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ELEVEN Cover Contest Winners

Wed Jan 13, 2016, 12:50 PM


Beautiful Disaster by Mihaela-V

Firstly, let me sincerely apologize for the delay in announcing the winners, I've been spending most (all) of my free time at my parents due to my dads advancing illness and fight with lung cancer. Christmas/New year has been all about spending time with my family. Also my phone and Ipad, are pretty useless at being able to look properly at all the lovely entries and give them the attention they truly deserve.

Secondly, thank you to those of you who entered - I have been amazed by your creativity and take on the subject at hand, so without further delay the winners are as follows:

Beginner - Intermediate


Grand Prize Winner DigitalSummit

The Last Elven by DigitalSummit

Runner Up raven-orlov

She Rises - Eleven Cover Contest by raven-orlov

Special Mentions (in no particular order)


 Book Cover by VanessaPadua dark stories by Tegori 
Queen of Hearts Book Cover by CharmyRaven Guardian by infleims42
The Apprentice by Shirokibo fire tears book cover by tesapia 
  A Golden Dowry by WakefieldDesigns

Intermediate - Advanced


Grand Prize Winner Mihaela-V


Beautiful Disaster -  book cover by Mihaela-V

Runner Up liadan-bran


Everlast - a cover by liadan-bran

Special Mentions (in no particular order)


Sea Breeze by dreamswoman Spirit Master by EligoDesign
Lady Live by Afrani4 Throneskeep- Book Cover by Alexis-Frost
The Sunchild Journey - Cover Book by FrancescaPoliti Night of freedom - Elandria Contest by msriotte 
Deathly, Mistaken Sins - Book Cover by pauliti Lady of the Roses by Energiaelca1

:bulletblue: Winners will be receiving notes from me forthwith regarding the necessary details I need off you to be able to send out your commercial licences etc :) :heart:

:bulletblue: An equally big thank you to everyone who donated prizes! :heart:

Contest Journal with prize info:


Skin by Dan Leveille

Stock Radar #16

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 27, 2015, 4:46 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 | Stock Radar #14 | Stock Radar #15


Rocky Landscape 8 by eleutheria-stock
Chelloenix Stock - Crow 11 by chelloenix-stock
STOCK Texture water surfce by Inilein
Rocky Landscape by EveLivesey
Mountain - streamy-stock by streamy-stock
DSC 0138 Groombridge Place Chess Set by wintersmagicstock Autumn Cemetary 35 by ManicHysteriaStock
Chelloenix Stock - Sundial 3 by chelloenix-stock
Bella 48 by RachgracehStock Archway by RavienneArt
Stock 136 (Vienna Skyline) by Einheit00
Odeon by incogNiko
Colourful bokeh 11 by Muse-of-Stock
Object Stock 045 by Malleni-Stock
cob mare 2 by elusiveelegance
 Dsc0580 by pascha89 Saddlery by AgaaveStock
DSC 0068 Widdershins 2 by wintersmagicstock
DSC 0119 Columbus Monument 6 by wintersmagicstock
Rock 04 by mightykings
deadly beauty - stock by Liancary-art Stock - fields back umbrella burton gothic wind 4 by S-T-A-R-gazer
Olavinlinna 2 by MariaLoikkii
Dyffryn Gardens in the rain stock 7 by AlexanderHuebner
Chelloenix Stock - Texture 25 by chelloenix-stock
Texture 002 by Witchzwerg Cracked Dry Soil by Gdeko
Autumn End - Stock by FrancescaAmyMaria
Dyffryn Gardens in the rain stock 13 by AlexanderHuebner
2015-09-19 Cloak n Staff 75 by skydancer-stock Mask 02 by KittyTheCat-Stock

... to talk of many things...
...of volunteers and new frontiers and all the shiny things!

Firstly, yep thats me back to being a senior member! *hugs her senior badge*  I already miss my hatheart, and its been a rather surreal 24 hours.  That being said I owe the biggest smochiest hug and thank you to Moonbeam13 for being quite honestly the embodiment of wonder woman and a major major source of inspiration for her sheer determination, passion and ability to do so many things on so little sleep.  The rest of you crazy volunteers past, present and future have the same qualities and passions, and its been one hell of an incredible ride with all of you :love:

Additional smooches go to my nearest and dearest PirateLotus-Stock Aeirmid CelticStrm-Stock - you are beautiful, wicked, amazing and clever women and I love you to the depths of my heart.  When I joined the volunteer team I never realized that I was also gaining an international family and lifelong friends, theres never going to be enough words to express just how wonderful that is! :heart: 

I must also say a massive thank you to well.. you.  The entire community continues to amaze me every day and your passion is what spurs the volunteer team on knowing that we've helped our communities in whatever way we are able.  Much much love.  Keep on sharing, teaching and inspiring the artists around you - it is the stuff that makes DeviantArt a community. :heart:  I hope you will share the same support and passion with Cassy-Blue ErikShoemaker and those who may follow in our footsteps - if you aren't watching them yet go and click that watch button!!

Also... I ain't goin nowhere.  Just in case you were wondering.  Except for over the next few weeks I am going to be ridiculously busy making final preparations for my wedding :excited:  ReapingFields is no longer a volunteer widower though I doubt he will notice much change since I am still on DA every day :3

I also wanted to poke everyone about my ongoing contest... because why not! End date is December 5th - get cracking with your entries!! :D



:peace: :love: 
Lanny

Stock and Res DD Roundup October 2015

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 10:08 AM


Please help us extend an incredibly giant welcome to 

Cassy-Blue new community volunteer for the stock and resources gallery
ErikShoemaker new community volunteer for the photomanip and mixed media gallery

:la: :la: :la: :la: :la: :la: :la: :la: :la: :la: :la: :la: :la: :la: :la: :la: 
Today is a sparklie day!

Eleven.. Cover Contest! CLOSED!

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 1:00 AM


Wanderer's Cove by Foxfires


So, for as long as I can remember I've had access to the most incredible range of books, from novels, tall tales and everything in between; all of those I've read (and I'm sure you all agree) it's most frequently their covers you immediately think of when you hear their titles.  It goes without saying that a picture tells a thousands words, and cover art, for that specific reason has to grab the reader by the eyeballs and hold their attention right through to the very last page in a yummy, captivating smorgasbord of plot teasers, incredible characters and dreamy (or dystopian) landscapes. Essentially, book cover p0rn :D

Visiting bookshops used to be as much about the cover art as it was about the text on the pages, which is why these days seeing the dozens of dreary, completely plain covers which do absolutely NOTHING to sell the book leaves me a little cold.  Further I just can't understand why publishers are going in this direction. :shrug:

So why now?

Most of you will will have dabbled, are dabbling or are intending to dabble in the exciting world of cover art and it remains my most frequently asked question when I get notes and emails, most of which have an incredibly similar theme *cough*

"Hi! My name is... and I'm just starting making covers for sale, can I use your model stock and is it free - because I can't pay you; but I will credit you and send you good vibes for being such an awesome giving stocker!!! xxxx "

"PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, when I am rich I will remember you and send you some points (my client is paying me peanuts and they want great stock for free) "

More to the point I've been providing stock on DA for over ELEVEN!!! years, so its time to celebrate a little, and how else better than to help out a bunch of great deviants!

So why this cover contest??

Your puppy dog eyes and requests to use my stock for covers are hard to say no to when budgets are usually the problem.
So here, for the first time, I am going to run a contest specifically for book covers :) Book covers which I want to grab me and your potential clients by the eyeballs and shake us so we can't look at anything else.  Covers that will make authors want to write stories for.  Covers that will remind us of how visually beautiful a full shelf of books can be! 

The Brief:

Exciting times ahead! You have a new client who wants you to design their next cover (insert your choice of genre here!) Their book contains a female protagonist/villain/plot device (since I only have female model stock :P ) and they want you to go to town on the best cover they have ever seen reminiscent of the golden age of stunning artistic covers they grew up on.

You must create the cover with standard cover sizes in mind (see the rules for size guide), and include the title and authors name. If you wish to also design the back and spine you are welcome to do so.

Don't forget, your client loves creativity, and eye catching design, after all - they want their book to sell!

Start Date: 1st October 2015 9am PDT

End date: CLOSED TO FURTHER ENTRIES - JUDGING WILL COMMENCE SHORTLY
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS ENTERED!! <3



The rulesssss

(Pay attention they are the important bit!)

:bulletgreen: Your cover must be portrait and have standard cover text - "title" "authors name" on the front. (You can make a title and authors name up) This can be positioned wherever you like as long as it is legible and you can choose the covers genre.

:bulletgreen: Your front cover art must be cover sized in terms of aspect ratio - for example CreateSpace suggests the following size: 6" x 9" ** (or 152.4mm x 228.6mm** )
** You are NOT required to upload your final book at the original size, don't panic!!! 

:bulletgreen: Your book MUST contain one of my model stock images available in my gallery - either from the free collections, or from the premium content packs if you have made a purchase.

:bulletgreen: You CAN use any of my unrestricted background images - elandria.deviantart.com/galler… :)

:bulletgreen: Entries can be submitted to 1 of the following categories.  Please choose carefully when you submit your entry**  Please state your option clearly on your entry description and comment.
beginner / intermediate  OR  intermediate / advanced.
**If the judges feel you have not chosen the most appropriate category they reserve the right to move your entry to the other option to allow as equal a judging as possible.

:bulletred: STOCK CHOICE RESTRICTIONS: Please DO NOT use any of the following selection of model images - due to them already being licensed for covers and other similar media.
stock which you may NOT use for the contest
OR any of my restricted location stock, ( elandria.deviantart.com/galler… ) I'm really sorry but property licences and other restrictions means I can't give you permission.

:bulletred: LEGITIMATE STOCK ONLY: If you use images from google, or any site which is not a legitimate stock collection/provider I will disqualify you.  Its quite simple - legitimate stock only please, and I do not consider pixabay legit, deal with it.  That goes for other stock providers on DA - you will credit them, and notify them if you use their work, and you will check before hand to make sure they allow covers to be made with their stock. 

:bulletred: Your entry will only be valid when you link it in a comment on this journal and include a link to this journal in the description of your entry.

:bulletred: Unsurprisingly, this contest is aimed at visual media artists, simply because well... its a visual book cover. :P 

:bulletred: My terms of use apply in all respects with the exception of the "no covers" rule for the purpose of entry to this contest .  Once the contest is over my full terms will apply as per normal.

:bulletred: My terms of use and normal information about commercial licences and fees are here -
STOCK TERMS OF USE PLEASE READ:bulletblue:!CLICK-- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS --CLICK!:bulletblue:


Things you should know before using my stock...
BY DOWNLOADING AND USING MY STOCK YOU ARE AGREEING TO ABIDE BY THE FOLLOWING TERMS OF USE.
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING TERMS OF USE WILL RESULT IN ME ASKING YOU TO REMOVE MY STOCK FROM YOUR WORK.

My stock does not belong in the public domain, The entire contents of my gallery, be that unrestricted or restricted stock, personal artwork or photography are all subject to full copyright law. The license I provide - as detailed on this page - is for DA members only.
DeviantART, its owners etc do not own the copyright to my stock or artwork submitted to this site.
As stated in the submission policy here: http://about.deviantart.com/policy/submission/
It remains MY option to remove or change or amend any or all of my stock and r


:bulletred: Only 1 (ONE) entry per artist and it must be NEW art - make it your best because.....

Prizes

(hopefully the good bit!!)

:bulletblue: ALL artists who enter can use their entry as an example book cover as part of their collection or portfolio.
(Those that do not get chosen as winners will still need to purchase the usual licence if they wish to make their work available for sale at a later date. Fees are available on my terms of use journal linked above)

:bulletblue: Up to 20 artists (10 from each level) - will be given a single 10 year digital licence for the model stock they have used on their cover - to sell, to display, to use as a portfolio example for future clients.  This is for all digital medias and Ebooks. 
Plus! exclusive stock pack from kuschelirmel-stock

Plus! Journal and group features

:bulletblue: x2 (1 from each category) Runners up will each be given
x2 additional model images of their choice from my gallery (including premium content packs) which they can use for cover work in the same manner as their entry to the contest.
Plus! 500 :points: points each from me.
Plus! 200 :points: points each from PirateLotus-Stock
Plus! 200 :points: points each from CelticStrm-Stock
Plus! choice of stock pack from PirateLotus-Stock
Plus! exclusive stock pack each from kuschelirmel-stock
Plus! exclusive stock pack each from YBsilon-Stock
Plus! exclusive stock prize each from EveLivesey
Plus! exclusive stock prize each from pranile
Plus! exclusive stock prize each from Arlesienne
Plus! Journal and group features

:bulletblue: x2 Grand prize winners ( 1 from each category) will be given
A full commercial licence for x10 model images of their choice from my gallery (including premium content packs). This licence will cover both digital and printed works and all types of media and publishing.
Plus! 1000 :points: points from me.
Plus! 300 :points: points each from PirateLotus-Stock
Plus! 300 :points: points each from CelticStrm-Stock 
Plus! x3 exclusive stock packs each from CelticStrm-Stock 
Plus! choice of stock pack from PirateLotus-Stock 
Plus! 2 hour speed paint commission each from the lovely tatiilange
Plus! exclusive stock pack each from kuschelirmel-stock
Plus! exclusive stock pack each from YBsilon-Stock
Plus! exclusive stock prize each from EveLivesey
Plus! exclusive stock prize each from pranile
Plus! exclusive stock prize each from Arlesienne
Plus! Journal and group features

Licences will be sent out in PDF format after the contest is closed and winners announced

Bonus materials? Looking for Inspiration?

Why yes, you may go away if you wish and look at some incredible cover art which may or may not inspire you.  Your new client loves artists such as Michael Whelan, Darrel K Sweet, Stephen Bradbury, Jim Burns, Daniel Dos Santos, Romas, Steve Weston, David Roe, Rodney Matthews, Geoff Taylor et al. Plus many many modern day equivalents of the digital age.


FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?
FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?
FAQ #193: How do I prove that I had permission to use someone's work?
FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?
FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?  

Other Questions? Ask! I'm bound to have forgotten something!


ENTRIES



Beginner/Intermediate Entries

Intermediate/Advanced Entries


Thank you Foxfires
Skin by Dan Leveille

Stock Radar #15

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 25, 2015, 2:36 PM

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 | Stock Radar #14 | Stock Radar #15


Harness the Elements: Photoshop tutorial series by MonikaZagrobelna
Glitter 10 by acheronnights Magical Strings 8 by RachgracehStock
Friesian Stallion stock 10 by xxMysteryStockxx
bald eagle by Quiet-bliss
Bird Stock 120 by Malleni-Stock Housewife Pinup 12 by MajesticStock
Starry Night Bokeh by KeilaNeokow
Castle V by fairling-stock
Seahorse01 by Stockimal Ivy Arcade 6 by eleutheria-stock
St Giles Church by kippa2001
24 Flying Stone Brushes by stockgorilla
African Sunrise by syoul-stock
Takoda - full body 21 by Livinja-Stock Sarah Shadows and light 2a by jagged-eye
- cloud stock - by amka-stock
Stock053 (Tube) by Einheit00
Smoke #2 by CrateboySTOCK
Vine Fairy 5 by PirateLotus-Stock
girl by sergekrivoshei
Sculpture 028 by Kowia The Sleep Of Sorrow (Statue) by Null-Entity
Chameleon by syoul-stock
Frosting Texture by Moosplauze
Salem 09 by kuschelirmel-stock Taking the Time by Danika-Stock
Danaway Tango 3 by xrockinrobynstock
STOCK Roses 4 by Inilein
Butterfly Black by Shingau
Pagan 04 by MelieMelusine
Leopard I by silver80
Blush 16 by faestock
NGC2244 nebula by alkhor
Armadillo Space Vehicle by EveLivesey

Packs so far updated and moved to my main account, they no longer need a password for the zip and everyone can use them according to my normal terms of use for unrestricted and restricted stock :D  Theres more to sort yet, but this is the first bunch,  most haven't been "watcher updated" so they won't have popped into your watchlists.

I highly recommend you take a look through as a lot of this stock has never been used and will therefore give your art a little bit more of an original take - given how well used some of the other shots are from my model stock! :D

UNRESTRICTED STOCKelandria.deviantart.com/galler…

Pack 113 To Market UNRESTRICTED by Elandria Pack 112 To Market UNRESTRICTED by Elandria Ahoy Pack 141 UNRESTRICTED by Elandria Pack 146 Raise The Flag UNRESTRICTED by Elandria Pack169 Light Reading UNRESTRICTED by Elandria
Pack181 Dystopia UNRESTRICTED by Elandria Pack182 Rich Mens Follies UNRESTRICTED by Elandria Pack183 Rich Mens Follies UNRESTRICTED by Elandria Pack184 Allthatglitters UNRESTRICTED by Elandria Pack185 All That Glitters UNRESTRICTED by Elandria
Pack186 All That Glitters UNRESTRICTED by Elandria Pack188 Ironbound UNRESTRICTED by Elandria Pack187 All Packed Up UNRESTRICTED by Elandria Pack189 Alohomora UNRESTRICTED by Elandria Pack168 Light Reading UNRESTRICTED by Elandria

RESTRICTED MODEL STOCK:

TARMON GAI'DON: elandria.deviantart.com/galler…

Pack 153 Tarmon Gai'don by Elandria Pack 152 Tarmon Gai'don by Elandria Pack 151 Tarmon Gai'don by Elandria Pack 150 Tarmon Gai'don by Elandria Pack 149 Tarmon Gai'don by Elandria
Pack 148 Tarmon Gai'don by Elandria Pack 147 Tarmon Gai'don by Elandria

CREEPING TEARS: elandria.deviantart.com/galler…

Creeping Tears Pack 83 by Elandria Creeping Tears Pack 84 by Elandria Creeping Tears Pack 85 by Elandria Creeping Tears Pack 86 by Elandria Creeping Tears Pack 87 by Elandria
Creeping Tears Pack 88 by Elandria Creeping Tears Pack 89 by Elandria Creeping Tears Pack 90 by Elandria Creeping Tears Pack 91 by Elandria

STAND MY GROUND: elandria.deviantart.com/galler…

Stand My Ground Pack 129 by Elandria Stand My Ground Pack 130 by Elandria Stand My Ground Pack 131 by Elandria Stand My Ground Pack 132 by Elandria Stand My Ground Pack 133 by Elandria
Stand My Ground Pack 134 by Elandria Stand My Ground Pack 135 by Elandria Stand My Ground Pack 136 by Elandria Stand My Ground Pack 137 by Elandria Stand My Ground Pack 138 by Elandria
Stand My Ground Pack 139 by Elandria Stand My Ground Pack 140 by Elandria Pack 142 Stand My Ground by Elandria Pack 143 Stand My Ground by Elandria Pack 144 Stand My Ground by Elandria
Pack 145 Stand My Ground by Elandria
 
LUCID & RESONANCE: elandria.deviantart.com/galler…
VICTORIAN STYLED: elandria.deviantart.com/galler…
WOOD NYMPH: elandria.deviantart.com/galler…

Lucid Pack 30 by Elandria Resonance Pack 32 by Elandria Lucid Pack 29 by Elandria Pack 19 Netley by Elandria Pack 20 Netley by Elandria
Pack21 Netley by Elandria Pack22 Netley by Elandria Pack 18 Netley by Elandria Pack4 Ghosts That Haunt by Elandria Pack 2 Ghosts That Haunt by Elandria
Wood Nymph Pack 10 by Elandria

PREMIUM STOCK:  elandria.deviantart.com/galler…
(plus more individuals which have been newly posted) 

Pack 176 Whilst We Were Sleeping by Elandria Pack 175 Whilst We Were Sleeping by Elandria Pack 173 Whilst We Were Sleeping by Elandria Pack 174 Whilst We Were Sleeping by Elandria
 

DeviantArtist Questionnaire

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 5:50 AM


Firstly, a massive happy birthday to the site! 15 years is a bug achievement in the very fluid world of the Internet!!

Secondly, I'm filling this out on my IPad, which is very novel and is giving my finger a good workout clacking away on the virtual keyboard! I'm not a fan, I miss my nice big computer and wide screens and actual keyboard but I'm at my parents and needs must!!!! 

So! Questionnaire time...



How long have you been on DeviantArt?
11 years and about 20? Days :D



What does your username mean?
It's my middle name so I guess it means me :P



Describe yourself in three words.
Passionate, precocious, annoying



Are you left or right handed?
Right handed



What was your first deviation?
Silent Musings which I transferred from my elfwood account -instant submissions was AMAZING but something we now take for granted! 
Silent Musings by Elandria



What is your favourite type of art to create?
Stock photography but I love dabbling with digital art



If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
Oils for sure, I love how tactile they are and just how stunning they look in the hands of a master!



What was your first favourite?

Come to my secret cellar by 7th-Dimension who is also Nocturnal-Shadows but I don't know if they are still active? :wave:
-+ Come to my secret cellar +- by 7th-Dimension



What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Digital art and stock :)



Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
I hate this question because there are far too many to count and it would be impossible to choose just 1 artist, I'm sorry!! :D



If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
I've had the great pleasure of meeting many awesome artists at the London devmeets including our leaders :D I've met several of my awesome team mates past and present which is always a blast! Several are coming to my wedding too and I'm looking forward to glomping PirateLotus-Stock in particular and hopefully kingmancheng too :D



How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
There are a couple of people who for one reason or another have made my life 100% better for having them as my friends and I love them dearly for so so many reasons! Aeirmid PirateLotus-Stock CelticStrm-Stock WeavingMagic Amazonofexeter Quoth-Raven :heart: they are kind, clever, selfless and just all round wonderful people, I love you guys!! 
I'd also like to mention Moonbeam13 Heidi and dxd and the volunteer team who have for many reasons been so important in my DA life, you all rock!



What are your preferred tools to create art?
Wacom tablet and my trusty computer running photoshop, plus my Nikon D7100 and D80 :D



What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Anywhere I can take photos or plug my computer in but blankies, cats, tea, chocolate, good music and the company of my better half ReapingFields are vital components 



What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
All the London devmeets :D
London Devmeet 09 09 by Elandria London Devmeet 09 08 by Elandria Deviant Art Meet London 17 by Quoth-Raven




If any links or mentions are broken I'll fix them when I get home :D xxxx



Skin by Dan Leveille

A quick update

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 1, 2015, 1:57 AM
I've been saying this for a few days now, but it still throws me that I've now been on DeviantArt for 11 years (I forgot my DA birthday the other week XD)  :faint:  Good times, rough times, its all part of the flow, and I still love being right here in this extraordinary community, and part of an extraordinary team of volunteers :love:

Theres just a few things I wanted to let you all know, because I've pretty much stopped doing personal journals over the last few years it seems. 
I've just had surgery to remove a tooth, those of you closest to me will know how much I hate my teeth, so yer.  It sucks, I have 4 stitches in my gum from having a molar removed and I'm all swollen up like a one sided chipmunk.  Its a very classy look, not.  Liquid diet for me for a week or so :|  I changed jobs back in February which means I'm working full time, giving me less time to do awesome things I actually enjoy doing.  Needs must and all that, we have to pay bills! Lee and I are getting married at the end of the year (I'm sure I mentioned that? If I didn't woops >.> XD ) We've been together for 14 years now sooo its kinda about time lol Its very exciting but also very nerve wracking, and any of you who have already taken the plunge will know how I feel! So much to organize!! D;
Both of our dads are currently going through treatment for cancer, which is utterly devastating and not something I have words to really talk about, so we will just leave it at that, and as much as I am not one to ask for anything, any sort of positive vibes, love hugs and general good zen floated my way is deeply appreciated.  Its been a very rough few months, and its going to remain that way for a while I suspect :( My daddy starts radio & chemo on Monday and its hard to reconcile that my hero of a dad (who was still fitting new windows in their house yesterday and driving round in his Porsche despite being in ridiculous amounts of pain) could be so very very poorly. 

Dreamers-of-avalon
I'm going to close the group down.  I think its run its course and its unfair of me to leave my fab buddy Quoth-Raven holding down the fort doing submissions and stuff when I don't have time.  More than that I would like to see all the of the hundreds of pieces of stock I have in the group actually being used.  So you might have noticed I've already started moving packs and things over and removing the passwords from the zip files so everyone can have access :) Its going to involve some form of submission spam.  I will try and get it done as quickly as possible, but no promises!

I can however promise you I'm not going anywhere, and I'm still as active as I can be despite trips to the hospital with me, lee (he dislocated his shoulder again the other week) and our parents.  In fact, once I've moved all my stock over from the group I am going to attempt my first ever stock contest.  I know.  11 years on the site and loads of community contests but I've never actually run my own ^^;  Crazy stuff!  I can specifically say it will be a book cover contest, or at least a commercial use orientated contest.  Its the most frequently requested use for my stock, and I am very aware that so many of you are just starting out and need examples of artwork and covers etc to be able to get a step on the ladder so to speak and don't have the funds to purchase model releases to do that, so more on that in a few weeks :) 

Don't forget its DeviantArts birthday in a few days as well :D :la: 

I love you all.  With age and grey hairs comes the understanding that some of the shit life throws at you is just too trivial and petty to spend any sort of time on.  :heart:


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.

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


OTHER ZIGZAG FEATURES
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

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 )





cleaner


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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C.R.E.A.T.E.

Community
Respect
Excellence
Artists
Trust
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 | Stock Radar #14 | Stock Radar #15


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 | Stock Radar #14 | Stock Radar #15


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 jl-modelstock
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



MercurialDisclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to anyone, living or dead, is purely coincidental. The author owns exclusive rights to this story.
Rating: M (16+)
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“You're not going to be able to stay quiet forever, you know.” The whisper tickled his ear as he sat in the chair, the woman's voice soft and sensual. He had never expected she would do something like this, and he was surprised to find that she had it in her. Of course, when he had met her, he had expected her to be the plain and simple woman that she had appeared to be. Finding out she was anything other than what she appeared had been an extreme shock.
“It wasn't very nice of you to say what you did, you know.” Her heels clacked loudly against the concrete floor of the basement as she walked away from him. “Why do all men think that if a woman asserts herself she's menstruating?” Venom filled her voice, encouraging him to pull against the restr
  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.
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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
  Obsession: PrologueDisclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to anyone, living or dead, is purely coincidental. The author owns exclusive rights to this story.
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He walked towards the distant house, his stubby legs trudging forward through thick drifts of powdery white. Each step kicked up more of the dust, covering him to the waist in the cool, pale particles. Staring toward the lighted windows in the distance, he felt a smile take shape on his face. It was an odd sensation, feeling his lips spread upward as the skin cracked and bled. He imagined that if he had a mirror to look into he would find that his cheeks were rosy, his face possibly chapped from being in the wind for so long.
Stumbling over a root buried under the snow, he quickly stretched his arms out in order to maintain his balance and keep himself from falling on his face. His fingers cracked and bled, leaving small spots of red seeping into the pristine white. In his delirium, he thought of the deco


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



Modified, Chapter 1: Onur    Onur
       It had been a year since Onur had begun spying on the city’s athletics team. As they whizzed down the track, he would focus on the way their muscles tensed, note the way they carried themselves, the straightness of their backs when they stood still, the way they stretched after a warm up. He listened in on their tactics, how they geared up for a race, how they relaxed afterwards. So desperately he wanted their trainers, their training gear, all with heat sensors that cooled or heated the body according to their core temperature — nothing at all like the usual cotton tracksuit he wore. He scribbled down every detail in his mini-holopad, ready to consult it when he slipped over the fence to practise alone in the night.
    He crept forward in his hiding place beneath the city stadium. A year ago, an acid rain flood had damaged the underground storeroom, and the back entrance had been