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For those who feel discouraged and sad or upset and angry about declining their artwork I'll try to make summary of reasons, why it may be rejected.
(in order of appearance frequency)


:bulletyellow:1. Lack of skills, especially classical drawing basics.
Very often those ones know very well about colors, textures, brushes, manipulations, had many practice with it, but they are not on steady feet with composition principles, perspective, atmosphere, dynamic and rhythm.
It's really sad, because combination of their current knowledges and basics can give great results, if they only do more basics study.

:bulletyellow:2. Lack of work. 'Fast-art' not means that every fast 15-mins sketch will do. You CAN do it in 15 mins, but it MUST LOOK FINISHED AND CARRY FULL CONCEPTUAL VALUE. Often it's feels like someone started drawing, dropped it halfway and then decided to submit it into group, because of it's title. This is no good. Midtones, lights and shadows must be on their places, as well as big, middle and small masses. If you leave 90% of lights and small masses in your head no one believe in your concept as well as no one get it fully. Be more respectful to your own world, show us clear and vivid pictures instead of fragments.
Artwork should be rough and fast painted but look of full value. Lack of accuracy, thoroughness - yes, lack of composition parts, values, lighting - no.
Thought like "I'm not sure if this picture is good or even finished, but your group called Fastart so I'll submit it to you" it's a fastest road to following declining of your submission.

:bulletyellow:3. Artwork is good, but nothing really catchy in it. Like it was copied as practice from photo or something with no twists and tricks. I know it really meaningful for you in your study and growing your skills, but it not always same for other watchers, so please take it into consideration too.

I hope it make you feel less lost.
Believe me, no one looks down on you. We care about you as well and appreciate very much that you decided to join the group. Just keep on practising, working on your skills and submitting into our group gallery on and on and everything works out!


And one more thing
You can submit 1 artwork per month in 'Open submit' folder for free. (more about it)
Note: artwork can be deleted shortly from 'Open submit' folder if it's quality is too poor.

'Open submit' folder is closed now.
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svoidist Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I would like to ask something which may not be related to this article. What you got in return for being moderator or admin?
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Axarch Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
When you search deviant art for great arts that you want to request for the group you can find very interesting artists to watch! :D
Also some admins that works in same style, level and technique that group require can submit their artworks to the group without need to wait approval.
But mostly it's just a matter of your devotion and interest into a group theme and group principle in general. Simply put, it because you like to gather something of certain type in group, like it when artist that painting in certain style join to the group and share their art with it, like it when watchers can find group content useful and it brings you satisfaction and joy, not because you can get something particular in return by managing the group...
Most of art-collecting groups work that way: on pure enthusiasm of admins :XD:
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svoidist Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Okay, thank you so much for your straight and long answer. I just wanna know from the point of view of admin or mod. Why do they risk themselves for the headache, forming a high standard art group to filter only best works but decline the work below the expected quality and often get complaint or argued.
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Tatchit Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
[link] This was declined. I would like to ask why and what I could do to improve.

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Elemento11 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011   Digital Artist
Agreed with Rashka and Forem, there are some great pieces yes, but the group is not at the level of many talented artist around here, i do have a few pieces requested by this group a few rejected, but i believe the main idea of a group is to expand your audience, get more members,inspiration and gain experience, and the only way to gain experience is if "someone" cant point what you are doing wrong.
so, just a thought......
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Forem Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds totally great and it is very good reasoning. But..

I've seen you accepting pieces that have nothing to do with the reasonings mentioned nor did I get any answer to my question about these works. The sketch in question was a mangastylish lineart sketch in a notebook photographed (?) very badly. The accepting is not my call, off course, but some reasoning would be nice, even late one when the artwork in question was so low quality to this group. Can't find the works in the gallery any longer, so maybe it's cleaned away.

I'm just wondering does the rules apply to everyone or are there exceptions? If rules are the same for everyone, maybe I'll be back to try to get my pieces accepted too. ;) This is a great group with some really cool pieces in, so it would be nice to be active member again. :D
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xneir Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
There was 'Open submit' folder ( [link] ) where everyone could submit picture without waiting approval stage. Submitted picture could be moved to our main gallery or removed afterwards, but this folder ended up with really poor pieces as majority (ones mentioned by you), so we closed it permanently.
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Forem Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well, maybe that one explains it then. I'm happy to be around. Thank you for the swift answer. :D
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Uken Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
amen
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Alexlinde Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would seem my current level is simply not good enough for this group since I've send my best three pieces :D
All were declined, but that's something already I expected from the start.
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Axarch Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Cheer up! I think, you need only little step up in skills to be accepted. I pointed already where to.
And also you have vice-versa of case 1, i.e. you know basics, but not experimenting with colors, textures, brushes, manipulations, why not try this for refreshing? It helps quickly fill scene with more color tones, define materials, detail patterns, adjust whole picture balance.
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Alexlinde Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've started drawing as a hobby not too long ago so I'm currently just familiar with speedpainting. I'm also only familiar with Corel Painter. That's gonna make things probably slightly more complicated since their brush/texture resources are much smaller in numbers. But nonetheless it's something I should work on! Thanks again for your advise! :D
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Shydrow Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
everything i do wrong all written down :(
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rashka-jm Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
We'll get better! Practice till our hands fall off :giggle:
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Shydrow Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
yeah i do really need to stop the bs and sit down for 9999999 hours and work my ass off. I'm just too lazy.
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Axarch Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
It only need about 72 hours, but right ones^^
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Shydrow Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
i need to do more studies before i can trust myself to do actual work.
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rashka-jm Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I totally understand the desire to have a professional level group - and am in no shape or form trying to say it shouldn't just be what it is.

I for one, am not offended by rejection. I understand I am learning and realized I jumped the gun in trying to submit haha. But, maybe it would be an interesting idea to perhaps offer a small critique for work that has been rejected? (within reason, it would be silly if it's the same person submitting over and over haha) I don't know how many submissions you guys get, so maybe that wouldn't be realistic.

P.S. I was very grateful for the tutorial links provided by group members, I have begun doing some of them and hopefully will learn some lessons there =D I certainly need far more practice before I will attempt to submit again.
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Axarch Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Well, actually we provide feedback if someone asks for it directly in submission comment (under 'withdraw' button, 'No Comments' link).
But feedback may be delayed (up to one week) or even forgotten (yeah, sorry) if you not remind of yourself again with many '!!!!!!' in the end of sentence.^^

Problem is thoughtful feedback take many time, especially for non english-speaking respondent, not thoughtful doesn't really help. It's main reason why ones sometimes just ignore feedback requests.
I'm, for example, always fear that my feedback more confusing, then helpful, because I'm not on good terms with cross-language term equivalents, and in combination with slow-typing and spell-checking it may take hours from me)
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rashka-jm Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh thats great! I never noticed it was available in the submission comment. Thanks for pointing that out - I will use it next time I have something that I think may stand a chance ;)

I certainly don't mind delayed feedback :P I understand it can take time, and am grateful for an insightful comment, regardless of how long it takes. The language barrier certainly must be difficult, I do appreciate the time you took for the comment though.
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