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⦅ Welcome ⦆

【 Welcome to OC-Tea! 】
↬ We're all about the art here ↫

Everyone is allowed to join but please note that we do have a password! You can join regardless of whether you have an OC or not. You can find the join button on the left side of the homepage in the 'Group info' section.

ATTENTION: Joining requires a password hidden in our "Yays and Nays" sections! To make it easy, it's a question you have to answer in your join request. Be sure to read through our rules to find the password, otherwise we will not accept join requests! Here's a hint: It's tea related!

We currently have a two-per-week submission limit, so we don't want you to have to wait to get your art out there! Submissions can take between a few hours and a few days to be approved. Here is a tutorial on how to submit.

We hope you have fun here with us, keep on arting!

Requests | Members & Affiliations

► Join requests are open, just be sure to send us the password! Just click the Join button, which can be found on the left side of this page and type it there ♡
► By joining us, you are agreed that you have read all information regarding submissions and rules.
► Affiliation groups are open to all groups that have similar focuses

Please Note

► Be respectful to your fellow deviants and members! Rudeness will not be tolerated
► There is a zero tolerance policy for art theft. The submission will be removed from the gallery and the member permanently banned from the group.
► Please do not advertise on the front page, or submit advertisements. They will be hidden/declined.
► Any deviation you submit MUST state somewhere, either in the tags or in the Artist Comments, that your art contains an OC, or it could be declined.
We don't accept artwork that discriminates against any groups of people

What is an OC?

► OC stands for Original Character. It is defined by a character that you made for your personal use or for a project you're making. OCs are different from random characters in that OCs have a backstory and personality you gave them and you intend on remembering who they are, potentially using them again in the future. We do accept OCs, but not random characters.

► A variation on OCs would be FCs, which characters you made for an already existing series. These are welcome here too!

⦅ Yays & Nays⦆

Note that in order for a submission to be accepted, it has to explicitly state that it depicts one or more OCs either in the title, the description, or the tags. Tagging it with #oc always suffices!

If you have any questions about your submission or why your submission was declined, please send the group a NOTE with a link to your art, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!


► Artwork depicting one or more OCs or FCs
► Art 100% made by you [including collabs]
► Submission into the correct folders
► Your best work


► Stolen art and reposts
► Art made using a base (the exception is reference sheets). This includes stock photos and references. Texture stock are only permitted if properly cited with permission.
► Photography - UNLESS it's a high quality picture of a traditional illustration [Clarification]
► Things made with character makers/dress up games (ex. rinmaru games)
► Renders or traces of artwork you did not make
► WIPs (Works in Progress)
► Pornography or sexual nudity. We don't want to see anyone's Oolong!
► SFW fetishes (vore, hypnosis, BDSM, etc.)
► Literature, commission ads, etc.
► Pieces depicting political or controversial statements. We want to keep our group clean and not risk fights or offending others.
► Variations of the same submission
► Adoptable sheets
► 3D models (unless it is 100% made by you. Again, NO BASES!!)
► Rushed work/5 minute pieces
► Most MYO characters, closed/semi closed species [Clarification]
▶︎ If you wish to join our group, answer the following question in your request: what is your favourite drink?


► Your pet
► Real life people
► Self insert characters
► Public domain characters
► Random characters you don't intend to use again
► Your friends and family, or alternate interpretations of them
► Alternate interpretations or AUs of already existing canon characters


► We are NOT a group focused on high quality submissions ◄

► That being said, we only ask that you submit your best work. No five minute submissions, please!
► That also being said, 90% of the time if your submission is put into the correct folder AND follows all of the rules, it will be accepted.
► Submissions that will be rejected include poorly scanned/photographed pieces, and pieces that are 60% blank space (we suggest cropping your image in that case).

⦅ Submission Folders ⦆

Please ensure you read these thoroughly before submitting. If you are unsure, please send a note to the group with a link to your deviation, and we will assist you.

Current folders:

A folder showcasing the best of the best. Members cannot make submissions to this folder but admins can move artwork of superior quality to this folder to showcase it.

〚Reference Sheets and Bios〛
This folder contains any sort of reference sheet or biography of an OC, regardless if if they're an OC or an FC. The picture itself has to be in a reference sheet format; if only the description is this isn't the folder for it.

〚Fan Characters]〛
This folder goes both for fan characters on their own and fan characters together with a canon character. 

〚Comic Pages and Covers〛
Regardless of whether it's a oneshot or a page of your webcomic, any art with multiple panels goes into this folder.

〚Humans and Humanoids〛
Any art depicting one or more original OCs that are humans or humanoids, for example humans, trolls, fairies, demons, etc. This does not include anthros and furries, though kemonomimies fit in both this and the anthro and furry folder.

〚Anthro and Furries〛
Any art depicting one or more original OCs that are an anthropomorphic animal, object, or concept. Kemonomimies fit both here and in the humans and humanoids folder. 

〚Ferals and Animals〛
Any art depicting one or more original OCs that are an animal, no matter if they're intelligent or regular, existing or ficional. This can be anything as long as it walks on four (or more) feet, so mythological OCs are welcome here as well!

〚Other Species and Mixed Groups〛
If you're not sure about which category your OC would fit into, this would be the ideal folder. Examples would be monsters who aren't quite humanoid, sphinxes, and taurs.

〚Mature Content〛
Anything that has a mature content filter goes onto this folder. We will never accept explicit porn or fetish artwork, but things like artistic nudity, light gore, and pinups are accepted.

► If you do not see a category that fits your submission, please feel free to suggest a new folder via note to the group.
► Please send us a note if a folder becomes full!
All folder rules are in their respective folders, PLEASE ensure you read them before submitting


Hey everyone! Your co-founder ElithianFox here with some updates and reminders.

Expired submissions, new submission process

We just bridged the summer vacation period, and it didn't go exactly the best way. Admins have been very busy, and I myself have been studying so many of us had little time to spend on the group. As a result, many submissions are backtracked and at risk of expiring, or have already expired. If your piece expired without any reason stated why, feel free to resubmit it!

To better deal with the growth of the group and to avoid some of the declines we have to make, we will be trying out a new submission system:
  • There will be only one folder to submit to. When it's approved, we will move your piece to the appropriate folder. This is to avoid people losing submission chances over an incorrect folder.

  • The submission limit will be reduced to one per week again. It may be increased again when we finally caught up with our backlog. Take this change as a chance to showcase the best of the best you produce!

  • Please give us some time to get to your new submissions! We currently have a backlog of 1000+ submissions and it may take several weeks for us to get to yours.

Edit: I have also messed up with the folders, and now all submissions in the Humans and Humanoids folder ca only be declined or expire. If you made a submission there that was not yet approved, feel free to resend it or send us a note with it! I will make a journal clarifying how this happened tomorrow.

Rule reminders

There are some rules that are very frequently broken and that hack up the submission process. It's always suggested to read the rules found on our frontpage, but here's a recap of the most important ones that we see get broken often:
  • Every piece must be tagged with something that indicates it's an OC, or have clear mention in it in the title or description of the piece. The tags #oc and #originalcharacter are the easiest way for us not to skim over it!

  • We accept personas and fursonas, but only if they are their own character. If they are referred to as "me" they bear too close resemblance to you, we see them as a self portrait. If you remove all elements that were modelled after you, are they still a full character?

  • We don't accept CS. Open species, personal species, and species with no or free MYOs are still accepted, but any mention or tag with CS will be declined.

  • We accept nudity and pinups, but we don't accept sexual imagery, and especially not fetishes, no matter how SFW they may look. If the focus is't on the nudity, but the character just happens to be nude in the art, that's fine. 

What can we do?

We'd like to hear from you guys! What can we do to improve our group? Any suggestions are welcome, so please drop them in the comments (or a note if you are shy) ;v;
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Dentlos Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2019  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I'm more of a coffee person.
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darwingi Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for accepting me! <3
Flutterbest Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I just wanted to double check before submitting. Does this piece meet the requirements of traditional art photography?  Caravan Crew by Flutterbest
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Astrorella Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for accepting me <3
jongoji245 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Which gallery folder would something like this belong to?

Jongojiverse Bio 11: Cosgrove by jongoji245  
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Dawnproject Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the acceptance!
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SX-Donutbandit Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, self insert characters may classify as OCs in certain circumstances.
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tinygh0st Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018
I can't submit anything to the humanoid folders... Why is that? 
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KazerOnDA Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018
and of course you hid my comment (:
really shows how great yall are lol
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Kclar Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018   Digital Artist
I just figure out why i left this group... because of the whole 1 submission thing :(
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Demonloid2000 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2018  New Deviant Professional General Artist
How do I join?
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NaiRR Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm kinda new... and the problem is I don't understand what is tea hereWaaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! 
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SnowyVulpix110 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Hobbyist
Thanks for the acceptance!
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