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Jasmin
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    Stock images, textures, brushes, premades & cut-out stock
      ALWAYS...
    • ...give credit (with a link back here)
    • ...show me what you've created (via note or comment)
      NEVER...
    • ...redistribute my stock/brushes as it is (no repacks either!) - link people here instead -- my stock is not to be redistributed as part of tutorials packages!!!
    • ...create stock from my stock (incl. brushes, premade backgrounds)
    • ...upload your manips of my stock to the photography section - you did not take the picture, I did!
      YOU CAN...
    • ...use my stock for commercial use, incl. prints, book/cd covers, commissions etc - but excluding stock premades for sale!...
    • as long as you
    • ...do more than minor adjustments (change colors, use filters, remove phone lines) - i.e. if it's your art you're selling, I'm perfectly fine - if you're trying to sell my photos, I'm not.
      YOU CAN ALSO...
    • ...use my stock to practice retouching/overpainting (i.e. minor adjustments, not full manips) as long as you keep to the rules above and upload to an appropriate category, for example Digital Art > Miscellaneous or your Scraps - NOT anywhere in Photography (you did not take the picture after all)! You are not allowed to sell retouches!
    • ...use my stock for reference in traditional art.
    • ...use my stock to illustrate webzines/news articles
    • ...create website layouts or dA journal layouts
    • ...use my stock in all kinds of personal projects
    • ...use my stock off dA (incl. ponybox, forums, etc)
      No need to ask! - just keep with the rules above especially concerning commercial use and all's good!

    Journal CSS
      If you use them, use them as they are or completely (!) exchange the images for your own. I put a lot of effort into my css and it stings when people tear the design apart to start mixing and matching my images with their own or those of other css creators. You can use the code as a basis for your own, but the images are not yours to drag through Photoshop - they are not stock! Also, please don't use the images individually for example as module backgrounds - you can only use them within the css.

    Tutorials
      My tutorials are all (c) kuschelirmel-stock - I provide them for free because I believe in giving back to the community the help that I got when I started out. But that does not mean I want them redistributed and reprinted/copied all over the place. It takes lots of time to make them, so let me at least have the possibility to see all reactions first hand! I will not agree to translations, mostly because I cannot check if the translation is any good if I don't speak the language. Sorry, English only!

    I'm a process engineer who loves to create photomanips in her free time. My art account can be found at kuschelirmel. Here on my stock account, you'll find all sorts of resources from stock images to textures to tutorials. I don't have many rules when it comes to the usage, but I have a few and I expect you to take the time to read them if you download and use my stock.

    If you have additional questions, feel free to contact me via note or e-mail: kuschelirmel<at>gmail.com

    Tools of the Trade
    • Nikon D90 with the following lenses: 18-105 mm, 70-300 mm, 105 mm Macro
    • Photoshop CS5 Extended
    • Coffee & Chocolate!
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Tuscan Hills 08 by kuschelirmel-stock
Tuscan Hills 08
Tuscany, Italy ~ August/September 2014

By downloading, you agree to abide by my rules - you can read them in my journal
They're not complicated, even though they seem lengthy.
NO REUPLOADING, NO PREMADES, NO BRUSHES ETC CAN BE MADE WITH MY STOCK! only art!!!


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Tuscan Hills 07 by kuschelirmel-stock
Tuscan Hills 07
Tuscany, Italy ~ August/September 2014

By downloading, you agree to abide by my rules - you can read them in my journal
They're not complicated, even though they seem lengthy.
NO REUPLOADING, NO PREMADES, NO BRUSHES ETC CAN BE MADE WITH MY STOCK! only art!!!


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Art Block of Doom

Tue May 12, 2015, 9:31 AM by kuschelirmel-stock:iconkuschelirmel-stock:
Art Block by tohdaryl


Do you know that sinking feeling...?


Art Block by tohdaryl ART BLOCK by Tatong
 Artist's Block by xetobyte Art Block by RTHBN

It's the ART BLOCK OF DOOM!

...and it's come to stay! :nuu: 


There has to be a way out...

Creative Block - Wait it out by ReyeD33

...or through!

Art Block by Yoruko

But how do you get there?


Personally, I've tried the following - sometimes it helps and sometimes it doesn't (lately it seems it doesn't, but maybe I just haven't figured the right combination out yet). If you have other tips and tricks to deal with art block, leave a comment and share, pretty please :flirt:
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1. Leave it be for a while and do something else

Go outside, spend time with your family and friends, dance the night away, go on a hike,... Basically, take a vacation from your art, so when you come back you see it in a different light. You don't have to completely forgo any creative activity, but don't touch the one that is troubling you.
For example, if you usually draw and do some writing on the side and the drawing is the blocked part, then by all means concentrate on writing for a while, but leave your tablet alone.

You belong to me by AquaSixio a lazy holiday by nayein


2. Shift your focus

aka. try something different. And I don't mean a totally different medium (though that might help, too, see above), I mean do something you usually wouldn't. That can be choosing a different subject matter or trying to do a piece in rainbow colours when usually you're more the toned-down sort of person. Or you can change your format: instead of large prints try doing a good old-fashioned signature or website header. Or if you are constantly trying to create something new / innovative /creative, try doing something simple, maybe cliched instead just for the fun of it.
For example, if you usually have a person as the focus of your manip, try doing a landscape image without any people. If you usually do elaborate, large prints with loads of space, try creating a signature for your favourite TV character (you don't have to upload it if it's copyrighted, but you can still go "back to the roots" for a little bit)

Focus by Vipitus



3. Watch / read / follow tutorials and walkthroughs

To get some new techniques and a new perspective, go grab some tutorials and follow along. Even if you're a wizard in your field, there's always another trick to learn. There are tons of tutorials here on dA as well as on youtube and multiple tutorial websites, here are some links:





4. Back to Basics

This may overlap with reading/watching tutorials, but I think it's important to get its own point. There are a lot of basics like composition, perspective, color theory etc. that you sometimes unconsciously follow, but never really think about. Getting back to analyzing why some images work so well while others may not can also get your creative juices flowing again.

Know your Basics - Colour Theory (the manip way)Most of us have heard about Colour Theory - be it in school or on dA or as a term thrown about by someone somewhere. But what exactly is it? And how do you use it? This is what this article is striving to explain especially in regards to photomanipulation.
The Technical Part
Thankfully, there's tons of reading material about colour theory. Starting with the wikipedia article on the subject (which seems rather dry and boring to be honest) and ranging to tutorials written by deviants for their fellow artists. Those are the ones I'd like to recommend to you to get started in colour theory:

Still too dry and technical?
Okay, let me put it this way: the use of colours in your artwork can determine its mood and atmosphere. If you do it well, it can draw in the viewer and make them see what you want them to see by putting emphasis on certain parts. Colour theory gives you a way to know in
  Know your Basics - PerspectivePerspective comes in different forms, the most obvious & basic of which is the use of the word in relation to the appearance of relative orientation in a three dimensional space. At first, it may seem irrelevant to photomanipulators, (because, hey, the photographs already are perspectively sound,) but putting more than one photograph in context requires that you learn to see what makes sense and what doesn't.
The Technical Stuff

Perspective (from Latin perspicere, to see through) in the graphic arts, such as drawing, is an approximate  representation, on a flat surface (such as paper), of an image as it is seen by the eye. The two most characteristic features of  perspective are that objects are drawn:
Smaller as their distance from the observer increasesForeshortened: the size of an object's dimensions along the line of
sight are relatively shorter than dimensions acro
  Know your Basics - Composition (the manip way)The Rule of Thirds is another one of those expressions that you have probably heard before somewhere but aren't quite sure what it means. This article strives to shed some light on this rule as well as on how to use lines and shapes in your compositions to lead the viewer's eye to the important bits. There are some compositional rules and pointers that no artist should go without knowing!
The Technical Part
Rule of Thirds
Thankfully this time, there are no hours upon hours of dry reading to be done because the Rule of Thirds itself can be explained rather easily:
"The Rule of Thirds states that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections." (from the wikipedia article)
Or - summed up in one image:
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  Know your Basics - TexturesThere are a lot of tutorials out there on how to create / photograph texture as well as how to use them on a technical level, but the question of why and when to use textures is rarely touched. This article wants to fill that gap and therefore looks at texures from a slightly different perspective.
Textures in Manips as you know them

For a photomanipulator, the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word "texture" are images that can be used in soft light or overlay mode to texture a manipulation or parts thereof. What most manipulators therefore have in mind, are images like the following:

Beautiful textures, sure, and useful, too, but have you ever thought of doing more with them than the aforementioned overlays? And have you ever considered using other kinds of textures, too?
A more objective look at Textures

The following definition is an excerpt




5. Watch some movies / TV shows / read a (comic) book / listen to music

You don't have to do fan art to get inspired by the epic looks of a blockbuster or the gritty feeling of Gotham. Sometimes finding a new band can be an inspirational moment that will untie all those knots your brain has been producing.

more star wars by chinko724 Gotham Night by blhayes87



6. Take part in a Contest or Challenge

Maybe you need some more incentive than just to "create something pretty" to get your juices flowing. Why not start by browsing contests here on dA? Even if you don't actually take part, there may be an inspirational tidbit in there that helps you get going.

Some current contests to get you started:

Sunken mysteries - new contest ! Hey guys!
Occie Dance I think it's time for a new contest ! Occie Dance
The theme is:
 Gem Sapphire SUNKEN MYSTERIES Gem Sapphire 
To date, we have explored less than five percent of the ocean.
95% have never been seen by a human being.
So, what is down there, in the deep ocean? What mysteries could we find?
Mermaid cities, shipwrecks full of treasures, ruins of ancient kingdoms, unknown creatures ?
Dark secrets that may never be revealed ?
Let your imagination run wild !


The rules
Blue Square Bullet your entry must be a photomanipulation
Blue Square Bullet your entry must be created exclusively for this contest
Blue Square Bullet all used stocks must be from legitimate resources
Photomanipulation Contest - MythologyBased on the results of a previous poll, the popular choice for the contest theme is Mythology.
"Mythology can refer either to the collected myths of a group of people—their body of stories which they tell to explain nature, history, and customs—or to the study of such myths. As a collection of such stories, mythology is an important feature of every culture."
For this contest, you are invited to create an entry based around your favorite god, goddess, mythological creature, etc. However, you are encouraged to break out of the box a bit and work around a myth you are not familiar with, or one that is lesser known.
:star: Here is a great list of different mythologies around the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mythologies (keep in mind: you are not limited to this list - it is just a guideline)
Contest rules/guidelines:
:star: Run time: March 12 - June 15 (11:59pm EST) :star:
:bulletpurple: The entry must be NEW for this contest (no ol
Contest Curses and Wishes Hello my friends
Yeah i know it's been a long time  you heard something from me or the other admins regarding the group.  Originally this group was created to aid those who have trouble using photoshop. We asked a lot of advanced artists to share their knowledge or give useful tips, so we all could become better.  But i think most of you do not need personal help with your work or need feedback.  
For those who are interested in learning a quite simple way to achieve a painted look, i can recommend my tutorial i made recently. It's completely free of charge, i only want you to note me if you want to download the files. This technique is also useful to enhance the total look of your work.

Also for those you want to learn some new things, i can recommend to search youtube for tutorials about using gradient-maps. I always use at least one gradient-map in my work and often 2 or more to get the mood i want.
ContestTime!!
I al


Tip: watch your CVs and some groups to stay in the loop.



7. Browse deviantArt (and beyond!)

If your own creative juices seem to have dried up, maybe taking a look around will help. Don't just stick with the stuff you always browse, either. Look at what the painters do, and the sculptors, and the stock eople (maybe there is something inspiring in the stock, too).
Go "favourite hopping": start in your own faves and pick an image you like. Then go to check out that artist's whole gallery. Then hop over to their faves and find the next artist through those etc.

First Sin by ser1o Enchanted Forest + Video by Nikulina-Helena
Museum Cavern Matte by RQuack



8. Get involved

Got a stock account? Upload some images and cut outs. Like to write guides? Maybe you could write something about some of the basics, remind yourself and your audience what makes or breaks an image in your opinion. Got some time to comment? Leave more than the usual "wow, so cool" comment - you#ll be surprised how analyzing art helps your own skills! Like to feature art? Now is the time to create elaborate journals - with themes, randomly, any way you like!

Game Of Thrones: Stock FeatureGame of Thrones: Stock Feature
     To celebrate the premiere of the new season of Game of Thrones tonight, I decided to do a quick feature. We all love fan art. We're inspired by movies and shows to create art based on the characters we love. To achieve our goals, we need a reliable source of stock and references. So what are we to do? Well, take a look at this list of stock providers who look like the Game of Thrones characters we love or love to hate. Remember to follow the individual stock provider's terms of use when using their stock. By downloading it, you agree to abide by those terms.
Cersei Lannister

  
Daenerys Targaryen

 
The Unseen Stock - April   

 
 Satyr 14 Mizzd-stock by mizzd-stock The Four Horsemen: Death 8 by MajesticStock
Easter is coming by Fran-photo Crystal Sphere stock by little-spacey Hundred Acre Wood by Fran-photo STOCK - Blue Gothic by Apsara-Stock
Guitar Stock 7 by BirdsistersStock
Untitled by kcpixelprincess snow rock stock_4 by milesmoody Netley Abbey50 by Birdsatalcatraz
 Path 02 by ewatkins Woods 01 by ewatkins BalticSea by BVFoto
Stock and Resources DD Roundup April 2015:iconpiratelotus-stock: Features by PirateLotus-Stock








:iconcelticstrm-stock: Features by CelticStrm-Stock

STOCK - Ninja Mask by LaLunatique
Islay beach sand texture 2 by Kvaale
:iconelandria: Features by Elandria
Cello 3d Model by xmas-kittyLittle Chapel 2 by Gopher-Stock
Churchyard Stock.. by Alz-Stock-and-Art
Celtic Circles - Photoshop Custom Shapes by GrumpyTheSweetroll
Landscape-Stock-Wolfworx-Imk53349 by wolfworx
Silent Walking by Burtn
FREQUENTLY ASKED DD QUESTIONS
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9. Relax!

Try not to worry if your mojo is going to come back and when. It will. You can't force it, only nudge it. If you try to force it it'll go sulk in a corner and not come out any time soon. The more you stress yourself out, the less likely you are relaxed and open enough to overcome it. I know it is hard, but there's no other way.


Relax by hecatehell



Still drawing a blank?

Here are more articles on the subject:

Art Block 101 - The Ultimate Survival GuideFellow deviants struggling with art block: fear no more! - I am here for you :heart:
Since I have a loooot of experience with this common and scary phenomenon, I've decided I should share the knowledge: in this journal I'll give you my theories about types, causes and all the solutions I know of for art blocks :3 I hope this helps! (I think it can be useful even if you're not currently in a block!)

Alright, art block is a phase absolutely every single artist in the world goes through at some point in their artistic journey, usually many times. It's basically a seemingly random period of time where you seem to have no motivation/inspiration/will to draw, and/or nothing you draw seems to look right.  
There are different types of art blocks, the main difference between them being the cause, and thus each type calls for a different approach. I believe the types are:
 
  The Dreaded Artist's BlockThe Dreaded Artist's Block...and Ways to Overcome it .  :iconscaredplz:....
Artist's block might not fit exactly into the "Artist's Toolbox" week, but we all know about it, we all have probably
experienced it, and we all hope it will never come our way again.
When a person is sick in body, eating is sometimes the LAST thing we want to do.   But it is necessary to speed our way
to recovery.  In the same way, the ideas I would like to set before you may seem like trying to eat something
when you are sick...but these steps may hasten the end of your artist's block.  :iconimdeadplz:
And really, you have nothing to lose in trying these suggestions!
1.  Put DOWN your instrument of art...paintbrush, pencil, pen etc...and go O
  Art Block |B|L|A|S|T|E|R|_|1|There hasn't been an artist out there who hasn't gone through some form of "Art Block" every now and then in their lives, and it's never any fun when that happens. Well, today we introduce our new series "Art Block Blaster", which is a series of features we're putting together in order to inspire you and to help you get through those rough patches of art blocks!!! When an art block happens, nothing better than try new things and learn new techniques!!!
Writing Tutorials:
 
Drawing & Painting Tutorials:
Artists Toolbox: Digital Tutorials and Fur Brushes by KovoWolf What Ruins A Painting? by Goodnight-Melbourne Drawing Tutorial by Miosita TUTORIAL pack-Paint a realistic face on PHOTHOP. by Lilian-Vorne
Photomanipulation Tutorials:
Create an Epic Scene of Alien Invasion by MariaSemelevich Dress-Up Tutorial by TouchofArtistry Warm and Cool Tutorial by TouchofArtistry Create a Photo Manipulation of Alice in Wonderland by MariaSemelevich Water Samus Tutorial by TylerReitan Photomanipulation Tutorial on blending by tamaraR Photomanipulation walkthrough by tamaraR
Traditional Ar


But first and foremost:

Don't give up!

It'll come back to you.


Would you like to share your ways of dealing with art block?
If so, please leave a comment :heart:



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