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Stock News: Feb 2008

Tue Feb 12, 2008, 11:59 AM
Feb 12, Belgrade

Sometimes I feel as if my inner mental landscape is getting cluttered: pirate wenches, harem dancers, witches, beautiful zombies, ninjas...

Wait
Did you say "ninjas"??  Yes, you read that correctly. My next offering is a bucket-load of new stuff including - gasp - the results of my first shoot with a male model. I managed to book a shoot with a local model, Josh P, who is a very athletic and scarily well-built young man with a good sense of play and a good sense of humor. Exactly the kind of person I need. And, he particularly liked my insane collection of prop weaponry. So, over the next week or two I am going to try to upload respectively sets of Josh as a ninja, barbarian warrior, buccaneer prince, gorean warrior, and duellist.

In the past year, several of you have asked me "why no male models?" and my answer has usually been "I dig girls."  But I have to admit that we had a good shoot and I got some great stock to share with you guys. Maybe I'll get inspired by this, and shoot more male stock in the future. No promises.

Contest Stuff
I haven't said anything more about contest stuff but here's what I am going to do. I'll make an official announcement about it when I get back from Europe, but the short and sweet is that I am going to have an ongoing award series called the Wow Factor Award (Thanks to :iconrickbw1: for the name!)

Based on my experience with my mega-contest, the Wow Factor Award is going to be the exact opposite: a monthly set of prizes aimed at individual artworks that involve my stock, and which - well - have something about them that I particularly like. It's what I call "award sniping": you may just get a prize smacking you in the back of the head as you walk down the street. Well, maybe not literally, but I like the mental image.

I have been consulting with my inner circle of evil artist ninja buddies and one of my best DA buddies is working on a cool banner/logo. Expect more news in late March.

Till then, I'm just going to keep my mouth shut and upload more stock! OK?

Love you all,
mjr.
  • Mood: Affection
  • Listening to: BBC Radio
  • Reading: Jim Butcher: Summer Knight
  • Watching: My computer; duh.
  • Eating: coffee
  • Drinking: coffee
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:iconspiffymai:
SpiffyMai Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Student General Artist
=O!!! Can't wait to see the Ninja pictures!!
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:iconmjranum-stock:
mjranum-stock Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
they are up now!
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:iconspiffymai:
SpiffyMai Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Student General Artist
NINJAS!
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:iconcomtessa:
Comtessa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You scare me. But in a nice way.

x
L
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:iconmjranum-stock:
mjranum-stock Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
You scare me. But in a nice way.

Wanna see something REALLY scary? ;)
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:iconcomtessa:
Comtessa Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooo really REALLY scary? Yes please!
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:iconhazara:
Hazara Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Your stock is great. The greatest! Ever!
And now with male models, that should help me a lot in my "work". Thanks so much!

By the way, why don't you create separate folders for each collection? Like your latest (an utterly stunning) Parts should have a folder of its own. That would help a lot while browsing. 8D
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:iconmjranum-stock:
mjranum-stock Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
urrrr folders. how high tech.

arrh then I'd have to organize things.
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:iconhazara:
Hazara Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
lol Yeah, there's that.
Plus you have tons of work.

Eh... maybe that wasn't such a great idea XD
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:iconmjranum-stock:
mjranum-stock Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
well since I have high speed here I just did it. ughhhh...

ya know what? it's really HARD to categorize my stuff!

I thought about just puttig it all on a scale of quirkiness from 1 to 10.
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:iconhazara:
Hazara Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
It looks great to me! This should help a lot, thank you :hug::hug::hug:
And, goddess! You were FAST! oO


If you were to categorize them in 1-10 quirkiness it would've take looong, I believe. ^^
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Amazonofexeter Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Ace new stock....had i been asked before seeing your latest shots, then i'd have said I'm not particular fan of male models for artwork etc, but the quality of your models, poses, props and photos gives me inspiration...so maybe i'll try it!! Cheers!!
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:iconnoctisaeterna:
NoctisAeterna Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
DA needs more excellent male stock! Everyone has good stock photos of women (though I still have to say that yours are the best :D) but so few people have male model photos of anywhere near your caliber.

...and I would seriously, like... sell my soul to you or something if you ever did a punk-themed photo shoot with a guy :XD: I don't know what you'd do with a soul, though... Maybe use it as a prop :giggle:
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mjranum-stock Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
punk-themed? mmmm... not likely. there's a lot of costuming involved. most of the stuff I shot with Josh I just put him in my various riding and clowning around outfits.

a soul? if I had your soul I'd show it to James Randi and win his $1m prize! then I'd donate it to science. :)
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:iconnoctisaeterna:
NoctisAeterna Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
No punk? Aw, pity... Oh well. It never hurts to hope, right? :XD:
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:iconvertnoir:
VertNoir Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
Excellent collection! The subject matter is diverse and done very well.

As an artist and animator, this is brilliant for me as reference and ideas for poses plus the models being costumed I can get a good idea of how cloth hangs and creases.

Oh and please tell me where I can get the coat worn by the future war model, I want to look cool and deadly too :)

Many thanks and keep it going.
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:iconmjranum-stock:
mjranum-stock Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
The coat was an Ebay special - search Ebay for "lip service coat"
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:iconaf-studios:
AF-studios Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
Sounds great. Im really looking forward to see some quality male stock here on dA.
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:icontaurusj:
TaurusJ Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
wow is the right word. Your stock images are incredible. Thank you for such incredible pictures
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:iconlafleurerouge:
LaFleureRouge Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
All sounds wonderful my friend.
Good luck on your trip.
Happy V-day.
Hugs
RED
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:iconrita-ria:
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
WONDEFUL
and your shots are awesome, no matter if the models are male or female!
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:iconcherishedmemories:
CherishedMemories Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
I am so thrilled that you are considering male model shoots.

This is awesome news, Marcus.
I am always on the lookout for male models as stock. Thank you so much for doing this, Hon. :glomp: :heart:
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:iconkithos:
kithos Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
You know how much Kithos loves ninjas! :P
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:iconmjranum-stock:
mjranum-stock Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
HaiiiiiiiIEEEE!!!!!!

Now I gotta get my ninja act together, huh??

You wear the kimono, and stumble as you run, and I'll throw the chain knife around your ankles. SssssT! The ninja strikes!
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:iconartbit:
ArtBIT Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're in Belgrade?
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:iconmjranum-stock:
mjranum-stock Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
Yes, but I am on a 6:00am flight out tomorrow. I am super jet-lagged and a bit grumpy, too. :(
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:icongalgat:
Galgat Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
Is good to know that, thank you sir.
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:iconpredatorkitten:
predatorkitten Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
woot! ninja stock! :boogie:
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:iconsynchrestra:
Synchrestra Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
I really hope you decide to do more male stock in the future, hey, no pressure, it is just your stock is damn good, ok, you are damn good *laughs*, and I see myself in the ungrateful position of searching for good male stocks when I want to use one on my manips! It is awful! So, I may use the ninja stock in a near future, if my imagination short something out with it.
Thanks for all your work. And, no, I don't like asslicking, just saying plain truth. :)
Keep up!
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:iconartanda:
ArtAnda Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
be sure we all love you too :D :aww:
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:iconsilenigmaarts:
SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008   Digital Artist
Yayyyyy waiting with bated breath for the new male stock which is so very sorely needed in here and since your stock is always so awesome I am sure I am not alone when I say that we all have something truly wonderful to look forward to Marcus :clap::clap:

As for your Wow Factor Award....kudos to you Marcus....but then again....be prepared to be scratching your head so much you wont have any hair left lol. Your awesome stocks will be the blame of that lol.
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:iconrenilicious:
Renilicious Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
More menz! Happy Renz. Looking forward to it! And lordy, you're generous with your contests. :) Kudos!
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:iconszandordubois:
SzandorDuBois Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
awwww a male model!!! A MAAAAAN *happyhappy*
I am so excited, too :)
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:iconwaterspirirtjess:
waterspirirtjess Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
I am soooo excited about the new stock, I absolutely adore your female stock and the male stock is looking just as promising! Now I can mix and match the pieces into couples:love:
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LONLOTRILILI Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wooh male stocks at last XD
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:iconspitestock:
SpiteStock Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish stockers were all a bit closer together. I'd love to send my precious Req off to phototshoots with other stockers, see how much better they can do him justice than I can!
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mjranum-stock Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
Where are you located? I'll shoot anyone anytime, pretty much. The problem is that I can't shoot jack without my studio full of gear and props. My set-up in my studio is so nice that it's just no fun shooting anyplace else.

I'm up in North Central PA (Near State College) - if you ever fancy a road-trip, grab your weirdest outfits and let's talk calendars...
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SpiteStock Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
^_^ I've been SO poor the last few years, road trips have been out of the question. But hey! If you are ever in the Smokie Mountains of Western North Carolina, let me know! I'll gather all teh best outfits we've got and we'll do a neato shoot!!!!
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sammykaye1 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
barbarian warrior, buccaneer prince, gorean warrior I'm not sure what to do first.. :drool: or :faint: or :boogie:
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:iconlyntaylor:
LynTaylor Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional Writer
Yay!! Male stock :drool:
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:icondrxtreme:
DrXtreme Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
Mmmm, ninja.
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Neobakeneko Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
Glad to hear you finally booked a male model, told ya it'd work out.

And I can't wait to hear more about the mini-contest thing. One thing about it: the more people hear about it and the more it spreads there is a large chance someone will mistake Wow for World of Warcraft. I've never played it, but it's like a drug for some people. So be on the look out for that confusion.

Now to go check out new stock :).
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mjranum-stock Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
someone will mistake Wow for World of Warcraft

True.. .true.. I hear there are people who mistake World of Warcraft for real life, too...
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:iconneobakeneko:
Neobakeneko Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
Lol.
Sad, but true.
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:iconkingflash:
kingflash Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Wow Factor Award" A+ :thumbsup: :star::star::star::star::star: idea.
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
Sounds like you have some exciting things in the works, all which sound like resources I can use for my own characters. Can't wait to see!
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:iconpawnshopheart00:
Pawnshopheart00 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
yay male stock!! and YAY NINJAS! :dance:
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:iconmofarrelly:
MoFarrelly Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
...yer such a tease!
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:iconknightflyte96:
KnightFlyte96 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
luv the ninjas.. & other ideas sound great ... funny you said that about the females versus males... i get that ALOT... why don't you use more men..lol.. oh yeah ..
"i digg girls" as well...lol... great stuff can't wait for it.. :)
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We all look forward to the boys :3
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