Side 7 Categories Guide  
Please note: All categories on Side 7 are based on image content, not the style the image is drawn in.
A general note about Fan Art: Fan art is original artwork containing characters, locations, etc. created by someone else. It is NOT copies or reproductions of someone else's illustrations.

Images that can fit in multiple categories may be put in any one of the potential categories, according to where the member feels it fits best.


3D Media / Sculpture

The 3D Media / Sculpture category includes photos of projects designed in the real world using three dimensional media. This can include clay sculpture or pottery, 3D projects using foam board, wood projects, etc.

Examples: A birdhouse built and painted from scratch; a pottery bowl; a stuffed animal created from scratch.

Abstract / Non-representative

The Abstract / Non-representative category is for artwork that is of an abstract nature or that does not try to represent any specific entity.

Examples: Images containing only swirled colours; sketches of geometric patterns.

Architecture

The Architecture category is for artwork of an architectural nature. This does not mean that this category only contains blueprints. Imaginary or impossible structures are allowed as well.

Examples: a drawing of the Empire State Building in New York City; sketches of a dungeon layout; illustrations of castles; 3D renderings of an imaginary space station.

Concept Art

The Concept Art category is intended for prototypical artwork, which usually includes initial ideas for items and environments in the real world, or ideas for virtual items or environments, with the intention of actually developing these ideas into the final items.

Examples: designs for a new motorcycle; prototype renderings of battle armour suits for a video game character; sketches of a new garden layout.

Fan Art - Animation/Comic

The Fan Art - Animation/Comic category includes fan art from any non-asian animation or comic. This can include fan characters that you have developed in relation to any non-asian animation or comic.

This does NOT include any original artwork or comics that you have developed that is unrelated to any non-asian animation or comics.

Examples: images of a fan-created Spiderman character; a drawing of the X-Men; images of characters developed in a fan-created story in the Lilo & Stitch universe.

Fan Art - Anime/Manga

The Fan Art - Anime/Manga category includes fan art from any asian-based animation (anime) or comic (manga). This can include fan characters that you have developed in relation to any asian-based animation or comic.

This does NOT include artwork from any independent comic that you have developed on your own, drawn in a similar fashion as asian-based animation or comics. This does NOT include any separate artwork drawn in a similar fashion as asian-based animation or comics.

Examples: images of a fan-created Pokemon character; illustrations of mecha from Gundam Wing; images of characters developed in a fan-created story in the Sailor Moon universe.

Fan Art - Book

The Fan Art - Book category includes fan art from any published book, novel, novella, or short story written by someone other than yourself. This can include fan characters that you have developed in relation to any book, novel, novella, or short story.

This does NOT include any artwork from any book, novel, novella, or short story that you have developed on your own, that has not been publicly published, or isn't related to a publicly published work.

Examples: images of a fan-created Harry Potter character; drawings of characters from Battlestar Galactica; images of characters developed in a fan-created story in the Lord of the Rings universe.

Fan Art - Celebrity

The Fan Art - Celebrity category includes fan art from any celebrity, be it entertainment industry or political, from around the world.

This does NOT include fictious celebrity characters.

Examples: images of Peter Gabriel; sketches of Mel Gibson; satire images of George W. Bush.

Fan Art - Game

The Fan Art - Game category includes fan art from any card, board, role playing, or electronic computer/console/arcade game.

Examples: images of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII; drawings of Felicia from Dark Stalkers; illustrations of a bugbear from Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

Fan Art - TV/Movie

The Fan Art - TV/Movie category includes fan art from television shows and movies that are not animated. This includes fan-created characters that are related to any television show or movie.

Examples: images of fan characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer; illustrations of characters from Star Trek; images of characters from fan-created stories from the Matrix universe.

Fan Art - Other

The Fan Art - Other category includes fan art of anything not included in the other fan art categories, such as fan art of other people's web-comics, characters, and stories.

This does NOT include images based off your own works. It's hardly fan art if you're drawing your own characters.

Examples: images from your friend's web comic; drawings of characters from a fan-created story.

Fantasy

The Fantasy category is for images depicting characters, locations, or events portrayed in a fantasy setting. This can be high fantasy or low fantasy. While not necessary, it may also be related to existing fantasy stories or fairy tales.

Examples: images of mythological creatures; drawings of the Knights of the Round Table; illustrations of barbarians fighting dragons.

Fashion Design / Costuming

The Fashion Design / Costuming category is for images and photographs related to fashion and costuming. These can include drawings of designs you've created, as well as photographs of in-progress or completed projects. Subjects can range from typical clothing that you've designed and created from scratch, or costumes or costume parts that you've created from scratch, either for a person, an animal, or a doll, action figure or model.

This does NOT include images or photographs of store-bought clothing or costumes, or costumes you didn't create or design. This category can, however, have photos of costumes that you designed, but had someone build for you.

Examples: design illustrations of your next Halloween costume; photos of your completed Master Chief armour suit from Halo; photos of your made-from-scratch prom dress.

Furry / Anthropomorphic

The Furry / Anthropomorphic category includes images of characters that are animal in nature. This includes non-anthropomorphic (animals in their natural form), anthropomorphic (animals with humanoid traits), weres, and 'taurs. Furry does not mean your character has to have fur; it could have feathers or scales, as well. This also includes 'toon animals.

Examples: images of Bugs Bunny or Sonic the Hedgehog; drawings of your humanoid feline character.

Humanoid

The Humanoid category includes artwork containing human and humanoid characters such as elves, faeries, dwarves, etc.

Examples: images of faeries dancing; drawings of an elven search party; illustrations of cowboys.

Landscapes

The Landscapes category includes any kind of image where the landscape is the intended focus of the image. This includes fantasy, science fiction, alien, and reality-based landscapes.

Examples: images of a lunar landscape; illustrations of a desert at twilight.

Miscellaneous

The Miscellaneous category includes any artwork that does not fit into any of the other categories.

Examples: images of cars; nonsensical doodles.

Models / Miniatures / Resin Kits

The Models / Miniatures / Resin Kits category is for images of models, miniatures, and resin kits that you have completed, painted, customized or otherwise have put work into or are putting work into (in-progress photos).

This does NOT include photos of toys, untouched models, pre-finished miniatures, or pre-painted resin kits.

Examples: photos of a Warhammer miniature you've assembled and painted; photos of a resin kit of Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost In The Shell you've assembled and painted.

Photography - Abstract

The Photography - Abstract is intended for photography of an abstract nature. The focus of the images in this category is not a solid subject, but rather an abstraction of reality.

Examples: extended exposure photos of lights in motion

Photography - Animals

The Photography - Animals category is for photos whose focus is animals. This could be any kind of animal, in almost any situation: in nature, at a zoo, in your own back yard.

This category is NOT intended to be a general photo album of your pets, but rather artistic and well-composed photos of animals.

Examples: photos of a pride of lions at a zoo; photos of high-speed photos of hummingbirds at a feeder.

Photography - Architecture

The Photography - Architecture category is for photography involving architecture and architectural designs.

Examples: photos of old buildings; photos of castles; photos of modern buildings.

Photography - Landscapes

The Photography - Landscapes category is intended for photographs whose focus is the landscapes, themselves.

Examples: photos of tree-lined roads; photos of country landscapes; photos of sunrises at the beach.

Photography - Nature

The Photography - Nature category focuses on photos of nature. This includes plant life, animal life, and environments that occur in nature.

Examples: photos of oceanfront areas; photos of squirrels foraging.

Photography - People

The Photography - People category features photos of people, in general. The photos' focus are the people in the image, but not necessarily in a portrait setting.

Examples: photos of people in a park; photos of basketball players in action.

Photography - Other

The Photography - Other category is for photos that do not fall into any of the other photography categories.

Examples: photos of custom PC case mods; photos of antique industrial equipment.

Portraiture

The Portraiture category is for images or photographs of people in a portrait setting. A portrait setting is a character or person set in a pre-set environment, with the focus primarily on the character or person, usually their face.

Examples: an illustration of Captain Picard; a photo of a model in a thematic setting.

Science Fiction

The Science Fiction category is for images depicting characters, locations, or events portrayed in a science fiction setting. While not necessary, it may also be related to existing science fiction stories.

Examples: image of a space captain on the bridge of his starship; illustration of a futuristic soldiers.

Serial Artwork (Comics)

The Serial Artwork (Comics) category is specifically designed for your comic strips.

Still Life

The Still Life category is for images depicting still-life subjects.

Examples: illustrations of stuffed animals in an artistic arrangement; photograph of a table centerpiece.