I've started an newsletter list that people can subscribe to if they want to get email notifications for SenshiStock related things. I will use it on occasion for updates about things like new stock packs being available, contests, new merch, or other special events. It's an opt in process through MailChimp, so you can always stop the emails at any time!
In addition to that, you can also like me on Facebook or follow me on twitter and tumblr.
I am still hoping to shoot a few pictures with the giant 9 month belly, but I'm not going to have the energy to set up a full shoot. Most likely I will just do a few snapshots and turnarounds. I'd like to get at least something for comparison to the 6 month photos. That belly looks so tiny and cute to me now haha :')
Hope everyone is having a great July!! ^___^
For those of you not pregnancy literate, this means that sometime between this weekend and next, my baby will be pretty much fully developed. Though we want her to stay in there for a few more weeks and cook up really well, she does have the potential to arrive just about anytime now.
In the first few weeks, I expect to be pretty scarce on DA and online in general. For those of you interested in updates on baby's arrival, I recommend checking my personal twitter account which I will likely update soon after she gets here (assuming all goes well and I am able to do so). Probably don't want to follow that account unless you're REALLY interested in Sailor Moon, just sayin' But I do have a stock account on twitter, too which is less personal stuff and more just stock updates.
While I am away, I hope to have a few friends checking the account for me to keep up with stock usage messages. I thought about scheduling some stock to post automatically, but I've decided to just take a little break from that until I'm able to be back at the computer more regularly to manage everything. I will still try to log in occasionally to reply to messages with which my friends can't help and to answer questions. I'm so excited to be a mom!!
If you live in New England, I will be at PortConMaine this weekend (because I'm crazy and who books a con while they are 9 months pregnant?! I do lololol) Here's a map of my location in the art alley, though it's very small so if you go you will likely see everyone. (I am the green star and pink stars are some artist friends!) You can see some of the artwork I will be selling on my art account, sakkysa.
Thanks again for sharing your lovely artwork with me!! And thanks for your patience with my transition into motherhood. I am sure this time period will result in my personally missing out on seeing your awesome art. ; ~ ; But I will try to find time to scroll through the new favs and take a peek though!!! Maybe at 4AM when no one is sleeping anyway. ;D
Big thanks to the kind people who continue to message me about this tumblr blog which re-posts stock images without proper source credit.
I am very aware of this blogger and this is not the first time I've seen them post my stock without a link. They continuously post "references," some of which are legitimate resources and some that are not, without credit. Their reasoning for not giving credit is that they are "too busy" and since they are not claiming the stock as their own and not making a profit that it's okay, and they are doing nothing wrong. See their FAQ for more of this fantastic reasoning.
They claim they will take down anything that they are asked to take down, but by then of course it's been reblogged, unsourced, 20,000 times - so what's the point?
Also, there's no point in filing a DMCA against them because with tumblr's policies, all they have to do is file a counter DMCA and tumblr will reinstate it unless the original person takes legal action. I don't have money to hire a lawyer for some self-serving stooge on tumblr.
They allow "allow" you to help find the sources for the images FOR them, but only if you can source the whole post. They don't want messages about individual images in the post. Talk about not having time...
There's no talking to this person to convince them that what they are doing is the opposite of helpful. That being said, if you see my stock from this person's posts floating around, please feel free to reblog with a link to my account. Thousands of artists see these posts and only a handful of them will know about the MUCH larger, much better quality references they can get in the dA gallery. In addition to these artists missing out on actually USEFUL resources, they are also seeing the stock out of context and without the information about its usage.
I like to think that my stock usage policy is very lenient. It was designed this way to allow the widest possible use by artists with the smallest amount of headache for all, including myself. But it's people like this, who are too self entitled to be bothered to do what's right, that lead to stock providers becoming frustrated and abandoning their efforts.
Do the right thing and credit your sources when credit is required. Don't be a dick.
SenshiStock is also on tumblr.
RE: Watermarks with the URL - this might be something I can do moving forward, however there are already about 2,000 images in the gallery that are unmarked. It also doesn't change that people should be posting a live hyperlink to the stock when it's reposted.
Most if not all of my almost 2,000 deviations now link to the journal page in general instead of the specific journal with the license agreement. This is going to take a long time to fix, but in the meantime I have updated the front page with the correct links.
Here they are again:
Please let me know if you have any questions - it's going to be a long process to edit all the deviations with the correct links.
Stock providers: better check your stuff, too.
As a reminder, this will be a PREORDER. The drives will ship in May. Stay tuned on Thursday for the preorder link!
The SenshiStock USB drives have all the stock from Shoots 1-26 in them. It's about 3000 files, 4GB of stock and it's a quick way to have a huge selection of reference images on the go.
Since the release of the USB, people have asked about how to get the stock that was shot after Shoot 26. Much of the post-Shoot 26 stock is being sold through advance download packs on SenshiStock.com. They rotate every 6 weeks and once a pack comes down, it's gone until it starts getting posted to the DA gallery.
However, there's still a LOT of stock that isn't going into those packs for various reasons. That other stock is stuck in limbo, waiting for its turn in the gallery.
For that reason, SenshiStock USB Drive 2.0 is now something I am considering. Instead of blue, this drive would be red to easily tell it apart. It would have everything from Shoots 27-35 that isn't going to be sold as a pack on SenshiStock.com. It would also include the hand and foot packs. I can talk to Jade about including the stuff I did with him, too (though all of that is already posted to the gallery). It could also include the entire pregnancy shoot that I will be doing later this month.
I just took a peek and it's currently about 1,700 new images at 4.21 GB. Plus the stock with Jade and the pregnancy shoot and it should be over 2,200 images. This drive, like the last one, would be $20 + $5 shipping. It's a few less images for the price, but the quantity of unreleased images is much higher (only about 120 images have been posted from these newer shoots so far). Also, many of the stock images are of much higher quality since Shoot 26 was my first shoot with the DSLR and I have worked with some talented photographers since then.
What do you guys think about a second USB drive? Is it something you'd be interested in pre-ordering to help with the upfront costs? If you already have the first USB, is it working out well for you? Any other feedback?
Thanks all and as always, happy drawing! ^___^
My husband's fun paddle moving, saw blade spinning, zombie killing game Pombie Zong is FINALLY available for iPhone and iPad! ^___^ I am credited as Executive Producer on the game, so you should definitely check it out for some adorable, blood splattering fun.
It's also still available on Android as a full game and a demo.
Here's a map of where I will be at Anime Boston later this month! Please come and visit if you will be at the con! I've been working very hard in the last few weeks to make lots of cute things for the table! I will also have my USB drives and SenshiStock To Go books on hand if you want to pick one up in person.
I'm a bit behind on messages right now due to the aforementioned con prep. I will try to clear out those messages by the end of the week so I can see all the new art you have all posted! Still planning the first pregnancy shoot sometime in April after AB. I'm looking quite round these days!
- Mood: Excited
Thank you very much for the many (many!) happy birthday messages today!!
I'm 30! Hurray! It's like suddenly being a real adult (but not really because haha who does that?!).
Still pregnant, too! Woo. I always said I wanted a baby before I was 30, but I didn't specify that it ought to be outside of me so I guess life has still met my requirements.
Lots and lots of people have asked about pregnancy stock and I do plan to do a shoot when I have a bit more to show for it, probably around 6 months or so, after Anime Boston. Not even really sure what sort of themes I should do, past the typical sort of 'pregnant lady' poses. What kind of stuff would you guys be looking for with a shoot like that? If I can snag AJ or Dave to come be a "dad" in those photos, I will. (Real husband is like a ninja in the shadows, hehe).
As usual, I'm really behind on use messages, but I will catch up eventually! Can't wait to see all the cool art.
- Mood: Love
Hey all!! GREAT NEWS.
I just confirmed have a male model coming TODAY. FOR REALS. I'm so excited. We are going to take a lot of photos, I won't let this opportunity slip by!! ^___^
In the meantime, I am going to use this shoot as a test for my very first Collective Client Commission Shoot. Commissioned stock is where artists pay me for specific poses they need in a more urgent timeline than my suggestions list.
The commissioned stock rate is $5 USD per photo. I will also accept DA Points at 400 per photo.
Some more notes:
Paid stock has the same rules as any images from SenshiStock: you are allowed to share, copy, distribute, transmit, remix, and adapt the stock as you need it. You are allowed commercial use of the stock. You are required to credit SenshiStock.deviantart.com when the stock is used in photo manipulations and when it is shared in its raw format in other locations on or offline. As always, public credit is appreciated but not required when the stock is used solely as pose reference.
I retain the rights to the images produced in paid stock. I also reserve the right to used paid stock in future SenshiStock book and e-book publications as well as to repackage and resell the paid sock from my DeviantART account and SenshiStock.com as a exclusive package unless we agree upon not doing so before the shoot takes place. I may ask for an additional fee for stock that you do not want resold.
Sorry for the short notice - this is just a test! BEEP.
SENSHISTOCK COLLECTIVE CLIENT COMMISSIONS SHOOT 1 SLOTS:
Deviant and Art MentionsMentions: Connecting People
Mentions are a new, highly requested feature that makes engaging friends and artists in conversation more dynamic than ever before.
What is a Mention?
A Mention is when a deviant’s username, icon, or artwork is included in a comment or Journal. Mentions create links to the deviants or artwork you include, allowing you to highlight artists and engage deviants with ease.
Links to pages on deviantART can quickly be distinguished by their bold, dark-blue color, while external links are darker and have an arrow indicating you are leaving deviantART.
Deviants you mention are notified in the new Mentions section of the Message Center, making engaging and involving others in conversation a simple, hassle-free experience.
How to Mention
There are four ways to mention a deviant.
If it works the way it should, simply mentioning my account with a :dev: or :icon: tag in your description, or including the thumb of the stock image you used should notify me of the use of the stock. Assuming it all works properly, you can consider this type of notification sufficient for the requirement in my license agreement to show me your work. For more help with linking things on dA, please see: FAQ #81: How can I create links to other deviants, deviations, or websites?
If you mention me or thumbnail the stock in the artist comments, you do not have to send me an additional message to tell me about the stock use. Doing so will result in redundant messages and make it more difficult for me to sort through and keep up. ^__^ However, if you choose to not link to me in the artist comments, please be sure you are sending me a message to show me the work.
Hopefully this system works well and this will make it easier for me to find art using the stock and easier for artists to be in compliance with notification requirements.
EDIT: Apparently, if you write your artist comments and forget to mention the stock, editing it to add it will not notify me. In that case, please be sure you still message me.
EDIT 2: Obviously, if you post the art off dA you will still have to message me to show me. ^___^; Thought they also implemented this handy off site link icon that shows up next to links to other sites and that will help me a lot, too!
EDIT 3: It seems to be working in most cases, but there's still some times when people have credited me and I'm not getting the mention. ;( If you don't get a favorite from me within about a week or so, please feel free to message me if you want to be sure I've seen your art! I don't want to miss a thing!!
EDIT 4: If you post a link to the photo as a URL, it will not tag me. It has to be a thumb (which only subscribers can do, right?) or my DA name as an icon or dev link.
- Mood: Optimism
- Watching: Sailor Moon S
- Eating: Chocolate Pudding
I'd like to thank some awesome friends for helping to manage the account for me while I was on vacation. and helped me to keep up with messages while I was away. Thank you all so much!!
The SenshiStock To Go books are going to be available VERY SOON (super soon). If you have sent me a NOTE telling me you are interested then you will be notified first. There are only about 60 books available for purchase right now and there are lots of people interested so please be sure you note me (NOTE MEEEEEEEE) if you want to be informed early. I suspect that they will not be available for very long. ;D
I am currently preparing for Another Anime Con in Manchester, NH Oct 18-20. Please come visit my table if you are going to be there! I am having a raffle to win a custom plush of any character you want! ^____^
Here's some of the cool artwork that was made using SenshiStock while I was traveling! Please check out these artist's galleries for more great stuff. :3
- Mood: Zest
It's my LiveStream account for when I make art, but I thought it would be fun to do my stock shoot today live so you guys can see what I'm doing.
It's over wifi, so the quality might be horrible
The room is limited to 50 people so if a lot of people go, you might not be able to get in until someone leaves (sorry!)
There is a chat but I probably won't be checking it much or else I won't get anything done
I have a list of things I want to do in this shoot so I'm not going to be taking requests or suggestions
This should be fun!! I am starting at 3:15PM and should be on for a few hours. I will update this journal with an offline message when I am done.
- EDIT: Kyle Lemire and Cynthia Parkhurst you need to do your Kickstarter Survey and give me your addresses if you want your stuff!!
- People who ordered through the Kickstarter should have their books/shirts by the end of this week if you are in the USA.
- International buyers should expect their packages in another week or two depending on the customs in your country.
- If you have sent me a note expressing interest in getting one of the extra books, you will be notified when they are available BEFORE I post publicly that they are available. There is a limited supply of additional books. If they sell out, I will likely be placing an order for more, but there will be a wait.
- I will not be making additional books available for purchase until late September at the earliest. I am traveling for most of the month and opening orders before I am home would result in lots of delays.
- I am still scheduled to do a shoot with mjranum-stock in late August. It's likely to be awesome.
- The suggestions list probably needs to be cleaned up. It's kind of crazy and I'm sure there's some things that can be condensed.
- When you make a suggestion about stock you'd like to see in the future, please be as specific as you can about the type of poses you're suggesting. It's helpful to describe the movement or action in the poses rather than to refer to a show, story, or character with which I may or may not be familiar.
- I rented a viola. I am going to use it! I will try not to use it horribly.
- SenshiStock.com now has "add to cart" button for the USB. There will be additional items in the future that can be added to a cart system. However, the packs still need to be individual transactions because of the way the files are distributed after the purchase. Sorry about that! You should not need a PayPal account to check out; you should be able to use any VISA or Mastercard debit/credit to complete the process.
- On August 31st I will be cycling out the Monster Pack and replacing it with a new pack. You can influence the new poll's subject by voting in the poll.
I will be at Saikoucon in PA this weekend. Is anyone going? I'm pretty sure it is a very small con. ^___^; Looking forward to meeting some new people though! My last con of the year is Another Anime Con in Manchester, NH in October. Really excited that I have been named the Official Con Staff Plush Artist for that show. :3 It will be nice to be done with cons for a while though.
- Mood: Optimism
- Listening to: Earl meowing
I AM SO HAPPY!
The books are here! :'D I didn't know how emotional I would be, haha. I'm really excited and happy. Thank you so, so, so much for helping me do this. It's really cool. ^_______^;;
The shirts can be seen in the previous update, too!
As mentioned on the official Kickstarter update: I will not have time to ship these out due to cons this month. Your patience is greatly appreciated!
After the Kickstarter orders have been filled, the book will be available for purchase on SenshiStock.com for $35, plus shipping. I will be messaging people directly who have noted me about getting one, so if you want to make sure you know when they are available immediately, send me a note and I will be sure to message you!!
Shipping was included (or subsidized) for the people who backed the project, so you still saved a bit by getting the book in advance (and you helped me get it printed, which is totally rad of you, thank you so much again ♥).
- Mood: Thrilled
The book has 144 full body, color references - many with more than one model! It's a 9 x 12 spiral bound book. I will post a photo when the hard proof comes in! ^__^ If you are interested in getting a book, please send me a note. I am keeping track that way so I can message people directly when they become available.
I have a male model coming this Friday to do some yoga stock for me. I am going to try to fit in a few other poses in the shoot if we have time. I have the wheelchair only until Aug 3 so I really need to do that soon. >< Ack! Trying to prepare for two conventions in Aug (Otakon and Saikoucon) so it's kind of a hectic time to be trying to fit stock shoots in, but you get it when you can, right?!
I wouldn't have it any other way. Being busy is better than the alternative!
Keep that art rolling in. Here's some of my recent favorites!
and I have confirmed our collaborative shoot! It will be on August 27th. It is a 6 hour drive to his studio so I am looking into having another model or two come along so I can have company and so we can do some more fun things with the shoot, too. We're in the early stages of planning the shoot, but it sounds like a lot of awesome. I will be leaving super early, driving out for the shoot and driving back that night. It's going to be a very long day, but I believe it's going to be fantastic!! Marcus is also going to shoot some stock for his account with me in some costumes. I am very excited about this collab!!! Marcus has generously agreed to allow me to release the stock in paid advance downloads, but like the rest of SenshiStock it will all eventually be available online for free.
The book project is currently in a bit of a limbo while I wait for the last few people to respond to the survey questions. If I do not get a response from them by July 20 I will be moving on with the basic info from their Kickstarter profile for credit and following up with them later on other details. I don't want to hold up the entire project for a few straggling bits of info. If you have not yet responded please do so by July 20 to have your preferences met! All the USB drives from the project have shipped except one for which I don't yet have the address. Please check your mail for those as they should be arriving this week or early next!
I am going to be ordering approximately 25 extra "It's for art, I swear!" shirts. If you want to pre-order a shirt, you still can. They are $25 which includes US shipping. International shipping is an additional $10. Please send me a dA note with your size, color preference, and PayPal email and I will invoice you. ^__^
I am currently preparing for Otakon this August 9-11 in Baltimore. MD. I am in the artist alley! Here's a map of where I will be: Map of Sakky/SenshiStock at Otakon! If I have service, I will be tweeting specials and other events all weekend. Please come and visit me!!
As always, happy drawing!
The SenshiStock To Go fund drive is over! Yay! We raised $5,856, which is amazing! ^____^ Now I need to go about sorting through all the info and figuring out all the math for the rewards and book printing. Weeee that's going to be fun! ;D Surveys for the rewards are going out this week so if you participated, be sure to check your email and reply to the survey so I can get all the info I need from you in a timely manner.
If you are interested in purchasing a book post-Kickstarter, please send me a note and let me know! I'm trying to keep track of how many people are interested so I can order some additional books to have for sale after the reward books ship. I hope to also have buttons and shirts available afterwards.
Even though we didn't make the super crazy stretch goal for the collab shoot with mjranum-stock I think I'd still like to try to do a shoot with him. Hopefully I will have some more news on that in a little while; we're still chatting about it.
Other than that, I have Otakon for which I need to prepare. I'm also going to be at Saikoucon in PA in August. If you're at a con I'm at, please come visit me in the artist alley! I'm trying to remember to list myself as Sakky's Plush N Stuff AND SenshiStock. I will be in Japan for a few weeks in Sept and then I have Another Anime Con in October so it is going to be a very busy end of summer/early fall.
It's getting harder and harder to keep up with all the usage messages you guys leave me so there might be a big more of the fav and run going on. I'm sorry in advance; I'd really like to comment on everything you guys make but deviantART's spam system automatically blocks me from replying if I do it too often and with the volume of messages that I get, I tend to set the spam blocking stuff off whenever I try to catch up. ; ~ ; As always, a fav from me means, "Thank you for showing me the stock and I'm really glad it was helpful!" Please continue to show me your art; seeing your work the most important thing to me about running this account.
SenshiStock.com hasn't been updated in a while, but I am going to post a new pack around the 13th of July. Looks like the Bird's Eye Pack is the one that will be coming down. I will post another reminder before it's removed, but be sure to pick that pack up before July 13th if you want to have it way in advance of those images being available in the gallery here. I will probably do another poll to figure out which pack will be the new one.
Hope everyone in the US is having a nice 4th of July week! I will be going to some cookouts and seeing some family and trying to relax a little before I dive into the next crazy convention prep time. And Happy Canada Day, too! ^_____^
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- Mood: Hungry