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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.









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

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




:iconpiratelotus-stock:
DDs given by PirateLotus-Stock


Painting Textures by MelGamaSKY AND CLOUDS 16 by hepdarcan

STOCK - Armenian Photoshoot April 2014 by arshaluysAbstract Bubble Texture by foq-stocksDagona 8 by The-Lionface
Mother and Young Stock II by Oniendra1145 by ooc-sdzMiniature Horse by consideritfox
:iconcelticstrm-stock:
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




:iconpiratelotus-stock:
Stock and Resource DDs given by PirateLotus-Stock


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

Misty Lake Stock by VinyongaUntitled 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

:iconcelticstrm-stock:
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-stockBay Warmblood Horse - Show Jumping at Pebble Beach by HorseStockPhotosRock Print by kayaksailorStock whariki....something.-50 by lomatic

:iconaeirmid:
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
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Babies in History Exclusives 24 - 400 Points by mizzd-stock Dauntless - Action Heroine stock 20 by Mirish Jade Unrestricted Stock by artmaniabychristine Babydoll inspired by Liancary-Stock
Nature
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Scrubland 2 by fuguestock Desert Mountain 3 by firenze-design
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Stream 14 by fuguestock sparkly green and red fireworks by photogooroo birthing stones by carolinesphotos Winter Snow Path by Archangelical-Stock
Forest 129 by MASYON Waterscape Stock 02 by thereexistsonex Blow Hole 6 by Angelic-Studios Glacier 3 by veryevilmastermind
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Military Stock4 by Redherc46 Lormet_Renaissance-0030 by Lormet-Images 2014-05-18 Hamlin Piper 51 by skydancer-stock white dress stock 04 by simoona lpz02 by Amliel
My Love 8 by LadyAquariusStock Steampunk Pirate Stock 1 by Sayashi-Stock Greek Queen 25 by kirilee
Nature
Lake 2 by Wildarts-Artwork
  Natural arch by SacMPhoto staw... by mirandaarts

In the StockLight: ApsaraArt:spotlight-left: In The Stock-Light: Vol. 10 :spotlight-right:
Apsara-Art
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Profile Stock FolderStock Rules
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STOCK - Arabian Fantasy by Apsara-Art STOCK - Arabian Fantasy by Apsara-Art STOCK - Arabian Fantasy by Apsara-Art
In The Stock-Light: Model-Salvaje:spotlight-left: In The Stock-Light: Vol. 13 :spotlight-right:
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Previous Editions of In The Stock-Light:
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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 STOCK - Armenian Photoshoot April 2014 by arshaluys Virgo Stock 1 by ClaimYourselfElsa Stock (inspired) by Liancary-Stock 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


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 to keep the Stock Rules? | What to pu





Contests


CREATIVE MINDS CHALLENGETHEME
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 are allowed to use ONLY ONE stock image from my stocker-friends

:below: :below: :below: :below: :below: :below: :below: :below: :below: :below: [Post Below] [Post Below]
:iconybsilon-stock: :iconevelivesey:
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- Update        Theme : Summer, Sun & Fun - Challenge
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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
And one word to my theme of this challenge. Please, your entry have not to be a funny work (I read a conversation under one work, so I want to clearify this). You can also create a work with a silent and a moment full of harmony or something like that. I haven´t given you all fun-stocks, so I think everything is possible to create and fun means for ev





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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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Michelle is a hobbyist artisan crafter and designer from the United States. Her gallery is filled with absolutely stunning hand-made jewelry pieces mad




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


Recent Stock and Resources Favs

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 22, 2014, 6:13 PM




Things I've Added to my Favs Recently


Hello!

I was looking around the stock gallery today and going through some other feature journals and added a ton of kickass stuff to my favs!  I haven't posted just a general feature journal for quite a while, so here is a sampling.  Enjoy!




Check This Stuff Out


Chinese Panther 5_ stock img by sekhmet-stock

Misc 08 blood cells by Dreamcatcher-stock Ship Stock 1 by Daisy-Mae-Stock 2014 - Asiatic lions 3 by Lena-Panthera
Pacific Black Duck Five by Araluen-Ekala Mother and Young Stock by Oniendra
Footprints in Sand 07260020 by Netzlemming Evening light by edgelight Shells 07240049 by Netzlemming

Standing Tiger Stock by Oniendra 1130 by ooc-sdz Motocross Stunts b9 by Araluen-Ekala
Dry thistle. by A1Z2E3R Lormet-Architecture-0294sml-2 by Lormet-Images Pond in the fog 2 by A1Z2E3R

stock: winter forest 5(credit and show the result) by amka-stock Lormet-Sky-0560sml by Lormet-Images Landscape stock 44 by TheVikingStock
meerkat 01 by Pagan-Stock Nature 257 foggy pond by Dreamcatcher-stock Animals 100 snail by Dreamcatcher-stock
1194 by ooc-sdz red color cloud by amka-stock winter stock V by amka-stock

Emily Spring Stock 2 by Elsapret Wei _ stock img by sekhmet-stock Medieval Maiden 16 by LadyAnutar
Flower Hair 14 by Fluffybunny29stock Riot Gear (21) by anyman82 Little surfer 2 by Elsapret

Lormet-Farm-Animals-099002sml by Lormet-Images Portrait of Lady Heathcliff by QueenWerandra Sow1 by Bad-Advice-Stock
Cassandra 92 by The-Lionface Leprechaun Stock 36 by DamselStock 3469 - Dragonscale 2 by HelenaRothStock

Down the Hill by NovaScotiaDream White Dress 26 by Fluffybunny29stock









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

News from Stock and Resources

Sat Mar 8, 2014, 9:37 AM

Line-art & Character Templates Gallery


The Line-art & Character Sheets gallery has been renamed to "Line-art & Character Templates" in hopes of less confusion going on there.  The gallery is meant for line-art (there seems to be no problem with this) and the less-understood item called a character sheet template.  These are character sheets that have NOT been filled out yet, and are available for others to use.  

Pre-filled character sheets need to be placed in Digital Art, or wherever is appropriate.  As a reminder, please only place resources for others to use into the Resources & Stock Images gallery.  We are putting some extra focus into this sub-gallery to get it nice and shiny!

If you need help moving your filled-in character sheets out of the stock gallery, give one of us a holler :)



Contest Winners


Christmas Winterworld Contest - WinnersThank you for participating in our  :iconevelivesey: :iconcd-stock: :iconybsilon-stock: first contest  :dance:
and a big Thank You to all other donators :iconsomadjinn: :icondripoint: :icondamselstock: :iconadamselindesign: :iconwesley-souza: :iconposerfan-stock: :iconthy-darkest-hour: :iconmontvalentstock: :iconanne-wipf: :icondebzdezigns-lamb68:  :clap: :hug:
Your judges were: :iconevelivesey: :iconcd-stock: :iconsomadjinn: :icondripoint: :iconybsilon-stock: for the Places 1 - 4 and the poll voting for the 5th and 6th place.
:iconsomeconfettiplz: :iconsomeconfettiplz: :iconsomeconfettiplz: :iconsomeconfettiplz: :iconsomeconfettiplz:
First Prize Winner     1. Place      First Prize Winner 


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Christmas Elf Contest - Winners1st Place
Tangled Up by SleepyHeadKL

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2nd Place
Stables in the North ACEO by Keyshe54

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3rd Place
Surfer Elf by hyenacub

More from hyenacub
Stock Photo Contest - The Winning Entries!!Comrades, I cannot tell you how glad I am that the entire cast of the Green Cat Cabaret was involved in judging this contest, because it was TOUGH. All the entries were fantastic. The votes have been tabulated, though, so without further ado, the winning entries...
FIRST PRIZE WINNERS
  ~   ~ 
Darach McLain (Staff)
Temporo-Spatial Engineer "Portal Wrangler"
by anyman82
  ~    ~  
Luscinia Corvas
Regular Patron (Ornithologist)
by magikstock


SECOND PRIZE WINNERS


Robin G. Fuchs

Regul

Sail The Seven Seas Contest Winners!Whew! This was one of the harder contests we've had to judge, frankly - you all did a freaking fantstic job! Just blew our minds, seriously!
That said, we actually ended up cheating a little. We couldn't decide on just three, so TouchFeel askita and myself (HiddenRelevance) all have chosen a Stocker's Pick to give an extra prize to in addition to the main winners!
With no further ado, check out the winners!
First Place: I Knew You’d Come
  by MCVD
Prizes won:
2000 points from HiddenYume-stock
200 points from Arden18
100 points from guilleelbardo
100 points from fuguestock
 from




Features and Announcements from Stock CVs



Winter Stock FeatureI said Brr! It's cold in here! There must be some Winter in the atmosphere! Oeoeooo.... Oh, Hi there! :shifty: It's time for the Winter Stock Feature! Remember to follow the individual provider's terms of use if you decide to use them in your next artwork! :)

   
 

  
Saxon a gogo 2 by Dewfooter
the huscarl by Liancary-Stock Artemis 2 by PirateLotus-Stock Nordic Warrior by Liancary-Stock 
Whiter Shades Of Gray 29 RESTRICTED by Elandria   Fency Winter Background by Burtn
Stock Radar #1The Stock and Resources gallery on DeviantART is a digital treasure trove, filled from top to bottom with creative, imaginative, beautiful, unique and inspirational images - all waiting for you to turn them into masterpieces.  Heres just some that caught my eye and my imagination over the past few days.
Stock and Resource providers are incredibly generous with their skills and time providing all these wonderful things for you to use, please don't forget to read their terms of use and to credit them correctly when you use their work!!






Puppy Love: An Adorable Stock FeatureRemember to follow the individual stock provider's terms of use if you choose to use their stock.
Puppy Love

  

  

 

African Wild Dog Puppy - stock by kridah-stock  Japanese Spitz puppy 1 by MochaCat
Here I Am by Wincey
chihuahua dog 1 by AlanCrazy  puppy by DavidofArbelaStock

Stock Radar #2




Lormet_Arbor-0504 by Lormet-Images
Mountain Fog by Track-Maidens
Simple Blending by sandaraKhumara Color Genetics by EarthboundEquinoxatmosphere FREE texture pack by MarcelaBolivar
In The Stock-Light: MonsterBrand-stock:spotlight-left: In The Stock-Light :spotlight-right:
:star: MonsterBrand-stock :star:
     Welcome to the first volume of the weekly "In The Stock-Light" feature series. This series is all about featuring stock providers in our community! Each week we will be exploring the galleries of different stock and resource providers.If you know of a stock provider whom you'd like to see featured, please send me a note titled: "In The Stock-Light Suggestion." For the beginning of this series, I will be focusing on providers who have been on dA one year or less, or have less than 20k pageviews.  Keep in mind that each stock provider may have a slightly different set of rules regarding the use of their stock. By downloading and using their stock, you agree to abide by their terms of use. Remember to follow them as per each individual provider's instructions. 
Stock Rules
Stock Radar #3





Chicks 2 by kayosa-stock
Icy Branch by SafariSyd
Tori 9 by CathleenTarawhiti
Nikka Kneeling With A Sword by comicReferenceDSC08168 Dragon Boundary Mark by wintersmagicstock
Carousel Horse Celestial by ReQuay
Purple Flowers by fuguestock
FREE PHOTOSHOP BRUSHES! DAREK ZABROCKI BRUSH SET by daRoz

For the Love of...WOLVESStock Gallery
Stock Rules
Art Account
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For the Love of Wolves
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 wolves!  Wolves seem to be a pretty popular subject in all kinds of art, so let's take a look at some of the resources that might help you make some wolf-y art!
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How to Stock 4- CostumesWelcome 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!
For the fourth article, I asked Elandria, kirilee, and Tasastock all about costumes. Let's see what wisdom they have for us!

Where do I even start?
:iconelandria: Elandria says:
Wherever you like! Pick a theme or a colour or a character from your favorite movie or book - whatever inspires you can lead you to creating an awesome costume - and it doesn't have to cost you a fortune!
:iconkirilee: kirilee says:
Start with what you have around you, and if making something, your level of skill.
For the first, it is amazing what pieces of your own wardrobe and linen closet can be turned into when you look at it from a different angle. The secret is t
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How to Stock 4- Costumes

Wed Feb 26, 2014, 6:10 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!



For the fourth article, I asked Elandria, kirilee, and Tasastock all about costumes. Let's see what wisdom they have for us!


Creeping Tears 091 by Elandria Material Girl 27 by kirilee Urarii 56 by Tasastock


Where do I even start?


:iconelandria: Elandria says:

Wherever you like! Pick a theme or a colour or a character from your favorite movie or book - whatever inspires you can lead you to creating an awesome costume - and it doesn't have to cost you a fortune!


:iconkirilee: kirilee says:

Start with what you have around you, and if making something, your level of skill.
For the first, it is amazing what pieces of your own wardrobe and linen closet can be turned into when you look at it from a different angle. The secret is to play around - Put things together that you normally wouldn't. Also, op shops are a great place to visit to get inspiration... and get some pieces to complete your costume.
As for sewing... well, we'll touch on that a little later ;)


:icontasastock: Tasastock says:

Start at the beginning, and when you come to the end. Stop. :P (Sorry I couldn't resist that. :eager:) It totally depends on what you want to do costume wise, what kind of skills you have, and what your budget is. If you happen to be rolling in money and your pool is filled with money instead of water, well then you go right ahead and buy all the handmade gorgeous costumes off other people and buy me some too! For those on a tighter budget, and not looking for anything in particular, Ebay is your friend! I already touched on this for my tutorial... Go to Ebay, search for something like "dress" then in the boxes to the left tick the sizes that will fit you. And also choose Auction Only, Ending Soonest. That way you can see all the stuff that has only a couple of minutes left, hasn't been bid on and is going for 99p. (just make sure they're not ripping you off on postage). I've picked up a bridesmaids dress for £2.50(including postage) on there, and a black dress for £1.50 (including postage) before. Get something plain, and you can always make it look more funky with accessories or stretches of fabric.
Examples:
Gluttony 27 by TasastockGreed 14 by Tasastock
That's the cheap bridesmaid dress. I can wear it on its own (which, i kinda haven't done yet. I have an idea for that though but I need to get up off my butt and do it) Or make it look different by wrapping scrap of lengths of fabric around you (Safety pins are a godsend. Seriously.)
Another thing to do, which doesn't involve ebay, is go to your local fabric shop or market where there is a fabric stall, and buy a couple of metres of fabric of your choice. You can then make this into a dress/toga/trousers. Whatever you like, without actually sewing it, just make sure you have plenty of safety pins and imagination.
I NO KUNG FUUU 5 by DaeStock
When DaeStock came to visit me we had nothing in the way of costumes.. What he's wearing is actually a bedsheet I pinned together to make into baggy trousers XD
The Red Request2 by TasastockRed Dress1 by Tasastock
Judge me! For those thumbs are of ooooold oooold stock from way back when i still had the handheld camera! And my black hair.. i miss my black hair. But these are examples of stuff you can pin together easily. The right hand side one is a set I keep meaning to redo but never have got around to it yet. But I'm wearing a corset and that's pretty much the only thing there that isn't pinned together. I used underskirts and bedsheets scrunched up and pinned scrunched to create a bigger underneath skirt. and the black netting stuff also kinda acts as an underskirt part too. it's about 3m long. If you're buying lengths of fabric to do this, I say the longer the better, cause you can always pin it underneath and double it up. but if you don't have enough for what you need you're pretty much scuppered.
Borrow stuff off your friends! The married ones? Hey I like your wedding dress! Wear your normal clothes in an unusual way! (that long skirt could be a dress, pin a scarf around your middle and no one will know!)



What are some ways to throw a quick fantasy outfit together with materials I already have and/or minimal cheap purchased things?


:iconelandria: Elandria says:

Its extremely cliche but "thinking outside the box" with the things you (and your friends and family) already own can add that extra flair! Beg, borrow (try not to steal!) and don't be put off by clothing that might look simple. Modern and contemporary styled stock is greatly popular, why not mix it up with a little vintage or even some futuristic elements. Belts can become leg wraps or arm wraps, or gun holsters, summer skirts can become short dresses, old shirts can be trimmed up to make boleros, even lengths of unused fabric can become beautifully draped Grecian style gowns or togas with a little thought and a little sticky tape or string if you have no ribbon.

Charity shops may have a legacy of old lady smell and "things" you would never have in your own house, but for props, accessories and clothing that can be altered for a small amount of money can be an excellent way of starting off your own costuming wardrobe.


:iconkirilee: kirilee says:

Wrap a sheet around you - BANG - you are a Greek goddess.
Or put on a pair of tights, boots, jacket, belt and pin a pillow case of two to make a bustle - BANG - you are a Steampunk civilian.
Or put on a big flowy dress (like a wedding dress - maybe even dye it a colour before taking stock in it) and put some flowers in your hair - BANG - you are a fantasy princess from the realm Goondathar.
The limit is your imagination. And like any experimental art, some things will work, and others won't. And sometimes, you won't be able to tell until after. If it doesn't look right, just keep adding more layers :)
Once again - OP shops are a great way to get more items on the cheap. And there is no guilt associated with dyeing or ripping up the items.

Another great tip is ebay. You will find some many cheap bits and pieces on there. The quality isn't always great, but they look spectacular on camera. I've bought a range of items from corsets to steampunk goggles to large petticoats from ebay.


:icontasastock: Tasastock says:

Depends if you're male or female and what you already have in your wardrobe.
Teira 30 by Tasastock
Example, this is all my own clothes. (I realise some of you won't have the same style as I do.. so may find using your own clothes a little tougher for a fantasy theme) The skirt, thing... it isn't a skirt.. but I can't think of what to call it, I found in a sale in this totally awesome hippyish shop in Sydney. One, I love it. Two, i can see lots of possibilities for stock. (That is, incidentally, when you know you're hooked; you start evaluating your clothing choices on "i could also use this for stock!") the under-bust corset was a present, and the bird skull necklace I made myself based off one I saw in one of my favourite films from when i was a teenager. Leggings are just universal... thing.. I have a few leggings and I must admit that only the black ones I've actually worn out in public as part of my own wardrobe... the time i wore the brown ones out as an Elf Ranger doesn't count... Though I would love to wear pointy ears all the time if I could.
Going back a bit to what I said about being male or female.. If you're female, you can get away with wearing like, pretty much nothing at all if you're really good at make up or know someone who is.
Urarii 51 by Tasastock
This, is just me wearing a thong, with a bit of scrap fabric and A LOT of feathers and make up.. I'm not recommending this approach. It's cold and took 6 hours to do. But it's a good example for, you can wear something quite plain and ordinary almost, and let the make up carry it into being fantasy. (and look at me being good and behaving and not going into a feminist rant about how it's acceptable for a woman to be practically naked but it's ridiculous for a man.. oh. i think i ruined it. XD)
If not. Buy something cheap! Example. for a tenner I got a Lycra black catsuit. For the lulz. Nah it was for a shoot. Once you've used it plainly, there is absolutely NO reason for it to stay that way!
Dark Elf 4 by TasastockVampire Hunter 23 by TasastockDemon 11 by Tasastock
After I'd used it with all the black body paint and talons and hair grease stuff, I then sewed in those silver spiral patterns onto the thighs. (the strings were something i picked up cheap, about 100 plastic strings, in a market for 75p. I figured they could be wires for doing a cyborg shoot) Add in those little details, and then the right accessories and make up just finish off the rest of it.
I've recently been looking at ways to make horns.. they seem quite cheap and easy to make, hell you could do that, have the right make up then just tie scraps of fabric around you, and that would work fabulously. XD



What are some patterns/pattern companies you've used in the past that have worked well? Do you have any favorite websites for buying costume pieces?


:iconelandria: Elandria says:

If you are adventurous enough to try creating your own costumes from scratch I recommend "the big 3"
Butterick
McCall's
Simplicity
all do a range of "costume" patterns, but be warned - some of them are not for the fainthearted and you will need a little knowledge of using a sewing machine etc
For more historical patterns try
Laughing Moon
Reconstructing History

Etsy and Ebay are great for getting unique props and accessories - or entire costumes, check your budget however - bespoke work from artisans will cost you more (and rightly so!) and at the same time, don't expect the extreme cheap end of ebay to last as low quality materials don't stand up as well to the rigors of stock shoots. It's true when they say you get what you pay for with ebay and etsy!


:iconkirilee: kirilee says:

I find that if you have a basic knowledge of sewing, Simplicity Patterns are the best and easiest to work with. I've used a few of their patterns and been very happy with the end product. Their ladies Lord of the Rings dress is one of the easiest and flattering patterns I have ever worked with and will turn you from average girl into an elven princess.


:icontasastock: Tasastock says:

I think I've gone with free patterns in the past.. And I don't have the websites any more because they were bookmarked on the old computer. I used to buy proper costumes as well, but I soon stopped that because it wasn't economically viable for me. I think the best costume I bought was from ebay. But you have to be prepared to pay a little more for it. One of these days I'll make something amazing, but I'm so lazy that I doubt it. XD



What resources do you use for making costumes and costume props?


:iconelandria: Elandria says:

I personally use a lot of historical and fantasy references, but this is purely a personal thing for each stock provider, and it mostly comes down to whatever it is that inspires you to create stock, and how you go about creating your costumes :)


:iconkirilee: kirilee says:

As a sewer - fabric is my medium. And I like using LOTS of fabric for my Epic dresses. But I also like using scrap/ left over material too for other items.
I think, if you have an idea, just run with it. Cross mediums if you like.

Deviantart itself is a great resource for making costumes and props. There are so many fantastic tutorials on here that are well written and easy to follow. Kimonos, fantasy dresses, armour... just do a search and see what comes up.
Also, youtube is a great way to learn some new skills.


:icontasastock: Tasastock says:

Safety pins, sometimes a sewing machine. I've made my own shoes for a shoot before using fake leather, etc. Collect old brooches and beads and stuff, you can quickly attach them to things to make them look more fabulously than they perhaps are. Lengths of fabric can be pinned into making a one-off dress.



Do you have any good tricks?


:iconelandria: Elandria says:

Carry a pair of scissors and a box of safety pins with you always on any shoot, be it in the studio or out on location, both are completely essential. (Mine are stashed in my camera bag so I never forget them)

A few well created accessories can work much much better than many poorly created ones. Lay out your costumes before you get ready for the shoot to have a quick look at how everything works together.


:iconkirilee: kirilee says:

Keep adding layers if you are unsure. The most interesting characters are those with details.
Always use safety pins, but keep them hidden from view.
Mix clothing types/ linen. Don't always use an item for what it was originally designed for. I.E. A skirt can become a top, a sheet can become a headpiece, a necklace can become a crown.
And don't ever be afraid to use props - and strapping props to your costume. I always think of the costume/ prop designers in LOTR - Whilst all the other hobbits and heroes were simple like - Sam had all these pots and pans with him. So much about his character was reflected in that choice.


:icontasastock: Tasastock says:

Oh I've already gone all over that. XD uuuh any other costume tricks lemme think... But yeah I've done the scarf as a top thing. A few times. It's good. Especially since I have a lot of scarves. I went through a phase where I was a little obsessed with them XD But mainly, even if you have plain stuff, I trick it into looking completely different by using accessories and sewing on extra things, like beads, feathers, sometimes leaves and twigs (it depends what look you're going for) then the eye is drawn to the things you've added, and not onto the plain fabric say, you've made it with... don't be afraid to dream up a fabulous costume and think of the cheapest possible way to make it. Masks can add a lot to things, and modroc is cheap and easy to use. i made vambraces out of a cereal box and some scrap faux-leather fabric. They don't have to be hard-wearing.


Thank you very much, Lanny, Kirilee, and Claire!
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For the Love of...WOLVES

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For the Love of Wolves


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Art History Project

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Check out this journal by Aeirmid.  I have been having problems with this particular issue lately, and I'm sure others have as well.
:star:ALWAYS read the Terms of Use from each stock provider you use stock from. :star:
Most stockers have generally the same rules, but, for example, I know of someone that does not allow any type of magic shown in derivative works.  A stock user would probably not expect that to be a typical condition of using stock, so it is a good idea to read the ToU BEFORE using the stock to save yourself wasted effort.  And if you don't read them at all, you will end up getting yourself into a lot of trouble, possibly legally.
Anyway, I will shut up and let you read the journal from that kick-ass woman, Jade.





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I'd DD it if...

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 10, 2014, 11:01 AM





I'd DD it if...


Ever wondered why a certain piece doesn't have a DD?  Well I probably don't know either!  I most likely can't tell you why a certain piece hasn't been DDd (unless it's in Stock), but I can maybe give you a hint as to how to get me, personally, to be more likely to feature something as a DD.  (But to find out the answer to the question, you can note the appropriate CV and suggest the piece!)

I'll start by saying that a DD is not a prize, and it should not be the end-all-be-all of your deviantArt experience.  It's a one-day feature from (usually) a volunteer, a real person like me, and it's pretty cool to be featured!  But it's not proof that you have the best art ever, and if you don't get one, it doesn't mean your art sucks.  It is something to strive for if you wish, but if your art is never DDd, it is ok.

So, that said, let's move on to what makes me, personally, more likely to feature something. (I can't speak for other CVs, they've got their own list of things they're looking for, usually found on their main pages)


Main DD Rules I Follow


My main rules are:
:bulletgreen: I can only feature work that is in the Stock & Resources gallery.  This is not optional unless there are certain circumstances that I haven't run into yet, and probably won't.
:bulletgreen: The artist must have had no DDs in the past 6mo (this is a site-wide rule)

Those two are not up to me, the following are:
:bulletgreen: The piece should have 100 or fewer favs for stock images and the like, and 1000 or fewer for tutorials
:bulletgreen: The piece should be newer than the artist's last DD (if they have one), and newer than 2 years old. I actually tend to go newer than 1 year.
:bulletgreen: The piece should be different than their last DD if they have one.  This rule is pretty subjective.
:bulletgreen: The artist should have no more than 4 previous DDs
:bulletgreen: I don't like premade backgrounds
:bulletgreen: The artist must have no celebrity pictures in their gallery (or other obvious "from Google" stuff)


Now, at times I will break my own rules if the piece is extraordinary, but typically, I stick to them (except I never break the last one.  That's an immediate no).  Most of those rules have to do with how much attention the artist is getting.  If they are super popular already, or the piece is, they don't really need a DD.  But like I said, I sometimes break my own rules and feature something if it is just so damn good I can't help myself and I want to show it to as many people as possible.

A note about premade backgrounds: I just don't like them.  I don't like the concept, a crap ton of them are not done well at all, and I don't like how much illegitimate stock is found rampant in them.  I don't even wanna mess with that.  If you have a DD suggestion for a premade background that is, as far as you can tell, legit and legal, send it to CelticStrm-Stock; you have the best chance with her.





Now onto the main reason...


Now that we've got my DD guidelines out of the way, I can get to my main reason for writing this journal.

Sometimes I see a piece and I want to shout at the screen "AHHH I WOULD SO DD THIS IF..." and there are many things that could fill in the blank there.  It drives me crazy when I see something so wonderful, but I can't DD it for one reason or another.  Here are some of those reasons:

:bulletgreen: Put it in Stock and Resources!
I see so much amazing gorgeous lineart that I want to feature as a DD, but I can't because it's in Digital Art.  If you allow people to color your lineart, put it in Stock!  I understand the reasons behind putting it in Digital Art, but damn I wanna DD the hell outta those awesome lines and I can't :<  Same goes for some lovely photography I've seen that the artist allows to be used as stock, yet they put it in the Photography category.  I understand, but you make me sad.  Also, try really hard not to miscat! If you put a tutorial in Traditional Art, I can't touch it unless it gets moved to the proper category.

:bulletgreen: Follow FAQ809!
That is a lovely action, but if you used a celebrity photo for the preview, forget it; you have a much better chance of being reported.  Same goes for any anime "renders." And that would be a great photo of a flying bird, if it were more than 800x500 px.  And I'm not even going to pretend I like that picture of your erect dick.  Also a more relevant one to the people that are more likely to be reading this, you must not use any illegitimate stock in your premade backgrounds or the like.  Remember that sxc.hu does not even allow photomanips with their stock, and most stockers do not allow stock to be made from their stock.  Along these same lines is credit: I probably will not bother to ask for proof that all the photos are yours, I'll just not DD something if I don't see credits (even to yourself).
help.deviantart.com/809/

:bulletgreen: Show it to me!
I am only one person with one set of eyes.  There are 3 of us taking care of the S&R gallery, luckily, but even with 3 sets of eyes, we could never see every single thing.  If you know of something awesome, show it to one of us!  Suggest DDs, or just send a note saying "Ohey, thought you might like this artist."  We take self-suggestions too.  If I never know of you, how can I possibly give a piece of yours a DD?  Introduce yourself or suggest one of your own pieces for a DD.  Don't sit there and stew because you don't have a DD and I don't even know you.  I want to know you!  You will not bother a CV by saying hi :)

:bulletgreen: Make the best picture you can
This is pretty obvious, I'm sure, but DDs tend to be high quality art with good technical skills and all that.  No matter how good of a subject a piece has, if the photo is blurry or grainy or has lots of random stuff in the background, or your giant finger in the frame, I'm probably not going to feature it.  You CAN make a good stock image with cheap equipment.  It takes skill (which is one of those things DDs get DDd for ;) ).
Example:
Leopard stock 2 by PirateLotus-Stock Whosa pwetty kitty? Ah yes, but pwetty kitty has bars all across him, and he's rather grainy on top of that.
Gorilla by PirateLotus-Stock Way washed out!
Puzzlewood by PirateLotus-Stock Dark and super grainy.

Along the same lines...

:bulletgreen: Get all your limbs in the photo!
Oh dear lord this drives me insane.  I get so sad.  I see a super awesome totally clear stock photograph, and I scroll down, and her foot is chopped off.  Or someone's arm is out of the frame.  Or the top of their head is missing.  These examples of course apply to model stock, but the same principle applies to all stock.  Get the whole subject in the frame.  Sure, someone could paint in part of a missing foot, but sometimes that foot position is very important.  Beginners struggle with stuff like that.  I don't want to feature stock that beginners couldn't use.
Example:
Lewana 12 by PirateLotus-Stock The dress is not entirely in the frame, not even close.

:bulletgreen: Use good framing
Same with above, if something is chopped off, it's not a good use of the frame, and if the subject is tiny in the photo, that is not a good use of the frame either.  If I can't see what the photo is of from the thumbnail, I probably won't even click it.  If you must crop things, go for it, (remember that in FAQ 809 it states that stock images have to be at least 1000x1000 px.) but the ideal is that you zoom in enough with your lens that you get a good picture without cropping.  The bigger the better, baby!
Example:
Clinton Lake Hike by PirateLotus-Stock If that were in the Objects/Transportation subcat (indicating it is supposed to be a photo of the boat) I would never DD it. That boat is waaay too small. You probably can't even see it from the thumb.

:bulletgreen:Get the people out of your scenes
Yep, sometimes it's unavoidable.  Sometimes you're at such a touristy place that you can never get a shot with no people in it.  There are ways to get around this, the first of which is BE PATIENT.  Get the shot with the least amount of people in it that you can, and then get another shot when those people move a bit.  You can stitch the shots together in PhotoShop and create a photo with no people.  There are even programs that will do this for you (I hear...).  Now you shouldn't go spending a ton of time painting things out of your stock, but that is a pretty simple one.
Example:
York City Walls 2 by PirateLotus-Stock  I should have just waited 5 seconds and taken another picture then put them together in PS

:bulletgreen: Think about perspective
Sometimes an odd perspective is exactly why I DD something!  However, most of the time, you should attempt to take your stock photos at a level that makes sense.  Think about it like this: If I were to put a model in that field, where would her feet be?  Would that make sense? Picture someone standing there and think to yourself if most model stock is like that.  A good way to take stock of scenes is to get down on one knee.  And the other way around, most landscapes/scenes are taken at an angle that would work best with model stock shot at stomach/crotch level (heh...for real though). Get your camera level with the middle of your subject vertically. Again, don't be afraid to be creative with angles and perspectives, but make most of your stock usable in these most common situations.
Example:
Faux Asian 6 by PirateLotus-Stock  These would be a strange perspective if used with a normal scene such as
Clinton Lake Hike 4 by PirateLotus-Stock  since the model stock is taken from maybe 2' above ground, and the bridge shot was taken while I was standing



The problem with all this is that I can't really go around telling people that if they only did this thing or that thing, I would DD it.  It ruins the surprise, and it's not really in the dA spirit.  I can only hope that the right people, or the friends of the right people, will see this journal and introduce themselves to me and suggest all the most wonderful stock in the world!

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Year in Review

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 30, 2013, 4:54 PM





2013


General

Well, some stuff happened this year I guess.  

The year started out shitty, as I was on chemo and felt like absolute crap most of the time.  Then I told my doctor I didn't want to do chemo anymore, and he was THE biggest asshole about it.

I cut my hair, which has always been very long, to a very short Emma-Watson-when-she-cut-hers-short short.


Went to a new doctor and started chemo again for some stupid reason.

Some people had babies and I made things for them.
Yin Yang Baby Pants 2 by PirateLotus-StockYin Yang Baby Pants 3 by PirateLotus-Stock

I turned 100 26

Got my act together and got the hell off of chemo despite the doctor trying to scare me into continuing.

Met some nice new friends that I'm not sure are so nice after all.

I discovered www.geoguessr.com/ which is amazing and an awesome waste of time. WARNING: Seriously

Ate an apple off of a tree and dug up my own potatoes for the first time.

Experimented with pickled/canned things for the first time. Got a cool blister when some boiling water dropped on my foot.


Named a super cute baby goat Jasper.

Got my port out.


Changed my relationship status.

Dressed up as Peter Pan for Halloween at work, then as an elven ranger.

Was given $50 by a man for finding and returning his stack of $50 bills that he dropped.

Said goodbye to my kitty cat.

Tried butternut squash and plantains for the first time (both are yummy!)

My eyelashes finally grew back.


Things I failed to do:
Finish or even work on my Arwen dress.
Finish my elven ranger outfit.
Ride a unicorn.
Make chocolate tacos.
Be able to do a handstand.
Get engaged.
Keep up with the data entry I'm supposed to do at work.
Become a princess.
Not sit on someone else's pee in a public restroom.
Acquire a zedonk.

This list could go on forever, so I'll just stop here.




In Stock


Started out strong with a bunch of sets, but slowed down toward the end of the year.  I even got Tommy in on the fun!  I did collabs with AilinStock (in person) and kirilee (from across the ocean).

I also did a massive gallery cleanup by going through ALL of my stock and deleting/packing a lot of stuff.  I ended up with about half the amount of images I started with!

Here are my favorites from each set I did this year:
Khi-Lon Esharda 25 by PirateLotus-Stock Begonia 4 by PirateLotus-Stock Jedi Portrait 18 by PirateLotus-Stock
Forest Dance 6 by PirateLotus-Stock Pixie 25 by PirateLotus-Stock Dressform 5 by PirateLotus-Stock
Teacup Fairy 4 by PirateLotus-Stock Fire Dance 5 by PirateLotus-Stock Food Poses by PirateLotus-Stock
Jedi Poses by PirateLotus-Stock Captain Anazalia 21 by PirateLotus-Stock AilinStock Co-op 20 by PirateLotus-Stock

I even did a couple of tutorials!
Triptych Tutorial by PirateLotus-Stock   Tie Dyeing Small Things by PirateLotus-Stock

CelticStrm-Stock joined Elandria and I as a CV for Stock & Resources!  We are having a blast. Also, I became a CV Mentor.  I DDd a ton of kickass resources (see below for my favs!).  I became very involved in ArtHistoryProject with DistortedSmile (it's going strong, join us!).




Favorite Uses and DDs


Favorite Stock Uses

An elf called PirateLotus-stock by Hopfield   Genie In The Bottle by Cold-Tommy-Gin   Dead Memories by valeskamoura
Trickster Dance by mcat711   ADAM by LakoDesigns   Ode to the Sun by LaDeaBendata
Tree of Light by LiliaOsipova   Stillness 01 - Bic Ballpoint Pen Artwork by LopezLorenzana   Olya - The Rose by GrievousGirl
Desert Garden by Brightstone   And So She Was by AwsumZ
Pirate! On a boat! by Hopfield   Summertime by riepocaliptica   :thumb373652369:
Assassin's Creed - Edward Kenway by AnaNevesArt   Fish by Cold-Tommy-Gin   +Not_The_Droids+ by Aadira
-A little strange mermaid- by RikyF    Disappear by Antonio-Figueiredo   White rose by streetX222





Favorite DDs Featured

Anime Daze by ArtemisAesthetic   Dragulove  - Half Half by xxPseudOxx   up - jk - 4 by mjranum-stock
Lamb stock by ha-rat-kiri   the path by mini---MIR   [stock] Wild Foals 4 by i-mi
Lonely tree by RavensLane   Cerberus by wind-princess    Spring flood by szorny-stock
embrace1 by justmeina   Handmade Halos 2 brush set by lily-fox   Desert Steampunk 1 by WhiteWing-Stock-EtAl
Simple Wire Wrap Tree Tutorial by magpie-poet   Hot Spring Stock 8 by VampsStock   Tutorial: Chocolate Flowers by cakecrumbs
Female to Male Crossplay Makeup Tutorial by Vilya0   Frosted Glass Brush by dierat   Final Shot - Drawing Reference by SenshiStock
Sunrise 8 of 9 by daisytex   pirates by natashya-stock










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Stock and Res Updates December 2013

Sun Dec 22, 2013, 4:03 PM

Contest Winners


The Craft a Mo' Contest saw some great entries! See the winners here:
Winners of the Craft a Mo' ContestHuge congrats to our winners, and a big thank you to everyone who took part in the contest and grew Mo's for Movember this year!! You are all stars!!
What is Movember?
During the month of November each year, Movember asks men across the world to grow a moustache (or Mo') with the aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health issues. Mo Bros are helping to change the face of men’s health by effectively becoming walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by promoting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health. Together, we are truly changing the face of men’s health.
Source: Movember's Site
First Place:

by cutekick
Second Place:

by


The Stock & Resources Halloween 2013 Classical Portrait Contest was a great success!  Check out the winners:
Classical Horror Halloween Portrait Winners!Huge congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who made the effort to enter and donate!!
STOCK PORTRAIT ENTRIES
1st Place

by SilvieT-Stock
2nd Place

by charligal-stock
3rd Place

by The-Lionface
ADDITIONAL STOCK ENTRIES x3

by Quoth-Raven

by HiddenYume-stock

by kirilee
ART ENTRIES
1st Place

by jesterrysources
2nd Place

by DarkDevil16
3rd Place

by pranile
~ Prizes ~
:bulletpink:STOCK PORTRAIT GRAND PRIZE WINNER :bulletpink:
1,500 points donated by communityrelations
$40 print donated by communityrelations
200 points donated by :develandr




Announcements and Articles



A very special announcement from one of our beloved stock community members:
SenshiStock is Reproducing!
We are all very excited. :D


And others in Stock:
The Unseen Stock - October (II):+fav: :heart: :+fav: :heart: :+fav:

MODEL



  halloween 08 by Anna-LovelyMonster
white dress 17 by Anna-LovelyMonsterwhite dress 16 by Anna-LovelyMonsterAutumn Spells 31 by LadyAquariusStockAutumn 08 by Anna-LovelyMonsterFairy Stock 01 by svp-stock
Witch Stock 7 by ClaimYourselfLeannan Si Stock 65 cassy blue by Cassy-BlueVamped Out by krissybdesignsstock  Secret 2 by KovLi
Background - NATURE

Holy Well by spring-warmthTranquillity in Tasmania by petronellavanreemist by froggiebau
Stormy beach by VIRGOLINEDANCER1Chala Stream Side by Track-MaidensWinter Hills 01 by Cherry-Tree-Stock
fall ground by marlene-stockEvening Sun Seascape.. by Alz-StockForest 1 - stock54 by whyouBoats in the mist.. by Alz-Stock
ocean 12 by chasmdeepBackground stock 10 by TreasureTrove<
This... to that #9Welcome to Issue 9
:bulletpink: Welcome to the ninth edition of This... To That, showcasing stock, and the artwork produced with it!
:bulletpink: Many thanks for all the stock providers and artists featured here!
:bulletpink: If you would like to suggest artwork and stock to be featured in the next edition, please send me a NOTE with links and THIS TO THAT SUGGESTION in the subject line!










Jedi Poses 8 by PirateLotus-Stock
+Not_The_Droids+ by Aadira
Parrots by PirateLotus-Stock
Art Nouveau bride - commission by CassiopeiaArt
Spiritmaster 134 by Elandria
Blind seer Albion by NastyaSolovova
Skydancer-Stock 7742 by skydancer-stock
We cross here by robhas1left
Koi Stock 8 by toshema
Koi by shesta713
Quiet Alcoves_07 by Elandria
Porte des Reves by Miesis
Treasure Pile Pack by PirateLotus-Stock
Sirene by Flora-Silve
On Board a Pirate Ship by stock-it
Assassin's Creed - Edward Kenway by AnaNevesArt
Heir of Slytherin by Elandria
Saved memories by AuroraWienhold
Faux Asian 7 by PirateLotus-Stock
:bigthumb3646
The Unseen Stock - November (ll) / DD !Hi there, I hope you all had a good weekend !
Here are some beautiful, underestimated
stocks for you that I found in the second half
of November, enjoy!

:heart:
MODEL

  



NATURE

Forest-stock-prem08 by At-Stock Forest 70 by AlaskanStock Winter 140 by AlaskanStock
Sky 004 by danf83stock
Mist 7 by FuriarossaAndMimma forest by Inilein Sylt2 by Inilein
Nepal 15 by almudena-stock Autumn Bog Stock 1 by MaskedArmada High Desert Stock by RaptorPanda
Mist 5 by FuriarossaAndMimma Scotland 7 by LeikyaStock



November's DD Roundup


Stock and Resources DD Roundup for November 2013:iconelandria:
Stock and Resource DDs given by Elandria






:iconpiratelotus-stock:
Stock and Resource DDs given by PirateLotus-Stock

Fandom Hair Bow Tutorial by LauraDoodlesThe Queen by anettfrozen
Argentina - Cactus by petronellavanreeFairy Stock III by Jumeria-NoxWitch Ways by PaulineMoss

Old Glass - Texture by AtomicBrowniePremium Lotus 02 by CD-STOCKglass beads stock image texture by Nexu4
Castle Duivenvoorde by Poulus1967Pose refs II - hands and face by Zombiesmile[PACK] Butterfly-1.2 by kismuntr

:iconcelticstrm-stock:
Stock and Resource DDs given by CelticStrm-Stock

Marmot 63 - sweet Bonny on rocks by Momotte2stocksSyllienna stock 1 by charligal-stockMonumental Part Building 08 by Love-To-Share-Stock
Nobleman Stock II by PhelanDavionRaven 6 by Sinned-angel-stockLykkadis 10 by Liancary-Stock

Weapons Wench 30 by kirileeBustle Cage Tutorial by fangirlasylumIron Age Archer 2 by LPHogan
arcade by YumiKFPhotoHelp! I have a Mary Sue! by MissLunaRoseHaunted tree by Snoopee63
:bigthu



Contests


Pirate Contest Ends 2/28 at Midnight! Enter Quick!:new: Just a reminder guys - February is a short month! There are now only 10 days left to get your entries in!!! :new:
Sail the Seven Seas Pirate Contest
Deadline:
February 28, 2014
(We want to give everyone extra time due to the holidays!)

Rules:

1. You must have an pirate theme/character in your entry.
2. Your entry MUST contain one of our pirate themed model stock images from this folder: http://hiddenyume-stock.deviantart.com/gallery/6211760 (More are to come) as a CENTRAL figure in the entry. Note: any visual media is welcome. I.E. you may use our model stock as a reference. Your entry does NOT have to be a photomanip. Paintings/drawings/etc are also definitely welcome!
3. Your entry MUST be new created for this contest.
4. You may enter up to 2 entries. (Only 1 entry can win!)
5. You must link back to this contest in the description of the entry.
6. You MUST notify us in a NOTE titled "Seven Seas Contest entry."
7. You must properly credit any and all stock
Christmas Winterworld Contest- Closed Christmas is comming and within the mood of silence, wonderful winter weather -hopefully with snow, but sun- a pot of chocolate or warm wine -in Germany we have fantastic Glühwein-, you spend wonderful hours with your family and your friends. Maybe you live in a region where it is warm and sunny with palmtrees, but you have also it decorated for Christmas with your Christmasdecoration.
ContestTheme
Show us your imagination of a Christmas winterworld. It can include a snowy white winterworld, it can also show Christmas under palmtrees. You are free to show it in your way, it´s not necessary to include a Santa or something.
Rules
You are given 15 Stocks below, from every of us 5 stocks. Your work has to include min. 1 of each of us. From stockpacks you are allowed to take only one. You are free to use more than one stock from each of us. The size must so, that we can see it without a loupe and we reserve the right to decl



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Art History
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- What is Art History -

We are a Community Relations Project - looking at the History of the genres and art we love today.
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StockofAges is looking for new Admins!
Staff Members?Would any of you be interested in being on the staff? As you may have noticed it has slowed down a bit with us and let me tell you why. Aside from both my sister and myself getting more responsibilities at work and attending school we have both decided to start our own business as well :). We love this group and all the great artist that are in it and would very much like to see it continue but we don't wish to cut down on the submissions policy. So if you'd like to be contributor please notify us.


Around the Community


Site Update: Autocomplete for MentionsWhat's New
Autocomplete for Mentions
We've just launched an addition to the Mentions feature that makes interaction easier than ever!
When using @ to Mention a deviant or Group, a list will now appear in a menu while you type that includes deviants and Groups you +Watch, deviants who have already commented in the conversation, as well as deviants who have the exact username that you have already typed in, if applicable. This addition makes conversation more dynamic than ever, as communication becomes even easier.
Please note that this feature is only available on places where the "Add Media" button is available (comments, deviation descriptions, Journals, etc.).
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  Winners of the Halloween Murder Mystery Contest!What happened?
We are pleased to announce the winners of the Halloween Murder Mystery Contest that was run through Halloween-HQ! First, let us tell you exactly what happened.
The killer was the Queen of Hearts. Ruthless and cold, she set out to kill Prince Charming for repeatedly spurning her unwanted shows of affection. She used a thin knife and struck when the lights went out during the castle ball. Quickly realizing what she had done and that she had gotten the wrong victim, she fled across Fairyland, through the dark forest, and back to her own castle.
Prizing
Well, we originally had 3 prizes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place based on scores from the characters you visited. (You didn't know you were being scored, did you?) :XD: But, when we ended up with 825 participants, we figured we needed to up the prizes a bit, too. Moonbeam13 over in Community Relations is a goddess, and she made the prizes even BIGGER!
So,
  Celebrating Deviousness - December 2013Deviousness Award
 
Congratulations to
Nyx-Valentine


Finger Lickin Good


Plastic Fashion


Trash Fashion

What is this Awesome Achievement?
The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.


Through a fine pink haze

ProjectPorkchop Vol285ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.
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Suggested by WintersRead
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Suggested by homunculus888
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  December AC Monthly Challenge [+winners]The Winners of December's challenge are:


Teardrops in Snow by Thy-Darkest-Hour

and Snow Dragon by CelestialCreatures

It's somehow December already. And while I'm freaking out because the year is almost through, it's also exciting because CHRISTMAS. :la: 
This months theme has a bit of Christmassy vibe to it. Or just a Northern Hemisphere winter vibe to it: Snow. Aka something I wish we had a lot of right now!
Here's everything you need to know about the contest:
Theme

The theme this mon
  Anthro Magazine - Issue #2!
Read Now
So the long awaited second issue of the AnthroMagazine is now available to read online! Thank you to all the artists for your amazing talent! Below is a list of the contributing artists to whom I am featuring and their artwork! I have included some artists that you, the community, suggested! Look for another feature coming soon!
Sincerely,
KovoWolf
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The year is coming to an end


Many stockers have made journals about their 2013s, have you done one?  What was your favorite event from 2013?  How will 2014 be even better?  Let us know in the comments!


Classical Horror Halloween Contest Winners!

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 18, 2013, 4:40 PM

Huge congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who made the effort to enter and donate!!





STOCK PORTRAIT ENTRIES





1st Place



Me eating spiders by SilvieT-Stock






2nd Place



Bloodthirst stock 3 by charligal-stock






3rd Place







Tooth Fairy by The-Lionface






ADDITIONAL STOCK ENTRIES x3









ART ENTRIES







1st Place



Withering Flower by jesterrysources

by jesterrysources



2nd Place



Take The Eye by DarkDevil16

by DarkDevil16



3rd Place



Gothic Vampire by pranile

by pranile







~ Prizes ~





:bulletpink:STOCK PORTRAIT GRAND PRIZE WINNER :bulletpink:



1,500 points donated by communityrelations

$40 print donated by communityrelations

200 points donated by Elandria

100 points donated by PirateLotus-Stock

50 points donated by RockStocks (held by Celticstrm-stock)

3 exclusive stock packs donated by CelticStrm-Stock

1 exclusive stock pack donated by Elandria

1 exclusive stock pack donated by PirateLotus-Stock

1 Exclusive Stock Pack from EveLivesey

3 Exclusive Stock Packs from YBsilon-Stock



:bulletpink: STOCK PORTRAIT 2ND PLACE :bulletpink:



1000 points donated by communityrelations

6 month premium membership donated by communityrelations

100 points donated by Elandria

75 points donated by PirateLotus-Stock

2 exclusive stock packs donated by CelticStrm-Stock

2 Exclusive Stock Packs donated by YBsilon-Stock

1 Exclusive Stock Pack donated by EveLivesey



:bulletpink: STOCK PORTRAIT 3RD PLACE :bulletpink:



500 points donated by communityrelations

3 month premium membership donated by communityrelations

50 points donated by Elandria

50 points donated by PirateLotus-Stock

1 exclusive stock pack donated by CelticStrm-Stock

2 Exclusive Stock Packs donated by YBsilon-Stock

1 Exclusive Stock Pack donated by EveLivesey



:bulletpink: x3 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES SPECIAL MENTIONS :bulletpink:



250 points x3 special mentions donated by communityrelations



:bulletpink: ARTWORK PORTRAIT GRAND PRIZE WINNER :bulletpink:



1,500 points donated by communityrelations

$40 print donated by communityrelations

200 points donated by Elandria

100 points donated by PirateLotus-Stock

50 points donated by RockStocks (held by Celticstrm-stock)

3 exclusive stock packs donated by CelticStrm-Stock

2 exclusive stock packs donated by PirateLotus-Stock

1 exclusive stock pack donated by Elandria

1 exclusive stock pack donated by Tasastock

2 Exclusive Stock Packs donated by YBsilon-Stock

1 Exclusive Stock Pack donated by EveLivesey

Exclusive Stock from Cassy-Blue



:bulletpink: ARTWORK PORTRAIT 2ND PLACE :bulletpink:



1000 points donated by communityrelations

6 month premium membership donated by communityrelations

100 points donated by Elandria

75 points donated by PirateLotus-Stock

2 exclusive stock packs donated by CelticStrm-Stock

1 exclusive stock pack donated by PirateLotus-Stock

1 exclusive stock pack donated by Tasastock

2 Exclusive Stock Packs donated by YBsilon-Stock

1 Exclusive Stock Pack donated by EveLivesey

Exclusive Stock from Cassy-Blue



:bulletpink: ARTWORK PORTRAIT 3RD PLACE :bulletpink:



500 points donated by communityrelations

3 month premium membership donated by communityrelations

50 points donated by Elandria

50 points donated by PirateLotus-Stock

1 exclusive stock pack donated by CelticStrm-Stock

1 exclusive stock pack donated by PirateLotus-Stock

1 exclusive stock pack donated by Tasastock

2 Exclusive Stock Packs donated by YBsilon-Stock

1 Exclusive Stock Pack donated by EveLivesey

Exclusive Stock from Cassy-Blue



:bulletpink: ALL WINNERS WILL BE FEATURED BY THE FOLLOWING GROUPS & ARTISTS:bulletpink:



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:iconcommunityrelations: :iconstockandresources: :icondesigningdivas: :icondreamers-of-avalon: :iconmanstock: :iconthe-stock-directory: :iconpose-emporium: :iconpremiumcontentdevs: :iconstock-for-premades: :iconsafe-stock-resources: :iconcrphotomanipulation:




:iconcommunityrelations: :iconstockandresources:

Frame by Myruso fav.me/d50tdwg | Wallpaper by EveyD fav.me/d1dctrw

Gadgie

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 7, 2013, 4:17 PM




My Little Baby Died Last Night



Yesterday afternoon.






The little fuzzball I named Gadget in 1996.

Getting into trouble

Gadgie and my brother



I love you little kitty, and I miss you so much.










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

Get Your 'Stashe On Contest 2013

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 4, 2013, 4:37 PM







November has started!


Participate in this year's Movember/No Shave November contest.  Join a team and/or make something mustachey!




Need some inspiration?



Journal Layout by lockjavv & ginkgografix

ManStock Chalenge 5- Woodland WINNER

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 11, 2013, 7:55 AM

Challenge is now OVER!



Woodland Winner



Congratulations, annewipf!
Hunter by annewipf

More from her gallery:
I Ching 23 - Bo (Splitting Apart) by annewipfSubmerged by annewipf
Freedom - The carousel by annewipfFog on the Dordogne river by annewipf




Congrats again, go give her some love!


:clap:





Journal Layout by lockjavv & ginkgografix

Hello stockers and stock users!


It has recently come to my attention by talking to another CV that some people are having a problem with a particular stock issue.  That issue is WIPs.  I have no idea who the stock provider was or the stock user (I saw a journal but have long forgotten), and I don't know how the issue was settled, so if it was you, I'm not talking directly to or about you specifically in this journal.  This is a good issue for all of us to pay some attention to, and brings up other issues as well.

First, a word to the stockers:

Most of us have in our stock terms something along the lines of, "Show me your finished work."

The problem with this is that if you want to see WIPs that are posted on deviantART, the stock user is probably not understanding that.  The word "finished" in your terms means exactly that to them: finished work.  The work in progress is not a finished work, and therefor, according to your terms, they do not need to notify you of that use.

I recommend everyone change their rules right now if you DO wish to see WIPs!

Now this brings up a broader issue.

I also recommend you go through your rules periodically (now would be a nice time if you're going to edit them anyway) and make sure you are as clear as possible.  And there will ALWAYS be someone that is not a native English speaker, or missed something, or just sucks at reading that will note you or comment asking you to clarify something.  Help them!!  Be available! Try to answer your messages in a timely manner (yes, I know this is hard for a lot of us, that's why I said try XD).  

And make sure your ToU are easy to find! I see so many stockers that don't write anything in their Artist's Comments, and then I go to their journal and their ToU are just sitting there.  Stock users do not want to go searching for your ToU.  Newbies will have no idea where to find ToU.  Put a link to your Terms on every deviation you upload.  It will save you a lot of headaches.

There are a few journals on how to write stock Terms so that they are clear.  Here are a few of my recommendations that are gathered from those journals and personal experience:
:bulletpink: Do not use the word "please." Use words like "You must" or "Do NOT" or "You are required." These are very clear and can not be seen as a request that doesn't nessisarily need to be followed.
:bulletpink: Make your ToU easy to find. Make it painfully obvious. Put a link in each deviation's Artist Comments and surround it with flashing dancing monkeys.
:bulletpink: Organize your ToU so that they are easy to read and scan.  People will not sit and read an entire page-long journal of rules.  They are going to be looking for words like "Outside Use" and "Prints" and "Premade Backgrounds."  Putting headings in your ToU is very helpful.
:bulletpink: Be short and to the point.  No one wants to read a paragraph where the main point is "credit me," but they don't find that out til the 3rd sentence.  You should indeed clarify how and where they are to credit you, but make "Credit Me" one of your headings, or some other thing that makes it easy to know what the main point is.
:bulletpink: Use headings, bold text, flashing buttons, etc. to get attention to very important things.
:bulletpink: Be very specific.  If you don't want people putting bugs in derivative works, don't just say "No bugs," say "No insects, arachnids, myriapods, terrestrial mollusks, or woodlice."  That way, they won't put a spider in a work because they thought bug only means insect.
:bulletpink: It may also be helpful to list things people ARE allowed to do that some other stockers do not allow, such as gore/macabre themes, on/off-site prints, premade backgrounds/other stock.  This can help cut down the number of questions.
:bulletpink: If you get a ridiculous amount of questions and don't see how they could fit into your Terms, consider doing a FAQ section at the bottom of your ToU.
:bulletpink: Include the best way to contact you.  Whether it's notes, email, carrier pigeon, whatever. And encourage them to contact you with questions.

If someone breaks your rules, NOTE THEM FIRST.  Try to settle it politely and quietly.  IF it cannot be settled nicely, THEN take it to the staff.  If you take something to them before even trying, they will probably tell you to settle it yourself anyway.




A word to the stock users:

If you cannot find a stocker's Terms of Use, NOTE THEM!  If something is unclear or you want to double check, NOTE THEM!  Most of us don't bite unless you break the rules.  It is always better to get something clarified first than to accidentally make someone mad and be asked to take down your hard work.  And, if they act like a jerk when you ask them a question, you probably don't want to use their stock anyway.




To summarize:


It is the stock user's responsibility to be familiar with the stock provider's Terms of Use and to understand them.
It is the stock provider's responsibility to be as clear as possible in their Terms of Use AND to make the Terms and themselves available.


It has always been this way! It will always continue to be this way (unless we all get mind-reading powers. If that happens, we won't need to make art because we'll just telepathically send each other beautiful pictures we created with our minds.)

We must all work together to make this work.  We must try to understand each other.  This is a very small-scale model for the entire world, if you want to look at it that way.


No one is perfect, so give each other the benefit of the doubt, share kindness, and communicate!