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Graphical & Literary Art Rules - PLEASE READ
« on: November 20, 2011, 10:02:30 pm »
Graphical & Literary Arts Rules and Guidelines.

If you are new to this forum, please take a moment to review the following guidelines and rules. First of all, most of the main Furtopian rules and guidelines here:
……can also apply in one form or another to posted artwork, stories, etc. and the various “artistic” forums Furtopia has which are:
· Traditional and Digital Artwork Forum -
· Artwork Techniques Forum -
· Literature Forum -
· Poetry Forum -
· Fursuiting Forum -
· Photography & Video Forum -
· Singing/Music Forum -

Post as quoted from Ulario on August 2, 2005. V  (Staff Note: Critiquing can include, but is not limited to: Artwork, Songs, Poems, Stories, Fursuits, etc. (I.e. - Any "arts and crafts".) The below quote from Ulario is NOT a rule, but merely helpful advice on how members can best give artists feedback on their works.)

The issue of critiquing has come up several times.  It is a sensitive topic since some artists want critiques while others don't.

For the artists
When you post your art, be sure to let them know whether or not you want a critique.  Also, don't be in love with your solution, as it is only one possibility/point of view (this goes for you critics, too).  Keep in mind that when your peers critique, they are giving solutions that you haven't thought of. And of course, be sure to thank those people who comment and offer their assistance to you.

For those that critique or just come to look at the pretty pictures.
Generally, don't critique someone's work unless they ask for it.  Some people prefer that you don't critique.  This could be for several reasons.  Perhaps the artist feels like the picture is complete, and does not wish for people to suggest further changes to that particular piece, or perhaps the artist is sensitive about their work.

There are also several ways to give out a critique.  Keep in mind that many of the artists here are not professional.  And many artists who are high end or professional have not learned to effectively communicate with their peers.  Poorly done critiques can actually hinder an artist's progress, no matter what skill level they are at.

DO NOT tell an artist that they have a "bad idea", or intimidate them.  Do not attack an artist's character or demean their works.  All of these things can be destructive for the artist, and can even make you look like an ogre.

When you give a critique, it is best to try to empathize with the artist.  Be sure to tell them what they are doing right as well.  Please be sure that your critique is constructive and will help the situation.  Let the artist make the decision whether or not to take your critique to heart.  If they want to make the changes you suggested, they will.

The most important rule of this forum is to enjoy yourself and have fun!

  Ulario Aira Zemothe (Former Furtopian Moderator)

Items Allowed/Not allowed in regards to Graphical and/or Literary Arts:
(Items highlighted in orange text apply not just to graphical arts, but may also apply to stories, poetry, or other arts as well.)

1. Please keep the artwork, stories, etc. of a furry (anthropomorphic animal) nature, or closely related.

2. No nudity that is drawn to explicitly show the "parts" This includes Sheathed
animal genitalia, etc..

3. No excessive (and/or encouragement/advocation of) adult language, drugs, alcohol, violence, gore, bodily fluids, and/or anything else which may be deemed inappropriate/illegal as determined by staff. If members are unsure how excessive to be with something in a pic, story, etc., then please PM a staff person and we can review your art/story and help answer any questions you have. ;)

4. Nothing that is OBVIOUSLY sexually suggestive in any way. This includes sexually immature (Under 18) characters in adult situations....including fan art involving characters who are minors.

5. EXCEPTIONS: Tasteful (Mild) nudity (“non-sexual” drawn (No photos) made for artistic expression only) such as nipples, unaroused genitalia, and mild erotic undertones will be permitted/posted within the non-adult forums. If your picture, story, etc. contains mild PG nudity, swearing, etc., then be sure to post it in the thread title. Mild swearing (Words such as: crap, hell, damn, etc.), violence, and blood (But no gore.), if not excessive, will be allowed.

6. Members may not post links to any mature/adult graphical and/or literary content on another site where such content is not hidden behind a censor/filter and is accessible by minors (Under 18). If the content is not hidden behind a censor/filter and the member feels the linked content is pertinent to thread discussion, the staff may allow the link upon review and/or the member MUST put a warning, rating, or other disclaimer in the thread title and/or in the post where the link is described.

7. Notice: That “ANY” graphical/literary arts may be moved to the appropriate Adult Forums section by any mod/staff on review if deemed necessary. Members who wish to post/comment any adult arts can request access to the Adult Forums Section here:

8. Member Rights: If an action is taken against a member's artwork, that member has the right as a sole remedy to request a review and vote of said action by the entire staff/mod team as outlined in the Member Rights section in the main Furtopian rules located here:

Art Theft: Furtopia was created as a safe place for furry artists to share their own creative work. Art theft will not be tolerated on Furtopia in ANY form. This includes, but is not limited to: sketches, digital drawings, literature, avatars, signature pics, etc. Any of the following may qualify as art theft:
a) Tracing another artist's work without giving credit to the original artist
b) Using parts of another artist's work in your own art without permission
c) Plagiarizing all or part of a story or poem
d) Trying to claim another artist's work as your own
Suspected cases of art theft will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Any member who is shown to have violated Furtopia's art theft policy will receive a warning from the staff, and their art and/or posts will be removed if proper credit is not given. Further offenses will result in a permanent ban and/or other disciplinary measures.
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