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Art & Design Rulebook

your guide to a colorful A&D experience

General Pokécommunity rules apply

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 here.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated

• No plagiarism. A person who does it is no better than a thief and we don't take too kindly to thieves. You'll be punished to the fullest extent PC offers if you're found guilty of stealing other artists' works. We, as artists, take pride in our work. Plagiarism is a serious offense against the Pokecommunity, the artist, and above all, yourself. You're expected to understand that. If you suspect someone has committed plagiarism, please contact either Fairy, Nina, or any member of high staff immediately so we may handle it.

• If you are collecting a recourse for others to use and the art was originally created by another artist (even if you edit it for your own purposes), you must credit the original artist. Otherwise, you're facing a content theft infraction. You have been warned.

Artistic Nudity or Mature Content is allowed

• Mild nudity is allowed. Artistic nudity, such as anatomical studies and general sketches, is fine so long as it remains tasteful. Though you're advised to enclose it in a spoiler and post a warning along with it. This applies for mild violence and generally graphic themes. Just don't go overboard. The bottom line is, we can't always define it but we know it when we see it. We reserve the right to delete any or all drawings/pictures that defy this rule.

• Always warn your audience if there's questionable content. Give a verbal disclaimer and enclose the image in a spoiler. A&D should be a safe place for everyone.

So use the Content Warning tags

• If your gallery contains graphic content, we now have content warning codes to isolate any explicit artwork from general viewing. This is to ensure all members of any age or disposition can enjoy A&D safely. Please apply the following code to any mature content in your thread:

To use the content warning code, all you need to do is:

[content-warn="(mature content here)"]
mature content here.

We also have easily recognizable, editable, and optional headers for your threads so you can display openly that your thread may contain graphic artwork.

To use the header, edit the first page of your thread and 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 thread contains mature content![/COLOR][/cd][/font][/center]

The result will look as such:

this thread contains mature content!

Revival Rule - two months

• You may not post in threads that are over two months old.
Yes, you heard it right, 2 months and not 1.

Thread owners can double post

• If you finished a new piece of work and like to post it, yet no one has commented in your thread since your last post; you are allowed to double/triple/quadruple post! However, please be tactful about it. If your last post is less than 24 hours ago, please edit the prior post. This rule only applies to Galleries and Shops.

Gallery & Shop owners may revive their threads

• You may revive threads if you're the thread owner. Doesn't matter if it has been dead for half or even a whole year - you're free to bump it up as long as you have updates with you. There is no time limit for creativity, after all.

• If you own a shop but are no longer active, and people are continually bumping it, I reserve the right to close the shop. There is no need for people to expect their requests to be completed if you, as the shop owner, are no longer around. If possible, try to contact Nina or Fairy ahead of time.

You have to post your works here

• Although already somewhat covered under the rule against advertising, I'll state it again just to be clear - whenever you post a gallery to showcase your work, be sure to post your works in the thread itself. You are not to link it to an external site like Deviantart or your tumblr.

Art Oriented threads only

• The only threads that you're allowed to make in Art & Design are ones that come under one of the following types - Galleries, Shops, Competitions and Discussions related to art.

Tutorials, Resources, Tutoring, and general Q&A Threads belong in A&D's School of the Arts.

• If you are looking for avatars and signatures, please use any thread designated as a [Shop] / [Gallery & Shop], as that is where you are most likely to find what you're looking for.

Gallery Content

• Small biographies and examples of writing are allowed so long as 'the writing enhances the art', not 'the art enhances the writing'. if you believe your work is more literature oriented and more about the story you're telling though your art, I encourage you to post it along with your writing in the Fan Fiction & Writing section. Better yet, PM the moderators. We'll help you find the right place for you.

• You may post youtube videos for feedback/reviews in your gallery. AMVs, MMVs, Speed Painting/Sketching are forms of art, after all. But take care not to ask people to like/subscribe/comment on your youtube page or heavily advertize your channel. Advertisement is not allowed at PC and you are encouraged to use your personal signature space to plug your content. But, if you've made something nice and would like to post it in your existing gallery, you're welcome to.

• If you have made music you wish to showcase, please post it in the General Entertainment forum.

Generic Posts

• Generic and one-word posts aren't allowed. Posts that do not contribute to the thread will be, more often than not, deleted. Nobody likes SPAM, right? If your post can by copied and pasted into another artist's gallery without being changed, the post will be deleted. Address the artist. Be specific!

Image Advisement

• You may post any number of pictures in your galley. There is no image limit. Though, if you do post tons of images, you are advised to enclose them in spoiler tags.

• Enclose huge pics in spoiler tags. Images that exceed 1500 X 1500 pixels in resolutions have to be enclosed in spoiler tags. Mandatory.

No negativity, guys

this is a happy place o((◕ฺ∀ ◕✿ฺ))o

• Critiques and comments are encouraged. However, any sort of disrespect, flaming, or general tomfoolery will not be tolerated. All artists in A&D want to improve and are asking for your opinion on how to do that by posting a gallery here. Please keep critiques (and all comments for that matter, negative or otherwise) tasteful, or you're risking punishment.

Commenting, Criticizing and Requesting

If you want to just comment on a gallery, you don't have to go in depth about their work. Just tell us what you like and why. Not everything needs to be an essay, but it does have to be meaningful. Give the kind of comments you would like to receive!

When you are criticizing someone's work, be constructive, detailed, and make sure you know what you're talking about. Art is subjective and meant to be appreciated no matter how abstract or different it may be. Be polite and make sure your critique is centered around improving the artist. Also be mindful that some artists can take harsh critiques better than others. Same goes for those taking criticisms, be patient and open minded to differing opinions. It's not personal.

When requesting in a thread [Shop], be sure you follow the OP's rules and that you are not "demanding" anything. Remember that the shop owner is doing this for charity and are asking for nothing but credit in return. Be patient. If you feel you were skipped politely PM the artist inquiring why that might have been if the shop owner did not state the reasons.

Also keep in mind that a shop owner has the right to deny a request.

Using Prefixes

Please view the content below to read more about using prefixes in A&D and in depth definitions.

For the main A&D Forum:

  • Galleries are the crux of A&D, allowing other members to know what kind of art you do and what you're looking for out of A&D. This is a showcase thread and used to receive comments and critiques. A gallery may contain a shop.
  • This prefix should be used when you're expressly wanting to offer your work to other people. This can be traditional, digital, photography, sprites, icons, signatures, and everything in between. Critiques should be reserved for the artist's gallery.
Gallery & Shop
  • This prefix is for denoting galleries that also function as shops, since running two separate threads (ie; a gallery and a shop) is redundant. This means that requests posted in any thread without [Shop] in the prefix will be deleted.
  • A competition is anything in which an artist, or group of artists, is pitted against one another. Simple as that. If there's any thread posted where the poster (and or participants) do anything that requires judging upon its conclusion, prefix it with [Competition].

For A&D's Art School:

  • Discussions are just that, threads started with the intention of promoting conversation between artists or about art. Use your imagination!
  • The resource prefix is a touch more complicated. A resource can be something you created that will aid others artistically. For instance, if you've found/created a program that simulates lighting and shadows, that would be a resource. If you've compiled sprites for all of FR/LG, that would be a resource. If you're not sure whether or not your thread is best suited for the [Resource] or [Tutorial] prefix, contact a moderator.
  • A tutorial is defined as a period of instruction given by a professional(s). This means that the [Tutorial] prefix should be used exclusively when trying to explain how to do something in your thread. So, if you've created a thread about how to make brush patterns on Photoshop CS6, you use the [Tutorial] prefix. If deemed a high enough quality, the moderator will include your tutorial into the A&D Resource Thread.
  • Due to the disbandment of the Fangroups & Clubs forum, [Club] prefixes have been added to all forums. As the name implies, this prefix should be used for threads about one particular topic (in this case related to art in some way) where members can join to talk about a common interest.

The Skype Chat

Please view the content below to read more about the rules of A&D's Skype Chat.

Click here to join the A&D Skype Chat

  • All general Pokecommunity and Art & Design rules apply. This means no pornography, no extreme or explicit content, no graphic depictions of violence, and no harassment.
  • While skype has a much more lenient atmosphere and staff may not always be online, you're expected to use common sense while participating.
  • Please include your skype name and username to this thread so we know who you are before you join.
  • Have fun!

Thanks for reading and remember to have lots of fun in A&D! Please contact hstaff or Fairy or Nina for further assistance.

Special thanks to Derozio for thread help
Special thanks to Achromatic &
shenanigans for the content-warning code
Moderator usernames are subject to change; current names: Fairy & Nina
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