As part of the gallery description month, I'm going to be introducing the Digital Dolls subcategory (and it's subcats) to all of you. This will include a brief description and a few examples from each category.
Digital Dolls is located in the Customization category. Customization is the gallery that is dedicated to forms of art that let you modify or individualize things; wallpapers to change up your desktop, avatars and icons to change your dA presence, emoticons to enhance the chat experience and digital dolls. Digital Dolls are created by customizing a base body, created by yourself or someone else, hence it's home in the Customization category.
Digital dolls traditionally had a hard pixel edge and a transparent background but dolling has deviated away from that in recent years. The transparent background used to be important for people that would adopt dolls (display them on personal web pages with a link back to the creator) so that a doll could look at home on any website background.
Digital Dolls has several sub categories with sub categories. For simplicity's sake, let's call them level two and level three subcats. The level two sub categories are:
Pixel art: These are dolls or bases that have been created one pixel at a time. Any anti-aliasing is done by hand.
Tooled: These are dolls or bases that have been created using brushes, gradients, effects, layer transparency or any other tools that cause anti-aliasing automatically.
Other: These are dolls or bases that have been created using a mixture of the two above definitions, or by incorporating traditional or other unspecified media that does not fit either of those definitions. Cell shading has traditionally ended up here, although it is not required.
The level three subcategories are:
Adopted base: A doll made using a base made by someone else. You have adopted the base (and followed the base maker's rules!) to create your own doll.
Base: A body, humanoid or otherwise, used to create digital dolls. Note: Line arts that include hair and clothes belong in Resources and Stock Images > Lineart & Character Templates.
Original base: A doll created on a base created by you or a doll created without the aid of a base. Also called baseless dolls. This category has the most miscats because the name is ambiguous outside of dolling and implies a base not made by tracing instead of what it actually is.
Traced base: A doll created on a base (or a base) that was created by using tracing, which is creating an image by drawing on top of an existing image. This category was created to house both traced dolls and traced bases but seems to only be inhabited by bases at the moment, which means that a lot of traced dolls have ended up in the adopted base category as it is also technically correct.
Here are some examples of each type of doll and base so you know what belongs where
Customization > Digital Dolls > Pixel Art > Adopted Base
Customization > Digital Dolls > Pixel Art > Base
Customization > Digital Dolls > Pixel Art > Original Base
Customization > Digital Dolls > Pixel Art > Traced Base
Customization > Digital Dolls > Tooled > Adopted Base
Customization > Digital Dolls > Tooled > Base
Customization > Digital Dolls > Tooled > Original Base
Customization > Digital Dolls > Tooled > Traced Base
Customization > Digital Dolls > Other > Adopted Base
Customization > Digital Dolls > Other > Base
Customization > Digital Dolls > Other > Original Base
Customization > Digital Dolls > Other> Traced Base
I hope this has eased some of the confusion
Feel free to ask any questions in the comments!