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Of originality and community.

The Spirit of Mechanical Design

Welcome! You've arrived in a community of people devoted to the art of original mechanical design. And like creating art itself, we only have a few prerequisites:

:bulletblack: Enter with an open and focused mind, always ready to practice and improve.
:bulletblack: Show us your best originality and effort, relative to your own abilities.
:bulletblack: Demonstrate utmost respect, to both yourself and to every member.
:bulletblack: Depart knowing you've learned something new, able to teach others when called upon.

So come on in, pick up your tools, and tell the world what "mecha" really means to you!

Gallery Submission Guidelines

Are you interested in sharing your art with us? Great! We want to present the best that our artists have to offer. So before you contribute, honestly ask yourself the following...

1. Can I justify to myself and others that my design is mechanically-based?
2. Does it strive to be original and non-derivative?
3. Does it focus on the design and not distract from it?
4. Does the overall quality reflect my skill level and effort?
5. Could this submission further the original mecha design community as a whole?
6. Am I willing to accept constructive criticism and help from others?

If you answered "No" to any of those questions, reconsider whether or not you should submit it to this group.

Gallery submission throttling

We're a large group, no doubt! To give everyone a fair chance to showcase their designs, #MechaDesigners implements daily upload limits to certain galleries. They may be raised or lowered as this group changes over time.

:bulletblack: "Featured": 1 per member every 24 hours.
:bulletblack: "Works in Progress": 2 per member every 24 hours.
:bulletblack: "Mecha Photographs": 2 per member every 24 hours.
:bulletblack: "Tutorials and Guides": not limited at this time.
:bulletblack: "Sketches": not limited at this time.
:bulletblack: "Favorites": not limited at this time.

Tip: submit your personal best and favorite work, not necessarily everything you make. This way, we can see your peak abilities, and perhaps help you improve further!

Explicitly disallowed submissions

As much as blacklisting certain designs hurts innovation, there are a few types that are not permitted in #MechaDesigners. Such works will be removed if proven and reported to us. Please inform us if this seems unfair!

:bulletred: Anything that violates deviantART's policies, including stolen art.
:bulletred: Mecha musume: males and females in armor as a fetish instead of protection.
:bulletred: Mainstream "consumer" mecha: this is very subjective, but here's an example: a redesigned iPod wouldn't seem as radical as a body implant for streaming audio, right? Nor would an electronic pop-up toaster be as cool as a giant laser bread-browner? Make your creation stand out from reality in some way!
:bulletred: Handheld weaponry, independent of other mecha designs: see our official affiliate #WeaponDesigners if you wish to share such works. Don't worry, they won't bite! :)

Last updated: March 20, 2011 @ 12:00 AM (GMT -5)
A brief heads-up: if you missed the previous Arsenal card game mecha design contest hosted by shanenopolis, here's a second chance to place your shot. Unlike the first round, Shane wants to see your B&W concept sketching skills at their finest, as opposed to your coloring and detailing abilities.

The event is currently ongoing and ends February 21st, 2014. Nine prizes of $40 each will be awarded to the winners, encompassing nine categories of hulking war machines. Ready to give it a try? Jump to the rules below, and be sure to view the entries as well!

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trev-rs Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  New member
Anyone interested in helping with some artwork?  My skills are limited, but I have the full framework for an overhead touchscreen mech game.
falloutboy9993 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi. I'm looking for a artist to create some mecha, tank, and aircraft proof of concept sketches for my pen and paper RPG. Skill level needs to be above amateur. I would like it if they would work in pen and paper with computer editing, but I'm not picky. No 3d models please. This is a paying commission. I would also need the rights to the artwork, but the artist will be credited with the work.
Send me a note if anyone is interested and we can discuss payment.
shanenopolis Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i recommend you send NOMANSNODEAD a note, he's worked for me before, and does good stuff.
falloutboy9993 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
He actually contacted me. His work was great but not what the project needed. Thanks!
sledgeviper Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
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