FAQ ABOUT MY STOCK/ARTWORK
OK, because I've been getting increasing amounts of questions about my stuff I've put together a FAQ. Hopefully it will prove useful Thanks for reading.
1 Q) Can I use your stock in a picture to be posted on Deviantart?A) YES! Anything that has "this is stock" in the description can be used inside of Deviantart by Deviantart members.
2 Q) Whats with the "active members of DA only" thing?A) With increasing frequency I have been getting requests from people who notice my stock on the internet and want to use it, who will then create an account on DA before noting me to ask if they can use it off the site. I DO check accounts you know. Empty/blank accounts immediately warn me off giving permission, firstly because my licensing gives permission for my stock to be used ONLY on DA unless you ask for specific permission (with links) after you have posted the work on DA, and secondly without an active membership on DA I have no way of keeping in contact with the users who utilise my stock in their work. (See FAQ below for further details)
3 Q) Can I use your stock on my personal site/blog/space etc?A) For artwork/manipulations that contain my stock and that have been posted to DA with credit, and a link sent to me so I can see it, yes you can then post that work on your own websites. I do require credit on those websites, and they are to be in a gallery NOT used as part of your websites overall layout/design. If you are posting to facebook you can tag me in your art, I am listed as Elandria Broughton-Sheard.
People who take unmanipulated stock and repost in their own sites/blogs/spaces (INCLUDING PHOTOBUCKET/IMAGESHACK/PINTEREST/TUMBLR/FLICKR ET AL) etc are effectively redistributing my work without permission and when caught will be made to remove the stolen pictures immediately.
4 Q) Can I use your stock/artwork to make signature tags, web sets, tubes etc for my club/blog/space etc?A) NO. Not under ANY circumstances do I allow either my stock(manipulated or unmanipulated) or my artwork to be used in this manner at all. Anybody found using my stock/artwork outside of Deviantart in this manner will be told to remove the stolen art effective immediately, my artwork is NOT public domain, and my licence of use regarding my stock applies to deviantart members only.
5 Q) I'm an art student and really really really want to use your stock for my coursework with the results being displayed in my portfolio, in an end of year gallery display, on my personal website, on DA etc etc etc, please can you give me permission?Yes by all means you may use my stock, so long as you are an ACTIVE member of DeviantART (please see FAQ above for details) I still require you to post the work on DA with standard credits and the same in any other locations where the work is displayed. Please note me if you require an official model release for your coursework references etc.
6 Q) OMG You look just like my RP character/book character!! I want to use your stock for my characters pic on my RPG forum/blog/website/book, can I please oh please oh please!!!!?A) NO NO NO Not now not ever. I'm sorry. I believe that characters are very very personal things, and whilst it is extremely flattering that you want me to be the embodiment of your virtual character, I don't want to turn up in a new RP/book and see another character with my face. Its disturbing. No means no.
7 Q) Do you do stock requests?A) No, as of Jan 2013 I do not take requests due to time, financial and home life constraints.
8 Q) Can you make this ... dress with this ... background?A) No. As above I do not take requests - especially ones that might cost a fortune to produce and shoot.
9 Q) Why don't you provide nude stock?A) There are plenty of other very very good stock providers on DA who do nude stock. They will and remain better than me in that respect, its just not something I am interested in.
10 Q) Can I use your stock as pose/fabric references?A) YES! by all means, if using my stock helps then go right ahead! Please remember though I still ask that you credit the reference and send me a link to your artwork!
11 Q) I have used your stock as "reference" for my traditional/digital artwork and want to post it up on a different ART website to get crit etc, can I?A) Yes, so long as long as credit is given and the work is already posted to DA and notification is sent to me.
12 Q) I've made this ... manipulation with your stock, can I please have permission to make it into a print?A) Yes you can
I hereby grant all DeviantArtists permission to use my stock in any and all Deviant Prints without restriction.
13 Q) I'm a dark artist and I want to cover you in blood and gore and icky stuff with knives.... is this ok?A) Yes you can. lol whatever floats your boat basically... so long as you also remember that I have feelings, and that my mother frequents my faves gallery.. please try not to give her nightmares! (Or me for that matter!) I also apologize in advance... dark art isn't my natural territory so if I only leave dumb ass comments that don't really make sense please don't take offense! Please, however, don't use my stock for racial/hate/porn style work. That's a big no-no and is not ever acceptable to me or to DeviantArt.
14 Q) Why are you completely paranoid about what happens to your stock?A) ... because I CARE about what happens to my stock.. its my face in these photos and the faces of my models. I work incredibly hard to provide good quality usable stock, surely manippers and other users can appreciate that and work just as hard on the artwork they create with it? I'm proud of what I've accomplished, and asking permission/letting me know you've used it takes seconds... and also gives me warm fuzzies. There is a general consensus that stock providers should be "grateful" that our stock is being used... that's bollocks quite frankly. I provide stock because I'm nice because I want to give something to the community, but I don't have to... its not a given that I have to provide any stock at all, so please don't presume that you can take it and do what the hell you want with it. A little bit of thought, respect and consideration works wonders...
15 Q) I want to use some of your stock, but the size/resolution is too low, do you have bigger versions?A) Yes, many are already available in my scraps section, and if not, please note me with the title of the one you need larger and I will try and find the original in my archives - please remember my archives now span over 13 years - it could take a little time.
16 Q) You have lots of poses that seem to be the same, do you provide any "action" stock?A) Not having been trained in any way shape or form I am on a learning curve. Its also very hard to prance around in a dress that has over 15 yards of material to it lol. This is something I am working on though and hopefully there will be an improvement.
17 Q) Do you do "couple" stock?A) Nope.
18 Q) As much as I love your stock, I need stuff for background work, do you have any shots without you in them?A) Yes I do you can find them located in my Restricted locations stock folder and my UNrestrricted stock folder. You're welcome.
19 Q) I have a ball/fete/wedding/fayre to go to and want you to make me a costume...A) Unfortunately there are not enough hours in the day for me to accept costume/dress commissions, as flattering as it is that you think my costumes are good enough.
20 Q) I want to make my own costumes, how do you make yours, are there any patterns/tips you can give me?
A) Best thing to do is note me with more detail on what you want to make, but I'm more than happy to pass on links and info and tips to interested members.
21 Q) OK this is all very interesting but what EXACTLY are your rules for using stock?You can find a complete journal on my rules here
22 Q) I have a burning need to have a question answered that isn't on this list, how can I get the answer?A) Its called a note or a comment lol, and anything thats valid will be added here.
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