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This is a group to gather high-quality Fire Emblem art.
Feel free to join or to submit!
(Of course you don't have to be an artist to join!)

:damphyr: Rules:

~ It must be Fire Emblem related (of course!)
~ Only HQ art will be accepted.* That means an understanding of anatomy, shading and colors. The picture shouldn't be too sketchy or with little detail. If it is a traditional drawing, please make sure the quality of the scan is good enough. Chibis or characters on a plain white background are allowed, as long as they are well-drawn and not too simple. Overall, the picture must have a harmonic look! If you are unsure about it, please compare it to the other works in the group and ask yourself if it can keep up with them!
~ You can submit as many deviations as you like
~ Please post only fanart, no fanfiction, cosplay,...this group is for artworks only!
~ No extractions or full pieces of official art or other artists, screenshots etc. or copies/traces of those
~ The group's favorites, however, don't have to be the same quality standard like the gallery. Every FE-related stuff is allowed!

*As you may have noticed, there are already a lot of FE groups on deviantArt. To differ a bit from the others, we only take the best artworks. Please don't be sad if your picture is declined!

Fire Emblem is © Nintendo/Intelligent System





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SuperNovaeHollay Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, I'm am sorry if I come off as rude, but I would like to ask why my submission was rejected?

Tiki's Kimono - Fire Emblem Awakening Com

Hearing any sort of feedback (about anatomy, coloring, background, style, etc.) as opposed to being flat out rejected might help me one day have high quality art. Thank you.
CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015   General Artist
Hello, and sorry for being so late with this feedback.

The overall composition and colour scheme looks good, although you do have some anatomy errors. To start, the breasts are a bit too large (from an accurate anatomical standpoint), but I'm aware that this sort of large-breast depiction also seems to be a style amongst certain artists; I'm not sure if you were trying to include a particular breast aesthetic into your artwork or not, but from an anatomical viewpoint, these breasts simply don't work anatomically. Normally, I'd suggest some references or something, but there are so, so few references or tutorials about accurate anatomical breasts that I don't actually have any good references. From my general knowledge, to achieve breasts that large, the woman must either be very heavy (high body fat concentration, usually called obese or overweight), or otherwise have a serious amount of breast implants; without the proper bra fitting, a woman with breasts this large will experience back pains, pain from an incorrect bra, and--depending on the culture--may suffer from unwanted sexual attention.

Breast anatomy aside, the rest of your upper-body anatomy looks fine, and seems stylistic. The hips and legs look a bit off to me, and this may be due to some minor anatomical hiccups. For notes and reference on leg/hip anatomy, I would suggest this tutorial:…

A small side note, but what Tiki is wearing in your artwork--while beautifully designed--isn't a kimono according to the definition of a kimono. This isn't actually an issue, but I thought I would bring it to your attention if you're someone who's concerned about factual accuracy. I have a ton of kimono tutorials and references if you would like to learn more about kimonos.

Colour wise, you have a very strong palette, but the shading is a bit inconsistent. Your strongest areas are the hair and clothing, which seem to feature a developed cell-shading style, but this shading style does not carry over to the skin, with the exception of her arms and breasts. The shading on the legs and face seems too soft in comparison with the crispness of the cell-shading. Also, compared to Tiki herself, the background is a bit lacking--however, due to the composition of your image, I believe you made a good choice in choosing a simple background. If I were to suggest a way to improve the background, I would suggest changing the colour, since the pink blends in a bit too much with Tiki's kimono itself. Another way to make your background stronger would be to outline Tiki with a hard-edged white outline instead of the soft-edged white outline you used in the image, as this would continue the crisp style suggested by the cell-shading, and give the viewer's eye a definite break between figure and background.

Your attention to detail is very nice, especially how accurately you rendered Tiki's hair ornament, and the simple, yet elegant design of her obi. The strongest assets of this image are your colour choice, and your cell-shading style. Hopefully, this was of some help to you, and I apologise again for the lateness of the feedback.
SuperNovaeHollay Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the feedback. I appreciate your thorough deconstruction of the art piece. 

However, I am not saying this in such a way that I'm begging for my art to be submitted to the group. I'm simply going to state that the 'hiccups' and errors in the anatomy is truthfully just my own personal style. Everyone has a different style, often times more distinct styles have more hyper stylized features generally focusing on certain body features. I think it gives my artistic style more personality, like many other artists are able to do and actually pull off. I generally make the characters I draw with more pronounced features, everyone might not like it and that's fine. I'm happy with my style and while I know what areas I need to improve on I appreciate that you pointed out my issues.

However, I can't help but feel with your evaluation of my piece, you group desires 'perfect' art. Which is something I'll never be able to achieve. But congratulations to the ones in this group who can achieve the groups definition of high quality, and perfection. 
CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015   General Artist
I understand where you are coming from, however I would have to disagree with your statement that our group desires "perfect art". We are a "high quality" group, desiring quality. Just as style is a subjective thing, so is quality. This group is run by three different admins, and we each have our own definition of what "quality" is; we try to make the submission process as fair as possible by having a 2/3 votes system to accept or decline a piece, but if we're to look at the system objectively, it is far, far from perfect or unbiased. One's opinion of quality is very biased, and there are High Quality groups on dA that are even more stringent about what passes for high quality and what doesn't. I respect you opinion and style, and apologise that your artwork did not meet the standards of the admins, but we do not desire perfect art, as perfection is in the eye of the beholder and is just as subjective as any other opinion. Hopefully, one of the other admins will take the time to offer you their views, as they will likely differ from mine and provide you with more insight. Thank you for taking time to seek a critique, and have a nice day.
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melidichan Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
I was wondering if you could tell me why this was declined :)
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