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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.

Vienna by nova63 Cemetery Stock 47 by Elandria

Ataraxia by JesusCareaga Devils in the Details 11 by Elandria

Last Defense by kuschelirmel Stand My Ground 002 by Elandria

Requiem Art by AlexandraVBach Creeping Tears 062 by Elandria

The Mirror by JaiMcFerran Souls Joy 1 by Elandria


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Zigzag Feature!Here are the rules
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!
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.
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  Zig-zag feature !Here are the rules for participation (copied from PirateLotus-Stock)
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.
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  Zig-Zag FeatureWelcome 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


Thank yous and stock news

Sun Jul 19, 2015, 7:15 AM

Firstly


THANK YOU!!!!! For the incredible amount of birthday wishes!!   My message center is overflowing with hugs and love and cake :D

I'd like to express special thanks to those of you who dedicate artwork to all of the people having birthdays around the site, it is something that always brightens my day seeing the shared love in this wonderful community :love: 

Stock Gallery News


Texture Gallery Changes



We've been sneaky so you might not have noticed, but there have been some changes to the textures gallery that should hopefully help artists find your resources much easier - not to mention clarifying where your textures can be posted :)

New Textures Gallery layout: 
Some of the more defined sub categories like "paper" and "rust" have been merged back into their respective higher level categories, rust into metallic and paper into flat etc.  Previously the layout was confusing for artists with multiple potential locations for submission, hopefully this will make it an awful lot less confusing! 
DeviantArt has moved all of the submissions in these categories into their new locations on the artists behalf in an automated merge process, but if you have submitted textures we recommend that you give them a once over to make sure they are in the most appropriate texture sub category :thumbsup:

The Art Theft Discussion



**The following section contains mostly my own opinion on the subject, so feel free to take it with a large pinch of salt if you wish.

I have to say, I've not read all of the 230 odd pages of comments, but those I have read have left me feeling incredibly concerned and a little depressed.  Not just because of the stories artists are sharing of their work being taken without permission or used without credit, but because of the sheer amount of negativity and misinformation being spread.  The amount of people who have crawled out from the woodwork claiming to be copyright lawyers and more knowledgeable than the lawyers who advise DeviantArt itself leave me quite impressed. Who knew we were surrounded with such an incredible amount of legal boffins around here!  :roll:

I believe it is safe to say that we have all experienced some form of theft or lack of acknowledgement for the work we produce or know somebody who has. We are surrounded by millions of artists, appreciators, collectors and admirers from dozens of countries, using dozens of languages.  It is a universal problem of the internet and affects almost every single website dedicated to the collation, representation and display of art and literature - not just DeviantArt.   

What you should take away from this news article - art theft and borrowing and copying and tracing in the digital age is a nightmare of immense proportions.  I can't even begin to calculate how many users on this site alone and how many pieces of art are submitted on a daily basis.  The point I think I am trying to say is yes DeviantArt has this issue, but what makes you think that by rage quitting or raging at the staff because of 1 journal which acknowledges this problem (one of many such journals posted by staff about this over the years) is going to change anything?  It is nonsensical to me when I see so many other sites that actually don't care, who don't even offer a take down service or even provide contact information if you have a problem. 

I recommend you take the time to read all the sections of the article yourself (if you haven't already) and leave your thoughts on the original journal, or you can talk to us about it, we don't mind :)  We may not have lots of letters after our names but we can help you to understand how you can use the tools at your disposal on the site for getting help or can point you in the direction of more information. I know many of you are unhappy with how things are, but I also know many of you have had your issues positively resolved. :thumbsup:

TL;DR Don't rage quit, threaten to rage quit or rage at staff over a single journal providing generic information that is presumably designed to be accessible to artists of all languages though translation on a subject that is incredibly complex.  Its a pointless exercise. If you aren't happy on the site then leave, but don't expect the issue to be any different anywhere else. :shrug:




Questions for Stock Providers



On a very similar vein, PurpelBlur is asking for thoughtful feedback and comments surrounding the issue of crediting and using resources.



Recent Stock and Resources Daily Deviation Round Ups



Stock and Resources DD Roundup April 2015:iconpiratelotus-stock: Features by PirateLotus-Stock








:iconcelticstrm-stock: Features by CelticStrm-Stock

STOCK - Ninja Mask by LaLunatique
Islay beach sand texture 2 by Kvaale
:iconelandria: Features by Elandria
Cello 3d Model by xmas-kittyLittle Chapel 2 by Gopher-Stock
Churchyard Stock.. by WelshDragonStockNArt
Celtic Circles - Photoshop Custom Shapes by GrumpyTheSweetroll
Landscape-Stock-Wolfworx-Imk53349 by wolfworx
Silent Walking by Burtn
FREQUENTLY ASKED DD QUESTIONS
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  Stock and Resources DD Roundup: May 2015:iconelandria: Features by Elandria

 




:iconpiratelotus-stock: Features by PirateLotus-Stock

 
Stock 072 (Winterscape) by Einheit00
Waterfall Stock 3 by Sarah-KatherineSnowy Mountains 02 by cemacStockMeeresmuseum Stock 91 (private use) by Malleni-Stock
Mortality. Stock by DieNessel
:iconcelticstrm-stock: Features by CelticStrm-Stock
Garden Stock 38 by AsiaAndEric-Stock
Old paper seamless textures by jojo-ojojSurrounded by Mountains by kitszl17
  Stock and Resources DD Roundup for June 2015OMG I'M LATE AGAIN WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME WORST CV EVER
:iconelandria: Features by Elandria



:iconpiratelotus-stock: Features by PirateLotus-Stock

alchymiste 9 by inferno-sensusDSC08572 Dome Exclusive 3 by wintersmagicstock
:iconcelticstrm-stock: Features by CelticStrm-Stock
simple aurora tutorial. by sugarmintsDunes of Mars by martinemesColorizing Black And White Photos - Tutorial by MemoriesOfTime97
Lanner Falcon 04 by blackkuraiStock: Distant Rain by CelemMonkey 3 by Poulus1967

Cobbled Avenue by fuguestockForest path stock by annamntBuilding stock 15 by TreasureTrove
Tenerife Teide by MattlisA quick trick to learning 3/4 eyes by Unseenivy253stone stream forest stock by milesmoody
Elandria, PirateLotus-Stock, and :devcelticstrm-sto


As usual we are still looking for DD suggestions from the community!! :heart:  Don't forget we are looking for examples of stock which highlight and promote the gallery, both in terms of usefulness and quality but also potential and creativity!!

Stock and Resources Chat Event



We are thinking of running another chat event in the next month - probably on a Saturday or Sunday to allow for as many artists to come and join us, we will let you know more when we get some potential dates sorted - or why not note CelticStrm-Stock and let her know which day might be better :D (Because she likes note spam from all you lovely peoples )





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There are a few simple things about the pursuit of perfection that are easy to forget, so here's a healthy reminder :)

Rule 1.  Nobody - and i mean NOBODY is "perfect". Ever.

Rule 2.  See rule 1.


Perfection is boring

Perfection is hard edges and rules and disapproval of anything not deemed to be perfect.

Art isn't created from perfection, nor is it created by perfect people.  Art is messy, chaotic and curious, it has quirks and mood swings and tantrums, just like its messy, chaotic and moody creators.  Art is a reflection of all of this wonderful, beautiful chaos and no two people ever conceptualize a single piece of art in quite the same way, so perfection is ultimately impossible.

Aiming for perfection is aiming for disillusionment, frustration and goals never met.  Aiming for perfection is comparing yourself to others and feeling disappointment because you aren't them - you are YOU.

Its time to throw the word "perfection" out of the artistic window and wave it goodbye and have a party right after! 


So if perfection didn't exist as a concept, what would/should we aim for?

Satisfaction 

The very word "satisfaction" is warm and welcoming, like a giant hug and a free cupcake on a cold day. 

Satisfaction in your own creations.  Your messy, chaotic, beautiful art which bears no comparison to any other, for it is a reflection of yourself who without perfection to be compared to; has no limits. Satisfaction in your own progress and skills and works in progress and coffee rings on your first manuscript placed there in those frenzied chaotic moments of pure joyful creativity.

The pursuit of satisfaction has some rules too....

Rule 1.  Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE can achieve satisfaction - isn't that a lovely thing!

Rule 2. See rule 1.

Creativity is boundless, so don't allow concepts and notions of perfection hold you back. Satisfaction will never disappoint you, or be disappointed of you.  It is not a bad thing to seek satisfaction, nor is satisfaction second place to perfection.  Satisfaction is an achievable, realistic, be super proud of yourself and show yourselves off moment that everyone can celebrate together! 

So, from one very messy, imperfect creative to another, be satisfied, and proud of your imperfect beautiful selves, and how much you have achieved so far in your lifetimes, take some time to appreciate your own achievements, small or large!

Go ahead, show us some of your own works that make you super duper satisfied!! \ o /



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Artists
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Empower.


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Stock Radar #14

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 9, 2015, 11:19 AM

The 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!!


Stock Radar Archive
Stock Radar #1 | Stock Radar #2 | Stock Radar #3 | Stock Radar #4 | Stock Radar #5 | Stock Radar #6
Stock Radar #7 | Stock Radar #8 | Stock Radar #9 | Stock Radar #10 | Stock Radar #11 | Stock Radar #12 | Stock Radar #13


Stone Texture 9 - Marble by Melyssah6-Stock
Blossom [Stock] by TheLadyFalcon
The Four Horsemen: Famine 20 by MajesticStock STOCK Steampunk girl V by MyladyTane
Free Stock by Aelathen
Color Me Pretty by Astralseed
Nordic lock 3449 by zummerfish
Color me crazy actions by EliseEnchanted
Burst With Pride by Quiet-bliss
STOCK red victorian girl II by MyladyTane medieval2 by VeroNArt
Crystalcorn by TrollGirl
Little Zebra by Fotostyle-Schindler
Bridge 3 by veryevilmastermind
Bishop's Palace Interior Stock by EverildWolfden
Black and White FineArt Photoshop Action by piximi
Citadel / Step by step by Aeon-Lux Digital Texture Artwork 282 by mercurycode How I do my Stuff - Rocks, Trees and Clouds by Juh-Juh
079 - sun and moon by duesterheit
More little horses by BronzeHalo
Rainforest 001 - Roots by petronellavanree  Victorian House 27 by YazolinoGirl
umbrella4 by Amliel stock#43 by Primineers
Create Believable Creatures Tutorial by arvalis
Owl Stock 10: Barn Owl by HOTNStock Surreal Castle Window and Stairs Stock by little-spacey
Zummerfish's Trees Brushes by zummerfish
Tharinuel - Stock by Liancary-art
Graffiti2 by AstroLabeStock Sara-14 by Random-Acts-Stock
HG Cyberpunk Brushes Vol 1. by hybridgothica

Fire Witch 11 by syccas-stock Fire Stock 047 by Malleni-Stock
Mountain - streamy-stock by streamy-stock
24 by MaximusTheDacher
Cross the line abstract render pack by MariaSemelevich


Oook Tribute to Terry Pratchett by maiarcita

I know there are millions of us worldwide who are deeply saddened by the loss of Sir Terry Pratchett.
Just wanted to share this beautiful tribute to him made by maiarcita which shows more clearly than any words I could write how much he will be missed by his fans.
The discworld will live on :heart:

Terry Pratchett
28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015

Stock Radar #13

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 14, 2015, 6:45 AM

The 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!!


Stock Radar Archive
Stock Radar #1 | Stock Radar #2 | Stock Radar #3 | Stock Radar #4 | Stock Radar #5 | Stock Radar #6
Stock Radar #7 | Stock Radar #8 | Stock Radar #9 | Stock Radar #10 | Stock Radar #11 | Stock Radar #12 | Stock Radar #13


Summer Stock 16 by Malleni-Stock STOCK- Oriental Gothic Fantasy by Apsara-Stock
Bridge by yasminstock
Autumn process by shilin
Appaloosa Stock by xxMysteryStockxx
Stock 1 by Estelle-Photographie Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia by EveLivesey
Oregon 22 by PirateLotus-Stock
Space Background Stock Pack by QAuZ
DieNessel Stock. Plaque by DieNessel
Winter Forest with Fog 04 by kuschelirmel-stock
Lady in red by 13-Melissa-Salvatore Tree House by OghamMoon
Fairy Fancy 7 by marasmic-stock
Premium Texture Pack XXII by Sirius-sdz
Austria 6 by Sky-of-Silver
Queen in thought (2015) by QueenWerandra Stock by La-Catalina
Warrior 1 by landkeks-stock
Winter Places by CD-STOCK by CD-STOCK
On the Hunt Stock Photo by LuDa-Stock
Brush Set 21 by glassthroughskin
Angel 2 by kirilee
blue gears by 13-Melissa-Salvatore Ballerina Stock2 by CarrieGrr
powerful sovereign by Quiet-bliss
Stock: 2 Months Old Tigerboy by Oniendra
Ocean Tutorial by Bonvanello            1. How to paint rocks and stones by Naia-Art           Making Of Texture 254 by mercurycode          Bird Blending Tutorial by HaleyDesigns
Hobbit stock 3 by Laternamagica-studio
STORMY by jlior
TsaoShin Full Brushes Set by TsaoShin
Arctic Fox Stock 9 by HOTNStock
Digital Texture Artwork 265 by mercurycode Digital Art Texture 247 by mercurycode
Kitty by Quiet-bliss
Texture 154 by Malleni-Stock
 





Huge congrats to everyone who took part in the 2014 Critmas challenge!! 

RogueMudblood



Mature Content

  The Gingerbread HouseDisclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to anyone, living or dead, is purely coincidental. The author owns exclusive rights to this story.
____________________
Two sides lay flat against the unyielding surface beneath, perfectly shaped squares cut into them at evenly spaced intervals. Each square was quartered, slats of uniform thickness separating the pieces so that it was perfectly symmetrical. A third side lay separately, completely whole and untouched, while a fourth had an arch carved into it. Reaching from the bottom to the middle, the archway was perfectly centered. Two triangles rested nearby, a nearly-perfect circle cut into the center of each one.
Smiling as he set the Exacto blade down on the counter, Jim could not help but feel a little prideful of his work. He turned to the box of confections sitting unopened on the counter, its bounty carefully hidden away until it was ready to be perfectly positioned. His mouth watered at the thought of the succulen
 

Mature Content



HigurashiKarly



Tigger by HigurashiKarly Minecraft grass block by HigurashiKarly Kawaii Christmas Snowmen by HigurashiKarly 

ObsydianDreamer



Tree of Wisdom by ObsydianDreamer  Evening in ParisIt seems fitting that Olivia wanted her ashes scattered in the city of love. From where I stand on Pont d’Iena, the beauty of Paris is undeniable.
The sky, nut-brown from the lamp-lit streets, is an ocean of stars; the Eiffel Tower stands as a golden lighthouse. Around, lovers walk the cobblestone streets, hand in hand.
I see this beauty, but it does not move me like it once would have, for my evening smells like sadness and tastes like grief.
In my hands, I hold her ashes. In my chest, my heart rips.
Although it breaks me, I do what I promised her. I twist the lid, and set her free.
 Dearly Departed by ObsydianDreamer  

kerrybush42



life is not meant to be wasted by kerrybush42  the words that got awaythe words are running
away from me, far from my open
mouth. I wanted to show you how much I loved you, but I
failed.
the words caught us at a bad
time, sweet one, and I only bring peace to you now.
that's all this love will allow:
solitude and loneliness. happiness, it
seems, is yesterday's
talk. yesterday, when the words were within my
reach and not far away, down your
throat, cheering as they sped
through dusty corridors. yesterday was a lovely
time to be alive; to thrive, even.
now all I can do is wilt
as I run, trying to catch up
with the words that got away.
I'm so tired of chasing down these
pavements.
 Jessica by kerrybush42

iNeedYorkshireTea





Warm Hugs and Love

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 5:33 AM by Elandria:iconelandria:


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On behalf of all of the Stock and Resources Community, I wish you all magical, love filled Seasons Greetings, no matter how or where or what you celebrate :love: 

To all of you who support each other in this digital wonderland, I wish you endless and boundless imagination! May 2015 bring you new and exciting opportunities, a whole new level of creativity and fulfillment of your dreams!  No pressure 2015! :D

Much love and warm hugs to you all! Thank you for supporting PirateLotus-Stock, CelticStrm-Stock and I over the last 12 months! :love: 

Lanny xxxx


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Stock Radar #12

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 19, 2014, 7:28 AM

The 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!!


Stock Radar Archive
Stock Radar #1 | Stock Radar #2 | Stock Radar #3 | Stock Radar #4 | Stock Radar #5 | Stock Radar #6
Stock Radar #7 | Stock Radar #8 | Stock Radar #9 | Stock Radar #10 | Stock Radar #11 | Stock Radar #12 | Stock Radar #13


Haunted Inspiration by anettfrozen Sound horizon marchen Elise by 13-Melissa-Salvatore
Muenchen by Mocris
Medieval Architecture Brushpack and Shapes by DrD-no
Sidesaddle Friesian_1 by CalyHoney
Textur2 London by Mocris
Nature Stock - Stone Circle by Pau-Norontaus
Stock: Winter's footsteps by Celem IMG_1734 by nudagimo
Feeling Blue Action by kuschelirmel-stock
Paganistka by paganistka
Starlight125 by Breathless-dk
Pagoda by IdunaHayaPhotography
Texture 638 Step by Step by Sirius-sdz lazy brush set by vesner  Manip Tips + Tricks - Glow Effect by kuschelirmel-stock  Chromatic Aberration Tutorial by KR0NPR1NZ  Nose tutorial by sakimichan
Sailboat by Premier1er-Stock
Gothic beauty by Amarie-Tinuviel Christmas Tree by NellyGrace3103
STOCK - Romantic Couple by LienSkullova
Nymph 06 by KittyTheCat-Stock
Baby Banana Ball 3 by FearBeforeValor
Stock 245 by UmbraDeNoapte-Stock Old church II by asaph70
Snow 6 by faestock
Arbor 18 by MASYON
Digital Art Texture 022 by amethystmstock
Snowy Forest by AustriaAngloAlliance
Texture 7 by IdunaHayaPhotography Peace and Quiet by PzychoStock
Frozen tree by Esveeka-Stock

Some things we should talk about

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 7:10 AM by Elandria:iconelandria:


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This journal is here to highlight, debug and bust some myths for you all of stuff that goes on ALL the time, and is in part spurred by some recent events that leave me somewhat baffled and perplexed over some of the behavior we've been recently seeing across the DA communities, particularly Stock & Resources, and Photomanip since we work so closely together (and its apparently time I wrote a new wall of text to you all.)

Every community has them.  Those constant "issues" that make people angry and frustrated. Sometimes they can be easily solved with a little effort, and other times something just snaps and causes reactions that are far and away over the top.  Here are some of our top faves.

Its time for everyone to take a nice soothing deep breath, its a long one!
There will be a test at the end. :stare:

OMG WHY DID YOU SEND YOUR REPLY TO PirateLotus-Stock and CelticStrm-Stock AS WELL??


Hello, welcome to TEAM Stock and Resources!   

We regularly share information between us which might affect our community, we talk via Skype on a daily basis, and we take action as part of a wider team of volunteers and staff members FOR YOU. BECAUSE OF YOU, BECAUSE WE CARE ABOUT YOUR DEVIANTART EXPERIENCE. No matter what you think about our ulterior motives :P (there is no free cake or holidays in Hawaii, just sayin.)

We know there are tons of things you want to see improved and fixed and changed, we want to see them too! To that end, we copy each other in on note replies or comments a lot, don't take it personally.  We do it because we can't always notice/talk to/look at every single thing on the site that might affect the community and the individual artists that community is comprised of - there is just a few of us and a whole great big ton of you lot.


SOLUTION: Don't be offended by us copying other people into a reply or a comment, its for your or their benefit to see the information, and saves us time having to repeat stuff.
You can be in our team too, theres just one rule, you can't talk about it. You never talk about.. no wait thats the other one. 
You CAN talk about our team, you can talk to us about our team too!   Don't be afraid of the team. We give hugs.   The most important thing about our team is communication.  We rely on it.  We can't fix things that make you pissed off and angry or happy and excited if you don't tell us why you are pissed off and angry or happy and excited. ALL OF THE FEELS!


THATS IT I QUIT!!!!!!!!!!


This is in part directed to the young lady who rage quit yesterday because I asked her as a stock provider to remove a copyrighted image from her work that infringed my terms of use, and the terms of use of several other stock providers, and the copyright policy of DA.

To everyone who has ever done this - Rage quitting is only punishing yourself - and thats the only thing you are going to achieve by doing this, so why do it?  If your purpose in rage quitting is to make somebody else feel guilty about something you did, or to get sympathy and attention - then I encourage you to think seriously about your actions and your reasons for doing them.

With the legitimate stock issue, the simple fact is that you really aren't unique.  The majority of stock providers and photomanipulators will tell ANYBODY who does this to remove the infringing images from their work if they use our stock or they recognize the copyrighted content.  We shouldn't have to, but we do.  We try our best to support and encourage artists to work with legitimate stock that protects them, and their artwork. Which in turn promotes a level of integrity and quality which everyone benefits from and appreciates.


SOLUTION: Use legit stock from the get go, make good artwork, be proud of your work, don't ever EVER rely on anybody else to give you recognition or validation or pats on the back for being so clever and talented and yes for heavens sake tripple flippin check things if you are not sure or just don't use it! 
Don't rage quit, be responsible for yourself, and don't guilt trip others for things you do to yourself.

PRO TIP: Only YOU decide what images you use from what sources in your artwork.  Its your responsibility to make sure they are legit, not mine or any one elses.


I HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH I CAN SAY WHATEVER I WANT AND YOU CAN'T STOP ME!

 
Welp, congratulations for copy pasting all that stuff in that wall of text to me which does nothing but waste your time trying to look cleverer than I am. :thumbsup:  

Its the worst kept secret of the internet age.  You are welcome to say whatever you want, however you want to say it, its very true. Of course that is the brilliance of free speech and anonymity - who cares if the person you are bitching about behind their backs might see your PUBLIC posts, you don't have to look them in the eye, or take responsibility right? 

The only problem is whilst you are exercising your right to free speech you are forgetting about your right to listen and understand and empathize with the people you are "free speaking" at.  You don't have to concern yourself for how they will feel afterwards, or how they will still have to put a brave face on it and talk to you and in the case of somebody volunteering their time freely for you, to support you, pretending they didn't see the pretty hurtful and thoughtless things you wrote - and thats never going to be ok in my book.


SOLUTION: Walk a mile in their shoes.  If you have a problem - be that with a community, or an individual or a group of people ALWAYS talk to them directly.  Resolve the matter WITH them like an adult, make the problem you had become a solution for EVERYONE. 
And if you absolutely must must must tell your mates about how terrible "so and so" was to you, or how they dared to call you out for acting like an asshat in public, or them not doing a good enough "job" in your opinion - do yourself a favor don't do it in a public location. :no: 

Responsibility for public comments and their effects starts with each and every one of us. EVERYONE has things they are dealing with that you and your free speech don't even know about.  Be responsible for your words and actions - be mindful of their effects. 

PRO TIP: They lied to us when they said words will never hurt.


WELL THEY DID IT SO I CAN AS WELL AND YOU CAN'T STOP ME!

 
I am a long standing fan of a very simple response to this one.  

If you saw them jumping off a bridge because nobody has caught them yet, would you do it too?

Copying somebody elses actions when you know full well that what they are doing is wrong, doesn't make what you do right by default.  Theres just no excuse in this bracket that will ever work. :no:


SOLUTION: Learn from those who set a good example.  BE a good example for others.

HOW DARE THEY GET AWAY WITH THAT -  SEND FOR THE PITCHFORKS!


No.  If somebody doesn't understand the rules, or they don't understand copyright or how the community works SHOW THEM.  Explain, how the system works, show them where they can get information from to learn.


Solution: BE a good example for others.  HELP people who don't understand -  to understand, to become PART of this community.  Those kids that post anime renders and celeb images - they are just sharing the things they are passionate about.  It might be in the wrong place, and ignoring some very basic copyright rules, but they are doing the same thing you do, something they clearly love to do, just like you do. 
Don't punish them for that passion and enthusiasm, they grow up and learn and mature just like you did to become artists who post original creative work, backed by the support of thousands of artists who came before them and learnt the same way.

HERE COMES THE TEST!


I lied, no test.

Ultimately much of this should go without saying.  Its all common sense and maturity and dealing with things in an adult manner.  How you act will far often outweigh what your artwork looks like or how people look up to you or how many watchers you have. 

If like me sometimes you slip up and make mistakes but try your best no matter how difficult the situation is then I salute you, because it takes guts to get up and carry on and be mature about some situations that crop up - some days the test is really bloody hard - but its worth it.


SOLUTION: Be respectful to each other and be responsible for your own self, because nobody else can do that for you.

:peace:


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Please help if you can!



This is Minzi, pet kitty of our good friends Quoth-Raven and LazyEgg Unfortunately Minzi has been hit by a car :( :( :( 

The estimated cost for getting her the necessary surgery to fix her pelvis is around £4000 so they are asking for any amount of donations as people can manage to help them

GoFundMe page is here - www.gofundme.com/hisyd8

Every donation or share is deeply appreciated :heart: 

Mascot/Logo Competition with $400 in prize money!

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 12, 2014, 9:03 AM

Ada Rebirth - The Ada Mascot Competition



Spreading the word on this great competition being run by GNOGA, check out the details!



What is GNOGA?


GNOGA is an Open-Source Mission-Critical Cloud, Desktop and Mobile Application Development Framework

Gnoga offers real-time server, desktop, mobile and web apps with push capability written across the application stack in Ada, the time-tested, safe and secure programming language designed for large scale long lived maintainable systems.

Gnoga has the simple ability to write and push data like Node.JS, the stability of compiled Ada applications, the full spectrum use of the browsers rendering capabilities without the need to use JavaScript or HTML, the database simplicity of Ruby on Rails and the ability to target any platform Ada can run or through the cloud to any modern device with a web browser.

For full information see their main site here - www.gnoga.com/

Competition Details


GNOGA is looking for a modern slick Ada mascot that can be used cross media.

Rules


:bulletgreen: All submissions must be original and you agree are public domain on submission
:bulletgreen: It must be a "being", man, animal, machine or other
:bulletgreen: Ideally expresses something powerful, sleek and precise, but not a requirement to be considered. (Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace and the Ada Language would be places for ideas)
:bulletgreen: It should be "vector art" or something that can be traced (and so pixel dense enough) for vectors later to be used in various media formats.
:bulletgreen: Not a requirement, but line art is always positive or something that can easily be used with many color schemes.
:bulletgreen: Deadline - Feb 14, 2015 - Valentines Day in honor of the Lady Lovelace :)
:bulletgreen: Winner to be announced on Friday, Feb 27 2015
:bulletgreen: A panel of judges will be selected and announced and submissions will be posted for public comments from Feb 15-27 at www.gnoga.com/rebirth.html
:bulletgreen: Send submissions by e-mail to david@botton.com

Prize


Winning entry will receive $400 courtesy of the competitions sponsors!!

For full information and prize updates please see the main competition page:
www.gnoga.com/rebirth.html or email david@botton.com


Stock Radar #11

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 4, 2014, 2:29 AM

The 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!!


Stock Radar Archive
Stock Radar #1 | Stock Radar #2 | Stock Radar #3 | Stock Radar #4 | Stock Radar #5 | Stock Radar #6
Stock Radar #7 | Stock Radar #8 | Stock Radar #9 | Stock Radar #10 | Stock Radar #11 | Stock Radar #12 | Stock Radar #13


clock by xxcaramelxx apple girl 24 by yellowicous-stock
The Secret forest_6 by anastasiya-landa
Medieval maidens and horse by Dewfooter
Zummerfish's Lightbeams Brushes by zummerfish
RI Ta by Alexlexs         Tutorial - Illuminated Window by neverdying
Sunny forest by FrantisekSpurny
Reading in the Park 5 by Ceridwynne
Window ledge (stock) (2014) by QueenWerandra Zar 3 by Chance-STOCK
Rhineland Castle stock 01 by Castlemoor-stock
Marelune, Romane et le chien by stock-foto-graf-hi
Free Fractal Stock Reflecting Scales (PNG) by Hexe78           Step 3. Cell Shading Tutorial by SarahScala
Jellyfish by The-Bardess
Coloured Cob 7. by xrockinrobynstock
Stock - Fairy tale Fantasy Snow white roses 2 by S-T-A-R-gazer
snow fairy by jlior -------------- by 13-Melissa-Salvatore
DSC 0195 01 Barn Owl by wintersmagicstock
Ivy Border by Jantiff-Stocks
Light in the tempel by petronellavanree
Planet Maker 3000 tutorial by KuldarLeement Grass Tutorial by SarahScala
daemon by kozyafffka
Masquerade Angel Stock 2 by Tris-Marie Tempest Friesian Horse Stock11 by blue-eyed-book-lover
smokey black gypsy vanner rear + buck by slime-stock
Windy Cathy Earnshaw (2014) by QueenWerandra
Arbor 7 by MASYON
Texture 608 by Sirius-sdz Digital Art Texture 217 by mercurycode
Church ceiling by LaurensStock
Cat Stock 078 by Malleni-Stock
Forest-stock-prem26 by At-Stock Highgate 2 054 by photodash



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We are in the process of compiling a folder in :iconstockandresources: for all Stock and Resources Daily Deviations.  It doesn't matter when you received it!   We are slowly working our way through our own DD collections however, you can also request your DD to be submitted which helps us! 

Go to the StockandResources Daily Deviation folder here - 

stockandresources.deviantart.c…

and click on the "+ submit to this folder" button on the right hand side at the top

Select your work that was given a Daily Deviation from your gallery list in the window that opens up (needs to be a DD from the stock and resources gallery obviously :P ) and request for it (or them if you have a few) to be submitted :D

Whilst our official unofficial Community Relations directed S&R group does not normally accept submissions (except for contests) we feel that in the case of our community Daily Deviations they are the best way of promoting the excellence, quality and diversity of our gallery and helps to bring additional spotlights onto the incredibly hard work that you all do so well.

Daily Deviation Suggestions



We've noticed recently a drop in suggestions we are receiving from the community for Daily Deviations, and just want to remind everyone it only takes a moment to suggest somebody's work if it meets our criteria, and don't forget we also accept self suggestions if you think your latest pieces are examples of your very best work! 

Suggesting only takes a note with a thumbnail to the work and a few words if you wish, please do though mark the subject line as "DD suggestion" as it helps us catch them faster :) 

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Stock and Res DD Roundup Sept 2014

Wed Oct 1, 2014, 7:02 AM
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Sunset 9 by queenofeagles
Summoning the Storm by TokiSeraph Owl Stock 07 by NellyGrace3103
PITTS SIS SPECIAL by Sceptre63
Boat garage and fish boat by A1Z2E3R
Fire 2 by Panopticon-Stock
bateleur by netbandit Alaska Beach 7 by prints-of-stock
84 by MASYON
Drippy Candle 43 by RachgracehStock




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Features by CelticStrm-Stock




fractal backgrounds pack1 by KPEKEP How I hand-stitch Paw Pads by dot-DOLLUnicorn 01 PNG Stock by Roys-Art
Los Angeles Country museum of art by Maxkids
Tiger Stock 3 by GloomWriter
Waterfall in Krka by EnniArt
Lotte by CapturedForInfinity
Magical mist by HikariTori
Where are you [Stock] by IvaxXx
Gorilla 017 by MonsterBrand-stock
Background 86 by Sisterslaughter165  White Witch 7 by Mihaela-VStock
Full metal jacket 6 by inferno-sensus
Muffin Rock by Whimseystock
Leaves by CananStock

Russian version of the little mermaid by 13-Melissa-Salvatore



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Features by Elandria




My Cloud Brushes by AuroraLion HOW TO MAKE YOUR ART LOOK NICE: Reference n Style by trotroy Pixel Icon Tutorial by xiuemi
DSC 0129 August Evening 2 by wintersmagicstock
Vintage siblings by PiratedPictures Sniper STOCK XIX by PhelanDavion
Stream 14 by veryevilmastermind


Illuminated World Contest

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 9:34 AM by Elandria:iconelandria:


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Don't miss out on our Stock and Resources
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Click the Journal link below for all of the contest details!



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Stock and Resources PE Wrap Up 2014

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A Guide to Tutorials

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 1:00 PM by Elandria:iconelandria:
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So, you want to make an awesome tutorial for your friends, and anybody else who might be interested in your style/techniques/skills/programming/designing ...

There are some essentials you are going to want to keep in mind when you make your tutorial.

:bulletpink:Its not just a bunch of text and some pictures (OK it is, but theres more you could do! )

:bulletpink: Its not just a few quick tips or pointers for a friend who asked you for some more details (OK it is, but its more than that! )

:bulletpink: Its not just some work in progress screenshots/photos of your next big project (OK it is, but its SO MUCH more than that!!)



Don't forget, great design IS ART!





LANGUAGE


DeviantART is predominantly an English language website.  However, DeviantART is a global community, so not everyone can read English fluently.  Make sure your use of language is going to reach as many people as possible so try to be concise when you are explaining steps or techniques. 

If English isn't something you are particularly fluent in, GET SOMEBODY WHO IS TO CHECK IT!!  They will be able to spot grammatical problems, typos and other readability errors for you which will improve your tutorial 100%.

Interweb speak is fun, but it is useless at conveying complex directions or information - avoid at all costs! There are 26 letters in the English alphabet, and over a quarter of a million distinct English words. Please make use of them!



:bulletgreen: DYK - One of the main reasons tutorials get declined for Daily Deviation features is because of spelling errors, typos and readability problems! :bulletgreen:



LENGTH


If your tutorial suddenly develops a life of its own, grows additional limbs and tries to eat your cat when you are putting it together, consider condensing your steps or breaking your tutorial down into a series of smaller tutorials. 

Don't forget very lengthy tutorials packed full of information can actually be off putting, as much as a wall of text can be or a deal made with Crowley.




DESIGN


Most tutorials will consist in equal parts of images and written text, with the exception of literature tutorials which may still contain images to break up the literature content. 

Your job as the tutorial creator is to present your information in the most engaging, understandable, readable format.  How you do this is up to you, but the important thing is to make an effort.  Don't just slap your unedited phone pictures onto a blank document and scribble around them!

DESIGN ---- Fonts


Font font font. Even if you produce the most incredible fact filled tutorial on the planet, if you choose the wrong font or font size the chances are you will completely put off all but the most patient of readers. 

Choose wisely! Some font types to avoid are things like heavy script/handwriting fonts and fancy fonts. You want your tutorial to be legible! 

Further, whilst choosing to hand write your tutorial steps (rather than using a handwriting font) can be cute and give a tutorial a lot of character, it can be another big offput.   Hand written text is never going to be as neat as you think it is.



:bulletgreen: DYK - Another main reason for tutorials being declined for Daily Deviations is because of font choice, colour and text size!:bulletgreen:


DESIGN ---- Images


A Picture paints a thousand words.  In a tutorial where you are using images as a significant part of explaining and showing how to do something it is VITAL that they are clear, in focus and actually show the thing you are trying to explain.

Crop your images to properly focus on the important aspect.  Edit your images to make sure they are well exposed and sharp.  Take the time to take photos with a camera rather than using your phone - unless you have the knowledge and ability to take good photos using your phone.

CREDIT YOUR SOURCES! ALWAYS credit source stock images if you are using anybody elses work to illustrate your tutorial.  No matter how small.  Not crediting is considered a cardinal sin, and you tutorial won't even be considered for a Daily Deviation without any necessary credits.  Even if all the images are your own. Say so then there is absolutely no confusion!

:bulletgreen: DYK -  Images can seriously let down an otherwise good tutorial and is another big reason why they might be declined for a Daily Deviation. :bulletgreen:


CONTENT


Your actual content, the thing you are creating the tutorial for is above and beyond the most essential element. 

Nobody wants to know how many times a day you check your Facebook account, but they do want to know how many layers you might have in your digital artwork, or how you effectively used that kind of paint on that type of canvas. 

This is an ART website for ARTists - no matter their skill level, and this is your target audience when you post your tutorial to the site.



TL;DR - Your tutorials showcase your art



Just as all of your gallery showcases your artwork, so do your tutorials.  Whenever you use your art as an example of a technique or skill, or display it in a way that scrutinizes an element or the over all effect,  it becomes a reflection of yourself and of your abilities to present yourself in a professional manner - so make some effort! 

You never know when a well written tutorial might be featured by an external tutorial site and go viral, so make sure they look great! :thumbsup:

DEVIANTART   :heart:s TUTORIALS!



Here are some beautifully designed and presented tutorials!

Female to Male Crossplay Makeup Tutorial by Vilya0 Tutorial: Cake Layering by cakecrumbs Polymer Clay Chocolate Chip Cookies Tutorial by Talty
Do's and Don'ts of Stock Photography by Tasastock The Lighting Tutorial - Part 1 by kuschelirmel-stock Photomanipulation Tutorial  on blending by tamaraR
Tutorial #18 : A possible path on the color map by AquaSixio Cloud Tutorial Part 1 by yuumei Can/ Soda Tab Chainmail Vambrace Tutorial by kirilee
Creating a City Tutorial by TylerEdlinArt Painting metal by yigitkoroglu Let me Catch a Walkthrough by Norke
Know your Basics - PerspectivePerspective comes in different forms, the most obvious & basic of which is the use of the word in relation to the appearance of relative orientation in a three dimensional space. At first, it may seem irrelevant to photomanipulators, (because, hey, the photographs already are perspectively sound,) but putting more than one photograph in context requires that you learn to see what makes sense and what doesn't.
The Technical Stuff

Perspective (from Latin perspicere, to see through) in the graphic arts, such as drawing, is an approximate  representation, on a flat surface (such as paper), of an image as it is seen by the eye. The two most characteristic features of  perspective are that objects are drawn:
Smaller as their distance from the observer increasesForeshortened: the size of an object's dimensions along the line of
sight are relatively shorter than dimensions acro
Planning the Evil Plot
A half-guide, half-narrative on writing a story
brought to you by Super Editor

Basics
Before I start writing, I like to have some idea of where I'm starting, where I'm going, and how I'm going to end up there. Let's say that I want to write a comedy about an author who suddenly changes places with her Mary Sue. I usually jot down some basic ideas:
Characters:
Sarah, the author: ~13 years old, average-looking, glasses, rather tall and gangly
Ellemere, the Mary Sue: ~16 years old, long flowing hair, violet eyes, etc.
Forrest (Ellemere's love interest) : ~18, stereotypical pretty boy who is too dark and broody to make a good love interest
Leon: ~17, Ellemere's somewhat dorky friend who falls in love with her but is cast off to side in favor of Forrest
Tangent: For those of you who are confused, the ~ symbol means "about." I think it comes from math.
I like to draw, so I'd probably make doodles of these characters too. Drawing characters is a great way to develop th
Your Character TOO Special?
Is your Special Character
TOO SPECIAL?

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Are you indulging in a few too many "special traits"? Is your story really an excuse to show off your Super Special Character? Are you committing a MARY-SUE/GARY STUE?
--> Dead give-away: Your favorite character is YOU only BETTER!
Who is Mary Sue/Gary Stue?
According to SubReality.com:
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"Mary Sue / Gary Stue is any original or deeply altered character who represents a slice of their creator's own ego; they are treasured by their creator but only rarely by anyone else. A Mary Sue/Gary Stue is a primadonna (usually, but not always badly-written,) who saps life and realism out of every other character around, taking over the plot and bending canon to serve their selfish purposes."
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-- For more details:
http://www.subreality.com/marysue.htm
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The Mary Sue/Gary Stue "Self-Insertion" in Manga Fan-fiction:
According to A


Your tutorials don't have to be boring!
Be creative, but don't forget the design essentials we've talked about above!