as I am just trying to help. I think your art might have been rejected because of bad shading and bad composition along with some unclear rendering of the shapes of the body and anatomy. I know this is late but I thought it might help you as I just scrolled trough your gallery and seen that the art you have in this style is similar in level of skill.
witchpaws Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Nah, they actually said my shading was lovely along with the composition! The only reason it was declined was because of an anatomical error. 
And saying "bad shading" and "bad composition" is not helpful nor clear whatsoever -- I suggest you use Elements of Design terms when trying to give advice. Just some food for thought :) Cheers
xaveysaur Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student General Artist
F r e y by xoinu Got rejected xD
Damn my luck lol
These guys are picky lol
chiigu-chan Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Student General Artist
My drawing right here was declined:…
Do you guys think it's just because it's a simple character concept and not a full piece with a background? Perhaps it's my sketchy style showing through.. I really did try to make this look professional/smooth. Or do I just simply not have enough skill? I understand this is a group with high standards and I very much want to become good enough to be accepted into this group.

Darn xD
Celvany Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
got rejected... now i know they really want advanced skilled digital artist...
i know that mine is not that badass art compare the art they submit here by mod...

i guess i have to learn a lot more... and see you here again...
Lightning441 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Got rejected? Okay, I won't be accepted ever LOL
Celvany Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahahah...Sweating a little... 
yeah.. they have a really ridiculous artwork acceptance... but i think its okay...
just strive to be better artist...

Lightning441 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah ^^' but I'm not going to get accepted from them. If someday they'll accept my works, well I'll be happy. 
But I doubt I'll become enough good to see that happens, so I don't see it as a goal
Celvany Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but u good at doin gif at your gallery! just keep diggin some skill and someday you will get the result of it
bihm Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and btw maybe you should change your name to ''advanced-professional-artists-with-a-certain-style'' instead of just ''digital-artists'' that title is just too open minded for you and you honestly dont deserve it....
bihm Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay i'm just gonna paste my reply to your 'rejection' here because I bet you wont read it considering all the complaints below I have just been reading that did not even get as much as a lazy copy paste apology message in return.

''well, it kind of is an insult??
I understand that you only want 'the best of the best' in your gallery but that kind of leaves out the minorities who fyi are also trying their best as an artist. its not like this was a 5 min sloppy doodle and I KNOW that this is basically nothing compared to the majority of the art displayed in your art folders but I have just come to the conclusion that I no longer want to take part in this group. even when I am one day at your levels of artistic ability I will still shrug at the almost ridiculously high standards you put..

and I admit that I didnt read your guidelines but it still kind of shocks me.

whatever you have a nice day in your glittering gallery of artgods.''
MariColl Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my work got rejected as well don't known exactly what they are looking for. :(
After reading their statement I understand.  quote --->
Bullet; Orange  Artwork must be of Advanced skill level to be accepted, as determined by our Staff.
Mine isn't yet but one day will be. :)
One piece of advice to should first check the persons files and then determine if they are suitable for your group of perfectionist, instead of accepting them and then rejecting their art. It would make more sense don't you think?
bye digital art!
just3inchesunder Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactlyyy... they should check the artist profile before accepting. Who in the hell wants to be a part of a group that doesnt accept your art? They just want as many members as possible just for the numbers... to make it look like they have a cool, popular group... when in reality, most of us flat out hate it.
MariColl Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you. :)
ArsalanKhanArtist Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Same here, your artwork looked so so AMAZING!!
MariColl Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
Snyperbole Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
why did get rejected?
kari5 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
:) i draw too but i got rejected too
iJayRoc Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I got rejected a few times too. I'm not mad though. It just pushes me to be better artist in any medium not just digital. Its basically for people at a 'professional' skill level if not higher. Its not the end of the world. Just put on your big boy (or girl) pants and show them what you're made of.
LudvikSKP Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
how does one leave?
amanda-iswandari Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Some people just can protest, but the others keep drawing.
I don't have any reputation in deviantart and my artwork also just got rejected in this group without reason.
But I never stop to draw and submit. :)

"You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner?
The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried."
"Behind every great piece of art is a thousand failed attempts to make it.
We just DON'T usually see the attempts." -Stephen McCranie

Be Friend with failure by Stephen McCranie

Sorry I have to say it. :)
alltheoriginalnames Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
We provide each and every declined submission with a decline message.
Did you request an explanation or critique before you posted here on this submission blog?
Have you read about our group Criteria?
Click here to see our Submission Criteria
Mamamia1005 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do not get it, does my art really require mature content for a bit of blood?
Or something else?
I'm confused.
Cammi0 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I have no problem with my work being declined. I understand that it did not reach the guidelines, yet I am upset on something else. (I totally understand why I was not allowed to submit art, so I am not complaining about being denied, no.) This group is all based on opinion of what is good and what is not, which is not fair to some artists. I looked down the comments, and I saw amazing work that was declined. Why set the guidelines so high that no one can get their art in?


How is this accepted?…

But this isn't?…


It is all based on opinion and high guidelines, and I am afraid I am leaving. It is all based on who is popular, who isn't, and who used the right, expensive materials. Personally, I think the group needs work so that all memebers are happy, but I understand that I do not run the show. Thank you for reading.

xTickie-Tockx Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
i cant submit ;-; what did i doo?
realARTIZT Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Someone please tell me what I did wrong- is it the hair? The eye?…
Opaque-Happiness Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I see nothing wrong with this.
Topunga-81 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
My work has been declined without reason.. leaving this group. seems pretentious.
3DSud Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

thank to decline this  deviation:…




hjordang Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That it? the Wailing Wall? where complain all that did not enter the paradise of Digital_Artits? why I get for not reading the rules right for admission. I was not admitted, but that the world is bigger than Digital_Artits, and that's the real beauty of being a digital artist.
Justinsykehunt Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional Filmographer
my artwork is rejected as well
even when it was all of my work...the fotograf I used is mine own copyrighted..then whats the matter?
GeordieDee Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

My artwork also just got rejected for the second time:


"We regret to inform you that your piece has not met our Groups Submission Standards and Criteria,
so unfortunately we must decline at the present time. The skill level and/or technique of your artwork do not match the current level of the folder you're aiming to submit."


Same copied pasted message, by an admin whose not even at a higher level than me but of course her artwork is accepted in the group because she's an admin. Too lazy to even mention to me what folder that I should apply to or for her to do it for me. What a complete shit of a group, only accepting people who may have a wee bit of a following or reputation.

RYaNrYe040x Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
My work also got rejected

As much as I get annoyed that my work keeps getting rejected from this group, it does make me try harder to improve art. Although looking through the comments they do turn away some pretty good work for no good reason
Kipichuu Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My artwork got rejected as well -…

Their idea of "Advanced skill level" is highly stupid in my view. Such amazing artists submitted here and got rejected for no good reason.

"Please understand that this is not an insult to your skill or your art." : If you not think my work has reached the skill level you are looking for, why not be frontal and tell me? Why telling "is not an insult to your skill or your art", if my art and skill is clearly your problem?

Guys if you know what you're worth is, if you know you're good, don't submit here.
Ernanda-Souza Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

frosty456 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student General Artist
This got rejected as well, though I admit it's not painting as such. People mind letting me know what they think? built_by_frosty456-d6qotoi.jpg Thanks
ViralAcorn Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Photomanipulations I guess isn't under a digital art category?
IconDevco Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This whole group is run by assholes. If they only want extremely high quality work, then why dont they say so? why not put "We only accept extremely detailed work."

why do I even try to contribute to this group if everything I submit gets shot down.
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