Group Info Group Founded 6 Years ago 21,538 Members
424,026 Pageviews17,247 Watchers

⦅ 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 our new admins, we're once again slowly getting ahead of our submission backlog, and to get the group a little more active, it sounded like a fun idea to do a little character feature!

Comment below with an OC of yours, and tell us a little about them! In a few weeks, we'll randomly pick one OC to put in the spotlight, together with some extra commentary from us. This means many people will see and possibly comment their thoughts on your OC, so be sure to enter someone you'd love to take the spotlight!

How to enter your OC

1. Link to some media containing your OC. Artwork on DeviantART would be best, but of course a TH profile and any other off-site info is perfectly allowed as well! In fact, we encourage to give us an extra source of info
2. Tell us about them! Who are they, what's their story, what makes them special, why do you love them?
3. Post your reply to this journal
4. (Optional) Check out other people's comments and reply to them if you see any OCs you like

That's all! The winner will be randomly selected in a few weeks time.
Good luck!

Side note, if any of y'all have any fun ideas for small group events and features like these or a way to make these more interactive, feel free to suggest 'em! I was considering making it so that to sign up, people should comment their thoughts and praises on the current featured OC, to make the feature more pleasant and grand for the winner.
- ElithianFox
More Journal Entries

⦅ Friendly Neighborhood Admins ⦆


Add a Comment:
Hidden by Owner
(1 Reply)
Foolish-Hearts Featured By Owner May 2, 2021  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this group dead? Submissions have not be processed in a long time...
(1 Reply)
Hidden by Owner
(1 Reply)
Azuhreidii Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2021  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I think this group is practically dead now (or at the very least, a lot of its admins have gone inactive).
All my submissions have just ended up expired, and even when I decide to try again and resubmit it, those end up expired as well.

I guess it's best I leave the group for now. It's been a fun ride, but hopefully when this group gets more active admins to filter the submissions I'll come back.

(No shade to the admins; I understand everyone has a life outside of dA and it doesn't help that Eclipse's layout has made it far more tedious to get to Group submissions but is what it is. And from the looks of the recent comments here, expiring submissions have been a problem for quite a while.)
BridgetteAnnalyse Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2021  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does this group have active moderators yet? I’m sad to see people are having submissions expire and would love to help!
Lisa22882 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2020   Traditional Artist
Should I leave this group? so many of submissions had expired, I'm thinking of making a sad chose.
(1 Reply)
Add a Comment: