Art Submission Guidelines - 2D Visual Art


2D Visual Art is any art which is created using a flat drawing medium, whether traditional (on physical paper, etc) or digital (on a phone, PC, etc).

Depicted Size

A Standard Character has at least three distinct body segments: a head, a torso, and more than two articulated appendages. If the species has an atypical body segment, it must reach a degree of complexity in order to count, such as a baby Siirco having a fish instead of a normal torso. But a baby Nudinym's shell would not count as a body segment, as it's often a simple, decorative piece. Standard Characters are claimed normally as Headshot, Half Body, or Full Body.

A Simple Character has two or less segments. A baby Nitpicki would fall under this category, as it's only a head; its paws do not count, as they are not attached to arms or legs, therefore, lack articulation. In addition, if two segments are fused together — such as a Rulat's head also being its body — they are not distinct, so only count as one. (For a list of species that fall under the Simple Character category, please refer to our FAQ: https://lythbound.com/info/faq?keyword=Simple+Characters) Simple Characters must be entirely visible to receive the Simple Character claim, no Headshot, Half Body, or Full Body.


A species usually classified as a Standard Character may become a Simple Character if it is heavily simplified, such as when drawn as a chibi. In the image below, the Kikitsu on the left would be graded as a Standard Character, and receive the Full Body claim. The far-right one, although chibi-fied, would also count, since it meets the Standard Character requirements. The middle would be an example of simplification to the point where it becomes a Simple Character, as they have a head and torso, but their limbs are nubby and lack articulation. We will also take the player's style into account to allow some leeway, but anything simpler than the middle Kikitsu will definitely be considered a Simple Character.


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Simple Character
If a character does not fall under the standard character requirements, the entire character should be visible, and they should receive this size grading.

Examples shown above are indicative of the type of designs we consider a Simple Character, but is not an exhaustive list of species.

Standard Characters

Headshot
Must include at least a headshot of a standard-sized character.

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Half Body
Half of the body is visible of a standard-sized character.

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Full Body
All of the body is visible* of a standard-sized character.

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* To receive the full body reward, the entire character must be visible except in the case of a complicated scene that includes a background. It is understandable that sometimes, background objects and/or perspective may require parts of the character to be obscured or cropped. However, most of the character(s) must still be visible.

Subject Completion

Sketch/Base
Simple drawings that are not complete*

Note: characters must be recognizable.
Linework/Cleaned Sketch/Lineless
Lined or highly cleaned sketches, or work that does not have lines but still maintains obvious cleaned shapes

Coloring

Flat Colors
All parts of character are colored; can be limited palette or greyscale
Painting
All parts of character are painted and highly rendered

* Bases must be made by you. You will only receive the base reward amount once. For example, if you make a full body base, you will receive the Full Body Base reward of 15 Loonoles the first time you submit the base. Edits to the base — in terms of linework, flat colors, shading, etc. — will still be rewarded, but you will not receive the Full Body Base reward again.


Minimal Shading
Some portions of character have been lightened or darkened on a single level, regardless of whether the lighting/shading has been blended out or not

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Simple Shading
Most of character has been lightened or darkened on two levels; or most of character has a single level of detailed/refined lighting/shading

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Complex Shading
Most of character has been lightened or darkened on at least three levels

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Additional Characters

Additional Characters
Multiply the current amount after making the above calculations by the applicable number of character(s) featured in the piece.

Backgrounds

Basic Background
Colors or gradients that have been arranged into basic shapes or figures

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Simple Background
Must be patterns (that you created) or simple objects (eg, pets or item props)

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Distinct Background
Submission has enough definition to be a recognizable environment (eg, forest with trees); or detailed objects in at least half of the composition

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Complex Background
Submission includes at least two of the three: foreground, midground, and background; and/or rendered objects in most of the composition

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Animation

Simple Animation
Blinking, expression changes, sparkling, etc.
Complex Animation
Bouncing, moving limbs, run cycle, etc.*

*Complex Animation rewards are subject to review by staff, and may receive more than 10 Loonoles.