I am interested in expressing something that has built up from within, then extracted from without.
Faces Monochrome is a collective of artistic individuals inspired by the portrayal of the human face. Portraits displayed through our exhibitions are, with rare exceptions, purely monochromatic.
Anyone is welcome to join and contribute to the galleries. All that we require for membership approval is the confirmation of at least one monochromatic portrait within your gallery from any creative medium.
Gallery Submission Essentials
Allowances : In order to provide fair attention to each portrait, with a membership of this size, submission allowances are presently set at two per week.
Quality : This is an exhibition of completed works of an evident quality range. Unfinished works can not be accepted. There is, however a gallery for the display of imagery which conveys work process for the purpose of sharing technique and style.
Media : We have endeavored to provide distinct gallery space for most visual media accepted at DeviantArt. We warmly welcome suggestions if you believe we have overlooked an avenue of expression for monochromatic works.
Color & Tone : As the name of the group declares, this is an exhibit of Black & White portraiture. Gradations of tone are allowed for Traditional works where an off-white foundation is employed for mood or effect. For Photography there is a gallery for portraits of Pure Monochrome and a distinct gallery for Sepia and Duotone portraits.
There is a gallery open to works in all media titled 'A Touch of Color' for portraits in which a minor accent of color is employed for dramatic effect or to enhance the illustration of character.
Composition : The primary intention of this exhibit is the portrayal of character. The subject's face, therefore, must be the center of focus within your portrait unless, in rare cases, where obscurity aids in the illustration of character. Compositional format for all galleries is from the waist up. Full body portraits can not be accepted. : Works which focus exclusively on a single feature of the face, such as an eye or the mouth, also can not be accepted, as they do not portray enough of the subject's character to fit within the exhibition's intention.
Nudity : So long as the face remains the center of focus, not the figure, nudity is allowed in all galleries. As it seems worth repeating here, composition of portraits with nudity must also be framed from the waist up.
Uniformity of Gallery Display & Presentation
The foundational objective of this group is to build and sustain an inspirational exhibition for those who create and enjoy viewing human portraits in black & white media. To succeed in this endeavor we work daily to cultivate a diverse exhibition of galleries which are inviting to visit and interesting to explore. Simply creating another group into which images are 'dropped off' and soon forgotten amongst hundreds of others is of no interest to us. We desire to build a resource which is a celebration of monochromatic portraits and an inspiration to future creative expression.
What we ask of members is help in the gallery cultivation process. We do not limit participation by the stage of an artist's development. We each began as novices and we each have grown by interaction with those at greater skill levels who supported us and gave us their attention and council. What we do strive to accomplish is a somewhat uniform quality of presentation within the galleries.
It is a fairness to each and every artist exhibited that there is a cohesion to the manner and style in which all works are presented. It is for the purpose of establishing a minimum standard of overall gallery quality that the following guidelines are firmly employed.
Watermarks : As creators of visual imagery ourselves, we fully appreciate and encourage the protection of an artist's creative works. The use of watermarks is one form of content protection which can be effective. The use of your own watermark will not effect the approval of a submission, so long as it is not too invasive across the overall image. What can not be accepted for the sake of the exhibition is a large watermark such as the template DA logo, which obscures the face of a subject in a portrait. This has been a standing guideline since the forming of Faces Monochrome.
Scan Quality : Traditional art and analog film prints must be well scanned or photographed. Submissions which are blurred, pixelated, overly dark or washed out can not be accepted.
Image Size : The viewing size of your artwork is important to both the viewer's experience and a fair appreciation of your portrait. Each artist is responsible to choose the best size for their work to be displayed and enjoyed through a screen. If a portrait is so small that essential details can not be seen it will likely be declined. A work may also be declined if the presentation dimensions are so large that the face can not be recognized without significant scrolling.
Nobody Likes To Be Declined .. But It Happens
Since the group's formation, the large majority of portraits submitted have been accepted. Any reason why a work could not be accepted is listed above. Know that all submissions are subject to review and vote; no member submissions are automatically approved. We understand the value to an artist of understanding the reasons why when a portrait can not be accepted.
Maintaining a group is always a time-consuming labor, yet we do our best to explain decisions which must be made regarding submissions. Some days the flow of submissions grows overwhelming and we are unable to respond personally about each work. If one of your works is declined and you do not receive an explanation, feel welcome to write to us and ask for one. Please do this by leaving a comment within the original submission or by sending a note to the group referencing the specific image with a link. Asking about a work on the group's main page will not assure a response.
Yes, the guidelines are detailed. The purpose of having such a firm universal structure is to assure that your works are presented in a manner and environment which encourages a fair viewing by an interested audience. It is our hope that you enjoy and benefit from exhibiting your works within this exhibit and that you also discover inspiring works displayed by other artists.
If you have any questions or suggestions feel welcome to send us a note.
Faces Monochrome Mail: faces-monochrome.deviantart.co…
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