Your Anthro Gallery Moderators: Pixel-Spotlight, savagebinn & Katmomma
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What We Do:
1. Feature Daily Deviations
2. Be a Community connoisseur
3. Moderate the Anthro Forum and #IamAnthro Chatroom
What we Do NOT do:
1. Ban or unban deviants from dA
2. Moderate Drama
3. Remove art due to policy violations or theft
If you have an image to report for art theft or violation-- or if you have harassment/drama issues with another user, Contact The HELP DESK --> help.deviantart.com/contact/ .
Now we are going to provide an clear explanation of how to properly suggest DDs, as well the guidelines for what types of works you'll want to suggest. This section will be broken down into both official rules (musts) and our preferences with what we both look for in the works we like feature.
What is Anthro?
We are still getting many miscategorized deviations in our gallery as well as DD suggestions that are NOT ANTHRO. Please take the time to do some research on what Anthro is before making a suggestion
What is Anthro? V3 (Updated with Examples)
This should clarify some of the gray areas we encounter, and set you on the right path with further helpful links.
How to Suggest a Daily Deviation
First, make sure you have read the following:
FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?
Still Confused? Then Sit Back and Talk about DDs with Katmomma herself!
Steps to Suggesting: Expectations for both Pixel-Spotlight, savagebinn and Katmomma
Title your Note "DD Suggestion"
Provide a Thumbnail or Link to the deviation you would like to suggest.
Providing a description is optional, but preferred.
Tell us if you would like to remain anonymous if you want to.
Official Guidelines for Anthro Daily Deviations
A deviant cannot be given a DD if they've received one before in less than three month's time. You can check this yourself by clicking the 'browse' button in their gallery where it will list the DDs (if any) they have and the dates they received them. The last part isn't required, but it's good practice to check that before you suggest, since it helps us avoid unnecessary clutter.
If the deviation you want to suggest uses stock, it must be from a valid stock account and they MUST give clear credit in the artist's description.
Please suggest a piece to one GM at a time. Don't send the same suggestion to all of us, that can cause major confusion and a real headache.
* When you send a suggestion, please make sure it is submitted under the Anthro Gallery.
* If you find a piece that does qualify as anthro and you really want to suggest it, but it's under a different gallery, you can contact one of us and we may be able to move it to the anthro gallery. That will be on a case-by-case basis.
Katmomma's "Eclectic" Features
Eclectic features are Daily Deviations that may borderline Anthro OR not necessarily be Anthro at all. These pieces are featured with the Permission of the Traditional, 3D, or Digital Art Gallery Moderators. The Following Themes can be considered for an Eclectic feature:
* Animal-involved fantasy Illustration
* Naturalistic Animal Portraits/illustrations
* 3Dimensional Anthro work
* Childrens' book Illustration involving animals
Anything else, please send to the appropriate Gallery Moderator
Our Preferences & Personal Tips
To better help you get the suggested piece you want featured, here's some tips and things that will improve your chances of getting your suggestion a DD We want you to be happy, but also have an understanding of what we look for in a great feature!
Words of Wisdom from Pixel-Spotlight
I love to see pieces of all different styles and genres, although please make sure you're only suggesting anthro! Unusual techniques used to create a piece is a plus!
I'm a sucker for skilful black and whites; I love colour pieces too but if you show me a truly stunning black and white anthro picture then I will love you forever!
I like to see pieces that the artist has put effort and love into! The best pieces of art have been slaved over by the artists, and you can always tell.
I'm trained in art history, so composition, colour and al kinds technical things are a plus for me, although not necessary, this is just an extension of skill!
I don't mind how popular the artist or piece of art is; if I think it's worthy of a DD then I'll feature it!
Words of Wisdom from savagebinn
Effort is something I look for. While not always the same as skill or quality, this is definitely a big thing I take into account, when I see that a growing artist has made a huge leap in a particular piece.
Some GDs have rules about only featuring unknown artists or have a limit on how many favs/views the piece can have for it to be eligible for suggestion. If I think a certain piece is special, I'll feature it regardless of views or the artist's popularity, but I DO consider it a big bonus if they're unknown.
While effort is important, I do try to go for quality as well. Composition, color, detail and balance.
I'm generally going to avoid featuring mature content. This isn't an absolute, but bearing in mind that DDs have a reflection on the Gallery as a whole, I ask that you please use your own judgment and try to keep your suggestions tasteful. Avoid sending me overtly sexual or fetish themed images.
Creativity is a huge thing I look for; I love featuring unusual anthros. In a gallery bursting with cats and wolves, it's always a treat to feature fish, plants, birds and even household appliances that have been anthropomorphized-- This also goes for the mediums used. Certain sub-categories in the Anthro gallery are very small, such as Oekaki, vector and sculptures. Seek the unusual!
Words of Wisdom from Katmomma
I look at Anthro art for the "art" aspect- Not just how popular or cool it is. (though the cool factor is always considered) Creative Use of Art Elements, Composition, and Quality are what I look for the most. Art isn't perfect, but an impression of the truth, and as such, it is also subjective.
I like seeing how Anthro and Cross-Referencing work is applied in the real world, like in childrens' books and animation; things that bring out more to anthro than just the "furry" fandom. Which brings me to my next point:
Uniqueness and creative design are very important things I look for. I like seeing someone trying to go out-of-the-box, be imaginative, and make their work believable and interesting.
Effort- probably the single most important point for me, because although I like to feature well polished, professional artwork to inspire others with, growing artists hitting milestones in their artistic endeavors is something I strongly support! I like finding new artists on the block, but I have no problem featuring old pros too.
I'm a firm believer in COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY. I will respond to suggestions, usually if there is something wrong or if you sent me something that I cannot feature due to a miscategorization. I'll try to guide you in the right direction. Otherwise, if you don't hear from me, your DD was reviewed and it meets our criteria for suggestion.
Last but not least: My golden Philosophy of DDs:
FEATURE exhilarating art
MOTIVATE growing artists
EXPOSE unknown talent
There are a few important things we'd like to remind everyone of:
Do not complain to or harass either of us if the piece you suggested doesn't get featured.
If your note is titled appropriately, you can rest assured, it will be read and reviewed. You may not always get a reply. This is another situation where I'll remind you not to complain; your input is appreciated, but we're also very busy gals who get a lot of notes.
FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?- If you absolutely must make a complaint about a feature, do not do so on the deviation or to the featured artist. A Daily Deviation is not an award, it is a feature picked by the staff for various reasons, and does not always have to be a technical masterpiece. In other words, the artist is just as surprised as you when their piece gets featured. We all have different tastes, it's virtually impossible to please everyone on the site, but with about thirty or so DDs featured from different galleries daily, and MILLIONS of deviations on the site, it really saves everyone a lot of drama and unpleasantness if you just move on and look at different art when you see a feature you don't like. Comment kindly and constructively, or simply move on.
This is the ultimate guide guys. Everything you need to know is here and linked for you. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us and ask.