Welcome to Oc-Art-trade!
Here you will be able to sign up for monthly group trades of artwork featuring your original characters. If you have OCs you'd like drawn and would like to draw others' OCs in return, you're in the right place!
They're kinda like Secret Santa events, but they're held all year round -- so, while you would know who you're drawing for, you don't know who's drawing for you until they post it. It's a surprise each time!
If this sounds like fun, come join us for a group trade! Each round is independent from the other ones, so you can sign up as often or as seldom as you'd like.
Please remember: only art from our group trades belong in the folders. Art trades not part of our organized trades, or any other unrelated artwork, will be declined.
- Rules -
Both fan characters and completely original characters are eligible to be drawn. Adopts from others are treated as your own OCs as long as you have valid ownership of them.
All skill levels of artists are welcome. The more the merrier!
All types of visual trades are allowed -- traditional and digital artwork you drew, photos of your crafts like plushies, sculptures, jewelry, tapestries etc. If in doubt, just ask when you sign up!
You understand that you commit to submitting your image to the month's group folder before the deadline, which will be specified in the note and on the trade's journal. We try to give 3-4 weeks between assignments and the deadline.
If your sign-up has incomplete info, you need to add what's missing to be counted. If your sign-up is not complete when the round's sign-ups close, you will not be included in that round.
You need to finish the round you previously signed up for to enter another.
No traced or stolen art, and drawing directly on others' bases, even with permission, is generally not allowed. It needs to be your own work!
No submissions on lined paper (use blank paper instead of binder paper)
No poor scans/photos (if it's blurry and shadowy, you need to rescan/retake it to be counted)
No plain b&w lineart without shading (means, black-and-white lineart needs to be at least shaded in or colored)
Consequences for Rule Breaking
Be on time! If you do not submit your trade by one week after the deadline and have not arranged an extension, you will be blocked from the group without further notice. First offense lasts for three trades after; any offense after that will be for an entire year. In both cases, you will need to contact the admin directly (either raiinsoaked or TomoyoIchijouji) to be unblocked after your penalty time is up.
Put in effort! We will let you know if we think your trade is drastically subpar compared to your other works, and if you continue to struggle with this on a future trade, we will enact some additional requirements to ensure future quality (e.g. needs to be waist-up and/or in color and/or shaded etc.) Oftentimes these days, I may simply adjust where I place you in skill level brackets to be among artwork comparable to what you've been putting in, so be sure to do good work for these trades!
If you do not receive a trade by the deadline, your partner will have a one week grace period before they are blocked, or if they have requested an extension, a week after that. You will then be automatically put on the Missing Trades journal for that month and a volunteer will do an artwork to replace your missing trade (since you've already done your part, you don't need to make additional art).
If for some reason your volunteer fails to give you one that month, you will be placed on subsequent Missing Trades journals until we get you something in return for your hard work.
- Survey -
Here is the survey you need to post in the comment (or else we'll assume you don't want any skill matching or restrictions):
* Link: (link to your journal/gallery/page that has your OC references and descriptions in it)
* OCs you have: male/female/nonbinary humans, male/female/nonbinary anthros, male/female/nonbinary ferals
* Skill level: Yes/No
* Drop if none?: Yes/No
* Cannot draw: male/female/nonbinary, human/anthro/feral
* Redesign or Drop?: Redesign/Drop
First line of the survey is the link to your page that has your OC references and personality descriptions of them. You must have:
one separate page, with
your references, and
the personality descriptions accompanying them, either in the description or the journal/gallery/page itself.
If you give us multiple links, only the first one will be used. Read more details in the Joining section below.
Second line is asking what kinds of OCs are available in your roster (so, human males/females, anthro males/females, feral males/females); since some artists cannot draw ferals, or male humans, etc., this allows us to avoid pairing those artists with others who don't have any other type of OC on their list.
Third line is asking your preference on skill-level matching. If you want to be matched up to others deemed by the admin to be on equal level to you, please answer "yes" on the skill level question; if you'd rather stick with the completely randomized process of match-ups, please answer "no".
Fourth line is for if we do not have enough available partners for your skill level or the randomized exchange; here, tell us whether you:
want to drop out (i.e. "yes") and not participate in the round, or
if you'd like us to place you elsewhere, either with the randomized match-ups or with a different skill level bracket (i.e. "no").
After grouping participants by skill level (if applicable), excluding incompatible match-ups, and avoiding repeat match-ups, the resulting pool is matched randomly. We may pair up adjacent skill levels if particular brackets are short of participants, but we will stick strictly to your equivalent skill level if you answer "yes" to the drop question. We do make judgments based on previous trades for skill level, so again it's in your best interest to put fair effort into these trades!
Fifth line is for where an artist is unable to draw certain types of subjects; so males/females, humans/anthros/ferals, etc. You can tell us in this section and we will avoid pairing you with someone who only has that type of OC in their roster.
It should be something you'd genuinely have difficulty with; if it's whether the OC is fanmade or entirely original, for example, that's irrelevant to the artwork you'd be drawing of them, so it's not a drawing restriction per se. In most cases, you can simply pick another OC you like better.
If you have no other choice, you can contact TomoyoIchijouji and ask to switch, but if possible list the issue on your survey ahead of time so we don't have to switch you after match-ups are made. It's a hassle each time for the admin and the other participants, so we try to avoid it as much as possible.
Last line is where you can say whether or not you want to drop out if your restrictions cannot be avoided. The more restrictions you have, the greater risk you won't have a suitable match-up. If there is no match possible, we will have to drop you from the round, because there's no one you can draw for.
So, if you don't want to be dropped, instead you will redesign your partner's OC to be the type of subjects you can do (so, if you can only draw females, drawing a male genderswapped to be female; or if you can only draw humans, drawing a feral as a human).
We're assuming that if you want to redesign others' OCs when necessary, you also wouldn't mind your OC being redesigned, but if you are okay with one but not the other then explain your distinction here. If you have no restrictions, then let us know if you would be fine with your partner redesigning your OC if necessary. We'll otherwise assume you'd rather drop.
- Joining -
To join a trade, you need to create a page with your characters on it along with their personality info (it can be on deviantart, sta.sh, or elsewhere). Then comment with your link and the above survey to the journal entry for the month you would like to join.
After making sure your comment info is complete, wait for a note from us with the match-up! (The admin sending the notes currently is TomoyoIchijouji) The journal will update to say if match-ups have been sent yet, so send us a note if you don't have it at that point.
After you get the note, let us know if you realize you won't make the deadline and need an extension, or if you have any questions or concerns about your assignment. The sooner you let us know, the better. If you want to ask a question to the artist you're drawing for about their OCs, you can contact us to deliver the message to them on your behalf while still remaining anonymous.
What your OC page needs:
Character's name (or a way of referring to them, e.g. "Water Deity")
Reference image(s) organized by each OC
A little description about their personality.
Each bullet point is required; you won't be signed up unless they're included for each OC. It doesn't need to be a long paragraph; just a few words describing their personality is sufficient, though a longer description is more than welcome.
Some organization is also necessary: one must be able to find individual OCs with their pictures and personalities on it easily without hunting for them. If you have a lot, be clear as to what type the OCs are so we can know quickly what your roster has available (if you have like only 1-2 of humanoids but 20+ of anthros, we'd still want to match you with someone who can do anthros if we can).
You can have as many characters as you would like to post in it; it is highly preferred that you have at least two characters in your roster. If you want, you can also have a suggestion on the roster of which character(s) you'd like to be drawn most, though the artist is free to pick another character.