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Tired of seeing so many wolves, horses, foxes, etc on here? There are tons of other amazing animals on this planet that are sadly overshadowed by those deemed 'popular' or 'pretty'. Well this group is dedicated to those unseen animals, and is the perfect place for them to shine! Join or watch us to take a break from seeing the same animals over and over again. You can submit your own art appreciating those unseen, broaden your subject matter, learn about species you've never heard of, and much more! Don't forget to have fun as well~
***A list of the animals NOT allowed in this group is on the Rules box! Please read it before submitting, thank you! :)
Founded 2 Years ago
Sep 14, 2012


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Rules and other Info


:bulletgreen: Joining: Anyone is free to join!

:bulletblue: Submissions:
*This is NOT an elitist group, but we have a standard designed to encourage members to put effort into their works, and submit only their better works.
The animals you are drawing should resemble the animal, with care taken to use correct anatomy.

Please submit into the right folder! Submissions to the wrong folder will be denied, and you will be asked to re-submit (if your piece is acceptable).
If you are confused as to which folder your piece fits into, ask! (:

:bulletpurple:Please do not submit:
- Unfinished works
- Un-cropped works (meaning you can see part of the scanner, sketchbook rings, or there is tons of white space around the subject) This also applies to photographs in that the animal should be the main focus, easy to see, and unless for compositional purposes, the animal should take up the majority of the picture for easier viewing.
- 5 minute doodles
- Spam
- Blurry photos
- Distracting cage bars or glass streaks in front of the animal
- Literature (sorry, we focus more on visual arts)
Subject Matter:
- Anything unrelated to animals
- Animals too unnaturally colored
- Ref sheets
- Anthros/humanoids/gjinkjas
- Anime/manga/Cosplay
- Fanart
- Fantasy Creatures/Hybrids
- Mature content
- Anything encouraging hate or cruelty towards animals.

:bulletred:Animals NOT Allowed:
- Wolves
Exceptions: Ethiopian Wolf/Maned Wolf (which is not a true wolf)
- Foxes
Exceptions: Tibetan Fox
- Horses
Exceptions: Przewalski's Horse
- Deer (whitetail)
- Domestic Cats & Dogs
- Orcas
- Bottlenose Dolphins
- Bald Eagles
- Red Pandas
- Emperor Penguins
~Big Cats:
- Lions
- Tigers
- Ligers/Tigons
- African Leopards
- Jaguars
- Snow Leopards
- Cheetahs
- Cougars/Pumas/Panthers

- List of unallowed extinct animals in the folder description

:bulletorange: Mediums allowed:
- Traditional
- Digital
- Sculpture/Other Artisan Crafts
- Photography

~ Respect and be polite to fellow members
~ Don't hate, Appreciate! This is NOT a group designed to encourage hate or flaming of the 'popular' animals, nor those who choose to draw them!
~ Harassment will not be tolerated. If you are being harassed by another member, note the group, and we will review the situation. The other person will be given a warning, and if they continue the behavior, they will be banned from the group.

:bulletgreen: Questions/Concerns?
If you have any further questions or concerns on what is, and what is not allowed, please note the group, and we will try our best to clear things up. The animals listed above that are not allowed are mainly those that are seen around dA all the time, so if there is an animal that falls under the category of 'wolf' or 'fox' or any of the others, it may be subject to exemption from the rule if it is not commonly seen or heard of.
If you have any suggestions, please contact us as well, we'd love to hear what you have to say!

None at this time
is having a Sea Animals Portraits Competition
Check it out here: animalsoftheworld.deviantart.c…
The contest accepts both photography and artwork (traditional and digital), and all animals that live in the sea.

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If you have time, check out our affiliate group, AnimalsofTheWorld and vote for which 3 pieces of their current contest entries you'd like to see win!

Here's the journal with all the info, and you can cast your vote in the comments: animalsoftheworld.deviantart.c…

They need all the voters they can get, so don't be shy about voting. ;D

Thank you!


NEW FOLDER: I have added a new folder, open for submissions. It is a folder dedicated to studies and tutorials. Also accepted to this folder are photos or artwork of animal skulls or articulated skeletons, as they can help other artists get a better grasp on anatomy as well. Of course, group rules still apply to this folder, so while a study of a bird would be accepted, a study of a dog would not.

Quality standards and this folder:
*This may be the only folder in which sketch gestures are ok, but only if it is anatomically accurate for the most part, and several poses are shown on the page, rather than just one.
*As for tutorials, they should also be as anatomically correct as possible. Please do not submit a tutorial if you made it without understanding the anatomy yourself. Use references when creating tutorials. We want for other artists to be able to use and easily understand the tutorials. If you do not use a reference to get it correct, and make an anatomical error, then any other beginner artists following that tutorial will also make that error. Of course, the anatomy does not have to be 100% perfect, since I know that is difficult to achieve, but try getting is as close as you can.

Here's a few different studies on dA of things that would be very acceptable to this folder:
Sable Antelope Bovine study by JetEffects Unique Animal Anatomy: Spotted Hyena by FOERVRAENGD Wings study by RDJpwns Studies - Pronghorn by oxboxer Animal Life Studies - Royal Winter Fair 2012 by AlexanderHenderson
As you can see, you can also have stylized works in this folder with still a good grasp on anatomy.


In other news, I apologize about being semi-inactive here for the most part, it's been busy lately, and hard running this group almost alone the majority of the time. I have been keeping up with submissions though, just not much else other than that.

I've temporarily discontinued the monthly challenges both because I had been to busy to update them, and no one was really entering them in the first place. Of course, you're still free to do the past challenges if you want, or submit animals to the monthly challenge folder if you have a piece of those animals. If any interest is shown in the members to continue this challenge, I may bring it back, continuing where we left off. I would like to, since it's a great way to branch out from animals we're used to drawing and try something new, and also a good way to improve, and maybe even for people to discover new animals.

Of course, I am not upset with our members in any way for not participating, as it is completely optional, nor am I trying to guilt people into entering. I want for people to want to enter these challenges willingly to better themselves as artists, not feel like it's something they have to do. Which is why, until more interest is shown in it, I won't be updating the list for a bit. That's all. :)
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kaijae Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for the request! :)
EwaGladka Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Can I submit my poem about quagga?
rikku01121 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Funny Squirrel Video!
DingoDogPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello. I just wanted to say thanks for requesting my "Burrowing owl" photo. This looks like an awesome group. I'll be more then happy to join. :-)
animalartist16 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   General Artist
No problem! Thank you for joining! :D
bcbdrums Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
did i tell you thank for the feature for cheetah day?? thank you!!! :D
animalartist16 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012   General Artist
Any time!
Zaellrin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional
I have a goofy question, but maybe it'll be for the better. Would a dragon be considered an 'extinct' species? I know some people are die-hard believers of their existence but I don't know if they are too fantastical or not for your gallery. Thanks!
animalartist16 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012   General Artist
Sorry, but not for this group. I'm not bashing anyone's beliefs, but for this group, the only 'dragons' allowed are those proven to exist or have existed. For example, komodo dragons and certain prehistoric beasts that resemble may dragons.
Personally, I LOVE dragons and all, they're just not for this group. ^^'
If you want a group to submit a dragon, or other fantasy art to, I highly recommend :iconlovefantasycreatures: and for just dragons, :icondragonartists: or :iconrealmofthedragon: :)
Zaellrin Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional
It's all good, I had a feeling! ;)
That's awesome, I definitely like that first group, thanks! :la:
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