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The questions that I commonly get about me/the stock/life in general. If you have additional questions, just ask!
This was updated in April 2020

:bulletred:  What are stock/resources? How do I use them?
FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?

:bulletred:  What is SenshiStock?
SenshiStock is a deviantART account full of non nude pictures of people.  These pictures are here as a drawing and art creation resource. They can be used for anatomy help, pose reference, help with drawing perspective, and much more! You do not need to be a member of DeviantART to use SenshiStock but you are still required to follow the CC BY 3.0 license for use of the stock.

:bulletred:  Can I use your photos?
Yes, but please read the Rules. I promise, they are really easy to follow!

:bulletred:  What is the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License?
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License (CC BY 3.0) is a Creative Commons copyright license.  It means you can share (copy, distribute and transmit), modify and make commercial use of the work as long as you attribute the work with a credit back to this account.  There's a few more details, so check out that page.  It does not mean that the stock is not under copyright or that the stock does not belong to anyone.  This is frequently referred to as "Unrestricted Stock" but it still DOES have requirements for use. There is now a 4.0 license that allows international use. I have not officially adopted this license but I do allow international use for personal and commercial work as outlined in my rules. 

:bulletred:  So that means I can I post art I've made with your stock as a print/outside DA/on my web site/for a contest/in my portfolio/on a poster/in an art show/in my book/on a tee shirt/etc.?
Yes!  CC BY 3.0 includes a commercial license. Please include credit to SenshiStock with a URL to my DA page senshistock.deviantart.com if you've used the stock in a manipulation.  If you've used it for pose reference then credit is greatly appreciated, but not required.  I aren't required to show me the work for pose reference. You must show me the work when the photo is directly used. 

:bulletred:  Do you look at all the art made using your stock?
If you leave a thumbnail of the art in your comment, that's the best way to be sure I see it. I don't always have the time or ability to look through all linked art and I've stopped looking at all the DA notifications for mentions (sorry, there's just so many aaaah). Due to the Eclipse update, I can not longer easily collect art from my messages. Sorry to have to slow down on this practice. :( 

:bulletred:  Do you have [insert specific pose here]?
Sometimes I'm able to find something quickly because I know my gallery better than anyone, but I often cannot take the time to find a specific pose you need.  I will likely direct you to a folder or suggest a search, so it's best to start there if you haven't already.  The gallery folders are defined and explained here; they should help you narrow it down. There is also a search bar on the gallery tab that can be used to help find things (it says "Search Gallery" and it's white). DA search can be kinda hit or miss so you can also do a Google search with 'SenshiStock' and some keywords and that might find it, too. 

If you cannot find what you need in my gallery, I encourage you to try searching the Model section of Stock Images as there are many other stock providers on DA who may have what you need.  You can also check the providers I have listed in my POse Ref Stock & Resources You Need To Know list. Sometimes, it's also worth it to collect lots of references that are CLOSE to what you need but not exact. You can study those references to help you create the pose you want. For more help with that technique, check out this tutorial.

If you still cannot find what you need, feel free to leave me a message as a suggestion. See next bullet point.

:bulletred:  Do you take pose requests?
I take "suggestions."  If you have a suggestion just let me know in a note or comment and if I think it's something I can do, I will add them to the list linked from the main page.  There are no guarantees for pose suggestions. 

Some tips when suggesting poses: being specific is helpful. Saying, "do more action poses!" is not as helpful as, "Could you do a pose where it looks like you're leaping from one building to another with your hands as fists?" Also, I'm not familiar with every story that's out there, so asking me to do poses "like so-and-so character from this story" isn't as helpful as linking me to an example of that character's movements or typing out what kind of poses they do, i.e., 'crawling low to the ground on your toes with a knife in your hand.'

:bulletred:  Can you/will you do more of [this type of stock]?
See above. Also I have probably over 50GB of unposted images in archives so there's likely more coming. 

:bulletred:  I need a very specific pose like, RIGHT NOW. Can you help?
I have a studio set up in my house and I do take commissions. If you need a pose ASAP, message me and I might be able to help you out. Pose commissions are $5/pose and I take a few versions of it for you. Also, my Patrons get direct requests so if you think you might regularly need stuff, consider becoming a Patron.

:bulletred:  Can I use your stock to make pixel doll bases or blanks for others to use?
Yes you can!!  Exclusive bases, public bases, whatever you want!  When you post your base if you could ask people to show me their work on it I would love to collect it, but they are not required to credit or notify me (I just like to see the art!).

:bulletred:  Can I trace/draw over/grid reference your stock?
There's no restrictions on art creation methods while using my stock. You can make your art by any method you deem appropriate.

:bulletred:  Why do you have 'No Critique Desired' on all your deviations?  Don't you want helpful feedback?
Please visit Critique Not Desired. Yes, this applies to every image for every possibly reason. 

:bulletred:  Why are you wearing just a bodysuit?  Why AREN'T you wearing the bodysuit anymore?
This stock is intended mainly to be for reference when creating works from scratch.  It is important to me that as much of the form is made clear as is possible.  I chose a bodysuit hoping it would show contour well while remaining somewhat modest.  This allows the stock to be seen by deviants of all ages because no mature content marking is required.  In some later shoots, I've started wearing many other types of form fitting clothing. I usually grab whatever's clean and immediately available. 

:bulletred:  Will you do some with costumes? Will you do nude stock?
No.  There are tons of AMAZING stock artists on DA that work with stunning costumes or nude models.  As per my mission of providing pose reference to a wide audience, my goals with this account are not along those lines.  However, I will occasionally post "Surprise" stock which will deviate from my usual format.  None of the surprise stock will ever be nude.

:bulletred:  Will you put your hair down?
Like clothing, hair can cover up the contour of the neck and shoulders.  I try to keep it up and back. I might do a shoot someday with hair as a special theme.

:bulletred:  Can you do different lighting?
Probably not. I am working on trying to have even lighting that clearly shows all aspects of the form, though I'm still learning.  If you want different lighting, draw it and consider it a challenge, or seek additional resources for the work you want to make.  There are some shoots where I try harder than others with lighting - the quality of the stock is not going to be consistent, especially when I have guest photographers who actually know what they are doing, and some of my poses are from years and years ago. 

:bulletred:  Why are you wearing nylons in some pics but not in others?  Can you not wear nylons?  Can you wear nylons?
The older stock will always have nylons; the newer stock is likely mixed with and without them.  I wear them when I feel like it.

:bulletred:  Why are you wearing heels in some pics but not in others?  Can you not wear heels?  Can you wear different shoes?
I try to vary my footwear, but if you find a pose that is just what you need but the shoes are wrong, try to find another resource that can help you figure it out how the feet should look.

:bulletred:  Who are all the people? / Which one is you?
Me, SarahForde, is the main person in the gallery and I run the account. I'm the main and most common model; I have lots of moles and freckles.  Sailor Meguin (meguin) and Sailor Hedor are my friends from college who are also big Sailor Moon fans.  Tuxedo AJ was Meguin's boyfriend, but they are just friends now. Tuxedo Jay (not on DA) is a good friend of mine. Tuxedo Dan and Sailor Epona (not on DA) are two of my best friends. Tuxedo Dan's images are no longer available on SenshiStock because the rights to distribute them have been revoked; sorry for the inconvenience! Moonlight Dan (not to be confused with Tuxedo Dan) is kidchrome, my brother in law and an awesome painter. I have done a few collab shoots with Sinned-angel-stock, she is the girl with the paw print tattoos on her leg. In Nov 2012, I did a collab shoot with jademacalla. These images will be noticeably better in quality than my own because he's so fantastically talented. ;D  Some of the photos from my Kickstarter book project will occasionally appear. Moonlight Dan and Tuxedo AJ returned for this shoot with four new models: JesJes (a friend from high school), Queen Kat (professional model), Prince Karl (professional model), and Princess Linnie (professional model). Princess Rowena is a mommy friend of mine. The male model with the huge chest tattoo is Tuxedo Dave, another friend from high school, and the tall guy in the all white shirt and shorts is my good friend Pat. Harley Mask is the big buff guy, he's a friend. Princess Tim is my cousin. King Chaos is the playground ninja in jeans who appears for some clothed stuff. QTZephyr did a shoot with me in some tan leggings and a white tank top. My new martial arts models are Prince Avery (taller) and Prince Garreth. Sailor SA is @studio-adhd. Princess AP is (believe it or not) an old Sailor Moon message board friend (hehehe). Prince Tico is my Latino model. Princess Starlight and Prince Nova are my trans model (Starlight is very tol, Nova is smol). Phew - I think that's everyone so far! 

:bulletred:  Why are some of your images no longer in the gallery? What if I still have those images saved on my computer?
I know that it's annoying to see images are gone from the gallery, but some images have been removed because the models have rescinded their rights to distribution. I have to respect the wishes of the models and no longer make those stock images available in the account. If you have stored images saved on your computer, you can still use them for pose reference but do not use them for any art in which the photographic representation of that person is actually in the artwork (photo manipulations, etc.). Doing so would be a violation of that model's rights and could result in legal trouble for you and me. This is a problem due to not getting model release forms early on in the creation of this account. All models now have releases and this should not occur again in the future as the rights for the images belong to me. 

:bulletred:  Will you watch me?  Will you be my friend?
Sure, I will be your friend.  :D  But sorry, I only watch select stock providers and clubs or groups to which I belong. 

:bulletred:  Has anyone told you that you look kind of like Carrie Fisher?
Yes, and thank you. I miss space mom. 

:bulletred:  Is there any other way to access SenshiStock other than through DA?
Yes! You can support me on Patreon and receive some great stock early access incentives. I sell two $20 USB drives that have tons of stock on them so you can access it from any computer.  Many of the files are unreleased!  Get all the details about those and order them here.  Much of the newest stock will be available on SenshiStock.com before it becomes available here on DA. Check that site for regular updates, and access my web sketch app, SenshiStock Sketch for randomly rotated, timed practice. You can also sign up for my email newsletter

I have print books available, too. You can get those here.

:bulletred:  Who are the kitties!? MOAR KITTIES!
There are three kitties that appear in the stock photos.  The older images have lots of pictures of Java.  Java was a calico tiger my husband and I adopted from downtown when we lived in our old apartment.  She was a street cat and she had a lot of health issues. We gave her a loving home until she was 3.  At that time, she was diagnosed with FIP (feline infectious peritonitis) and she ran to the rainbow bridge. 

The other two kitties are the cute little Pekoe and my big handsome Earl Grey.  They are the best of friends when they aren't chewing each others faces.  They aren't as diva as Java was, but they do occasionally appear in photos, usually curiously pawing at or sniffing something. 

:bulletred:  How tall are you? How much do you weigh?
I am 5' 3 and 3/4" (162cm) without my heels on.  I weighed around 120lbs (54kg) pre-pregnancy (before 2014).  Full term pregnancy (July 2014) weight was around 160lbs (73kg). Post pregnancy (after July 2014) I am about 135lb (61kg).

:bulletred: This is the best thing that's ever happened to me! Where have you been all my life?! Where can I find more stock like this?
I'm so happy the stock is helpful to you! I have collected a list of other places on DA where you can find pose reference type stock. The list includes a note for when the stock is nude in case you'd like to avoid nudity. Happy drawing!

:bulletred: Is that a tattoo on your chest?
Yes! I got a tattoo in January 2012. You can see a full view of it here. It is the Ginzuishou, or 'Silver Crystal', from Sailormoon.  I added onto it in 2018 and 2019 so photos taken later will show more work done.


:bulletred: Why are there black bands around your wrists and ankles in some of the photos?
I started using the black bands around the limbs after :devjrunesael: suggested it as a helpful way to show perspective on poses that had foreshortening. I've also added lines to the bodysuits to help with that, however in many of my recent shoots I have switched to a two piece outfit which has no lines.  The cross contour of the bust and waist line can also be useful.
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afke11Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Re: Who are all the people?
You missed Princess AP I think! 
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
ahhh ty! There's so many now I will add her
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renslo689Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would be cool if you used your hair in some poses like jumping and falling, action etc, to show the movement of hair and how it flows. You do some amazing stuff here. 
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
Ty! yeah I have done some of this before when my hair was a little longer. It's super short now so I'm able to let it be free and catch some movement without worrying too much about obscuring anything. I planned at some point to do a dynamic hair pack with like a fan blowing it around, but that will have to wait now til it's long again hehehe 
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renslo689Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah a dynamic hair pack would be cool, maybe you could just get a wig and do a shoot with different poses with the hair in motion?
I have been following you for a few years. I haven't actually used any references though, but you do a great job and I'm sure you help a lot of artist on here.
Keep up the great work 
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
:highfive: 
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I was wondering if your group has ever considered a "Sentai/Power ranger" pose set?
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
We did some 4 model poses in the big Kickstarter group shoot a few summers ago so there will be some stuff like that eventually :D
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Hello! I love your work, it has been very helpful for me to understand the basics of posing in 3D animation. I'm not sure if anyone's asked before but have you ever considered a website or a YouTube channel where you upload videos of reference movement? Ranging from someone casually walking or sitting up from a chair etc. It would really help a lot of novice animators such as myself and many others. Keep up the good work! <3
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Yes! I have! I have a Patreon that I have been building up for few years and one of the goals is to start doing videos. I think I might have permission to submit videos to DA?
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What do you mean by "follow the CC BY 3.0 license for use of the stock."? I'm following you, do I need to follow someone else or get a different membership? 
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
That's the creative commons license, basically if you use my poses in your art please show me. If you use my photos directly in anything, please credit me and show me.

For more info: www.deviantart.com/senshistock…
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NIGHTSANDSONICHobbyist General Artist
I don’t know if anyone has ever asked you this but can I use some of these poses for commission art as long as you get credit for the pose?
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
Absolutely! Credit is optional but I do like to be shown the art
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NIGHTSANDSONICHobbyist General Artist
Just wanted to make sure ^^
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:highfive:
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NIGHTSANDSONICHobbyist General Artist
Your stock photos are amazing ^^
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:hug:
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NIGHTSANDSONICHobbyist General Artist
^^
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NutellaMisty23Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is it okay to reference the pose but make a few changes?
(Basically, I’m asking if it’s okay to not heavily reference it)
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
Totally!
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artJMOBHobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been looking at your super stock kickstarter previews, and I'm very curious about where you shoot. Did you rent a gym or something? I'm jealous of all that space!
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SenshiStockHobbyist Photographer
Right?! There were mirrors, too. It was a dance studio we rented :D
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Your stock is the best!
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