"Fantasy is a genre that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting."
As Fantasy Artists United has become a larger Group, with more than 1500 members, we have decided that we need a change for what we hope is the best. We are currently promoting the best in Fantasy themed artwork and we would like to continue to do so perpetually. Thus, from now on we will only continue to accept quality artworks, meaning from intermediate to advanced level. We apologize for the inconvenience to our current members of basic level and amateurs, but we want you to improve your skills as we want to improve the Group.
Currently, the number of submissions has been reduced to one per week, and you must obtain two votes for your work to be accepted (this will change as our admins have more time to dedicate to the Group). From now on, join request will also undergo the voting progress; if your membership application has been rejected, this means that either your level of expertise is still not up to the standards, or that your gallery is not appropriate for the group (you don’t have any Fantasy works or there’s copyright infringement).
We would also like to remind you that submissions that have been previously rejected must not be re-submitted. There was a reason why it was rejected in the first place, therefore we are not going to reconsider unless major changes have been made to said work.
If your submission is rejected, please check the Submission Guidelines (WHY HAS MY SUBMISSION BEEN REJECTED?) to learn why this has been so. If after reading the guidelines you still don’t know why your work has been rejected, you may request an explanation and you will be informed by one of the moderators/contributors as soon as possible. Don't take it personally, please.
-Your work must be submitted to the appropriate gallery folder, meaning fantasy sub-category of either traditional art, photography, digital art, mixed media or photomanipulation.
-There's a new rule for the submission limit. You can submit now one deviation per week. The number of submissions per week might increase in the future, in which case we would let you know.
-If your work has been rejected once, do not resubmit it. Try with a different submission instead.
-We will always check for legitimate use of resources whenever the case (applies to photomanipulation, mixed media, etc.)
-We reserve the right to decline every work that doesn't fit with the group's focus, fantasy art.
-We have certain standards of quality in terms of execution and also originality. Submissions will be reviewed upon these guidelines.
SO, IN SHORT…
What we accept in this group
-The usual fantasy art, depicting fantasy creatures, fairies, elves, vampires, magic/sorcery/witchcraft, etc. is accepted. There just needs to be clear fantasy elements.
-Mythology is accepted, as long as it depicts a traditionally fantasy scene, character (gods, heroes, etc.) or creature.
-Horror-fantasy Dark-fantasy and futuristic-fantasy.
-Fan-art is also accepted, as long as it depicts a fantasy character (make sure to provide a background story in the Artist's Comments if there are no clear fantasy elements depicted)
WHY HAS MY SUBMISSION BEEN REJECTED?
- Because it is a Science-fictional work, Surreal or Conceptual. Because we feel it belongs to the Emotional or Dark category rather than the Fantasy one.
- Because it’s a Steampunk artwork.
- Because it is a sketch/work in progress.
-Because we generally do not accept works made for the sake of erotism (e.g. an elf completely nude depicted in a sexually arousing/erotic pose)
- This is just to clarify: Because your work didn't contain any clear traditional Fantasy elements, even if you had categorized it as Fantasy. (If you give a description under the Artist's Comments, such as a character or setting description, and it is clearly Fantasy your piece can be accepted.)
- Because there are elements that violate copyright, or you do not give proper credit to stocks/references/brushes/textures that have been used (please state if you purchased stock or used your own).
- Because the level of expertise displayed in your work does not meet up with our standards of quality.
- Because it is a re-submission of a work we have already rejected.
Works that have been submitted into the wrong Gallery Folder are also rejected, but we do let you know so you have time to withdraw and re-submit in the correct place.
Sounds like some solid rule making
I do have a question in terms of my own work, though. I have a number of pieces/work that depicts fantasy creatures, but some of them come from a Steampunk culture (they're Gnomes, though). Would those images still be accepted even though you said Steampunk submissions would be declined?
Thanks very much!
Regardless of the beings involved, if it is obvious the theme and or the world they exist in is steam punk, then they fall outside our guidelines. I know it is a bit sticky, but you have to make a divide. Even if it were a high elven archer, but they were standing on the deck of an airship, it would be declined.
If the steampuck elements are clear we do not generally accept those
So like - most of the time my mermaids have no tops and they are by default fairly sexy ... would those be rejected? Just always felt that a real mermaid wouldn't have "boobie hang ups" like us humans do and they'd have so much drag that it would be silly for them to cover-up their natural bodies ... but some folks seem to think bare breasts on female automatically equal sex or sexual pose (never mind that males *never* seem to have that issue - pffft)
Honestly, I don't think your mermaids would be rejected because of that reason. I wrote that new rule, and not because of pictures like yours, but for far more erotic art. Personally, I don't care about bare breasts; I actually do a lot of nude photography, and I have painted many nude models. I know the difference between a artistic pose and an erotic or pornographic one. We still accept nudes/partial nudes as long as it is not just erotic art dressed up as Fantasy.
I don't see the problem in trying to submit your nude mermaids here. You should, however, try to submit your very best works, as we are quite picky.
And btw, since I have looked at your gallery, just to let you know that we don't accept the marvel superheroes and such things, as we consider them more of the sci-fi category.
Good to know. I wouldn't consider any comic character to be fantasy art ... my apologies if that was at all implied by my query ... but really comic art is such a small part of the art that I do, so at first was a little surprised that you'd have mentioned that, LOL. But then there is only such a small fraction of my work here on dA that I guess maybe I shouldn't have been surprised if one just glanced at what I'd uploaded here, LOL!
Thanks for taking the time to reply!
Thanks for taking the time to reply!
A most excellent and well written clear guide to the group.
I just wanted to ask, what if someone creates artwork in a fantasy steampunk universum, e.g. elves shooting from old school guns? how it is judged by the admins - as fantasy, or as steampunk?
I would need to see the work to tell for certain... but we definitely don't accept steampunk works, so if a work shows far more steampunk elements than fantasy ones, we decline it.
thanks for the response and if I may ask, why exactly steampunk isn't fantasy? I'm not into steampunk but I'm just curious.
When we created this group, it was made for the traditional Fantasy theme and we wish to keep it this way. Steampunk is... well, steampunk. It is not the classical fantasy of dragons and fairies, which is what this group is
We definitely accept sci-fantasy so as long as it is balanced at 50% sci-fi and 50% fantasy or if there is more fantasy over sci-fi. So in your case, if the character is a traditional fantasy character, like an elf, in a steampunk setting, I would accept it.
Can you make a little word when you rejected a drawing ?
Because it will be useful for the next...
Because it will be useful for the next...
if anyone wants a bit of critique for their work, you are free to ask We don't always give it because there are many people who would not welcome it.
Clear and to the point! Aye aye!
this is awesome.