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Hi everyone, esintu speaking here!

So, we get a lot of questions about our criteria when we reject works from our members. This is partly because no one likes reading long lists of rules and it's more convenient to just try and see what works, but also, I should admit, our criteria aren't very clear-cut and can border on subjective a lot of times. You should know that many works get votes both ways and are not rejected or accepted unanimously. I will provide a long explanation of the criteria, but also a shortlist of rules of thumb at the end, so if you don't have time/don't care about the details, scroll down to the list.

Before I provide the brief list, I should explain what we understand from "abstract" and how we interpret it, as it might not be very intuitive. Abstract classically means non-figurative. Technically, most fractal artwork out there is actually abstract, aside from landscape and still life fractals (which are not very common anyway). However, within fractals, there are commonly occuring 'objects' and forms such as spirals, flowers, mandelbrot sets, julia sets and mobius transformations. We consider these not to be abstract within fractal art. So many works that you can easily submit to regular abstract art groups around dA will not be considered to fit our abstract fractal galleries.

Another important aim of our group is to accept non-conventional and innovative works. This is indirectly connected to the concept of abstract art too, as back in its first days, it was also a protest of conventional and figurative art. This second criteria is very subjective by nature, but there have been trends emerging as to what kinds of works most moderators vote unfavorably for these reasons. These mostly include issues with composition such as symmetrical, centered compositions and tiled fractals.

One more thing. While we would like to support upcoming artists (and we all do, outside of this group), this specific group aims to exhibit high-quality unconventional works. Again, the judgement of technical merit and quality of works are very subjective in nature, and it may or may not result in a negative decision, but please understand that we do turn down some works because we think there are technical problems with them. I personally pay a lot of attention to textures, and solid, 'raw' fractals can be a turn-off for me (unless I realize that was intentional and adds to the meaning/feeling of the image). That's a very personal criteria, and nothing is rejected or accepted by my single vote. So you could get away without textures if you convince the other moderators, but it's an example of what the judges take into account when viewing your submissions.

For convenience (i.e. for tl;dr), I will now provide you with a short list of very basic rules we follow when voting on your submissions:

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One or more of the following features may result in an unfavorable vote on your work;
- Realistic landscapes, still life fractals and other highly figurative works;
- Flowers, spirals, mandelbrot sets, julia sets, mobius and other commonly used fractal forms as the central focus of the work;
- Standard, conventional styles and composition (centered, symmetrical images, tiled fractals etc.);
- Lack of consideration for technical details (bad antialiasing, various unwanted artifacts, perhaps noise).


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Do remember that not all judges agree a 100% on each and every aspect mentioned above. In the end, every moderator votes on submissions based on whether they think the work is abstract, unconventional, and high-quality. There could be exceptions every now and then. These rules are just trends that have emerged over time on what we accept and what we reject. Don't hesitate to provide feedback :)

Cheers!
esintu
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marthig Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow !!! I almost fainted, my recent submission was accepted !  This is more or less a joke for my failed attempts in the past.  I thought it was more or less within the accepted parameters to submit here, but had some doubts.
Anyway one of my "qualities" is perseverance ! :D
:iconthankyou1::iconthankyou2: to the one responsible for accepting it. :heart:
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heavenriver Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It took me a looooong time before anything of mine got in :lol: You get used to the group criteria over time, I'm a Contributor now even. :D
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marthig Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you again, you are an angel :D :hug:
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raysheaf Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Many thanks for the request!
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I-Am-Lady-Timeless Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so very sorry. I edited the initial FRACTAL MANIPULATION CONTEST journal in my stash which for some reason wasn't working right! It couldn't possibly had been the writer.......lol

Here's the correct link [link]

I will update my comments to the other groups as well!

I hope you'll participate and help spread the word!

Many Hugs! ~Kitty!!
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I-Am-Lady-Timeless Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you don't mind me commenting here but I'm hosting a FRACTAL MANIPULATION CONTEST and I thought your members might be interested! All the details can be found in my journal posted here [link]

Thank you so much! :heart:
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marthig Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So ... seems I blew it once more ! Got another rejection. Probably the quality wasn't so good ?
I do read the rules. Would help a lot if you let one know the main reason for rejection though :(
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OutsideFate Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh, yes, I am sorry about that. We are all pretty swamped with work/School, so we are focusing on just getting things out of the group inbox for now. If you could link the pieces, I will be glad to tell why they got rejected.
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marthig Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry was partly my fault, didn't notice that symmetry is not accepted and that submission was symmetrical and probably low quality too, so ... as they say my bad.
But got some good explanations already. Hope to (someday) come up with something truly abstract :D and sorry for the semi-whinny comment :ashamed:
Good luck with school work :hug:s
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OutsideFate Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah, no worries. To be honest, the group's a mismanaged stress hive right now, so we are a little... Well.. Herp lately.
But than you, and good luck with whatever projects you have yourself!
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heavenriver Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you link the piece here? If I have voted on it, I will help!
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marthig Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww so nice of you to respond [link], I am re-rendering it. I had to stop it before because wasn't going to make the Challenge deadline. So probably that was the reason ? Thank you anyway Alice :iconsquee-loveplz:
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heavenriver Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't vote on it, but it was probably rejected because it's symmetrical. Our group rules state asymmetry must show in a fractal in order for it to be accepted. :nod:
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Guard-of-Stone Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Thanks for including my render in your gallery :dance:
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BeyondTheNightmare Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou very much for declining my membership request. Was it the offer of help? Never mind, I'm clearly missing nothing.
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