ArtStation staff pick a variety of artworks based on quality, content and diversity to feature them on the site. We generally try to pick a good range of artworks covering different genres, styles and media.
Picks are entirely at staff discretion. There is no special way to get picked. We do not pick or give special attention to Pro members - it is not a pay to cheat system. We just pick artwork that we think should be featured.
It's possible we miss some great artworks sometimes. :( There are literally thousands of works published on any given day and we just cannot go through it all in any objective way. Please be reasonable and realize that ArtStation is a free to use website. We do what we can, and we try to feature some works that we think are great.
Please note that we cannot provide reasons as to why certain artworks were picked and why others weren't. Due to the volume of work submitted, it is physically impossible for ArtStation staff to judge all artwork posted to the site and sometimes it just takes us time to review artwork. We do our best, but please remember that ArtStation is free to use so please be reasonable with what you expect.
We also wish to clarify that ArtStation is not an awards competition. Such competitions tend to charge entry fees, which cover the costs of judges to evaluate entries. ArtStation is a social network and we feature work based on what the community upvotes.
ArtStation is a community site that is freely available to help the industry. Please be reasonable regarding what you expect ArtStation to do. Don't email us asking why your artwork was not picked or how to get picked, etc. We already do our best to keep the site running optimally and questions like this are not helpful.
Please also see "How do I get more visibility for my work?" for tips on getting increasing the attention for your work.
No. Picks are not an award. They are just a way for us to highlight some work that we think is noteworthy.
To be absolutely fair, an awards competition would need to have a formal submission process and a panel of judges that evaluates ALL submissions. Because we cannot realistically do this with the social network, Picks will never be an award.
Yes and we believe it is silly. Many of these sites that do this simply give awards to their friends. You'll see an artist with a few likes on their work with a "Gold Award" or "Master Award" - based on what? What criteria? Was the judge qualified to confer this award? There's no fair submission or judging process where all work is evaluated objectively.
Yes it does! For Challenges - The ArtStation Award is for winning a Challenge. These are proper competitions with clear submission and judging procedures. If you want an award, you should join a challenge.