I'm very sorry to tell you that one of the submissions to the icon contest
was stolen from
. I have reported the piece to deviantart as art theft and encourage you all to do the same. I only ask you be respectful and polite, even art thieves are human beings and I don't condone bullying. I have already removed the artist from the group because of our no tolerance art theft policy. May it be a reminder to art thieves.
Because of this unfortunate incident I am forced to do a revote. Voting will still be open until 8/5/2014. The new link is here to vote>doll-fin-chick.deviantart.com/…
Also a few members expressed that they didn't like the contest entries and liked our current icon better. Please be respectful to the artists who poured time and effort in to creating an icon for our group. I'm sure you wouldn't like your art to be put down.
I founded this group in order to be more inclusive of ALL art. When groups first came to da some of them refused to allow certain pieces to be added to their gallery. I thought that was ridiculous and decided to found this group and make sure that anyone who wanted could have their art entered here. Our contests are often judged by creativity and theme adherence more than ability. I just ask that you be courteous to these artists and their entries, regardless of what your personal feeling/opinion is of their work.
I also posted about the contest weeks ago, therefore everyone had plenty of time to ask questions or make their own entry. There were no protests before the poll went up, so it's unfair to ask the artists who spent time and effort in to creating these pieces to forfeit the contest. I too love the current icon, however I believed it was time for a change after several years. I hope our new icon will be just as loved and recognizable. I think all the entries are worthy of being the icon for the group.