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⦅ Welcome ⦆

【 Welcome to OC-Tea! 】
↬ We're all about the art here ↫

Everyone is allowed to join but please note that we do have a password! You can join regardless of whether you have an OC or not. You can find the join button on the left side of the homepage in the 'Group info' section.

ATTENTION: Joining requires a password hidden in our "Yays and Nays" sections! To make it easy, it's a question you have to answer in your join request. Be sure to read through our rules to find the password, otherwise we will not accept join requests! Here's a hint: It's tea related!

We currently have a two-per-week submission limit, so we don't want you to have to wait to get your art out there! Submissions can take between a few hours and a few days to be approved. Here is a tutorial on how to submit.

We hope you have fun here with us, keep on arting!

Requests | Members & Affiliations

► Join requests are open, just be sure to send us the password! Just click the Join button, which can be found on the left side of this page and type it there ♡
► By joining us, you are agreed that you have read all information regarding submissions and rules.
► Affiliation groups are open to all groups that have similar focuses

Please Note

► Be respectful to your fellow deviants and members! Rudeness will not be tolerated
► There is a zero tolerance policy for art theft. The submission will be removed from the gallery and the member permanently banned from the group.
► Please do not advertise on the front page, or submit advertisements. They will be hidden/declined.
► Any deviation you submit MUST state somewhere, either in the tags or in the Artist Comments, that your art contains an OC, or it could be declined.
We don't accept artwork that discriminates against any groups of people

What is an OC?

► OC stands for Original Character. It is defined by a character that you made for your personal use or for a project you're making. OCs are different from random characters in that OCs have a backstory and personality you gave them and you intend on remembering who they are, potentially using them again in the future. We do accept OCs, but not random characters.

► A variation on OCs would be FCs, which characters you made for an already existing series. These are welcome here too!

⦅ Yays & Nays⦆

Note that in order for a submission to be accepted, it has to explicitly state that it depicts one or more OCs either in the title, the description, or the tags. Tagging it with #oc always suffices!

If you have any questions about your submission or why your submission was declined, please send the group a NOTE with a link to your art, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!


► Artwork depicting one or more OCs or FCs
► Art 100% made by you [including collabs]
► Submission into the correct folders
► Your best work


► Stolen art and reposts
► Art made using a base (the exception is reference sheets). This includes stock photos and references. Texture stock are only permitted if properly cited with permission.
► Photography - UNLESS it's a high quality picture of a traditional illustration [Clarification]
► Things made with character makers/dress up games (ex. rinmaru games)
► Renders or traces of artwork you did not make
► WIPs (Works in Progress)
► Pornography or sexual nudity. We don't want to see anyone's Oolong!
► SFW fetishes (vore, hypnosis, BDSM, etc.)
► Literature, commission ads, etc.
► Pieces depicting political or controversial statements. We want to keep our group clean and not risk fights or offending others.
► Variations of the same submission
► Adoptable sheets
► 3D models (unless it is 100% made by you. Again, NO BASES!!)
► Rushed work/5 minute pieces
► Most MYO characters, closed/semi closed species [Clarification]
▶︎ If you wish to join our group, answer the following question in your request: what is your favourite drink?


► Your pet
► Real life people
► Self insert characters
► Public domain characters
► Random characters you don't intend to use again
► Your friends and family, or alternate interpretations of them
► Alternate interpretations or AUs of already existing canon characters


► We are NOT a group focused on high quality submissions ◄

► That being said, we only ask that you submit your best work. No five minute submissions, please!
► That also being said, 90% of the time if your submission is put into the correct folder AND follows all of the rules, it will be accepted.
► Submissions that will be rejected include poorly scanned/photographed pieces, and pieces that are 60% blank space (we suggest cropping your image in that case).

⦅ Submission Folders ⦆

Please ensure you read these thoroughly before submitting. If you are unsure, please send a note to the group with a link to your deviation, and we will assist you.

Current folders:

A folder showcasing the best of the best. Members cannot make submissions to this folder but admins can move artwork of superior quality to this folder to showcase it.

〚Reference Sheets and Bios〛
This folder contains any sort of reference sheet or biography of an OC, regardless if if they're an OC or an FC. The picture itself has to be in a reference sheet format; if only the description is this isn't the folder for it.

〚Fan Characters]〛
This folder goes both for fan characters on their own and fan characters together with a canon character. 

〚Comic Pages and Covers〛
Regardless of whether it's a oneshot or a page of your webcomic, any art with multiple panels goes into this folder.

〚Humans and Humanoids〛
Any art depicting one or more original OCs that are humans or humanoids, for example humans, trolls, fairies, demons, etc. This does not include anthros and furries, though kemonomimies fit in both this and the anthro and furry folder.

〚Anthro and Furries〛
Any art depicting one or more original OCs that are an anthropomorphic animal, object, or concept. Kemonomimies fit both here and in the humans and humanoids folder. 

〚Ferals and Animals〛
Any art depicting one or more original OCs that are an animal, no matter if they're intelligent or regular, existing or ficional. This can be anything as long as it walks on four (or more) feet, so mythological OCs are welcome here as well!

〚Other Species and Mixed Groups〛
If you're not sure about which category your OC would fit into, this would be the ideal folder. Examples would be monsters who aren't quite humanoid, sphinxes, and taurs.

〚Mature Content〛
Anything that has a mature content filter goes onto this folder. We will never accept explicit porn or fetish artwork, but things like artistic nudity, light gore, and pinups are accepted.

► If you do not see a category that fits your submission, please feel free to suggest a new folder via note to the group.
► Please send us a note if a folder becomes full!
All folder rules are in their respective folders, PLEASE ensure you read them before submitting


Hey everyone! Your cofounder ElithianFox here.

I'm excited to announce that with the help of our new admins, we cleared through the outstanding submissions in no time and we are ready to open again! Please make sure to read the updated folder guidelines on our frontpage before making any submissions.

Also note that we retired the Other People's OCs folder; anything that went to that folder in the past now goes to the regular folders instead!

Secondly, we selected a couple of new contributors already to help us clear the submissions faster. These aren't the final choice for admins, so if your comment is still featured in this journal's comment section you still have a chance to be selected in our second round!

Please welcome our new contributors!

:iconmaddiejk: :iconmariusofthesea: :iconyukininejeager: :iconcaptaincorcles:
:iconchronicallyqueer: :iconstardustted: :iconwildmoonchild: :iconoverlordyukihana:
:iconanonenone-mon: :iconthenikksters: :iconcoattailsofjustice:


We will be working together with them to keep the group running, to come up with fun events, and to create polls and journals for all of you to enjoy!
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⦅ Friendly Neighborhood Admins ⦆


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RoseRedTiger Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
just to make sure, if I make a 3d model of my oc 100% by myself, I can post it here right? Or am I misinterpreting the rules
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zpnn Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whats the status/queue for group applications?
nabi91 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Student Artist
New here lol
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GirlWithTheGreenHat Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
I've had a submission waiting to be approved for almost two weeks now, are the admins busy or was it simply overlooked? :confused:
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Lullaby-of-the-Lost Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will you accept artwork of a commission of another persons OC's, just curious?
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TerrorKing10 Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Is the password #oc?
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RueSinger Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So I think I fixed my submissions, but I can't find the rule about where OC/the name of the character should be. (I can't remember if that was this group or not, so many are running together (@_@)
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StarSketchMEH Featured By Owner May 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey, I accidentally submitted my oc to humans and humanoids even though it's supposed to go into the Reference Sheets and bio's. Sorry about that.
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Capramare Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Student Digital Artist
So I am just wondering. About how long does it take to have your submission approved by the admins? I have had several submissions that have been waiting approval for a long time now, maybe even around a month of waiting. So I am just wondering if this is a normal waiting period.
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SkyKristal Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Professional General Artist
I notice my art I submit here never get in..
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cartoonist66 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2018
I'm really upset. I submitted 2 pieces of my artwork a week ago to a group that still isn't in, yet people who have JUST RECENTLY posted their art get in within 7 hours. I had messaged the group about it and someone informed me that there are two groups who manage the art (Older art and Newer art,) but that shouldn't excuse anything. And I know there isn't anything wrong with my art because I FOLLOW the guidelines (Not to mention they would have messaged me). This has happened to me so many times in the past and I'm tired of putting up with it. I guess my art just isn't good enough.
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saltyalien Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Is this group still active? I'd love to join and I've send a request (group password included) and everything, but I haven't gotten any response. Not to sound impatient, of course :'D
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gaykinq Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018
seeing as my comment on my submission never got a reply, i would like to state that my work was declined under a false claim that i stole it. i would submit it again, but i have a feeling it will just be declined again.
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Reivash Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for accepting me to the group. I hope to contribute great work and meet as many of you as possible
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gaykinq Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018
so i made fanart of a person's oc who happens to be a cat girl. which folder is appropriate for the submission?
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Tece-Artiste Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've two questions for ElithianFox or any other member of the staff...

1> Is it possible to propose someone else's drawing but who represents one of my OCs?

2> Is it possible to propose a drawing representing both an OC and a non-original character?
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