I've often wished, when creating art, that there was a magic stock generator. I think this would be online; you'd enter a description of what you wanted into it, and upload what you had so far, and it would generate the perfect piece of stock that was in your minds eye, and even better it would be exclusively licensed to you and completely free for any conceivable use.
Unfortunately, such a generator doesn't exist. And even if a generator could be made, I bet it'd be expensive.
Stock is expensive. For example, I paid for my camera, for lenses, for my poser models, for my computer, for petrol to drive to the places I photograph. Then I put in time; the places I photograph aren't all right on my doorstep and they take time to get to, and it takes time to take photographs and then process and upload them. I get cold, so cold I can't hold the camera any more. And my long-suffering husband generously drives me up hills in the snow, or waits in the car when it suddenly occurs to me that I might be able to take cool bokeh textures of raindrops and streetlights looking out of the car.
I don't take model stock much (there's none on this account). But then you add in the dimension of costumes, makeup... all extra expenses, all extra time.
Stockists occasionally ask for donations for things, but a lot of stockists make stock that they don't use in their own artwork for other people for free.
You probably don't know me all that well. You may not know what my life is like, what I believe in, what I do for a living, what things I've had to overcome... I know I don't know these things about other stockers.
On this account, I have chosen to make my rules as liberal and as generous as I can. But that's my choice. I don't do model stock, so I personally don't mind if you use my stock art in macabre pieces. But if tomorrow I decide that I don't want you to be able to do that anymore, who are you to judge? I don't owe stock users anything. I don't have to share my stock, it's up to me what I do with my expense and hard work. As I said before, you may not know me. If my rules say "no macabre", for example, who is to say that a macabre scene may not be a PTSD trigger for some traumatic event I'd rather not think about? Why should that prevent me allowing people to do "pretty" things with my stock?
Creativity isn't free. In a dream world where none of us had to work and we could all do exactly as we pleased all of the time, maybe it would be. But sadly, this is reality.
I want you to use my stock
! Don't wait to ask my permission first!
You may use my resources on or off deviant art
You may use them for prints or other commercial work
You may not redistribute them
You may not submit my stock to the photography galleries.
On dA you must credit me; Please link either this account, joannastar-stock
or my regular account joannastar
, and/or the stock/resource that you used. Off dA, you must credit me if it is possible to do so. (on dA you can make links to my account using :
You must NOTE me or leave a COMMENT ON THE DEVIATION that you used to let me know that you've used my stock. On dA you must give me a link to where you used it so I can check it out
For usage off dA, please link me if possible, but if you used it on a private msn group or something, this is not necessary.
If you want to manip my stock for submission as stock on dA, you may. However, you must a) tell me, b) put in your rules for that stock that I should be credited too, and c) put in your rules for that stock that I must be notified too. These rules are negotiable if you just use like a sky or something - note me to ask I hereby grant all DeviantArtists permission to use my stock in any and all Deviant Prints without restriction.
No need to ask for my permission, although I do appreciate being told - you never know, when my ship comes in I may buy it
Please note that these terms apply to this account only. If you want to use something on my art account, please note me for permission first. Thank you