What is generally allowed/should be in the Game Development Art Category
Original concepts, 2D, 3D work created by you or you have permission to post (as you are part of a team) that is for a Game. Can be any type of game, board game, video game, pen and paper rpg game, etc. As as it's meant to be for a game, it belongs into Game Development Art.
There are many artists out there aspiring to become in the industry but may have not broken in yet. Any content you create for a game industry portfolio that is "all your original content" (so no work like, a game ready model of batman..that can go into your portfolio, but would go under the Fan Art category on Deviant Art) may also be posted into this category. As long as it's geared towards an original game, or the potential of becoming one, or showing you understand that line of thinking with your portfolio piece, go for it! Post it! If it's awesome, you can eve suggest it too me I loooove Game Development Art suggestions of any kind, so by all means note me that.
What is generally not allowed..and clarification why, this is a bit longer then the above 'allowed' area as I feel it's an area we need more information on
Game Development Category Is Not for Game Fan-art
Whether it's a game ready model you made yourself, or an awesome drawing of a character from World of Warcraft, it doesn't belong in the Game Development Art Category. The only exception to this rule is if the artist is the 'creator' of that character or work, for example: Works for the studio on that game, etc. There's some great artists like Arsenal21 who post up Artwork from Video games, however, they work for the studio and have permission to do so. (In Arsenal21's case, he is an Art Lead, Creative Development at Blizzard.)
Game Development Art is for original art, created by you that you hold the copyrights for...and/or work for the studio and designed what you are posting.
Where do I put my 3D Model? In 3d, fanart or Game Development Art?
This is a pretty common question that many of us see and/or as CV's are faced with. Here's a simple way to know where your 3D model should go:
Is your 3D model based on an existing character you do not hold the copyright too? (For example: you modeled Korra from The Legend of Korra). Whether it's game-ready made, or not, this model should go under Fan-art->Digital->3D-> etc. Fan-art is defined as "Fan art is artwork that is based on a character, costume, item, or story that was created by someone other than the artist." Regardless of it being 3D, drawing, sculpture, etc.
Is your 3D model or scene very high poly or have no purpose of ever being in a game, or geared towards a game? Then it should go into the 3D art category. It's hard to say no high poly models what so ever for Game Development Art because we do get High poly in our games, or used to transfer to a low poly model. It's best to look at it as if your work is being created for an original game, or possibly a portfolio to go into the game industry field, post it into Game Development Art. If your 3D model has none of those intensions at all, probably better to go into the 3D art category.
It's very easy to mix up the 3D category, and the 3D Game-art category, and even such to post your fan art up in the wrong category as well (into GDA or into 3D). So don't fret if this has happened to you, just read the information above and move it if it doesn't fall into the right category.
Where do my 3D work where I took it from a video game, and/or did not create go?
Now this is a bigger issue. The Daz/poser artists is a quick simple: did you buy or otherwise have permission to use that model in your scenes and/or credit it? Then yes you can post it. If you didn't? you cannot.
You will see several artists who rip models from video games, it's normally easy to tell but sometimes it can be tricky. Sometimes the artist admits to only "doing the lighting" or something, but others it's very hard to tell if they ripped it or not. Ripped work should not be on Deviant Art At all . You do not have permission to post it, you did not create it, you cannot post it here. Deviant Art's copyright rules are pretty clear on that.
Ripped models are popping up more and more, as there are programs that can hack game discs and pull that content off of them. Furthermore they are posted online as well for people to download. Just because you download the model off of google, doesn't mean you have the right to claim that it is yours and post it all over DA.
Do the three step check to ward yourself from copyright issues:
Did the artist you are buying/downloading it from 'make' the model (even if it's based on an existing character or game)? Check their gallery and other content, if it looks like the styles are inconsistent drastically and they have hundreds of models from each game..they probably didn't make it.
If the artist 'did' make it, did you credit in your artist comments and/or notify the artist you are using it? There are many artists who don't credit artists. This can be pretty rude, and artists who don't get credited and find their work elsewhere tend to get a little upset about it. Are they an artist who lets you use their work freely without specifying to credit it? You're probably alright, but it's still nice to let people know where you got your work from. Did you notify them that you are using? Sometimes not necessary if they specify, but a lot of artists who 'sell' work have special guidelines what you can and can't do with that model, make sure you've read that before you post.
Crediting an artist doesn't mean you can just use whatever you want. Notifying the artist or checking clearly that you are allowed to do what you are doing is your responsibility.
Did the Artist rip the model from a game? Yes, don't use it. Even if they are giving you permission, they do not have the right to do so. Unless it's a studio giving you specific permission to use their in game models for your own purposes (which is highly unlikely but has been done) then you don't have permission to use them in your artwork. Fan-art is one thing (but fan-art is work created by you in the style of someone else's work, not taking their work directly), but taking their already made models is stealing the work from the artist they hired to create it. It's another form of art theft, which is not allowed on Deviant Art.
What about my awesome in game screenshots of Skyrim, WoW, League of Legends, etc
No. Again doesn't belong in Game Development Art as it's not original content, you did not create the game nor do you have permission to claim you did. Doesn't belong in Fan-art because you did not create the content (editing a character in the game does not count as making it yourself, sorry). Doesn't belong in digital art or 3D art, because you did not create it yourself. See the trend? Screenshots plague Deviant Art's categories, but this does not mean they belong there. It takes CV's, staff, etc a very long time to clear it up, so do your part and 'don't post your screenshots'. Seriously. That's cool you created a character who looks like you in Sims, awesome! It's not something you completely made, nor have the permission to claim as such so leave that to sites off Deviant Art.
FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?
There are plenty of stock, free resources for you to use, manipulate and post. Many artists trying to help you create awesome artwork. There's no need to steal game models from games, no need to post screenshots from games., it's only violating copyright and doesn't show us your skills/talents as an artist. There's plenty of free models, or models you can purchase and manipulate! I have seen a whole community of this, and can be great learning tools better then any in game model you took from a game would be. Use them instead, help cut down on the art theft and copyright violations across DA.
What can I do to help reduce these issues?
You can spread the word "in a kind way" by linking this article, or letting artists know in a very polite manner that they are violating this issue. You can report deviations if they break Deviant Art rules, make sure you have proof first that you know it's not their work. Probably best to do so anonymously, unless the deviant who may be violating Deviant Art's TOF (terms of service) is a good friend of yours or you know them, as this can be a sensitive issue for some.
You can also read and follow it yourself, being a shining example so to speak
Thank you everyone for listening and reading this article. If you have any questions, concerns, DD suggestions, etc you can easily note me PolyMune with any of those. Keep being awesome deviants, and a great community