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
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
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:
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!
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.
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?
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!
Here are three absolutely serious suggestions on improving your artwork that you will almost always get from us when asked:
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.
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.
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?
Drop your remaining questions in the comments or shoot us a note. We promise to answer as best we can.
Visuals all copyright JRCnrd because he made them. So ya know. Don't steal that crap. 'Tis not cool.