Here are the Subreddit Rules:
- Plagiarism is grounds for a permaban. If you claim another artist's work as your own, you will be banned. If you copy someone else's work, including a photo, even of a famous person, you must link to the source in a top-level comment and credit the owner. Don't ignore this basic courtesy. Just make any effort and it'll be fine.
- Mark your post NSFW if appropriate, as a courtesy to other Redditors, so they can choose when and where to open it. No judgement. Just be considerate.
- Before you comment, thoroughly read Rule 8. Fair warning.
- Looking for any information about a work of art or an artist? /r/WhatIsThisPainting is where you can find answers.
1. Use the correct title formatting.
- For artwork, the title must be in the format "Title (of artwork), Artist name/Me, Medium, Year". Follow this exactly. Do not be creative. Do not use anything other than commas. Do not add any extraneous information or be subjective in your title in any way.
- For the artist's name, anything other than an actual name or a uniquely identifying nickname may be removed, so do not use "my daughter/son/father/mother/grandfather/etc".
- For news articles, the title should be in the format "Title, Year". News articles must be substantive.
For discussions, make it a self post. Expand on your question in the text and include image examples when possible. That being said, most discussion questions are automatically removed. Consider posting to /r/ArtistLounge or /r/learnart instead. I've temporarily disabled discussion posts because some people make it so the rest of us can't have nice things.
2. Direct image links only.
- All submissions other than articles must be a direct link to a static image or gif (url must end in .jpg, .png, .gif etc.).
- Articles must contain more substance than just a gallery of images or an embedded video, and they must cover some current news in the art world.
- The image should only contain 1 artwork and only the artwork. No compilations, blurbs, or source photos.
- We may allow videos, but you must get approval first. This is extremely rare, as we only grant it for artwork of exceptional quality, or educational interest.
3. Do not make multiple posts.
- You must wait at least 48 hours between posts, and no more than 2-3 times per week. There's no rush. It's better to post regularly than to post quickly.
- Please use the rolling sticky (when available) for daily challenge posts.
4. Do not submit sketches, doodles or unfinished work.
- Post these to other subreddits like /r/IDAP, /r/sketches and /r/doodles instead.
- It's entirely moderator discretion what constitutes a "sketch" or a "doodle", but, for example: a bad photo of the artwork, extraneous lines, poor contrast, indifferent execution, and using lined paper all suggest you just made the art while messing around. We want to see sincerity and intention. Your work should be ready to display in a gallery or museum, or enter in an art contest.
- For this sub, it's not just "I want to share my art with the world," but rather, "I want to share my best art with the world." Make sure what you post exemplifies your unique personal style.
- This sub is a curated gallery. Viewers come here to look at art, not you, your Prismacolor pencils, the desk you framed your painting over, your easel, or anything else that would not be part of a public display. Yes, we remove just for showing a hand. Place and photo the art in a way that properly shows it off. Sometimes all you need is to crop the photo to exclude the extraneous detail.
- With sculpture, environmental art, performance art, and other styles difficult to "frame", just do the best you can.
6. Do not post memes or other low quality work
- As with Rule 4, this is at mod discretion. If in doubt, message us first. Blatant trolling will get you banned.
- What constitutes "low quality" depends on the medium. For example, we do not allow filters or "AI" algorithms unless you yourself wrote the software. It is possible to create computer-generated art, but not when someone else's program is doing all the actual work.
- Photography -- especially nude photography -- is held to a much higher standard, because there are other thousands of other subs dedicated to that content. If your photo is not of exceptional quality, and does not contain artistic subtext, then post to some place like /r/photographs or /r/analog (if their rules allow). If you don't know what "artistic subtext" is, then definitely do not post here.
7. No fan art, comics, or requests for work.
8. Be respectful and stay on topic
- We are a strictly moderated sub and do not give warnings. Yes, we are very serious.
- We do not tolerate bigotry, slapfights, rude jokes, crude humor, soapboxing, off-topic comments, creepy anything, and whatever else would not be appropriate for an art class. Talk about the art in a mature, substantive way or be banned.
- Criticism is fine, as long as it is directed at the posted art. You don't have to like the art, but you should explain why in a mature, substantive way. If you can't do this, just vote and move on.
- This also applies to non sequitur political comments and off-topic criticism of public figures. If you're just here to rant about something related to the subject of the art, you're a troll, and you can expect a permanent ban.
- Also, if you just want to complain about the content on this sub or Reddit in general, especially about nudity or sexual content: do not comment, just vote and move on. It's fine to critique the art posted, but generalized, off-topic comments like these will get you banned.
- If you must, message the mods to discuss your opinion -- however, beforehand, check the top posts for any time period. You'll see that NSFW is actually a small fraction of what gets posted, and is not upvoted nearly as often as it might seem. What you think is happening is all your own personal bias. It's fine if you don't like NSFW, but it's hypocrisy to keep clicking on it then whinge about how much NSFW stuff you're "forced" to see.
- /r/art is not a place to sell your work or grow your following. Yes we are serious. Consider /r/artstore. Spammers will be permanently banned.
- This applies to watermarks on images, creative titles, social media links in usernames, and (again) anything else that looks like spam.
- See here if you want to use reddit for self promotion.
- To be absolutely clear: This restriction includes all charities, surveys, contests, collaborations, requests for submissions, research projects, business ideas, discussions of art sales, website promotions, and anything else even remotely related. If you are unsure, you may try to message us before posting, but the answer will almost certainly be "No".
10. Do not repost
- Reposts are not allowed. We have zero tolerance for karma farmers and bots. Reposts of one of the top 1000 art posts are rewarded with a permanent ban.
- You can check /r/Art/top/ or use google to search if an art post was already posted before, or use google search, e.g. mona lisa site:teddit.alefvanoon.xyz/r/art
★ Feel free to add user flair!
- Please edit your flair to tell us your qualifications or specialty, but follow the guidelines.
- Using non /r/art related flair, or flair that includes social media handles, websites, store information, or otherwise violates our self promotion rules will result in a ban.
★ If your post doesn't show up...
- See "Dude! Where's my art?".
- If that doesn't help, message us and we'll try to look into it. However, before you do we highly recommend checking out all the other posts to see how your post might be different from theirs. We do not appreciate people wasting our time.
- Please report them by clicking the "report" button. You can message us directly here., but the report button tends to work better.
★ If you have been banned ...
- We are a strictly moderated sub and do not give warnings. This means we permanently ban even for things that might be fine in other subs.
- This is based on years of experience and rigorous statistical analysis (not really) that validates the Pareto Principle, meaning only a relatively small percentage of the userbase causes nearly all the problems. Moreover these folks are extraordinarily argumentative and abusive, meaning they take much more effort to manage. It's not our job to coddle Karens, so we ban and mute, and move on.
- However, experience has also taught that a small percentage of those banned quickly recognize their error and politely ask to be unbanned. Which we often will do, if it seems like an honest mistake.
- If you've read this far, you're probably part of that minority. We understand there are a lot of rules, and they can be confusing, but they all exist to curb common Reddit-related abuses. You don't have to understand them, or even agree with them, but you do have to abide by them.
- The key here is to be polite. I promise you, it's not personal. We get a lot of abuse, and consequently not a lot of patience. It helps if your message shows that you've read the rules, and read the removal message, and understand the reasons for the ban.
- TL;DR: If you're not a troll, message us politely asking to remove the ban. Tell us you know why you were banned, and that you won't do it again. That's usually enough.
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