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Introducing a New Monthly Stock Use Challenge!

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 1, 2016, 10:27 AM
Hey, check it out!  It's a brand new monthly stock use challenge, brought to you by Elandria, Aeirmid, and me!  The main idea is to make some art and have fun, while using previously unused stock (or stock with very few uses).  Each month will have a different theme, and we will try to make them interesting and much different than what you've seen before.

This month's theme: NOTHINGNESS

Da Roolz

  • Use either (or both) of the stocks below in a NEW artwork (must be submitted to DA after the start of the challenge).
  • Use any other legitimate stock you like. All stock used must be properly credited with a link. If the stock is your own, mention that as well. We want to be able to trace where every little thing came from!
  • All stock use must comply with the stockers' rules. Remember, you must also credit, even if that is not part of the stockers' rules.
  • The artwork must fit the theme somehow.  You may be asked to explain if it is not clear.
  • Challenge runs from the first of the month til the last day of the month.  All entries must be in by midnight DA time on the last day of the month.
  • Submit entries by posting a link in the comments, or by sending a note to me (PirateLotus-Stock).
  • Entries must mention they are for the challenge, with a link.
  • Enter as many times as you like, but you can only win once!
  • One artist per entry (no collaborations).
  • Any digital and traditional media will be accepted as long as you can use the stock in it.

Compulsory Stock

Until Death... 20 by Elandria Rievaulx Abbey Ind Red 29 by Elandria
You must use AT LEAST one of these two stock images in your entry.


3 or fewer entrants: features for all entrants
4+ entrants: One winner will receive 200 points and a feature
10+ entrants: One or two winners will receive 200 points and a feature each

We're not sure how this will go, so prizes will be adjusted once we find a good rhythm.  It's probable that we will be giving more than what is mentioned here.

Ok, that's it, go create some stuff!!

Unused Stock Contest- WINNERS!

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 22, 2016, 2:25 PM

Unused Stock Contest


Thank you for your patience while the judges all convened!

The Winners!

Here are the winners!

First Place
Soul Sunset by DarkDevil16
by DarkDevil16

Second Place
le cycle de la vie by naradjou14
by naradjou14

Third Place
Of All That Has Been by FrostAlexis
by FrostAlexis

Special Mentions
Goddess of Dawn by AncaXBre<da:thumb id="580956420"/>Moment of Nostalgia by MajkaHarolds
Do Not Go Gently by calthyechildSleepwalker by umina67Knowledge will set you free by Energiaelca1
Purging - for unused stock contest by Miss-MickieA brave new world by Aramisdream

All entries can be seen at: piratelotus-stock.deviantart.c…
Entries were judged based on creativity and skill, plus a small bonus if using more than one of the stocks in the pool.

Thank you!

Thank you to all the participants.  I had a blast, I hope you did too!  Keep an eye out, as Lanny and I want to start something similar to this contest in the form of a recurring monthly (or so) challenge. :)

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

2015 Year in Review

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 4, 2016, 5:17 PM

2015 Year in Review

I am naughty and didn't do one of these last year, so I'm doing one this time!


I didn't post much stock this year.  This is mostly due to laziness :) (And a little bit of being busy)

I finished posting Oregon stock from the previous summer (see, laziness)
Waterfalls 16 by PirateLotus-Stock

Went to the zoo for my birthday in May (large gap between posting)
Zoo 14 Penguin by PirateLotus-Stock

Went to Colorado later in May and actually posted the stock within a reasonable amount of time
Colorado 18 by PirateLotus-StockColorado 22 by PirateLotus-Stock

Did my once yearly model shoot
Vine Fairy 13 by PirateLotus-Stock

Found some old photos I never posted from 4 years ago when I went to England
Tourist 5 by PirateLotus-Stock

Finally got around to doing a shoot of the goat bones I found in the spring.  Still not done posting all of those
Goat Skull 3 by PirateLotus-Stock

Stock Uses

I had a lot of stock uses this year, here are some of my most favorite

Come, play with us... by Yami19Muddy Trouble - (Disappointment) by GoredGuarThe Fish Pig-livery Service (FPS) by KingaBritschgi
Naiad by Twinkle-spaceCookie monster by thegirlcansmile

Mature Content

Cherry Angel of The Dark by im-sorry-thx-all-bye
Day 15 by LiminalWorksAT: Fran by MermaidTides


I don't remember what I did, that was too long ago.  Let's see...

In January I found my dream house. It's only 4 million euro, so just a couple more months at my current job and I can move to Italy…
If you buy it, let me know and I will work for you for free if you let me stay there

I made a delicious-looking pie

and some delicious-tasting cake
Mini Lemon Bundt Cake by PirateLotus-Stock

I turned 100 again :stare: We went to the zoo and Tommy made me a reuben for dinner

We went to a wedding in Colorado

*cough* I had had a few by then
On the way back we went through a storm that had passed over us the night before, and got to listen to it again that night.

We went to two other weddings near home

We picked 40lbs of sweet cherries

and many many apricots, and I got to work on Christmas presents in the summer

Bought Skyrim and lost my life for a while

Just chillin with my homies

Finally lost a sock doing laundry...found it a month later. (Yes my life is exciting)

Retired from being a CV for Stock & Resources, which was honestly a huge relief.

Aaaaand went to England to see Elandria get married!

It was a mini devmeet.  Here's kingmancheng sitting next to me :D (on the left with his lady, they're looking at bubbles)

We turned it into a vacation and frolicked around England and I learned what gas marks are.

What's ahead?

This year I hope to do a bit more stock, including another collaboration with Nathan Lorenzana, who made these:
Stillness 01 - Bic Ballpoint Pen Artwork by LopezLorenzanaThrough the Veil - Ballpoint Pen Artwork by LopezLorenzana
Revelation - Pencil Illustration by LopezLorenzanaStillness 02 - Ballpoint Pen Artwork by LopezLorenzana

Also planning on moving in with my boyfriend in August. My current goal is to start raising meat rabbits, and saving some money by living in a one bedroom apartment with someone else will help with getting a down payment on a house where I can do whatever I want (including having animals).

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

Rearranging, etc.

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 12, 2015, 10:08 AM



I have returned from across the ocean!  I got to see our gorgeous Elandria get married!  She was absolutely stunning and I am so happy I got to see her!  I also saw Tasastock and kingmancheng and I got Kingman to dance to Lady Gaga.  Claire and I were going to hang out later in the week, but she ended up having to cancel, so in a couple years, I will steal her from HER wedding so I can have her all to myself.

Everyone keeps saying "welcome back" and I kind of want to punch them.  I tried to convince Tommy to run away with me to Italy instead of going back, but he said he wanted to sleep in his own bed :|

We went to a zoo or 2 so there will be a bit of stock coming up...eventually.

In my absence one of my stocks was chosen for a DD
Vine Fairy 24 by PirateLotus-Stock
Thank you very much to Cassy-Blue for featuring it!! ^^  You are a doll <3

I think I am finally caught up on messages.  There were...a few.

Gallery Edits

You may have seen some updated deviations popping up in your message center.  This is because I am going through all of my stock (maybe all, we'll see how long this inspiration lasts) and doing some cleaning.  I am getting rid of some stuff, merging some stuff, and generally trying to make things look nicer.  I do this on a very small scale every once in a while so you might see broken thumbnail links in the descriptions of some stocks, so I'm also trying to update those.  Not quite sure why I do this to myself.

I'm doing each folder starting from the bottom and working my way up, so if you know you want something, go download it in case it gets thrown out.  You can still use stuff I've deleted as long as the current version of my Terms of Use are followed.  I mostly delete things because I don't like them and no one has used them, but if you can find a use for them, I will be delighted to see what you can make!

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

Well I had a good run

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 18, 2015, 2:07 PM

Goodbye heart, hello...badge thingy

No Longer a CV

Hello, well, yes, I am no longer a CV.  Please send your DD suggestions and random issues/concerns to Cheryl (CelticStrm-Stock) and Baby Erin (Cassy-Blue) ^^

Thank you so much to Danie (Moonbeam13) for this opportunity and for all her hard work being our very own Wonder Woman.  She is truly amazing and gives so much of herself to this site. And to all my CV friends past and present for being with me on this wonderful team :heart:  I could never list you all, but if you think you might be one of those people, you are :)

Going on a Trip!

I am going to be gone for about a week and a half starting the 25th.  SO DON'T BOTHER ME :stare:
JK ILU all :heart:
But really, don't send me anything you need a quick answer to til I'm back on the 7th! i have that "Hello Mary Lou goodbye heart" song stuck in my head

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


Journal Entry: Fri Nov 13, 2015, 7:02 AM


Thank you, Aeirmid

Bewitching by Aeirmid

My wonderful, kickass, amazing good friend Jade is back among the ranks of the Seniors.  She spent 3 years wrangling the wild photmanippers and did a damn good job at it :D  We (the stock CVs) worked very closely with her and now she gets a well-deserved rest as she turns it over to ErikShoemaker.  Thank you, Jade!!

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

Unused Stock Contest- CONTEST CLOSED

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 9, 2015, 2:22 PM

Unused Stock Contest

Contest is now CLOSED

Thank you to everyone that entered!  Judges will convene and decide a winner shortly!

All entries can be seen at: piratelotus-stock.deviantart.c…

Who wants a contest?

Well, I haven't done a contest in a while, so it's about time :)  This one is going to be about using stock that has previously not been used!  This will give the artists a chance to do something unique with stock that has not been worked with before, and the stockers will get to see a bigger variety of their stock used.

Ms. lindowyn-stock had an unloved stock project/challenge at one time, and many people still have "Unloved Stock" folders in their galleries.  I think this is a brilliant idea, so I want to bring it back up and do a contest revolving around it :)

The Rules!

  • Contest starts NOW and ends January 20th (entries must be submitted no earlier than Nov 10)
  • Digital or Traditional art only
  • All stock used must follow stockers' Terms of Use AND be credited with a link (even if that is not in the ToU)
  • Please state in your description that the artwork is for this contest with a link
  • Enter as many times as you want, but you can only win once.  One artist per entry (no collaborations)
  • Use AT LEAST ONE of the stocks from the pool below in your new artwork
  • (You don't need to use entirely previously unused stock for your work)
  • Submit your entry by posting a link to your work in the comments on this journal, or by noting me.

Entries will be judged based on creativity and skill, plus a small bonus if using more than one of the stocks in the pool.  Judges are some of the people whose stock is in the pool

The Stock Pool

You must use AT LEAST ONE of these stock images in your artwork:

Birthday Scifi by PirateLotus-StockLeucistic Cobra Stock 4 by Cassy-BluePack 7 What Once Was by ElandriaBeach Stock 278 by Cassy-Blue
Snow stock 69 by Malleni-StockJedi Portrait 7 by PirateLotus-StockSan Gimignano Stock 32 by Malleni-Stock
Orb Weaver Stock by Cassy-BluePack 158 Natures Lore by ElandriaFuel Pump by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCK
Fire Stock 10 by Cassy-BlueDaytona Beach Skyline Preview by CelticStrm-Stock by CelticStrm-StockLet The Storm Rage On [Pose Ref for Drawing] by SenshiStock
Food Poses 2 by PirateLotus-StockEdinburgh Gardens Animals 7 by PirateLotus-StockSeagulls by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCK
Puzzlewood 32 by PirateLotus-StockAcademia Stock 5 by Cassy-BlueObsidian 8 by TasastockHeadstone Detail 09 by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCK
Snake by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCKPack 145 Stand My Ground by ElandriaAbandoned Farmhouse Stock 07 by Malleni-Stock
Blacklight Pack 3 by PirateLotus-StockBeansidhe Stock 3 by Cassy-BlueWhich Old Witch 17 by TasastockGoose Stock - 1 by Exquisite-Rain
Pack 19 Netley by ElandriaNest Stock 03 by Malleni-StockUntil Death... 12 by Elandria
Ring Request Stock 1 by wintersmagicstockA Quiet Place by LyricannaTarmon Gai'don 74 by ElandriaThatch by wintersmagicstock
USS Alabama Ship Interior by CelticStrm-Stock (31) by CelticStrm-StockPretty in pink 07 UNRESTRICTED by ElandriaUSS Alabama Interior by CelticStrm-Stock (23) by CelticStrm-Stock

The Prizes!

There will be 3 winners.

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

If you'd like to donate any prizes, please let me know! :heart:

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


Journal Entry: Mon Nov 2, 2015, 3:20 PM


Thank you, Lanny

Medieval Tales 08 by Elandria

My sweet, beautiful, amazing co-CV Lannifer (Elandria) has retired.  She was the CV for Stock when I joined the team (I replaced the smexy Dan-Heffer) and we've been terrorizing the community together ever since.  We were joined by Cheryl (CelticStrm-Stock) what seems like just a second ago, but has apparently been about 2 years, and our little stock family got a bit more devious.  Now we have a baby Erin (Cassy-Blue) and the team is evolving once more.  It has been quite a ride and Lanny has been the cornerstone of the stock crew the whole time.  Please go spam her page with love for her years of hard work as a CV for Stock & Resources.  

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

I Spy 5: Community Feature Project

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 30, 2015, 5:49 PM

I Spy 5 Feature

The Rules

You must feature 5 deviations by 5 different Deviants that you do not know very well or do not have a ton of exposure in a journal. Link your feature journal back to this journal for a collective feature later on.  You may choose a theme if you wish as a way to find your 5. Once you have been featured in a journal, you are tagged, and must continue by featuring your own journal of 5. If you have not yet been tagged and want to participate, please do! By viewing this journal, consider yourself tagged. Copy these rules in your own journal feature.

The Purpose

The purpose of choosing 5 deviants that you are not familiar, speak to as often, or are friends with is because this is an exercise to expand our community horizons. We all settle into our comfort zones and hang out with our little cliques of friends. This is so that we go beyond that, find some fantastic new deviations, and bring exposure to those who we may not see as often. This feature series is open to all media, and can include different media in the same journal or person being featured.


Sam 0761 by vladrozgozogirdle by vladrozgozo
Aviator Pattern   01 by vladrozgozo
Sam 0126 by vladrozgozont 21 by vladrozgozo

Sad Angel - HD Stock by FrancescaAmyMariaFairy Wing HD by FrancescaAmyMaria
Serenity - HD - Stock by FrancescaAmyMaria
Elven Stock - HD by FrancescaAmyMariaFlora - HD - Stock by FrancescaAmyMaria

UNRESTRICTED Wonderland Path Stock 3 by little-spaceyCompanion by little-spacey
Beauty Fades... by little-spacey
Fall Forest Stock by little-spaceyJungle Castle Window Stock by little-spacey

728 Zota by Tigers-stock736 Kyou by Tigers-stock
380 Hogwarts 06 by Tigers-stock
721 Frosted Ground 01 By Tigers-stock by Tigers-stock366 Graveyard 09 by Tigers-stock

Stock 258 by UmbraDeNoapte-StockStock 224 by UmbraDeNoapte-Stock
Stock 196 by UmbraDeNoapte-Stock
Stock 252 by UmbraDeNoapte-StockStock 200 by UmbraDeNoapte-Stock

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

For the Love of...DUCKS

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 28, 2015, 2:29 PM

For the Love of Ducks

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 ducks!

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


Journal Entry: Thu Oct 22, 2015, 3:04 PM


:la::la::la::la::la::la::la::la::la::la: Please welcome our new Stock & Resources CV, Cassy-Blue!!!!!!!!! :la::la::la::la::la::la::la::la::la::la:


:dummy:Also please welcome our new Photomanip and Mixed Media CV, ErikShoemaker!!!!!!!!!!!!:dummy:

Mmmmmmm tasty

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

Eleven Contest by Elandra

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 1, 2015, 4:07 PM

Want to win a 10-year digital license for a stock image from Elandria?  That's the prize for up to 20 winners!  The Runners Up get TWO digital image licenses! Now check this out: the Grand Prize winners get TEN, that's right, TENNNNN images for free, and the license is for digital AND PRINT.   Ten gorgeous stock images you can use for free for all your digital and printed artwork.  OH MY!

Lanny is one of the most talented stock models I know (and I know a lot of them, being a stock CV and all).  But I'm sure you all know her, and I don't have to tell you how amazing she is (if not, have you been under a rock the past 11 years? :P).  A chance at a free license, let alone ten of them, is not a chance you will want to pass up if you are interested in making money with your artwork.  This is a crazy good opportunity!  Check out the contest below:

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

DD Highlights

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 25, 2015, 2:20 PM
DD Highlights from the Week

I already do this every day in a status update, but Talty tagged me, so I'll do a journal of my picks from this week.

Welcome to a Community Volunteer project in which we will be highlighting our favorite Daily Deviations featured within the recent weeks! We would like to encourage the community to join in on this project by simply going through the Daily Deviations page and collecting some of their favorite pieces of art within a journal titled, "My Daily Deviation Highlights"! We hope this project will help spread awareness and love for Daily Deviations and our fellow deviant artists!

Use the hashtag #DDHighlights so we can find your journals!

Fungi soup by fotografkaCatharsis by AnstayWild nature by Jelena-Misljenovic
Untitled by Panteleev-IlyaMeeting Mister Lunch by Fragile-yet-CunNINgRain by TolkyesLandscaped beach by petronellavanree
Arctic Fox Stock 15: Siblings by HOTNStockUntitled by JuleOfJuneMemories of illness by RegauxMurderous Crown by navate
smooth invasion by m-luciaParanoia by Devi-Eurynomer2d2 c3po - Disney commission (Star Wars) by neo-innov
Warhammer 40000 Inquisitor cosplay by my99realityNGC 6188 in Ara by octane2pixel art by PeL07Drachenfels 02 by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCK

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

DeviantArtist Questionnaire

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 7, 2015, 1:00 AM
DeviantArtist Questionnaire

How long have you been on DeviantArt?
8 years

What does your username mean?
I wanted something piratey and slightly girly that would tell that this is a stock account.
:iconpiratelotus-stock: <- see, that's me there

Describe yourself in three words.
Wiggly, hungry, meow

Are you left or right handed?

What was your first deviation?
We don't need to talk about that

What is your favourite type of art to create?
Stock.  Actually I like sewing stuff more probably.

If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
Realistic drawing

What was your first favourite?
On this account, it was my first stock use:
Tonight Tonight Tonight by tenko72 by tenko72

On my other account, which was made before this one, it was:
Forsaken by Saimain by Saimain

What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Stock and stock uses

Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
I don't have just one and I can't start naming them or I'll leave someone out and feel bad!

If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
Any of my CV or stocker friendlies!

How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
I went to England to meet up with Tasastock and RaeyenIrael-Stock, and we also saw WW-Stock, so that was a really cool life event.  Soon I'm going back to visit/meet another deviant :)

What are your preferred tools to create art?
Camera, lights

What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
My home

What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
One time Fiona (UnicornReality) posted this in a chat room:

And I liked it so much, I stole it and saved it to post randomly on people's pages.

Another time she said this:
Hanratty-Stock: I would swim into a willy and eat it from the inside.
Hanratty-Stock: I disgusted myself D:

Why did I save these things?  It's from a document called "arstock quotes," that's how old that is XD

Aaaanyway, I tag everyone to do this survey!  Especially you people:
Elandria CelticStrm-Stock Aeirmid Null-Entity Malleni-Stock CD-STOCK kirilee SenshiStock EveLivesey anyman82 jademacalla HiddenYume-stock LibertineM maytel Talty shelldevil DamselStock skydancer-stock

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

Zig-Zag Feature

Sat Jul 25, 2015, 12:33 PM
Welcome to the latest lovefest between the photomanipulation community and the stock and resources community on DeviantArt! Here are the rules for participation:

1. You don't have to be tagged to participate!
2. If you are featured, you are TAGGED, and you MUST participate! Do it, guys!
3. No excuses!!
4. How to do it:  If you are a PHOTOMANIPULATOR, you must select 5 of your own favorite works and feature them. Feature ONE prominent stock photo and the name of the person who created it. (That means you'll have 10 total artworks in your feature.) If you are a STOCK PROVIDER, you must select 5 of your own favorite works and feature them. Tag your ONE favorite photomanipulator who used each stock image, and include their deviation that used your stock. (That means you'll have 10 total artworks in your feature.)
5. No tag-backs!
6. You have 24 hours.
7. Paste these rules at the top of your feature journal.

The features will "zig-zag" back and forth across the two galleries and create a feature explosion! 

Arms Side 5 by PirateLotus-Stock was used for

Mature Content

7 Deadly Sins : Lust by Dragon-Kiss
by Dragon-Kiss

Avebury Stone Circle 7 by PirateLotus-Stock was used for Slavic mythology. Semargl by Vasylina by Vasylina

Lioness Looking Up stock by PirateLotus-Stock was used for Spock by Seiden-Kaczka by Seiden-Kaczka

Squirrel Monkey by PirateLotus-Stock was used for Banana Joe by Enianou by Enianou

Hands- Gloves 6 by PirateLotus-Stock was used for Yennefer of Vengerberg by Kiorsa by Kiorsa

Now go get featuring!


:iconelandria: Features by Elandria

Done with Zoo and Colorado. Next up, model!

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 7, 2015, 5:59 PM
Zoo, Colorado, Model Stock!

Done with Colorado!

Ok, well I'm done uploading Colorado stock.  I saved most of my favorites for last.  I was super impressed by how well it turned out to shoot in RAW.  The mountains started out looking SO bad; pretty much just a white piece of blah, but then I took them into the Nikon program and tweaked a couple slidey bars and BAM they looked awesome.

A few of my favorites:
Colorado 14 by PirateLotus-StockColorado 18 by PirateLotus-StockColorado 22 by PirateLotus-Stock

Before Colorado, I posted some zoo shots, of which the one below is my favorite, just because it's so funny!
Zoo 13 Penguin by PirateLotus-Stock

I also like this one because I tend to like weird angles that I think are super cool, but no one will ever use
Zoo 14 Penguin by PirateLotus-Stock

On to some model stock!

I took some new model stock the day before the summer solstice (this seems to be a yearly trend...I get to thinking "Oh here comes the summer solstice. Crap that means I haven't done model stock in almost a year!").  Right now I think I'm calling it Vine Fairy, but that may change if I come up with something better (I won't).  I'm working on going through it right now, so it'll be a while, but here is a teaser:

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

Contests to Check Out

Sat Jun 13, 2015, 11:33 AM
Here is a list of a few stock creation or stock use contests going on right now!

Coaching/mentoring competition 2015!What is this?
Many of you will recall the Coaching Competition, "Beyond Boundaries", from 2013. Basically, it was a 2-month competition in which participants were assigned to a coach (mentor), who was an advanced photomanipulator. The coach taught the students specific skills in accordance with the students' needs, and in the end all students had to complete one photomanipulation in accordance with a theme that was provided to them. It was a great opportunity to learn firsthand from someone who has mastered the field and who wants to share knowledge with members who want to expand their skills.
Improvements for 2015
This year, we are hoping to do another coaching competition, this time with some edits:
:bulletblue: We will screen participants in advance and only allow those who are sincere photomanipulators to join. By "sincere photomanipulators," I mean individuals who have at least 3 honest attempts at photomanipul

A CV-lead team photomanipulation contest, with coaches and manipulators that want to hone their skills.  Ends in a few months, depending on signups

Group Pose Drawing Challenge! CLOSED!THIS CONTEST IS OVER! But feel free to still do the challenge if you want. :D
It's been a long time since we've had a drawing challenge around here, so let's do something that will test your skills AND help the general drawing community!
As many of you probably know, finding references for multiple people can be tough. It's also a good exercise to compose multiple figures into one image! This challenge aims to both help you practice your multi-figure skills AND help the community have more resources for this type of composition!
How To Enter!
Create a line art drawing with 5 or more full body figures together using SenshiStock images as the reference.
Submit your composition under the Resources & Stock Images -> Line-art & Character Templates section, OR the appropriate pixel base section, with a Creative Commons license. In the Artist's Comments, link to the Sen

A line art-creating contest using stock from SenshiStock.  Use stock to create a resource! Ends July 1

Use my Stock CONTEST 4 (CLOSED)Thank you everyone for your participation! Stay tuned for the winners announcement!


:bulletblue: A MYSTERIOUS SIDE :bulletblue:

 As artists, we tend to draw our characters with a beautiful and perfectly apparent face. And sometimes we forget about how cool and inspiring characters can be when we can't see their whole face. Remember how Sheik from Zelda, Amon from Legend of Korra, Master Chief from Halo, Kakashi from Naruto were (and still are) thrilling characters! And how, in every movie, a masked ball scenery can become so magical to us, viewers.
Let the imagination of your viewers define the mysterious side of your character. 
What can I draw? 
One or several characters with its face hidden or partially hidden.
It is allowed to use your own characters and canon characters (fanart).
Example of Stocks

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A contest using stock from LaLunatique where your character(s) must have their face partially hidden. Ends August 31

Short Challenge #7 - WINNERS Event of The-Imaginarium
Please read all information in this journal
Our new event will be short challenges with short deadlines, 2 weeks, so members will have something for fun.
What you have to do is simple, one manipulation with the stock required below.
How will be this new challenge ?

In this new you should do a manipulation with the stock below, but collaboration with your friend.

Your entry must be a collaboration (only collaborations will be accepted).
you can enter only with 1 collaboration (1 team).

Use your creativity and do what you want with the stock required, you can include others stocks of your choice as well.
 First place (for each member of the team)
( 1choice of members and 1 choice of the founders )

A photomanipulation challenge using a specific stock where the entry must be a collaboration.  Ends June 25

Sunken mysteries - new contest! (closed)Hey guys!
Occie Dance I think it's time for a new contest ! Occie Dance
The theme is:
 Gem Sapphire SUNKEN MYSTERIES Gem Sapphire 
To date, we have explored less than five percent of the ocean.
95% have never been seen by a human being.
So, what is down there, in the deep ocean? What mysteries could we find?
Mermaid cities, shipwrecks full of treasures, ruins of ancient kingdoms, unknown creatures ?
Dark secrets that may never be revealed ?
Let your imagination run wild !

The rules
:bademoticon: your entry must be a photomanipulation
:bademoticon: your entry must be created exclusively for this contest
:bademoticon: all used stocks must be from legitimate resources

A photomanipulation contest exploring the deep ocean.  What's down there?  Ends July 10

Done with Oregon, Going to Colorado

Journal Entry: Wed May 20, 2015, 6:30 PM
Oregon, Colorado

Done with Oregon!

I am finished posting Oregon stock!  (Bout damn time, it's been almost a year...)

A few of my favorites:
Raptor Center 8 by PirateLotus-Stock Oregon 15 by PirateLotus-Stock Oregon 22 by PirateLotus-Stock

Next up is the zoo!  It'll be animals I already have in my gallery (pretty much) since I've been to the same zoo many times and they continue to have the same animals.  Hopefully the different poses and lighting conditions will be helpful!  They did have different lions this time.  They were all males neutered before maturity that consequently never grew their they look like females but bigger and with those rolls around their necks.  Really weird.  But anyway...expect zoo stock...soonish >.> I have to sort it first.  I will do that after vacation.  Which brings me to.........


I'm going to Colorado this weekend and will be gone from Friday til Tuesday.  Don't send me anything time-sensitive; I won't answer in a timely manner.

Since we won't be there very long, we won't have time to do much (and it just dumped snow all over where we'll be, and I don't want to go hiking with snowshoes), so I'm not sure how much stock will come from this trip.  But, I'm going somewhere that I already have a ton of stock of (Estes Park/RMNP), though it would be cool to get some very snow-covered mountains.  I've never gone to Colorado this early in the year before, so I'm not sure what to do there in the snow (hell no, I'm not skiing).  Suppose I'll have to shop.  Ho hum. (ifreakingloverockshops)


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