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Journal Entry: Sun May 4, 2014, 6:31 PM


[General Rules]
[Art Rules]
[Discord/Chat Rules]




The Code of Conduct applies to every member of PKMNation,
from Champion down to member, and will be enforced equally for everyone.


Pokeball by Homuncurusu  Golden Rule   Pokeball by Homuncurusu


The most important of all, and we will adhere to it regardless.  Treat everyone as you wish to be treated.  This means with RESPECT and COURTESY.  Be it a member or a mod that you are dealing with, they will be treated as you desire to be treated in turn.  If an issue arises between two people, then bring the matter QUIETLY and PRIVATELY to a moderator.  If the issue is with a mod, bring it a step higher.  There will always be someone you can turn to for problem resolution.


Pokeball by Homuncurusu  Be fair in your dealings with others.  We all have a life beyond what we do here.  This is our enjoyment and our fun.  Take this into consideration when someone may be upset over something that is happening in their lives.  Patience and understanding of one another's issues goes a long way to giving support.  Even if we are not familiar with an issue someone is experiencing, that does not mean we cannot be understanding of their turmoil and/or sympathize with their feelings.  We're all human, we all have feelings.  Respect them.


Pokeball by Homuncurusu  If a disagreement arises- and yes!  We are aware this can happen, we're only human after all!- then handle the matter in a calm and mature manner.  This means if you need a mediator to come into a private chat so things can be worked out, then ASK for a mediator.  If you feel it's beyond the point of mediation, and there is nothing that can be done to alleviate the situation, then BE AN ADULT.  Step back and WALK AWAY.  Let the mod team know of the issue; there might be something a mod can do to alleviate the situation.  If not, then at least the mods are aware of it, and will work to make sure the situation stays at a no conflict level.
Under no circumstances will handling a conflict
with anger, slander, or rumors be tolerated.  We
are all adults, even if some are young in years; we
are extending you the courtesy of that maturity.
Extend it to others in return.


Pokeball by Homuncurusu  Please keep cursing to an absolute minimum.  We are both family and age friendly, and foul language is neither.  And in all honesty, there are even adults who are offended by such language.  Therefore, we ask that it be kept out of posts to the group, and constrained in the chatrooms as much as possible.  A slip now and then... Now. And. Then.  ... can happen, and we do understand that.  But constant use of 'F-Bombs' and other such language will be dealt with immediately.
If you are caught abusing the Now and Then
exception to this, it is very possible you will
find your privileges for the Group removed.  Quickly.



Pokeball by HomuncurusuUnder no circumstance should the subject of rape be incorporated in any submission or comment for the group. The allusion to a rapist (with previous knowledge of the acts committed)/act of rape, depiction of rape, humor based on rape, character development regarding acts of rape, molestation, or any explicitly sexual content is strictly forbidden. This group is child friendly and the taboo and sensitive subject of such things is not in any way shape or form. Pokemon with distinct characteristics based on characters/people who's main qualities state they are fully involved in rape or rape like controversy is also forbidden and edits to the pokemon will be requested as soon as the knowledge of such things is brought forth. In general, a warning and removal of the comment/submission will follow the first instance but repeated incidents can result in a strike or ultimately a removal from the group if seen fit.

Moderators cannot know of any and all inappropriate content that enters our gallery at all times and we encourage those who have concerns or feel uncomfortable with certain submissions or comments from other members to contact the moderating team via note.


Pokeball by Homuncurusu  Be aware we are a non-discriminatory group.  Discrimination, for any reason, is not allowed amongst members.  It is fine to not agree with/like the personal choices another makes, but it it not your right to berate another on the basis of that, for any reason at all.  Conversely, this will not swing the other way.  Sensitive issues will not be flaunted or shoved into people's' faces just to get reactions, especially negative reactions.  Also, if a sensitive topic is being discussed, any member can request the topic be stalled and stopped.  Such a request will be honored by all.  If the request is not honored, then the requestee is asked to remove themselves from the discussion, and come to the mods about the matter.
This is another area where there will be few to no second chances.
Discrimination is wrong, period.
It will not be tolerated.


Pokeball by Homuncurusu We only allow one account per member in the group! This is to keep confusion and mistakes to a minimum, as well as make the playing field equal for all.

Pokeball by Homuncurusu  All submissions and posts need to be kept relevant to the group.  In other words... No Spamming.  Either the group or in the chatrooms.  And even relevant posts should be given time to be responded to.  All of us have other lives and duties that we have to see to; therefore it's not always possible to get a reply within ten minutes, as much as we might all enjoy that.  Please allow a reasonable length of time (a day or two) to pass before asking again.  Also, dA is sometimes slow to alert to a submission being made.  Give it time to show up before submitting something again and again.


Pokeball by Homuncurusu  The moderator team is comprised solely of volunteers.  They are there to help you out as much as possible!  Please, treat them with respect and courtesy.  They are sacrificing their time for you and doing the best they can.  If you have an issue with a mod, there are others in the mod team you can approach to help you with the issue.  Under no circumstances will public disrespect to a mod be tolerated in any fashion.


Pokeball by Homuncurusu  No member of the Moderator Team can be blocked from a member's account.  This prevents moderators from accomplishing their job, and therefore causes far too many issues.  We do not allow it. Vice versa as well. No moderator will block another member of the group from their Nation moderating account.


Pokeball by Homuncurusu  Be considerate of others. We all have different ideas, opinions and beliefs; and not everyone wishes to hear them. Please take into account the feelings of others and respect their wishes to not be privy to them, this includes but is not limited to critiques, opinions, life choices, etc.


Pokeball by Homuncurusu  General Rules   Pokeball by Homuncurusu


Pokeball by Homuncurusu  We are a mature community, no matter how old in years you might personally be.  This means we are understanding to others and the needs of others.  Please do not assume that everyone has no life outside the group and can therefore immediately jump to your beck and call when you need them.  Be understanding of their own lives and schedules.  Some things take time.  
As always, we hold to the rule of
Real Life First.

Pokeball by Homuncurusu  If you change your username, please let the group know via note as soon as possible. Otherwise, we won't know who you now are, and your lovely babies could get misplaced!

Pokeball by Homuncurusu  Please follow the news journal to see any announcements and changes! We will update on EST time, and sometimes we ask things that require you to know what time the group runs on!  This is especially important when sending in requests for Breedings, or heading out onto the Trails.

Pokeball by Homuncurusu  If you see something that should be brought to the attention of the Mod Staff, and there isn't one on, please let us know.  This can be done via Skype, a note to the group, or even a personal note to one of us!  However, keep in mind that some 'disagreements' are caused by the mediums we are using.  Text has no vocal signals and body language.  Use your best judgment.  Someone might not truly be trying to start trouble.

Pokeball by Homuncurusu  Under no circumstances should you ever accept points or payment of any kind from a non-member for a pokemon in our group.  All pokemon for PKMNation are to remain strictly for the members here.  If you leave the group, you are welcome to take your babies with you, of course.  They are yours after all!  You may hold onto a pokemon and gift it to a new member when they join, as well.  However, it is never acceptable to buy/sell/trade, etc. to a non-member of the group.  That's just wrong, and it will be dealt with if we learn about it (which we will).



Pokeball by Homuncurusu  Art Rules   Pokeball by Homuncurusu


Pokeball by Homuncurusu  All art needs to be 100% your own work.  This means: No Tracing, No Heavy Referencing, No Use of Bases.  If we catch you doing this, the first time we will ask you to remove the piece and redraw it.  Subsequent times will result in disciplinary measures.  You ARE allowed to commission someone to do art for you, but credit must be provided to the person who did the work.

Pokeball by Homuncurusu  Only submit work to the group that is related to the group!  If it's not a piece for PKMNation, then, lovely as it may be, we do not want it in our Gallery.  

Pokeball by Homuncurusu  If you feature another person's pokemon in a drawing or story, it's always better to be safe than sorry!  Unless it's for an event that specifically specifies it's a surprise, then ASK FIRST.  Surprises are nice, but if you portray someone's pokemon wrong, or doing something that makes their owner uncomfortable, then all good intentions are overlooked.

Pokeball by Homuncurusu  Anyone can draw your pokemon if you ask them to (and they agree); however, if the artist is not a member of the group, then that submission MUST go into the "Outsourced Art" folder of the gallery.  If you submit it to any other folder, it will be denied.


Pokeball by Homuncurusu  If you commit to producing artwork (paying with levels, selling DYO, etc.), then make sure you can actually do the work in the time stated!  If you repeatedly fail to meet this type of deadline, then you will be given a Strike. If you see someone repeatedly doing this, please send a note to the group letting us know!

Pokeball by Homuncurusu  Please make sure to submit a reference sheet to the group for your pokemon.  If there is no reference sheet approved in the group, then you cannot Breed, Battle, and Participate in certain events.

Pokeball by HomuncurusuArtwork, be it literature or drawing, should not feature an overly violent scene, gore, extreme injury, abusive, or a great deal of harm towards a pokemon or person. While we understand that pokemon are natural violent species, we ask that members respect our kid friendly environment and keep the battles cartoonish at best. It's best to not show any blood from the injury at all! If you are unsure if a scene you wish to post to the group is too violent, feel free to note the group!

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Pokeball by Homuncurusu  Discord/Chat Rules   Pokeball by Homuncurusu


Pokeball by Homuncurusu There will be no impersonating at any time. Never impersonate another person. Ever.

Pokeball by Homuncurusu Do Not Spam the chat or on Discord. This includes repeated posting of the same thing, massive amounts of links one after another; excessive use of icons and/or emotes.

Pokeball by Homuncurusu Drama Llamas are not welcome in the chatroom or on Discord, because we simply do not stock the correct fodder for them. So please do not start drama.  If you do, you will be removed from the chat for 24 hours, and you will be given a strike.

Pokeball by Homuncurusu Even in our chatroom and Discord channel, we ask that all Code of Conduct rules and General Rules also be followed. Especially the Golden Rule. This helps with everyone getting along!

Pokeball by Homuncurusu Failure to follow the rules of conduct can and will result in being silenced without warning. Your transgression would then be addressed in private.

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ChibiMango-Flooferz Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant
I used to use the account samipiplup, and I want to start fresh (mainly because I used to trace the background for my pokemon references and I want to come clean, also I feel more comfortable using this account.  The art was old and ugly anyways.)

Would it be possible to remove my old Pokemon and account from the database and make a new start with this account?
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DrakAlGhul Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello,

We do not remove accounts or inventory from the system, you are welcome to reclaim your account during out next opening and then are free to send your pokemon to rehab or give them away, and initiate an account transfer. 

Thanks,
-Drak
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KelpiePie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I join the discord if I plan on joining once requests open up again? Also when do they open next? (if there is a public schedule, if not I understand ;3) 

Until they open I'ma do a ton of reading up! 
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Lilliepup Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
The Discord server is for PKMNation members only, sorry about that! There's a countdown on our front page that shows when the next opening will be. c:
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RedCatStudioArt Featured By Owner May 2, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Could I double check with someone if this deviation is okay for the group?
It's my ranch owner, and the caretaker of the pokemon on my ranch.
Thanks!

Alvina Reference Sheet
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:iconconfirmedstitches:
ConfirmedStitches Featured By Owner May 5, 2017
Nudity of any kind is not accepted in the group! Thong underwear would fall under this category as it does not fully cover the...for lack of a better word, assets xD
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RedCatStudioArt Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
i mean. yeah ok :P *shrug* Rules is rules!
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min-mew Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just a quick question, but in the case of swearing in submission work, would it be alright to censor the word with characters like *@#? I personally don't like swearing much, but one of my characters would due to his personality, I just want to know if that would work and still keep it kid friendly enough for the group.
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Rosbelle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Hey there Min!
Using symbols or other forms of censorship for language is a-okay to do! <:
As long as the mature language is kept to an absolute minimum or made family friendly, it'll be good to go.~
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min-mew Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
alright thanks for letting me know ^^ Just had to be sure incase it came up in one of my pieces 
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Rosbelle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Not a problem! <:
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DemonInTheAshes Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Hi! ;v; Just curious
Why are pokemon from this group not allowed to be sold to nonmembers?
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:iconrosbelle:
Rosbelle Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Hey there Demon!

For the most part it's because of how members choose to sell their Pokémon; in-group items, points, and levels. Most of these purchasing options don't apply to people outside of the group and would be an unfair return for most standards.
Other reasons are that if a purchase goes wrong or something goes awry in the process, there is nothing we can do to remedy it!
As well as there is the possibility of that member reselling the same design more than once as we cannot keep track of its purchasing to outside members.

Hopefully this clears things up a bit for you! <:
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DemonInTheAshes Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Oooh, that actually makes a lot of sense! Thank you QuQ
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WatermelonTourmaline Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Student Digital Artist
PHEW!

This took me awhile to read but I understand completely
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Catts-Ranch Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
I completely agree with these new rules, and support them 100%.
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Featherkissed Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The rules updating reminded me to ask...

Could I get a solid yes or no on if it's ok to send breeding notes in on days that aren't breeding days? I always have sent mine a day early but I saw someone say that wasn't okay a month or two ago and now I'm afraid I'll be told to send it again the next breeding day.
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:iconconfirmedstitches:
ConfirmedStitches Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
It's okay to send it a day or two early but it won't be rolled until breeding day!
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Featherkissed Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay!! Tysm.
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pomt101 Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Does a reference sheet need to be made or can we commision for one?
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ConfirmedStitches Featured By Owner May 5, 2016
Hey Pomt! A reference sheet can be anything as long as it contains a full body picture of the pokemon you're putting the info in the description for! So you don't even have to make a full fancy sheet, you can just submit a single picture of them with the information :D If you'd like to make a sheet, you're more than welcome to and comissioning someone else to make one for you is just fine!
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Moleberry Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Professional General Artist
You can do either or. :)
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AntiantIM Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Do i HAVE to do art in order to play in the group? if don't expect the art to be good like the others on here (I'm not getting angry I just needed to warn you)
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Moleberry Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Professional General Artist
We accept writings and other sorts of art as well. The only thing that requires visual art is your Pokemon's references. We welcome any sort of experience with visual art, but you are also welcome to commission/request others to do the art for your references if you prefer to do so. They just need to be uploaded by you. :)
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AntiantIM Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
ohhh okay
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TwistedJoy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hello! I was wondering if we were allowed any gore/blood/violence in artworks for the group or is it not allowed? And if it is, to what extent is acceptable?
sorry about this, I couldn't see anything about this in the other journals (or I could have just missed it XD)
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Warrior-Heart127 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[PKMNation] NEED POINTS, WILL LEVEL!

Is this a legal attempt for points?
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:iconmoleberry:
Moleberry Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
It's the same as doing commissions, so I don't see a problem here <:
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mewhaku Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wanted to say thank you for instituting this rule:  "If you commit to producing artwork (paying with levels, selling DYO, etc.), then make sure you can actually do the work in the time stated!  If you repeatedly fail to meet this type of deadline, then you will be given a Strike.  If you see someone repeatedly doing this, please send a note to the group letting us know!"

It has happened often in the past with people saying they'd do x art for payment, and they would just never respond to me. It sucked. =< So thank you for that new rule. 
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SilverWolf657 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do u buy the pokemon?
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Shaythulhu Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Members do not buy their first 3 Pokemon. :} You get three free starters when you join the group. Any Pokemon after that will need to be purchased from other members or from the Market. ^-^
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SilverWolf657 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what currency do u use,how do u get it and can u pick the 3 pokemon? sry for all the questions :3
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Shaythulhu Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
We use dA's points to help better keep track of member purchases. But members will usually accept either points or drawn level payments. The 3 Pokemon you get will be a random choice from 5 when you hatch an egg. You will then choose one out of the five. :}

Check out our [Welcome to PKMNation] and [F.A.Q] journals if you'd like to know more! ^-^/
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SilverWolf657 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thx and for some reason it says I can't join the group at this time I've been trying for a week
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Shaythulhu Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Np! And that is because PKMNation runs on scheduled group openings. Our next opening isn't until Saturday, July 11th @ 12:00AM EST. ^-^
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SilverWolf657 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok thx! :3
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WifeOfBunny Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So is art required to join the group/adopt/be a member?
Let's say that I want to join, but have not yet been able to practice digital (or traditional, my traditional is awful) art, but we still wish to adopt and join while commissioning other people. Is that okay?
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Chin-Tea Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Psstttt, additional to what Shay has said: We actually do have a member who is doing this.
Even if you don't want to rely solely on commissions, there are many members who are willing to give you the art used for their clutches for refs if you purchase one of their babies.
Plus, writing is also a form of art so if you have visual apps for the Pokemon, you can also level them with stories/RPs if you enjoy these <3
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WifeOfBunny Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That sounds like it's going to be fun; I'll make sure to join the group and watch for any clutch that catches my eye!
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Shaythulhu Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Good evening~ :} Sorry for the delay. It is not required you draw in order to join the group, however, all Pokemon references must have drawn art for their sheets. Art can be commissioned if you are unable to draw for any reason. :}
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DigitalValkerie Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you know i've noticed a lacking of... limit when it comes to violence. i mean if were meant for all ages i'd think there'd be a limit. I'm not complaining for anything, but i dont know if my written work is suitable to post here, i mean at the most its pg-13, and thats only because one of the pokemon get very very maaad at another. Theres no mention of blood or anything, just a bit of excessive use of the move 'stomp'. so im not too sure if i can post it, or if i should go back and make it a little more PG.
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Shaythulhu Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there~ :} Sorry for the delay!

As long as it isn't too violent you should be fine. If you feel it is too much for the group and it just gives Pokemon levels, you do not have to post it into the group for the levels to count. :} If it teaches moves or has an evolution, I recommend making it group friendly. ^-^/ Hope this helps.
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DigitalValkerie Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for getting back to me. Ill give it another look over. i just wasnt sure cause theres no rule/guideline regarding violence in our art/writings
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Cadence08894 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I'm not in this group, but I'd really love to join!
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Shaythulhu Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Our next opening is on Saturday, April 4th at 12am EST and lasts all day until 11:59PM EST. So stay tuned for our opening day. :}
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crunchbite101 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hay i have a quick question, I'm not in this group as of yet but i was curious as to if there were legendarys at all and if they were able to in fact breed?
just curious XD

also i was also wondering how many levels would a pokemon grow from a art piece like this one of mine: Mega Raquaza
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RedRoronoa Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yo! Legendaries do exist in this group however they are unable to breed, they're earned through events held in the goup at random times~
And with the image IMO you'd earn 3 levels (full body + simple image), hope that answers your questions /o/
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crunchbite101 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah okie, do i get any levels from my way of soft shading at all? or does it have to be lined shading like from the show
cause the image does have shading it's just in my style
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RedRoronoa Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey again, after getting more opinion on your drawing it was agreed upon that it would get 3 levels. Thing is we all had a hard time seeing the shading since it was so lightly airbrushed and no you don't have to make the shading anything like the show, just visible enough for people to notice it. Your style is lovely but the only trouble is figuring out there was shading or not. :D
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crunchbite101 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha ok ^-^ sorry bout that, ill try make it a bit more noticeable :3 in my style i blend the colours to it looks a bit more softer in the colours and its all blended so u don't suddenly go from 1 colour to a noter shade real quick. XD i have a odd style but i like it. again sorry for the confusion, i probably shoulda picked a different example that didn't have black in the body
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