Straight to the point, here is how rule 4 now stands. If you want to continue posting artwork then please read this thoroughly.
4. Artwork posts are only allowed to be posted under certain restrictions.
We use "fanart" and "artwork" in a broad way to refer to creative, Lovecraft-related artistic work. This includes drawings, hand crafts, interpretive dance, sculptures, cake decorations, paintings, etc.
Please carefully read the following general fanart rules, as well as either the OC Artwork or Non-OC Artwork rules (whichever applies).
General Artwork rules
Restricted to at most one submission every 7 days.
A piece must be directly tied to an existing piece of Lovecraft-related media. Pieces that are vaguely inspired by Lovecraft or have forced relevance will be removed.
Must be submitted as a text post, not a direct link. Upload any images to www.imgur.com or similar image host and include the link in the body of your post.
OC artwork refers to content that you have drawn, built or otherwise created yourself. Must use the 'OC-Artwork' flair.
Subject to our self-promotion rules regardless of the inclusion of other links or redirects.
If the work takes inspiration (such as the pose or expression) from another fanart or image, the reference must be credited and linked along with your work in the post body. Failure to do so will result in strict sanctions.
Note that tracing or altering an image in a minor way does not count as OC fanart.
Must be final and of good quality. Work-In-Progress, doodles, scribbles, including foreign objects in the frame, poor lighting, incorrect orientation or similar content is not allowed. Please respect your art.
Artwork that was found online, commissioned, drawn by a relative or otherwise is not your own work follows different rules. Must use the 'Artwork' flair.
Must be posted with at least three different, related pictures. They can be multiple pictures of the same character, same artist, similar themes, etc.
Must link to the original of the picture.
Do not use rehosting websites like Pinterest, but use the social media account of the artist, like Deviantart or Twitter.
In the case of murals, statues, other immovable work, and commissions, a single picture is accepted as long as you took it yourself.
Failure to comply with any of these requirements will result in post removal.
The rules wiki page has been updated to include this.
Thoughts and Reasoning
This week we posted a 'State of the Subreddit' trying to gather feedback on a few topics, primarily how to increase submission variety and try to get more attention on discussion oriented posts. In the recent past, image/art submissions have been overtaking any other submission type. If you browse the subreddit by top/month you can begin to see just how severe it is, having to browse 200+ submissions down just to begin seeing anything other than image posts and even then, they rarely have more than a few upvotes or comments. Our ideal goal was to come up with something that wasn't intrusive or complicated without simply banning any form of artwork submission. The response we received was quite limited unfortunately, though the feedback we did get all generally fell on the side of 'there could be less art posts'.
With these new rules we hope to reduce the number of image/art submissions without reducing content. Now an artist that might post a single image every couple days will only be able to post once a week, but they will be able to include multiple images in that post. Fewer number of posts, same amount of content.
Additionally by requiring that artwork posts be submitted as text posts, we hope to reduce the innate advantage an image submission has in terms of getting eyeballs on them. Currently it's very easy for people browsing to 'see thumbnail, upvote' without actually having to stop. By requiring a click-through to view an image we hope to reduce the amount of drive-by upvotes an art submission receives.
We will test and enforce these changes strictly for the month of May and you will notice an automod reply on appropriately flaired posts to act as a reminder. We will revisit these changes in June to see how they've worked out.
If you have any questions about this feel free to ask in the comments. We'd like to ensure that everyone's on the same page and that we've covered all we can.submitted by /u/LG03