Hello all fans of history and Hetalia!
This group collects Hetalia fanwork that focuses on history, and informs the fanbase about the greater historical context surrounding our favorite characters.
READ THE RULES BEFORE SUBMITTING SOMETHING
I. About Informative Notes
II. The Rules
III. Automatic Rejections
IV. The Folders
VI. How to deal with unpleasant history
About Informative Notes
RULE NO. FANWORK MUST BE HISTORICALLY INFORMATIVE.
We believe that notes are the most adequate means for sharing information. That is why we require you to provide in your note a few lines, in your own words, about the event, person, movement, etc. that you are portraying.
In this group, we don't support the ideal of "art speaking for itself". Though, we must admit that there are some few remarkable exceptions (very few exceptions). If you think your art is one of them, feel free to leave your note in blank. Nevertheless, without written information, we have to judge historical content on art alone, and are much more likely to reject pieces. So save yourself the trouble and just write something!
What do you need to write? It depends on your focus (and the folder you are submitting it into), but in general, this is what we are looking in an informative note:
1. Name the event, person, movement, etc. and provide an accurate description of it or the person. The description should give a viewer who has no idea what the event is, a basic knowledge of the event.
2. Explain the impact or effect of the event, person, movement, etc. on history and/or the present + modern society. Or if it's a costume, explain the significance of the costume.
3. Make sure that the information actually links to the artwork or literature your work is referring to.
(For example, if I were to draw a picture of Australia and then stick the lyrics of Advance Australia Fair on it, then give you a detailed analysis of Australian taxation over the past two decades, would that be relevant??)
We don't want a thesis for a note. I mean, it doesn't have to be long, just a brief but concise description of what your work is portraying.
OCs must have relevant historical information in every author's note, and in the case of "regions", a justification of why you think that they are distinct enough from the canon countries to have their own personification.
Shipping: We accept pieces with shipping in them, but it must be a side aspect to the main piece. Shipping is great and wonderful, go out and enjoy it, but the purpose of this group is for historically informative pieces, not to use history to support your favorite relationships. If a piece is a simple shipping piece without going into the history of the pairing or the significance of the relationships, or if it justifies "love" through hate, widespread violence, rape, or war, or other criteria that lead to hatred between nations, then we will not accept it.
Please submit to the correct folder. Otherwise it will be rejected. We want you to pay close attention to the type of historical information your deviation is providing. Besides, it will save us the pain of moving deviations around. Just put it in the right folder and it'll make everyone's life easier.
We do not accept WIPs nor Project Announcements
We love to see the process of your work, and we sure are glad to hear that you will be working on a historical Hetalia project, but we prefer to have the final piece of art in our galleries.
We do not accept alternative history pieces, recent events art, or speculative fiction/future stories.
An event must be at least 10 years old for us to accept it as historical.
We do not accept pieces with art not made by the original artist. This includes traced bases, photo backgrounds, and fanfic plagiarism. Exception for photograph backgrounds: If the photo is a stock photo, or a photo that the artist took themselves, it is welcome. Stock photos need a link back to the source, however.
If at all possible, when using a photo reference please link to the the source of the photo. This is particularly important for historic uniforms.
We will automatically reject any fanwork that doesn't reflect the artist's research and understanding on the topic their art is focusing on. Our rejections are mostly based on the artist's note, so make sure that the note on the fanwork you are planning to submit DOES NOT have the following characteristics:
1. Tells the audience to look up the information for themselves
2. Only provide an external link (e.g. Wikipedia), and tells the audience to "check the link for more information".
Important: if you provide an external link just to complement your research and prove the reliability of the information you already provided in your own words, then we will accept it. What we do not accept is art that relies only on a wikipedia link as a free ticket to enter the group.
3. Copy-pasted information.
4. Not enough information: We felt your work and/or note poorly reflected actual research.
We will also automatically reject this type of fanwork:
1. Art unrelated to Hetalia: This might sound ridiculous and not worth mentioning, but we have indeed received art related to history, but not to Hetalia... So please, stick to the series.
2. ART SOLELY BASED ON THE ANIME OR MANGA
PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THIS IF YOU'RE PLANNING TO SUBMIT SOMETHING TO THE COSPLAY AND CLOTHING AND COSTUMING FOLDERS.
Let's be realistic: the anime and the manga do not provide much historical information, and sometimes reenacts some events with doubtful accuracy. THAT'S WHY THIS GROUP EXISTS! This is a group for artists to explain the historical facts that Hetalia doesn't fully explain, or doesn't explain at all!
3.Tribute pieces to disaster and tragedy:
These will be automatically rejected as not being historically informative and often in bad taste. There have been several journals about this topic. The first of these was written in quite a bit of anger, but the basic reasoning behind why tribute pieces are unacceptable is this: This group is about historically informative fan work. A tribute piece does not inform people about the history, and invites the audience to gawk at human despair.
If you believe your art has been mistakenly rejected, please ASK RIGHT AWAY! We tend to not give explanations of our decisions since we expect you to read the rules and realize what you did wrong (besides occasionally being too lazy, busy, or tired to explain). Yet, if you feel like the rules don't give you an explanation on what's wrong with your deviation, you have all the right to demand for one! Don't hesitate to ask!
Saved for monthly features and / or contest winners. Members sadly can't submit any deviation to this folder... but we definitely encourage you to improve your skills so one day you find one of your works here!
For illustrations of important humans and accompanying biographies. It is always nice to have links to the picture references that an artist used.
For illustrations which depict historical events. A deviation here should depict the event realistically OR interpret the event with an explanation of the interpretation in the artist's comment. We do want to see evidence of historical research.
Clothing and Costuming
For illustrations of canon or non-canon characters pictured in accurate or modified versions of historical clothing. We care about accuracy and details in the art, links to references encouraged. Do not submit cosplay here.
Society and Culture
For all deviations that capture the general feeling of a period, or focus on particular policies, historical trends, or things of that nature.
A folder for all fan created characters. Relevant historical information with each piece required.
Fan fiction and written homage to the Hetalia fandom belong here.
For ALL Pictures of fans in their historically accurate Hetalian grab. Please only submit things that are historically relevant. For example, Pirate England, Conquistador Spain, Imperial or Soviet Russia, etc. Author's notes encouraged.
Everything that tells history through the medium of panels, text and art belong in here.
If your deviation is well-researched and cultural, but not exactly historical, you can always submit it to our sister group Cultural-Hetalia.
Also, if you aren't certain on which folder suits your deviation the best, don't hesitate to ask us. Send us a private message or post a comment on the group with a link to your deviation, and we'll help as much as we can.
Why has my piece been rejected?
Probably because we felt that it was too shippy, which is the rule most ignored by submissions. However, it might be that you submitted during a time when the admins weren't able to moderate it. Many of our mods are full time students, and around finals and midsems, we don't check dA as often as need be to have a full vote on all of the pieces. Fanfic in particular takes a long time to decide upon.
Why can't I submit a piece?
We have a submission cap of 10 pieces per week from each person. If you are more productive than that during the average week, congratulations, but please don't submit everything at once.
Can you affiliate with [AHetaliaGroup]?
Affiliation with fellow deviantArt groups is always open. Please send your request directly to the group.
Are you affiliated with [aTumblr/zerochan/photobucket] account? I saw my art on there, and they linked to you.
There is a huge problem with art theft all over the internet as we all unfortunately know. A lot of fanwork is being taken from dA and posted without the consent or knowledge of the original artist on sites like zerochan and Tumblr. We've recently found out that at least two Hetalia Fanart Tumblrs have linked back to our group, and probably have been getting fanart to post by browsing through our gallery. We have no way to stop them without making the group private (something we're not entirely certain how to do). We don't approve of it, but we're really not certain how to solve the problem. Any information on how to stop it would be greatly appreciated.
Why did it take you so long to do [whatever thing] that could have improved the group?
Because the Admins run around in a petty democratic bureaucracy, and we don't make changes until there has been a majority decision to change things. We do propose changes and discuss them, but we also wait until most everyone agrees. Also, the power to do a lot of the structural changes that we've been doing falls entirely on one account, so even after a decision is made, that one person has to get online, and put the changes into effect.
How to deal with unpleasant history:
We assume that the art in our galleries was made with the intention of discussing history, even the disgusting aspects like colonalism, rascism, sexism, etc. There are depictions of Nazis in our gallery. We do not want to glorify these things. We ask that comments on these deviations are respectful, rather than angry, but we also want the art in our galleries to be respectful of the various horrible things that humanity has done.
If a deviation in our gallery crosses the line between respect and disturbing, please contact the mods about it via group note.
Thank you for reading everything till the end! We are constantly looking for ways to make this group a nice place to be around, full of art where you can always learn something new.
Feel free to give us some feedback about the way we are managing the group, as long as its with the purpose of improving!
Let's all show the world that us artists can make Hetalia a cool way to learn history! So open that old and dusty history book, get your materials ready, and START MAKING ART!
(Taken from blog posts and admin forum posts made by CrimsonLayers, Ashewalton, Unworldly-Battue, Rikussandow, Mangaka9 and compiled by MorriganFearn, Zitenshi, and ChromaticSkies. Decorated by Zitenshi)
Last edit: September the 27th, 2014 by Zitenshi