Rules Art Studio Rules [Update 5/17/2020]

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Your path to a colorful PC!

Welcome to Art Studio! This section of the forums is dedicated to showcasing your artistic talent, learning and growing your skills, and fun activities with the rest of our community. Our Studio is home to all kinds of art (audio, visual, performing, you name it!) with the exception of writing based arts which are covered in our sister sections in the Create and Discover Category- check them out too!

General Pokecommunity Rules

Community wide rules apply. That means no porn or graphic images, no advertising, and no linking to illegal/suspicious content. Common sense should guide your actions. If you need a refresher course, please read the global rules.

Advertising includes links to your store or shop, even if it's for your art (this includes Kickstarters and the like), is not allowed. We at PokéCommunity can not protect you from fraud or other such instances with commission or sold work, so we do not allow it here. You may link to your social media accounts where you post art, but it must be accompanied by actual art being posted in your showcase. Having no art posted but a link will be counted as advertising and you will be infracted.

Art Studio-specific Rules

› Plagiarism is not allowed.
› Mild artistic nudity or Mature Content is allowed only with clear warnings.
› You can only have one Showcase and one Shop thread open at a time!
› All threads can be revived at any point, but it is generally recommended to just make a new one.
› Images larger than 1500px x 1500px must be enclosed in spoiler tags.
› Always credit images/assets used. We have a crediting format to be used as general guidelines.
› If there is any problem, don't hesitate to contact the current Art Studio moderators!

Quick Links:
#artist-studio on Discord ● Promote your art on SMT ● Contribute to Pokecommunity Daily

Current Moderators:
Fafrir, Fairy, Kitty & Nina


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In-depth rules, what you can and cannot post.

What you CAN'T post

Stolen or Uncredited Works
You can not post artwork that you did not create! Even if a friend made it for you, you can not make a showcase for it. You're free to share it in talk or learning art threads as long as your friend has a link to their name, but otherwise do not post things you do not have permission from the artist to post! Uncredited works will be warned, and plagiarism will be dealt with very seriously. Editing another artist's work, using it as a base/trace for your drawing, and doing pixel over count as things you must give credits for.

Pornographic Material (and the difference of Artistic Nudity)
You can not post explicit material here, even if you consider it art. Explicit means nudity or other acts of a sexual nature, as well as overly violent gore. Mild artistic nudity is allowed. Things such as anatomical studies, general underlying sketches and things are fine as long as they are not explicit. The PokéCommunity staff reserves the right to delete any or all drawings/pictures that defy this rule.**

The request tag is now permanently removed. You are not allowed to create any threads, or even unsolicited posts for requests. You may request things in an artist's shop if it fit their criteria, and if none of those suits your needs, feel free to use the Small Requests thread.

**When using mild artistic nudity or mild violence in your image, use the Content Warning Tags!
To use the header, include the following code:
[center][FONT=Droid Sans, Helvetica, Verdana][cd="width:600px;background-color:#EA1B4A;border-radius:10px;padding:2px;”][URL=" "][COLOR=White][SIZE="6"][icon]exclamation-triangle[/icon][/SIZE]
this image contains mature content![/COLOR][/cd][/font][/center]
[SPOILER] Image goes here [/SPOILER]

The result will look as such:

this image contains mature content!
Image goes here

What you CAN post (Prefixes Explained)

Main Section - Showcases/Shops, Talks, Games

Showcase, Shop
A showcase is what was previously known as a gallery, or multimedia gallery. These have been combined into one! This thread type is where most artists will start. Here, you can post your artworks for everyone to see and comment on, This includes anything but writing, some examples being traditional art, graphic design work, pixel art, vector work, original and cover music, animations, and creative editing.

A shop is NOT a thread in which you can sell goods or accept paid commissions. This is a place where you can lend you skills to others on a free request basis or link to a website where you DO accept commissions. It's up to your discretion how you want to take orders, and to deny any request you feel. You can use the shop to post new works that would otherwise go into a showcase and treat it as both of those things, or you may have both a showcase and shop thread if you want.

Things to take note of:
› A showcase or shop owner may revive their own threads.
› When making a request in a shop owner's thread, follow the guide and specifications they have asked for. Do not be demanding to the artist, or otherwise harass them about getting your request. A request is a favor to you that the artist does not have to do.
› Be respectful. We are here to showcase your talents and to learn from each other. Comments made in a mean-spirited or disrespectful nature will not be tolerated. You can still critique the flaws in someone's artwork without being extremely negative.

Previously called the Discussions tag, this one is to talk about art, and anything related to art! This can include colors you like, artists you follow, or even why artists like Van Gogh is extremely overrated (don't @ me). This is not a tag to talk about your artwork or getting help with it. That is for the Learning tag.

This tag is for fun stuff!! Contests, activities, or other user made events will go under this tag (note: anyone can create a game). Examples of this is the "Create-a-Fakemon!" game that's been played for years, pass that art where you pass around wips and create a finished product together, and doing 30 days of drawing, and even just quick five minute sketches that you draw with your left hand. Threads of this nature are designed to be interactive with the community where you and your fellow artists can play along and have fun!

Resources Subsection - Learnings and Resources

There are multiple purposes for this tag! If you'd like help with a drawing, using this to alert people that you need real help figuring something out. If you'd like to give a tutorial for the people who are in need, feel free to use this tag as well and we can add that to our tutorial thread! Generally speaking, this is for your own improvement, or to help in other's.

A resource is a constantly updating thread that is meant to be used by all. Either a collection of information, or a group editing project, people work hard to maintain a database of art or art related information for everyone to use and keep up with.


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This is mandatory.

Why do we need credits?

For both legal and respectful reasons, you need to credit when you use an artist's work, either in editing, using, and referencing it. You should do this to respect the artist's wishes first of all, expose people to their work overall, and also in case of any disputes we have clear evidence to where everyone's art came from with dates and proof. For this reason, crediting is mandatory.

In any and all cases, always ask for permission before using/editing another person's work.
Except when the artist clearly states that it's free to use, then always link to the artist and where you saw the usage permission.

(Venia Silente#1183, Discord, 10/15/14, permission)

What is considered "using" the art?

If you are presenting a work of art that you claim you had a hand in creating, you must credit the artist if you traced, edited it, or referenced their specific idea. Pixel overs count as tracing the artwork. The specific idea means, if I were to draw an image of a person's fakemon with the exact design as they created, I would need to credit them.

If you and one person have a different interpretation of the same idea, it is not necessary to establish who 'thought of it first'. The reason widely licensed game/media/series is not necessary to credit is because those copyrights are already protected well and the artist were paid/gave up their license to the company. We are most interested in protecting individual artist who commonly get their art stolen and directly depend on being credited to expose people to their art.

Okay. How do I credit?

(princess-phoenix, deviantart, 11/27/14, free usage)

Use this code:
[SIZE="1"]([URL="enter art url here"]Name of artist[/URL], Website, Date image was created, [URL="enter usage url here (opt)"]permission or free usage[/URL])[/SIZE]

Key Requirements:
Original Artist Name: Non-direct link to image, a link to where the sprite was posted that contains the artist who posted it and the date it was posted.
Where it was posted: deviantart, pixiv, tumblr, etc. This is NOT the link, it just shows you where it's from before it's clicked.
Date: The date the art was created and posted to that site.
Usage, if Applicable: A link that shows where it says it's able to use, if it's free to use in the first link just say free usage here.

If you have problems finding these on a page, please contact Art Studio's Moderators!

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Good vs bad critique

Art is an experience, for both the creator and the audience, and naturally lends itself to observation and analysis. This is where the intricacies of criticisms come into play. There is no rule that says you must be an artist or artistic in general to be able to appreciate the inherent value of the arts and experience emotion based on those arts. Visual arts can be simplified down to the "act of visual communication" - and as living, breathing, and independent agents of our own experiences, even the most uneducated of minds can offer the most valuable critiques.

That being said, there is an appropriate way to offer critique that raises the artist's knowledge and perspective without belittling them. In the Art Studio, while we are lenient to what kinds of critiques we allow since many of us are still amateurs, there is a vague yet fair set of guidelines to help you form a reasonable, coherent, and respectful review. it also bares mentioning that "one liner" reviews should be kept to an extreme minimum. It's important to address the artist's work personally and help them -and yourself- learn and grow.

Remember, art is subjective.

Negative feedback does not mean you've failed as an artist. Everyone has their own interpretation of art and your concepts may not be congruent with the viewer's preferences. That is perfectly okay!

Critiques you shouldn't leave

Bad criticisms should never make the artist feel ashamed, humiliated, or discouraged and such comments are not appropriate for the Art Studio. Also be mindful not to critique works that are still in progress.

Examples of a bad critique include:
› Ew, your anatomy sucks ass!!1!
› Green is a muk color.
› Did you even try in this one?
› [artist] is so much better than you.
› You'll never be a professional with that level of work.

How to deal with negative criticism:
First off, take a deep breath and don't respond with anger. We realize that posting your personal art is like posting a piece of yourself online and to be rejected can be painful. But take aggressive criticism with a grain of salt and reflect on it in a more positive light. Remember that you can't please everyone. If you see any overtly hurtful comments in your thread or anyone else's thread, please report them immediately.

Constructive criticisms you should leave

Always consider the art before saying anything positive or negative. Perhaps look at the artist's prior works to see if they've improved. Remember to critique the work exactly as it is and not what you believe it should be. A good critique should highlight the artist's strengths and explain how the artist can evidence your suggestions. If you're not an adept artist, you can always remark about how the art makes you feel.

Such examples include:
› I can see you've really improved in your use of color! I hope you experiment with more contrast at some point!
› Your poses look much more realistic, but still seem a little stiff. I recommend using a model to help with anatomy!
› Those lines look so clean, but maybe you should try decreasing the opacity a touch?
› Your use of blue is stunning, it has a very calm and melancholy feel to it.
› I've tried that technique before and it was very hard! I'm impressed you pulled it off so well!

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A guide to buying and selling art

In this segment we'll be discussing how to operate commissions off PC. It is important to know that commissions are currently not permitted to be accepted on the forums. However, in the event that we allow artists to begin accepting commissions, this guide will be a useful place to start. What we are allowing is for artists, writers, musicians, game devs, and anyone with a service to offer to link off-site to whatever website they do accept commissions at. This does not include the buying or selling of Pokemon merchandise.

Client-side Relations

There is buyer etiquette that you are expected to follow. These include not harassing your artist, not being overly demanding, having reasonable timeline expectations, keeping communications open.

Understanding Fees
If you are using paypal the artist can not ask you to cover the fees of the transaction. If they gave you the price of $40, the price you pay is $40. Paypal will take a fee out of it as it is a business transaction, and that's just how it is.

However, there's other kinds of fees that the artist can ask from you, and should outline before hand, but just in case here's a list to be aware. If these are not covered in an artist's terms of service, just ask them.

Rush Fee
› If you are asking for the artist to do something very quickly, they can and should charge you more for this.
› Ask what an artist's normal turnaround time is to get an estimate on when your due date would fall.

Licensing / Exclusivity Fee
› If you are asking for artwork that may then be turned around and sold in another product, the artist should up their price to cover licensing fees. Whether or not a contract license is signed, it is generally expected that the artist will not re-use artwork commissioned for you if you wish to sell it in a product. If this is not agreed upon, the artist may cover their costs by reselling part or all of the artwork to anyone else interested.
› In the case you want to do something like commission artwork for a game, you will want to make sure the artist is including their licensing fee as well as make a contract. If you want to 'buy out' the art, meaning you want to be the only one who can ever use the art, not even the artist, then expect a 100% increase at the very least.

Revisions Fee
› If you are very particular about the work you want done, make sure you read closely or ask the artist about this.
› A revision is a change to the artwork not known about before the original work was priced. Sometimes these are minor changes that weren't thought about, sometimes these are major changes, and they were not made clear to the artist.
› An artist may charge for a number of revisions. If the artwork is not representing the original intent at all, this is a bit different, but some artists may still count this as a revision.

Cancellation Fee
› If, by no fault of the artist, you must cancel your commission, depending on how far along the artist is you will not always get a full refund.
› If the artist finished a critical stage, such as an approved sketch, or lines for eventually coloring, they still did part of the work obligated to them and usually this is specifically outlined in an artist's terms of service, or shown on things such as A portion of your total will be kept.
› This fee varies per artist and by per stage, so please tell the artist quickly if you can no longer pay for a commission.

When to Pay
You, as the client, are responsible for paying for the commission at some point before the drafting phase of the work. This means that you will have needed to pay in full or put a down payment on the artwork / writing before it is completed, or when specified by the artist. Tipping your artist is encouraged.

How to Pay
Payment will be done online, we will cover payments through Paypal and Stripe (

› Do NOT ever give money to the artist through the friend's or family route. The artist can get in trouble for this, and may reject your payment and delay your project.
› Do use the invoice function to pay. You should get an email saying you have an invoice from paypal.
› Do NOT put your address to pay for an invoice of digital goods. The artist should now be able to control if you are asked or not. The artist can get in trouble for Paypal thinking something is supposed to be shipped to you when it is infact not.
› Read the invoice before payment. Take note of the due date. If needed, ask the artist to break down price so you have documentation of each step of work. If a dispute arises because the artist did not color your work, you have documentation that you requested that as part of the initial agreement.

Stripe (
› Each artist has a different policy set on cancellations, fees, and when you pay. This information is available on the project page for each different listing. Please read carefully. The price listed may only cover the base description, not exactly the image you are seeing.
› Depending on the artists' policies, they may send an invoice either right before they start working or right before they finish work. Either way, you will get an invoice notification from commissio. if you have email notifications enabled, the email should contain something to this effect "x sent an invoice to start work".
› Please keep in mind that before this happens, if you and the artist agree on anything that would require a price change (such as additional characters for example, depending on the artists' policies), that would be reflected under the final price, as well. The artist would make the price change and would request whether you would accept or deny the price change.
› If you agree on the final price that the artist set, then you're ready to pay with "Pay Invoice" button on the project page. Although would request your name and address, keep in mind that this information will not be seen by the artist.
› If you enabled email notifications, any fees that you and the artist have agreed upon are broken down in the email, as well.

Problem Artists
If your artist has been unresponsive after accepting money and has not previously indicated a reason for it, first come to Pokecommunity Staff. Afterwards, file a complaint against the artist with whichever site used to process your payment. Obtain a refund.

Life is unpredictable. Allow reasonable time to pass before demanding a refund. Check your artist's social media, they may have posted an announcement stating all commissions will be delayed by two weeks.

Your Rights to a Piece
If getting a general (non-commercial) commission:
› Your right as the commissioner is not to the artwork, but to the content or the character portrayed within it (this does not include fanart).
› You are allowed personal use of the piece for non-commercial purposes.
› You may post it so long as appropriate credit is given.

If getting commercial work done:
› Unless specified, the artist still has the the right to show the artwork for portfolio purposes.
› You may use the artwork in the terms specified. If the artist designed your artwork for a t-shirt, this does not mean you have permission to create a poster from the artwork. If you are worried about this, purchase a buy-out from the artist, though it will be more expensive.
› Credit is not required, but recommended.

Artist-side Setup

As an artist, you are expected to be realistic about your artistic ability. You are providing a service and should therefore prioritize customer satisfaction. You are expected to keep communication lines open and available to your client(s). Remember, you cannot copyright ideas.

What can I or can't I do on PokéCommunity?
At this time, you may not actively take commissions from this site and carry it out here, but you may link your commission pages in your signature or your gallery. Your gallery must still consist of uploaded artwork, but you are allowed to promote your commissions in your own thread.

Any and all commissions must follow the Pokecommunity Rules, meaning no mature content should be offered or purchased.

Commission Locations
There are multiple places to which you can take commissions, and get paid for doing so. We will be covering two ways, Paypal and

Paypal is a way to get paid, but is not a gallery site in of itself. You will need to link to an external site to show your commission information. An example would be to link to a twitter with an image of your body of work, prices listed out in a tumblr post, or on your own website along with a terms of service. Quick start guide here. Remember to use the invoice feature and mark your goods as digital! is both a way to get paid (with Stripe) and a way to display your commission information, as well as a system to set your terms of service and cancellation policies.

Creating your Terms of Service (TOS)
General Terms
Your Do's/Don't's of your art, this could include:
› Are you willing to do color work or do you want to just sketch? Will you don't do pixel art? Will you only write non-fiction? etc.
› Are there fandoms you don't want to draw? Is there sensitive material you would prefer not to work on? Political?
› Specify what you want your client to do (will you require references, preferred methods of communication, etc.)
› Specify how to want your client to behave (anything that would cause you to reject their commission.)

Your Abilities
Your qualification on what your process will be during the commission:
› Do you have a clear timeline for your work?
› Will you set a time limit for all commissions (for example: each commission will be completed in two months or less regardless of complexity.)
› Will you make allow extensions for yourself based on your health/money/family/etc?
› What is your in-creation process? Will you be providing regular Work-In-Progress updates for your client?
› How the type of medium you're using might change any standardized prices.

The etiquette under which best monetary transactions can occur for you:
› When you expect payment to occur (before or during the commission starting process).
› Are you open to negotiations in price?
› Do you have a standardized pricing system in place?

Copyright and Usage
What are your rights as an artist and your buyers rights to your work?

If the commissioner requests full rights (you no longer own the drawing or the permission to show it where you please) to your drawing, you may agree to that, but it is not standard and you should charge extra for it. Some recommend doubling your rates for it.

Non-commercial Usage
You're allowed to use the copyrighted artwork to:
› Promote yourself with in any place or site with or without monetary gain.
› Publish books with.
› To display it anywhere to your liking.

The commissioner is allowed to:
› Use the copyrighted artwork for personal use only unless agreed otherwise.
› Print the art, and claim the right of their character(s) but not the drawing itself.
› Use the art to promote themselves with proper credit given to the artist.

If the buyer breaks contract, they could be subject to Copyright Infringement.
The following is considered Copyright infringement:

› Reproducing/using the copyrighted artwork commercially.
› Taking Credit for the creation of the artwork.
› Removing any watermarks/signatures.
› Altering the artwork without the artist's consent.

Commercial Usage
Your client may request that you:
› Not post the artwork publicly without permission.
› Sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement to enforce this.

The commissioner is allowed to:
› Use the content in terms specified, usually with a contract.
› Leave your name out of the credits, unless specified in a contract.

If the buyer has a full-rights buyout they may:
› Reproduce the artwork commercially in any way they please without further revenue for you.
› Choose not to promote you when displaying the artwork. You sold that.
› Change or alter your artwork.

The conditions under which you would be canceling or refunding a client:
› You have the right to decline a commission or cancel and refund a commission at any time for any reason.
› The commissioner has the right to cancel the request at any point so long as money has not been received.
› If the art was approved and had entered finalization, you may ask for a portion of the payment still. 50% is recommended.

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Because you deserve that recognition.

To make your stay more enjoyable, we have introduced new badges you can earn from interacting with the section! Some of you may already have this too. ;) For now, we have limited the badges you can earn to three, but stay tuned for the future!

Artist Pro

This user regularly shares their art with PokeCommunity!

How to earn the badge:
› You must have an active showcase/shop thread.
› You foster responses in your thread and show more art.
› Your badge grows with every activity you foster in your thread.

Master Critic

This member takes time and effort to make wonderful critiques for the artists of PC.

How to earn the badge:
› Provide constant, constructive criticism to artists.
› Help out other artists in improving their artwork.
› Your badge grows with every constructive criticism that you give.

Art Enthusiast

This member participates frequently in art threads, from gushing about other's art to talking about art in general!

How to earn the badge:
› Be an active presence in the community by creating and participating in art threads.
› You do not have to post your art in order to obtain this badge, but it is helpful in gaining the others.
› Your badge grows with your constant participation in the section.