Submission Rules / FAQs
Here is a clarification of the submission rule plus some frequently asked questions.
*THE MOST COMMON FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS*
"Do you draw all of these? How do you draw all this so well?"
Almost all the artwork on this blog are submissions from our talented followers! If you like a particular piece, please look for the artist’s name in the post description or at the bottom of the post, and maybe check out their tumblr or even better give them a follow!
"How do I submit my art?"
"I draw lots of art in moleskines, will you check out my blog and reblog what you like?"
Don’t send requests like these, they will be deleted! Submit your art and it will be posted (assuming it follows the guidelines).
*SUBMISSION RULES PLEASE READ BEFORE YOUR FIRST SUBMISSION*
"All art *should* be drawn in a Moleskine" If this isn’t clear, Read This Post!
This blog is dedicated to the Moleskine journal “aestheic” if you will; the simple, rounded-corner journal with an elastic band and a pocket in the back. I know brandname Moleskines are a bit pricey and I have absolutely no problem with submissions that are in one of the many look-alike journals out there, I just ask: no spiral bound, no square corners, no colorful printed covers. Basically, if it’s not in a moleskine, make sure it’s not obvious. A simple cropping of the picture gets it 97% of the time.
"Include your name and a link to your website in the caption area"
Links back to your tumblr or other art portfolio are not only allowed but encouraged! However, please don’t link to every social media website you have, a link to your tumblr (or main portfolio) is enough.
"No product listing-style submissions are allowed"
Moleskine Lovers is a place to promote your work, but it’s not a marketplace so posts that read like product listings are not allowed.
In the caption, you may mention you take commissions or sell prints/customized journals and you may include a link to your online shop.
You may not include detailed product info (prices, dimensions, shipping info, etc), links to multiple listings, or the like.
Reproductions and Collage
Recreating work from artists you admire can be great practice and these pieces are allowed, however please include the name of the work/artist you are referencing (it’s just a good habit to have as an artist!)
Collage is also allowed, but please include the source of your materials in the caption (it doesn’t have to be a full bibliography, just the name of whatever magazine/book/etc you pulled materials from is fine).
Art and Content Standards
I will not judge the “quality” of your art or show preference to any submission. But I do ask you submit good, clear photos/scans of your art (light photoshopping is fine). And of course, submit art you are proud of. Some tips on getting good, clear photos.
As for content: nudity* is fine but keep it tasteful. Profanity is okay, but please no racial/ethnic slurs or hateful speech.
*Submitters are requested to select the “nudity” tag if their art contains any nudity. This will not affect your submission in any way, it is simply so any readers needing or wanting to block nudity can do so using tumblrsavior/xkit/etc..
MoleskineLovers reserves the right to edit submissions so they comply to the Submission Guidelines.
This included cropping any photos, deleting superfluous/spammy links, adding or deleted tags, deleting “product listing” information, adding missing sources or references (any content that is added will be prefaced with “mod note”).
*SOME MORE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS*
Frequency of Posts, Submission Limits
The queue is set to post 12 times a day and generally, submissions are published within 48 hours, please wait until then before inquiring about or resubmitting your post.
There isn’t a daily submission limit right now, posts are staggered so it’s not several posts in a row from the same person. If you submit more than 3 or 4 posts in a day, know it may take more than a day to see them all on the blog.
Alerts that your submission is approved
Tumblr now sends a message when submission are approved (which is great) but it doesn’t differentiate between a submission being published and being queued (which is ugh). If you get a message your submission was approved but don’t see it here, don’t worry, it’s in the queue. No need to message as ask what wrong. *Update* I’m not sure if this is still happening, if anyone wants to let me know.
Submitting other things beside personal sketches
While this blog mostly features peoples’ art and sketches, this is a Moleskine blog, and I welcome things like pictures of your moleskine, some kind of Moleskine related story, or links to other people’s Moleskine art. If you submit other peoples’ art, please please please include a name and link to their website.
If you submit a link, make sure it links directly to a Moleskine related post. Links to anything not moleskine related, or just to your blog (no matter how many moleskine posts you have) will not be approved.
The ask box is open and I welcome any questions. If you want your question answered privately, please say so. If you want to ask me something not related to Moleskines or this blog for whatever reason, I’d prefer you ask at my personal tumblr.
If you’re going to send a message asking for a follow: don’t. Messages like this will be deleted immediately. If you want followers, submit your awesome art, you’ll get followers.
The only types of posts allowed are photo posts and links.