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Stock Terms of Use

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 28, 2011, 12:09 AM

I reserve the right to update these terms and conditions at any time without notice other than through the devwatch monitoring of this journal. By using any of the stock images available in my deviantART gallery, you are agreeing to abide by all the following terms of use.

Last updated: Mar.28, 2011 - Re-wording of the first paragraph.

Digital Art / Traditional Art use only :
Only use my stock as a material for an artwork that follows the guidelines for deviantART Photomanipulation or Mixed Media Digital Art categories, or as a reference for Digital Painting, Airbrushing or Pixel Art or Traditional Art (Painting, Drawing, Sculpture...).
This means that in accordance to deviantART Policy for Photomanipulation & Mixed Media, all digital images whose creation did not involve other techniques than texturing, filtering, color alteration, addition of text or scribbles are considered as an unfair use of my stock.
Do not use my stock photography 'as is' as an illustration for texts, poems or websites.
Do not redistribute my stock.
Do not use it to create cut-outs, premade backgrounds or other resource works.
As an act of courtesy, please never post an artwork using my stock in the 'Photography' gallery!

Credit & notify :
Please credit me by adding a link to my deviantART account (
FAQ #81: How can I create links to other deviants, deviations, or websites?
Send me a link to your work.

About off-site / commercial use of Model stock :
You may use my stock in a work that will be displayed outside deviantART, provided all rules are respected (including giving full credit).
However, I require that you send me a link and agree to remove the work if the model requests it after having checked the site.
You may use my model stock for deviantART Prints without asking.
Please ask for my written permission before using my model stock for any commercial use other than deviantART Prints.
To be sure you get an answer quickly, send me an email (grinmir-stock [at] live [dot] fr) instead of using dA notes or comments.

About off-site / commercial use of non Model stock :
You may use my stock in a work that will be displayed outside deviantART, provided all rules are respected (including giving full credit). Don't forget to send a a link.
You may use my non model stock  for any commercial project without asking for permission.

Last but not least :
Do not use any of my stock photos for fetish, pornogaphic, racist, homophobic, politic or religious work.
Please do not use any of my model stock photos for horror, macabre or gore work.
If you have any remaining question, check the FAQ, and don't hesitate to note me!

About dA definitions & policies :
About Photomanipulation
Digital Art > Mixed Media gallery informations
Digital Art > Miscellaneous gallery informations

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an-gof Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016

I'm currently designing a fan expansion for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game and would like to use… to illustrate one of the cards. That image utilises your stock image. The artist is happy for me to use it but has advised that I should also check with you first.
casinuba Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Accepted! Thank you for the gorgeous stock! :aww:
taivaankaarta Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Accepted :D (Big Grin) 
UnicornSaint Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! I've used your stock on my work…, and I've got the possibility to show it on art gallery, I have read your rules, but I wanted to ask for your permission to be sure!

have a nice day!
ailerozn Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
accepted! (:
cutedeviantfangirl Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
accepted!! :D
osowyn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
accepted c:
NekoGothWolf Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Black-Bamboo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Accepted! :D (Big Grin) 
Yodra Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
AligatorSkies Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
ilregnomagicodiarwen Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
horserider10 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Accepted :)
JustBecause62 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I accept!

Thanks for the stock! :)
Audrey-Dugan-Art Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Will do.

Thank you for magnificent resource :love:
LadyJ90 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have read and understand your rules. They are very reasonable terms of use. You have amazing pack, thank you for sharing them with us all.
Perseu123 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
I´am dowloading, when i finished my manipulation e post the link
Thaks love the pack;
takaree Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
"Do not use my stock photography 'as is' as an illustration for texts, poems or websites."

Can I use images at RPG's "world-images" if I just like.. crop/cut them? Is it enough, with crediting of course? :>
gurtagon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :) You have very fair & reasonable rules ;) I love your stock btw :D
ShopKey Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have read and shall abide by your terms of use.
PurpleFresca Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist
So one could use your stock to make screentones?
JovanyCamara Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Hola, puedo recomendar tus packs de stocks en mi sitio web mediante un enlace y vista previa?? espero su respuesta. saludos.
Grinmir-stock Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
:( Sorry, I don't understand spanish...
JovanyCamara Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Hello, I can recommend your stock packs on my website via a link and preview? I hope your answer. greetings.
kirtanchauhan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student Filmographer
Biossa9 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
i read the terms of use. can i please use your stock on
RundwulfWolfShield Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Would using your landscape stock images as a background for images created using 3D art software a permissible usage?
ScarlettArcher Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Hi there- I emailed you about using your stock in a book cover- did you get my email? Would you like me to send it again?
Grinmir-stock Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
I indeed did not receive your email, I'm really sorry for that. I recently changed the settings to avoid having "normal" mail ending in the spam folder, and since then I've had several problems like that! If it is possible for you, try to send it again - and if it still does not arrive, I'll give you another adress.
Sorry again...
ScarlettArcher Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
No problems- I resent it now. Let me know if you got it.
artbylinnaria Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011   Digital Artist
Hello! I admire your lovely stock and would love to use it as I improve in photomanipulation, but I do have one question: By asking that it not be used in religious art, do you mean that the models should not be manipulated into creatures that are relevant to some religions, say, an angel or a demon, or just avoid using it for religious concepts?
Grinmir-stock Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Thank you very much for your interest in my stock!
I would just like to avoid my stock being used in 'militant', committed works, that aim at promoting or campaigning for any opinion or belief (religious, politic...). For example, I don't want my photos used for the flyer of a religious organisation .
But I don't mind using my stock to create creatures relevant to some religions.
I hope this is understandable, I had some difficulties to find the proper english words! ;) Don't hesitate to ask if there is anything I did not explained well (or enough).
artbylinnaria Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you for your reply! C: The restriction is very understandable and you explained it well. Thanks again!
iArtistrix Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
May I use your stock in manipulations on ponybox and DA, credit will be on image and I will link back to you :)!
PedroPsb Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hello, what about using it in a dA contest ? does it mean commercial work?
Grinmir-stock Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
As long as other rules (credit, link etc...) are followed, you are free to use a work using my stock in a dA contest. Unless the contest rules explicitely mention that the winning entries are going to be used commercially (e.g. for a professional calendar as it happened recently for a dA photography contest), I do not consider it as commercial use. :)
Thank you for asking! Since you're not the first one to ask me about it, I'll add it as a FAQ entry.
Amarie-Veneanar Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Your rules are clear and easy to understand, even for non-native speakers of English like me. :-)
Grinmir-stock Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
I'm so glad you say that! :glomp:
I'm not a native english speaker either, and updating these rules to make them more clear has been a little nightmare! :aww:
Amarie-Veneanar Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Also, of course I agree to your terms of use. :-)
hellspark Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011

This is a drawing in copics I did using this stock image as a partial reference.
Grinmir-stock Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Well done! I'm especially impressed by the wings! :love:
Thank you for the link!
hellspark Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it. The stock was very useful.
ArtInColors15 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Okay. I am going to use it. Im making a Manip of a herd. I hope you'll likee! Thanks so much!
Starath Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
I agree to your terms of use.

Right now I'm collecting reference poses to try and find the right one. If I use yours I will credit you as directed in your terms. :)
RomanticFae Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
id like to use some of your model stock as reference (for anatomy i wont use ur models face or even mostly the clothes) for my commission work is that alright :)
thank u for ur time
Astrayal Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hereby accept your rules completely. :)
Morkos Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
I've read it. Now, can I use your stock?
Wulfie-IceFox Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
would one be able to use the image in reference to the outfit for a reference to a character?
ceara Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Does releasing a completed, polish artwork under the creative commons license that inclues one of your stock photos count as creating stock for the purposes of your terms of use?
Grinmir-stock Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010, I think it doesn't. I feel like licensing an artwork under a Creative Commons (i.e. creating an original "regular" artwork and giving others the permission of using/reproducing it) is not the same as creating stock (i.e. creating an artwork in the sole purpose of making it available as a resource for other artists).

I must admit this kind of license could a little bit bother me in case of an artwork that would contain one of my (human) model stock, where the face would still be clearly identifiable as mine. Otherwise, a Creative Commons licensed work built on my stocks is just fine. :)
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