RULES (update and please excuse the mess)

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VISIONARY ASSASSINS GUILD RULES & POLICIES February 2013

:star: there will be an overall tightening of standards in the group to ensure that we focus on showcasing higher quality pieces. we hope you appreciate efforts to make this group a hub of quality Assassin's Creed Fan Art :star:




:bulletblack:How To Join
To become a participating member, simply click the "Join this group" button! THE LIBERATION OF DEVIANTART HAS BEGUN.

:bulletblack:Submissions

:bulletblue: All submissions will be reviewed by the Guild Masters. If for some reason your submission is not accepted, it just means that the particular deviation is not a good fit for us. If you have any questions about why a submission was declined, you will likely find the answer below. If you don't, please feel free to ask!  If you do have any further questions about why your piece was declined please feel free to send us a note or comment directly on the submission process to keep things more private.  We will try to be as fair as possible with our explanation but be ready for a critique. Thanks for your consideration in advance!

:bulletblue: Guild members can submit the following types of works:
  a) your own works to the appropriate Members Gallery folder.
  b) contest entries to the current contest gallery folder.
  c) other deviants (non-members) works to the guild favorites. :heart: guild favorites will always be accepted :heart:

:bulletblue: To submit art or writing, please use either the 'contribute art' link in the blue banner on our profile page for your own works or 'suggest to favorites' for non-members works.

:bulletblue: Members can upload a maximum of 2 deviations a week.

:bulletblue: OC characters are only allowed if they are not the main focus of the work (i.e. they are in the background). At least one canon AC character must be the clear focus whether the work is written or visual art. We cannot post works written from the perspective of an OC.

:bulletblue: Photomanipulations are not allowed. Game screenshots, motivationals, lightly edited or unedited game art will not be added to the guild gallery. For info on DA's policy regarding wallpapers and why we have to decline most of them please see this article: kasumichan2003.deviantart.com/…

:bulletblue: The guild does not tolerate art theft. If you did not make it and/or don't have permission to use it, do not submit it. If you try to submit a deviation which is not your own work you will be banned from the group. If you suspect a piece in the gallery of being stolen art please note us and we will investigate.

:bulletblue: We are now accepting cosplays but please be aware we will only be accepting 1 photo per costume and we will not accept works in progress.  All of the usual rules apply to cosplay photos as well. So no OCs. The photos should be clear and professional looking. (I'd rather not burden everyone with 50 pictures of convention photos. I know they're fun but we'd like to focus more on the showcase of craftsmanship rather than some personal memories of yours at your conventions.)

Reasons submissions are declined:
Deviations that would be better suited for members' personal galleries or other clubs include:
 :bulletblack: tutorials, essays and other non-fiction works
 :bulletblack: works in progress/unfinished art/works on notebook paper
 :bulletblack: web-generated art
 :bulletblack: photos of figurines
 :bulletblack: artwork or writings that don't feature a canon AC universe character (i.e., OCs)
 :bulletblack: anything graphic not censored with proper consideration of the DA maturity filters
 :bulletblack: Recolors of original artwork already in our gallery
 :bulletblack: make sure that any traditional art is well photographed
 :bulletblack: OC


:bulletred: Submissions will be judged based on: :bulletred:
:star:success of the piece
    how well the artist achieved what we think they were trying to achieve
:star:cleanness
    cleanness of lines, erasing construction draft lines,
:star:improvement and effort (comparatively with other pieces in your gallery)
    if your piece is on the border, we will browse your gallery to compare improvement and effort
:star:understanding of light, color, composition and line
    using all of your artistic freedom to utilize line weight, light source, limited pallet, texture, cropping, etc.

Please note that the Guild Masters have the right to decline any submissions due to mature subject matter and this will be in accordance to deviantArt rules and regulations or was accidentally accepted. You can learn more from the following article "What is Mature Content?" Any mature rated submissions to the gallery will be clearly marked as “mature.” Submissions of any works containing pornographic material and/or hateful imagery will not be tolerated and subject to permanent banishment from the guild. Also please note that that the guild does NOT wish to affiliate ourselves with any members and/or affiliates who support hateful material or any relation of the sort.

If you do have any further questions about why your piece was declined please feel free to send us a note or comment directly on the submission process to keep things more private.


SAFETY AND PEACE, :iconlalafoxtrot:



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Taich0u's avatar
Taich0uHobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, great rules! I hate it when a group lets all the submissions in and my feed gets clogged with pencil drawings or OC fanfiction. Kudos!!
LaLaFoxtrot's avatar
LaLaFoxtrotProfessional Digital Artist
Oh thank you very much!!!! I thought that I'd tighten this group up a little to really become a hub for quality Assassin's Creed fan art :heart: since so many other AC fan groups tend to overload me with screen shots and pictures of the same cosplay over and over again.

I really appreciate the comment!! It keeps me going ; u ;
AnnalynneMarie's avatar
AnnalynneMarieHobbyist Writer
Frankly, I'm glad for this change. I hate it when people DO NOT state this plainly in the rules and want to harp on those who's art isn't a good as others, but when it is stated, it's nice. And it also makes the group more sought after and promises more high caliber members who are more serious about their craft. I'm stoked.
LaLaFoxtrot's avatar
LaLaFoxtrotProfessional Digital Artist
Yes exactly! Thank you so very much for your understanding. c:
I'm so very appreciative of your enthusiasm!
AnnalynneMarie's avatar
AnnalynneMarieHobbyist Writer
No problem, lol.
Dot21g's avatar
Dot21gHobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree. It's not even about being totally picky about art and just accepting the best of the best - but a certain standard will benefit the group in order to prevent all kinds of stuff landing here, e.g. works in progress, scraps, bad scans, etc. I've seen that groups that are a little stricter when it comes to art submissions tend to be more successful and well-respected, rather than being considered some kind of "garbage dump" where no one really cares about the art and effort that goes into it behind it. People need to get this, too, before they complain, but stricter rules often come across the wrong way - although they aren't necessarily bad.
AnnalynneMarie's avatar
AnnalynneMarieHobbyist Writer
There's a reason not everyone gets to be an Oscar winning actress. Just because you want to act doesn't mean you get to be a celebrity. It's the same principle here- if you want your art submitted, take a look at what IS doing well and up your game. Artistic talent is 40% talent, and 60% learning. Period. If I hadn't spent so much time trying to get BETTER at what I do, I never would have, period.
Becken95's avatar
Becken95Student General Artist
I appreciate a new set of rules, but I have the same problem as ~Last-Dreamweaver. I'm not quite sure how strict you are when it comes to quality, especially when it comes to light, colour and line. Do you only accept close to professional work, or is intermediate work okay as long as it shows effort?
LaLaFoxtrot's avatar
LaLaFoxtrotProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks for the question!

Not everyone is professional, me included. xD We're not looking to be THAT strict. An intermediate work level and up that shows effort, general understanding and confidence in style is the best way I can describe it. Browsing your gallery, I don't think you have anything to worry about. c:

See my repy to ~Last-Dreamweaver if you want a little more clarification.
AnnalynneMarie's avatar
AnnalynneMarieHobbyist Writer
So no stick figures right?
LaLaFoxtrot's avatar
LaLaFoxtrotProfessional Digital Artist
Hahaha, sadly no xD
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AnnalynneMarieHobbyist Writer
Damn.
Becken95's avatar
Becken95Student General Artist
Ah, I understand, thanks for clarifying. (: I'm just glad that you accept an intermediate level too, I was afraid that the bar had been raised too high.
Dot21g's avatar
Dot21gHobbyist Traditional Artist
I've got a question, or, well, numerous: What does "success" of the piece mean? Successful inasmuch as it is popular or successful in terms of the picture generally looking, well, harmonic and well-composed? And how do you want to rate the points "effort" or "understanding of light, color and line"? I mean, every artist has their own level of practice (and maybe even talent), so what if "understanding of light, color and line" of the respective artist isn't all that good yet?

Cheers and thanks in advance! (:
LaLaFoxtrot's avatar
LaLaFoxtrotProfessional Digital Artist
P.S. You've got a beautiful gallery and nothing to worry about here~
Dot21g's avatar
Dot21gHobbyist Traditional Artist
Alright! Thanks for the clarification and for the compliment. (: Don't get me wrong, I actually support the changes in rules because they prevent half-assed artworks from landing here, e.g. works in progress, scraps, badly executed works etc. It's not about being a total ass to people who still need to practice, but about this group being taken seriously as a group that cares about its art and artists. It's always better to tell people what they could improve and then have a beautiful submission than blindly accepting everything and taking the risk of this group turning into a "rubbish dump", not a galery. It also purges the groups galery and makes it easier for everyone to be able to marvel at the pieces other fans create. Though I guess it makes your job easier and more difficult at the same time, as you'll probably have to sort through less works, but also have to make the difficult decision of accepting or declining art. As long as declines are given with proper feedback, I think that these rules will greatly benefit this group. But respective and fair feedback would be things that are important to me, personally.
LaLaFoxtrot's avatar
LaLaFoxtrotProfessional Digital Artist
Oh, of course. My apologies for the confusion nonetheless. Yes, that is exactly our goal now in #VisionaryAssassins. To become more diligent in the quality of our gallery and help others understand ways of improving their craft. We will be sure to give timely, fair, constructive, well-thought, and considerate feedback when asked. :heart:
LaLaFoxtrot's avatar
LaLaFoxtrotProfessional Digital Artist
That's a very good question!

In the critique sense, success of the piece is the goal in which the artist intended and how well he/she achieved their intent. Harmony, composition, anatomy and many other aspects are included in that. For example, if one wanted to draw a dynamic picture of Ezio making a leap of faith and envisioned it in their head but it didn't turn out how they imagined; it is we will critique based on how well they achieved what we think they wanted out of the image.

Art critiquing is extremely subjective in many respects and that's inevitable. I'm basing a lot of my judgment in my experience in my six years of art class and the criteria that I myself received and observed.

Indeed every artist DOES have their own level of skill. If a piece is on the border of our standards we will observe to see if there is improvement and effort compared to the rest of their respective galleries. Understanding of line is typically based on clarity and line weight. Color should represent light if their is a light source and show understanding of shades and hues of proper and deliberate color pallet choice.

Style, of course, is also very important. This is the most difficult to explain but I think confidence of style is the best way to judge this criteria.

In general, an intermediate level and up is what we're looking for.
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SniperJessiStudent General Artist
lala.
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hi.
LaLaFoxtrot's avatar
LaLaFoxtrotProfessional Digital Artist
hi xD
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