These rules and guidelines are intended as a supplement to the general Salvation Forum Rules as well as to emphasize those rules that particularly apply to the Artwork subforum.
No Advertising, Linking to eBay or Soliciting
The promotion of other sites, forums or products is only allowed in signatures - this includes your personal blog or Facebook account. Accounts whose only purpose is starting threads meant for advertising will be Banned. Linking or otherwise pointing people in the direction of an eBay auction is not allowed. Finally, making or soliciting offers for cards or other goods is allowed only in Market Street and only under the specific rules in place therein. NOTE: MtG official artists are exempt of this rule. Still, they need to contact staff before proceeding to post this kind of content.
No Nudity/Explicit Content
Content on MTGSalvation is expected to be "work safe", which is a little more restrictive than a "PG-13" guideline. This includes but is not limited to excessive adult language and sexually explicit content. Posts with content that breaks this guideline will be edited, Infracted and can lead to auto-Suspension. This rule counts for writing, images (both attached and linked), links to sites with inappropriate material, avatars, signatures, custom titles, etc. It is not possible to determine an exhaustive list of what falls under this guideline, so as a general rule do not post content that would not be viewable at work or school.
No Image Leeching
Do not hotlink (meaning using [img] tags) to images that are not hosted on MTGS, magiccards.info, your own website, or a free hosting site like photobucket or imageshack. Hotlinked images will be removed and the offending user will be moderated.
No Artwork Theft or Plagiarism
If you're going to post artwork that is not your own (this includes other's artwork that you have copied or modified) make sure you are within the guidelines of Fair Use or make it clear that you have permission from the artist. If you post a piece that is based on someone else's work, or contains work created by anyone other than you, you must properly credit the artist. Properly crediting the artist means posting either:
the artist's full name, e.g. "Linda Bergkvist"
the artist's screen name and the website where you got the art from, e.g., "squidinc at CGSociety.com"
In cases where the original artist is unknown because the source material is a cartoon (or similar medium), providing the show, character, and a link to the source image used is adequate.
You may give this credit in your post text or in the copyright line of the piece. The rule of thumb here is that if the artist can be found in an internet search with reasonable ease based on the information you provided, you're fine.
In the case of art extensions on magical cards, reference to the original card is fine, ie; here – the Entomb art has been put on a Reanimate. The post provides context that this is what has been done; either original artist is easily found using Salve's card search.
What this rule is concerned with is respecting artists who are influencing us, by not presenting their work in a context that makes it seem like your work.
A Spam post is any post that contributes little or no content to a thread. This includes a thread not relevant to the forum it’s posted in, posts discussing topics not relevant to a thread, and posting on a thread solely to “bump” it. Comments left to congratulate, compliment, or praise artwork are fine as long as they contribute more than just "good job" or "nice work." Take the time to add a little detail about what you see. Opinion with supporting statements and/or technical inquiry are what you are looking for. Spam posts will be deleted and repeat offenders will receive official warnings. Examples of spam:
"Wow... what a fantastic job... I'm speechless."
"Whoa man, another great piece. you been busy."
"You, sir, are awesome."
Spoiler Large Images
Large images belong in spoiler tags. This is just a courtesy to everyone else.
These threads create a centralized location for all posts on a given topic. If an [Official] thread has fallen down the page, it's fine to post to it as long as you have new relevant information or artwork. Only moderators may give a thread the [Official Thread] tag.
Requests and Questions
Any and all requests or questions having to do with finding or creating renders, set symbols, psd files, specific pieces of art, scans, etc. should be posted on the Questions, Requests, & Help Thread which is sticked at the top of the forum. Any and all new threads with such requests will be merged with that thread and the thread starter may be moderated.
Doubleposting in a short span of time, or for the sake of bumping will be considered spam and will be moderated.
Enjoy the Artwork
There are numerous extremely talented artists on this forum who are nice enough to share their artwork with us. The forum is here so we can view and discuss this artwork and the most important thing is that we enjoy it in the process. Remember, art is extremely subjective! If you don't like someone's artwork or you don't agree with someone else's opinion on a piece of art, please be polite about it.
Copyright Notices on Renders:
New rule effective 12/14/2011: All renders using WotC frames and/or MtG art (whether WotC or artist owned), including super-art variations and other derivative frames, must have the standard WotC copyright notice on them, as it appears on cards in the most recent set. We're playing in their world, we need to acknowledge that fact.
Also, renders must contain the *NOT FOR SALE* line somewhere.