Friday, June 18, 2010

Stock Photographs

One of the major resources that I think any crafter or props technician should be aware of is Stock Images. From Wikipedia: "Stock photography is the supply of photographs licensed for specific uses. It is used to fulfill the needs of creative assignments instead of hiring a photographer."

While a lot of high-quality Stock Photography (such as that used in professional advertisements) requires a fee, the casual user can find a lot of good stock available on websites such as DeviantArt. A multitude of artists there put up their work for you to use, provided you follow their terms of use - and almost all of them are very reasonable. The stock available is huge in variety, and is a godsend for the casual crafter, hobby graphic editor, etc.

I personally put up a lot of stock photographs of flowers and backgrounds - today I added two flower stock packs featuring high-resolution images from Monet's Garden at Giverny, and plants on the big island of Hawai'i.

The majority of stock images available are models, and some of those are incredibly professional and varied - MJRanum-Stock, for example, is a stock-exclusive account from a professional photographer.

Locations are also big - you can find ANYTHING! The below example is one of many photographs I took in France, and have since made available to the general public to use.

So what are you waiting for? Start looking around!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Needle Felting

One of the crafts I'm really big on is needle felting. I have so much fun sculpting some of my favourite characters in wool! A lot of my friends and family love them too, so I make them for gifts quite a bit - unfortunately, I tend to give them as soon as they're finished, and forget to take pictures (Pity, because I was fond of both Jack Skellington and the Cheshire Cat). Others just didn't photograph well before going off. I'm working on a few tutorials related to how I create some of my felted friends, but for now, here are a few I've made in the past year and a half (click on the image to go to the deviantArt page):

Stitch, from "Lilo and Stitch", was a special present for my friend Amy :)

Dory was a present for myself xD I love the character, and it was interesting working with such a thin character - sculpting her face to how I wanted it got me a lot of finger pricks!

Piglet was a special present for my sister. I'm hoping to have an entire Hundred Acre Woods set eventually; Pooh and Tigger are both in the works.