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(Update August 2012)

"I hereby grant all DeviantArtists permission to use my stock in any and all Deviant Prints without restriction."
Since I no longer have time to track and +fav every use of my stock, you are encouraged to post a link to your use of the stock on the comment area of each image, so others can see your work.

Email is the best/only way to reach me. Do not email me unless you are sure it's important! I am

MY RULES ("'Do as thou will't shall be the whole of the law")

You are required to give me appropriate credit as photographer where and however possible. My stock is free; the way you 'pay' to use it is by crediting me. It doesn't need to be in big letters on the image, it can be in text or a link or in liner notes, or whatever - but it's your responsibility to acknowledge if my work contributes significantly to yours. If you post a link, I prefer it to be to my personal website ( )  My real name is Marcus Ranum please use that instead of "mjranum" because I occasionally amuse myself for google image-searching for my name. :)

If you violate any of these rules or violate any of my copyrights you are prohibited entirely, forever, from using any of my stock in any way, shape, or form - commercially or otherwise. No appeals and no amount of begging will help; decisions are final.

You may use these images as you see fit except as follows:
1) If you can't read my rules, or can't be bothered to read my rules, or can't be bothered to find and read my rules, you are too lazy or illiterate to use my stock and are permanently banned from doing so. If you email me asking 'what are your rules' you are permanently banned from using my stock, unless I tell you otherwise.
2) You are required to give me appropriate credit as photographer where and however possible.
3) You are allowed to post works based on my stock in other places (RedBubble, Renderosity, Facebook, personal websites, contests, whatever) but please maintain a credit to me where appropriate and possible.
4) Do not simply upload my stock to a pay site; if you do that, you'll get a DMCA request from me and possibly I'll sue you for damages. These images are for photocompositors and artists; they are not to be used as content in and of themselves.
5) If you want to do something commercial with my stock, go ahead. Please don't tell me "I am thinking of doing something with your stock, what do you think?" because I can't tell you what I think of what you're going to do until you've done it. Go ahead and use the stock; unless you manage to do something shockingly awful I won't have a problem with it - and it takes a lot to shock me.
6) The models in my images are real human beings with real feelings. Please be considerate of how the models might see themselves and be thoughtful of their feelings. I consider comments like "she's too skinny" or "she's too fat" to be rude and you may be banned from using my stock if you make such remarks.
7) These images are mostly un-retouched - though they may be color-corrected - and are at high resolution. I did not go and remove dust-spots, skin blemishes, etc. Please clean that stuff up in post-work and make the models look good! Also: I do know how to produce a good photo; these are intended as raw stock.
8) I often forward copies of pictures to the models if they aren't on DA and have expressed an interest in seeing what you do with them. Some of the models may choose to repost your images noncommercially in their personal portfolios.
9) If you use my stock as a reference for a hand gesture or a fabric-fold or something like that, you do not need to credit me. Use your own judgement as to how important my stock's contribution was to your work.

If you have any questions; ask via Email.
If you ask me a question that is already answered here, I will not answer unless it's "See Rule #1"

Update History:
(Update of Aug 2012)
- Removed the request to be notified of commercial use. New rule: "just go ahead"
- Added explanation at #9 regarding use as reference material
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Space-between-spaces Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've checked out your rules and I find them perfectly acceptable. There is only one picture that I currently wish to use but I feel I might find your works very useful in the future and look forward to improving my works with them.
darkKiell Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
_alrite  then_``~...
TheBigTricky Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, really awesome putting all these images for free. A true gent.
Alexander-X Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017
It's still not clear if your stock can be used for commercial work as in for an ebook, cover etc without any repercussions.

Do you require any royalties in this case? Or how does it work? Thanks.
bburns2 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pendragon-Arts Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Nice quote from Crowley there and thanks!!!
dinobot100 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist… I flipped one of your "Suspense" stocks on its head for this.
Tanatos83 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used one of your photo here -…
Thank you!
kirvisual Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
Dear Mr.Ranum
Thank you for your works!
I use yor works for airsoft-game-studio website.
sajudevnmax Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
sajudevnmax Featured By Owner Edited Sep 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Stelliferous-Sky Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016
Thanks. :) I used it here:
CharllieeArts Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
puridesign Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!!! This photo is the use here:…
MrCarnyfex Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I used your Space Cadet Stock here: Epic Space Quest: Solar Flare

Thank you very much for providing it with us! :)
Iayko Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used here. Thank you very much!…
Aeretic77 Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used here. Thank you for sharing your stock…
Vendetta-Vida Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
lapanlima Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i used here your skull stock here : Gabrielle by Bedult
thank you
Flame-of-the-Moon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
spescarus Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi Marcus, excellent stock. I use you stock Fairy S -13 here:
Aquarium by spescarus  
BrainDeadDork Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Used one of your stock for a pose. Thank you a ton!…
Mvicen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
Thanks for sharing , I used this resource here:Virtual seasons in space by Mvicen  
abdesta Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Hi,  just a note to let you know I used your stock image titled samurai schoolgirl E-2 here…

lillomoraes Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used here:…
Thank you so much!
I would not have done without your help.
Mynameisseb1 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
I made a piece of one of your pieces :) - Thanks!…
AtraAngel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
Used here:…

Credit issued
CrystalE86 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hi im used ty
toxigraphx Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used your stock here : The fairy by toxigraphx
Thank You :)
Bblythe369 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 20, 2015  Professional Photographer
I used your stock in here:
Thanks !  :rose:   

Mature Content

Silk by Bblythe369

Bblythe369 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Professional Photographer
thank you for not only providing a great service, but great quality as well!  :rose:
KeepersofStone Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Hi. Thanks so much for allowing us to use your beautiful stock. I have used your image for a book cover. Please see it here:…
derekbourgeois Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hi Mr. Ranum. I used a stock photo of yours here for posing and lighting purposes. Much obliged!…
resMENSA Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015   General Artist
quite longish, but, man, I love your exceptions... "too lazy or illiterate"  -  Roflzberries 
Will copy your "Update History" part - That´s good!
ShotLiver Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for not only providing a great service, but great quality as well!
BatCat20 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Student General Artist
I used some here
You stock is really amazing ^^
om3ie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
Love your photos, I favorited a few of them to use as reference for a drawing. I'll share a link when I'm done.
FirewolfDigitalArt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I loved your Stocks Models and recently used one for a T-shirt Design for a Metal Band Single, this is the link:…
and I put the link here in DA on your Stock link, THANKS!!!
PakoBenoit Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Hola Marcus,

lindas fotos! Yo he descargado algunas para hacer algún montaje con Photoshop (Tutoriales), en cuanto publique alguno de mis trabajos con alguna de tus fotos colgare el link correspondiente para que lo puedas ver.

A4-flipflop Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
Just wanted to thank you for your amazing stocks!!
I like your quality and/or resolution, the little dust particles found on some of your stocks are easy fixes so I can't say anything negative about that.
I like your style, the colors, the dark shades, the movement, and of course the models :D
Haven't used any of your stocks yet but I sure will credit you on any work that I do using your stocks, and I will also post some links when I feel like the work I've done is worth your time :)

Keep em coming!
leabutts Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist
hello! thank you so much for your stock; they're breathtaking!

I used it here
mfmp Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi! I've found your stock to be very beautiful. I want to say I've read your rules and promise to follow them when I use your work. Thank you and your models for sharing.
MonikGala Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! Thank you very much for your stocks. I used one of them to make a Photoshop Fantasy Composition (or do not know how to call it)...
You can see it here:…

I credit you and the model of the picture (if she doesn't want her name there, please let me know. I just think it would be good to put her name there too as credits).

Thanks again!!
the1dragon1girl Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I just really want to thank you, your stocks are really good drawing models and I find this to be the most clear and concise "how to use ..." journal I have seen in a long time. Keep stocking!
RaineTenerelli Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can your images be used for commercial use in a book cover  as long as you're credited??
AndiasArt Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Marcus, excelent stock
i use you stock for practice
brianmeyer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, great resource for figure drawing practice - beautiful photos, thank you for making us able to use them with such generous terms
clarkstarre Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Hiya Marcus, used your stock as the centerpiece for my book cover at the link below! Thanks a LOT!…
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