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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.
      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
      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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Autlaw 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 ^^;
It doesn't have to include gryphons, it just needs to show proficiency in the listed criteria. Other animals are fine :)
AnimeHalf-Breed 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 ^^;
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)
"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.
AwwPickles 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?
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.
AwwPickles Mar 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you very much!
faith-dragon 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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