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Since many of you have joined this group without thoroughly understanding our guidelines, here's your chance. If you believe your artwork doesn't follow these rules - Please leave. Continuing to submit regardless to our regulations will result in your works being: Declined, Removed from the Gallery, and possibly kicking you out of the group.


:bulletblack::bulletblack:  We do NOT accept:  :bulletblack::bulletblack:


:bulletred: Non-portraits. This is obvious, but remember that the works you're submitting should meet the criteria of what Portrait means.
:bulletred: deviantIDs, snapshots, blurry and/or noisy photographs and photography with bad quality/light/composition. (This applies to photographs of drawings!)
:bulletred: Body parts, limbs, even parts of a face. There has to be half of a face in your portraits.
:bulletred: Sketches and WIP (work in progress).
:bulletred: Nudes unless they are really artistic and unique. - No suggestive poses!
:bulletred: Anime/Manga regardless of form (Traditional, Digital, Photography, etc).
:bulletred: Animal portraits (In any form)
:bulletred: Work that isn't yours anymore. (example: a portrait of you made by your friend and submitted by you on dA)
:bulletred: Works with huge deviantART watermarks.



:bulletblack: Portraits of Conceptual/Fictitious figures can be submitted to the Miscellaneous folder. (This applies to Caricature.)
:bulletblack: If your picture is submitted into the wrong folder it will be declined, so please consider submitting to the appropriate folders.
:bulletblack: Do not complain about certain deviations in our gallery that goes against the group rules. Violating deviations gets removed once a Co-Founder spots them, so it's advised to notify us of the new submissions instead of complaining.
:bulletblack: Since our group has grown into more than 13,000 members, we have decided to judge work by quality, creativity, composition, etc., and we pleasantly ask you not to be sad/mad when we decline your work and not to be discouraged neither, we will try our best to help you!


Thank you.
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angelahedderick Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi, since you're clarifying, could you comment on portraits that include the whole body? I see them sometimes in the group, a full body image with a recognizable face, but I have also had work turned down because it had the whole person in it. I do want to submit proper work, so I'd like to know your criteria for that.
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JadeLikeJay Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Halló... Unfortunately, those full-body works have also been removed post-approval. We're focusing on the standards of a portrait, but sometimes voters let artworks that are in 'Portrait view' with the face at a distance which is unlike how a Portrait should be.

You can submit to our group whenever your artwork includes a closeup of the face with at least half of it visible.
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Cascador Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The criteria is that portraits consist mostly of the head and shoulders of a person. If there is art submitted that don't follow our guidelines, then they were accepted by mistake and we'll see if we can find and remove them. Any help to do so is appreciated.
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Numenelen Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe you should change the name of your group to "Head And Shoulders Club" :D?
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Cascador Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We'll take your suggestion into consideration. ;)
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Harmony1965 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I couldn't agree more. I am constantly surprised, and dismayed by the number of portraits which are submitted to the Gallery which do not meet the guidelines. I really dislike having to decline them.

Cheers :)
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JadeLikeJay Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's tough to keep the Approved deviations relevant too... :s It creates an extra step in maintaining the Gallery whenever voters forget some of the essential guidelines.
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Harmony1965 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, although I noticed a couple of drawings which were removed recently which surprised me a fair bit, as they were nicely done, and conformed to our guidelines of a portrait exactly.  Not sure why?
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JadeLikeJay Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It could be because of the image quality, I've seen submissions of beautifully done portraits but are taken with a camera in a poorly lit room, so those are either moved to the Miscellaneous folder or removed. :s
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm still amazed that so many members can't read.
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JadeLikeJay Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know... :s I suspect that many overlooked the rules as regulations that only the Admins should follow, while submitting with the basic idea of what qualifies as portraits and forgetting if the content is appropriate as well.
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I've removed a few.
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JadeLikeJay Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes. Thank you, we need to keep the Gallery clean as it's a visual representation of our standards for the new members. ^^
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I feel like taken a chainsaw to them, as there are many in the Photography folders I don't see as Portraits.
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JadeLikeJay Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I noticed while I was going through all of the folders. /: The Photography folder has possibly the most irrelevant works.
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KidfromKzoo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
As a member who has had plenty of my portraits accepted by The Portrait Club, but my most recent work declined (and nicely, too, I might add), I think your statement is very balanced. My earlier work was mostly of one individual and then I started exploring Narrative Art with anywhere from 12 to 16 people in a large setting. Being declined didn't hold me back. I appreciated the feedback.
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JadeLikeJay Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see. There are instances where we've accepted works of more than one person but usually three is the maximum, because more people fit in the same picture causes the view to be zoomed out, making it more difficult to appreciate the depicted faces of those involved within the artwork.

Keep on the good work. We're looking forward to having your portraits in our Gallery again. ^^
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