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Journal Entry: Thu Nov 4, 2010, 5:46 AM

Frequently Asked Questions


The questions that I commonly get about me/the stock/life in general. If you have additional questions, just ask!
This was updated in January 2018

: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.  Always show me your art!  If you make something like a tee shirt, CD cover, print, comic, or another tangible item, I'd love to have one! :D

: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. It is possible that I will do a commissioned shoot in the future. If and when I do, that information will be posted in a status or journal update and promoted on social media. 

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 2,000 unposted images in archives so there's likely more coming. 

: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 opted for a two piece shorts/sports bra combo. This was done in order to give people more stomach references. I will likely rotate outfits based on the type of shoot I'm doing (for example, it's much easier to move around and do action type stuff in the shorts, but I might do more simple, standing still poses in the bodysuit or two piece underwear and bra).

: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.

: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 like heels and many of the characters that I draw wear heels. I do 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, SarahsPlushNStuff, 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. 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 am hoping to get it expanded in the future.

: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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:iconartjmob:
artJMOB Featured By Owner May 22, 2018  Hobbyist 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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SenshiStock Featured By Owner May 22, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Right?! There were mirrors, too. It was a dance studio we rented :D
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HeartStorm4ever Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Your stock is the best!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:!
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HeartStorm4ever Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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J4B Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am always glad I found this site.
Even though I rarely use the pictures, I am still glad it exists.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: 
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PenKiller Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
In my opinion, you should DEFINITELY do a 'hair' series. 
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm growing it out right now 😀
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Habbit-Rabbit Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018   General Artist
Do you draw any of your own poses? Or are just a regular god-sent provider.
I love your diversity.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha oh yes this all started because I needed references. :'D most of my art is on SarahsPlushNStuff
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Habbit-Rabbit Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018   General Artist
Oh my goodness, these are so cute!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! XD
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KrisseyMage Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Just want to take a moment and thank you for all that you do! If I'm stuck in a bind on pose drawing, your site is always the first I pull up :heart:
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive: glad to hear it's helpful!
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JohnRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018   General Artist
This is very helpful. Thank you.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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TiramiQ Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Student General Artist
I wanna be clear because I tend to misunderstand stuff, but is it okay to use your stuff as pose references for commissions and paid work?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
totally fine!!
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TiramiQ Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Student General Artist
wicked ;)
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
:party: 
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curiousdoodler Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question about posting on Tumblr. I want to weekly rundowns of Draw Everything June on my tumblr, but I'm new to this Tumblr noise and I don't know the etiquette yet. I'd like to post my drawings and the stock photo side by side, but this would involve uploading your raw photo which feels ookie to me. If I link to your DA in the comments is that alright? Or can I only post the drawing?  
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes please include the pose! A link back to the challenge is perfect!
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Roberto3673 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017
I do nothing but photomanips and some of your stock would be perfect for me to use. I have never posted anything anywhere, but I may start posting on DA. I have read your rules and FAQs and haven't seen anything on content or what would be considered violent/offensive. Most of my work is "crime scene" related (some blood), so I want to know if that is acceptable to you.  
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not a huge fan of gore but I don't have any rules against it. With manips, the credit and link back to this account is required. Also, I do want to see the art but would appreciate a heads up if it's bloody/gory. :)
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Roberto3673 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017
I don't like gore, either. If I sent you an example, would it show up on DA?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You can upload something to your Sta.sh and send me a link? :D
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Roberto3673 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017
I'm so new to DA, except for browsing, I don't have a clue about Sta.sh. If you are familiar with Skomoroch on DA, his work is an example of what I do. I just add a person as the "bad guy".
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Gotcha, seems fine if you find my stuff useful :)
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Roberto3673 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017
Thank you. IF I decide to post anything, please let me know if you disapprove and it will be history. I do find your page interesting. I used to do figure drawing years ago (before the Internet) and a page like yours would surely have beaten books by Andrew Loomis.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
good books still ;D
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PsychicTracer Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i've read through your stuff, but i just want to ask just in case! i want to use a few of your stocks for a game i'm making, but i don't have a way to actually credit you IN the game, but I can link it to a page with all of the stock credits I use. is that a thing I can do, or is that too great of a stretch? omg im sorry !!!!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah especially if it's just pose reference. credit for pose ref is appreciated but not required. If the actual photos are used then a link to a credits page is totally fine.

Would love to see the art assets :D
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PsychicTracer Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahhh okay ! thank you sooo much!!!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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Burntwater18 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Student General Artist
i've read through both the rules and the faq of your lovely page, however, i'm just looking for some clarification; if i were to use one of your poses as a reference to a drawing, granted that i credit you, would i be allowed to sell that artwork?
sorry- it's probably written somewhere and i'm just being one of 'those' people, but i can't seem to find it - although, it is 2 in the morning, that might be why.
thank you in advance; and i adore all of your stocks and have been meaning to use them for months now :)
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep, there's no restriction for the sale of art made from my stock as a pose reference. It's a creative commons license that allows commercial use. Thanks for asking for clarification! :)
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Burntwater18 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Student General Artist
thank you for responding so quickly! it's great to see that, even with such a large account, you're still able to keep up with, and respond to, messages, probably an odd thing for me to say; but congratulations!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
haha well I try. :heart: thanks! Glad to help
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Piyper Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Student General Artist
I used some of your stock poses as references for a recent piece I did, but I made sure to Credit you in the comments through Tagging, is this still appropriate?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Yup, I'll get the tag and check it out the next time I go through messages! :D
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Piyper Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Student General Artist
Okay I just wanted to make sure I wasn't misusing your stocks!
Keep it up!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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MorbidDinosaur Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016
I'm sorry if someone has asked this before, but there are packs that have a sample or preview on deviant art (like the big little pack) that I would like to purchase, but cannot find here or on your website, if I buy the flash drives will they be on there? If not where can I buy them?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi! Sorry, I know it's a little confusing. Hopefully I can explain. :D

The USB drives were things I did before I made the web site. Drives 1.0 and 2.0 have Shoots 1-26 and Shoots 27-37, respectively. There was a small gap then I started doing pack sales on SenshiStock.com and shortly after, I opened my Patreon. So the USB drives are like 'the archives' of all the stock before I started selling packs.

I put a new pack up on SenshiStock.com every ~6 weeks. The packs that come down all go into a folder and then I start submitting them to DA (usually starting the following calendar year). Images from the Little Big Pack, for example, will start showing up in the gallery in 2017. The purchase of the pack just gives people advanced and themed access to the images, but those images aren't available anymore when the pack expires until they are released individually.

I do also usually do a sale pack at the end of the year where people can pick up all the packs from the year at a discount. Keep an eye out for that in November as that's typically the REALLY last chance to grab anything from the year before having to wait for it to trickle out one at a time.

I hope that explains it, but please let me know if you have any questions and I will definitely help! :D
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4lex4dventures Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
If I use your stock for a drawing or painting, could I submit it for college portfolios, art competitions/juried shows, or AP Exams (national portfolio review for high school students to prove proficiency and get college credit)? I just wanted to check because you have excellent stock but I'm terrified of plagiarizing! >_< 
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
yes my stock can be used as reference for basically anything and everything. I like to see the art. :)
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jdmclane Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Professional Artist
I love your stuff! If I create an art piece with your stock and make a print to sell how can I attribute it when there is no place to attribute on the print?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
It's okay if it's pose reference, please just show me the art. Credit if you post online would be cool but it's still optional. Thanks! :D
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jdmclane Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Professional Artist
Gotcha! I do photomanipulation so I would actually use the photo as the base image then add/subtract things accordingly. I just want to make sure I'm doing it right.
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