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100 Art Scouts

Posted by Rrachel-chan - November 22nd, 2015

Today, I scouted my 100 artist for the Art Portal, and I decided to write a post about the matter, talking about how scouting has been lately and how it has changed during the years I've been here. I hope this can be helpful for people and also, work like a way for other artists to start scouting and checking the unscouting list of newgrounds more often.

I was scouted on early 2013 by Exedor, back then I got the Portal Invite from 3 different artists and to be honest, I didn't had a clue of what this was. I never knew there existed the scouting process until much later, when I noticed Exedor's name appeared on the bottom of my art submitions page. That was when I started to investigate about it and I understood what it meant, and eventually, I also started to scout people myself.

I don't know what it is, but now, on 2015, the number of artists that actively scout others is much lower... which makes me pretty sad. Seing people that have been submiting their art for months, or even years, with a decent quality and good content, but that are not scouted yet, is what made me write this. In the end, when you scout an artist, you are allowing their art to appear on the Art Portal, and have the chance to get more feedback about their creations, eventually allowing them to improve too. Is just a win/win situation and it doesn't take much time to do it. There are a lot of great artists waiting for this chance, is not full of spam as some people think. One of my latest scouted artists even made it to the Feauted Art Front Page a few days ago!

I decided to share my knowledge with people that might be interested in scouting artists, but that aren't sure which art to support, how to do so, or how this all works. I hope this can help someone.

1) Always make sure that the user is submiting their own art. One way to check this is putting some of their pieces on Google Image Search to check if there are any matches. Also, be sure to see if they have links of their other art pages up on their profile and don't judge the signature of their art by their username. Sometimes people sign with their username of deviantart or just their real name.

2) Give different Art Styles a chance. Just because you draw realism doesn't mean that cartoon draws are bad, neither if you draw digitally doesn't make traditional paiting bad. There are no rules on which art is worthy to appear on the Art Portal, and as long as you see that the user gives a lot of work on their creations and this ones are interesting, then that's all what matters. Not all people will get 5 stars but getting 2 stars doesn't make it bad.

3) Check that they submit their art with the right Age Rating. You know, Mature content must be published like it, and when it's nudity it must also be correctly announced on the rating of the piece. You need to be sure that the person you'll be scouting does this correctly since if you scout people that do things against the rules they will be pruned and you might be too, or get castrated.

4) If you are unsure when scouting someone, give them time! People improve and if they keep being active on Newgrounds they will keep publishing their art. Maybe in the future you'll be more confortable with scouting them. I highly suggest this with new accounts. If someone just posted 4 art pieces and registered on the same day, it's a better option to wait a little bit before scouting.

5) Finally, don't be scared to scout. Some scouting guidelines make it all sound quite scary because of the punishments there are for scouting the wrong people and so. But if you follow my previous advices, you won't have anything to fear.



Comments (20)

I think the biggest apprehension I have when scouting people is that they put images that look like stock. If it is apparent that they created it and/or they tell what they've used, and put in an actual description that really is legit coming from them, fine. But what I'm not fine with is when people steal art and call it their own, and they don't put up a DeviantArt link.

I have 33 art scouts, and until I do more, I think the best thing for me to do is just flag the stolen ones, to clear the way for true artists to be scouted.

Yeah, that's also a great way to help! And I agree, a lot of people use, for example, deviantart 'base' templates as they are called, and never leave credit either... but I guess those can be easy to spot on.

Congratulations and well done,mam!

Thank you!!

...I have 0 scouts despite being scouted myself.

Nothing wrong with that, no worries! (: But there's always the chance open there, if you get curious to see unscouted artists!

Good thing is you remind to scouted artist that they can scout to others :)

Yes, I hope this helped like that! :D

This is really helpful,someone should put this post up for everyone to see always!

I've actually been scouting people for the audio portal ever since I joined the review request club, although my progress has declined a bit since I've recently gotten busy again. Let's not forget above all that the scouting system applies to the audio portal as well; I say this because audio submissions get the biggest shaft in regards of traffic.

Indeed, I've noticed that the audio portal also needs more attention and help on that side! Sadly, I must accept I'm not very informed about the matter since I don't do audio submitions :c

I too dont understand the scouting process, i didn't have noticed it, i still have not been scouted.I thought I could begin to observe others from 4 posted arts, but not quite. Please scoute me! I really wish scout someone too!!

6) make sure they're good.

I really don't care about how many people are scouted, so long as they're worth being in the art portal.

If you're scouting lots of mediocre stuff, that will give a bad impression to the portal and the bar in quality keeps dropping down and down. Eventually people have to be unscouted, which is unpleasant for everybody involved.

I am totally in favour of more scouting to happen .... Just so long as you know of your responsibilities to maintain a beautiful, exciting portal.

What defines "good art" though? This is one of the mentalities that is not allowing people who work hard on their art to have feedback and get the chance to get more people to view their creations. I'm not saying that people who draw stick figures or just sketches deserve to be in, if you know what I mean, but as long as your art shows that you worked hard on it and you want to keep improving, it deserves a chance in my opinion. The Art Portal is not the Featured Art page by any means, beautiful art will indeed have it's recognition but it doesn't mean that only artists with years of doing and professional background can be the ones allowed to be in the portal.

Art can never be good or bad,really.It's a matter of perception and preference of the viewer and it's only up to the artist to do art his/her way:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain_%28Duchamp%29

That's art,baby.


Don't scout people to be nice.

You're doing nobody any favours as they get ignored in the main portal,
And you're making the place mediocre, losing any specialness to scouting and nobody would want to visit the portal.

It is up to you to decide if something is great, but honestly I find some of the stuff you scouted shouldn't be in the portal.

I never scout people to be "nice"... have you at least been reading what I'm writing?

We don't win anything from scouting people in the end, I do it to give them the chance to reach more people with their creations because they deserve it, and to make good art be noticed. I back up each and every artist I have scouted and I do not regret any of them, since one and each of all have something special on their style.

Newgrounds is not an exclusive page for professional artists in the end, there are all types of artists, amateurs as well. The art portal is not a place for "elite" in any way either. And as I said before, that doesn't mean I encourage people to scout everyone, but as long as you make quality content and put a lot of work on it, you should have the opportunity.

This is very important to mention. I've always wondered how the scouting process goes on, and figured some if not many don't do it themselves. It's very valuable that you have brought this up.

Thank you! :) and indeed!

I hope you don't mind me asking,miss but what qualities do you look for in an artwork?

Thank you for the helpful advice Rrachel.

After all of this, it's been years and I'm still not scouted. Blam and protect forever.

You've put a lot of work into your illustrations, as well as scouting for the Art Portal, thank you!

I guess TOAS is right (certainly is abrasive, isn't he?), in that scouted artists should be good as well as labor intensive with their pieces. The real problem is when artists think they can post any old thing to the Art Portal, instead of just to their art folder (for fans to see).

Hope you've been well and happy since you wrote this :3

Someone made something for you,haha:http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/681062

I was scouted once but now Im not, dont know if its because I dont constantly upload or becus of the guy who scouted me got "un-scouted", but whatever I still talk to other artists and try to improve my style drawing by drawing, and I also use the low-nothing power we unscoutted people have: recomending people to be scoutted, I wander the unscoutted artist section from time to time and i see a lot of good stuff, guys that constantly upload but the artist that scout are "nowhere to be seen" (kind of, we have exceptions like you, so thanks), well

TLDR: unscoutted people can also recomend artists (not themselfs of course) to be scouted

Tbh, I've been scouted pretty early but if that never happened, I wouldn't have cried a lot over it.
The internet is full of many other websites where you can post your art and -"tbh" X2- newgrounds is prolly not even the best of them on so many levels (too many jealous fanboys voting down, very hard getting exposure in comparison to other communities, etc).
That said, I've only scouted one so far, since scouting can be a very time consuming process, especially if you actually follow those above mentioned 5 points of yours.

Nice Post, anyway!
Good luck everyone. ^^

1) Always make sure that the user is submiting their own art. - if im doing a study (my last two uploads) is that considered what? - where is the exact line of own* art?

How have you been,my Friend?