Many vexel artists like to use stock images as a creative influence for their artwork. Most stock images on deviantART are generously provided free of charge for this very purpose, so why not use them? There are several forms of stock images out there, but for the purpose of this article, we are going to be looking into portrait photography, as this is a very popular choice for vexel artists.
This is a small selection portrait stock, which all happens to be by our lovely Stock & Resources Community Volunteer, ^Elandria As with most stock, ^Elandria’s photos come with some guidelines to follow, which you can find linked in the description of all her stock images. It is very important to follow a stockist’s guidelines! Remember – they are providing their artwork for free for you to enjoy resourcefully, so be respectful of that by following their set rules, and by always giving credit where due See these FAQs for more information:
FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?
FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?
FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?
There are many things you may wish to use the stock for – some people may take a part of the image as inspiration, and others may wish to replicate the entire image in their own style...
And that is what vexel artists may wish to use stock for! So, I look forward to seeing what you’ll all come up with next