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Sticky Smeargle's Studio Rules and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Discussion in 'Smeargle's Studio' started by elcheeso, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. elcheeso

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    Logo by Zracknel, colored by Bummer


    While Smogon have a general list of rules to follow and comply with, it goes witout saying that we could use some further guidelines that only needs to be applied to our merry corner of the forums. Everyone who'd like to get involved in Smeargle's Studio would be wise to look into these rules first. That way, you avoid unneccessary drama, and the moderating staff don't need to clean up any potential messes. Everybody wins! Not following the rules will either result in post deletion or thread locks, with a possibility for infraction.

    DA RULES:
    1. If you want to have your own art thread, three pieces minimum of original artwork is required - This is probably the rule we see broken most so it goes at the top. This generally refers to images, so it's perfectly acceptable to have three different pictures/drawings/photos of the same thing, as long as they're not the exact same image.
    2. This forum is for original art, which includes: digital art, traditional drawings, paintings, sculpting, written works, music, among others. We have megathreads dedicated to writing, music and an entire subforum for spriting/banners. However, we don't allow non-scratched sprites, photo-collaged artwork, avatars, or banners in art threads, so please use the Smeargle's Laptop subforum for these.
    3. Please keep content appropriate. Please do not make posts that are hateful or racist in nature. In addition, please do not post pornography or explicit, gore-intensive images or requests. Non-explicit works that are more suggestive will be judged on a case-by-case basis. Do your best to use hide tags and warn viewers if you're not sure your image is appropriate.
    4. Do not necrobump threads if you're not the thread owner. Exceptions are community projects and starred threads. While we allow the creator to necrobump their own threads with content, as well as double/triple/500 post (within reason), we ask that everyone else avoids bumping year old threads with comments.
    5. DO NOT PLAGIARISE. I SHOULDN'T EVEN HAVE TO SAY THIS. Plagiarism will be met with hefty infractions, so don't do it. Traced images are okay, as long as you openly admit of doing it, and preferrably with a link to the original work.
    6. Do not advertise. Especially, do not advertise other people's art. If they want to show off their art, they can make their own thread.
    7. Try to put some substance into your posts. Posting one-liners, e.g. "great", "good", "cool" -- will get your point across, but don't really add anything to the forum! You can press the like button on posts that you like. If you genuinely enjoy someone's work, try to be more specific.
    That should be the gist of it. If you have any questions about this forum, make a post right in this thread, or ask any of the studio's staff members:

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    Thank you!
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  2. Uselesscrab

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    Where am I supposed to go to get a logo made for my team in a premier league? I posted two weeks ago here, but no one responded. Is there a better place to go?
  3. Bummer

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    Logos for teams are a delicate thing, so most people prefer to turn to certain artists personally and see if they're willing to help. Apart from the thread you linked, we also have The Workshop to put various requests in, where various users who are available may be able to create something, but it's no guarantee.
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  4. Bummer

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    [16:56] The Two Uchihas: In the artwork for tournaments,
    [16:56] The Two Uchihas: One can get community contributor by making art and being helpful
    [16:56] The Two Uchihas: No one posts there.
    [16:56] The Two Uchihas: How can i be helpful?

    This has been adressed in our guide for new artists (Part II, second paragraph), but if you want to create banners and images for various forum threads, there's nothing stopping you. Find a thread or project you'd like to decorate with your art, check with the person responsible for that thread/project and offer your services, and then you can see if you can reach an agreement on what the image/banner should contain. Spread the love!
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  5. brightobject

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    Would it be appropriate to post a new thread if you're working on a project and you feel said project might take up too much space in your general art thread?

    e.g. a webcomic or fakedex
  6. Bummer

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    My gut feeling is to say no. Artists can have plenty of cool stuff going on, so if we greenlight keeping multiple art interests separated, we might be running the risk of having a few prominent artists dominating the top part of the forums while those with single threads struggle to make themselves noticed. If everyone have just their own threads, we're all on equal footing.

    If you'd like to keep things more organised, the first posts of your thread can be prepared and placeholded to contain different stuff, if you want it to be organised. If you want to clear up some of the first replies so that you have some consecutive posts to sort stuff out, ask me or the mods for help and we'll clean stuff up. You may also consider making a new thread from scratch and keep things spacious from the beginning.

    If there's conflicting feelings for this, I can see myself opening this up for discussion.
  7. Stitch98

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    Can I put a link to my DA Gallery in my gallery?
  8. Bummer

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    You can share any link to any other site you use to promote yourself or your artwork.
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    Another question xD
    Does someone know how can I obtain the link my DA deviation to put it between the bb code terms?
  10. Bummer

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    Right click, copy image url address, and then go from there. However, hotlinking from other sites is usually frowned upon, so see if you can use a more independent image host instead (like imgur or puush). You can also choose to put url tags around the image tags and then link to the page with your dA image, if you want a connection back there.
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  11. hublo

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    Not sure if this is the right place to ask anyways I've made a drawing of my team and it came out pretty well, I was wondering if someone could color it ( I have no idea how to use photoshop and stuff), here's what I've done
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    EPSON002.JPG
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  12. Crimson Fawker

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    Just for clarification, I'm pretty sure but are Created Pokemon allowed? I don't really have any interest in the CAP project but I'd like to have my artwork seen. I have around 11 created ones and I'm getting a new scanner so I'll be able to post them soon, I'm just checking for the go-ahead.
  13. Lemonade.

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    Yeah, you can post your own "fakemons." The CAP project is more for getting the creation implemented on sim so you can battle with it and whatnot.
  14. Crimson Fawker

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    What are the picture file size restrictions? I have a couple drawings that are in wait because I keep getting the "Uploaded life size is too big". When I'm trying to upload a 2 MB picture :(
  15. Sparkl3y

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    The maximum is 1 MB, I recommend using an image service such as Imgur to help out with your images when posting them in a thread.
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  16. Rollout Shuckle

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    Hi, I'm looking to get into doing digital art but I'm not sure what program to use. Are there any art programs out there that are free and still allow you to make good quality art?
  17. Sparkl3y

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    It really depends on if you do mobile or computer. But, I recommend looking at Medibang Paint, it's good for beginners and keeps things simple when trying to learn.
  18. Bummer

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    GIMP and FireAlpaca are two programs that come to mind, the former a free imaged editor software that's been around for quite some time, while the later is a free program that shares plenty of similarities to Photoshop, both programs uses layers. Photoshop CS2 can also be downloaded free of charge, although it should be noted that this is a feature they offer to presumed previous owners of the same software, here's a link explaining more. I'm using PS CS2 myself, so I certainly don't find it to be an outdated software.

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