This is the new revised rules. It now includes additional information concerning the Requirements for all challenges and contests.
How It Works
We are not a regular group where you submit any deviation from your gallery to the group.
This is how the group works:
1. There's a challenge every two weeks, or maybe longer according to the theme, and a contest at least four times a year.
2. If you like the theme of the challenge, you may enter by creating a deviation which follows the basic challenge requirements.
3. You must select a level to participate under according to your photo-manipulation experience and ability. You must stay in that level until you feel ready to move up to the next level, or until I suggest a "level up". And once you've moved up a level, you cannot go down. You can find the levels and how to decide which level you are under #9 of the Rules below.
4. When your entry is ready, you'll enter by uploading your deviation that MUST be approved before it's added to the gallery. If it is not approved you will receive a note explaining why.
5. After the challenge is over, our resident judges will pick their favorites for the challenge "Picks Of The Week". The judges will always write a small statement explaining why they chose the deviation. The winners are invited to submit any deviation from their gallery to be submitted to the gallery. ONLY WINNERS
will be allowed to submit directly to the gallery.
6. Each "Pick" will also receive a prize pack. These prizes will vary from challenge to challenge.
7. If there is only one entry in a level, this entry will receive a critique. If there are only two entries, only one will be a "Pick Of The Week".
This is what is expected from you during judging for the "Picks Of The Week".
A. The entry that follows the main objective of the challenge. (Make sure to always read everything that is written about the challenge. Misinterpreting something can results in your deviation not being picked).
B. The entry that is following the rules of the group. (Know the rules!)
C.The entry with the additional stock that fits the theme of the challenge/deviation (Avoid one stock paste into a background).
D. The entry with the best execution according to the level that has the above requirements. (This includes 1) good composition, 2) use of art elements, 3) using different manipulation resources, 4)elements of the manip blending smoothly together, 5)and of course, creativity and originality).
8. I have the right to decline any
deviation for content. Deviations with blood or gore (even if it's a little), will not be accepted. That includes times when the theme is "dark".
1. Only members can participate in challenges and/or contests.
2. Only the feature moderator can suggest Favorites. This is very important. If I see the wrong deviation in the favorites gallery, it will be removed.
3. All challenge entries are subject to viewing before accepted. Any entry not following the rules of the group or requirements for the challenge/contest will be decline.
4. All stock and other resources must be from deviantArt's stock accounts.
5. When choosing required stock for the challenge/contest, you can edit it but it must be clearly seen in the deviation. I should not have to squint to see the stock.
6. A. Tiny pieces of the required stock or using only a part or parts of the required stock is no longer acceptable (unless it's required of the individual challenge itself). You can edit the stock, but it must be very clear that it IS
the required challenge/contest stock.
6.B. Any model stock, required or not, must be the central point of the image. This is especially important with the required stock.
7.New "LARGE VIEW AVAILABLE" Rule
If you're okay with a download version of your deviation, please select "Allow download of original (full size) image" when you're uploading to dA. This will be the easiest method for the judges to view your work.
If you prefer not to have a download version, you can upload your deviation and select no less than 900 pixels wide in "Full View Size".
This should be smaller than your original size but still large enough for us to view detail. I know because I did some checking and I found deviations by members that were at 900 pixels, or a little less, and they were still easy to view at Full View.
Otherwise, please have your final deviation at the minimum size of 900 pixels vertically or horizontally. If this is not possible, and you want to participate in a challenge, please contact me by note either here at #ManipulateThis
or at my art account and we'll work something out.
8. Mild nudity is allowed at the discretion of the founder.
9. You must give credit and notify the stock artist that you've used their stock. NO
EXCEPTIONS! Of course, you must read their rules first. Sometimes the stock artist does require that you lieve a note that you've used their stock
10. When selecting the level you want to participate under (1=Novice; 2=Beginner; 3=Intermediate; 4=Advance) make sure that it is the right level for your ability as a photo-manipultor.
Read below for my definition for each:
Level 1. Novice: You're new to photo-manipulation, but feel comfortable enough to participate in a challenge/contest.
Level 2. Beginner: You're no longer Novice, but you still have a lot to learn. Your concepts and execution need some improvement, but you're getting a handle on how to use your paint program and you've improved from your earlier deviations.
Level 3. Intermediate: Your concepts and execution have improved tremendously. It no longer takes hours to create a deviation because you now understand how to use your paint program to do what you want it to do. Your deviations have improved from the ones you were creating at Level 2.
Level 4. Advance: You may not feel like you're Advance, but for our group, if you've gone beyond the Intermediate level, you're ready for Advance.
However, if I feel your level 2 deviation is really a level 3, or a level 3 member is ready to be bumped up to level 4, I will contact you to make the change in your Artist's Comments post.
I will not, however, tell you if your deviation is not strong enough to be a level 3, or 4, so do select the right level for your overall ability correctly.
Please don't ask me which level you should post in unless this is your first challenge and the descriptions really confuse you. I'll look at your other deviations in your gallery and let you know which level I think you should enter under.
Still, I prefer that you make your own decision concerning your manipulation abilities.
No entering under two different Levels or the lowest one will be disqualified! And, if you write down two levels, I will take the first.
11. If I feel that you're obviously participating under the wrong level (a deviation under Level 2 when it's clearly an Intermediate or Advance deviation), I will move it to an other level. If I change your level, you'll be contacted.
12. Just because you've submitted an entry into a challenge does not mean that it will be accepted. Make sure that you see the "accepted" message so that you know there's no problem with your submission. I will send you a message if you need to edit your deviation or add something to your Artist's Comments.
Starting today, June 6, 2011, I will only give you so much time to respond to my messages. You'll have one day to reply, and two days to make the adjustments, additions, or corrections. Otherwise your deviation will be denied for noncompliance.
1. You must use the stock according to each individual challenge or contest. NO Off Site Stock Or Resources
2. You must use at the least 2 additional stock found only at dA, or from your own stock account, or your personal collection if you like to create stock, or other resources. Or if you like to collect things that can be used as stock. This extra stock must
relate to the theme of the challenge.
Keep in mind, the judges are more impressed with someone who has created a clean, seamless deviation with more stock. But be careful. There is a fine line between have enough stock and having too much.
3. You may also use brushes, filters, textures and resources, or special effects to enhance your image. In fact you should
use a combination of these elements to create interesting imagery.
Remember, all brushes, textures and other resources must come from a dA account
4. No monochronomatic color scheme for your deviation unless the challenge requires you to do so.
Monochromatic means "one color", and I don't want to see deviations that are different tones of the same color unless I say that's what we're doing.
5. Watch for your light source
. Do not have light coming from the opposite direction of your choice of stock.
6. You must have a large view available for your deviation.
This will allow the judges to get a clear view of your entry.
There are more than one way to do this, but having a downloaded version of a large deviation is the best way.
If there is a problem having your deviation available for download, please read Updated Group Rules
for more details.
7. Do be creative and different
. I can't stress this enough. You know that others will participate and use the same required stock, so come up with something that will catch the judge's eyes.
8. DO give proper credit to the stock artist including DIRECT LINKS TO THE STOCK that you used
. I will verify this, and your entry may be decline if you do not correct the links within a reasonable amount of time.
If you are using your own stock or something else from your personal collection, make a simple statement that makes it clear which stock is yours. Be specific! Don't just say "the rest are my stock", say something like "the rust and wood textures, and the hair brushes are my own"; or, "The roses are from my personal collection."
9. Please do not use watermarks
until after the judging is over. I understand why you would choose to use a watermark, but they do get in the way when someone is trying to see a full view version of your entry, especially the judges.