Scoring & Standards guide





Art Scoring

Read Art Standards to learn how the background levels are determined.

  • Level 1 Background: 4c
  • Level 2 Background  8c 

About Main characters | Art Standards

  • Adult ranebopet Fullbody:  2c
  • Adult ranebopet Headshot or bust: 1c
  • Hatchling fullbody: 1c
  • Familiar: 1c
    • You must own the familiar to claim on it.
    • However, during an event with a familiar bonus, you can claim on drawing event familiars you do not own with a maximum of +10c per piece.
      • Seasonal events with familiar bonuses: Cloventines, Sunnyfest, Hattowen, and Chumbus. 


  • Thumbnails: +1c each (Up to 4 thumbnails per submission | What are thumbnails?)
  • Moodboards: +1c
    (Only available for prompts that require it)


  • Simple animations: +4c
    • 4-11 individually drawn frames (holds & repeats don't count)
  • Complex animations: +8c
    • 12+ individually drawn frames (holds & repeats don't count)
    • A scene with multiple moving elements that adds up to 15 frames (ie. 5 looping frames on character, 3 looping frames on waterfall, 4 looping frames on clouds moving by)


Writing Scoring


  • 100-150 words: 1c
    You may "bundle" short poetry to make the minimum wordcount.

  • 150-200 words: 2c

  • 900-1100 words: 10c
    • +1c for each additional grown ranebopet with significant interaction
    • +1c for each additional hatchling or familiar with significant interaction



Writing Standards & Extras

Writing is judged on word count and "Significant interaction"

    • A significant interaction is enough sentences of interaction with something to be considered significant. This is objective, but your character glancing, waving at, or sharing a few words with another character is not enough to be considered a significant interaction, it must be greater.

These extras can be claimed on if the prompt says so, or requires them.

mini story summary: +2tc 2-4 sentences summarizing the story in an interesting and concise way.

Story summary:
+3TC a paragraph (100-200 words)  summarising the story in the most interesting & concise way possible, as if it was on the back of a book jacket and its purpose is to make someone want to pick up and read the book!

Review: +3TC a paragraph (100-200 words)  describing your workflow, struggles, changes you made, things you wished you included, etc.



This section explains the different art terms used in ranebopets.

Main Characters

Main character - A submission must have at least ONE canon ranebopet for it to be valid. Often, at least one character in a piece must be owned by you. Together, these denote the “main character” of a piece. The “main character” does NOT have to be the main focus of the piece, as long as they are visible.

Some prompts allow for main characters NOT owned by you  - ie. the challenge prompts can be done with mascots. A prompt will state what kind of characters you can use in a piece. 

Extra character
- an additional character in the piece that can be claimed for TC.

Mascot - one of the group’s mascots. These are on the masterlist and can be added to any submission to earn extra currency. Sometimes they can be used in place of a main character if the prompt says so.

Hatchling - a baby ranebopet that has not been grown.

Grown - an adult ranebopet that is not a hatchling.

Canon ranebopet - an official ranebopet registered on the masterlist.

Non-owned - a canon character on the masterlist NOT owned by you. Check its giftart status before including it in a prompt.

Non-canon ranebopet - a ranebopet NOT on the masterlist (invented side character like a mother, brother etc) These can only be used or count for TC if the prompt says so.

Non-ranebopet character - Another type of original character, human, animal, etc. These don’t count for TC but can still be included in submissions.


Art Standards

Headshot/bust:   Art of the character from the head or chest up.

Fullbody: All or most or All of the character's body is showing. At least 3/4 of the body must be visible.

Piece Size: Submissions must be at least 500x300 pixels or larger unless it's pixel art or traditional art. If a background submission is under this size it cannot qualify as a Lvl2 background.

Backgrounds:  Backgrounds are a scene/environment for the character to be in. (must be at least 500x300 pixels or larger unless it's pixel art or traditional art) These can be a full scene bg, or a platform/vignette bg. The piece's composition can be any shape (square, circle, swatch etc)
If a piece requires a background, you can do a Lv1 or Lv2 background, but some prompts specifically require a Lv2. 

What DOESN'T count as a background:
a flat color, gradient, shape, pre-existing image or photo, or drop shadow.


Level 1 Backgrounds

They have enough elements to feel like the character is in an environment, but are otherwise basic.
Terrarium/platform/object backgrounds count and so do abstract backgrounds, so long as it is clearly an environment, like example C.


Level 2 Backgrounds

They have at least ONE or more of the following...

    •  At least 3 background elements (ie. mountains, clouds, birds. The ground+sky don't count as elements)
    • Defined foreground/background/middle ground
    • Enough detail or composition consideration to be considered Lv2

    •   D. This background is a Lv2 background under the "3 Background elements" rule. (Tree, Mountains, Clouds, Flowers)
    •   E.  Lv2 background under the "Foreground + Midground + Background" rule.
    •   F.  This background is Lv2 under the "3 Background element" rule, but it would also fall under the "Detail/Composition" rule as well!


Art Extras


Thumbnails are fast, small drawings you do to plan out a piece. They can be as loose or as detailed as you like, so long as we can tell what’s going on in them. Their purpose is to help you, so do them in a way that’s most fun for you! Do them BEFORE starting on a piece, not afterwards!

We recommend thumbnails that are….

-small enough to prevent you from fussing over tiny details
-take you under a minute to draw each
-done before starting on a piece, not afterwards

The different types of thumbnails...

Sketch thumbnails - Can be as loose or controlled as you like, so long as we can tell what’s going on in them.
Value thumbnails - have at least 3 values (ie. white, grey, black) They help you determine the lights & dark placement and lighting on a piece, and can take longer than sketch thumbnails.
Color Thumbnails - have color and value, and usually shading too.


Moodboards are an image with multiple images within. They provide inspiration and a jumping-off point for you to get started on your piece. They don't have to be tidy or organised so long as we can see the images. You can also screenshot a pinterest page.

Art moodboards have at least 5 images you’ve found online. They can contain art, photos, etc.

Writing moodboards have at least 3 images and can also include songs (you screenshot the song title/album etc)


Non-applicable techniques

Certain techniques do NOT count for TC, and they may invalidate your prompt or quest submission, requiring you to fix and re-submit. If you are unsure, you can always send your wip or thumbnails to a mod before you complete a piece.

    • Composition Recycling – Re-using a similar composition with minimal changes to get lots of TC. If too many elements are in exactly the same place for multiple pieces, we may consider it recycling. These pieces would not be counted as two different pieces because many BG elements are in exactly the same place. These could be used as comic panels, or submitted as one single piece- on this piece, you could claim TC for one background, and TC for each of the fullbodies.

    • To avoid composition recycling, try varying the perspective (looking from below, above, side on) time of day, color & lighting,  weather, and mood. You can have two pieces set in the same location but try changing the perspective, different elements, weather, etc.

    • Stamping - This is using brushes to stamp whole elements into your piece. If you do use these they will not count toward your background element count. You can use a leaf brush to make a tree, but you can't use a tree brush to add a whole tree.