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Submissions

As I'm sure everyone knows the point of this group... and DA groups in general, is to promote and showcase the creativity of its members. As an artist myself, I would never want to stifle that creativity and pride in others. However, I think there needs to be a little chat about submissions and clarification of submission policies.

I haven't really felt the need to write them out before, but with the group growing so quickly (which is wonderful) and with so many submissions to both Featured and to the Gallery Folders I think it is necessary.

I realize not everyone has access to high quality cameras and/or expensive editing software, but this is not an excuse for low quality submissions. Likewise I know not everyone can sew the most amazing costumes and style wigs better than a pro hair dresser. But again, this isn't an excuse for low quality submissions. Allow me to explain why...


Anonymity and You:

When you put a piece in your personal DA gallery, it means on a small scale, you're putting it out for the world to see. For better or worse, unless you're already a popular cosplayer or photographer, only a small slice of the world is going to see your submission. If this is a good submission it is a shame, if it is of low quality then at least you have the protection of anonymity.

When you submit your work to one or more groups, you expand the slice of the population which is going to see what you've posted, giving yourself a LOT more views and comments. This also means if you took a blurry, poorly lit shot in the bathroom with a cell phone (Which most of us- myself included are GUILTY of doing) then that means that people are going to see that you did exactly that... got dressed up, went into your bathroom, and took a crappy shot of the mirror. This is a reflection of you as an artist and a cosplayer.

Is that REALLY what you want people to see? Because now we aren't just seeing you; we know what sort of hair dryer you use, what color your toothbrush is, and if you bother to wipe the water splashes off your mirror on a regular basis. I know I don't want to see these things and while your friends are probably SUPER excited about your latest make-up test, the group probably isn't.



Wait wait... so no WIPs?

No, WIPS and Make-up tests are not taboo. Poor image quality is. If you worked 2 hours on that face, don't you want to see how its REALLY going to photograph? The group may want to know about your techniques with eye shadow or brows... maybe how you contoured everything. For me, people ask about my Grell teeth and wigs. But if the image quality is too poor to really tell what was done... WHY is it posted to a group?



Spit and Polish:

WIPs aside, we need to talk about costumes as well. I don't care if you bought it, I don't are if you hand sewed it, and I don't are if you pray to the Hot Glue Gun God for your every fabric holding need. I don't even care if it is CANON, but for the love of ramen... DON'T BE SLOPPY.

Allow me to explain. If you're wearing a wig and I can see your hair... you're being sloppy.

If your character is clean cut and well dressed... but your white dress shirt is wrinkled and/or (this is usually an "and" case) hanging out of your pants... you're being sloppy.

If your costume is falling apart... you're obviously being sloppy.

If you are doing these or other things... and thus being sloppy... and you post pictures of yourself in such an unpolished state. You're being REALLY sloppy. Going beyond this and posting such pictures is your own personal choice- but submitting them to one or more groups is just telling more people "I don't know how to dress myself for a shoot" or "I don't care about my appearance".

Are you getting the idea? If you like being sloppy, save it for your personal galleries. It really is in your best interest.



Isn't cosplay supposed to be about fun and having a good time?

Yes, it certainly is. But the minute you post to something other than your personal gallery, you have voluntarily taken your fun and games to a public arena. This means new responsibilities like discretion in choosing what to submit and the understanding that just because its "all you could do" doesn't mean it belongs in a showcase.

I will be weeding through the galleries and thinning submissions as I go. If there seems to be confusion about what a good submission looks like... check the featured gallery.

The following Blog will have an outline of submission guidelines.

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Date: July 27th, 2013, and again August 3, 2013.

At around 1:00 PM on Saturday (the 27th and then again on the 3rd), there's going to be a brand new kind of Cosplay Gathering, happening here in San Diego, at the Ballare Academy of Dance and Performance. There will be free food and drinks, a raffle, and something brand new called Cos-Pop. Cos-Pop is dance classes specifically geared towards cosplayers.

There will also be information about upcoming K-Pop dance classes and Para Para as well. Interested...?

Please RSVP if you can make it. For every friend you bring along (who is not on the invite list), you will receive another raffle ticket. Prizes include a Cosplayer survival kit, wig styling supplies, free dance lessons, a free private photo shoot, custom cosplay accessories, and more.

COME IN COSTUME!! Just be sure to bring along some comfy sneakers/tennis shoes if you want to dance. There is a dressing room available to hold your props and cosplay shoes/accessories during the event.

Are you a... Bad Apple? Come learn the dance and find out if you're hard "core" and apple-saucy! Get a head start on the moves with this video!
youtu.be/YDaacGOuzKA

SNACKS AND DRINKS ARE PROVIDED!

Here's the FB Event Page: www.facebook.com/events/255276…

If you have more questions, you can E-mail the Academy at ballare.academy@yahoo.com  anytime. You can also comment here, of course. Hope some of you locals can come out and support this new concept! It's going to be a lot of fun! If you can't make it, but think this is a worthy idea, please pass the word on. We'd really like this concept to grow and flourish. There just aren't enough places to learn the kinds of dance cosplayers and convention goers are into!! Spread the word!
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:iconjrhall22:
jrhall22 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
My submissions all expired.  :(  Trying again.
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Sarielle-Rei Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks! ^___^
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Wolfenheim84 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
no steins gates section?
would like to contribute

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annaeditions24 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Photographer
Any cosplayers wants to help me? be our special cosplay admin here www.facebook.com/OFOtakuForeve…Hatsune-Miku-(Winks) [Music Girl] 02 
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jonekellya Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
hello,dear cosplayer, are you searching for cheap and perfect cos costumes, do you want professional cos props, I found a good place, reasonable price and good quality of cos costumes, here is the link [link] , maybe you could find what you want~
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