Update2: There seems to be some confusion about the intended audience of the art book. While we intend to donate all profits to a children's charity, the potential buyers for the art book are not children (in fact, they are you, deviants!). Thus, you do not have to tailor your art to cute/child-like themes, and we encourage people to challenge themselves to create a deep and moving piece (it doesn't have to be happy either). So please treat this as any other art book and make something you can be proud of!
Update: Bleed margin should be about 3 mm on all sides (6 mm total), but you don't have to have it. Make sure the main characters in your image are not placed on the very edge of the canvas.
Theme: Life & the Animal Kingdom
You, the artist, retain full and complete copyright over all images you submit to the art book.
By submitting to this art book, you agree that you are over age 18 or have parental consent, and you have full copyright over the artwork you will submit. You agree to give us the right to edit your work for the purposes of maximum printing advantage, to publish your art in full or in part in this anthology, to use your artwork for any advertising purpose in relation to the art book, and for anything else we might print in order to sell the art book.
You will be given full credit anytime your artwork appears and it will not be used in relation to anything else other than this Kingdom Carousel art book.
We reserve the right to omit any images that do not fit into the theme of art book, break the guidelines below, or do not fulfill the expected level of quality of art from the images in your gallery.
For any questions or concerns, please shoot a note to this group (#Kingdom-Carousel) titled "Copyright."
Basic GuideDescription: Create a original, finished, full-color digital illustration with at least 1 animal, wild or domesticated, included in it in some way. While the animal does not have to be the focus of the image (and in fact, we encourage a wide variety of compositions) it must play a big part in it.
Size: At least size A3 is preferred (in the case of 2-page spreads) but A4 is acceptable at 300 DPI (2480 X 3508 pixels). We would have to decline anything smaller. Bleed is 3 mm on all sides. Landscape & Portrait orientation are both fine.
Image Type: EPS, TIFF, or PSD converted to CMYK. If unconverted, please use PNG or give it to us in PSD. Conversion Guide: [link]
Background? Yes. We would prefer an illustrated scene with detailed bg, but if you have little experience with drawing bgs, simple gradients are preferred over patterned backgrounds.
Submit completed images to the group:
- First upload it onto a private site such as dA Sta.sh and note the group with a link.
- Put the title of the note as: "Submission: Title/Untitled/Animal." In the note, please tell us which animal(s) you drew so we can find references for comparison.
- Include the following information: Full real name or Nickname/trade name and your website URL, such as your portfolio or dA, and the title of the picture. This information will be displayed inside the art book. (If you can't think of a title, you can leave it "Untitled" and we can think of one for you.)
Previews of your artwork for the book (less than 50% of the final image) are encouraged to be uploaded to your gallery, but do not post your final image into your gallery before the art book comes out!
As of now, the deadline is April 5th, 2012.
Allowed:❖ Animals with humans
❖ Animals wearing clothes.
❖ Animals that are very big or very small compared to humans/environment.
❖ Big/detailed backgrounds
❖ Surreal/semi-stylistic animals (big eyes, etc)
❖ Animals away from their natural habitat (includes flying land animals)
❖ Sketches/unfinished pictures
❖ Chimeras (mix of real animal parts)
❖ Blood/gore/PG13-or-over stuff
❖ Gijinka/furries/part-anthro/non-humans (elves, cat ears/tail, fairies)
❖ Non-proportionate/exaggerated animals (super big head/small body, etc) Proportions are animal anatomy and not for overall animal size.
❖ Unnatural colors (bright blue tiger etc)
❖ Huge watermark or unintegrated title/text over the image.
❖ Fake animals (plushies, robots) alone (but it's fine with real animals)
❖ Nudity (full-on/nipples/genitals; back is acceptable)
Samples of acceptable images can be found here: [link]
Does it have to be a digital drawing/painting?
That is preferred, yes. We will accept traditional art under certain circumstances, but we will not accept photo-manipulations. You are encouraged to use references for your art, however.
What if animal proportions are not 100% accurate/I use my own style?
We absolutely welcome different styles and depictions of animals, so surreal or semi-realistic portrayals are fine. We don't want to restrict your style, but we do expect close-to-real life proportions in terms of the anatomy of the animal.
Do you accept fanart?
No. For legal and other reasons, we cannot accept fanart.
Do I have to draw a new image for this art book?
Yes. We will only accept pre-finished art under very very special circumstances.
Can I draw fantasy creatures like cows with wings or dragons?
Yes and no. If the artwork only features fantasy creatures, it is not allowed. But if you draw real life animals hanging out with some unicorns, for example, that is fine.
What about monsters?
Again, if you draw monsters chasing real-life animals like a panda, that is acceptable. But an image with only monsters you created will not be accepted.
What about elves/fairies/<insert fantasy humanoid creature> with a normal animal?
Sorry, we will only accept fantasy creatures & normal animals or humans & normal animals, but not humanoid/gijinka/elves/fairies/non-humans with animals.
Can I draw a picture of only animals?
Can I change overall the animal size?
Yes, you can draw tiny people and super-huge animals or the other way around.
Can I draw a picture depicting people and animals in a fantasy setting?
Yes, that's pretty much what we would prefer for most artists.
Does it have to be exactly A3/A4 size?
Not at all! You can submit any variety of sizes, but it has to be at least A4 (at least A3 is preferred.)
Can I draw pictures of extinct animals?
Somewhat. While we want the art book to mainly feature current animal species (especially rare or endangered kinds), animals that are extinct, like dinosaurs or the dodo bird are allowed if your picture is really good.
Can I draw pictures of dead animals?
Yes, but it will not count as the "animal part" of the picture. You must include at least one living animal as well.
Can I submit even though I'm not an invited artist?
Yes, however you must have your gallery pre-approved. Simply send a join request to the group before March 30th, 2012 and wait for approval. If your gallery is approved, baring special circumstances, you are guaranteed a spot in the art book as long as you submit an image.
I'm not sure if what I'm going to submit will follow the theme, can you check the WIP?
Yes, please! If you're not sure on anything, please note us with a link to your WIP! We would be happy to help.
What if my gallery is declined/I tried joining after March 25th? Can I still get into the art book?
Can I sell prints of my art work separately from the art book?
Of course! Your art belongs to you, after all. But please wait until Art Book Pre-Orders are over!
Can I pre-order another book even if I am getting a free copy/plan to get a free copy?
You certainly may! We will raise your book count before we ship.