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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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AndiasArt Featured By Owner 5 days ago
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!…
kleinermann67 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  New member
abandon by kleinermann67  thank so much
oneoftheclan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Meditate by oneoftheclan
used yur great stock here thanks
davidrabin Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi Marcus...i used your stock here...thanks very much, it was very……

I will try to send this to your email.  Having a little problem with my email though.  

Seolhe Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Used your stock as a reference here: As I Am
(Comments were disabled on that particular photo so I'm posting it here)
beginner66 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
i used your stock here…
many thanks!!!
Sheishido Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Read and agree to your terms! Thank you! 
pinguart Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Student Photographer
I am just a beginner but thanx in advance for your support by claiming these rules. Keep you informed when used. Greetz, Guido
RReddVar Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used your stock here:
rafael-mota-pacheco Featured By Owner Edited Dec 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
"Man of the Inverted Shadow"
ultroxblast Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist
used another your stock here…
BionuclearBunny Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
your rules of use is my favorite.
ultroxblast Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist
used your image here…
Simbores Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Used your Train station here, thank you! :hug:
 Bio-Illuminated Train Station by Simbores
Anjona Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Used your image as a reference for a pose in this. Just letting you know. Thank you!
JuanmaHalo Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
I drawn this using your stock as reference. Thank you! Hope you like it!…
InVenatrix Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! Used your stock here! Thank you!
LaviniaChu Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HI used your Fairy S - 5 in When fairytale meets steampunk... thank you :happybounce: 
0BlackAnakonda0 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
hi i want to use yr beautiful stock for my works . but i don.t have a kart :(  can i use them . i will send you u link.
please reply this . thank you : )
35-Elissandro Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Thank you, I used your image here…
35-Elissandro Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Thank you, I used your image here…
35-Elissandro Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Thank you, I used your image here…
35-Elissandro Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Thank you, I used your image here…
35-Elissandro Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Thank you, I used your image here…
35-Elissandro Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Thank you, I used your image here…
MonochromaticART Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hi there! :D Used your stock here: Thank you and keep creating amazing stock!! :) :D
Servala Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for your work :bow: . I used it in this picture
iblushay Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I used your model here: Thank you!
ChaoticallyKhaos Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you, I used your image here :)
agoldenquill Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Writer…  Just perfect for the cover of my novel, Reflections of a Vampire (A Metaphysical Metaphor), available on Amazon:…

Full credit to Marcus Ranum with link to the page in front matter (copyright page).

Thank you!
diamantherzen Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Student General Artist
I used this, specifically the face for the head shot reference on this :pointr:…. Thanks so much for making this stock.
DenArtt Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I used your this model;… in here;…
thanks so much ;)
PSDJK Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
sarakendig Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for your stock i do believe i will be using some. will comment on photos if i decide to :) great work!
BeccaB323 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!! I used a model and a background of yours!…
Thorulffr Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used your wonderful stock here: Link
Thank you so much.
Str8Flush Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there,
I used your model/stock here:…
jinx1764 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'm working on a book cover that will be published early 2014. You've got awesome models!  Will credit you and post a link on DA when it's published.
Milupita Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
You're amazing!
Caoscreativo Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very useful material, thank you :-)
LostLinkArt Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just came across your stock images after a friend credited you in his latest piece. Thank you for you great attitude towards art and your fantastic works :)
I have read your rules and will credit on any image I use. More ppl like you please :D
sme562 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you so much for your stock images!!! 
tolustar Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much
PencilComic Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for providing great photography for artists to work with.
Also thanks for making your terms less legal-ese and more human-ese.
TheDarkRayne Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
You rock M J Ranum! :headbang:
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