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Over the last several months since we opened the gallery for submissions, there have been enough questions as to what we mean by "quality" of art within our Submission Guidelines to warrant a closer look at the subject. Just what does "quality"? look like? How is it measured? When submitting artists continue to ask why everything they submit gets declined then we haven't been specific enough. Our submission guidelines will be updated soon to be more specific. So in the meantime,  to help clarify: Here is what we mean by "quality".

Quality :

a high level of value or excellence, or how well or poorly something is. Quality is a measuring word. The AnthroCommunity group seeks to feature Good Quality work or better. There are certain aspects of every artwork that affect the quality of the presentation. Some aspects describe low quality while others, high quality. And others may soar high in some aspects but fail in others, resulting in a missing key element to the piece's success. Below is an outline for the specific aspects that affect different qualities of artwork. Terms with an * next to them are clarified further below.

What defines Good/High Quality Work?

  • The piece is neatly presented. Lines or Edges are neat and unified*. The Image is not blurry, dirty, or poorly scanned.
  • The piece appears finished. You can tell when a piece appears finished from looking at what is left to critique. If the artwork can be argued by a majority that it is strong in color, lighting, shadow, form, proportion (anatomy), media technique*, and overall composition, it can be considered finished.
  • The piece presents something catchy, different, striking, or unique about it.
  • Demonstrates a successful* use of several Art Elements and Principles*.

What defines Low/Poor Quality Work?

  • The piece is not neatly presented or shows it could be presented better. Lines or Edges are messy and not unified*. Image not properly cleaned up after scanning. Image might not be crisp or clean.
  • The piece appears to be missing something important or could be developed significantly further. The piece shows considerable weakness in color, lighting, shadow, form, proportion (anatomy), media technique*, or overall composition.
  • The piece does not present something catchy, different, striking or unique* about it.
  • Demonstrates only one or no successful* use of the Art Elements and Principles*.

Most often, we'll receive artworks that have a combination of Low Quality and High quality aspects. Our decision to accept or reject is based upon the type of quality that the majority of the aspects fall. If a piece has 3 low quality aspects and only one high quality aspect, it is not considered strong enough to be accepted. if a piece has 2 high quality aspects and 2 low quality aspects, the decision to accept or decline will be determined by the severity of the low quality aspects. It might just be as simple as a bad scan, and we may ask you to re-scan it. The bottom line is, we vote by majority and use this criteria when we talk about "quality". For our reason behind being selective for the group gallery, please see the group mission stated in the Submission Guidelines.


* Successful: Something is "successful" in art when it is acknowledged as likeable and preferable by the general public and/or it meets standards set by professionals working in the art discipline. 

*Unified (Unity): When something is "unified" it means that it all the parts to something come together and compliment each other. (all parts make a working whole). When something is not unified, it sticks out or feels like it doesn't fit.

* Media Technique: A Medium is what you use to create art with. (i.e. watercolor, digital, oils, charcoal, steel, clay, foam....) Techniques are a lot like rules that apply to a certain medium to use it successfully. These rules are often modified depending on the surface or environment you are working in but there are basic do's and don'ts that go with every medium out there. Techniques are developed through the practice of art making. While some techniques are by-the-book, others are invented every day by artists like you. A new technique becomes a "do" when it is proven successful. Some common unsuccessful media techniques are really easy to spot (like using the dodge/burn tool for shading in digital). Consider the examples below:

What makes the image on the right weaker than the image on the left? Struggles with media technique is one of the most common issues for art being declined from the group. Ways to boost your techniques in media include going to workshops on a specific medium, following helpful groups, asking some specific questions to an artist you admire, research tutorials online, and practice, practice, practice, experiment!

*Art Elements and Principles: Consider this the foundation for all visual art. These are some of the very first things you are taught in grade school in art class, and while they seemed insignificant at the time, these elements and principles are required to be common knowledge in the art industry. www.projectarticulate.org/prin…

*Unique: Fandom art has exploded in the last 10 years to where we are today. Everyday, we see hundreds of digital one character pin ups with no or little background. It's fantastic that you've made a character and you've put every ounce of effort into getting the hair just right. It doesn't matter how original you are with your design. We've seen hundreds of thousands of artworks with the same subject matter, proving the same point. Unique to us is the use of an unusual technique, a subject matter not often covered, a beautiful story told, and much, much more.


Please notice how we are leaving the word "effort" out of all of this. In our current submission guidelines, we used the word "effort" in an attempt to describe quality of work. It is the founder's conclusion that "effort" is not a fair aspect to base quality of an artwork upon. Like the artist's intent, effort is an extremely gray area. This is because all artists work at different skill levels and within different time frames. It is entirely possible that an artwork considered "poor quality" could have been done by someone who put a lot of effort into it. And this is why submission decline has become such a sensitive subject. So from now on, we will be working to remove the word "effort" from the guidelines and replace it with the more measurable aspects such as the ones above.

For those interested in learning more about representational drawing skill and "caliber", visit this article titled, What is your Drawing Skill Level?



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Se05239 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017
That feeling I get when I dunno if my stuff got what it takes to end up here. Dunno if I am good enough. If I fill out certain criteria. 
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SwiftySwoo Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  New Deviant Student Filmographer
Oh I think I understand why this got rejected:
Now what are you doing over there? by SwiftySwoo

Shitty image (can't afford a scanner atm), terribly coloured in and sucky anatomy. Got ya 😉
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RudeWolf-Ryoga Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I appreciate what this admin doing. They really have a good hard work. But i think to decided the quality of the art is not right. I know its a big group of anthro art. And they need to give artist a chance about their hard work. Maybe this group need to consider again about their quality rules. 

I just want to share about my opinion, No Offense. If you dislike, you can hidden my comment. Btw thanks for your attention.
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Bizzarasaurus Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I like how they only reply to positive comments and not the criticisms.
If they wanted to be good at the job of being an admin, they should at least listen to the members of the groups and improve the rules to suit their ideas.
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nintensony Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
After 5 straight years of blood, sweat and tears practicing my arse off to please these people, they still count my art as "low quality."I'm just going to quit. It's been made obvious that my skills are not getting any better and my art will continue to suck no matter how many years I practice, or how many hours I put into one piece. 
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imaginarymusiclover Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see a lot of great pieces of art in your gallery. Eh, i guess this group is a bit snobby.
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deadful-leaf Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
bye
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AlyssaFoxah Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
This was declined fav.me/dadq13p
while this was accepted. fav.me/dadhs2p

They're of similar quality at the very least, except that the one that was accepted doesn't even have any shading or highlighting.

I asked why mine was declined and all I got was basically (paraphrasing) "I don't like the bubbled shine because it's not realistic, despite that it was a stylistic choice of yours." Then they went on to say her design was odd because the face was flat (which is intentional), the eyes don't have enough shading, and the knees are "confusing to read."
 
and the reason they accepted the OTHER picture was because it was (exact quote) "quite well worked and constructed, it provided a good feel for the depth"


I'm sorry, but these "quality" standards are insulting and ridiculous.
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VixenDra Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This was also declined vixendra.deviantart.com/art/Ar… :rolleyes: And they're so ashamed of that, they keep on hiding my comments linking to it as and example of declined art xD
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TrippLotus Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed. This group is incredibly inconsistent. Not worth the time.
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VixenDra Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This was also declined vixendra.deviantart.com/art/Ar… and they keep on hiding all my comments linking ot it as an example of declined art :rolleyes:
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AlyssaFoxah Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
That's really good, I don't get why they'd decline it
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SleepingEel Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Care to explain to me why this was rejected? lordvader914.deviantart.com/ar…
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VixenDra Featured By Owner Edited Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Another sample of declined art: vixendra.deviantart.com/art/Ar… and they hid my independent comments linking to it as such as if afraid people will see they declined it or sth xD
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AlyssaFoxah Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
They'll probably say that the linework was too sketchy or something. But then again, it doesn't matter how neat your lines are, sometimes. For example, this fav.me/dadq13p was declined because they didn't like the style and character design.

This group's "quality" standards are utter bullshit.
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SleepingEel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
yeah, and it baffles me why they accepted my pieces lordvader914.deviantart.com/ar… and this lordvader914.deviantart.com/ar… but not the picture they rejected :T
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AlyssaFoxah Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Professional General Artist
That's ridiculous, I have no idea why they'd reject it, then.
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SleepingEel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
The dragon pic doesnt look much :T though I admit, the best piece was the reaper.
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AlyssaFoxah Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Professional General Artist
They're all really phenomenal, so I don't get why they wouldn't accept one of them. The admins don't even remotely have a grasp on this whole "quality control" thing this group is trying to maintain.
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Articoz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I can't believe this:
anthrocommunity.deviantart.com…
got accepted and this:
spectra-sky.deviantart.com/art…
amazing art didn't.

Sorry but I'm leaving this group.
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VixenDra Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This was also declined vixendra.deviantart.com/art/Ar… and also my independent comments linking ot it as a sample of declined art are all being hidden as if it was a shame for them xD
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Articoz Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Lol, how unfair xP
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016  Professional General Artist
Hello Articoz

The reason why the first piece is in there is because it's in the "staff" category. However we're going through and cleaning up our galleries so that related content should be in there now :) Sorry for the confusion.
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RadicalLaRuby Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016   Traditional Artist
Seems to me you just take work that looks realistic and not open to any other style.
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AlyssaFoxah Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
Pretty much the patterns I've seen.
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Ganja-Shark Featured By Owner Edited Apr 16, 2016  Student General Artist


* Successful: Something is "successful" in art when it is acknowledged as likeable and preferable by the general public and/or it meets standards set by professionals working in the art discipline.


This is extremely elitist and subjective imo considering the oversaturated traffic on this site. A lot of the other guidelines in this journal are theories and not proven grading techniques, and most of the time extremely subjective, but i'm not going to bother writing a block of text right now.

needless to say, i'll be leaving this group. Since it doesn't seem to promote any kind of new or deviant artist styles,as i'v seen from my inbox, too.

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KryativeLotus Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I was going to watch this group, but after seeing the two horses side by side, I thought they were both wonderful. I completely agree with you and find this extremely biased, because in all honesty, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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Ganja-Shark Featured By Owner Edited May 30, 2016  Student General Artist
I understand putting guidelines to quality, but barely anything they use to grade actually applies to objective art critique and quality control.

All i see is a bunch of "artists" ,who probably have never truly been in the art community and never bothered to educate on the fluidity of art, promoting only hyper realistic drawings that barely convey the beautiful, dynamic emotions that a lot of "shittier quality" (so disgusting for me to word it like this) works do.

Art is about portraying emotion and thoughts ,enveloping the viewer with ideas and feelings, not having a contest over who draws things as realistic as possible. It gives me nothing.

This group is not for artists. It's for the administration to stroke their dicks at how successful their group is by representing the most consumed and oversaturated style of art there is, because it garners the most attention from non-artistic , average consumers.

Funny how an art group led by deviantart itself is the least deviant art group.
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KryativeLotus Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's true that you want to be realistic and have good quality, but sometimes bad quality pictures actually contain the loveliest of passion. I know as an artist that I am meticulous when it comes to creating something with "good quality" however, I wouldn't be able to get into this group because it hasn't got that oomph, that feeling of passion, whereas, I enjoy painting, that's what I am doing on dA, is to show that little ray of sunshine.

This group is quite the opposite, rather, poking and sifting through all the "bad" pieces to find something that "people would be more appealed to" In fact, for all anyone cares, I liked the drawing on the right more than the one on the left, because it had a unique style and something that I haven't seen yet, whereas the one on the left, I have seen, in some fashion.

I agree with your statement, but I also agree that this is their gallery and they can put whatever they feel fit, but all the same, it shouldn't need to be judged to the point that it's good or bad art. Just simply, anthro or not anthro.
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Ganja-Shark Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Student General Artist
I personally made an exception with the "this is their gallery and they can put what they want" this time because the group is administrated by actual deviantart staff.

They have a huge responsibility as REPRESENTANTS of their own site. This isn't just any other group.

It just speaks a lot about the site itself.
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Ganja-Shark Featured By Owner Edited May 30, 2016  Student General Artist
Not to mention, do you even see the number of demoralized, young artists when they see that the only type of "good" art is only the hyperrealistic ones. I assure you if abstracts by picasso were posted here anonymously, they'd get denied.

EDIT: Just went through the staff folder and had a huge laugh. I like how they deny other's beginner drawings but love to feature their own beginner drawings. Lol.

At least half of the staff seems to be at a beginner level.

No wonder admission is so biased.
Love how they put their own folder all the way towards the top, too.
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RainbowSunrise Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
My entry was requested to be put into the Anthro Challenge gallery- does that mean that it has been accepted?
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Spectra-Sky Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excuse me, I'm just wondering why my piece, Wish, was declined?
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Ganja-Shark Featured By Owner Edited May 30, 2016  Student General Artist
Yes, anthro community! Tell us why a BEAUTIFUL,  emotional image like spectra-sky.deviantart.com/art… didn't get accepted but you promote your own art as staff that is way below this level.


anthrocommunity.deviantart.com…
pixlphantasy.deviantart.com/ar…

I'm pretty sure :iconspectra-sky: 's image is fully shaded, atmospheric, has a proper composition and, most important of all, ACTUALLY INVOKES EMOTION. Which is what Art is all about.


Spectra, you did an amazing job. Don't let this hypocritical, biased group tell you otherwise.
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pettankochan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015
A suggestion for this journal is to include more examples.
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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kitsune85 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
Thank you for this information. I was wondering why my art was being declined, but now I have guidelines as to what this site expects for approval. Hopefully in time I'll have a piece that can be presented here.
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wakato Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh, an extremely objective way of measuring the quality of art! I'm grateful you guys created this, it gives an actual sense of benchmarking through different quality levels instead of subjective interpretations of "how good am I?"

Interesting stuff! Any more resources like this? I'm thumbing through the "What is your Drawing Skill" journal right now, but do you know any more similar to it? Anything similar to THIS journal? Thanks! 
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
We appreciate your feedback and as well your compliments :) in regards to a similar journal I will have to dig!
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NaterRang Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I fully respect your decision to choose what should and should not be in your gallery. 

That said, I feel like I'm not the only one that questions how scientific or objective the measure of quality is for this group. I've submitted images that I will freely admit aren't anywhere close to the upper echelon members of this group, and so if they are declined I make a mental note to try a little harder next time.

But then I see images in the gallery like this: anthrocommunity.deviantart.com…

this:

anthrocommunity.deviantart.com…

or this: 

anthrocommunity.deviantart.com…

(Not calling out the artists or saying the images are bad, just using as a quality measure.)

 I don't understand why images like this: naterrang.deviantart.com/art/R…

This : naterrang.deviantart.com/art/W…

or this: naterrang.deviantart.com/art/S…
 
-are declined. 

 Now if my art doesn't meet the quality standards- fair enough. But what in particular makes the accepted submissions I've linked above surpass the threshhold?   
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Ganja-Shark Featured By Owner Edited May 30, 2016  Student General Artist
Their guidelines are beyond idiotic and have nothing to do with real art grading techniques. Almost everything in this journal is subjective theories that aren't even proven.

I have been in art communities, studied under rather renowned painters in my country and even under the headmasters of our graphic design and fine art university, and I can attest that they'd find at least 50% of this to be complete and utter bullshit.

I like how they only reply to asspat comments but are afraid to enter a critic discussion. Such "critiquers".

From what I've gathered they admit images by "popular vote", not actually using their own guidelines. which are redundant anyway
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FOXmcloud021 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, pretty much what this means is: If your art isnt perfect, go fuck yourself. The gallery says so.
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
No it doesn't
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FOXmcloud021 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AnthroCommunity art: anthrocommunity.deviantart.com…

~~~

AnthroMania art: anthro-mania.deviantart.com/ga…

Furry-United art: furry-united.deviantart.com/ga…


Try putting 2 and 2 together
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Edited Jul 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
You're using the 'featured' gallery as an example. What we feature in there is pieces that excel with artistic skill and are great show-case pieces. That's how the folder's been setup.
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FOXmcloud021 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
even looking at every other folder, what I said is correct. I will rarely ever see a picture that doesnt look like the rest. I am sure you get a ton of requests every day like this. Every time I get notifications from this group, the art is always better than the art in other Anthro groups. I'm kinda doubting your statements
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