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Journal Entry: Wed Mar 11, 2015, 1:28 PM



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Watch Forever

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 6, 2015, 4:43 PM




Watch Forever




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Trying to Save Up...

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 28, 2015, 12:33 PM




Trying to save up...


Etsy, Threadless, etc.

Helloooo!  So, I've got 5 weddings to go to this year (oh my) and 3 of them require travel.  I am trying all I can think of to find extra funds, as I'd really like to share all my friends' special days with them!  Here are the online things I've got set up, please have a look :heart:


I just updated my Etsy with new listings, please take a look and send it to anyone you think might be interested:



If you don't have money, but do have a Threadless account, I submitted a design and I need votes to get it printed, please (if you like it) give it a 4 or 5:


I've got many Premium Content deviations here, grab some of those if you find them useful!
Perspective 15 by PirateLotus-Stock Culdalasse Laihendi Ranger Teaser by PirateLotus-Stock Arms Side 13 by PirateLotus-Stock
Melted Wings 9 by PirateLotus-Stock Diana by PirateLotus-Stock Rock stock by PirateLotus-Stock



I've got clothing for sale in my gallery (good stock stuff!), let me know if you are interested in one of these:
Pirate Costume by PirateLotus-StockBlue Velvet Closeup 2 by PirateLotus-StockFaux Asian 10 by PirateLotus-Stock



Ok, I think that's all I can whore myself out with...Please share anything you think your friends would like! :heart:










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For the Love of...HORSES

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 26, 2015, 2:43 PM




For the Love of Horses


For the Love of...

If you are new to this series, basically they work like this: a keyword is chosen, and then some stuff from Stock and Resources that comes up with that keyword gets featured! YAY!

This edition is all about Horses!












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Community Feature Project: If I Could DD

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 2, 2014, 6:15 PM



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For the Love of...AUTUMN

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 20, 2014, 7:00 AM




For the Love of Autumn


For the Love of...

If you are new to this series, basically they work like this: a keyword is chosen, and then some stuff from Stock and Resources that comes up with that keyword gets featured! YAY!

This edition is all about Autumn!  Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Autumn is on its way.  Let's look at some stocks for this season.












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What Makes Stock Rock for You? kuschelirmel

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 19, 2014, 3:00 PM




What Makes Stock Rock for You? With kuschelirmel!


You've been on this account for 9 years. Wow! You do quite a few different forms of art. What got you into photomanipulation?


Before I found dA - must've been around 2002/03 - I was into learning HTML and wanted to try to create my own website to do so. But with a website come graphics (back then, css was not really on the table yet, so you had to do everything with images and mouse over effects in java or something - I can't even remember it's been so long). So my boyfriend suggested I try Photoshop. I soon found out I could do more than make buttons: signatures, banners, wallpapers... When I arrived on dA, the biggest revelation for me was that I did not have to restrict myself to "useful things", but could make art just for the sake of it. It changed a lot(!) for me and I have been hooked on manips ever since. Actually, I bought my first camera to finally be able to take stock photos myself and now photography is one of my hobbies, too :aww:


What sort of stock inspires you? Does the stock gallery on dA provide that inspiration, or do you look to other stock sources?


That's a tough question because I can be inspired by a lot of things, from model stock to objects and from animal stock to plants. I guess it depends on my mood a lot. But I think in general, I can say I am drawn to the more unusual stock (even though I don't always manage to use it): for example, weird costumes, poses, angles in models; exotic locations; series of images that could be put together to form something new and big yet fitting (for example different buildings of the same style, stuff like that)... I have a dislike for model stock where in all poses of a series the model is shot from the front and looks straight at the camera. While these shots can be useful, I find myself looking for stock where I can put something in the model's line of sight.
I usually stick to dA stock for three reasons: one, I don't have so much time to search high and low; two, I mass-download and only a small fraction gets actually used which for pay stock sites would mean a lot of money spent for little outcome; three, I find that dA caters more to manippers than other stock sites do because stockers here want to see what is done with their images and see them used in cool images. While on other stock sites, photographers upload to get some money for their stock and usually don't see what is done with it. They just know who their clients are: professionals who use their stock for advertising, book & cd covers, webdesign, editorials etc. It's a different sort of use they cater to, one where the person using the pic probably wants to have as little work left with it as possible. On dA, we're "more artsy" and looking for that odd pose rather than how little work we will have with the pic.

Unseen by kuschelirmelPeacock Postcard by kuschelirmelDressed for Success by kuschelirmel


You were a PM CV, and you're also the provider of really great stock. This gives you a great insight to multiple parts of deviantArt. What types of stock and resources are photomanipulators looking for, and does dA do a good job of providing those?


I think in principle, dA stockers certainly do a good job at providing stock. As I said above: they want to see their stock used so they try to cater to the needs of the manip community and thankfully also beyond. What I mean is that while often, the same kind of images that are currently en vogue, will pop up all over the stock gallery, there are thankfully always also other images on display that are used seldomly by manippers but are still provided for the odd user who might need something out of the ordinary. If someone asks me if they should stop providing stock because they feel their stock is rarely used, I will always encourage them to keep going: it's the diversity that is great about dA and a unique quality of dA stock. We have people from all over the world contributing to the stock collection - you can get anything from sci-fi stock to temple ruins, from polar bears to tropical fish. You won't find that anywhere else and certainly not so freely given as it is here. I sincerely hope the manip community is aware of this and will remember to abide by the few rules most stockers here have when using their stock to keep it that way.


Over the years you've doubtless seen trends come and go. Do you see trends in stock coming from trends in photomanips, or do trends in photomanip come from those in stock? What is hot right now on the PM scene?


I'm afraid, I don't really know what is hot at this moment - I haven't been online all that much this summer and just got back from a two week vacation ^^; However, from experience I can say that stock will influence the manip community more than the other way around. Most dA manippers don't shoot their own stock, so they will use what is offered, so when a popular model stock hits the gallery and one or two manippers who are visible in the community use it, others see it and use it and it thus goes viral on dA. The more a stock image is used the more it is visible and the more it is used again (often in similar ways, unfortunately). Of course other stockers see what is currently high up on the list for manippers, but jumping on that bandwagon is harder in that you may not have the resources (location, costume, model, etc) to do something similar. Plus, until you can jump the wagon it might have moved on already. So it doesn't make much sense to chase after a certain theme in this way for stockers. What you can see is that the overall quality (on a technical level, like clear pictures, no cut off limbs, usable angles etc) has been constantly going up, because that is what will get used more and that stockers will cater to the seasons and holidays ahead of time so people will be able to use their stock. For example, Halloween stock comes online in late September, early October. If you put it online on Halloween, it is too late to be used in a Halloween manip this year.

What have I done? by kuschelirmelWild Horses by kuschelirmelPleased to meet you by kuschelirmel


What are some of your favorite photomanipulated pieces? For these pieces, did you start with a stock you just HAD to use, or did you have an idea first and then go looking for stock to fit it? Is that how you typically work?


I often see a bunch of stock images that "click" in my head: I can see them together and start from there. It's easier than trying to recreate a specific idea because for a specific idea you need specific stock and that is often hard to find. Not because it doesn't exist, but because the search term you are using may not have been used by the stocker - either because they didn't bother with keywords (bad!!!) or simply because you can't think of that keyword that will bring the right stock. In recent years, with working full time, I have very rarely tried to create something specific because of this. It just takes a lot of time that I don't really have ^^;

For example (my last three faves):
Dreamwalking by kuschelirmel I stumbled over Ruine 2 by Civetta70 and loved the angle
Lost Without You by kuschelirmel I saw the girl stock and just had to use it Never the Bride 2 by rangercookiestock
Beneath the Tulips by kuschelirmel was done because I saw the tulip stock Bug's View of Pink Tulips by MogieG123


As both a photomanipulator and a stocker, do you feel like the stock gallery is continually getting better, or have we hit a sort of creative plateau?  What do you think the stock community can do to improve?


I think it's always getting better :) Every time I catch myself thinking "there's just nothing new" (or something along that line), I stumble upon something to prove me wrong ;)
Just never stop uploading even the strangest of images (or especially those :D) and keep doing what you do in terms of fostering the community and all will be great! There is hardly any other gallery on dA where people are this welcoming and encouraging to newbies as in stock & resources. And hardly anywhere else do you see so many community activities (contests, features, interviews, how-to articles,...) as in stock and resources. So keep it up! :heart:


Thank you so much to Jasmin for doing this interview!  Go show her some love on both of her accounts, kuschelirmel and kuschelirmel-stock!










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How to Stock 5- Gallery Organization

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 6:00 PM

Welcome to "How to Stock," a short series of articles on how to do some stock basics. We'll ask the big names in stock for their tips and opinions on how to get the best out of your stock shoot!



This fifth article is the special Stock & Resources Project Educate Week article.  For this article, I asked SenshiStock and kirilee just one question about their galleries.  Let's see what they said!


Call Me Maybe - Pose Reference by SenshiStock Drawing Reference 1 by kirilee


How do you keep your gallery organized, concise, and well-representing of you?


:iconsenshistock: SenshiStock says:

There's a few methods which I employ to try to manage the gallery as it gets larger. First, I use a series of folders to help sort poses into categories. There are a lot of folders, and sometimes images fit into more than one folder. For example, I might have a pose where I'm using a sword, but I'm also kneeling. This image would go both in the Sit and Kneel Drawing Poses folder, as well as the Sword Weapon Drawing Reference folder. This cross pollination of poses helps artists narrow down their search but also allows for some spontaneous discovery of poses that might inspire an idea.

I break down a description of each folder and what types of images go into it in this really long guide.

When I post an image, I try to brainstorm keywords. There's a lot of space for keywords in the submission form, so I try to come up with synonyms and phrases that artists may search for when looking for the pose I am posting. I also try to think about what kind of emotions the image portrays and include those, too. I tend to be a little playful with my titles, but it's also a good idea to put into the title what's actually in the picture. Something like IMG_85925.jpg is not going to be as searchable or helpful as "Young Sad Girl in a Big Blue Dress near the Ocean" (if that even would fit, haha).

When I do a photoshoot, I usually take anywhere from 100-400 images per shoot. After I transfer the files to my computer, I break the shoot up into folders with themes. This helps me space out the stock as I upload it to ensure I'm posting a variety of stock over time. For example, if I post an archer image with a bow and arrow, the next image I post might be something in the air with some extreme perspective, followed by a cute sitting pose. Mixing up the stock I submit keeps watchers engaged and interested and gains more exposure for each piece. I try to submit one to three new stock images every few days, but sometimes I have to space it out more due to being behind on messages. I used to upload dozens of images at once as soon as a shoot was done, but now I find that it's much better to focus on having an even, consistent flow rather than dumping a lot of images at once then going long spans with nothing. It keeps people more interested in the stock I'm presenting and allows each submission a better chance to be noticed in the many messages I assume most watchers get every day.

In each submission, I try to include some thumbnails to other, similar poses. So for that last, cute sitting pose I talked about, I'd go through the gallery and find 4 or 5 other cute sitting poses to thumb in the new submission to help people browse if the post I'm posting that day isn't quite what they need. I didn't do this with older images in the gallery, but the more I do it, the more it builds something of my own 'More Like This' to help artists navigate my large gallery.

Sometimes if I have a a few images that are quite similar, I will upload them as a set or a pack. The Choke Pack is an example of a few images that are visually pretty similar, though each has its own unique characteristics and a few have a different perspective. When I take photos, I try to think about what angles people might want. I don't always remember to do this, but when I do, I try to include those 'turn around' images of a pose in a set, like this staff pose.

Some other examples of similar poses in packs are this sneaking set and this table flipping set. When you do a shoot there are lots of "bad" photos that don't come out as you planned. But these photos might still have something in them that's perfect for what an artist needs! These images to me were not really different or strong enough to stand alone in the gallery, so putting them together into a convenient pack helps me stay organized and hopefully also gives the artist additional options.

Packs of similar images also makes the gallery look a bit more diverse and interesting because they are packed up together rather than spanning across one or many rows in the gallery. If you have or end up building a large enough pile of resources, watchers will appreciate being able to find what they need in a more concise way rather than having to scroll though lots of similar images which may not be what they need.

Sometimes with a pack, I will still upload a 'highlighted' image on its own because I find it to be particularly interesting or strong. Some examples of this can be seen in the stock I did with jademacalla. We did a lot of different themes during the shoot, but something like this over throw pose stood out as particularly awesome even though we did many others like it. By separating out this one image, I am highlighting what I find to be the strongest of the bunch, but not eliminating the other images which might still serve use to someone. If no particular image stands out as suitable for a solo submission, but still looks to me like the coolest one in the set, sometimes I will just make it bigger in the preview.

I think that just about covers the basics of how I try to organize things. If anyone has any questions, feel free to poke me. :giggle:


:iconkirilee: kirilee says:

I've been doing stock for 5 years now, and it has truly been a trial and error situation in getting my gallery the way it is now.
I have learnt a few things that work for me- especially since I don't like doing packs because I personally feel that doing single images allows viewers to focus on one image at a time rather than trying to process 2 - 8 all at once.

I use my folders wisely. If a costume fits under two sort of general categories, I put the images in both AS WELL as going into features. This allows for the viewers to quickly access certain stock shoots if they like, or just browse my full gallery.

I also try not to bombard my watchers with images (key word is TRY). I always try to put up only clear images which do not look very similar to any if the others (ie. the exact same pose with as lightly different facial expression). I also learnt that you should only put up photos that you are happy with and "brand" you in a positive light. What I mean by this is I always ask myself these questions before I upload an image. They are:
- is this going to be useful for an artist?
- is this an image that I am happy for a stranger who doesn't know me to see and use?
- is this an image that I am happy for my 86 year old grandmother to see of me?

If the answer is yes to all three, I upload. If not, I don't.
The last thing you want is an image you to upload to come back and bite you in the butt (and it will!). It also helps with decluttering :)

I guess those are my tips :)



Thank you very much, Sakky and Kirilee!
And thanks for reading, everybody!  Those were some long answers, but by the nature of the question, they needed to be! I hope you learned something you can go put into practice.  Look for the next article soon!

Previous articles:


How to Stock 1- Setting up a Shooting Area
How to Stock 2- Posing
How to Stock 3- Playing a Character
How to Stock 4- Costumes


CSS made with huge help from miontre's [link]


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Stock & Resources


Welcome to Stock & Resources Project Educate week!




What is Project Educate?


projecteducate, originally launched in 2008 by the Community Relations team, is a project to promote and support artistic growth and knowledge throughout the community. The project includes contests, interviews, and various other events for artistic and community involvement.  Stock & Resources week will go from today (Sept 15) til Sunday the 21st.


What are Stock & Resources?


Stock & Resources is one of the largest galleries on deviantArt.  It is full of deviations submitted by deviants for others to use in their own works and/or learn from.  These include things like photographic stock images, lineart, patterns, tutorials, and lots lots more.


What can I expect from Stock & Resources week?


All kinds of things!  We will have a contest starting in a few hours, and many articles and interviews.  The week is packed full and we are ready to go!  Here's what we did last time.


Sounds great! I want to get involved.


We'd love to have you!  Do a feature, an interview, an informative article about stock, a tutorial, whatever you like, and shoot us a link!  We'll add it to the roundup at the end.  



Your Stock & Resources CVs are Elandria, PirateLotus-Stock, and CelticStrm-Stock


TRIUMPH Movie Kickstarter

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 28, 2014, 6:26 AM




TRIUMPH Movie Kickstarter


Help out my friend who's trying to get his movie off the ground!


Hey guys!  My friend Mike Coffey is trying to get his movie project TRIUMPH going.  It's about a teenager in highschool who has mild cerebral palsy.  My friend Mike has CP and this movie is very close to his heart.  He's got a kickstarter set up and they've gotten about $17,000 out of the $75k they need right now.  The kickstarter has 11 days left.  If you can help at all, please do :)

Here's a video of Mike talking about the movie:


Kickstarter doesn't like to do links, so please go to Kickstarter and search for "Triumph"


Or go here and take off the extra %C2%A0 bit at the end!

:star: www.kickstarter.com/projects/8…; :star:











Credits:
Old Paper from duesterheit
Brushes and Tutorial from calthyechild
CSS template from TrashyDragon
Iced Text Tutorial from Kozzumel
Editing by PirateLotus-stock
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Galleries Month



Textures


Photographic or computer generated images of textures.
crazy firework bokeh stock by ClarabellafaireStockTexture 575 by Sirius-sdz


Which includes:


  • Abstract


    Textures that are abstract and do not conform to traditional methods.
  • Bokeh


    Textures that are out of focus with blurred points of light.
  • Fabric


    Textures that are textiles, fur, leather etc.
  • Flat


    Textures that are of flat surfaces, including tiled floors and walls.
  • Liquid


    Textures that have bubbles, ice, ripples, waves, whitecaps, etc.
  • Metallic


    Textures that have a metallic quality.
  • Organic


    Textures from nature such as leaves, feathers, dirt, etc.
  • Other


    Other texture types that do not fit into another texture sub-category.
  • Paper


    Textures of parchment, canvas, or paper that is plain, creased, inked, aged.
  • Rust


    Textures that are metallic and are at some point in the oxidation process.
  • Wood


    Textures that are wooden or mimic wood in that they have wood grains.


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Galleries Month



Designs & Patterns


Designs & Patterns for a number of different projects - knitting, paper craft, sewing, crochet, wood-working and others. All patterns and designs in this gallery should be complete and usable by any deviant wishing to download them to create a final product.
Assassin Bracelet Pattern by Cherry-Chain


Which includes:


  • Beading & Jewelry Patterns


    Downloadable beading and wire jewelry plans.
  • Blueprints


    Printable blueprint schematics for assembling woodcraft, floor plans, or other things which have blueprints.
  • Needlework


    Downloadable needlework patterns and templates.
  • Other


    Other designs and patterns which do not fit into another Designs & Patterns sub category.
  • Papercraft


    Film tutorials on how to use the deviantART website, and other deviantART-related subjects.
  • Scrapbooking


    Kits, packs and designs for use in either digital or traditional scrapbooking. Including but not limited to papers, embellishments, quick-pages, and more.
  • Sewing Patterns


    Downloadable sewing patterns.



Fonts


Fonts are downloadable files with the file type *.TTF or *.FON or other font file types only. Images of fonts are not included.
Pixel Caps Font by Mirz123Scaenarium Unus Font by MartinSilvertant


Which includes:


  • Blackletter


    Script based typefaces, also known as Gothic script, Fraktur, Old English, Gothic minuscule, or Textura.
  • Chirographic


    Typefaces derived from calligraphy, penmanship and handwriting.
  • Non-Western


    Typefaces created for non-western writing systems.
  • Other


    Fonts that do not fit into another Fonts sub category.
  • Pixel


    Typefaces based on Pixel Art.  They are set to be used in a certain, predefined size, in which they have best readability and are displayed without distortion.
  • Sans Serif


    Sans-Serif fonts are fonts without the base line protruding from key points on a letter. 'Arial' is an example of a Sans-Serif font.
  • Serif


    Serif fonts are fonts with lines protruding at the key points of a letter. 'Times New Roman' is an example of a Serif font.
  • Slab Serif


    Typefaces with rectangular and very often strong serifs.



Fractal Resources


Fractal related resources and parameters.
Modern Gradients by CabinTomLearning Ultra Fractal by Velvet--Glove


Which includes:


  • Gradients


    Downloadable color gradients usable in fractal software.
  • Parameter Packs


    Downloadable parameters usable in fractal software.
  • Plug-Ins


    Downloadable plug-ins for fractal software.
  • Scripts


    Downloadable scripts usable in fractal software.
  • Tutorials


    Tutorials on fractal-related subjects.


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Galleries Month



3D Models


3D Model resources can be imported into a 3D modeling program like 3D Studio Max, Maya, etc.
Skeleton Key Earrings by inception8-ResourceFree Bushes by Nobiax


Clipart


Pictures, buttons and other useful "precut" image files submitted by deviants for others to use in their own works
Water Drops by Aimee-Valentine-ArtChristmas - Pine Branch - Square Frame by Hermit-stock


Vector Resources


Vector source files that have all of the vector data included in the submission.
oriental vectors by gtsatVector Grunge Floral Circle Frame Design by 123freevectors


Video Resources & Tutorials


Film resources for other deviants to use in their films and/or learn from.


Which includes:





Line-art & Character Templates


Line-art and blank character templates submitted by deviants for others to use either digitally or traditionally.
Free horse lineart, gallop by IesteCanine Reference- Free Lineart by Espherio






Don't miss the Miscat Superhero Contest!


Information here

These are the only things that get me to update...

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 15, 2014, 2:20 PM




Quoth-Raven tagged me in this thing that refuses to go away


10 Questions


1. Better with or without?
Probably with...

2. Would you rather face a world of Zombies, Vampires, or Werewolves?
Zombies.  That would be way easier.

3. Beef burger or hamburger?
Hamburgers are made of beef D:

4. TARDIS or Delorean?
I don't really care for either.

5. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
Well, seeing as how I am already a genius  :unimpressed: and worried about everything, I guess I'll stick with what I know

6. Who's on your celebrity sleep list?
Kit Harrington >.>

7. Wildcard, now add someone of the same sex to your sleep list (unless you're gay in which case add someone of the opposite sex)
Jessica Alba

8. What is your happiest memory?
Nothing worthwhile, I'm sure

9. If you could send a message to the entire world, what would you say in 30 seconds?
Doctors don't know near as much as you give them credit for.

10. If you could ask a single person one question, and they had to answer truthfully, who and what would you ask?
I can't think of anything. I'm boring!











Credits:
Old Paper from duesterheit
Brushes and Tutorial from calthyechild
CSS template from TrashyDragon
Iced Text Tutorial from Kozzumel
Editing by PirateLotus-stock

Lanny Tagged Me, as She is a Butt. Cassy too.

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 24, 2014, 4:00 PM




Please go spam Elandria  I don't care with what.


Hello!

1. If Ronald MacDonald arrived at your party would you cry or would you ask for a macn'cheese?
I would be very confused because I am not having a party, and if I did, he wouldn't be invited.  I would kick him out because he'd knock my expensive things over with his giant shoes.E

2. If you saw a £50 note half hidden under a pile of fresh dog poo would you pick it up anyhow?
Yes. I'm not scared.  Also I would wish it were a $50 bill, but would take it to the bank and trade it in with the crappy exchange rate.  I'd get about $5 so it would be worth it.

3. Raisins or Sultanas?
Sultanas.  Fun fact: if your golden raisins are yellow, they have been bleached with lye and sulfur.  Go for ones labled as sultanas, that are just slightly lighter than regular raisins.  Also did you know currants are grapes too?

4. Enterprise or Millennium Falcon?
Millennium Falcon!
I have a thing for you related to this: xkcd.com/890/

5. If Lady Gaga dropped her funky purse, would you give it back to her or would you make off with it and sell it on ebay?
I'd give it back to her because my conscience wants me to be poor.

6. You are elected to be the next President of the US, who would you add to your "list" of "people to get rid of" first?
You know I can't answer that...

7. You are elected to be King/Queen of the Universe, what would your first ruling be?
Pluto gets to be a planet again.

8. Jack Frost, or Queen Elsa?
Like from those movies?  Neither.

9. Your perfect job is...
I always said I wanted to be an ice cream taste tester.

10.  Low fat Thursdays or Full fat Fridays?   (I'm craving steak and chips, don't judge me!)
Full-fat always.  Things marketed as low-fat are usually very bad for you, and a diet of only low-fat foods (even naturally low-fat ones like veggies) is not so great for you either.

OK I'M DONE AND I'M NOT TAGGING ANYONE SO THERE



And now Cassy-Blue has tagged me.  Please spam her as well. ^^

1. What's your favorite book
The big ol' Complete Works of Poe my dad has.

2. Would you rather spend the weekend at the beach or the weekend in the woods?
Woods!

3. The song you hate the most?
I don't want to think about it, it'll get stuck in my head.  Songs from Grease get stuck in my head a lot, and I fucking hate that movie and, therefore, the songs from it, but those aren't my most hated songs.

4. Would you rather be trapped in the Louvre or trapped in the Everglades?
Louvre.  Also, I've been reading The Three Musketeers, and they keep saying the king lives in the Louvre, and it's really confusing because I'm like "the museum??"

5. If you could play an instrument what would it be?
Handpan

6. What's the weirdest food you've ever had?
Don't really know...probably something I didn't even know I was eating.  That reminds me of when I was in Germany, and I was ordering a meal with meatballs, and I asked the waiter what kind of meat it was and he said "Beef, no, pork, like hamburger," so I just said, "Uhhh...ok I'll have that"

7. You see a big bug. It's not a cockroach, what do you do?
Step on it.  I'd step on it twice if it were a cockroach.

8. If you were a mad scientist what would you use your science powers for?
More internet cat videos.

9. Star Trek or Star Wars or Never?
Star Wars

10. Which would you rather face, a big alligator or a giant python?
Python, heeeeeh >.>
Srsly, though.









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Iced Text Tutorial from Kozzumel
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Stock and Resource Updates- June 2014

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 10:55 AM

April and May DD Roundups


Stock and Resources DD Roundup for April 2014:iconelandria:
DDs given by Elandria




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DDs given by PirateLotus-Stock


Painting Textures by MelGamaSKY AND CLOUDS 16 by hepdarcan

:thumb446972419:Abstract Bubble Texture by foq-stocksDagona 8 by The-Lionface
Mother and Young Stock II by Oniendra1145 by ooc-sdzMiniature Horse by consideritfox
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DDs given by CelticStrm-Stock

Steampunk05 by LilinacelesteFrostblommor 2 by Kechake-stockFarewell Summer 15 by Anariel-Stock
Camouflage by ElsapretLadybird Beetle right side by avyva:th
Stock and Resources DD Roundup May 2014:iconelandria:
Stock and Resource DDs given by Elandria




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Stock and Resource DDs given by PirateLotus-Stock


LOOMtones E01 Circle Glow by LOOMcomicsLonetime by LittleLorelWalls of Cinzzetis by 1001G

:thumb448380832:Untitled by FOTOSHOPICstock: stormy sky (credit and show the result) by amka-stockTexture - Wood 25 by SanStock
Killer Whale 7 by firenze-design Dsc0728 by CinderhawkCreativeBlack Wolf In Snow 1 by Vinanti

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Stock and Resource DDs given by CelticStrm-Stock

Zombie Killer 1 by MelHeflinJust before a slash by comicReferenceWarrior/Thief set by CathleenTarawhiti
Abstract April 5 by rskrakauFun Tip Friday #33 by SmallCreationsByMelTutorial: How to Paint Mountains! by ArtisanDwarf

Bird Of Paradise #01 by Trisste-stock-movedBay Warmblood Horse - Show Jumping at Pebble Beach by HorseStockPhotosRock Print by kayaksailorStock whariki....something.-50 by lomatic

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Stock and Resource DDs given by Aeirmid
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The Unseen Stock - May:heart: :+fav: :heart: :+fav: :heart: :+fav: :heart: :+fav: :heart:
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     The Victorian Lady 17 by MajesticStock
 Axe Man 16 by Null-Entity Mopp (4) by anyman82 STOCK ~ Lantern Walk by SoniaJosie Stock 298 by Agnes-z-Garbledville Fae by Nick 2013-09-22 21 by skydancer-stock
Babies in History Exclusives 24 - 400 Points by mizzd-stock Dauntless - Action Heroine stock 20 by Mirish Jade Unrestricted Stock by artmaniabychristine
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  Lake meets sky #19 by flycruisa Snow Pine by LittleEbonyWolf Waterfall 2 in Sri Lanka by SecretDarTiste
  Fire Stock 26/07/12-11 by spirit-fire-stock RockStocks300S04487 by RockStocks  Natur 28 by Flare-Star
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 Thorfinn by Liancary-art 08 by TheniaAfentoulidou STOCK Lady in Red by Apsara-Art 2014-06-02 Treasure Monger 19 by skydancer-stock
Military Stock4 by Redherc46 Lormet_Renaissance-0030 by Lormet-Images 2014-05-18 Hamlin Piper 51 by skydancer-stock white dress stock 04 by simonamoonstock lpz02 by Amliel
Steampunk Pirate Stock 1 by Noirin-Stock Greek Queen 25 by kirilee
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In the StockLight: ApsaraArt:spotlight-left: In The Stock-Light: Vol. 10 :spotlight-right:
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STOCK - Arabian Fantasy by Apsara-Stock STOCK - Arabian Fantasy by Apsara-Stock STOCK - Arabian Fantasy by Apsara-Stock
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Steampunk Saint 1 by mizzd-stockPortrait Stock 22 by chamberstock
Speeding by Jello88
Fairy Unrestricted Stock by artmaniabychristineGreek Queen 1 by kirilee
The Gang by Jello88
Bird 325 - Crow in flight by Momotte2stocks
is it safe here? by andreea09Koala 007 - HB593200 by hb593200
Poppy Path 01 by CD-STOCK
STOCK ~ Graceful by SoniaJosie
Dutch Windmill 4 stock pack sample by dierat-stock The Black Beauty - Trakehner Mare Portrait by LuDa-Stock
Awesome Stock Week: Feature No. 1
  

   

Fire Sword in Cave by aliceinflames Raindrops Texture. by galaxiesanddust arena_8 by abelgalois Warps the sunlight by ExposeTheBeauty 
   
Tiger Swimming Head On by HKstock
James Bond et Lady Fatale 4 by inferno-sensus 
Rope Pack - Collab with `mjranum-stock by SenshiStock
   

Magnificent Model Stock I want to share some of the model stock that I've faved recently! Please give these images some love and make sure to follow the stock provider's terms of use.

           binigaus1 by sempiterna-stock Belly Dancer Stock 1 by chamberstock Tecnologic! Stock by EmeraldVenom-Stock Cersei Lannister 47 by PrincessAndDragon In the Window Seat by Whimseystock Queen Ginevra Stock by DanielleFioreModel Tecnologic! Stock by EmeraldVenom-Stock  Virgo Stock 1 by TrisStockElsa Stock (inspired) by Liancary-art Rebekah Stock 28-1 by artmaniabychristine Natures Lore 06 by Elandria Waiting by Elisa-Erian

 Candlelight 06 by MarjoleinART-Stock Anett Frozen and sword by anettfrozen
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Check out the first two installments of this really fantastic guide:
Providing Stock+Resources - A Beginners Guide Pt01The following five part guide is a collection of tips and tricks for stockers and those who would like to become stockers but don't know where to start - based on my personal experence. While reading, keep in mind that most of what is outlined below are guidelines and not a set of rules you never ever cross - there are exception to everything but the very first rule (I would say copyright is not debatable, after all, you expect others to respect yours, too). Also, this has gotten very long and still, I feel I forgot stuff... So if you have any additions you'd like to see in here, feel free to comment!
>> What you will find in this guide:
Part 01: Introduction & Note on Copyright [you are reading it]
Part 02: What should I put online? incl. Subject Choice | Dealing with Abuse | Technical Basics for Stock Images | Lighting setup | Tips and tricks on getting the most out of your camera |
Providing Stock+Resources - A Beginners Guide Pt02This is Part 2 of Providing Stock+Resources - A Beginners Guide. It is aimed at resource providers new and old - I'm trying to give some tips and pointers based on my experience both as a stocker and a photomanipulator. If you have anything to add (maybe you have an example from your own gallery I could insert - pretty please?), feel free to comment, I still feel like I forgot soooo much ^^; Any other comments are of course welcome as well. I hope this helps at least some :heart:
>>What you will find in this guide:
Part 01: Introduction incl. Note on Copyright
Part 02: What should I put online? incl. Subject Choice | Dealing with Abuse | Technical Basics for Stock Images | Lighting setup | Tips and tricks on getting the most out of your camera | Post-processing images [you are reading it]
Part 03: Stock Rules incl. Where t





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CREATIVE MINDS CHALLENGE is now closed!Thanks for your participation!
Gracias por participar!

Merci de participer!
Děkuji za účast!
Obrigado por participar!

THEME
You can choose your own theme
BE CREATIVE

(I prefer : surreal, fantasy, conceptual, dark, macabre, horror, psychedelic. CD-cover or book cover format are allowed)
Only exception: no emotional and no people ( not just a woman on background )
Medium: Photomanipulation or Mixed Media

Please do read the full submission rules before submitting your entry


RULES
1.
This contest is only open to my watchers
2.

Your artwork must be new and created for this contest
3.

You must use my stock images to create your artwork
You ar
Librarian's Choice - Closed! Judging has begun!:new: And the contest is closed! We got some amazing entries in this time around! I hope to have the judging results back within a week at the latest. That will also give me some time to post a new exclusive back for winners to choose from, as well as letting out other prize donators figure some stuff out!
Also, just FYI - we seem to have lost 2 of our prize donators (and one entrant) into the Deviation in storage/Account on hiatus ether. If you know A-Wakefield/Mandies-stock in the RW, can you have them contact me to know if they will be back in time to be judged/donate as promised?
Thanks so much guys!!!
:new:
So it might not be common knowledge, but we of Hiddenyume-stock love books. Love them I tell you! No really, of the four main models on the account, one of us is a published author, two are aspiring authors, and one is totally a sexy librarian for her day job.  
We’re fans of everything from the classics of sci-fi like H.G. Wells and Mary Shelley to classical litera
Summer, Sun and Fun - Challenge- is closed        Theme : Summer, Sun & Fun - Challenge
The challenge is closed. Thanks so much to all participants, who send me so lovely entries. Wow!   They are all unbelievable beautiful and all fit to the theme so great. :love: All judges will have a lot of fun to look at and we will have a hard voting. :omgomg: 
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I returned from my holidays to the Canary Islands. I brought back some stocks, but not so many, I relaxed a lot and enjoyed the sun and the silence in my hotel. I´m sad that the week is over, but it was so wonderful for me. I will post some new stocks soon. Most I took from the dunes of Maspalomas (Gran Canaria), the sea and plants :D
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Rainy Days And Mondays by cemac
Back to childhood by DX-Degeneration
beautiful boyz by LunarShore
Libra - The Scales Of Justice by ParadisiacPicture
Stole my world by Xan-04
Poison Ivy by Mysterykids
Hints and Tips #2 : Water SplashesWater Splashes:
Creative Use Of Water In Macro



In this tutorial I'll show you an easy way to turn a simple bottle into
a tool for creating stunning water splashes in your pictures.
You need:
An empty dish washing liquid bottle or shampoo bottleA lens to shoot from distance OR you risk water damage
Preparing the bottle
Open your empty bottle. Clean it with water until no more soap bubbles are building.
Now fill it up with water.
In action
Set a short exposure time to „freeze“ the water in motion.
Press on the bottle to release the water, while taking photos.
Be sure the water does not get inside your camera.
Technique #1 – Moment of Impact
ProjectPorkchop Vol341:iconroganjoshnyc:
Josh is a professional digital artist from the United States. He enjoys fantasy and surrealism and his works are heavily influenced by pop culture. His art really pops off the page with bright color palettes and dynamic shapes. His comical series titled "ModHero" is a collection of pop art super hero portraits depicting the characters through "classy, sometimes thoughtful vector art" as the artist explains. Take a moment to visit this unique artist's gallery today!


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Do you have any summer plans? New stock in the works?  Some traveling?  Let us know in the comments!