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    First: Read about Windsonde!  You can find a directory to all the information on the home page.  We recommend starting with World Rules and Information. Second: Submit the following application for membership, using the "Join Our Group" button on the home page (not a Note!), which must include all elements listed.
      1. Select at least three of your works that you feel demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:
        :bulletblue: Proper animal anatomy: This is a big deal.  Proper anatomy can make or break an illustration and while gryphons aren’t living creatures they consist of animals that you can actively reference.   “Style” is no excuse for bad anatomy and the best stylized art works with altering proper anatomy.   We recommend including a piece that demonstrates some understanding of bird wing anatomy if you have one.  
        :bulletblue: Basic construction of environments/perspective: Composition is important when illustrating a scene (such as those our challenges require).  How an environment is constructed, the perspective on that environment and the subjects in it, and the use of negative space are all key elements in illustration.
        :bulletblue: Clean, careful work: These works show that you spent time with any line-work in the illustration and worked carefully, not sloppily, on the elements within the image.  This means avoiding overly sketchy lines, coloring within the lines, and defining details properly.
        :bulletblue: Color Theory: You don’t have to be a master of color theory, but showing that you understand the basics is important.  Color use that ranges beyond highly saturated colors and demonstrates an understanding of value is what we are looking for. Trees are NOT poo brown color. Grass is not bright, uniform green. Please eyedrop off photographs if this is confusing to you - you will see that real colors are not always what you expect and change with lighting and environment!
        :bulletblue: Shading and highlights: Even if you do this unconventionally with Photoshop's various tools (not just burn/dodge or multiply), we'd like some light sources to be depicted. Gryphons have depth and texture as do their environments.  Demonstrate to us that you understand how to give your characters and environments depth. Just because you CAN put shading on something does not mean you can do it correctly - please review your work to ensure depth is represented properly.
      IF YOU USE THE SMUDGE TOOL OR THE BLUR TOOL TO CREATE ANY KIND OF BACKGROUND OR MARKINGS OR "TEXTURE", DO NOT APPLY. We've seen too many people trying to shade or create backgrounds or grass or anything with smudge or blur as their main tool. We hate this. It is not skillful. Do not do it. You wind up with blurry, blobby, amorphous backgrounds with no definition or depth. WE HATE THE GRASS BRUSH. NEVER EVER USE IT TO CREATE GRASS. It looks terrible and makes you look VERY amateurish. Keep in mind that we are not trying to select only the “elite” for this group, rather we are trying to select artists we feel can complete the challenges at the level of quality we require for the group.  The goal is to make sure we aren’t wasting anyone’s time on both the artist’s end and ours.  Therefore, we reserve the right to reject applications without comment or explanation and assume that you understand that rejection is a risk you take by applying. If your application is rejected you are welcome to apply again if you feel that you have improved or have created works that demonstrate the above criteria.  We encourage artistic growth and if we can be a motivation for improvement then all the better! If your application is accepted please proceed to the next steps in character creation.  However, please note that this does not mean all of your works will be automatically accepted!  You are still required to adhere to the quality guidelines and if a work does not demonstrate the quality we are looking for then it will be rejected.  Once we know you can achieve a certain skill level, you need to keep demonstrating a skill level appropriate for our group.
    Third:  
      Once your membership application is approved, request a gryphon combination  HERE!.  Please specify if you are requesting a Tookie Islander.
    Fourth: Once combination is approved. You can create a character sheet that must include:
      A full view of your character
      Character name
      Aery
      Current Rank
    Fifth: Submit a character sheet to the proper aery folder that includes the following information in the “Artist’s Comments”:
      Aery Name: Character Name: Character Species Combination: Be specific please. Scientific names are encouraged. Rank: All characters begin as a "Young Gryphon" (or "Young Tookie" for Tookie Islanders). Gender: Character Personality:

Challenges:  All challenges require art (traditional or digital) for their completion.  This means the work needs to follow the standards outlined above.   Pieces can illustrate a scene from the challenge or depict a comic-strip of what happens.  Challenges also have NO DEADLINE.  Challenges can be done at your very own pace!

Number of Characters: You may not request a second character until your first character has completed at least 3 challenges.  The same goes for a Tookie Islander.  However, you may have a regular gryph and a Tookie Islander at the same time. Note: all additional characters/sheets still require the above information to be accepted.
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Prototype-LQ Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
Sad i can`t have one(((My drawing skills are too low.
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm thinking of submitting an application, but haven't really decided on it yet.

Virtually all of my work is done traditionally (but that may change a little once I get a new tablet to replace my clunky laptop before grad school).

After choosing at least three non-comic pieces to showcase, would I also be able to add some page from an ongoing comic if they have potential to supplement the areas described above?
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comixqueen Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Traditional art is fine. We judge on skill level, not medium. :)

Three pieces is the required minimum- feel free to send more if you feel like. Comics are also acceptable.
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Grawey211 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One more question-I don't have very many colored pencils, and I don't have photoshop. Will detailed charcoal drawings be ok?
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:iconcomixqueen:
comixqueen Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
We need to be able to judge your color usage, so we will be needing to see some work in color.
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Grawey211 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can do colorings for the examples. But as in "some", am I allowed to do black and white just once in a while?
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:iconcomixqueen:
comixqueen Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The thing is, we expect fully-colored images for the character sheet, character challenges, and character event images. You may do black-and-white drawings, but the majority of the work you submit to the group should be in color.
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Grawey211 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, thanks! :)
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Grawey211 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As in "Bird wing anatomy" and "animal anatomy", does that mean like a study page of something like that?
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:iconcomixqueen:
comixqueen Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Anything, as long as it clearly demonstrates to us your handle on the anatomies of bird wings and animals in general. A page of quality studies would work. :)
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When showing examples of artwork when sending a request to join the group, do they have to include gryphons or could it also be examples of other animals? (because I still don't have a lot of gryphon drawings in my gallery ^^;
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:iconcomixqueen:
comixqueen Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It doesn't have to include gryphons, it just needs to show proficiency in the listed criteria. Other animals are fine :)
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:iconlamatalis:
Lamatalis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When clicking on the "join our group" button, do we send you the pieces of artwork in the forms of separate links? Sorry, I'd just hate to evoke the anger of one of the group officials ^^;
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:icontheflyingmew:
theflyingmew Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
So to join you press the 'join our group' button, then you submit your drawings on the submit buttons? (Sorry, lol I'm not good with instructions XD)
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:iconbailiwick:
Bailiwick Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
"Second: Submit the following application for membership, using the "Join Our Group" button on the home page (not a Note!), which must include all elements listed..."

So, yes.
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:icontheflyingmew:
theflyingmew Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Thank you :)
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:iconawwpickles:
AwwPickles Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student General Artist
It seems you tend to address digital artists more, but I am quite a bit more skillful with traditional mediums. Would you still accept a pencil/paint/etc. drawing, if it has been done well enough to meet your standards?
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rydicanubis Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
We have a few artists in the group who submit traditional media work. As long the art meets the group standards we are very happy to have traditional media pieces.
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:iconawwpickles:
AwwPickles Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconfaith-dragon:
faith-dragon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Digital Artist
is it ok if the lines are just a little sketchy? Sometimes I do hard line and sometimes I do slightly sketchy because Hard-lining can be very painful sometimes.
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:iconbailiwick:
Bailiwick Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
It shouldn't really be painful - unless you're pressing too hard? We mean a solid line versus a messy, sketchier line. Or, alternately, lineless - but your painting skills need to be really fantastic for that.
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faith-dragon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Digital Artist
I don't mean to be annoying but how do i attach my pictures to the "join our group" link? I'm bran-new to deviantart.
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:iconfaith-dragon:
faith-dragon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Ok, thank you!
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:iconrebuilding:
Rebuilding Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stupid question, But I'm confused.
Do the three pictures have to be of the character I'm going to try to have accepted? Or any three pictures that show any of the criterion?
Thanks
-Rebuilding~Rainbows
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:iconbailiwick:
Bailiwick Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Any three pictures that demonstrate the criterion.
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:iconrebuilding:
Rebuilding Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a bunch for clearing that matter up ^w^
-Rebuilding~Rainbows
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:icondiscreetmemories:
DiscreetMemories Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student General Artist
K, so I am still trying to figure out deviantart. How do I attach works to be used for applying?
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Peppermint334 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How "full" must a "full view" be? (for the caracter sheet)
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Full-body, at least.
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:iconpeppermint334:
Peppermint334 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok thanks you. I'll work on it.
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Dorkodactyl Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
This all sounds very interesting! I have a question though; once you've been accepted and are in an aery, do you need to role play with others then illustrate a scene from the role play in order to complete the challenges, or do you just create a short story depicting the challenge accomplished and illustrate an image to accompany it? That may have been worded a little oddly, so I hope that makes sense.
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:iconsagekorppi:
SageKorppi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You don't have to roleplay. We just ask you make sure any other character use is doen with permission from the other character's owner.
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:icondorkodactyl:
Dorkodactyl Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Alright thank you!
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:icontigerzfanz:
TigerzFanz Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
Do we HAVE to submit 3 of our works? For the membership.
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:iconrydicanubis:
rydicanubis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
You can submit more if you like as well! ;}
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:icontigerzfanz:
TigerzFanz Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Filmographer
What if you post one or two?
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:iconrydicanubis:
rydicanubis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
We say supply three because usually it takes at least that many to show the quality of work in the areas we are looking for (feline and avian anatomy, environment construction and perspective, clean careful work, colour theory, shading and highlights, etc.).
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:icontigerzfanz:
TigerzFanz Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Filmographer
Do the three works have to apply all of the guidelines?
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:iconrydicanubis:
rydicanubis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Not each on their own, but between the three (or more) of them they should show all those areas.
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:icontigerzfanz:
TigerzFanz Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Filmographer
OK. Thanks. BTW I was thinking of making a griffon when I join Windsonde. Can I make him a brother of Skerry?
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Aiko-Shiri Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
how long will an application take to be answered? I sent one in not too long ago, yesterday afternoon, and still haven't recieved an answer, I'm probably just excited.
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:iconekoru:
ekoru Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I'm afraid to apply, i don't have any pictures with prooof i'm good at wing anatomy and backgrounds :dead:
The only thing i have is a gryphon ref [link]
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:iconsquarewolfz:
SquareWolfz Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
do we have to have photoshop
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:iconrydicanubis:
rydicanubis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Not at all. You can use any program, or traditional media, as long as the art meets quality standards.
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:icondeathlysilent:
DeathlySilent Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011   Digital Artist
How long does it usually take to know whether or not you've been accepted? ><
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:iconkjavaks:
kjavaks Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
After I have read the whole blog I have some questions:
1. Must all of the works in the Membership request demonstrate all the points above. 'Cause I have not so much paintings uploaded until yet.
2. Can I add a anatomy-sketch-exercise to the request, because It fits the first point better than something else.
3. This is a question I ask only in interesting: Can I use a combination I have still used if this combination is accepted.

This is group is a interesting and I would appreciate it if you can ask my question so I can maybe request the membership.
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:iconsagekorppi:
SageKorppi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
1. The three pieces, in total, need to demonstrate the points above. This means each piece may only demonstrate one, but together all three must be demonstrated among the pieces you submit.

2. Yes.

3. Yes, you do not need to create a new character for this group as long as the character fits our specifications :)
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:iconkjavaks:
kjavaks Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Sorry I meant answer in the last sentencens ^^;
English is a foreign language for me so I make sometimes mistakes.
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Synstematic Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting...I really want to join, but after a look at the gallery and reading up here, I think I'll work on backgrounds and lineless...Mainly the former of those two. I just figured I'd let you guys know that this is by far one of the best groups I've seen that are done like this, and I look forward to joining~
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