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This group's purpose is to showcase artwork featuring not only elves, but also related fantasy beings: well known characters, original characters, movie and film characters, comic book characters...all of them are welcome here at The Elf Factory!

Please take the time to read these guidelines! If your daviation has been rejected, look here to find out why before contacting us.

Rules and guidelines

:bulletblue: Every member can submit their work to our galleries, so feel free to join!

:bulletblue: To stimulate creations from you own imagination instead of the real world, this group's focus lies on traditional and digital art, and artisan crafts. Therefore this group does not accomodate Photography, with the exceptions of the Cosplay, Artisan and Ethereal Places folders. Do check read the folder-specific guidelines before submitting.

:bulletblue: Global submission limit is 3 deviations per artist per week. This is because we wish to avoid people uploading the bulk of their gallery at once. We wish to avoid that and give everyone a chance to be seen.

:bulletblue: Art must follow the group theme This is a visual art group after all, so submissions must clearly show thematic content as well as being noted as such in artists' comments. Elves must have pointy ears, fairies need wings, etc. If it is not visually clear that the content of your artwork follows the group theme it WILL be rejected.

:bulletblue: When submitting make sure the main focus of your deviation fits that folder.  Example: In case of submitting to the 'Elves' folder, make sure that an Elf is the main focus of your deviation. Not a scene of many creatures with an Elf somewhere hidden away in a corner. We will decline these deviations.

:bulletblue: Dark art will be declined, sorry. This includes nightmare scenes, bogeymen, demons, undead and death. dA has a lot of wonderful dark themed groups that would be happy to have you!

:bulletblue: Please be mindful of our younger members. Put up the Mature Content Warning if your artwork contains mature content, such as sexually suggestive scenes(both hetero and same-sex). Safe graphic and sexual nudity is allowed but always individually judged by the admins, who are free to request a mature content filter to be put up or decline any deviation if they feel it is inapporapriate for the group.

:bulletred: In adherence to DA FAQ, pornographic images are not allowed. Please refer to FAQ #554: Is my deviation Mature Content? for DA's rules on mature content.
Depending on the artwork, we might choose to decline an artwork if we believe that it does not fit  the group, even with the mature content warning.

:bulletblue: Artwork submitted will undergo a quality check.  Rough sketches/doodles, WIPs of any kind, bad scans, smudged paper, poor quality or cellphone photos, undersized images and artwork on ruled paper will most probably be declined!

:bulletred: You may not submit to 'Featured". That is where we place a selection of the groups finest from the gallery every now and them for the slide show on the front page.

:bulletblue: Submit your own work only!
:bulletred: No photos/screenshots from films/videogames/comics/books and other copyrighted material. Deviations we find to be taken from others will be deleted/declined. Anyone can screenshot something and submit it, while a deviation should be a testimony of your skill as an artist.
By submitting any copyrighted work on Deviant Art you also violate the General Terms by claiming that the work is yours. You can read about the risks you take here… read point 4 & 5. If the content owner files a complaint against you, the consequences are yours. Show us your talent and submit your own work only!
-Of course we realise there are some unique videogame characters you created out there, and you want to show them to the world by means of screencapture. The character itself is your creation so we try to be flexible with the rule concerning these. Like any other deviation they are still subject to the other group rules.
-Fan art is accepted as long as it is clearly visible that you put in your own artistic skills and interpretation.

:bulletblue:Please submit your work to the appropriate folder. Submissions to the wrong category may not be accepted if we do not have time to shuffle them around.

:bulletgreen: All submissions are subject to admin approval Please don't be offended if the submission is declined.
:bulletblue:DISCLAIMER: Founder and Co-founders are entitled to decline any submission if they consider a deviation unfitting for the group.  

The categories of this group are:

Cosplay - Photos of costumes, bought or (partially) handmade. Must be worn by a person either as character or model.

Elves - Must have pointy ears, don't have wings. The close-to-human-size or taller ones. May include High Elves, Wood Elves, Sun Elves, Moon Elves, Blood Elves, Dark Elves, Night Elves, Drow, and similar existing kinds or those of your own imagining.

Fae Folk - Other Elf-like beings like Faries, Pixies and Nymphs. Small, most often winged, less humanlike (one or more of these traits)

Young Artists - Under 18. may contain anything that fits the other folders.

Ethereal Places - Places where Elves could dwell. Cannot have people or animals in them, landscape/scenery/architecture only please. Deviations may be photos of real places but must clearly contain digitally(or otherwise) added elements and abide to the other requirements.

Artisan - Includes photos of any handmade crafts that follow the Group theme. Includes statues, jewelry, costume accessories and decorations, and full costumes if they are unworn or on a mannequin.

Elven Tales - Elf-related stories/poems/fables/myths and other texts) The rules for this folder in detail here:

:bulletblue: Feel free to make suggestions, ask for help, or just give feedback anytime on the front page or to the Co-founders or Founder directly.

(Last updated- FMay 28th 2013)

* - The group guidelines are currently being revised for clarification purposes, and some folders might be changed or removed, so check frequently!
- February 9th 2013 - Angels, Realm of the Spirit and Dragons folders have been removed.
- May 28th 2013- Mature content section updated
SpiritMountain Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Happy holidays! :iconasnowmanplz:
babsartcreations Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Happy hollidays too :D
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December 16, 2011