Reject Reasons Explained

Epilogue Reject Reasons Explained

We have compiled this list of Reject Reasons and their explanations for your convenience. If you've had a submission rejected, please refer to this guide before contacting us.

Anatomy Needs Work - If you've received this rejection message, you may have a problem in one of the following areas:

  1. Incorrect or poor anatomy. This is often true of hands/fingers and faces and underlying musculature.
  2. Proportion (some parts of the figure are drawn at a size or scale that doesn't match the rest of the body).
  3. Perspective or foreshortening on the figure (either the figure doesn't fit the perspective of the background, or the perspective on the figure itself is off).
  4. Stiff or unbalanced poses.

Composition needs work - The composition could be cluttered, confusing, or skewed. Here are some composition pitfalls to watch out for:

  1. Is the viewer's eye being led off the canvas somewhere? Strong diagonal lines leading to the corners of the canvas can have that effect, as can strong lines or forms with nothing else nearby.
  2. Is the composition top-heavy or bottom-heavy?
  3. Are objects arranged on the canvas so that the eye is led from one to the next, or are they just randomly arranged?

Copyright infringement - Epilogue does not accept art that doesn't belong to you, or is a blatant copy of someone else's work. (Uploading plagiarized or stolen work to Epilogue WILL result in the removal of your gallery and membership).

Duplicate submission - Either you accidentally submitted the same thing twice, or you've attempted to resubmit rejected work without perceptible revisions. If your work is rejected, please do not resubmit until you've addressed the issues.

Excessive use of filters - This usually refers to Photoshop filters, such as lens flares, watercolour/fresco filters, and so forth. However, we don't automatically reject any work which makes use of filters--any tool is acceptable if it is used well. This rejection message could also be read as "poor use of filters".

Inappropriate subject matter -
Epilogue is open to all ages, therefore anything which would have a rating of R or higher if it were in a movie is generally unacceptable. Artistic nudity is allowed, but must be tagged as Mature during submission.
Explicit depictions genitalia, sexual arousal and/or sexual acts will not be approved. Images featuring potentially offensive themes, such as drugs, sex crimes, excessive violence, et cetera, will be refused at the discretion of the editors.

Image quality issues

  1. Image needs cropping - This simply means that when you scanned and cropped your image, you missed some white edges somewhere. To get your work approved, you need to remove said edges. There should generally not be whitespace around your work when you submit it to Epilogue.
  2. Poor compression (JPG artifacts) - There are JPG artifacts on your image. Try compressing it at a higher quality and resubmitting.
  3. Poor quality image - This refers to reproduction quality, not the actual quality of your art. You may receive this rejection message if you submit a poor photograph or scan of your work. This is probably the single most common reason for rejection of traditional art from Epilogue. Professional presentation is important.
  4. Lacking in contrast - Your image is lacking in clarity or effect because it doesn't have enough contrast. While it's possible to make great low-contrast images, every other element has to be twice as strong to make it work. If you get this rejection message, it's either because your image has such low contrast it's hard to make out, or because increasing the contrast would be the easiest way to make it work.

Image size too small - Your image was too small, and the editor couldn't make out the details. Please upload it at a larger size.

Inconsistent or poor lighting - The lighting in your image doesn't make sense in some way. Here are some things to consider if you get this rejection message:

  1. Does the lighting on the figure match the lighting on the background?
  2. Is the light source consistent, or do some parts of the image seem to be lit from a different angle than others?
  3. Is the colour and intensity of the lighting consistent?

Incorrect meta data selected - When you submit your work, you should pick the best fitting categories (genre, medium, technique, etc). If the editors feel you picked the wrong one, you'll get this rejection message.

Mature Content Not Flagged - You must be sure to select the "Contains Mature Content" if you artwork has nudity, excessive violence, or could be considered inappropriate for younger viewers. When in doubt, mark it as mature.

Needs minor touchups - This may be used to mean that there are several areas which need minor adjustments, or that there's one small area that needs work. It may also be used if you've had an image rejected for another reason, you've reworked and resubmitted it, but it still needs some minor work in the area it was initially rejected for.

No background or setting - Epilogue only accepts finished-looking art with some form of background or setting for gallery submissions. This can be as complex as a full landscape, or as simple as a stylized design in the background--as long as the image looks finished and complete. No matter how good the technique is, images of characters "floating in space" will not be considered. This rule does not apply to sketches.

Not Epilogue quality - This usually means that your submission needs major work in more than one area. It may also mean that you've tried to submit art that is drawn on lined paper, or is otherwise badly presented.

Objects appear flat or pasted - Generally, this means that the foreground elements don't match the background elements, or that your work is poorly shaded, resulting in a flattened effect. You may receive this rejection message if:

  1. Foreground and background lighting is inconsistent (a character with daytime lighting in a nighttime scene, for instance).
  2. There are sharp lines around objects which don't seem to belong.
  3. The style is inconsistent (cartoon characters pasted onto a realistic background, for example).
  4. Foreground and background perspective doesn't match.

Perspective needs work - Either the perspective on the foreground and background elements doesn't match, or the perspective just generally needs work.

Problems not addressed - This reject reason is used when an artist submits an image, gets rejected, then submits it again with the same problems still showing. It is different from "duplicate submission" in that the image HAS been changed, but the problem is still there.

Text on image - If you incorporate text into your image in a tasteful and seamless manner, or if it's an integral part of the image, it's fine for Epilogue. However, if text appears to be stuck on as an afterthought, or if the typesetting/penmanship is poor, you may get this rejection message. Your copyright or website information may be exempt from this, unless, of course, it's plastered all over the image. It tends to look better if you keep that information as small and unobtrusive as possible.

Unfinished artwork or sketch - If you receive this rejection message, it means your art doesn't look finished. While sketches and works in progress are acceptable when submitted as Sketches, they will not be approved as Artwork submissions. Galleries are for finished work only.

Upload error or broken image - This means there was a problem with the file you uploaded. Check the filename and remove any non-standard characters or spaces and make sure the filesize is under 300kb. Also, make sure the image is a 24-bit .jpg in RGB mode. Any graphics program should be able to save in this format.

Unrefined or lack of detail - This generally means your artwork is 'flat' and needs another detail pass to add texture, lighting and other details to bring it to a more refined state. It is most commonly applied to digital images where the line work is 'blurry' or 'smudged' due to using default brush tool settings in digital software.

If your art is very detailed and you received this message, it means that it's the "unrefined" part that applies, and the problem may lie in one of these areas:

  1. The basic shapes underlying the details may be weak
  2. The textures aren't realistic in an image that's intended to be realistic
  3. The levels of detail are needlessly inconsistent in different parts of the image
  4. Some areas of the image appear unfinished (a gradient-fill sky in an otherwise lovingly-rendered image, for example)
  5. The style is confused or inconsistent.
  6. You have overly soft edges which interfere with clarity, that you've overused digital smudge or blur tools. You can rectify the problem by defining edges, refining details, and generally concentrating on sharpness.

Painterly styles, impressionism, and even abstraction are all welcome--the "unrefined or lack of detail" message has nothing to do with style--it indicates a problem with technique.

More help - If you've read through these explanations and are still confused about why your work was not approved, please post in the forums Art - Works in Progress forum for further assistance.Epilogue Reject Reasons Explained

We have compiled this list of Reject Reasons and their explanations for your convenience. If you've had a submission rejected, please refer to this guide before contacting us.

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