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#1 Violet

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 06:15 PM

Starting Members

When you join the site, you will be a starting member. In this group, you will be able to see and post as a member can, however your posts must be approved by a moderator. This is to help prevent spam posts and accounts on the site. Once you have 5 approved posts, you will become a member.

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Members
Once you have 5 posts you will be a member, whether you are an artist or here to request graphics. If you're an artist, go ahead and post your gallery in the New Galleries Here! forum and you will be sorted into the Member Artist group. Members may not moderate the forums or fill requests. You are welcome to post in galleries, post critiques, try out tutorials, post suggestions for the character resource lists, and join in the fun of the Off-Topic forums.

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Member Artists
All new artists to TDA, regardless of experience or skill, are first sorted into this group so that you can take part in artist activities such as challenges, requests (limited to the Member Artist Requests and Character Make-Over areas), and they can offer resources and post graphics in the Up For Grabs area. The Member Challenge area is only open to member artists, but general and ultimate challenges are open to all artists regardless of rank.

 

Junior Artists
These members may take requests, pose challenges and post tutorials. To become a junior artist, you must show a basic competency of all core skills such as blending, adding text, and adjusting colour, and have few mistakes in secondary skills such as image quality, image placement, and image choice. Your graphics should be coherent as a whole and text should compliment the rest of the graphic.

 

Senior Artists

These members are able to perform the same tasks as a junior artist, but their artistic skills are at a higher level and a consistent "style" can be seen in their graphics. To become a senior, you must show a mastery of core skills such as blending, text, colour adjustments and combining images, text, etc. in a way that creates a coherent graphic. You should have very few mistakes in secondary skills such as image quality, image placement, and image choice. An example of this may be an artist who can blend and choose the right colours, but oversharpens nearly everything.

Graduate Artists
These members are able to perform the same tasks as junior and senior artists, but their artistic skills must be even further advanced, almost to the point of mastery. This mastery does not only include the core skills, but also most of the secondary skills as well as demonstrate that they have developed a recognizable personal style. These artists are just below the staff ranking, and only lack in one or two small areas before they can be promoted to that next level. The only thing that truly separates a graduate artist from a staff artist is consistency in producing technically and stylistically perfect graphics; an artist may be promoted to graduate whilst still making some small technical mistakes that do not drastically affect the graphic as a whole.

 

Staff Artists
These members are the cream of the graphics crop here at TDA. They have mastered all the core and secondary skills, and have a unique style that can be easily recognized. They are also members who have gained a high reputation for fine graphics, entering challenges, and within their galleries it is nearly impossible to pick out technical errors or poor stylistic choices. 

 

Veteran Artists
These members are also Staff Artists, but are no longer active in making graphics on the site. A staff artist may ask to be moved to this group if they believe that they will be away from graphics for an extended period of time, or for good, and their galleries have been preserved for others to enjoy.

 

Designers
These members are Staff Artists whose work takes on an alternate form, whether it be through work with vectors, digital painting, complex image manipulation, or professional design.

Featured Artist
Once a month, the members nominate and vote for this monthly award. Here is a complete list of the winners over the years.


Moderators

Staff Moderators
These Staff Artists are chosen by the admins to be the global moderators of the site. Many work in specific areas of the forums, but if you have questions about any area of the site, these wonderful members are here to help.

Requesting Arena Moderators
These members are chosen by the admins to moderate all the requests that are made at TDA - they check story links, pictures, and content of requested graphics, as well as for any violations of the rules.

Duelling Arena Moderators
These members are chosen by the admins to post polls and collect the results from the site's various challenges.

 

LGMS Co-Ordinator

These members are chosen by the admins to run and co-ordinate TDA's site wide challenge, Last Graphic Maker Standing (LGMS). 

 

Critique Corner Moderators
These members are chosen by the admins to take care of the Critique areas.

 

Resource Moderators
These members are chosen by the admins to administer to the Tutorial and Swap Meet areas of TDA.

Up For Grabs Coordinators
These members are chosen by the admins to oversee the UFG area of the site, checking topics and graphic requests in that area.

Off-Topic Moderators
These members are chosen by the admins to keep track of the Off-Topic section of the forums.

DA Digest Editor
These members are chosen by the admins to help create the monthly (or seasonal) Dark Artist Digest which provides statistics and news about what's going on at TDA.

 

Social Media Manager

These members are chosen to manage TDA's social media sites, currently including our tumblr and twitter pages.


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#2 Violet

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 12:59 PM

The First Leap - Member to Junior

The basic description of what a Junior Artist can do is make graphics with enough technique and style to fill a request nicely. That is why there are such things as "Member Artist Challenges" in which the only graphic you can make is a banner -- MAs are being prepared to become JAs, and need to the types of graphics which will be requested by the members of this site. This means that if your best graphics are banners and forum sets, then you're more likely to be promoted than someone with perfect colourizations and little else.

At first, you may think that anyone can fill a request, but the keyword here is "nicely" - the artist has to make an aesthetically pleasing graphic which the requestor will like and make their stories stand out from the others. Thus, certain techniques must be mastered by MAs before they can be promoted:

  1. blending - the images should flow into one another naturally, without halos, missing limbs, or overlapping
  2. composition/placement - chins should not be cut off, there should be a balance to the graphic as well as a focal point (if you've taken art class, these things should come naturally)
  3. text - font choice, colour, and placement should make the text legible and pleasing
  4. image preparation - pixellated, blurry, or oversharpened images should not be evident, clarity is important
  5. colouring -skin tones need to appear natural, and the overall colouring should be eye-catching, but not tacky
  6. use of additives (textures, brushes, etc.) - textures over faces or brushes covering every inch of the graphic are not recommended

The problem with most of the above is that they are judged more by taste than anything. If your graphics look good to the higher-ranking artists, then you should be well on your way. Having a unique style is only half the battle of being promoted - you always have to watch for sloppiness and skipping crucial steps.

Problems with any one of the techniques listed above can prevent you from being promoted, but so can your behaviour on the site.

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#3 Violet

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 06:42 PM

The Next Step - Junior to Senior

It can sometimes be difficult to see the difference between a Junior and a Senior Artist here at TDA, and indeed, the differences are slight. A Senior Artist needs to have mastered the same skills as a Junior (listed above), but must also demonstrate a more advanced understanding and practise of those skills. Where a Junior Artist may have a number of weaknesses, a Senior Artist must have far less. The Senior Artists here are widely ranged from just above Junior-level to being near-Staff. The ranking is a median stage between those who have mastered the basics and those who have mastered the art.

Here is the list of Junior Artist requirements with notes as to how a Senior Artist should demonstrate these skills:
    1. Blending - The images are almost flawlessly blended into each other. Only minor issues with cuts/halos appear.
    2. Composition/Placement - A greater variety of images and more creative placements are seen.
    3. Text - Fonts are used more creatively, at once making the text noticeable and perfectly suited to the graphic.
    4. Image Preparation - Images should be clear, but not oversharpened. Skin tones should be natural-looking.
    5. Colouring - A variety of different colourings are evident (ie: not only monochrome or a particular colour) and images should not be oversaturated (ie: bright red lips even on men).
    6. Use of Additives (textures, brushes, etc.) - Textures and brushes are used creatively to enhance the graphic.

The most important aspect of being a Senior Artist is that you have demonstrated that your work is above the level of a Junior Artist. Something is evident in your style and/or technique that places you above the basic artist level. smile.gif

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#4 Violet

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 07:11 PM

The Final Leap - From Senior to Graduate/Staff
 

This is, thankfully, the easiest level to explain. The artists who make it to the Staff level are those whose is easily recognizable, even when their name is not mentioned. This means that one can scan the Recently Added pages of HPFF and know right away who made that banner even though you had never seen it before. Each Staff Artist has a distinct style that makes them stand out from other artists, even those who try to imitate them.

Finding an error in a Staff Artist's graphics occurs rarely, as their general technique is far advanced and almost flawless. Staff Artists are willing to experiment with new ideas, images, fonts, and general composition, often making them leaders of new styles and trends. But even then, Staff Artists continuously improve their own skills, and it is their standard of graphics that sets the "bar" for all the other artist levels.

The only major difference between a Graduate Artist and a Staff Artist is that the latter group's graphics are stunning - near perfection in their technique and with a highly unique style.


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