Hello ladies and gents.
Starting now, we are implementing some quality control standards. Previously, there was very little (if any) quality control. This was in keeping with our founder's original intention that this group would be a catch-all for all vampire art. However, our founder has been MIA for a while now and has even changed DA accounts. Furthermore, several months ago, she told us that we might as well do whatever we wanted with the group. Even then, we still kept the lack of quality control because we knew that changing that would change the dynamics of the group.
Now, however, we moderators have grown dissatisfied with the group and, in an effort to revive our interest in moderating it, we are going to try to turn it into something that we enjoy again. I realise this will probably annoy, disappoint, and anger some of you, and for that we apologise. Before you come with your wooden stakes and holy water intent on our destruction and demise, keep in mind that the alternative is to freeze submissions altogether and let the group become inactive. (Since neither of us is founder, we do not have the ability to pass the group on to someone who would be happy to keep running things as they are.)
If, however, you are someone who also appreciates quality, perhaps you will receive this news with excitement and maybe a little relief. If that is the case, you are the reason we have chosen this route rather than killing the group altogether.
Now, I know the foremost question on your mind is, "How do you define 'quality'?" First, let me say that we have no intentions of turning this into an elitist group. So, here is a definition of what we consider quality:
1. Artwork that is obviously vampire in nature. We will no longer be asking. If you're worried that we won't be able to tell if your character is a vampire or not, a little note in the comments goes a very very long ways! It's simple. If you feel like revealing your character's vampiricy would be a spoiler,
perhaps it shouldn't be submitted to a vampire club
feel free to include the necessary information in a private note to the moderators. Keep in mind that I have a very bad memory. I'm sorry. There's really not a lot I can do about it. I forget my own character's names and histories all the time.
2. Your artwork needs to be at the intermediate level at the very very least. If you are uncertain, err on the side of caution. Backgrounds, good colour choices, good composition, decent anatomy, good lighting and shadows, details and textures are all important for visual art. Correct spelling and grammar are important for literature.
3. We are cracking down hard on nudity. If it is not tastefully and artistically done, it doesn't belong here any more.
We will fine tune these definitions as time goes on and will likely add a permanent link to the journal header, but until then, please be patient with us. We really have no desire to offend, which is one of the reasons we have delayed this change for so long. We really hope this turns out to be a good thing in the end and that the club will become better for it.
Now, have a round on the house. Have two rounds! We really do love you. Promise.
Kelly, the hostess with the mostest
Lacusta, evil bouncer and partner in crime