What is Slothicorn Looking For? New Guidelines For Newbies //Monster Post!//

in slothicorn •  last year  (edited)

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Art from @ediah: https://steemit.com/slothicorn/@ediah/vector-art-portrait-2-stellabelle

I originally started Slothicorn as a Creative Commons project which had its primary goal to make cryptocurrency go mainstream through art.

As Slothicorn has grown exponentially over the last month, some talented artists were hesitant to get involved because of the Creative Commons requirement.

As a firm believer in organic growth, based on community and artist feedback, we have decided to allow artists to choose which license they want to use for their artwork. This means that the focus of Slothicorn has shifted more towards the needs and desires of creatives. Now, artists can choose to end their post with either the Creative Commons license or the All Rights Reserved @artistnamehere.

With the growth, so have the amount of low quality posts grown to an unsustainable level. I now see that a more fine-tuned focus and mission of Slothicorn is needed.

So, what the heck is Slothicorn looking for? And what is the purpose of Slothicorn anyway?

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Artist: Aldo Ojeda Creative Commons License

Our new mission is artist-centered and we want to attract exceptionally talented visual artists.

Art is 100% subjective, but most people know when they see something amazing. I want to focus on amazing artists for several reasons, and basically ignore and not vote for sub- and low quality artwork.

Slothicorn’s mission still remains the same: to help cryptocurrency go mainstream through art.

But our secondary focus is to find and nurture exceptional artists, teaching them how to navigate in a new crypto economy. Education about new blockchain tech, crypto basics, crypto gaming, collaboration and financial independence for artists is at the heart of Slothicorn.

We have to re-define what we are looking for. We are not looking for a badly drawn Cardano logo with a horn attached to it, that was slapped together in a matter of minutes. We are looking for talent, raw talent.

You know it when you see it.

The end goal is to find crypto solutions to the age old “STARVING ARTIST” problem, and allow creatives to work collaboratively in a way that is decentralized. Slothicorn aims to give artists tools, community and crypto education so that artists can become completely free, without having to slave away in a day job that sucks their soul dry.

Getting free means having multiple steams of income and learning new ways of accessing funding in crypto economies. Slothicorn is also a place where you can find creative weirdos. Much of the crypto world is dominated by programmers, many of whom are not artists. We can be the missing link for these programmers, and work together, marrying tech with the art.

I am increasing my SP delegation to Slothicorn to 70,000 in the next weeks. And our team of curators is only going to be upvoting work that is good (highly subjective). We want to focus on talented artists.

So, people will be asking how to format a post for Slothicorn now that our rules have changed.

We highly recommend that all artists put a QR code for a crypto wallet in their finished art submission. Here’s a website that generates QR codes for your crypto wallets:
https://cwaqrgen.com/

Here’s an example by a talented artist @yusaymon who did exactly this in his latest post:

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Notice how he incorporated the QR crypto wallet code into the art itself.

@yusaymon choose to submit his work under a Creative Commons license, but that is his personal choice. Please add a QR code crypto wallet to all the art submitted to Slothicorn for a couple of reasons:

  1. People can tip you directly if they decide to use your work in their project.
  2. It helps the cryptocurrency movement gain wider exposure in the art world.

Are you still wanting to know what we are looking for?

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Art by @rubenalexander

@rubenalexander created a 100 EOS logo series which is basically one of the most amazing things I have seen, and in fact, he was an inspiration for me to create an artist’s group that focuses on merging crypto with art.

Then people will say, “but Ruben didn’t add a QR code to all his artwork.” Yes, but he created massive value for the EOS community. This one project continues to help cryptocurrency go mainstream. Remember, think about our mission and let that guide your creativity.

Here’s another example of exceptional work by artist @erdavid that fits into our mission:

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Art by @erdavid

From this post: https://steemit.com/slothicorn/@erdavid/hands-and-coins-crypto-art

It takes your breath away right? And he included process shots, showing all the work he did for it.

If you don’t consider yourself to be a creative, and you’re not very skillful, you should post via Dmania, not Slothicorn since they are focused on quickly-made memes and other low-grade stuff.

Slothicorn is no longer going to be upvoting stuff that looks like it took 3 minutes to create.

If you’re new to Slothicorn and no one knows you, you should do the following:

  1. Create an Introduce Yourself To Slothicorn post in which you show off your previous art, tell us about your work and what makes you tick. This post will be your moment to shine, so we can all get to know you. This will also cut down on the plagiarists and scam artists (hopefully). If you need guidance, please read and model your own ‘slothicornintro’ post after this one by @wildempress: https://steemit.com/slothicorn/@wildempress/let-me-introduce-myself-to-slothicorn She did an awesome job of introducing herself to the Slothicorn community and providing us with this new idea.
  1. Think deeply about our mission and try to avoid drawing little cartoon slothicorns, (if you can please help it.) I didn’t start this group so that the masses would just only draw slothicorns. If you have a cool vision, and are feeling inspired by some fatty and magical one, then go for it, but if you’re just drawing some random, shoddy cartoon character with a horn on it expecting an upvote, you need to re-think your strategy a bit.

  2. Create your art and include process shots so that we know you didn’t rip off the art from some random place. At the end or in your art itself, add a QR code crypto wallet address. Then add either the Creative Commons license or a All Rights Reserved @yournamehere at the bottom.

Remember, we are an open source project, and if you’re a programmer, there are lots of opportunities for you. If you’re a programmer, data analyst, marketer or pro writer, consider posting via Utopian for rewards as well. If you don’t yet understand how Utopian works, consider spending a few hours to learn how it operates.

A big shoutout to @irwanumpal who has been doing an amazing job of welcoming people, curating and writing posts that I request. Thank you!

Also, in our Discord channel, I want to give shoutouts to @inquiringtimes (the ‘OG’ of Discord), @kubbyelizabeth, @juliakponsford, @albe and everyone else who has been welcoming new users to the crazy world that is Slothicorn. @fabiyamada has been very helpful too, as she worked with a friend to get a bot to import all the @slothicorn posts directly into our Discord channel.

We now have a full team of Slothicorn curators:

@playitforward
@drawingly
@stellabelle
@ghulammujtaba

@playitforward is the director for the Global-Collage project which is coming along nicely. Go into our Discord channel to participate after you introduce yourself and get a role. See this post for info: https://steemit.com/global-collage/@playitforward/this-week-in-global-collage-a-steemit-arts-community-collage-powered-by-steem-with-slothicorn

Ruben Alexander is the game director for Shop and Drop RPG, see it here: https://steemit.com/busy/@rubenalexander/shop-and-drop-rpg-game-on-part-deux

@justatouchfey has returned and is catching up with all the latest happenings in Slothicorn. She runs an account which is all about crypto gaming, so check out her latest here: https://steemit.com/cryptogames/@gametokenstech/march-2nd-2018-steem-games-news-update-steempunk-housing-updates-huge-slothicorn-updates-new-ork-hulk-game

There are many people involved now in Slothicorn, and it’s time to really ramp things up a notch. I’m sure there will be grey areas because this is an evolving group, and the needs will change, but I feel that these new rules are a more balanced approach, and allows artists more creative freedom. If you’re a talented writer and want to contribute to Slothicorn, send me a DM in Discord, so we can get some more writers on board. I”m @Stella in Discord. There’s also a channel named “Post Requests” where I sometimes put articles that I need written.

What questions do you have for us?

Official Slothicorn Links

GitHub: https://github.com/aslothicorn/welcometoslothicorn
Discord: https://discord.gg/jJaMSYR
Steemit: https://steemit.com/@slothicorn
Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamslothicorn
Giphy: https://giphy.com/channel/slothicorn

All artists whose work I used for this post will receive 2 SBD each for their contributions.

Stay Slothy,
Stellabelle

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I've been kind of away from Steemit for a while but I've been seeing slothicorn show up on my Twitter and IG streams. Fascinating project! BRAVA! BRAVO! Resteemed so my people can see this too (just in case they missed it.)

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How weird, I’ve been thinking about you❤️

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Is that why my ears are burning? LOL
No... Wait... Them's hot flashes. Trying to be present in the Steemit world again. ❤️s back!

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I missed you😍

I'm so looking forward to being part of Slothicorn... First I'll make a proper intro, and then hope to contribute to the movement! Cheers for the amazing initiative 🖖🏽

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Sounds good. Your art definitely looks cool and something that fits! We look forward to reading your intro post. Thanks!

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This is wonderful, went through some of your posts and you look to be a wonderful artist. Can you sync some crypto stuff in your art? If you're not sure how to so that, poke me on Discord and I will guide you!

That's the reason I didn't do anything for it, because of the forced Creative Commons.
It's really good you've decided to give the artists choice.
I won't be able to join now due to other projects I'm working on, but good luck to all involved. Looks fun!

Thanks for this . It really clarifies the mission. Perhaps I haven't been paying attention very closely, but I thought slothicorn was all about unicorns and sloths.

How very wrong I was. My Masters Degree in art is languishing, and my creative bones are aching.

Tokenised art work, rewards; and support for talented artists under the guise of a mythical creature is a great marriage of minds.

So many artists are pushed into obscurity by their media, or what the gallery; or institute they studied at supports.

The offer of monetisation was never there for, in particular; moving image. Now it is.

Thank you so much for this @stellabelle. The community needs more projects like this.

I think it's the right direction, for some more quality ;-)
Great job
Big plastic hug
Steemitri The Mannequin

Glad to be part of this awesome team helping in anyway that I can :)

Nice @stellabelle.... thank you for yuo support

This is what @slothicorn wants, no more sloths! We will be rewarding artists, pure artists now!

major post! that stellabelle portrait at the top is awesome. I'm gonna cut that one up and use it in a new gif collage

It's nice to see this clarification there have been so many questions lately, I hope this moves slothicorn in the direction of finding and supporting some quality art :D exciting!

oh so good! thanks for do this post, I'm new and I think that this post is so explicit to undertand how I must act

Hi, I would like to be part of this group to make my work better known, I just have to use the tag #slothicorn or should I first make the post of presentation? If I do not use the licenses of CC or copyright in the publications of my drawings will not consider me?

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Thank you for clarifying, I have a lot to see and learn to see if I can carve out a niche here. Not sure my work is that amazing, but some good artists seem to like it for some weird reason.

Hi everyone who is a part of @slothicorn and @stellabelle,

I am Laura (29) an Artist from Amsterdam living in Rotterdam. I would love to be a part of this movement! I am a newbie around here and I just uploaded my first Dtube video where I introduce myself and show a few artworks I created for my latest ‘IT-GIRL COLLECTION’. Please check it out over here:


I Am really lookin forward to get connected with more Amazing artists here on steemit and I am always open for new collaborations! If you would like to know more about me don’t Hold back and reply👌. And I am very curious about what you all think of my artworks☺️ Let’s get connected! Xxx Laura 9621F82E-5EAF-4B15-A5CB-02E67D87AE6B.jpeg

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Good job

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Thank you! @marxause!

This is an awesome movement and initiative to promote art more in the crypto world!!!! Thank you for supporting artists. My wife is an artist so I'm going to direct her to this page. @payalaggarwal, check this out.

Thank you for sharing and good luck with Slothicorn and keep moving forward. Looking forward to seeing more of the art the community produces

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Thanks for your enthusiasm, and we will wait for your wife to arrive. Check out our awesome GIF library that is free for all to use: https://giphy.com/channel/slothicorn

Exciting Project!

i've been keeping an eye on the slothicorn tags since i came across this project last week. im really glad you're trying to tackle the spam/chancers. ive not been on steemit long but it is swamped with trash which is such a shame.
i mentioned making some crypto jewellery a while back which i havent forgotten about, just need to work out how and what it will look like. looking forward to seeing more quality art through this. thanks for all your efforts!

Well... Thanks for the info. It clears up more on what this is for.

One day I will make a slothicorn art. Still haven't been inspired to make one. :)

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@slothicorn by the way, can we use the tag without any intro? I'd just like to use it without any art intro if possible for the meantime. Some people are using it without any intro and when I told someone about it I think they took offence so I'd like to be clear on that if possible.

Also if you suggest putting a crypto QR wallet, shouldn't we indicate which wallet it is for? Like if Bitcoin or Eth or whichever?

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@stellabelle

Or use it without being in Discord.^

Muy buen proyecto, Dios mio cada día hay mas y mas opciones.
Gracias por compartir. Éxitos.

Hello @Slothicorn. I am not certain if this is the proper way to introduce my work to you, but here is the link that will take you to my latest post with progress and finished shots of my sculpture of Abraham Lincoln for the State of Illinois: https://steemit.com/mspsteem/@kathleenscarboro/my-sculpture-of-lincoln-for-the-state-of-illinois-installed-in-2010

"The end goal is to find crypto solutions to the age old “STARVING ARTIST” problem, and allow creatives to work collaboratively in a way that is decentralized. " The "starving artist" problem exists for one main reason only - lazy artists who think the world owes them a living for being skilled. It doesn't. Most artists want someone else to do "the selling". It doesn't work that way. Getting an agent or gallery to represent you only happens if you ALREADY sell lots of art. All the free exposure in the world won't help an artist who refuses to learn about the business side of art, because they won't know how to or won't want to take advantage of opportunities that arise from it.

I commend you on changing the parameters to allow artist to maintain their copyrights. I occasionally write art business advice articles that I'd be happy to share with the Slothicorn community. I actually just got hired by a magazine in NYC to write an art business advice column thanks to the publisher finding some of my Steemit articles, so I'll be writing at least one a month that I'll share on here :)

This is what I’m actually looking for!! A platform that supports artist!!! So glad I have come accross this post!!! Looking forward to being in your community!!

Much amaze!

Great! I will start drawing right now!, (in fact, I draw every day hehe) :p

Hello, sorry I messed up your tag's spelling and noticed late, so my post got lost.
This is my new free creative commons attribution art (my previous was: free page dividers for all) :
https://steemit.com/slothcorn/@kristyglas/steemit-kittens-free-banner-some-tag-tips
I'll be more careful with the tag next time :)
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This project is wonderful and everything you are achieving!

¡Hola! @slothicorn creo que los códigos QR no aceptan para comprimir una billetera de steemit. Solo LTC BIT Y ETH, no tengo nada abierto con esas monedas, no las utilizo :(

If your (aka mine 😉) introduction to slothicorn post didnt get any upvote from slothicorn, is that to be considered non accepted (if you even need to be "accepted"?) Can i still use the slothicorn tag on my art posts?

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Click Here to Read our New Curation Policy And Updated Rules

You can use slothicorn tag whenever you are sharing your artwork, it should be your original work. Read the new rules and let us know if you have any questions.
(@ghulammujtaba)

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Great, thank you, i missed that one! Great work guys, can't believe you are recieving so many posts, crazy! Good policies, i agree, i like that a slothicorn upvote is a novelty rather than just up for grabs!

Just joined! Really happy with the community they're so nice!~