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First, let me say that I am so pleased to have received so many fantastic submissions to this group! As those submissions continue to come in, it has become apparent that "portrait" once again needs to be clarified or defined for purposes of this group.

Wikipedia offers the following definition of a portrait...

"A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person."

I'm uncomfortable denying works as submissions to the groups I administer, because denial can imply an unintended judgement. Let me assure all, that works to this group will be screened according to the definition described above and no judgement should be implied.

It can be a challenge to create an original portrait when Avatars can look so similar, but that challenge has created some amazing works. This group is to showcase the originality of portrait images, rather than that of the entire AV's form.

There are many other groups to showcase outfits, poses, locations or other themes where the face and/or facial expression is not the predominant focus. So from this point forward, I will deny those submissions which stray from the group's focus.

Thank you all again for your creativity and your inspiration.

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Hair, eyes, makeup, a wayward gaze, a smile, an expressive tilt of the head or hand gesture,accessories, color, black & white... All components that can make or break that unique & compelling portrait. What elements bring your portraits to life? Show them off. Invite others to offer their perspective on which elements make your portrait stand out. This group is for the artist whose work shows their love for the expressive power of the portrait.

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