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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 July 2014

: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.

: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).

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 on the main page.  Just keep in mind that I do a shoot every three or four months (or less).  In each shoot I take 150-300 photos, then I post them a few at a time over the course of a few months/years.  This means that if you have a pose suggestion, it will be a few months (or more) before you actually see it.  That is assuming I actually can do it or feel like doing it on the next shoot.  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 here.

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.

: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

: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 white 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! ;P

: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, sakkysa, 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.

: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.

: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 :flirty:

: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 a limited run of 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 we had to put her down.

The other two kitties are the cute little Pekoe and my big handsome Earl Gray.  They are the best of friends.  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.  Full term pregnancy weight is about 160lbs (73kg).

: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 runesael 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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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
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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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Piyther 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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Piyther 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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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Gotcha. I know you can't really give credit on a physical print, but anywhere you post online a link back is great :D
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jdmclane Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Professional Artist
Sounds good!
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Jamelin Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What is about offline-drawings? I can't use a link there. How should I refer to you?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Credit is optional so if it's not online there's no big deal. If you ever post anywhere I'd still like to see :D
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Jamelin Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes^^
I'll do that :D
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TheCluelessEinstein Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I didn't see this in your FAQ, so I hope you don't mind if I ask; When you say to put a hyper link in our description to credit you, do you mean to the specific image we used in reference or just to your page in general?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Just an active link (to the general page is fine) :D
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sats-VanBrand Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you work! :heart:
Could you do a classic face down ass up defeated pose, like DBZ recoome?
vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/d…
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Does this help? Nope. [Pose Reference for Drawing] by SenshiStock
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sats-VanBrand Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
almost there, i think more like that i.imgur.com/IzrcSW6.jpg for multiple side views
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll put that on the suggestions list :D
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sats-VanBrand Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much that is very kind of you :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart:
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tcarroll12 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Have you thought about doing a senshistock sketch timed rotation thing of just head angles-expressions-head and shoulders? OwO that would be awesome
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't have it with a timer but I do have this: SenshiStock Expression Pack Preview by SenshiStock :D
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DemonicKing101 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
If we purchase stock from you are we still obligated to credit you?
I still will because your friggin' awesome, but if I or someone else are working on a rushed/big project should crediting the stock still be a priority if the stock was purchased?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
If the artwork uses the photo in the final version (like a manipulation) then credit is required, but if the artwork is using the stock as a pose reference, credit is always optional. The Creative Commons license still requires the work be shown to me. :D
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DemonicKing101 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the clarification and thanks for your spectacular work!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
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TanithCharnel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a very important question, are we allowed to use your stock photos when we draw things for commissions as long as we credit back to your account? I'm not sure how you feel about me (or people in general) using your stock to sell art...
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for asking! My stock is Creative Commons so you can use it for just about anything. If you're using it for drawing reference, please show me the art when it's done. Credit is optional but appreciated when the stock is used for reference. :D
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TanithCharnel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah thank you! I'll make sure to credit you whenever i use them! c:
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Jamibug Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
I've seen a few of your pack preview images that I decided to download but saw that they are discontinued content.
Is there anyway to request a discontinued pack?
Will you ever reinstate them?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for your interest! Packs are up for a limited time but once they are discontinued from the site they get in line to be submitted to the DA gallery. So eventually, the whole pack will be here, for free. Which pack was it?
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Jamibug Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
Okay, I kinda figured.
It was the Dual Blade Pack
Angel of Death - Dual Blade Pack Preview by SenshiStock
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yeah that's a great one!! xD Those images are in submission rotation now so they will definitely be showing up!! Please watch for them :D
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Jamibug Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
Cool. Thanks!
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Aquarellique Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Student General Artist
How do I notify you when I've used one of your stock images?
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You can mention me in your Artist Comments which will send me a message if you do it upon submission. If you forget, you will have to message me and let me know. :D
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InkDrawnDreamer Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student General Artist
Okay, I've got a bit of a weird question. May I use one of your photos as a reference for a figure drawing assignment? (I have to send a printout of the reference with the assignment when I turn it in as well).
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
yup! please write down somewhere where it's from, if you can :)
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InkDrawnDreamer Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Student General Artist
I will =D Thank you so much!
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