Project Educate Stock & Resources DD CriteriaStock & Resources Daily Deviations. What We look for, and what you should look for as well!
Its a regular question, and something that the other Community Volunteers get asked about as well. So during Project Educate Stock & Resources week I'm going to try and lay out some of the reasons behind our choices.
Stock & Resources Daily Deviations, and how they are judged by the Community.
Dan has already touched on this touchy subject in his "Potential" Article here - The Potential of Stock
There is something fundamentally different about stock & resources DD's compared to all the other DD's from all the other galleries.
Stock & Resources are NOT finished artworks to be viewed as an end product.
We can't stress this enough!!!
The Stock Artist/Provider/Creator has not submitted this work becasue they think its absolutely perfect and they want to show it off, they subm
PE S&R Sourcing Your ResourcesSourcing Your ResourcesPE S&R Sourcing Your Resources2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
You may think that the creation and sharing of stock and resources is a no brainer. Clearly however its not, and there are a growing number of deviants who for some reason or another seem to not be able to grasp the basic principles.
As the last article we will be launching for Stock & Resources Project Educate week, we are going to attempt to lay it out for you in clear and easy to understand terms.
What YOU own
The gallery details for stock and resources read:
Gallery Info: Resources & Stock Images
Resources submitted by deviants for others to use in their own works and/or learn from.
Gallery Info: Stock Images
Stock Photography which the provider has granted a licence for incorporation into other Deviant artists work.
By submitting work into the stock and resources galleries, be they a photograph of your cat, a pack of brushes you have created, a texture you have developed, or a tutorial you've spent weeks resea
PE article: The potential of Stock.deviantART is home to the most varied and versatile range of stock you could come across. There literally is something for everyone here.PE article: The potential of Stock.2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
One portrait can be turned into a masterpiece and it's a shame the potential of a piece of stock can't be comprehended by many people. A good example of this type of situation is not being able to see past the decor and furnishings when you are viewing a property to buy - you have to be able to see past them to the POTENTIAL of what they could become!
I spoke to a few devious deviants about this subject! and here are their thoughts!
"you always need reference! you cannot know how everything looks and stock is great for this reason and sometimes stock can even be really inspiring. Stock is a great asset to learn about anatomy, perspective, colors, light and shadow"
See some of Annes work below!
PE S&R This to That #3THIS ... TO THAT Edition 3PE S&R This to That #32 years ago in Art Features More Like This
We have already touched this week on the POTENTIAL of stock and resources in Dan's article here --> The Potential of Stock so it seemed a good time to show you HOW MUCH POTENTIAL stock and resource really have... when you open your eyes and think outside the obvious.
Friesian stock IV by lovergil --> Corrupted by WistfulDesigns
Crystal Brushes for Photoshop by eliskan --> White Crystals by Corvinerium
Iberian woman 4 stock by IngwellRitter-Stock --> Iberian Warrior by Josh-Finney
Black Ranger Garb by Reine-Haru --> Remembrance by HansNomad
Cloud Stock 5 by CelticStrm-Stock --> THE TENUOUS HOPE OF THE BEING by MoodyBlue
:thumb136227398: --> Dear friend by whyou
...and a chance to pimp my own stock a little
PE S&R Gallery Guides - MiscatsMiscatsPE S&R Gallery Guides - Miscats2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Miscats are as bad for your stock as missing keywords. They cause problems in the categories you are wrongly submitting to, make our galleries look disorganised and messy, and ultimately inhibit the exposure of your hard work to other artists.
Miscats are one of the most frequently complained about issues on DA.
There are several varieties we see regularly that include
Placing 3 quarter/cropped or portrait model stock into the full body category.
Placing Interior shots into the Exterior category.
Placing 3D renders and premade stock into the stock photography interior/exterior categories rather than into their own equivalents.
Placing 3D renders into 3D models - which should be reserved for the physical model files, not renders of the model.
Placing landscapes or scenery shots into the Places category which should be reserved for images that show man made objects.
Stock and Resources: Policy ClarificationThe Stock and Resources community is an integral part of deviantART, both for having an active community of its own as well as providing high quality stock to all deviants.Stock and Resources: Policy Clarification2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
As this community has grown so much over the years, so has the amount of invalid stock and resources that have been provided by some deviants. The Stock and Resources community feels like this reflects negatively on them, the volunteers have a hard time trying to teach people about valid stock and how to use it correctly, and it gives an appearance that deviantART Staff tolerate so-called “art theft” or copyright infringement.
In this article our aim is to reinforce our policies regarding stock and stock use and clear up some misconceptions.
Stock and Resource submissions to deviantART:
What are Invalid Stock and Resources?
In short, invalid stock or resources are anything which you do not have full permission to upload. This incl
Why credit and notify?Hi all,Why credit and notify?2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
It's your friendly neighborhood Photomanipulation and Stock & Resources CVs here, eager to tell you about a problem that has become increasingly common not only in the photomanipulation community, but also in other communities throughout dA. The problem is that people are neglecting to credit AND notify stock providers that they have used their materials.
What is the overall rule and guidance about crediting your stock?
If you want to use other people's resources (including but not limited to stock photographs, brushes, and presets), dA requires that you exactly follow the rules of usage that those individuals lay out in their license or stock rules. That invariably means that you must CREDIT them with a link to their homepage at least, and NOTIFY the providers by sending them a link to your deviation, preferrably by note. Some providers require a direct link to the exact image or resource t
PE Article: Tips and Advice 'Crediting Resources'One issue that we need to stress on deviantART is to credit your resources you use in your artwork. Crediting is a problem because a lot of people aren't doing the above.Most Stock Artists have individually tailored rules to suit their own personal level.PE Article: Tips and Advice 'Crediting Resources'2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
You must abide by these rules!
Often they include that they want full credit to be given to their use of stock. This is really simple!
All you need to do is..
Include a link/thumb of the stock used. People want to see what the stock has become!
If you don't know how to get the [link] or :thumbxxxxxx: It's simple.
Just copy and paste the URL of the Resource you used and the [link] will appear! For the thumb code, each deviation has one which is listed at the bottom right of the deviation itself or by pressing the small arrow upper right hand corner which gives you some options to share said deviation or to get the thumb code.
Give the Stock Ar
March Stock & Resources DD RoundupNEWZ & UPDATESMarch Stock & Resources DD Roundup2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Hope you all enjoyed being taken over by FUR yesterday. They made us
We had an absolute blast during our Project Educate Stock & Resources Week, if you missed any of it the full wrap up and links to all the articles and interviews is here -
Dan is currently experiencing technical issues, so please be patient if you are waiting for a response from him!
A reminder about sending us DD suggestions! When you do, please please please check to see if the person you are suggesting has had a DD in the last 6 months!! Its very important and it makes our lives a lot easier!!
Please DO NOT send the same suggestion to both Dan and I - again it causes us problems!
If somebody is asking you to nominate a particular piece of their work for a DD in exchange for points or something else please DO NOT suggest them for a DD. Having 40+ people spamming us
Artist Interviews - Conzpiracy:iconConzpiracy: conzpiracy Is the lair of the rather talented Dean, better known as Conz. In between writing articles, working for clients and doing his own art he kindly agreed to answer some questions about stock for us.Artist Interviews - Conzpiracy2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
For those who might not know you already, can you share a little bit of Conzpiracy history? What made you first get into the art scene and who were you most influenced by in your early years, and has that changed/evolved?
Prior to working with digital, I used to draw all the time - mainly using inks and biro. I was influenced by the works of Clive Barker, comic books, horror movies, virtuoso's like Giger and the illustrators of 2000AD.
I started working freelance at 15, literally my first year of Photoshop practice - producing event flyers for Drum n Bass events in my area. My work was rubbish and I was getting paid peanuts, but it put me in good stead to learn people skills and the pressures of working to deadline.
Gallery Updates & Changes - Your ThoughtsGallery Updates & Changes - Your Thoughts2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Thank you shelldevil !
If you haven't already, please drop by Shells page and say thank you to her for all her hard work and efforts for the stock and resources gallery during her time as a volunteer!
Proposed Changes to the Stock & Resources Gallery Sub-Cats
Over the last several months we've been listening to you, and making a list of things you as stock providers submitting to the gallery, and artists searching for stock, would like to see changed or improved.
As you can imagine, this list is pretty big - given that the stock & Resources Gallery is also pretty big!
These changes and improvements include altering some of the sub category names to be more in line with the other DA galleries, moving sub-categories around to make their position in the gallery tree more logical, and disconti
Harassment: A Survival GuideIt's no secret that the members of deviantART are an opinionated bunch! For good or ill, there is always plenty to say about art that speaks to them. This is great, yet amidst those opinions you're bound to get reactions that are nothing more than word pollution or troll bait. How many of you have logged into deviantART and been faced with this problem?Harassment: A Survival Guide2 years ago in Personal Journal More Like This
We've all seen it, been a victim of it, or at least heard about it: Folk out in the digital world living for nothing more than the joy of ruffling peoples' feathers. Well not to worry dear reader, because I've compiled a survivor's guide on how to slay the beast of text pollution: le trolls!
Identify The Problem!
Being the level-headed fantastical artist that you are, when it comes to outrageous claims and aggravating comments regarding your work it seems like common sense for you to set the record straight and reply to these virtual text hoodlums. I
PE - S&R Keywords and your StockKeywords... what are they... how do they work, and why are they important?PE - S&R Keywords and your Stock2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What are they...
Keywords are descriptive words added to the information on your submitted deviation.
How do they work....
Keywords are essential when any DeviantART user looks for any kind of artwork, in any gallery using the search feature. Just like when you use an internet search engine like Google to research something. Whatever you type into a search engine, is a "keyword"
Why they are important....
The fundamental purpose for sharing stock and resources on DA (or anywhere else for that matter), is to enable other artists, to FIND and USE your work.
Artists search for stock using DA's integral search engine. Which ultimately runs off "keywords" So one of the most fundamental things you can do to aid the exposure of your stock, is to apply the right keywords to it when you submit it.
An artist looking for grey clouds with a sandy bea
PE S&R Contest Icarus Updates"On Delicate Wings"PE S&R Contest Icarus Updates2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Mourning for Icarus by H.J. Draper 1898
The Theme- ART:
We want you to recreate the story of Icarus, be that modern, or ancient using stock and resources available on DeviantART.
The Theme - STOCK:
We want you to recreate the story of Icarus, in stock form! Is your Icarus male or female? Are your wings made from feathers and wax or something more magical?
The Story: Icarus
Son of Daedalus who dared to fly too near the sun on wings of feathers and wax. Daedalus had been imprisoned by King Minos of Crete within the walls of his own invention, the Labyrinth. But the great craftsman's genius would not suffer captivity. He made two pairs of wings by adhering feathers to a wooden frame with wax. Giving one pair to his son, he cautioned him that flying too near the sun would cause the wax to melt. But Icarus became ecstatic with the ability to fly and forgot hi
Stock Provider Interviews - HelenaRothStock:iconHelenaRothStock: HelenaRothStock is the home of Helena. Shes based in the UK and has a strange habit of photographing shiny things for our pleasure! As a continuation of our Project Educate Stock & Resources week we sent her our short list of questions to answer.Stock Provider Interviews - HelenaRothStock2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What were your first artistic influences, and did they have a hand in the development of your resources?
Ah, this one i remember. In college, for my photography A-Level I was researching digital artists and came across Mika (Mary) Borsiss in a photography journal. She did wonderful fantasy manipulations, so I emailed her (not expecting a response) and a lovelier person you couldn't ask for. She explained all about how she creates her art. After that I was hooked on digital. 4 years later I went over to the resources provider dark side because of the frustration of not being able to find certain stock.
Whats one of the most rewarding aspects for you as a resource provi
Cyberbullying and Your DeviationsThe term "cyberbullying" was first coined and defined by Canadian educator and anti-bullying activist Bill Belsey, as "the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others."Cyberbullying and Your Deviations2 years ago in Personal More Like This
While the actions which make up cyberbullying can vary depending on who you are talking with or what website you are on at the time, as far as we here at deviantART are concerned the act of cyberbullying involves a range of behavior from hostile and aggressive communications, to threats, sexual remarks, hate speech, ganging up on victims by making them the subject of ridicule or humiliation.
The practice of cyberbullying is also not limited to children, when perpetrated by adults toward adults these same behaviors are sometimes referred to as cyberstalking or cyberharassment but regardless of what name you attach to it, cyberbullying has grown into an increasing problem since the behavior was first ident
Stock and Resources UpdatesLETS TALK ABOUT STOCK "REQUESTS"Stock and Resources Updates2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Every year we get excited, eager, passionate new stock providers entering our small but growing community, and every year these new stock models in particular get targeted by a small group of "requesters" Those of us who have been on the site for more than a few years recognise the types of "requests" I'm talking about and know to absolutely avoid them at all costs, but its something that I've seen more and more regularly over the last few months, and its definitely a concern.
There are standard "pose requests" that are NOT requested for the "artist" to work from. They are simply asking you to take photos of yourself in provocative poses so they can get off to your stock.
Firstly - please keep in mind that the images you are providing to artists are STOCK ART - they are first and foremost designed to provide artists with useable, useful references, either for traditional art, or digital art or whatever media they choose to create
PE Article: Tips and Advice 'Atmosphere'Give your Stock some intensity.PE Article: Tips and Advice 'Atmosphere'2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
By intensity i mean, playing with lighting and shadow to create a more intense stock portrait.
Using lighting is perfectly fine. Lighting of model stock adds a great reference for drawing/painting from.Also lighting adds atmosphere to an image and can really help to enhance the final result.
I took some mini portrait shots using a few (not all) types of lighting you could consider!
Having a few stock images/sets like this can really be useful and make your stock gallery more diverse.
Here the image contains natural light, nothing special. The advantage with natural light is that you get an image with true colours. Which can be great for skintone practice! The disadvantage is added noise and loss of quality, but with the right equipment you can get great results. I had my camera on the wrong settings for most of these so i apologise! but they are only to give you an i
The Stars of dAr - `Mirz123The Stars of dAr is a series where I interview one member of the deviantART Related (dAr) community each time, about personal and dA related matters. For today we have Mirz123! She creates fantasic stamps, sometimes fun and silly, but also often with an important and profound message, and always in her recognisable style. She's also an enthusiastic community member in many aspects, and can be found in many corners of the community. But enough about her from me - I'll hand the floor to Mirz herselfThe Stars of dAr - `Mirz1232 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Hi Mirz123, thanks for agreeing to be interviewed
- Please tell us something about yourself!
By day I'm a mom who works as a secretary. By night, I don a cape and create emoticons, stamps, and write Lit. Though, looking at my gallery stats, I'm most-known for my stamps.
- Some people may be reading this article
Stock Providers! We have been listening! <3Your concerns about the state of our gallery...Stock Providers! We have been listening! <32 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Are the things that concern us all, I hope with the updates and clarifications to our FAQ specific to stock and resources, plus an official reminder of the stock and resources policies here --->
Will help to refute the rumours going around that staff and volunteers don't care about the "non-stock" being posted in our gallery.
I am here to tell you with absolute certainty that we DO care A LOT!!!!! Getting things like this into action to start resolving some of the far reaching issues we face as an integral part of the wider DA community takes time, but still doesn't mean your concerns are being ignored.
We will be working very VERY VERY hard to make a significant impact on the huge amount of "celeb stock" and "renders" (that aren't actually renders ) and all the other "stuff" thats being submitted to stock and resources.
Its not going to get better over night.
Premade Backgrounds and Group Submission ChangesToday we’re going to address the “Circle of Stock.” Cue Disney’s “The Lion King” theme song and call me Mufasa. Just like in the circle of life, what we do affects another group, and returns to affect us again. We have a responsibility to the artists that use our stock to provide legitimate and safe stock resources. As an administrator for a few art groups as well as stock groups, I have seen what happens to the artists who use invalid stock resources. They have had their art declined, or had to replace stock elements through no fault of their own. This especially includes those who includes celebrity or otherwise copyrighted material, even if it was uploaded to the Resources and Stocks section of . It isn’t fair to the artists who use the “stock” and hurts the credibility of not only the stock provider who uploads it, but the stock community itself.Premade Backgrounds and Group Submission Changes2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Premade backgrounds have always seemed to be flo
So You Wanna be a Stocker?Welcome to the first "So You Wanna be a Stocker?" article!So You Wanna be a Stocker?2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I asked some of the biggest names in stock some typical questions that new stockers might have, in hopes that their answers will help stockers new and old learn a bit! I asked them different questions with some overlap in hopes of getting differing
Our interviewees today are faestock, Tasastock, and SenshiStock.
1. Is an expensive camera necessary?
Tasastock says, "No, but they are damned fun to play with! You can get a decent camera for a decent price nowadays that will shoot good quality images in the right conditions. Obviously they're not good for low-light or anything capturing movement, but if you handle them right you can make do with an ordinary camera, I've known plenty of people to do so."
SenshiStock says, "I don't know much about cameras, but the best photographs you can take are always going to be the ones that
Stock & Res Feb Updates & DD RoundupFebruary UpdatesStock & Res Feb Updates & DD Roundup2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
We are still gathering your feedback on the stock & resources gallery proposed changes here -
All feedback is read and appreciated so check the details out! The changes we make will directly affect your use of our gallery so your thoughts and feedback/suggestions are important to us!!
We've had a load of new team members added to the ranks this week, so go welcome them! We are hoping to have a new stock & resources CV very soon so stay tooned!!
We want to know about your stock & resources contests! Please send us your contest details via note so that we can feature them in our monthly roundups!!
February Daily Deviation Roundup
WE NEED YOUR DD SUGGESTIONS!!! Please don't forget, that there are currently only 2 of us, and a good million or so regular users of the stock & resources gallery!!! That means you guys get
PE Article: Tips and Advice 'Renders'The stock gallery is full of what is known as Renders You may be asking yourself just what a Render is.PE Article: Tips and Advice 'Renders'2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Under the Stock and Resources Category is the following description.
Resources & Stock>Stock Images>3D & Renders.
"Computer generated stock images"
In terms of the Stock and Resources gallery, directly refers to the "rendering" of 3d digital work with the use of a render engine. Below is a little more info!
From the prepared 3D scene,rendering is the final process of creating the actual 2D image. A great example of this process can be taking a photo or filming the scene after the setup is finished in real life. Several different, and often specialized, rendering methods have been developed. These range from the distinctly non-realistic wireframe rendering through polygon-based rendering, to more advanced techniques such as: scanline rendering, ray tracing, or radiosity. Rendering may take from fractions of a sec
Daily Deviations UpdateHappy Monday MorningDaily Deviations Update2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I started this morning by signing something "Moonbam13" so either this typo means I need more coffee, or this week is going to be BAMTASTIC!
I'm rooting for the latter
I wanted to post a quick update on changes to Daily Deviations. It is important to note that these changes have not been hard-coded so my team is manually following these new guidelines. This means that errors can and likely will occur until the coding is complete, your patience and understanding is appreciated
The following guideline changes are in effect:
The 3-month rule is now the 6-month rule, meaning that it must be at least 6-months since the last time an artist received a daily deviation. (This was an overwhelmingly popular suggestion from the community and I agree, it's a good one!)
Daily deviation selectors may only select one daily deviation per day maximum. This has been put in place to focus on Quality vs Quantity.