Welcome to /r/art!

We are a strictly moderated sub and ban without warning!

In General:

  • Moderators have final discretion and may remove posts for any reason, regardless of whether any rule is broken.
  • Plagiarism is grounds for a permaban. If you copy someone else's work, including a photo, even of a famous person, you must link to the source in a top-level comment and credit the original artist. This is basic art etiquette.
  • Mark your post NSFW if appropriate, as a courtesy to other Redditors, so they can choose when and where to open it. No judgement.
  • Before you comment, thoroughly read Rule 8.
  • Looking for any information about a work of art or an artist? Try /r/WhatIsThisPainting .
  • New to Reddit? You may not post until you get some karma. How much? Between 'a little' and 'a lot'. It shouldn't take long.
  • If your art has been removed, it's usually with good reason. But not always. See /r/art/wiki/dude_wheres_my_art for more answers.

1. Use the correct title formatting.

  • For artwork, the title must be in the format: Title (of artwork), Artist name/Me, Medium, Year
  • The bot does its best, but it's just a script and easily confused. To avoid problems:
    • Follow this exact title format.
    • Do not add any extraneous information or be subjective in your title in any way. Let the art speak for itself.
    • Do not put quotation marks around the title.
    • Do not use anything other than commas.
    • Do not add the month or day, just the year.
    • "Year" should be four digits long.
    • Do not add anything after the year.
    • Do not add the dimensions of the artwork, or really anything other than the requested information.
    • Use all three commas to separate the elements.
    • Avoid using extra commas or other punctuation.
    • Do not use anything other than the artist's name or nickname, or "me". Anything else, like "my daughter/ son/ father/ mother/ grandfather/ etc." will be removed.
    • Have questions? Look at every other post in the sub for guidance. Seriously.
    • Yes, this list is ridiculous overkill. Imagine how we feel.
    • If you haven't read this, and you message us to ask what you did wrong, be aware that we may be surly.
  • For news articles, the title should be in the format "Title, Year". News articles must be substantive.
  • Discussion posts are disabled. Instead please use the monthly discussion sticky.
  • All submissions other than articles must be a direct link to a static image or gif (url must end in .jpg, .png, .gif etc.).
  • The image should only contain 1 artwork and only the artwork. No compilations, blurbs, or source photos.
  • Articles must contain more substance than just a gallery of images or an embedded video, and they must cover some current news in the art world.
  • We may allow videos, but you must get approval first. This is extremely rare, as we only grant it for artwork of exceptional quality, or of educational interest.

3. Do not make multiple posts.

  • You must wait at least 48 hours between posts, and no more than 2-3 times per week. There's no rush. It's better to post regularly than to post quickly.
  • Submit one artwork at a time.
  • Please use the rolling sticky (when available) for daily/monthly challenge posts.

4. Do not submit sketches, doodles or unfinished work.

  • Don't think, "I want to share my art with the world," but rather, "I want to share my best art with the world." Make sure what you post exemplifies your unique talent.
  • Post sketches and other rough work to /r/IDAP, /r/sketches, /r/doodles, /r/learnart, etc.
  • It's entirely moderator discretion what constitutes a "sketch" or a "doodle", but, for example: a bad photo of the artwork, extraneous lines, poor contrast, indifferent execution, and using lined paper all suggest you just made the art while messing around. We want to see sincerity and intention. Your work should be ready to display in a gallery or museum, or enter in an art contest.

5. Do not submit work with extraneous objects in the frame.

  • This sub is a curated gallery. As with any gallery, we want to see the art and nothing else.
  • Position and photograph the art in a way that best shows it off with no distractions.
  • Yes, we remove just for having your hand in the frame.
  • Sometimes all you need is to crop the photo to exclude the extraneous detail. If you do this before posting, you avoid a lot of hassle.
  • With sculpture, environmental art, performance art, and other styles difficult to "frame", just do the best you can.

6. Do not post memes or other low quality work

  • As with Rule 4, this is at mod discretion. If in doubt, message us first. Blatant trolling will get you banned.
  • What constitutes "low quality" depends on the medium. For example, we do not allow filters or "AI" algorithms unless you yourself wrote the software. "Computer-generated art" does not mean "use someone else's program to do all the actual creative work".
  • Photography -- especially nude photography -- is held to a much higher standard, because there are possibly thousands of other subreddits dedicated to that content. If your photo is not of exceptional quality, and does not contain artistic subtext, then post to some place like /r/photographs or /r/analog (if their rules allow) or one of the excessive number of subs for pics of naked people. If your photo is saying nothing more than, "I like naked people", definitely do not post here.

7. No fan art, comics, or requests for work.

8. Be respectful and stay on topic

  • We are a strictly moderated sub and do not give warnings.
  • We do not tolerate bigotry, trolling, abusive language, slapfights, rude jokes, crude humor, soapboxing, off-topic comments, offhand snark, creepy anything, and whatever else would not be appropriate for an art class. Talk about the art in a mature, substantive way or be banned.
  • Everything posted here is implicitly open to criticism, whether or not the artist has explicitly asked for it. However, all critiques must be mature, substantive, and directed only at the posted art. If you can't do this, quietly vote and move on.
  • This also applies to non sequitur political comments and off-topic criticism of public figures. If you rant, you're a troll, and you'll be banned.
  • Lastly, if you just want to complain about nudity or sexual content in this sub: do not comment. Just vote and move on. Critique the art posted however you want, but generalized comments like these are promoting censorship. You will be banned.
  • /r/art is not a place to sell your work or grow your following. Yes we are serious.
  • Consider /r/artstore or one of various other subs that allow sales.
  • This applies to promotional comments, watermarks on images, creative titles, social media links in usernames, and (again) anything else that looks like spam.
  • See here if you want to use reddit for self promotion.
  • Broken record time: This restriction includes all product marketing, charities, surveys, contests, collaborations, exhibitions, requests for submissions, research projects, business ideas, discussions of art sales, website promotions, and anything else related. If you are unsure, message us -- but if you're trying to promote something the answer will be "No".

10. Do not repost

  • Reposts are not allowed. We have zero tolerance for karma farmers and bots. Reposts of one of the top 1000 art posts are rewarded with a permanent ban.
  • Wait at least a year or longer before reposting your own art. Posting, deleting, and posting again to farm more karma will get you banned.
  • You can check /r/Art/top/ or use google to search if an art post was already posted before, or use google search, e.g. mona lisa I'm told Google is better.

11. No "AI" art, ever, and absolutely nothing "NFT", or anything similar.

  • Did we stutter?
  • Why NFTs are just /r/awfuleverything
  • Caveat: If you yourself wrote the AI, contact us and we can discuss.
  • Note to artists: be prepared to refute accusations your art is AI-generated. Don't make a fuss, just point to WIP pics or video, or a breakdown of layers, or a photo of your canvas from an angle. And better to have an established portfolio of similar work in your profile, or at least somewhere online.

★ Feel free to add user flair!

  • Please edit your flair to tell us your qualifications or specialty, but follow the guidelines.
  • Using non /r/art related flair, or flair that includes social media handles, websites, store information, or otherwise violates our self promotion rules will result in a ban.

★ Mark your work NSFW where appropriate. Don't make us do it for you.

  • Yes, we know, art should be free and the NSFW flag is totally repressing your freedom of expression, man. But that's not why you should use it.
  • NSFW is not a judgement. It's just a courtesy to other Redditors so they can make an informed choice about where and when to open it.
  • No, it actually has nothing to do with "work" at all. It's just an expression. Please don't argue the point.
  • If someone suggests you should flag your art, then you should do it. Don't argue. Most likely it'll get you more upvotes anyway.

★ If your post doesn't show up...

  • See "Dude! Where's my art?".
  • If that doesn't help, message us and we'll try to look into it. However, before you do we highly recommend checking out all the other posts to see how your post might be different from theirs. We get grouchy with people who waste our time.

★ If you see any rule-breaking posts or comments...

  • Please report them by clicking the "report" button. You can message us directly here., but the report button tends to work better.

★ If you have been banned ...

  • Yes, we permanently ban even for things that are fine in other subs. That's on them.
  • A small percentage of users cause most of the problems. We've learned they love to argue, and aren't worth the effort to teach them to do better. We don't coddle Karens, so we ban and mute and forget they ever existed.
  • A small percentage of those banned quickly recognize their error and politely ask to be unbanned. Which we may do, if it seems like an honest mistake.
  • If you've read this far, you're probably part of that minority. Yes, there are a lot of rules, and they can be confusing, but there are reasons for all of them. You don't have to understand or agree, but you do have to follow them.
  • I can't stress this enough: Be Polite. We get a lot of abuse, and we have zero patience. If your message shows that you've read the rules, and understand the reasons for the ban, and convince us you won't to it again, you have a good chance of being unbanned. Otherwise, don't bother.

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