PE S&R Sourcing Your ResourcesSourcing Your Resources
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 S&R Gallery Guides - MiscatsMiscatsPE S&R Gallery Guides - Miscats1 year ago in Resources 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.
Project Educate Stock & Resources DD CriteriaStock & Resources Daily Deviations. What We look for, and what you should look for as well!Project Educate Stock & Resources DD Criteria1 year ago in Resources More Like This
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
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 Clarification10 months ago in Help & FAQ 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
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'1 year ago in Resources 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
PE S&R This to That #3THIS ... TO THAT Edition 3PE S&R This to That #31 year ago in Resources 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.
...and a chance to pimp my own stock a little
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.1 year ago in Resources 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!
Of Copyright + PremadesOf Copyright + Premades1 year ago in Editorials More Like This
Disclaimer: I'm no lawyer, I do not work for deviantArt, I'm merely someone who has been doing photomanips for quite a while and has taken the time to read quite a few articles on the topic. The views expressed hereunder are mine alone. They do not reflect any "official dA opinion" nor are they to be taken as "legal advice". Furthermore, you may live in a country that hasn't signed any of the treaties that govern international copyright law, so you'd have to check with your country's national laws.
I strongly urge you to not only read the journal, but also the comments underneath it as there are a lot more examples of what you can and can't do as well as more links to information being shared by your fellow deviants!
What is Copyright?
I'll paraphrase/quote the wikipedia article on the topic for this:
"Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclus
Why credit and notify?Hi all,Why credit and notify?1 year ago in Editorials 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
Stock Providers! We have been listening! <3Your concerns about the state of our gallery...Stock Providers! We have been listening! <310 months ago in Resources 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.
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 Stock1 year ago in Resources 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 Updates1 year ago in Resources 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
PE Article: Tips and Advice 'Atmosphere'Give your Stock some intensity.PE Article: Tips and Advice 'Atmosphere'1 year ago in Resources 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
Project Educate: Stock & Resources, Final WordThank You.Project Educate: Stock & Resources, Final Word1 year ago in Resources More Like This
Thanks for being part of an amazing week everyone! We appreciate all the support and love we’ve received from our articles.
Our mission was to ‘re-educate’ on some issues and to serve a reminder to folks about guidelines that need to be followed! Hopefully you guys now have a clearer understanding of the issues mentioned.
Let’s hope so anyway!
We also hope you enjoyed our interviews with some amazing artists and stockers! we had fun doing those!
We wrote a few special articles because Project Educate allows us to get even closer with you guys and reach a wider audience. The Potential Article was to show you guys what’s so great about stock! and to help open your mind and raise awareness of what stock is really about and why stock is essential to so many artists. We also highlighted other essential topics like, atmosphere and lighting, adequately crediting your resources, keywords, categories, and miscats.
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 Changes9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Premade backgrounds have always seemed to be flo
Resources Gallery Makeover (REMINDER)So all those sub cats...Resources Gallery Makeover (REMINDER)2 months ago in Resources More Like This
Its no secret that the stock and resources gallery is HUGE. On a scale thats intimidating, complicated and a bit like a bottomless pit of sub, sub, sub, sub, sub cats.
Last year we were very lucky to have a bit of a makeover job in Resources/Fonts and Resources/Stock, however, we are looking with "new deviant's eyes" (Yes, we kidnapped new deviants and stole their eyeballs) to look at our gallery long and hard. HARD.
You can read more about whats going on with this huge project here - http://fav.me/d5xccty
What we'd love to get from you guys
Feedback and suggestions!
Do you know of sub cats that are completely obsolete that we could tidy up and get rid of?
Are there dark alleyways hidden in the maze of resources sub cats that need a light shining on them?
Can some categories be merged, or renamed to make them more logical/useful to todays deviant community?
Stock and Resources UpdatesLETS TALK ABOUT STOCK "REQUESTS"Stock and Resources Updates9 months ago in Resources 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
Photography Troubleshooting: NoiseThis series of articles aims to answer the questions of Photographers on deviantART who have burning issues with their cameras. Have an issue? Leave a comment at the end of the article and we'll do our best to help you figure out the answer. Additionally if you have information that could help someone out - let us know!Photography Troubleshooting: Noise1 year ago in Personal More Like This
"I would love to figure out how to reduce the noise on my camera.
I'd love to drop kick it off of a very high cliff, but then I wouldn't
have a camera at all. It may just be because the camera is a POS
"Noise is a characteristic that can be mitigated with numerous techniques.
Noise is all about how much light a camera can capture above its inherent noise floor (the natural noise that the sensor and electronics will always make regardless of what you do), the more 'signal' there is above the noise floor, the less visible the noise will be.
Based on the EXIF information on your imag
PE Interview: Stocker, Lusete!:iconLusete: =lusete Lu is the lady behind the camera, the model in front of, and the mother of 2 beautiful daughters whom she has roped into modelling for her stock. We are assured there was no bribery involved, but we still aren't convinced! As a continuation of our Project Educate Stock & Resources week we sent her our short list of questions to answer.PE Interview: Stocker, Lusete!1 year ago in Resources More Like This
What were your first artistic influences, and did they have a hand in the development of your resources?
I joined DeviantArt many years ago and was immediately taken by the photomanipulations. So many amazing works. I started doing some myself and I realised how hard was to find a specific pose or even good objects etc. This is when I took the decision to take my own stock photography. I studied photography at university so grabbing a camera and starting to shoot was not hard, although I was seriously rusty and needed to polish my capturing skills. Thankfully I have 2 daughters that are more than happy to model
Resource Credit Guidelines:iconRealm-of-Fantasy:Resource Credit Guidelines2 years ago in Personal More Like This
PLEASE READ GUIDELINES THOROUGHLY
Attention please also read: Submission Guidelines & Fantasy Criteria
Stocks and Resources
Stocks and resources is artwork created by an artist with the intent to share them with others to use in the creation of their artwork.
These resources include things such as but not limited to:
Stock Photos, Clip Art, Pre-made Backgrounds, Application Resources, Brushes, Presets, etc.
We have a list of Credit Guidelines here at #Realm-of-Fantasy
This is to protect all artists involved.
We do not condone Copyright Infringement, and will do our best to protect artists and their artwork from any such actions.
We also want all Stock and Resources artists to receive credit were credit is due for all of their hard work.
If it is found that there is a blatan
Stock Provider Interviews - AustriaAngloAlliance:iconAustriaAngloAlliance: *AustriaAngloAlliance is the brainchild of stock producers ~Burtn - Bernhard & *EveLivesey - Eve Making this one exciting stock account to have on your watch list! To continue our Project Educate Stock & Resources week we sent them our list of questions.Stock Provider Interviews - AustriaAngloAlliance1 year ago in Resources More Like This
What were your first artistic influences, and did they have a hand in the development of your resources?
Bernhard - It was the love for Mother Nature my parents taught me since I was a little child. With an old Olympus OM2 I got the tool to capture it, maybe 20 years ago.
Eve - My Dad and my husband - both great photographers - my husband lent me his brand new camera on a trip to the Rockies in May 2006 so I could 'have a go' at taking some photos.
Whats one of the most rewarding aspects for you as a resource provider?
Bernhard - My pictures were not made as stock-images, they are my favourite photos and the best I can do. As I
So You Wanna be a Stocker?Welcome to the first "So You Wanna be a Stocker?" article!So You Wanna be a Stocker?7 months ago in Interviews 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
How to Stock 1- Setting up a Shooting AreaWelcome to "How to Stock," a new short series of articles on how to do some stock basics. We'll ask the big names in stock for their tips and opinions on how to get the best out of your stock shoot!How to Stock 1- Setting up a Shooting Area2 months ago in Interviews More Like This
For the first article, I asked `faestock, *Tasastock, and =kirilee all about how to set up a shooting area. Let's see what wisdom they have for us!
What are the best kind of lights? How many should I have? What kind of bulbs give the best light?
:iconfaestock: Faestock says:
If you have access to studio lighting then I prefer to use a large Elenchrom soft box. The soft box provides a soft flattering light for most subjects. A direct flash can be harsh, using some kind of filter, like a beauty dish, grate or soft box is better. I would also suggest rigging the stand with wheels so it is easily adjustable, as one inch to the left can make all the difference when you
Project Educate: The Typography GalleriesProject Educate: The Typography GalleriesProject Educate: The Typography Galleries1 year ago in Editorials More Like This
A brief introduction to the Typography galleries that can be found on deviantART.
(All gallery names are linked, so you can click and browse)
I know, the galleries can be pretty confusing! You can submit Typography to both digital and traditional galleries. Of course, this depends on how you created the work. If you scan a piece, it does not automatically make it digital. And if you draw a part of it, but add elements on a computer to it, it is no longer traditional (Technically it would be Mixed Media, but everything with a typographic content is Typography. Mixed Media however, if it implied use of a graphic program to add to the work, is ALWAYS Digital Art.)
Enough of the boring stuff, here are the galleries
Traditional Art > Typography*
As the name su
Project Educate: About TypefacesProject Educate: About TypefacesProject Educate: About Typefaces1 year ago in Editorials More Like This
Today I would like to introduce the world of Typeface Classification. Since the beginning of Typeface Design, there have evolved many different types of fonts, which can be sorted according to certain rules. I want to give you a short breakdown of the most famous categories and introduce some terminology as well.
The most wide spread system is the Vox-ATypI classification. This system was started in 1957 and finalised under this name in 1967. It is probably not a perfect system, as it was out for ciriticism quite a lot. Especially for people that are not very familiar with the terminology or history of Typefaces, this system proves to be hard to understand and confusing.
A second is the Thibaudeau classif