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:bulletgreen: OVERVIEW: This group is for artists who paint with traditional media. We require submissions to have a significant amount of paint in them. Examples of traditional paint media include oil, acrylic, watercolor, egg tempera, ink, spray paint, et cetera.

:bulletblue: SUBMISSION RULES: One submission per deviant, per week. Full rules are available here. Your work must be categorized as a painting or as mixed media in deviantART's classification system (if mixed media, please indicate media used) OR if it is in another category, include media you used in your artist's comments (gouache, oil, acrylic, etc). The scan or photograph of your painting must be cropped-well and in focus (e.g. no notebook spirals to the side of the image, no blurry images). Works-in-progress are not accepted, only finished paintings. Ensure you've submitted your work to the correct folder in our gallery--read the folder guidelines if in doubt. Mature works are accepted as long as they follow deviantART guidelines.

:bulletred: OUR GROUP MISSION: We're all here to share our paintings. Haters are not welcome, only kind comments or helpful critiques. This group shows that there are still plenty of traditional media painters in a world gone digital :nod:
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Dec 31, 2009


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The group rules are stated below, but in a condensed version. We've also added an FAQ section.

:onfire: We Need New Co-Founders :onfire:

We have over 200 submissions backed up since the holidays. It takes 3 votes to get your submission into the group.

We are getting slow on the submission voting because we are in need of more co-founders. :D

It will require you to evaluate each submissions, comment when needed, and then vote accordingly. Would appreciate a check-in about once a week, or more if it helps keep the large pile of submissions down.

If you're interested, please send me a note and I'll be happy to give you more details.



*~*~*Key rules are in bold*~*~*

:bulletred: This Club's Purpose:
    Sharing with others your ability to paint. I'd like to think this group will be a laid-back type group with happy, friendly vibes. No hate, please. Starting this group has already showed that there are traditional painters still out there in the world that is going digital.

:bulletorange: Traditional-Painting Submissions:
    This Group is for traditional/physical painters and their work. Acrylics, oils, ink, a spray can, or any physical-type of paint is permitted upon any surface imaginable. Graffiti, traditional, window art, painted ceramics, face paint; any type of paint-based works are allowed. We also allow painted ink or pastel artwork. We look for artists who are dedicated to getting messy and putting themselves into their pieces.
:bulletyellow: Limit on Submissions:
    We have a 1-per-week limitation. We hope this will slow down the inbox-overload for all involved.

:bulletgreen: How To Tell Us Your Piece Is A Painting:
    1) Submitted works should be categorized by starting with:
    Traditional > Painting > etc
    Traditional > Mixed Media > etc (with paint being 50% or more of submitted piece)

    2) If you do not have your piece Categorized as in step 1 then you MUST indicate the medium you used in your artist's comments. (i.e. watercolors, acrylic, etc)  Why? Because if it's categorized as a drawing, looks like a drawing, and has no medium, everyone is going to assume the piece is a drawing, and it will be denied.  We want to avoid this just as much as you do.

:bulletblue: Mixed-Media Works:
    We are strict with mix-media paintings. The piece has to be at least 50% paint and applied in a painted manner. Editing for brightness, contrast, clean-up, etc. is not considered mixed media. Small, non-obstrusive digital frames and watermarks are allowed, as long as they follow what is listed in the "Quality" section below.  Example of a denied piece: adding a touch of watercolor to a colored pencil piece. Example of an approved piece: a rock slab with scenery painted on its surface.   
:bulletpurple: Quality:
    We ask you present your paintings professionally. This means: crop photos of your paintings so that the focus is your work and not what's around it. Try to avoid flash glares/lighting in the photo of your painting. (We can help you with this if you're having trouble- but first, scroll down to the "An admin asked me to fix something, but what if I can't fix it now?  What if I don't know how to fix it?" section of the FAQ for some useful tips and links.).

:bulletred: NO WIPs:
    We do not accept WIPs (Work In Progress), with the exception of "tutorial" type images as seen in our Tutorial section.

:bulletorange: Mature Content:
    We follow dA's rules about mature content, and artwork submitted with require proper mature tags.  We ask ALL our members to be mature and respect other artists and their work. As the saying goes: If you don't like it, don't look at it.



:bulletblue:What do you consider acceptable media?   
    All traditional painting methods and traditional mixed media (at least 50% paint) are accepted.  Aside from brightness/contrast and cropping edits, the only digital editing we accept is frames and watermarks.  
    :bulletgreen:Painting Media (ACCEPTABLE):
      -glaze (on ceramics)
      -ink (if applied with brush)
      -oil pastels (if classified as painting)
      -poster paint
      -spray paint
      -works like ceramics, OOAK (one-of-a-kind) dolls, and other objects painted on unusual canvases)
      -any combination of other traditional media with at least 50% paint on it
    :bulletred:Drawing Media (NOT Acceptable):
      -coloured pencils
      -ink (if applied with pen)
      -oil pastels (if classes as drawing or with a drawing-like appearance)
    In-Between Media (may or may not be acceptable): -ink (as described above) -watercolour pencils (must have been used with water, and must look like 50% painting) -some mixed media pieces will take longer to get through the submission process because it takes us a while to decide if they're 50% painting

:bulletgreen:Why was my submission declined?   
    There should have been a comment on your denied submission explaining why it was or will be denied. If you've taken longer than 3 days to answer or comply with an admin question, the piece will be denied. If you've checked this and still do not understand why your piece was denied, send a note to our founder: guardian-of-moon

:bulletblue:Why did an admin ask me to change something?   
    If a piece is a painting, but is in the wrong folder or is not presented well (cropping issues, blurry, etc), we will tell or ask you to fix your submission before denying or accepting.  For folder mistakes, we ask that you withdraw the incorrect submission before submitting to the correct folder. For quality issues (cropping, blurry scan/photo, etc), we ask you to obtain a better copy before accepting your submission.  If we do not receive a response from you, the artist, within 3 days, the submission will be denied.

:bulletgreen:An admin asked me to fix something, but what if I can't fix it now?  What if I don't know how to fix it?   
    Feel free to resubmit the image when fixed.  All computers come with default editors that will crop photos and edit for brightness (i.e. Windows Media Picture Manager or iPhoto), but sometimes Photoshop or similar is required.  If you don't know how to fix it or don't have access to Photoshop, just consult these resources:
      :bulletyellow: How to photograph and crop paintings:
      :bulletred: How to crop scans and photos:
      :bulletyellow: Editing brightness and contrast:
      :bulletred: *How to digitally edit artwork so it looks the way it did in real life:
      :bulletyellow: Download the GIMP (a free and legal alternative to Photoshop):
    *Tutorials with an asterisk mean that you'll need Photoshop, but they will work the same in GIMP.

:bulletblue:How do I decide which folder my piece goes in?   
    If you want to get your piece accepted as quickly as possible, first check through the folders and read the descriptions in them. If you still don't know, just place a comment with your submission and one of us admins will help you decide.

:bulletgreen:Why did an admin ask me to clarify something?   
    Sometimes, it is unclear to us how a piece fits into the "Spiritual" or "Controversy" folders, and we might ask you to tell us why you feel it belongs there. For media issues (piece is not in dA's painting categorization and no media is stated in artist description), we will ask what media you used to create the piece. Again, if we do not receive a response from you within 3 days, the submission will be declined.

:bulletblue:Why was my piece removed from the group?   
    Sometimes pieces that break the rules accidentally make their way into the group.  If this happens, the admin who catches it will remove the piece from the group.

:bulletgreen:One of the admins was mean to me!   
    Some people seem to take every decline and question as a personal attack on themselves. We will tell you your piece was not 50%+ of paint, or not cropped properly. If you did not fix your piece after being told to, or decline fixing it, that is your decision. Our decision will be to decline the submission.
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ImageImaginarium Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Professional General Artist
Hi! Thank you for accepting me!
Abolling Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for accepting my painting into your gallery! This is a wonderful place for artists to get together. 
Wildphoenix22 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Our pleasure! :) :heart:
Sifie Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Thank you for accepting me! Meow :3 
Wildphoenix22 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Our pleasure! Welcome to the group! :)
AuroraIgnea Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
We`re glad You are with us. Welcome! :hug:
AnneBanan Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing the inspiration on this site. I just submitted a painting to the wrong category (my first time submitting to a group. I'm sorry) It is meant for the Portrait/people category. Oooops.
x3Ayame Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for accepting me! owo /
angelheartnya Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I am a dummy! Thank you for accepting me Meow :3 
Wildphoenix22 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Our pleasure! Welcome! :)
MiresaSania Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for accepting me :happybounce: 
jvradoff Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
The tutorials section has some really nicely formatted stuff. Is there a template for these? Is there a tutorial tutorial?
guardian-of-moon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Not really. It's a collection of other people's tutorials. You could ask the artist of the tutorial, if you had questions on it. 
SootheNoo1959 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for accepting me :)
kahuella Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for adding me to gallery and feature!
Izunichi Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for requesting my art to your gallery, I'm honoured! :heart:
FyreBirdi Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for adding me :)
Shigekino Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Daww.. >~< 
I puted my paint in the wrong collection.
Titgweg Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Tank fot the add'!!
RustamYuldashev Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
Thank you for adding me
DaVinxex Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for approving my contribution...Can I ask here about some oil paint techniques and tips?
SBuzzard Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I work in oils so I can try to provide some help. :) You may ask here or feel free to note me.
DaVinxex Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks friend. I wanna ask something about contest or exhibition with jurors and how to basically make an eye catching piece? Because I always participate in poster-making contest and I always won, sometimes lose. but in conceptual oil painting contest I think it's a different way to draw. Just like in my album here I have this kind of style which has outlines and more like poster -making effect. What would you best suggest for me to change the way or style I apply? uhmm..please excuse me if my english is a bit bad. I'm not a writer..hehe..^^
SBuzzard Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
What you do with your poster-style art is actually really strong already, and I would take what you're doing right now and just change it to fit what the jurors are looking for in the specific contest. What's important in a juried show is that the judges are going to look at hundreds, maybe thousands, of submissions at once in a relatively short amount of time. Most exhibitions require you send a digital version of your art before the original, so when the judges look at your art, most of the time they're going to look at a small version of the actual piece. What's important in this case is to make sure your art can be read on a small scale. Your piece "The Gifted" does this really well. When I look at the thumbnail in your gallery, I can see the image very clearly because you did a great job with the contrast and colors.

What I've been taught is from far away, your art should be easy to make out so people will want to come up close to look at it. And you should give them lots to look at when they do get close. For example, if your painting is hanging on a wall at a show, someone who walks in from the other side of the room should see it and think it looks really good, and now they want to get a closer look. When they walk up to stand right in front of it, they should be even more impressed by the details and technique they see up close. So for a juried show, when the judges look at your small version, it looks very good. Then that will hopefully get you to the second round (if there is an additional round) and they'll look at the original and really want to include it in the exhibition because it looks even better in person.

This is just what I've learned from professionals, and obviously this does not apply to everyone and to every exhibition, but hopefully it might give you some ideas and somewhere to start. :)
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DaVinxex Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you Traditional Painting for accepting...
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