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This FAQ shall cover the questions people love to ask us over and over, as that is the very definition of frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions, feel free to post them as comments on this blog, or shoot us a note and we’ll respond as best we can. I promise we don’t bite, usually.

Note: By popular request, the language in this FAQ has been slightly toned down, as many people couldn't take a joke were easily offended. Some things might still be tastefully offensive, and if you don't like it, please take it up directly with JRCnrd because this whole silly thing his fault.

How do I join?

The answer to this conundrum is really quite simple. All one has to do is click the magic join button on the left side of the profile page. Still confused? Take a look at the beautiful visual aid below!

Join requests are currently on auto-approve. This means leaving us a message in your request is completely pointless and a waste of your time because no admin will ever see your reason for living wanting to join our glorious group.

If you guys have such high standards and only accept so many submissions, why do you still put join requests on auto-approve? Doesn’t that just give people false hope for getting into such an amazing group?

Join requests are on auto-approve to cut down on the requests we need to process on a daily basis. Our group receives well over 900 gallery submissions alone most weeks, over 200 people join us each week. This means, if join requests were put to a vote like gallery submissions, our mods would have to process over 1,000 items each week. Divied up among the 22 active mods, that would work out to about 46 items each mod would have to process. That on its own, not a lot. But then consider the fact that it is assumed mods have lives outside this wonderful group, and also work with other groups. This isn't the only group out there, after all.

Long story short, we’re at risk for carpal tunnel and other RMIs and as such, we need a break every so often. Thank you for understanding.

I have found a suspected art thief in our midst and he is a member of your lovely group! What shall I do with the wretch?

First of all, we're not the dA police! That's the Help Desk's problem. However if you do find a member on our roster whom you suspect of being a thief, you may tell us and we will do our best to take appropriate actions accordingly.

Please note it is not our job to go around reporting every single last art thief there is. If you are so offended by a thief's actions, then take it up with the Help Desk, because, once again, we are not the dA police. The most we can do about the problem is remove any deviations of theirs from our galleries and ban them from our group. :)

How do I affiliate with this wonderful group?

Send us a note with the subject title “Affiliation request”. Tell us a little about your group and why it’s so amazing and why you absolutely must affiliate with us. We will take your request under consideration and let you know our answer in a timely manner.

How do I turn off group notifications?

If you’re seriously sick of seeing all of beautiful submissions and our wonderfully well-written blogs, then all you have to do is go into your Manage Friends screen and turn things off there.  This methodology is shown below in an absolutely stunning visual aid:

How do I submit artwork?

Step 1: Please just read our rules and regulations first. It takes all of five minutes and will save you a lot of pain and hardship.

Three Basic Rules to remember that will never steer you wrong:

:bulletgreen: a) This group does not accept any traditional artwork. NO EXCEPTIONS. That means nothing you drew in pencil, no awe-inspiring watercolor paintings, and most of all, no photography in the photomanipulation folder!

:bulletblue: b) Submit to the correct folder! We will occasionally still accept misplaced submissions, but it does require us to remember they’re misplaced and go back into the gallery and move them to the right folder. It’s a hassle and we prefer not to do it if at all possible. So please, save us some pain and just submit to the right folder.

:bulletred: c) Only submit art that clearly demonstrates an intermediate to advanced level of skill. Sorry kids, but your little MS paint scribbles and doodles don’t fly here. The little stick figure drawing you made in Photoshop while learning the brush tool will be denied in but a few seconds, or rather, months because it can take us awhile to get through submissions. It’s just the way things are.

Step 2: Review the wonderful visual guide below.

As you can see from the above example, my submission was automatically accepted, obviously this doesn’t always happen, in fact it only happens for admins. If you wish to know how the message will normally look, I have taken a screen shot of a submission I made to a different group, but you will still receive the same message:

Whatever you do, do not ever delete this message. Checking this message will let you know if the piece has been accepted or denied. It will also allow you to withdraw your submission should you ever change your mind. Submissions typically take anywhere from one to two weeks to be processed, so you have plenty of time.

My Submission was denied, what can I do about it?

Don’t fret, everything will be fine. We deny over 62% of all submission each week, meaning, you’re in the majority and are thus so much better than the other pompous 38%. If you’re feeling a little lost and confused, then take a deep breath and submit your work to one of the many groups that specialize in constructive critique and feedback.

How come I didn't receive any feedback on my declined submission? Whats up with that??

So your art got declined and all you got was this stupid "decline message".
There are many groups out there that specialize in providing constructive critique and feedback, and do an excellent job it.
This isn't one of those groups.
We'll send you a generic decline message to let you know whats up, and to be polite. And that's it.
We are an online showcase art gallery focused on presenting premier artwork of the digital medium.
We are here to challenge you, not to teach you.
You either make the cut, or you don't.

How do I properly credit my resources?

That is really quite simple. First of all, you must have permission to use any resources that are in your artwork. This includes any reference images, brushes, vector shapes, etc. If you did not personally make it and had to borrow from somewhere else, you need to have permission to use it. Many sites, such as deviantART do allow for the use of resources without permission, however they still a set of terms of use which you would do well to seek out and understand. Images classified as “stock images” or anything found under Creative Commons licensing is free for your own personal use so long as credit is given where credit is due.

Anywhos, to give credit, all that is required is a link back to the original resource, plus the name of the resource’s creator. In the case of resources found here in our very own dA backyard, usually all that’s needed is just a link back to the deviation or the deviant, using :iconname: or :devname:.  For resources found outside of deviantART, crediting requirements vary from site to site. As was mentioned earlier, normally all that’s needed is a link back to the resource plus the creator’s name, bust still look up the site’s Terms of Use before using any resources not found on dA.


I used no photo references, all resources used were my own, what credit is there to give?

All we ask is that you make mention of these facts in your artist comments. Takes all of five seconds type out "All resources used are my own."

Why was [bad_thing] accepted but not [my_deviation]?

First of all I will be the first to admit that sometimes deviations do slip through the cracks. We're human, it happens. However, pointing out a deviation that got accepted that you feel is of the same or lower skill level then yours will not convince us to reconsider and is in really bad taste. As such, it will have opposite effect. So think before you type and post links.

If you have a problem with a deviation that got accepted, you are welcome to shoot us a note in the kindest manner possible, asking us why we accepted such an atrocity. So long as you're polite about it and don't bring up your own denied deviations, we might seriously consider taking a second look at the deviation in question. As was mentioned before, we also will happily give critiques to those who request it. Keyword being "request".

What do you have against my absolutely stellar MS Paint scribbles and Photoshop brush tool stick figures?  It took me like five hours to make those things!

You need a new hobby. Might I suggest gouging out your eyes? I promise it only hurts the first time. And it hurts so good. Too gruesome?  There’s always the wide world and unoriginality of the porno industry. Or perhaps art lessons might be more up your alley. By the way, that answer is a joke. Stop taking it so seriously, you fools

Here are three absolutely serious suggestions on improving your artwork that you will almost always get from us when asked:

:bulletred: Shading: Shading is important. It's a little more then just highlights and shadows, it's also secondary highlights, blending, midtones, and all that good stuff. To improve you shading, study real photos and then compare them to color wheels for further guidance. Hell actually print out the photos on crappy printer paper, and mark them up, circling shadows, highlights, midtones and keep it around as a guide.

:bulletred: Anatomy: Wonky anatomy isn't always a bad thing, but should usually be avoided. There is a difference between a "style" and just plain bad anatomy. Before one goes screwing with their character's anatomy to create a "style", creating a near-perfect anatomically correct character is a must. To learn more about anatomy, go out and buy a medical dictionary. I'm dead serious. They're packed with visual guides to the human skeleton, muscles, organ systems, everything you could ever want to know about the physical human. If that's a little out of your league, google "anatomical guide" and you will find a plethora of readily available guides for your personal abuse. This same idea can also be applied to animals, as all animals have their own unique anatomy, including the fantasy ones.

:bulletred: Needs more details: All we're asking you to do is go in there with a fine brush and add more details, this can be accomplished simply by adding a few more highlights or shadows in all the right places.

YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? :iconwhatdoesitmeanplz:

Drop your remaining questions in the comments or shoot us a note. We promise to answer as best we can. :salute:

Visuals all copyright JRCnrd because he made them. So ya know. Don't steal that crap. 'Tis not cool. :stare:
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Nevillemadan007 Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
So how can I join?
keiku Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Professional General Artist
I've joined the group but still receive the message: "Sorry, you do not have permission to submit artwork to this group." when I try submitting.
Khushiart Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't find submission button.Where is that button - "Submit to this Gallery".Please help me.I wanna submit my artwork.
rremediww Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
why cant I subbmit anything
darth-biomech Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Was I banned or something? Do not have "submit" button.
Pixel4nvil Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015   Digital Artist
Nope ... NO submission button. :)
Diylion Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The 'near future' meaning half a year later....?
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.
BlueC4t Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why submissions are still closed?
keikodraws Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015   Digital Artist
I can't submit any art, so utterly confused as to how this work *__*;
Stacy-L-Gage Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
If we were invited then how can we actually submit?

I see no submission button in any of the individual galleries, nor do I see a "contribute" button in the main gallery or on the front page.

I'm assuming if the case is you PICK and CHOOSE the images that's a little unfair. (Especially if you only pick from certain people's galleries and not all of them). Could you actually explain how we submit if there's no submit button?
LudvikSKP Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
this group is invite only atm right, maybe you should edit this FAQ, people might be confused
crescero Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015   Digital Artist
Same here. I unfortunately cannot submit any art.
MauroPeroni Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i feel stupid...
right now i can't submit art inside gallery. may be something changed?
Athenas-Sanctuary Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
o.o I hope the group comes back to life soon..
DreamsOfSilence Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Have this group gone under ground?
alltheoriginalnames Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
This group is on a temporary hiatus in order to restructure, we will be accepting public submissions again in the near future.
Thank you for your patience.
Vyndicare Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
If a work was declined without the decline message, how do I know if the submission was to the wrong folder or if it was declined because of lack of skill?
jackmcslay Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
If I draw a character in traditional media and then make a digitally painted background, or vice versa, does that count?
OnTheMountainTop Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. My work flow starts with pencil sketches, but I do all the clean-up and color digitally. I keep tagging them as digital art, because I really can't call it traditional art. Is that digital enough, or do you guys have a complete and total hatred of pencil and paper. I'm joking...but really though, are you talking TOTAL taboo?
Nebunezzari Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was hoping to have moved into the intermediate range...apparently not yet. :XD: Guess I'll just keep working and hope I get in sometime. c:
timohuovinen Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Please share links to the "many groups out there that specialize in providing constructive critique and feedback" in the FAQ or at least a comment
daniyalisatya Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa..! This is really a real digital group for real artists and experts. This journal is straight to the point.

I love this journal even it bites me a lot. =D

I'm thinking so hard.. What am I gonna do if my art work is accepted here.. :p
e-c-h Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hey lovelies, I have a general question. Does size of submission matter? These days I'm wanting to be a little more cautious with what I upload to websites (protective measures with theft and all that). Do you have a minimum dimension expectation?
Ros-Kovac Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey. There's no rules about it, as long as the size doesn't force us to squint when we are processing it, you can submit them. Speaking only for myself, I'd say anything over 500-600 pixels is okay. Unless, it's pixel art of course.
e-c-h Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
okdokey, thank you :)
tiagoexp1 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
umm the button to submit artwork is missing :S 
alltheoriginalnames Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014

Our group galleries are temporarily closed to public submissions at the present time.
Please refer to this blog for more info:…

Our group submissions swill reopen shortly.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Pixelationer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It seems like a a long way to go here xD 
ShadowRyghas Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've tried getting my art in a lot over the years. I'm just going to stop now. I give up, I really do. I always get rejected, and I never get a legit critique. I'm just done. It lowers my self-esteem even more than it already is. Do I just have no hope unless I stick to a certain style or what? Like, seriously.
KirbyMuffinz Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I know how you feel, I feel offended everytime I get rejected from this group, no matter how much positive feedback I get for the piece from elsewhere it always feels bad to be told from here that it "didn't meet their quality standards", the worst part is that the group is just called "Digital Artists", it's almost as if we're not classed as one because our work isn't good enough... The group should be called "For only the best of the best" or something like that... I thought groups were about community but this is far from that.
wearepopcandy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Wait do you take drawings/paintings only? Can you take 3D stuff too?
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
Miki-chan004 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not a group related question but I thought you guys would know: What's the difference between a digital drawing and a digital painting? They look the same to me, and use the same media...
JRCnrd Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
And that sir is why the two were recently combined into one folder :dummy:
Ralola Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Dear god! If more groups had this deviantart would be a much happier place!

N holy damn , I love your guys humor xD
kiomaru1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Artist
the day i ll get featured into this group , i ll start dancing some gagnam style in my neigbourhood park
JRCnrd Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I took a quick gander at your gallery. You have a lot of potential, just work on adding more details and your shading. A lot of your stuff is on the flat side of shading, some more contrast between shadows, midtones and highlights would do wonders. Just keep practicing. :meow:
kiomaru1 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Artist
ho thanks ! what what is flat side of shading ?
JRCnrd Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Lack of contrast makes the shading appear to be "flat".
LittleSardines Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
How long of a time period would you think is acceptable to wait for a response to a request as to why a deviation was denied? I don't want to be annoying, but I've been waiting 3-4 days, and in the past have never received one for other things I've submitted..
Vashtastic Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Please understand that all of the mods here are either at university or have jobs irl. I would recommend waiting a week or two. If that seems to be a problem, please note the group instead of messaging individual mods.
LittleSardines Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
No worries, I'll do that if I haven't received anything from the person who denied the piece. =)
Charanty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
I have a question: by what principle i submit my work to your folders? For example, i have a picture i want to submit here and it's in cartoon section, does it mean that i should also submit it into a cartoon and comics folder?
Vashtastic Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Yes! If your piece is a fan art piece or cartoon or manga, I would recommend submitting to those folders.
Charanty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Oh thanks!
llandshark Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you all have a general guidline for what kinds of art is getting in (Not like as in atyle but a minumun requiremnt of artyness) [Sorry domt know how to frase it btter]
poplarleaves Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for asking! It's really hard to describe our guidelines in words, so I suggest looking at the folders that you plan to submit to. Each folder has a different standard. Try to compare your work with the work that is already in the gallery. If you think your work is up to our standard, please submit. :)

#digital-artists moderator
ocnaloP Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student General Artist
This was such a fun read...very descriptive and even though my art has been declined 3 times in a row I actually find this group to be one of mah "Goals". The gallery is spectacular here and I always check back on my gallery I realize I would have declined them too -.-' BUT!!! BUT!!! One I shall get it man! *old western noise*. Peace.
poplarleaves Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's a good way to look at it! It makes me happy to know that you've set us as a "goal". (And I'm sure it makes the other mods happy too.) :D So many people give up after getting rejected, but all they have to do is keep practicing. It may take a long time, but as long as they keep improving, they will eventually get a piece submitted.
romirockstar Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Screw this group
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