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Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What do you enjoy doing?



// Ah, the introduction question :) Well I live in Germany and work as stone mason / sculptor (tombstones). I enjoy listening to music, reading a nice book, programming and simply being creative. But what I enjoy most is writing (prose). I think everyone needs a big passion in life. I'm glad I found mine :)


How long have you been a member of deviantART, and what first interested you about the site?



// I had to check my account for that question. It says: "Deviant since Mar 10, 2005". That is a long time. I came here for manips. It's that simple :lol: I discovered that kind of art around 2003/2004. I came to DA via twistedrealmz, phirebrush, breed and other art collectives I discovered back then. And after being a long time only viewer I decided to register here showing my first steps in creating manips too (but I quit, so don't search for them at my account :giggle:)


What could you tell us about yourself that others might not expect about you?



// I got my first tattoo in the living room of a buddy while listening to bob marley. That buddy got the tattoo machine about 2 weeks earlier and needed some skin to practice on. I'm not sure if this is an answer you didn't expect. ^^


Do you participate in any of the other deviantART galleries? If so, what do you create?



// I'm not that "active" outside of stocks & resources :) But to answer your question: I did some CD-covers for a friend of mine and the cover for a self released novel. It's not enough for an art-account that's why I have a tiny non-stock-folder in my gallery.


What inspired you to become a stock provider?



// After I tried to do manips myself I had quite a lot of own stocks so I thought it won't be the worst idea to offer them. Maybe the reason was a part of the overall feeling inside the stock community here which is really positive and friendly. The other part was the thought: Stockers and their work are like fairies in the background, the paint on the canvas of the digital artists. They got the skills - we got the stocks. Something like that and in between :)


Where is the most interesting place that you've been to take stock photos?



// That's the hardest question of all. But having a weakness for dystopian art I'd say a small abandoned hotel. To see how nature takes back what belongs to it is very fascinating.


Have you ever had a crazy experience while photographic stock?



// It's not that crazy. A few years ago I was on a cemetery searching for sculptures to shoot. There was a squirrel following me all the time. So I put the camera on the ground using self-timer and threw a little stone in front of it (I had no food). The squirrel thought it is something to eat and run in front of the camera but then it was more interested in the camera itself and all I got was a blurry image of a squirrel looking into the lens :)


What are you working on at the moment?



// What consumes most of my spare time at the moment (about 80%) is a novel I'm working on (yes, the passion!). Besides that I'm preparing stock packs out of the shots I did during my last vacation. I also like to do some carving but unfortunately there is no time left ...


What advice would you give to artists that are just starting out as a stock provider?



// Produce stocks you might use yourself and/or which inspire you when looking at. In my opinion this is a good indicator of quality. Shoot what you like but don't forget the classics - there is always place for a nice rusty texture :lol:


Show us some of your favorite stock images from your gallery:



// I thought about it. Which number is okay and which is just outrageous? I'll take 3 so everyone can check out my gallery to see if my fav is their fav :lol:


297 - colors on the edge pack by duesterheit

292 - end of it all pack by duesterheit  286 - x-ray pack by duesterheit



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Stock & Resources


What you need to know about Pre-Cut Images:




Pre-cut images can be a very handy resource for artists looking to save some time on the extraction process of stock.  These images are isolated from their primary background in a .png or .psd format. These resources should be well extracted with a clear attention to detailed removal, and a lack of stray particle pixels.


What these should contain:



- They should come from resources that allow for redistribution, typically your own images.

- The pre-cut image should have its original source cited in the artist’s comments, including your own images.

- They should meet the minimum size requirements of 1000 x 1000 pixels.


What these should not contain:



- They should never contain Google, celebrity, anime, movie screen shots, or retail website images. These so-called “renders” are not permitted in the Stock & Resources gallery.

- They should not be smaller than the required minimum size guidelines.

- They should not contain excessive amounts of stray pixels or missing significant portions of the image being extracted.

- They should not come from resources that do not allow for adaptation and redistribution. This includes other stock websites and pay sites that have non-redistribution clauses in their EULA.


Relevant FAQ Regarding Pre-Cut Images:





FAQ #809: What are deviantART's stock image guidelines?

FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?

FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?

FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?

FAQ #792: As a stock art resource provider, how can I be of help in regards of stock art resource usage in prints?

FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?


In closing:



Your obligation as a stock provider is to provide safe and legitimate resources for artists to use. By using your stock, they trust that you are adhering to DeviantArt Guidelines with the stock that you provide. Failure to abide by the guidelines that dA provides not only impacts you, but our community, and the artists that use your stock.

But what if we see someone sharing celebrity, etc. pre-cut images? Be a pillar of the community and show them how wonderful our stock world can be. Do not go on the offensive with attacks and shaming journals. Work with them, and try to teach them. It may be possible that they are new and are unaware of the guidelines regarding pre-cuts. If all else fails, use the proper reporting channels located on the right hand side of the deviation page.

The Stock & Resources Community is a unique and wonderful place. We support each other, and accept new providers with open arms.

Sci-fi Feature Vol. 13

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Sci-fi Feature Vol. 12

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 4:28 PM by alltheoriginalnames:iconalltheoriginalnames:
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Stock & Resources


Premade Backgrounds are a popular resource for both stock providers and artists. They can become a wonderful learning tool for beginner artists, or those simply seeking a bit of inspiration. They also can be a source of uncertainty if certain protocols are not followed.


What you need to know about Premade Backgrounds:




What they are:



- They are the photo-manipulations of the Stock & Resources world. They typically consist of two or more images that allow for adaptation and redistribution that are properly credited.

- They must be at least 1000 x 1000 pixels. They also need to be usable and available for other artists to include in their finished art piece.


They must come from resources that allow adaptation and redistribution:



- Your own photographic (etc.) resources.

- Other stock providers who give permission to use their images for premade backgrounds.

- Some public domain images. Note: Not all “public doman” images allow for adaptation and redistribution. Some still require direct link source crediting, as well. (i.e. wikicommons)


They MUST NOT include:



- Images from websites such as sxc.hu/freeimages.com, dreamstime, depositphotos, getty, istockphoto, etc. This includes any pay to download sites. Most purchases do not include exclusive rights for redistribution. These sites often have non-redistribution clauses in their EULA.

- Images from Google, Celebrities, movie screen shots, or other potentially copyrighted materials.

- Resources from providers that otherwise do not allow redistribution in whole or in part.


They must:



- Have their original sources credited in the artist’s comments area. This includes your own images and images from other sources.


Here is a statement from the Help Desk regarding Premade Backgrounds:



” Premade backgrounds fall under the same copyright rules as any submission to deviantART, that is you must either have created it entirely through your own means or you must have permission to use any materials you did not create.

With premade backgrounds being distributed as a resource if they do use materials created by others then they must comply fully with the license of that image. If a stock image does not allow redistribution in part, whole or as part of a larger piece then it must not be used as part of a premade background.

deviantART policy is that you must document any sources you use in your creations and we strongly encourage direct linking to the source material. Deviations that do not provide reasonable documentation will first be addressed by volunteers and may be addressed by staff if further action is required.

Any user that uses stock and resources should always check carefully that they are not inadvertently infringing copyright or violating someones license. This is why we require documentation of source material. We would strongly advise that if a premade background does not cite its source material then it should not be used. Any deviations using invalid stock will be moved to scraps and the invalid stock scrapped or removed.”



Relevant Premade Background FAQ:





FAQ #809: What are deviantART's stock image guidelines?

FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?


TL;DR



Use sources that allow for redistribution. Credit your resources, including your own. Make sure it meets the minimum guide lines of 1000 x 1000 px.

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