Lupinar Art FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

As an art community, Lupinar encourages you to create your own avatars, and your own territories. With the diverse amount of species we offer, you’re able to explore a range of colors and animals. We welcome a variety of different styles, as long as the rules are understood.

Lupinar currently has two ways users can upload their own customized artwork: as poses and as backgrounds that can be used as private rooms. To be able to upload custom artwork you must have a subscription.

What are the pictures above my name?

The pictures shown above your name are what we like to call avatars, otherwise known as poses. They represent who you are on Lupinar. We provide a variety of avatars for our users that can be used in a variety of ways. You can move them around, change the way you are facing, and even interact with other users with them while you’re hanging out in a public or private room.

How do I change my avatar?

You can do this via the body shop. The bodyshop is where you can change your avatar’s colours, your avatar itself, and even flip through the poses to see what is included with your avatar.You can access the bodyshop through both rooms and the map. If you would like to enter the bodyshop through the map, look to the left of your screen. Do you see the first tab on the side titled “Entrance?” Hover over that. You should now see a drop down bar beside it. Click “Avatars: Custom Colors.” This will take you to the bodyshop. Here, you can do what you please with your avatar to make it more unique. You can also visit the body shop by typing !go poses while in the chat this will prompt a new tab to open that goes directly to the body shop.

What are private rooms?

A private room is a room that is owned personally by a member of Lupinar. These rooms do not appear in the public room list but in their own separate section at the bottom of the Mysts. In a user’s private room, the room owner can set their own room rating and rules for their guests to abide by. To upload and use a private room you will need to have a subscription.

How do I get a subscription for custom rooms and poses?

To upload your own custom poses, you will first need a subscription. You do this by purchasing deltas. To purchase deltas, make sure you are on the Lupinar map. Look to the left of the screen. Hover over “Account.” There should now be a drop down bar beside this tab. Click “Buy Deltas.” This is where you can purchase your deltas. One delta equals one United States dollar. You must buy a minimum of five deltas at a time. (You can also earn deltas by colouring, shading, drawing poses, etc!)

After you have obtained some deltas, you now need to change your subscription level. The default level is “Free,” which is what most start out with. With a free account, you are allotted no custom objects, rooms, poses, or other features. To get a subscription, once again look to the left of the screen while on the map. Hover over “Account” once more. Click “My Subscription” when the drop down bar appears. Here you will be able to choose your subscription. 

How do I get custom poses and rooms?

After obtaining a subscription, you can now get to uploading poses and rooms! There are multiple ways you can get your own pose or room: you can draw it using an array of art programs such as GIMP 2, Photoshop, FireAlpaca, Paint Tool Sai, or even browser supported programs such as Sumo Paint. You may also purchase them from another artist, which is known as a commission. There are even premade poses and rooms that are created by artists of any Chatlands Premade Market (known as the Tribe Market here); they can be colored instantly after purchase. Artists have even created a bountiful selection of free poses available on forums associated with Chatlands, such as the Wolfhome Forums, and our forums! Remember, they need to be coloured correctly before they can be accepted.

Where can I find poses and rooms?

You can obtain a pose by either finding freebies from trusted sources, purchasing a greyscale from another artist or ordering a custom pose from an artist. You can find a variety of poses you can purchase or use for free on the Lupinar Forum or other Chatlands sites. You may even find some on sites such as Deviantart. However, take extra caution when finding poses on sites outside of chatlands as some sources may not be reliable.

Unreliable sources include: Photobucket, Imgur albums, Google, Flickr, Tumblr, Discord or other links that lack definitive permission will not be acceptable. If you are ever unsure, please contact a member of the Art Staff.

I can’t colour my poses! What do I do?

There are multiple ways to get your poses colored. If you’re unable to download a program and color them yourself, we have the request section in the forums! Post what you need colored as well as a reference, then wait for someone to reply offering their services. Or you can look in the service section to see who is already offering their coloring services.

What are some tools for drawing and colouring?

Free Drawing tools:

Pixlr

Sumo Paint

Adobe Trials

Gimp

FireAlpaca

MediBang Paint Pro 

Now that I finally have a pose or room, how do I upload it?

You can find the uploader in the map by hovering your mouse over “Entrance” and clicking “Uploader: Custom Poses.” From there you can follow the instructions to upload your very own pose. Be sure to follow all pose and room regulations. These will be shown below to ensure that you will definitely get your pose accepted.

Why can’t I use my pose or room right away?

The manual review process is to make sure that the pose meets Lupinar’s standards and is not stolen artwork. Since your pose needs to be accepted by an Artstaff member, you’ll have to wait a short period for your pose to be processed. Art staff are flexible in their schedule so a pose may take only 5 minutes or up to a day to be reviewed. If a pose has questionable material, it may appear to “sit” in the uploader while we discuss it; an Art staffer will always contact you via chat or message if this is the case.

If you see an Art member on duty, it is not against the rules to ask them to review your pose(s); however, each Art staff member has a personal preference so it is not guaranteed they will review your pose even if you ask. Do not harass an Art staffer to get your pose reviewed; there is a fine line between asking nicely and bugging an Art member to review your pose. It may lead to a ban. If you have just uploaded your pose try to give it an hour or so before you ask someone.

Wait, Artstaff? What’s that?

The Art staff is a volunteer group of administrators (and sometimes users) who process poses that are stored in the uploader. They will either accept or reject them depending upon the quality or subject. They are also available to answer any and all art related questions as well as keep a watchful eye for art theft. If you have issues with any pose it is always best to ask them!

Users can be Art staff?

Certainly! These users do the same work as any admin that is on the Art team. 

What is art theft?

Art Theft is an act of claiming ownership of artwork that does not belong to you. We try our best to make sure art theft is not a problem, hence why it asks proof of permission when uploading a pose. If you upload art that is not your own it is considered stealing and can result in a ban. Make sure you know that the source of the image you’re uploading is qualified for our artwork standards. You may use sites such as DeviantArt as long as there is a statement somewhere in the image or description of that picture saying that you have permission from the artist to use that pose.

In the “proof” section of the uploader, it is asked that you provide a direct link to the forum page you obtained the image from. If you are the artist, you may use an online gallery or forum post for reference. Toyhouse links are also acceptable so long proper permissions are listed.

So, what poses are allowed in the public rooms of Lupinar?

Lupinar has adjusted its previous pose rules by allowing more diverse species to be used in public rooms. Lupinar mainly features Cenozoic creatures as its default poses but users may upload avatars that are human, plants or non-electronic objects, anthros and weres. (They do not require clothing so long as they are not sexually exposing themselves). Additionally, chibis and gag poses that contain proper anatomy are now allowed.

There are 19 species categories on Lupinar The categories listed below are acceptable in all Lupinar public rooms:

Amphibian category → frog, toad, newt, salamanders, etc.

Aquatic category → fish, shark, whales, dolphins, etc.

Arthropods category → insects, spiders, crustaceans, etc.

Avian category → crow, eagle, hawk, pigeon, owl, song birds, etc.

Bear category → grizzly bears, brown bears, panda bears, etc.

Canine category → wolf, fox, coyote, hyenas, domestic dogs, wild canines, etc.

Feline category → lion, tiger, tabby cat, siamese cat, domestic cats, wild felines, etc.

Human category → any human or human-related variations, etc.

Invertebrates category → jellyfish, mollusks, octopus, sea star, etc.

Marsupial category → kangaroo, koala, possum, etc.

Mythical category → dragon, unicorn, griffin, etc.

Prehistoric category → dinosaurs, velociraptor, triceratops, pteranodon, etc.

Primate category → ape, monkey, lemur, etc.

Reptile category → lizard, crocodile, alligator, snake, etc.

Ungulate category → deer, camel, horse, cow, antelope, pig, etc.

Woodland category → raccoon, squirrel, mouse, beaver, bat, etc.

Inanimate object category → non-living objects, clouds, rocks,plants, etc.

Undead or gore category → any pose with undead themes, or excessive gore. (18+ public rooms ONLY)

The categories listed below are not acceptable in Public Rooms, only Private Rooms:
Large prop or object category → any pose with an overly large prop or object as well as large electronic items.

Guidelines

18+ Rooms

Lupinar does have few mature (18+) areas for our older users. That being said the art team has decided to allow gore poses in these rooms. They will not be permitted in any of Lupinars 14+ rooms. NSFW poses will NOT be allowed on Lupinar regardless of the room rating.

General Rooms

 Poses may feature large breasts so long as there is something covering the nipples or there are no nipples drawn on. (This goes for males and females!). NO NSFW content of any kind is acceptable on Lupinar (this means explicit genitalia or extremely suggestive/sensual content) poses may not contain reproductive organs or other overly sexual materials. Below is a list with more specific examples of what is and is not acceptable.

Lingerie (for example babydolls, lace etc.) is acceptable in public rooms so long the character does not appear to be suggestive/overly sexualized.

Thongs, g-strings, micro bikinis, and otherwise suggestive clothes are NOT acceptable on Lupinar

Harnesses, collars, and leashes (granted they are not presented in a fashion which is overtly sexual/suggestive) are acceptable in public rooms. Other forms of bondage/fetish gear (such as bondage masks, ball gags, restraints, etc) are NOT acceptable on Lupinar

Clothes that would appear to expose otherwise covered explicit parts (such as crotchless panties, shirts/sweaters with the front removed, etc), even if those areas are not exposed (meaning no explicit genitalia or nipples), are NOT acceptable on lupinar and will be treated as NSFW

Characters that appear to be pole dancing are not acceptable on Lupinar and will be rejected.

Pubic hair in any fashion (be it nude or appearing under clothes) are NOT acceptable; poses which may be mistaken for having pubic hair may be handled case by case.

As for weaponry, swords, knives, bows, etc., can be used so long as they are not being directed at others in a harmful manner. Examples of this would be a wolf cutting himself with a knife. Bloody weaponry is not allowed if it is being pointed at someone. Gun poses are not to be used if they are being pointed at someone in a harmful manner. This goes for all real weapons. Things like Nerf guns are just fine to be pointed at others. If they are being used in a humorous way, then they are fine.

Vulgar Language

No poses may contain language that is inappropriate. Any use of slang or slurs is not allowed on poses. Cursing is also not allowed on poses. This includes inappropriate gestures.

Aesthetic Quality

Aesthetic quality refers to the overall pose itself. These would be issues where the poses are absolutely unacceptable for chat because the proportions are way too off. It’s not often that poses are rejected for this reason because we encourage all budding artists to follow their dreams.

Poses with no real proper anatomy and/or poses that contain “emoticon” faces will need to be placed under their proper species category. Poses that contain proper anatomy will be placed to their respective species category and modern day items are placed under Large Props.

Let’s Talk About Tails

Lupinar does not accept tails which are over exaggerated and larger than the character presented in the pose. Tails which are seen more as an extension and “object” to the pose will be rejected. 

Pose Transparency

Perhaps one of the easiest malfunctions to notice is the presence of a background. No backgrounds are to be allowed with any pose. They must all be transparent so that they blend with whatever room they are placed in.

No Transparency: Solid color around the pose

Transparency: No visible BG around the pose.

Color

Unacceptable patterns include, but are not limited to: Pure black, pure rainbow, and not colored. Characters may be white, but if an accessory is included on the pose it must be colored in.

Focus

Poses must contain a certain level of sharpness. Poses shouldn’t be too blurry. This means that the pose must have a clear outline, as well as clear details such as the face. If a pose is too blurry once it’s sized properly, the sharpening tool can help make it less blurry. If it becomes an issue or you’re unable to make it less blurry, don’t be afraid to contact an Art staff member or ask your fellow community members 

Loose Pixels

Loose pixels are pixels that show up on the outside of your pose or along the edges of the outline. Lupinar strives for excellence, but not perfection. We understand that not every loose pixel is going to be taken care of. It’s nearly impossible to get every single, tiny pixel that is on a pose. Try placing the pose on a black background. This is an easy way to spot loose pixels that are crowding a pose. Another issue involving loose pixels would be a ghost halo. This is an outline of loose pixels that is attached to the actual outline of a pose, giving it a sloppy appearance. An example of loose pixels and a ghost halo will be listed below.

An example of loose pixels

An example of a “ghost halo”

Mirroring

All poses must have a left and right facing side. This allows you to “turn around” in chat. 

Numerous Characters, Plushies, and Pets

Poses may only contain one character unless there are other characters in the form of a plushie. Characters may have a “pet,” however the pet must be easily distinguished from the main character. Plushies may be up to twice the size of the average wolf, but no larger. 

Inanimate Objects as Poses

Most chat sites do not allow inanimate objects under anything but mythical. Contrary to popular belief, we believe it is fine for users to have inanimate objects. In fact, some of our AFK poses happen to be objects! There is a fine line between acceptable objects and unacceptable objects, however. We are of the early Cenozoic era, so our poses generally represent that. The only inanimate objects acceptable for public rooms are those of the old times. In other words: rocks, spears, bows, trees, clouds, moons, etc. As long as it won’t be disrupting the chat, we are just fine with it. Unacceptable objects for public rooms include, but are not limited to: sex toys, bloody weapons, giant chibi inanimate objects, modern day machinery, modern day items of any sort, etc. All objects must look like actual objects, not blobs. Characters may be using modern day items in their poses as long as they are appropriate for chat.

Outline

The outline is what makes or breaks the pose. Acceptable outlines include black outlines, whether thin or medium in size, or dark brown outlines. Poses may be lineless, but they need to be good quality in order to be accepted. Unacceptable outlines are very thick, broken, contain loose pixels along the outside of them, are neon, or are white and don’t match the pose whatsoever.

ACCEPTABLE:

UNACCEPTABLE

Copyrighted Characters

Due to copyright laws Lupinar can not allow its members to appear as characters that are protected by copyright. This includes pokemon, anime characters, Disney characters etc. The only acceptable poses for public rooms are when there is a plushie of the character with your own or your own character is wearing a costume of said character. Trainer characters with Pokemon in the pose are allowed. Ken Sugimori’s Pokemon sprites, the original game/anime’s pokedex sprites, are not allowed. They are not free!

Shading

Poses do not require shading to be acceptable, however, there are certain guidelines to follow when uploading a pose that does not have shading as well as poses that have shading. If you’re uploading a flat colored pose, it must have either a solid black outline or one that is considerably darker than the color inside the outline to be considered acceptable on chat. This means that if your flat colored pose you’re uploading has no outline, pieces missing out of the outline, or loose pixels, then the pose will be deemed unacceptable and will be rejected.

There are many styles of shading that are recognized in their own way. Randomly placing shadows on your pose without regard to where the light is coming from will result in rejection. If you put thought into where the light would and would not hit, you should have no issues with your poses being accepted.Coloring can also not be too dark that the shading can hardly be seen. All forms of shading are acceptable as long as there is a proper light source, the shading is prominent enough, and it is easy to tell that there actually is shading.

Size

Poses need to be a certain size to be acceptable on Lupinar. Below you will find a variety of size charts that will help you judge. 

Rooms

Rooms follow a similar guideline as poses, but are more lenient. Your private room background doesn’t need to have shading, but it has to look somewhat like a room. Solid colors, broken screen pictures, and photographs (whether you or someone else took it) are not acceptable. If you’re unsure if your desired background would be acceptable or have any other questions, feel free to contact a member of the Art staff.

Who do I contact if I have any further questions or feedback?

Current Art Staff members: Beebo, Ceribius, Bull, Antlers, PHAUX, Neko, Kita, Darl, & SP0