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Welcome to STA!

Rose Divider by Sophibelle


WELCOME!


Welcome to all new members! Thank you for joining our group. This group is for anyone who considers themselves self-taught, and all skill levels are welcome!


GROUP RULES


:bulletred: This group is for self taught artists, though we are not strict on what our definitions of 'self-taught' means.
:bulletred: Please be respectful. Do not bash other people and/or their artwork. We accept everyone and all forms artwork here!
:bulletred: Anything against DeviantART's policies are not allowed. Please note the group itself or an admin if you see something inappropriate and/or against DeviantART's policies. We will take care of it as quick as possible.
:bulletred: Please do not advertise on our page! No commissions price lists, no Patreon accounts, no raffles, no adoptables auctions, etc. There are plenty of groups that are made for that kind of thing.
:bulletred: Members are allowed to submit 3 deviations per folder per month. If you submit a deviation that gets declined, it will still count towards your monthly submission limit.
:bulletred: Please remember to submit to the correct folder! If you do not submit to the correct folder, your deviation will more than likely be declined. We will politely ask you to submit your deviation to the correct folder.
:bulletred: Don't like getting deviations in your inbox? Simply unwatch the group, there's no need to leave the group altogether!
:bulletred: It seems some people are having trouble joining the group. If someone is using the mobile website, the 'Join Group' button won't be on the page for some reason. You can simply switch to the desktop site and join, or just leave us a comment so we can invite you.

:wave:THINGS TO NOTE WHEN SUBMITTING:wave:



:bulletred: We do not accept advertising of any kind. No commissions price lists, or promotion for Patreon accounts, etc.
:bulletred: We do not accept memes, except improvement type memes and they must be submitted to the Improvement Meme Folder.
:bulletred: WE DO NOT ACCEPT sketch dumps, character reference/concept sheets, or any other such deviations. We want art that focuses on something. We’d rather have a beautiful portrait of your character than a reference sheet. The portrait is art, the reference sheet is just that – a reference sheet.
:bulletred: If you have a picture that shows genitalia/private body parts, sexually suggestive content etc., you MUST have a filter and it MUST be submitted to the Mature 18+ folder. This is so we can stay compliant with DA rules.
:bulletred: Fan art must be submitted to the Fan Art Folder only. We will not accept fan art into any other folder.
:bulletred: Lastly, please read the description of the folder you are submitting to. This will ensure your piece gets into the gallery quickly. If you submit to the wrong folder you may be asked to withdraw and resubmit your work, or it may be declined. We hate declining, since we love all of your beautiful work! :) So, please read descriptions first!


Thank you for reading, we hope you enjoy your stay here! We're always here and happy to assist you!


:bulletgreen: ADMIN POSITIONS: CLOSED :bulletgreen:


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**PLEASE READ**

There have been some changes to the rules and folders in the group, as some of you may (or may not) have noticed. I'll try to keep it brief. Thanks for taking the time to read this!

PLEASE reread the group rules on the main page of the group. There have been some updated rules added. I'll reiterate a few here in greater detail:

READ THE FOLDER DESCRIPTIONS before submitting to a folder. If you want your submission to be accepted more quickly, ensuring you submit to the correct folder makes our job easier since we do not have to ask you to resubmit.


More than often, deviations submitted to the wrong folder are skipped over by us in favor of those that are submitted to the right folder! It’s very hard when there are dozens of wrongly submitted deviations to go through them one by one and ask the artist to resubmit to the correct folder. And when we get waves of submissions, the wrongly submitted ones may expire because we don’t have the ability to keep up with so many wrong submissions. So please ensure you submit to the correct folder!

NOTE: when we ask you to WITHDRAW your deviation and resubmit it to the correct folder, please, please withdraw it, don’t just submit again to the correct folder. We have to go and decline your submissions when you do not withdraw them, and that again clogs up our feed and makes our job harder!!
If you don’t know how to withdraw, it’s in your Notifications tab, all the way to the bottom where you see Correspondence Items. There, you’ll see your submission pending, where you have the option to withdraw it. Click withdraw and it will be withdrawn.

WE DO NOT ACCEPT ADVERTISING OF ANY KIND. No commissions price lists, no Patreon accounts, no raffles, no adoptables auctions, etc.

WE DO NOT ACCEPT sketch dumps, character reference sheets, or any other such deviations. We want art that focuses on something. We’d rather have a beautiful portrait of your character than a reference sheet. The portrait is art, the reference sheet is just that – a reference sheet.

MIXED MEDIA is only for art that has both traditional and digital components.

CARTOONS AND COMICS is only for comic pages (of your own comics and your own OCs, not superhero fanart, etc.). Cartoon style OCs may also be submitted here, but note that we accept them at our discretion depending on whether we consider your deviation cartoon or not. Want to play it safe? If it’s a comic page, submit here. If it’s not, then submit to the Digital Art folder or any other appropriate folder.

ANIME/MANGA? If your style is anime or manga (it’s a very distinct style – look it up if you don’t know), it would be much appreciated if you could submit your deviation into this folder. Your anime-/manga-style OCs go into this folder. Your friends’ anime/manga OCs from art trades or gifts and the like go into this folder as well. FAN ART OF ANIME/MANGA DOES NOT BELONG HERE.

MEMES. Oh memes. Improvement memes, draw this again memes, summary of this year memes, and other art-improvement related memes go into the Improvement Meme folder, please! We do not accept meet the artist meme and other art-unrelated memes. (No pepe memes either.)

OTHER FOLDER. This folder is specifically for any deviations that don’t fit into any of the other folders. More specifically, things such as animations can be submitted here and they will be accepted. All deviations that belong in any of our main folders but that are submitted to the Other folder will be declined without asking you to resubmit and without explanation.

MATURE CONTENT? If you have a picture that shows genitalia/private body parts (anus), female nipples, sexually suggestive content etc., you MUST have a filter and it MUST be submitted to the Mature 18+ folder. This is so we can stay compliant with DA rules.

No pornographic content, please. If we see submissions depicting explicit sexual intercourse (as we have received) and other explicit sexual content, your deviation will be declined and reported as it is against DeviantArt’s policy and rules.

FAN ART MUST BE SUBMITTED EXCLUSIVELY TO THE FAN ART FOLDER. Characters from novels, anime/manga, movies, comics, games, etc., must go into the Fan Art folder, please. Drawing someone else’s OC is not fan art. Drawing the actor from a movie is not fan art (e.g., Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow is fan art. Johnny Depp as himself is not fan art).

If you are unsure if your deviation should go into the Fan Art folder, please drop a message on the front page!! We think Fan Art is pretty self-explanatory, but don’t hesitate to ask nevertheless.


Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you have any questions, feel free to drop them below and we’ll answer them! :)
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:iconsteffchep:
steffchep Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Schrödinger's group?
Someone here?
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TerriblyTerrible Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
don't make it 1 submission a month wtf, most people draw more than one thing  a month -_- so stupid, I'm out
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steffchep Featured By Owner Edited Sep 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't mind the restriction - it makes you choose your best, which means the watchers get a higher quality than they would if there was no restriction.

Although if then one submission expires, that's frustrating :(
(It is actually 3 a month)
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TerriblyTerrible Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
you will get infinitely more traction if you submit daily to 10 other groups than to 1 a month, it's just not worth it; and most people submit to multiple groups and the system is already tedious enough as it is, it's a massive waste of time when you are trying to submit to a bunch of groups and half of them are like ''sorry, 1 a month only'', I don't have the brain power to remember which group I can submit to again and which is still in cooldown, no one does lol. Besides, groups could have designated folders that are limited to 1 piece a month(your best piece).
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steffchep Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fair enough :) I'm also in more groups than I can remember. I've actually created an Excel sheet to keep track of what goes where and when xD - it helps though! But then I probably have borderline OCD :D
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