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Illustrated Art Submission Guidelines

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 13, 2011, 9:42 PM
Ok. We get it that you’re busy. And maybe don’t have a lot of time to read. But here at the club, we’re trying to keep up with our motto to collect the best of the best by fans, for fans, you know? So we gotta have standards. Yup, standards. And we’re not trying to say you shouldn’t submit anything just because you’re not a pro. But we do want to see the best of what you’ve got when you submit!

To make things easy, we’ve updating our posting guidelines here with pictures! You’ll probably still want to read our full guidelines if you’re a rules stickler (and also if you get declined) but we’ll go over the basics.
  • The number one and most important rule: The BioWare Fan Club will only accept FAN created work fully done by you, digitally or traditionally. We’re not picky about whether you drew it by hand or as a photo-manipulation, but it does need to show EFFORT and it needs to be recognizable as FANART. (e.g. characters need to look like they come from a BioWare game.)
  • We don’t take screenshots.
  • If it’s not finished, it will be declined. Please don’t be lazy when it comes to inking your work, connecting your lines, and coloring inside them.
  • If you are declined without comment, check the guidelines for reasons why
  • We also reject really bad language (unless it’s a game quote), gratuitous sex, and other bad stuff like that.
  • Submit the right stuff to the right folders. Guidelines below.
  • PLEASE be considerate of others' inboxes when submitting. Don't submit the same picture's WIP five times, and don't submit endless variants of the same image. If you are ever in doubt as to the acceptability of a piece of fan work, you can ping the administrators InverseReality-2 or Lweeling



The Illustrated Game Gallery Posting Guidelines (Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Neverwinter Nights, etc.)

Fully polished, inked, and colored images are always welcome!
DA II: chibi Fenris by kejtTENSHA   DA:O The Architect by coupleofkooks Request: Thane by rooster82 Drell in tights by Katakanasta

Designs are as well:
ME2: weapons by Spiritius ME: Citadel by Spiritius Mass Effect Eden Prime Vintage Poster by Titch-IX Mass Effect by Isaac-Volpe N7 Elite by GuardianoftheForce

3D renderings are okay as long as they are posed, composed, lit, and of high resolution. Most importantly, these also need to LOOK like they come from a BioWare game rather than just random models. Original compositions are highly encouraged!
Holiday Special, 4: Snow by Forever-in-a-Day Duo by Forever-in-a-Day

Mature Content

Kelly Chambers Pinup by DarklordIIID


Photo-manipulations accepted as long as you have visibly modified it. Illustrators and other digital artists submitting to our galleries spend several hours on each submission, and we expect the same effort. A ten minute filter or anything that looks that simple *does not* count! (Photomanips can be from screenshots or from illustrations.)
Fight for the Lost by PirateWars Shepard Reaper interface by Stealthero Commander Shepard Refusal by Gigi-FenixPhoenix Mass Effect The Pacific by Titch-IX

No problems with cosplay and other crafts:
Mordin Takin a break by Danosuke Systems Alliance' flask by Katlinegrey N7 Genesis by Mechis
(Although we ask that you please try to keep photos cleanly composed. And please submit WIP costumes to the WIP folder.)

Traditional medium is fine if you can get a decent picture or scan:
Mass Effect Oils -Liara- by SeanDonaldson Lady Aribeth De Tylmarande by Lasss333 No Men Like Me by Orionali

Clean linework or shaded sketches are also acceptable in the main game title galleries:
Commander Rae Shepard by AerynPhoenix ME2 DA2 - Biotic Magic by TehNazzy Steampunk geth by 1r9 :thumb180218126:


Sketches and WIPs

Here's what we consider WIPs:

WIP - Dorian Pavus by Angua33 Qunari WIP by skittlefox DA - Jarcus Hawke WIP by SweetCandyRain Two Sided Coin_Sketch version by Fabriel wip by slocik Mass Effect - Wrex WIP by 1-Ace

Sketches and unfinished lineart should look like pieces that have a vision for the final product:

DAO: A - Caged Birds 3 by Dr-Blindsy Female Shepard by Dakkita :thumb207654212: Anders Hawke Kiss WIP by wildx22

But if you call something a sketch in the title or comments, it may just end up here as well.


Comics

Our standards here are a bit more relaxed than in the game galleries. The focus is on the storytelling and dialogue.

Marauder Shields 42: Without Remorse by koobismo That's my girls by Rakiah :thumb194174283: ME: Commander's Companion 1-3 by DarthVandola Dragon Age 2: Meet Alistair by alsiony Preachy Seb is Preachy by Rofl-Coppta

Mature Content

The Blood is the Key, p.29 by victricia
  :thumb209727286:

Goofy pictures with no other home belong here, too.

DragonAge 30DayChallenge Day11 by kamidoodles give me back my hat by artastrophe Facetome 5: Guilty Pleasure by marzlapin 


Memes

We’ll accept most submissions as long as it *is* a meme and you’re not using really horribly profane language. The driving criteria is that the meme does need to convey the characters. Blanks memes okay too as long as it fits the interest of the Club!

Mature Content

Shepard Life Events Meme by poly-m
DA2 Meme: The Business Woman by Bhryn DA: Expressions Intensity Meme by wbrooks


Other Rules

The BioWare Fan Club does not appreciate gratuitous pornography (male or female or other). We understand that many of BioWare’s recent games are categorized as adult, however. Images showing suggested sex and tasteful nudity is okay:

fav.me/d3b3wp9 | fav.me/d3aqrzd | fav.me/d39xywf | fav.me/d2mwg73

And fanfiction with explicit scenes are acceptable provided there is a disclaimer and appropriate dA filters. But please, no f-bombs and overly gratuitous language usage in either case! We're not a kink club! (But if you're looking, we might maybe recommend a few.)



Other Good Stuff

Understanding Copyright: There are online users who specifically target fanartists in order to harass them regarding copyright. Your best way to protect yourself is to understand what your rights are, and what you are/are not allowed to do. Here are some links you can read up at:

20 Facts about copyright
10 Big Myths about copyright explained
The Copyright Site
10 Copyright Permission Myths (by a lawyer!)

Blogs: All members are welcome to post blogs on recent news in gaming or the BioWare universe. Don't be shy, speak up!

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RyadrusTheWolfDragon Featured By Owner Edited Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They look good to me, a bit concerned that some of my work won't make the grade but that's just my opinion; sometimes I make sketches just as sketches and not for bigger art. Aside from that perfectly agreeable rules :)
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fat-mabari Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfectly legitimate rules, rather lenient really I don't see any room for complaints. I hope what I just submitted is considered tasteful nudity but that can be subjective sometimes so I'll have to wait and see, heh.
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ManticoreEX Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's kinda unfair on the Black and White 70% shaded and drawn stuff when it comes to illustrations but other than that I'm good with it
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Secret fact: other than where to look for your picture once it's submitted, all pieces are showcased equally in members' inboxes. So, even sketches and WIPs get equal weight. :XD:
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ManticoreEX Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know but its more the matter of where people think they belong. If it was a finished piece and you said it was unfinished... That person would be really hurt by that. And subject to all discussion and debate, no one is an authority on art in this domain

HOWEVER.. it is your group. lol
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
I agree that it can seem like there is some discrepancy in a verbal description. That is why there are visual examples, and why the admins are always open to questions form individuals. We're human, not perfect, so I can't guarantee we'll please everyone, but I personally answer every single question directed to my from the thousands of members of the Group. We do our best.

On the matter of inked lines and polished lines - these are basic expectations for any art production publication, and given our mission statement, I think it is a reasonable expectation that members understand. There is nothing to prevent an amateur artist from learning inking, or polishing their art, it just requires time. (As an amateur artist, I think that these are requirements that even I can meet, and don't require high level skill, just dedication.) I could certainly link tutorials to techniques (e.g. how to ink), but these are basic terms in the industry and amongst comic readers, etc. I do not believe it is an unreasonable expectation that individuals can read and understand the terms, or search the internet for an explanation.

Sorry for the long ramble! I know that you disagree, and I'm not trying to convince you. You seem willing to give feedback and such, however, and I thought that perhaps you were interested in the full explanation. If not, that's okay. I don't have immediate improvements I can think of to add, but I will think on your feedback nonetheless.
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JakeHamsung Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
I approve.
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Thank you. :)
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Stealthero Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I approve :D. Great work with the rules, the examples completely backed up what you were saying. Perfect :)
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Szu-Yu Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Ah yes, "submissions"....something that I can finally focus on getting it right. :D Thanks for these! I just got motivation from this journal. :O ...wow....I WILL SHOW DEM HOW IT IS DONE WITH MY CRAPPY STUFF!!! :dummy:
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Lweeling Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think we did a good work here XD (particulary you haha!)
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Inside-Joke Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011   Digital Artist
Awesome, nice of you to include examples ^^
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
It's easier to navigate, right? Took us long enough to figure it out! :XD:
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Inside-Joke Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011   Digital Artist
Most definitely. The effort was worth it, I think.
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