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Wolfhome is a two-dimensional graphical avatar chat, which allows for a unique visual element to portray yourself as your own virtual character in your own virtual habitat. These unique visual elements enable artists to create their own artwork to use as avatars or backgrounds, making Wolfhome an enriched artistic environment.

Customized Artwork
Wolfhome currently has three different ways you can upload your own customized artwork: as poses, as backgrounds that can be used as private rooms, and as objects to be used in private rooms. In order to upload artwork customized to your character, you must have a subscription.

If you are wondering about how to upload poses, please look here: for the Pose Uploader FAQ.

If you are wondering about how to upload private rooms, please look here: for the Room Uploader FAQ.





What are poses?
What are private rooms?
What are room objects?
How do I change my pose?
What is the Body Shop? How do I access it?
How can I get my own poses or rooms?
What is the Wolfhome Forum?
What are reliable sources for finding poses or rooms?
How do I obtain a subscription?
What are the species categories?
How can I upload my own poses?
What do I put in the permissions box?
What are the rules for uploading art?
How do I color my poses?
When will my poses be accepted?
What is the Art Review Team?
What is Art Theft?
What is Art Harassment?
How can I provide feedback?
I have a question not listed here?

What are poses? (back to top)

Poses, which are also referred to as avatars, are the images above your username. These images are what you use to represent yourself on chat. You can access a variety of different default pose sets through the Body Shop. If you have a subscription, you can upload poses customized to better fit your personality or character.
What are private rooms? (back to top)

A private room is a room that is owned personally by a member of Wolfhome. In a user’s private room, they can set their own room rating and rules for their guests to follow. These rooms are listed under “Wolfhome - Member Rooms” in the Wolfhome Mysts, and you must have a subscription in order to own one. For more information on private rooms, check out the site rules and the FAQ.
What are room objects? (back to top)

Room objects are images that “pop out” from the background in a Wolfhome room. You may find room objects in both private and public rooms. Here are a few examples of room objects in Wolfhome public rooms: the music player in Emerald Jungle, the wooden sign in Silver Isles Sanctuary and the North Pole sign in Icy Tundra. To use this feature, you will need to have a subscription on Wolfhome.
How do I change my pose? (back to top)

There are multiple ways to change the pose you are in. The first method is by clicking your current pose. Once you do so, a light blue box should pop up on screen with a list of all of your pose names. From there, you can select a new pose from your pose list. You can also use chat commands to change poses by typing !pose pose name here into the textbox and hit return (for example: !pose sit). You can also use chat commands to change the way your pose is facing by typing !face left or !face right into the textbox (please note: typing l or r instead of left or right also works).

To change the name of, delete, or regroup a pose on your pose list, please see this tutorial!

What is the Body Shop? How do I access it? (back to top)

The Body Shop is where you can change the colors of your default poses. If you have a subscription, it is also where you can upload custom artwork for your account.

Towards the very center of the moon-shaped Wolfhome map, there is a small floating island called “The Bodyshop”. If you click that, or click “Map Links” on the far left menu on the Wolfhome map, and select “The Bodyshop: Custom Colors”, it will take you to the Body Shop.
How can I get my own poses? (back to top)

To have your own custom poses or private rooms on your account, you must first purchase a subscription. The subscription level you have determines how many custom poses or private rooms you can use. Details about the different subscriptions can be found in the General FAQ.

Once you have a subscription, there are four ways of obtaining a pose. You may create your own or pay someone else to make you one (called "Customs"), buy a pose someone is selling for Deltas or dollars (called "Premades"), or use a free pose that someone else has labeled as free for all (called "Freebies"). Before you upload your pose, make sure you have permission to use it on Wolfhome. Some poses have certain restrictions, such as “no modifications allowed” to the original artwork. Make sure you respect the terms of each pose prior to using it!

Freebie and Premade poses are often in “greyscale” or “outline” form, and you can frequently find these poses on the Wolfhome Forum in the Freebie Emporium and Premade Market sections respectively. Custom poses are often fully colored and shaded, and can be commissioned through the Wolfhome Forum. A “greyscaled” pose refers to various levels of gray shading on the pose, while an “outlined” pose refers to a simple black and white pose. Before you can upload, these poses must be colored with your own markings, which can be done using programs such as Photoshop, SAI or GIMP.

Once you have your pose, you upload it and patiently wait for the Art Review Team to check it. Art Members check the pose uploader daily, and chances are your pose will be reviewed within a day or two, or even within hours of being submitted. However, a pose can be held for up to about a week if it is under discussion. If your pose is under discussion, you will be notified through a chat message or an e-mail with more information.
What is the Wolfhome Forum? (back to top)

The Wolfhome Forum is where members can share their artwork, post their commission prices, roleplay, play games and talk to one another. The Forum is separate from the chat, and requires registration, but it is recommended you have an account if you plan to upload artwork. Forum Administrators process forum accounts within twenty-four hours of the account’s creation.
What are reliable sources for finding poses or rooms? (back to top)

To find freebie poses, you should only trust the following sources:
Premade poses can be purchased in the Premade Market on the Wolfhome Forum.

To order a custom pose, you can locate an artist in the Artist Market.

Remember that miscellaneous or unreliable sources such as: Photobucket, Imgur albums, Google, Flickr, Tumblr, or other links that lack definitive permission will not be acceptable. If you are ever unsure, please contact a member of the Art Staff.
How do I obtain a subscription? (back to top)

To get a subscription, you will first need to purchase deltas. You can purchase deltas through the menu on the left side of the Wolfhome map. First select “My Account” and then “Purchase Deltas”. One United States dollar is equivalent to one delta on Wolfhome. You can purchase a minimum of ten deltas at a time. Once you have deltas on your account, you can change your subscription level from “Free”, which is the default subscription, to a paying subscription by going to “My Account” on the Wolfhome map and selecting “Upgrade Subscription”. From there, you can pick a subscription that best fits what you are looking for.
What are the species categories? (back to top)

There are 19 species categories on Wolfhome:
  • 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.
  • Inanimate object category: appliances, non-living objects, blenders, clouds, couches, lamps, etc. (This category is for private rooms only)
  • Invertebrates category: jellyfish, mollusks, octopus, sea star, etc.
  • Large prop or object category: any pose with an overly large prop or object (this category is for private rooms only)
  • 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.
  • Undead or gore category: any pose with undead themes, excessive gore, or mature themes, etc. (this category is for private rooms only)
  • Ungulate category: deer, camel, horse, cow, antelope, pig, etc.
  • Woodland category: raccoon, squirrel, mouse, beaver, bat, etc.
All species categories except inanimate objects, large prop or object, and undead or gore are allowed in public rooms.
How can I upload my own poses? (back to top)

Once you are in the body shop, click the hyperlinked text that says “Uploader”. At the very bottom of that page on the left side, there is a button that says “Pose Uploader”, if you click that, it should reveal more text.

The first step is coming up with a unique name for the pose you are uploading. If you name it a pose you already have (for example: “Sit”), it will replace your other “Sit” pose, so be careful what you name your poses! If you want the pose you are uploading to be the pose you enter a room in, it is recommended that you name it “(enter)”.

Next, you will have to upload both left and right facing files of the pose you are uploading. If the face of the pose is looking left, upload it as left facing. If the face of the pose is looking right, upload is as right facing. Be sure these files are the same size too, if they are different sizes, the pose will not be acceptable!

Once you have finished uploading both files, you then have to select the species type. If you are unsure what species the pose is, select your best guess, and a member of the Art Staff can change it if necessary.

The last step is filling out the permissions box. This is where you explain why you have the right to upload this pose. If you created the pose you are uploading, you can link back to your art gallery or a permissions post. If you are uploading a pose you did not make, link back to a reliable source to where you found the pose. If you cannot find or access the original image, art gallery, or forum post that shows you have permission, contact an Art Review Team member directly to discuss the best course of action.
What do I put in the permissions box? (back to top)

You should always link back to a reliable source when uploading a pose. If you created the pose, you can link back to your art gallery with examples or art thread that contains the pose. If you did not create the pose, you can link back to where you found the pose. If you did not create the pose and it was not free, you should also include a screenshot of the payment transaction if the permissions for the pose have not been updated yet.
What are the rules for uploading art? (back to top)

To see the rules for uploading poses, see here. For uploading backgrounds or objects, you can check out this link for further details.
How do I color my poses? (back to top)

There are links to reliable art programs, as well as tutorials on how to color or flip poses, if you check out the following link: tutorials. Special thank you Odiare and Avani for putting the thread together!
When will my poses be accepted? (back to top)

Poses are usually accepted within 24 to 48 hours of the pose being uploaded. If a pose takes longer than 72 hours, it usually means the pose is under discussion by the Art Staff. If your pose is under discussion, you will receive a message stating so, but you are welcome to contact an Art Staff member directly for further clarification.
What is the Art Review Team? (back to top)

The Art Review Team, also known as Art Staff, are the ones responsible for checking poses, rooms and objects that are uploaded. They also handle pose sweeps, which is when already processed poses are rechecked to make sure they follow the custom artwork guidelines. Pose sweeps happen around twice each year.

What is Art Theft? (back to top)

Art theft is when someone takes a piece of artwork, drawing or photo, and claims, sells, or uses it as their own personal work when they are not the true owner of said work.

By uploading a pose, room or other artwork, you are taking responsibility for it. Anyone who uses copyrighted artwork without permission will be banned for art theft. This is very important: you need permission to use other people's artwork. Taking someone's art and modifying a couple things on it is still theft. You are allowed to use references as long as you do not trace it. No one can copyright a position, but if a pose outline matches up exactly to a photo or artwork, it will result in a ban.

If you have need clarification, please ask questions ahead of time to an Art Review Team member rather than risk the consequences. Even if you do contact the ART before uploading, make sure you still fill out the permission explanation box to ensure a quick review. We take art theft so seriously, it has its own special series of consequences.
What is Art Harassment? (back to top)

Art harassment is when you continue to submit artwork for review with unacceptable links or information repeatedly, or when you continuously pester a member of the Art Review Team into accepting your submitted artwork. In doing so, you will receive a warning notice from the Art Review Team.

We ask that you please be kind and form good habits when it comes to submitting artwork! By providing the correct information when uploading an image, you are helping the process along and helping everyone out, and the Art Staff will greatly appreciate it!
How can I provide feedback? (back to top)

If you have feedback for us, we'd love to hear from you about how we're doing, or take suggestions for new features. We need your help to make this the best chat that it can be! All we ask is that you give your thoughts politely and respectfully, even if it's criticism. You can post in our Suggestions section, you can email Underdog, submit an anonymous survey, or you can speak with any available Art Staff Member about your ideas or opinions.
If I have a question not listed here, who should I ask? (back to top)

If you would like to know more about Wolfhome before registering, please e-mail your questions to underdog@chatlands.com. Or if you have any suggestions or concerns after you have registered, you may contact an administrator through the chat or Forums.

Pose Requirements



File Type [ back to top ]


Poses with .GIF and .PNG file types are acceptable. Currently we do not accept animated .GIFs. The maximum file size is 150 KB (153,600 bytes).

Pose Transparency [ back to top ]

The background must be transparent, or "see-through/invisible". To do this, it must be a different color from any color within the pose itself. Some programs will allow you to set the transparency, and others will delete colors entirely. If you upload a pose with an opaque background, or if any of the colors within the pose are also transparent, it will not be acceptable.
Mirroring [ back to top ]

All poses(excluding AFK poses) must always be mirrored. By this we mean, you upload a left facing pose and a right facing pose. You simply have to flip the image - it does not need to be redrawn. This allows you to "Turn Around" in-chat.
Cleaning [ back to top ]

Poses with loose pixels(pixels outside of the pose) will not be accepted. Even 1 loose pixel is enough to have a pose rejected. In some cases, loose pixels may go along with the pose(fleas, shadow, fading effect, smoke effect, pose noticing loose pixels, etc.). Then and then only are they acceptable.
PG-13 Rule [ back to top ]


Adult or overtly suggestive poses are not accepted on Wolfhome. Wolfhome does not allow any anthro or human poses to have nipples visible, regardless of gender.

Size Standards [ back to top ]

All poses must be within a certain size limit. These limits are both physical pixel limits as well as more subjective limits which take into consideration the avatar species and how the avatar is posed.

If an avatar is too large or too small, it will look bad in the chat. Poses must be at least 25 pixels in height and width. They can't be more than 600 pixels in height or in width. PLEASE NOTE that images for most creatures (wolves, tigers, bears, etc) would be considerably smaller than the 600 pixel limit, and they would probably be less than 350 pixels in height / width.

These charts display the more subjective limits of our sizing standards:

Feral:


Anthro:


As mentioned previously, avatar sizes are somewhat subjective. For example, different types of canines will vary in size - a dire wolf is much larger than a fennec fox. Also, though your pose is within the max size height, it may be proportionally too big. Make sure your pose isn't too bulky and certain areas aren't too large!

The MAXIMUM pixel size is 600 by 600 but most critters will be about half of that (at most 300 pixels in height or widthg). The MINIMUM pixel size is 25 by 25 and should be used for teensy things like bugs, pixies, etc.

For help with sizing, you may want to try following  this guide (it is a very big image!)
For size charts for different species of animals try this guide.

Shading and Highlighting [ back to top ]

Poses do not require shading to be acceptable, however there are guidelines to follow when uploading a pose that does not have shading as well as poses that do have shading. If a pose is flat colored, it must have a solid black outline to be acceptable on chat. This means that if there is no outline, pieces missing out of the outline, or loose pixels, the pose will be rejected.


Poses that do have shading must have at least one layer of shading (darkened areas). Highlights are not required, but highly encouraged to keep your pose from looking flat. Shading must coincide with where the light would and would not shine. Randomly placing shadows on your pose, without regard to where the light is coming from will not be accepted. If you put thought into where the light would and would not hit, you should have very little problems with your poses being accepted.





Color Schemes [ back to top ]


Poses are allowed to be solid color. They do not have to have additional colors, because your character may happen to be all white. You are allowed to have markings from different animals. Markings should flow with the anatomy of your pose and not appear "blocked" on. For example, having a rainbow wolf is fine, but just pasting a gradient over a pose is not.
Pose Outline [ back to top ]


All poses must have a solid, dark, natural outline. It is generally recommended that the outline is either black, very dark grey, or a dark shade color of the pose it's around. Lighter outlines are not preferred as they tend to appear to have a halo effect. You may also use complimenting colors and fading effects, however, they must still match the pose.

Acceptable Outlines:


Unacceptable Outlines:


broken/incomplete outline

The outline is too light in places and looks like " loose pixels".

Color of outline doesn't match edges of the pose (white outlining black)

Color of outline doesn't match pose at all.


Personal Preferences
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Everyone has their own drawing style. This is perfectly understandable. However, keep in mind that there are set anatomy and physical limitations. That being true, your style may be unacceptable at times, and need to be adjusted to comply with our standards.

Offensive Material [ back to top ]


Anything offensive will not be accepted. This includes obscene jestures, hate symbols, and the like.

Blood/Gore [ back to top ]


A small amount of blood is acceptable on any pose. If a pose is deemed to have too much blood or gore, it will be put in a category that is only allowed in private rooms. Any pose that appears to have self-inflicted wounds will not be allowed. PLEASE NOTE that during Howl-o-ween week, undead or gore poses will be allowed in public rooms.

Aesthetic Quality [ back to top ]


We strongly encourage proper anatomy. There are several good tutorials on our forum, as well as other sites, such as DeviantArt. While it doesn't have to be perfect, please realize that the better the anatomy, the easier it will be to determine the species. If we can't tell what species it is supposed to be, it will be rejected or placed into a category that seems most fitting.

Modifications [ back to top ]


All poses must appear 80% of an acceptable species. Usually up to 2 major mods are acceptable. If it's an extreme mod, where it is hard to determine if there is still any remaining acceptable species in the pose, it usually isn't acceptable. Some mods do not go over well and are unacceptable, such as taurs, wolves with beaks, etc. These will be placed in the mythical category.

Props [ back to top ]


Most props are acceptable. Weapons are allowed as long as they aren't held in a threatening manner, except on Howl-o-ween. If a prop is too large, it will be placed in a category that is only allowed in private rooms.

Acceptable Props:

Signs
Plushies
Pets
Mounts
Simple thought bubbles
Any appropriate items
Unacceptable Props:

Pets/mounts which are the same species of the
main character of the pose. (They must be a plushie!)
Large vehicles
Speech bubbles
Any inappropriate items


Plushies
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You are allowed to either be a plushie, or have plushies in your poses. Plushes must be clearly inanimate or they will be rejected. The easiest way to achieve this is adding stitches. There is no limit on the number of plushies allowed in a pose.

Here are a few reasons why your plushie pose might be placed into the "Large Prop" category:
- the plushie is the main focus of the pose
- the plushie is so large that it overwhelms the main character in the pose, or no main character is evident

These just happen to be the most common reasons - other reasons will be dealt with and discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Mounts [ back to top ]


Mounts are acceptable, but try not to go overboard. The creature must be being ridden or otherwise clearly look like a mount. Acceptable mounts would be horses, small dragons, etc..

Pets [ back to top ]


  If it's a small pet, there is no limit to how many you can have in a pose. Larger pets should be limited to 2 per character. Pets cannot be the same species as other characters in the pose, e.g. if you have a pose of a horse with a foal, the horse or foal (or both) should be a plushie.

Gag & Mini Poses [ back to top ]


Gag poses, or "joke poses", are poses that are meant to be drawn with simplicity or poor aesthetic quality. Gag and Mini poses require little shading, aesthetic quality, highlighting, or anatomy. All other standards still apply. Sometimes, we will reject a gag pose for aesthetic quality, this is done rarely if the pose is too much of a stick figure, or we cannot determine what the pose is meant to be.

AFK Poses [ back to top ]


We are extremely lenient with AFK (away) poses. You may have any quality pose. You may have just a wolf head, a feather, a sillouette, a computer, anything. The main requirement is the letters "AFK" must be written somewhere around your pose, so that it doesn't appear that you have a pose that'd normally be unacceptable.

Additional Rules [ back to top ]


Clipart is usable if appropriate sources are provided. Modding is only allowed if the original artist says so.

Who are the Art Review Team members? What do they do? [ back to top ]


You can find out the members of the Wolfhome Art Review Team (or simply "ART") by visiting this forum post

The ART's job is to review uploaded poses and rooms. They've been trained to accept or reject submitted art based on the set guidelines, and protect against art-theft. Like any other administrators, all of the ART are real people, and deserve your respect and patience.

What is Art Theft and why is it so serious? [ back to top ]


Art theft is when you take a piece of art work, drawing or photo, and claim / use it as your own personal work when you are not the true owner. By uploading a pose, room or other artwork, you are taking responsibility for it and you will be banned if you use copyrighted art without permission. This is very important: you need permission to use other people's artwork. Taking someone's art and modifying a couple things on it is still theft. You are allowed to use references as long as you do not trace it. No one can copyright a position, but if your pose outline matches up exactly to a photo or artwork you will be banned. Some people sell poses, and if you try to use one without paying for it, that is also art theft. You cannot upload copyrighted characters (like Digimon� adoptables) but you can dress up your wolf in a Digimon� costume. You cannot use found clipart or images from Google.

Art theft can be many things, so please clear all up questions ahead of time with the ART, rather than risk the consequences. Even if you do contact the ART before uploading, make sure you still fill out the permission explanation box to ensure a quick review. We take art theft so seriously, it has special series of consequences. For your very first offense of confirmed art theft, you are given a warning. Your next offense results in a three day ban. The third offense is a two week ban, and then any subsequent offense is a permanent ban.

Questions? Ask the ART via forums or email. You may also decide to contact them personally via forum PM, chat messaging system, or in the chat. But please note that the ART are people too, and they deserve respect. Do not harass the ART. Thank you!
Helpful Links [ back to top ]

Pose Uploader Room Uploader Resources Forum Free Services Forum
About Deltas Freebie Emporium Artists Market

If you have any other questions please use our dedicated forum, send the Art Staff an e-mail, or find a member of the Art Staff on the chat. Thank you!

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