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Paleoartists Group Charter

:bulletred: THIS MEANS YOU! :bulletred:

#Paleoartists is a Group for all the Deviants who are interested in the scientific discipline of palaeontology and the related branch of scientific illustration, palaeontography ("paleoart").

The group is intended to display artwork depicting a broad range of prehistoric life, not just dinosaurs.

Click the links below to get to the pertinent journal entries.

Rules and Regulations
  Replacing Submissions

  Palaeontographical Cheatsheet
    Methods of Palaeontological Reconstruction (*.pdf)

Wikipedia Projects
Be sure to read the text below twice. If you have any questions or suggestions about the rules, feel free to drop a group note with the pertinent subject.

Joining Process

:bulletred: Go over your gallery and select three (3) finished deviations clearly in theme with palaeontography and with different subject matters. These works can be clean line art and shaded or colored drawings in any style that doesn't distort anatomy. Clicking the "Join Us" button on the group profile a comment prompt will appear. Place there the links to the deviations you chose.
  :bulletblue: Requests not abiding to the above will be summarily declined.
  :bulletblue: The moderators will only evaluate the works presented on the request.
  :bulletblue: Invites are irrelevant to this process: this option will be used to query deviants who change accounts if they want to keep their membership.

   NB: The Group moderators, as they are, for all intents and purposes, ignorant of your palaeontographical background (even if they know you personally), expect the works put up for appraisal to show such background clearly. A good level of artistic accomplishment, scientific knowledge and reference research in line with the examples presented in the gallery is what we're looking for. The latter two requirements will more often than not trump the first.
As the moderators don’t expect people to be born taught in relation to palaeontography or art in general, they will reserve the right to critique the works linked to in the joining request or selected by them as your best examples. These critiques, due to time restraints in the moderators’ lives, will be succinct and to the point, and are meant as a helping push in a good direction, whatever it may be.
Prospective members can can self-evaluate their work by checking the Reference and Cheat Sheet sections if they do so wish.
As the Group moderators may at times have a variety of impediments to do a regular monthly upkeep on it, expired requests will be considered valid for evaluation purposes. If you are accepted as a member from an expired request you will have to send a new one to make things official, though.
:bulletred: If your joining request is declined, feel free to try again with new work. We do expect our advice not to go unheeded, otherwise a request thus found unsatisfactory will be summarily declined.
:bulletred: If your joining request is accepted you may submit a total of three (3) deviations to the Group. You can indicate up to three (3) of those linked in the joining request to be submitted to the Group gallery. You may at any time remove old submissions from the gallery (see here for the details of the process) so you can add new ones at your leisure. No favourites will be awarded either to Group members or non-members.
:bulletred: The Group would appreciate that its members would also help publicizing the Group either by adding the Groups widget to their profile or placing the name or icon of Paleoartists on their journal or comment signature.

Deviations with any the following characteristics will not be accepted for any of the previous points:
  :bulletblue: Scraps. It should go without saying but we don’t go over your scraps gallery.
  :bulletblue: Traditional works that show little or no posterior digital processing to clean extraneous lines, smudges, spots, stray objects caught in the scan. Clearly little or no contrast correction to images and digitally reassembled work that shows the seams clearly will have them turned down also.  
  :bulletblue: Any work that shows signs of having reused material, photographic or otherwise, altered or not, without any clear indication that either you are the owner of the material, that you secured the rights to use that material or, finally, that the creator of the material waived all interest in the material. The Group moderators are not interested in the ruckus caused when you get caught.
  :bulletblue: Photographs, screenshots or renders of models, analogical or digital, that were not self made. Original work and interpretations are the keywords here.
  :bulletblue: Fanart in any kind or form. While we all are inspired by the beautiful art done by professional palaeontographers, the Group moderators would rather see original interpretations. Fanart includes blatantly imitating the style, colour schemes or poses used by a given artist, as well as work based on fictional depictions of prehistoric creatures in movies and documentaries, such as Jurassic Park, Dinotopia (books, movies, TV series), Land Before Time, Walking With… series (Walking With Dinosaurs, Walking With Cavemen, Walking With Prehistoric Beasts, Walking With Monsters), Prehistoric Park, Sea Monsters, etc…
  :bulletblue: Work with an unidentified subject. No matter how iconic a species may be, in scientific illustration you should always append taxonomic identification so people can verify your work.
  :bulletblue: Work based on unpublished specimens pertaining to undescribed species. As verification on these tends to be very difficult and there are issues on publishing online before any such specimens are described on a pertinent venue these are best left out of the Group's gallery.
  :bulletblue: Anthropomorphic, speculative or fantasy creature designs of any kind. This Group is about reconstructing actual scientifically described prehistoric lifeforms by themselves or in their environment not sundry personal projects.

Group Affiliation

Groups that want to affiliate with Paleoartists should have similar scientific and artistic standards. This will be judged on a case-by-case basis.

IMPORTANT: The moderators' judgement has priority over the text above. Any changes to these rules are made without further notice and are retroactive.

Inverted bold brackets "][" indicate new text.
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GhostInThePines Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I was wondering if there are any decent online sources of information on paleo-botany and/or regional climates from the Mesozoic era... I've been working on my own personal paleoecology project, but I keep running into a bit of a wall when it comes to determining more exact habitat types (e.g. coastlines vs marshes, temperate forest vs sub-tropical/tropical forest, etc...).

Thanks for any feedback given!
zakafreakarama Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
New paleoblog!
Comments and debate are very welcome!
Cheers! :beer:

vasix Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, small problem,...I don't really understand the joining rules to the you just use the join request or with the joining note and request, you paste the links, right? does it work?
dracontes Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
As far as I'm aware when you click on the Join button a confirmation dialog box (Request to Join this Group) appears so you can select the member rank you aspire to. You also have there a comment entry where you can leave the requested links.

I hope that was clear enough :) Do say so if things are not as I described them so I can fix them.
vasix Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do you mean by....leave the links?
dracontes Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Leave them on the comment entry by copying the pertinent links (I think most browsers display the "copy link/URL" option when you right click on a link) and pasting them on said comment entry.
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LucasPuryear Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Word of advice to moderators. If an application expires, you don't have to tell the person you would have said no anyway. That is a major put off and only accomplishes the sense that you need to feel self righteous or somehow better than the person you would have rejected from the group.

The critique of the paleoart in the person's gallery that you would have rejected is still a good idea. Maybe emphasise the critique and then tell them to heed these improvements and try at a later date.
fundaciondinosaurios Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
The Foundation for the study of the dinosaurs in Castile and León summons III International contest of scientific illustrations of dinosaurs, 2011
Can participate any person, Spanish or of any nationality, regardless of age.
The main theme are illustrations of dinosaurs. They can depict animals on their natural environment or as original fossilis.
The illustrations can be in color or black and white.
Originals and unpublished (they will be eliminated those which are not) and they will be accompanied with the personal information of the author.
The illustrations should be sent in digital format to any of the following addresses:
The minimum definition for the images will be 300dpi.
The works can be sent February 1st till the 31st of May, 2011.
The works will be selected for their scientific accuracy, quality and the techniques used.
The jury will be:
John Sibbick, Raúl Martín, Carlos Papolio, Mauricio Antón, Mark Hallet, All Paleoilustrators.
José Ignacio Ruiz Omeñaca, Paleontologist from the Jurasic Museum of Asturias.
Fidel Torcida Fernández-Baldor Director of the Museum of Dinosaurs of Salas de los Infantes.
The jury’s decision will be made public the 20th of June, 2011 through the Web of the Foundation.
There will be three prizes:
1st Place: 600€ and Diploma
2nd Place: 450€ and Diploma
3rd Place: 300€ and Diploma
The jury may give several awards for especial mention, valued at 50€.
See complete rules and regulations and Dinosaurs of Burgos here:
SamSaxton Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
SamSaxton Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
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