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    • Fan Art - Signature Shops Rules and Guidelines



      Signature shops are threads devoted solely to signatures by one artist and requests for signatures made to that artist.

      A Shop Front is the first post in a Signature Shop thread, and should contain the following:
      • Logo - This is a graphical representation of your shop. The logo should include the name of your shop and/or an image. There is no limit to what your Shop Front Logo looks like, as long as it complies with the initial Board Rules. (ie: no nudity, no vulgar language, etc) and is not so large in dimensions or file size as to cause trouble in people viewing it.
      • Introduction - A short introduction or summary is allowed in order to explain the types of signatures, avatars, or other artwork that you offer.
      • Example Signatures - You are allowed up to 5 Example Signatures that comply with the signature rules set of the Ikariam.com board. Example signatures should reflect your personal style and give people an idea of your abilities.
      • Signature Request Guide - A small "Copy/Paste" guide may be placed on your Shop Front, so that visitors who are requesting a signature know what to ask of you. Examples of
      • Request Information Include: Brief Description, Color Scheme, Specified Font, Specified Renders or Images, etc. If you don't have a specific list of information you want, please state so.

      If you would like your Shop Front edited, please send a PM to a FA moderator/helper. Frequent changes will not be allowed, but reasonable requests will be accommodated.

      • All board rules will be followed here, at all times.
      • Thread must be in the appropriate section. Threads posted incorrectly (requests or contests in the main section) may be moved by a moderator.
      • When commenting on artwork, please refrain from just a rating, also post comments, and if possible, suggestions to help others to enhance their work.
      • If an image is not visible and someone already posted this please do not post again that the image is not visible unless you have a suggestion for how to fix the problem (correcting the link or the board code)
      • Be respectful towards others and their work. This includes only taking credit for your own work and not claiming signatures that other people have made (ripping)
      • If an image is very large, please post the direct link instead of the image itself. This to decrease loading times some users may experience.
      • Giving Credit: Please remember to give credit to the artist(s) who created your signature and avatar. It shows a sign of respect and gratitude to credit the artist who created your signature.

      Appropriate Posts in Signature Shops
      • Feedback - Feedback on signatures is welcome, please keep criticism constructive.
      • Questions - Questions pertaining to the artist or any of the created works of the artist are appropriate.
      • General - Some "conversation" however keep in mind that this is not the User Introduction section, or the Guides and Resources section.
      • Signature Requests - If you are requesting a signature from a Signature Shop, please use the form that is posted in the Shop Front as the forms may vary from artist to artist. Below is a copy of the default Request Form which can be used in the general request forum:
        • Type [Signature: / Avatar / Alliance Banner / etc. ]
        • Size: [Width x Height] (board maximum for signatures 500 x 150)
        • Theme: [The main theme you want the art to express] (E.g Ikariam, Middle Ages or Sparkles)
        • Render: [Direct link to the image/render you would like to be used in the art requested]
        • Colors: [The main colors you would like the art to have]
        • Text: [The text you want the art to show]
        • Font: [If you want a special type of font]
        • Additional info: [Border, do's, don'ts, anything: tell the artists]

      • Sig Shop owner only - Finished Signatures ~ Fulfilled requests may be placed as a new post in the Signature Artist's Shop in the request thread and/or PM'd to the customer
      • Sig Shop owner only - Free Signatures ~ These are signatures that are made at the artists whim. These may also be posted as a thread in the Fan Art section for ratings or showing off. Free signatures may be reposted after they are claimed and personalized.

      PLEASE NOTE:
      You may not advertise in another artist's Signature Shop. This includes posting a version of a signature that you've created when the request was made specifically to a different artist.

      Requesting art from multiple signature shops may result in denial from all signature shops. Shop owners are free to choose to deny your request.

      If a Shop owner has not posted in their shop for 30 days, it may be moved to the archives by a moderator. At the request of the owner, a signature shop may be reactivated.