Bronies Gallery Submission Rules

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 22, 2014, 12:05 AM
To submit a deviation to the group, go to the Sorting Folder and click the button in the upper right that says "submit to this folder". Only group members can submit to the group.

Whether a piece gets accepted based on the criteria below is up to discretion of whichever three voting admins get to the piece first in our inbox. If your piece doesn't get accepted, the last voter may or may not leave an explanation in the correspondence item comments. (If you didn't get an explanation and you would like one, please leave a comment IN THAT AREA or link to the piece in question if you've deleted your correspondence.) If you clearly broke a rule, or if there is uncertainty on your part, please do not argue with the admins. If you truly think your work was judged unfairly, shoot us a note.


Relevance

We welcome submissions of art and literature related to My Little Pony.
However, we cannot accept:
  • Journal entries.
  • Art focusing on humanized or anthro original characters (OCs).
    • OCs classified as "humanized" in an original style will always be rejected, as they are not identifiably MLP-related.
    • OCs in the style of Equestria Girls are currently deemed to fall under the previous blanket rule, and will also be rejected.
    • OCs classified as "anthro" will be rejected if they are more human-like than pony. Features we look for to indicate whether something is not acceptable include human hands/feet, human leg joints, and human proportions. Pony OCs who are simply standing in a human pose (but still have all pony characteristics) are acceptable.
    • None of the rules in this section apply to canon characters.
  • Art focusing on creatures of any non-canon species.
    • This does not apply to crossovers, which can be of any species as long as the subject is a canon MLP character.
    • Dragon, gryphon, donkey, etc, OCs are acceptable as long as they are identifiably MLP-style.
    • Hybrids, such as ponies with non-canon tail or wing designs, are judged on a sliding scale at admin discretion.
    • Non-canon hooved creatures (deer, antelopes, etc) may be accepted at admin discretion based on closeness to MLP-style.
  • Art in the style of a previous generation of MLP is very uncommon, and may be judged on a case-by-case basis.


Suitability

To keep our galleries accessible to all ages, please keep all submitted art and literature G-rated.
We will reject all mature content, including:
  • "Mature" tag.
  • Blood or gore.
  • Lewdness and anything remotely sexual (even if censored).
  • Excessive violence.
  • Excessively disturbing or grimdark imagery.
  • Illegal drug use (may also include abuse of alcohol and smoking).
  • Foul language featured frequently, prominently, or in the title.


Effort

In addition to featuring our members' work, we try to deliver great art to our watchers' inboxes. We won't judge your artistic skills, but we try to keep low-effort works out of the gallery, as well as art that relies primarily on work done by others.
Please avoid submitting:
  • Unfinished or hastily-done works. This includes all stages of WIPs.
  • Artwork not created by you, or featuring uncredited work by other artists.
    • This includes any commission by another artist which you have permission to post, but of which there is another copy on dA by the original artist.
    • If you are aware of any instances of art theft that make it into our gallery, please let us know via group note.
  • Artwork created from bases:
    • Images from PonyCreator / 3D PonyCreator / any other generator.
    • Anything from GMod, SFM, or another 3D program, that uses any pony model or body originally created by someone else. We do accept 3D art if all the assets are either fully original or heavily modified from stock on a fundamental level, or where the use of stock assets feels incidental to a larger original piece.
    • Unmodified non-vector traced screenshots. (Excludes actual resource lineart / bases themselves, which we do accept.)
    • Adopt sheets where a single pose is used multiple times, even if it is your own base.
    • Common gifs, such as trot sprites.
    • Cards.
  • Memes, motivational/demotivational posters, image macros.
  • Photomanipulations and PIRLs
  • Photos of store-bought merchandise.
  • Roleplay transcripts.
  • Minecraft pixel art.
  • Direct screenshots of the show or any program / game.
  • Low-effort cosplay.


Presentation

In order to keep our watchers' inboxes looking great, we ask that your artwork is properly presented.
Please avoid common pitfalls, such as:
  • Drawings on lined paper, unless the lines cannot be seen through the art.
  • Dark, blurry, and grainy photos.
  • Images that are heavily-compressed, excessively-watermarked, or suffer from extreme technique errors.
  • Images that are too small to see or read clearly, for which big previews and originals have been disabled.
  • Images which do not load in standard browsers.



Submission Limit to the sorting folder:

Members: 1 per week. It's the same as 4 per month but you don't have to wait a whole month if something goes wrong. We don't want to impose strict quality controls here but we do want to encourage you to submit only your best work, rather than submitting everything.

Primary Contributor status may be offered by admins to the most talented artists in the fandom. This confers a submission limit of 8 per month, and automatic acceptance.

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:iconazurllinate:
Azurllinate Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2019  Student Digital Artist
So even if there is an anthro of an official character with an "OC" it still will be rejected? Even if they are both the focus. That seems a bit much. 
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:iconserious-sam-64-64:
serious-sam-64-64 Featured By Owner May 5, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hold the f*ck up!

"OCs in the style of Equestria Girls are currently deemed to fall under the previous blanket rule, and will also be rejected."

Does this group hate Equestria Girls?
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:iconspokenmind93:
SpokenMind93 Featured By Owner May 6, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Euhm buddy... read the whole thing... It refers to the fact we don't accept ORIGINAL CHARACTERS humanized or EG-ified.
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:iconfrozen-fairyfire:
Frozen-Fairyfire Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay so I have a question. I'd like to submit my OC character sheet (actually more of a Ponysona). Most of the characters in that picture are of the same OC pony, mostly as a pony, but there is one Equestria-Girls version in there. Also in the same picture her pet is a non-canon species, but it's not the main focus of the picture.
Would you accept this picture?
Here's the link in case you want to see it.
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:iconlahirien:
Lahirien Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That one is fine. If it's a character sheet with a EqG version, it's still obviously pony-related.
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:iconfrozen-fairyfire:
Frozen-Fairyfire Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thanks for clarifying!~ :heart:
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:iconmalte279:
Malte279 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I have one question, is there any chance the submission limit could be raised to a bit more than 1 per week?
I understand that especially with a group of this enormous number of members this bears the risk of opening the floodgates too much for the admins and mods (thank you all very much for your work to maintain this group) to keep up with the admitting or declining of art submitted. If experience shows that permitting more than one submission per week increases the amount of work too much I fully understand that. It is just sometimes a little disappointing to often run into the red flag telling you that the seven days are not over yet and especially with art series closely linked but consisting of several submissions it can draw out quite a bit to complete submitting them.
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:iconlahirien:
Lahirien Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That setting doesn’t quite work the way I’d like it to. Instead of “x submissions every x days” it has dropdown menus for “1-10 submissions per day/week/month” One per day would probably be too much, since we currently get about 200 submissions per week, and only have two admins who are active daily (with a two-vote requirement) at the moment, so we can’t handle too much more. Two per week might work, since you’d be able to submit two and then have to wait a week, so it would still prevent art dumps. The intention was to get just the best piece someone made in a week, to improve the overall quality. 

You should note Fifth--Element directly directly, since he’s the only one who can change it, and he probably won’t notice a comment here.
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:iconmalte279:
Malte279 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the quick response :)
I'm going to suggest this to Fifth--Element. I do want to stress though that no matter whether the suggestion is accepted or not I very much appreciate the work of admins who keep groups like this running without benefit other than seeing it work.
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:iconspokenmind93:
SpokenMind93 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It could be considered borderline saucy yes.
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:iconspokenmind93:
SpokenMind93 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rarity is showing her ass...
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:icon1ndigocat:
1ndigoCat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Ok I will never upload anything to this group no problem, I did not have to answer ok sign f2u 
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:iconspokenmind93:
SpokenMind93 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I mean, if you want to go as far to come to that conclusion then be my guest. Nothing's stopping ya
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:iconpegagamer:
PegaGamer Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question: What if a piece is done but it has a transparent background?
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:iconlahirien:
Lahirien Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Transparent backgrounds are perfectly fine. 
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:iconpegagamer:
PegaGamer Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay reason why I asked is I submitted pieces that had transparent backgrounds before and they were all denied
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:iconlahirien:
Lahirien Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Which ones? It would be for another reason.
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:iconpegagamer:
PegaGamer Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember submitting my recent Sombra one got denied. A few others with transparent backgrounds. I don't remember which pieces but usually ones with that background theme.
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:iconcatname:
catname Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017
Can i ask why my doodle was withdraw?
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:iconlahirien:
Lahirien Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I only see one submission from you, from two hours ago, and I just accepted it. bronies.deviantart.com/message…

If someone else tried to submit something of yours, it would send you a correspondence message for approval, and then the third party might have withdrawn it, if that's what you mean.
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:iconcatname:
catname Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017
Thank You very much for answer!^w^~
I still don't fully get how groups work here on DA so i get a bit confused...Sweating a little... 
I'm sorry for a trouble!  
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:iconmalkey-grohiikvokun:
Malkey-GrohiikVokun Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017  Student General Artist
Is this allowed? Moonlight Bat Pony - Weekly Request (Week 1)
Just say "yes" or "no"!
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:iconlahirien:
Lahirien Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I’d allow it, since you didn’t really “use” the base as much as completely revector it. In that case it’s the same as referencing the show pose it came from, which is fine. 
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:iconmalkey-grohiikvokun:
Malkey-GrohiikVokun Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Student General Artist
So, just for make it clear for me: If I take a base and I just recolor it and add a mane and tail, it's not allowed; but if I take a base and I revectorize, is allowed?
Sorry, it's just that these rules are a bit confusing!
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:iconlahirien:
Lahirien Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
As long as you're actually doing the vectoring. What we try to avoid is people using the actual pixels of bases and just recoloring them. You can tell this was done if there are miter joins and tapers on the body, but not on the mane.
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:iconmalkey-grohiikvokun:
Malkey-GrohiikVokun Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017  Student General Artist
Ok, I understand now!
Just one more question for future deviations!
If I draw a pony with a non-canon species OC (sorry for bad english) is allowed here?
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:iconlahirien:
Lahirien Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Non-canon species by themselves have to be canon characters, otherwise, there is no way to tell that the art is pony-related.

Or, if you mean drawing multiple characters, one a pony and one a non-canon species, that would be fine.
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:iconmalkey-grohiikvokun:
Malkey-GrohiikVokun Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2017  Student General Artist
Yeah, I was talking about the second one!
Example: A pony and a wolf running from the guards because they stole a magical object!
Example 2: A pony and a wolf hugging!
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:iconmalkey-grohiikvokun:
Malkey-GrohiikVokun Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017  Student General Artist
Is that a yes?
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:iconlahirien:
Lahirien Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I pulled it in for you. See your correspondence messages. 
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:iconmalkey-grohiikvokun:
Malkey-GrohiikVokun Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017  Student General Artist
Ok, thanks!
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:iconaclockworkkitten:
AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
aclockworkkitten.deviantart.co…
Can I resubmit this?  I feel like it got lost somehow. 
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:iconlahirien:
Lahirien Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I pulled it in for you.
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:iconsunshineangel21:
SunshineAngel21 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My art submission was rejected, why? I am just curious
New MLP Style by SunshineAngel21  
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:iconspokenmind93:
SpokenMind93 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks quite suggestive.
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:iconsunshineangel21:
SunshineAngel21 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do not understand how :/ it does not show anything. I drew none of the parts in..in fact the way she is lifting her hind leg would cover them anyways :/
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:iconspokenmind93:
SpokenMind93 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
- She's blushing
- I had to double check because I thought it was showing the parts so it was suggested by the way it was shaded
- And her hindleg would only partially hide it, "teasing the audience" with the way her pose is. Which by the way, is a pose commonly used in suggestive manners.
- In the voting process, there are two votes needed, two of our admins declined it so it was multiple people who thought this was a no-no.
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:iconsunshineangel21:
SunshineAngel21 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok :/ 
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:iconcharbycharby:
charbycharby Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017
May I know why this was declined? 
MLP: On Top of the Eiffel Tower by charbycharby
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:iconlahirien:
Lahirien Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
We don't accept PIRLs, I'm afraid. Mostly it's for the ones where people slap someone else's vector on someone else's photo and call it a day, but it's hard to draw a fair subjective line based on quality, so we have to just reject them all. Try Ponies-in-Real-Life
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:iconcharbycharby:
charbycharby Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017
Oh, so that's what PIRL stood for. Thank you!
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:iconhini-i-menel:
Hini-i-menel Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
is this okay?:

Reading Newspaper by Hini-i-menel

(for future reference ;) )
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:iconspokenmind93:
SpokenMind93 Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm afraid not.
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:iconhini-i-menel:
Hini-i-menel Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
Okay great! Will be noted for next time! :) :heart:
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:iconlahirien:
Lahirien Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
We don't accept direct screenshots.
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:iconhini-i-menel:
Hini-i-menel Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
no problem! wanted to make sure before submitting. ;) ;)
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