With a little bit of apprehension I am reopening my account. I still don't feel terribly confident about the state of Deviant Art, especially it's design and stock sections, which are the only two areas where I really post deviations. However, since this is actually one of my longest running accounts on the internet at 8 years (I just changed my name, not that I think anyone kept track of it anyway) I don't want to give up on it.
To that end I'll upload some of the new design work I've been doing lately, as I've really switched my focus away from photomanipulation to vector art in the last year.
Of more interest to anyone who may be reading
I just wanted to write a brief note on content, stock illustration and its proper use in professional design. It's unfortunate to me that some people find it necessary to attempt to pick apart your work or find flaws in it, but to that end it's very important that you know what you're doing and read the terms of service very carefully.
For example, to use stock images or illustrations for demonstration and compositional purposes is perfectly acceptable. You pay for the limited usage of those images and illustrations to use as place holders for actual custom artwork - for introductory presentations to potential clients, for example. When used