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Well, once again the judging for this contest was very tough. Each entry was very good and every one had elements that the judges really liked. There was much point/counterpoint between the judges, but finally we were able to decide on this round's winning entry. The winner is...


ROUND 1

WINNING ENTRY



Fish and Chips PreludeStacey is drunk.  Not quite falling-on-his-ass drunk, but enough for me to be a bit nervous.  The ex-SAS sergeant is not a friendly drunk.
"You see, Jeremiah, this--  this is why you're lucky.  You're im--  immort--  you don't die.  Don't got to worry about no family tragedies."
He throws back another shot of bourbon before saying, "You don't have to--  to deal with heartbreak and tears..."
I sigh and drink my own shot.  "First off, Stace, I've been alive for a little over a century.  That's plenty of time to have my own share of heartbreak.  Secondly, your granddaughter's just getting married, she's not dead.  Thirdly, she's all the way up in Wales, so your woe-is-me act isn't doing diddly here.  And lastly, for the love of all things unholy, could you get rid of that gun?"
He lifts the M4 and attaches a scope with the practiced ease of years of combat experience.  Satisfied, he pours out shot number too-many and do

by lakan-inocencio


lakan-inocencio has a flare for interesting, idiosyncratic dialogue.
The judges loved the structure of the piece, the way the author used the
dialogue to paint a vivid picture of his two main characters, and the
(fairly) subtle introduction of the fantasy elements.  Nicely done.


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A Guy Walks Into A Bar Contest
Image No. 2 - "Guns and Oranges"


AGWIAB Contest - Round 2:  Guns and Oranges by jademacalla



Thanks again to everyone who entered this second round of our ongoing contest.

Stayed tuned, Round 3 of the contest is coming up fast...and it is CRAZY!!!


Hei, Cats! Round 2 of the "A Guy Walks Into A Bar..." contest is closed.  All the publicly posted entries are below. Check them out while the judges and I deliberate.  We should be able to announce the winner of this round tomorrow.   A big thanks to everyone who entered. Once again all the entries are very cool in a bunch of different ways, so the decision won't be easy. :D  More soon. 



AGWIAB - Round 2

E N T R I E S




by OneWithTheStars



A guy walks into a bar, contest entryAnother tough guy, with an oversized gun. Probably more brawn than brain and trying way way too hard to look relaxed. If he was relaxed he wouldn’t be keeping his gun closer than his drink, and he wouldn’t be wearing spy-cam glasses either. So maybe he wasn’t as stupid as he looked. After all it’s the stupid ones that relax.
In this business, no one really relaxes. It’s pretty much impossible. Being assassins and all, well mercenaries in his case. Still. Rule held. Relaxing is a great way to get dead.
Relaxing, not testing your drink, and not watching the bar tender, not being suspicious of the ridiculous blue lights. That’s how good, good as in good at their job, not good as in Virtuous, hired guns got dead. Virtuous folks died by being heroes. No life span. No pay, and no retirement plan.
No thanks.
And he’s already starting to lose a bit of the grip on that silly gun of his.
What was he thinking, trusting a stranger’s orange. No one re

by LadyKylin



Fish and Chips PreludeStacey is drunk.  Not quite falling-on-his-ass drunk, but enough for me to be a bit nervous.  The ex-SAS sergeant is not a friendly drunk.
"You see, Jeremiah, this--  this is why you're lucky.  You're im--  immort--  you don't die.  Don't got to worry about no family tragedies."
He throws back another shot of bourbon before saying, "You don't have to--  to deal with heartbreak and tears..."
I sigh and drink my own shot.  "First off, Stace, I've been alive for a little over a century.  That's plenty of time to have my own share of heartbreak.  Secondly, your granddaughter's just getting married, she's not dead.  Thirdly, she's all the way up in Wales, so your woe-is-me act isn't doing diddly here.  And lastly, for the love of all things unholy, could you get rid of that gun?"
He lifts the M4 and attaches a scope with the practiced ease of years of combat experience.  Satisfied, he pours out shot number too-many and do

by lakan-inocencio



Guns and Oranges  He walks into a small karaoke bar, a diamond in the middle of nowhere. There is always very little people here since the rednecks prefer the bars with pool tables in them. Technically, he's a redneck, too, grew up here. The baseball cap and fingerless gloves along with the fisher's cargo pants proves it. The semiautomatic and the ACU jacket shows otherwise.
  It'd been months since he retired. Of course, he loved his stint in the army. He didn't like being forced into retirement, why he tore off the flag and the rank patches from his uniform. The first few weeks were rough, he drank, he cleaned his gun, and he didn't go out. Then the gal that lived on the farm over came to visit, brought him some apples. Said her father heard he was back in town, and he wanted to come over but his accident several years back left him paralyzed from the waist down. When all he did was glare, she fled without further introduction.
  The next morning he found some peaches on his doorstep

by DarkQuartz



Jade Macalla{Breathe in. Breathe out.}
I sneaked my way in with a fake ID, concealing my real age. The bar was popular around here. At least that's what I've heard. The grand atmosphere of the crowded bar and high security confirmed me of this.
How rude of me. I have yet to introduce myself.
I'm The Wolf, a highly notorious young criminal. I don't look the part, though. Maybe that has to deal with the fact that I'm female, which is a secret from the public media. Or maybe it's because I'm slim and petite looking. Or it could also be because I'm sixteen and it shows. One way or another, I'm a skilled thief that positively loves to wreck havoc.
My job today was simple. Eliminate the also very famous war hero Jade Macalla. One of the reasons I'm so skilled is because of my gift of the sixth-sense. It's quite useful.
{The target is at the back. Close to the left end.}
Found him.
I laughed and danced my way through the herd of people, slowly meandering to the back-left corner. I was forced to blend in,

by UniqueStrangeAwesome



A man walks into a barA man walks into a bar, his walk is steady and his look is dangerous. A pair of sunglasses dons his head, shielding his eyes. The cameophlage jacket and the automatic gun hanging by his side indicate that the man has a military occupation, or at least he is a wannabe.
He gives the bartender a menacing look, straightens himself up and says out loud:
“I`ve come here to kick ass and chew bubblegum and I`m all out of bubblegum.”
The bartender who at the moment is currently washing a glass calmly looks at the man and says:
“Sir, if you got some beef with anyone, do you mind taking it outside? Otherwise I don’t have gum, but you can get an orange and a drink.”
The armed man scowled at the bartender, almost growled one could say:
“An orange, what would I do with an orange?”
He pauses a little bit as he stopped his actions to think:
“You know what, that isn’t such a bad idea.” He sits down and puts the gun on the table:
“A drink

by J4B



Contest EntryA man walked into a bar to meet his contact, Jade Macalla. He was told that this man does not talk too much but he was the best in the business.  The bar was dark, save the blue Japanese style lights hanging over the tables.  There was a heavy smell of liquor and cigar smoke in the air; typical of any bar in the city but the faint smell of blood placed the man on his guard.  Some movement out of the corner of his eye caused him to whip around, startled. There, standing at a secluded table was Jade Macalla.
He was dressed in military fatigues with a black hat and large dark sunglasses. He carried a pistol on his left thigh and a bag over his shoulder, hanging in the front for quick access.  Jade looked to be in his thirties; clean shaven, and serious judging by his expression.  He wore brown, fingerless gloves; one lightly touching an assault rifle in a neutral pose while the other was holding up a large shot glass filled with a bourbon orange cocktail as if to

by Pseudowitch



Contest Entry-Stranger in a bar    The bar was pretty much dead for the night, the female bartender resetting everything as she patiently awaited her time to head to the safety of her own home. Her world was that of most she served. People who survived the crashed economy, nuclear destruction, basically scratching out a living in the back water dunes of 2530 in what remained of the once proud United States of America.
She lifted her head as the door swung open, and froze. The man who stepped through, was the one man everyone knew. Either by experience or by name, he was one of the few no one dared to mess with.
She watched, almost enthralled as he walked, a swagger about him that sang of danger. Baggy olive drab pants were broken by the inky black gun holster strapped to his thigh; camo jacket, worn from sun and sand hugged a clearly muscular frame, folded up at the elbows, revealing forearms she knew could easily kill her. She couldn’t see his eyes. Dark sunglasses and baseball cap his most of his f

by MidnightCreamPuff




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Hey, Comrades! It's time for Round 2 of our "A Guy Walks Into A Bar..." Contest. This is a creative writing contest and entering is as easy as pie; j
ust write a short scene or character vignette inspired by this reference image. That's really all there is to it, but here are some additional details, along with the reference image;

Contest Round 2 - Ref Image
"Guns and Oranges"


AGWIAB Contest - Round 2:  Guns and Oranges by jademacalla

Contest Details

General: The story / vignette should be obviously inspired by the reference image, incorporating details such as clothing, objects, mood, and attitude.

Length: 250 - 500 words

Tone & Style: Wide open! The piece can be serious, humorous, old-fashioned, edgy - literally anything. You can use any point of view.

Genre: Any (Although this would probably be influenced by the specifics of the reference image. Probably.) 

Judging: Based on creativity, style, and integration of the image's details.

DeadlineCLOSED

Submitting Entries: The preferred method is to submit it as a Deviation on dA and send me the link, but you can submit it any way you'd like; dA message, E-mail (jademacalla at gmail), postal service (msg me for address), etc.  

Prizes:
- 150 Points & 1 Exclusive Stock Image by jademacalla
- 150 Points & 1 Exclusive Stock Image - donated by the incomparable Null-Entity (check out his stuff; it's Excellent!)
- 1 Bordertown Location Scout Button (as seen in this image). [BTW - These are so rare they hardly exist!]
- A feature in my journal

Let me know if you have any questions. 

Good Luck!

Holy mackerel!

Judging this contest was even harder than I anticipated (and I anticipated that it was gonna be tough!). But after reading all the entries at least three times and enlisting the help of some comrades, we have made our decision for Round 1.  The winner is...


ROUND 1

WINNING ENTRY



Blue      You need to examine the-
      A pain pinches behind your eyes, and they wander, catching the colors vying for attention. Catching the blue.
      The blue reflects first off the chrome shaker, reflecting a spot on the stack of coasters. It’s the algae-tinged green-blue of an old lake, a hint of ancient wisdom in the brand new bar Alain asked you in to do business. You follow the color to your cuff. Your blue has less green, a stretch of sky at ten in the morning, a statement of freedom in the awkward spot Alain has put you in. It's broken only by a single cloud, an opal cufflink with only promise, no meaning. You try again to focus on the-
      You blink. A royal blue reflects off the yellow-orange of the cognac. It bounces around, reflects off your snifter, your watch, your glasses. The light above is supposed to make everyone feel strong, feel invincible, never let tomorrow’s consequence ruin their good n

by kitsune-kij


Kij did a great job of integrating the imagery from the
photo into her story, which was somewhat surreal but
still managed to have internal consistency and even a
punchy final line.  


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A Guy Walks Into A Bar Contest
Image No. 1 - "The Necklace"


GG01_1 by jademacalla


Thanks again to everyone who entered this first round of our ongoing contest.

Stayed tuned, Round 2 of the contest is right around the corner...
Below are all the publicly posted entries for Round 1 (The Necklace) of our "A Guy Walks Into A Bar..." contest. Check them all out while we deliberate. This is going to be a heck of a lot harder to judge than we thought. :D Big thanks to everyone who entered. We'll announce the Round 1 winner tomorrow (10 FEB 15).


CONTEST ENTRIES


A Guy Walks Into A BarIt was a cold night and because of a certain "employment" I was titled with, I was out late at night. It was about 3 in the morning and I finished my shift early, there wasn't much action tonight so I left. It had just started to rain and my house was still several blocks away and I had the misfortune of being in front of a bar.
Everywhere else was closed so I shrugged my shoulders and escalated into the bar. Even early in the morning, Edy's Bar still had people in it. There was a decent amount of people, maybe 13 that were minding their own business and talking amongst themselves in their own petite groups. A few loners looked my way, older guys winking in my direction as their lips curved up in a smirk. However, I wasn't interested. Guys at the bar just weren't my thing.
I sat down and sighed, ordering a cocktail and waited. I slouched over with a sigh and yawned tired, hoping the storm would pass by soon. I looked towards the glass door, hoping to see any change in the weather, hope

by GN-MS




by Samianne



A guy walks into a bar... and leaves.I scrub the bar clean for the tenth time in the past hour and glance up once again at the man before resuming my work of filling another drink order. I've seen that expression on so many, and most likely will see it on many more.
He looks like he's just one more drink away from that point where he loses hope and leaves.
Three beers served to a younger man at the other end of the bar who takes them back to his table of raucously laughing friends and I take another look at this one.
High end cognac and a necklace that sits unclaimed on the table; the bottle swiftly dwindling. I want to tell him to give it up, she's not coming, but I'm just a bar tender. Been one for years. Just want my tip at the end of the night so I let it be.
He sets down his glass after finishing it, check his watch, then runs his hand through his hair again. It was well groomed before, not so much now, and the last trace of hope leaves. There goes the drink I predicted.
I've seen that expression on many as I've said

by DarkQuartz




by lakan-inocencio



Blue      You need to examine the-
      A pain pinches behind your eyes, and they wander, catching the colors vying for attention. Catching the blue.
      The blue reflects first off the chrome shaker, reflecting a spot on the stack of coasters. It’s the algae-tinged green-blue of an old lake, a hint of ancient wisdom in the brand new bar Alain asked you in to do business. You follow the color to your cuff. Your blue has less green, a stretch of sky at ten in the morning, a statement of freedom in the awkward spot Alain has put you in. It's broken only by a single cloud, an opal cufflink with only promise, no meaning. You try again to focus on the-
      You blink. A royal blue reflects off the yellow-orange of the cognac. It bounces around, reflects off your snifter, your watch, your glasses. The light above is supposed to make everyone feel strong, feel invincible, never let tomorrow’s consequence ruin their good n

by kitsune-kij



(1) The Necklace    The cool blue lighting in the lounge that evening whisked me into an ethereal realm bathed in moonlight.  If I hadn’t known any better, I would have sworn I’d see stars if I looked up from the bar, rather than the dark nothingness beyond the lights hanging from the ceiling.  A glass of Courvoisier hung precariously in my hand, my fingers dancing along the glass while I took in the sweet smell wafting forth from the glass’s edge, anticipating its taste against my lips.  I was simply biding my time; I was waiting for someone.
    Her.
    Mysterious and elusive, she had been a woman of few words.  A momentary glace that couldn’t be mistaken, I had approached her.  Introductions omitted, she let me know what was on her mind.
    The Blue Lagoon, be there at nine.
    Her hands then slowly reached up behind her silk neck, her fingers effortlessly unclasping the ocean-blue necklace

by OneWithTheStars






CONTEST: A Guy Walks Into A Bar...


Over the next several weeks I will be posting a series of images we used for a project with Garamond Magazine that all have a common visual theme; i.e. A guy (or gal) walks into a bar...

I thought it would be fun to use some of our reference images for a creative writing contest. It's easy, just write a short scene or character vignette inspired by the reference image. Note: There will be multiple contests, one for each reference image that we post. This is the first one.

A Guy Walks Into A Bar Contest
Image No. 1 - "The Necklace"


GG01_1 by jademacalla

Contest Details

General: The story / vignette should be obviously inspired by the reference image, incorporating details such as clothing, objects, mood, and attitude.

Length: 250 - 500 words

Tone & Style: Wide open! The piece can be serious, humorous, old-fashioned, edgy, really anything. You can use any point of view.

Genre: Any (Although this would probably be influenced by the specifics of the reference image. Probably.) 

Judging: Based on creativity, style, and integration of the image's details.

Deadline: CLOSED

Submitting Entries: Any way you'd like; dA message, email (jademacalla at gmail), or you can submit it as artwork on dA and send the link.  

Prizes:
- One (1) 3-Month Premium Subscription to DA
- A feature in my journal

Let me know if you have any questions. 

Good luck.

Howdy, Cats! 


I am quite certain that this is the longest time I have ever been away from dA. This is confirmed by the number of notifications and such in my inbox when I returned - never has there been such a cascade waiting for me. My absence wasn't by choice, of course; I (rather unexpectedly) had to spend a little time in the hospital. All is going well now, though; my recovery is on track and I should be able to leap about goofily (and take pictures) in a few months.  But it's great to be back and to see all the beautiful work you all have been creating.


THEWALLEH In The OKC


Walleh by jademacalla

Many of you know that my dear friend and fellow photo-ref creator, Wallace (aka Nisori), is also a DJ of some renown who goes my the handle THEWALLEH.  Well, he's gearing up to storm the mid-western mecca of dance music known as Oklahoma City, and he needs your help. Check out THIS LINK to vote for him in the contest that could result in him spreading the Robot Gospel to the heartland.  But first check out THIS LINK to hear the fantastic mix that he submitted to the contest. 

I hope you'll vote; the musically lost of the midwest need the Robot Gospel!


Recent Photo-Ref Uses


Here are a few of the very cool images that awaited me on my return. I'll never stop being amazed by your creativity.

Under the Rain by sirpsychosexy8  ~  Falling by bataulai

The scout by El-Niphrendil


It's great to be back. More soon.

Hey, Comrades. The entire cast of The Green Cat Cabaret has voted and the winning entries are...


F I R S T - P L A C E - E N T R Y

Chat Vert by Azifri
by Azifri
~
A whimsical take on a cabaret classic. The cast loved the playful style,
 the green accents, and the first rate rendering of the distinctive
typography. A wonderful homage.




 S E C O N D  - P L A C E - E N T R Y

Green Cat Cabaret Tavern Sign by Ronron84

by Ronron84
~
The cast really dug the traditional carved wood feel of the sign
and the integration of the Green Cat logo (including the fact that
the cats are NOT green - a strange Green Cat fact).



Congratulations to the winning artists. Be sure to check out the rest of their work in their respective galleries.

More soon. And, of course, we would love for you to join us at the next Green Cat Cabaret. Check here for details.   This poster gives a little hint of the fun that is in store...

Green Cat Cabaret: Terra Show III by jademacalla






A big thanks to all the artists who entered the contest - check out all the entries below!

Now it's time for the cast and crew of The Green Cat (all 42 of them) to vote on the entries. As you can imagine it'll take a few days, but we'll be back with the results as soon as possible. In the mean time, be sure to check out the descriptions on all the images below to get a feel for the various worlds. And while you're there, check out all the other great work in the galleries of these super artists.

A L L - T H E - E N T R I E S
Alice and the Green Cat Cabaret by mcat711



The Green Cat Cabaret: Antaires edition by AzifriA Night at the Green Katz Cabaret by Azifri ~ Chat Vert by Azifri



Green Cat Cabaret Tavern Sign - 1920s by Ronron84 ~ Green Cat Cabaret Tavern Sign by Ronron84 ~ Green Cat Cabaret Tavern Sign - Halloween World by Ronron84









GREEN CAT dA CONTEST 03 - TAVERN SIGNS


The mission of this contest is to create an original work of art that shows what a "Tavern Sign" for The Green Cat Cabaret would look like on ANY of the worlds where the Green Cat opens its doors. By "Tavern Sign" we mean something like the signs you see swinging over the doors of English pubs: on Earth they look like these

TAVERN SIGN CONTEST DETAILS
For this contest you can create a "Tavern Sign" for The Green Cat as it would look on your favorite world. The unique thing about The Green Cat is that it can open its doors to ANY world at any time or historical period. So one might see a sign for The Green Cat down the road from The Prancing Pony in Bree (Middle-earth) or outside a sleek glassine building on The Grid (TRON) or outside an art deco dancehall from this Earth's past or in a seedy back-ally in the world of Blade Runner. In each case the sign would "fit" in that world.

The only element that must be on the tavern sign is a text block that says "The Green Cat Cabaret", but you can add any other elements you like to the design. See below for links to info about The Green Cat.

Please include the specific world or time period your "tavern sign" is from (e.g. "The Green Cat's tavern sign as it would look in the world of TRON"). If your world happens to be one of your own creation (which is fine), just be sure to tell us a little about your world so we understand how it fits.

Judging will be based in part on how well the tavern sign fits the look and feel of the world it is from. 

General Contest Details

1) You may enter as many images as you like.

2) Entries can be in any medium you like.

3) Remember to note the specific world your tavern sign is from; e.g. Blade Runner, Star Wars, Skyrim, 1920s era Earth, Age of Pirates, TRON, The Matrix, etc. 

4) DEADLINE: September 30, 2014 - 23:59 PST


PRIZES


First Place Prize Pack
- 3-month Premium Membership to deviantART (or the equivalent in Points)
- An audio or video blog entry in which a cast member promotes you and your art
- A Green Cat Cabaret postcard signed by a bunch of the cast members
- A feature in my journal

Second Place Prize Pack
- A Green Cat Cabaret postcard signed by a bunch of the cast members
- A feature in my journal

BIG PRIZE TWIST

There will be one 1st Prize and one 2nd Prize for every 11 artists who enter this contest! For example, if we receive entries from 33 different artists there will be three (3) 1st Prize winners and three (3) 2nd Prize winners. So spread the word and encourage your comrades to submit an entry - that will increase everyone's chance of winning something.  (Note: The number of entries that each individual artist submits does not impact this, just the number of individual artists who enter.)


GREEN CAT INFO & RESOURCES

The Green Cat Cabaret exists at the crossroads of many realities. Our unique relationship to Time, Space, and the twin realms of Dream and Story allows us to welcome guests, and feature acts, from a multitude of diverse and fantastic worlds. The Green Cat does not actually move through time and space, but it can open DOORWAYS to almost anywhere or anywhen. Our performers and guests come from across the worlds; the Star Wars universe, the Forgotten Realms, the past, present, and future of Terra (aka Earth), the Grid, the Matrix, Faerie, the lands of the Gods, and (literally) any place else one can imagine. 

Because our performers can hail from nearly anywhere, the Green Cat is renowned for the extraordinary acts that have appeared on our stage; prophetic fire dancers from Venus, aerialists from a Terra where magick drove out technology, playfully naughty faeries from the court of Queen Mab, and the list goes on.

The Green Cat's Official Website

The Green Cat on Facebook and Tumblr

Info and Images of our Staff and Regular Patrons

Photos from our shows

Here's a (sort of) sample Tavern Sign for a world we like:
Green Cat Tavern Sign Contest: Sample by jademacalla

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Please let me know if you have any questions. We can't wait to see what you come up with!





Jade's Stock Usage Boilerplate


The rule of thumb with my stock is: (Almost) No Rules. Do whatever non-commercial thing you want with them. Use them for pose references. Create astounding composite images. Tweak the saturation by 1% and call it art (perhaps it is). Print them out and use them for target practice or make origami stoats. If you are inspired to DO something, then I am happy. You do not have to credit me or show me what you do with them, but (as any sane person would) I would love to see what you create.

If you can somehow use them to help you make a little dough that's great, just contact me so we can work something out.

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Stock & Resources


GENERAL THOUGHTS
Broadly defined, Action Stock is any photo-reference in which the subject is doing SOMETHING. That 'something' does not need to be extreme or particularly kinetic, it just has to show the effects of various forces on the bodies (or other objects) in the image. Perusing an artifact, sitting on someone's knee, even enjoying the aroma of a cup of coffee are great examples of actions that, when explored as stock images, can be of great value to artists.

Bridger Mehmood (9) by anyman82 ~ Lovers 8 by kirilee ~ Hot Cuppa Sitting Preview by Null-Entity

Of course, there is nothing wrong with extreme, kinetic, over-the-top actions, either...

Weapons Wench 40 by kirilee ~ A Gentleman's Last Act Dive 13 by Null-Entity ~ Finish Him - Pose Reference for Drawing by SenshiStock ~ Street Fighter 11 by syccas-stock

It's worth stating the obvious: if you are interested in exploring the more "kinetic" end of the action spectrum, know your limits. Don't work beyond your skill level and observe all necessary safety precautions; no shot is worth getting hurt over.



BODIES IN MOTION
Consider the visible effects of forces on objects when designing the shot. Clothing, hair, and body position/tension are the things that most clearly show gravity and motion.

WUC13 - 3 by jademacalla ~ The Stick 2 by DaeStock ~ Sci-fi Geisha 45 by kirilee ~ Otherworld Remix 9 by lindowyn-stock

Sometimes you may have to hack gravity a little but...

Melted Wings 6 by PirateLotus-Stock ~ Traveller 11 by dazzle-stock



AN ADDED DIMENSION
As with any photo-reference image, action shots can benefit from the addition of interesting/unexpected angles and foreshortening.

Operator Soldier Stock - 53 by Nemesis-19 ~ ~ RTA_Preview by jademacalla ~ Staff Perspective - Pose Reference by SenshiStock

Likewise, subject orientation gives the artists who use action shots more options...

Apoc-Survivor (33) by anyman82 ~ Treasure Hunter-50 by Nemesis-19 ~ F2_AA_03 - Preview by jademacalla ~ Alanna41 by faestock



LIGHT
The subjects of gear and technique are too broad for this forum, but it's probably worth mentioning that you should understand your gear well enough to get the result you want. If you want to freeze your subject in mid-flight you need enough light to allow for the appropriately fast shutter speed; generally this means the use of either strobes or daylight.

REQ13_mr_boom3 by jademacalla ~ Jump 21 by DaeStock ~ Chandar 4 by b-e-c-k-y-stock ~ MAT_05 by jademacalla




If you've never played around with action-oriented stock images I hope you'll give it a try; the main thing is to have fun and be careful.  The sky's the limit.

hawaii exclusives 6 by magikstock ~ Forest Queen 22 by kirilee ~ Ascend And Reach - Eye Level 03 by Null-Entity ~  Southron Archer 4 by lindowyn-stock

Howdy, Comrades! I am very pleased to report that you can now buy the first item (of hopefully many) from cool clothier We Love Fine to feature a design from one of my favorite artists in the galaxy; Patty McPancakes! It's star-spangled bad-assitude that you can pull over your head and wear any place where clothing is favored.

Shieldshirt by jademacalla

Check it out. Get one and wear it whilst you fight supervillains (or various other maniacs who have scary red skulls instead of faces). Be the envy of all the other folks who love grungy superhero iconography.

Here are some other great images from :iconpattymcpancakes: McPancakes. (These aren't on T-shirts yet, but perhaps someday...)

Sketch 008: Benedict Holmes by PattyMcPancakes ~ sketch 018: bride of frankenstein by PattyMcPancakes

'He's no good to me dead' (EXCLUSIVE PRINT) by PattyMcPancakes



She's boss. Keep an eye on her.






Jade's Stock Usage Boilerplate


The rule of thumb with my stock is: (Almost) No Rules. Do whatever non-commercial thing you want with them. Use them for pose references. Create astounding composite images. Tweak the saturation by 1% and call it art (perhaps it is). Print them out and use them for target practice or make origami stoats. If you are inspired to DO something, then I am happy. You do not have to credit me or show me what you do with them, but (as any sane person would) I would love to see what you create.

If you can somehow use them to help you make a little dough that's great, just contact me so we can work something out.

_
Howdy, Comrades! Hope you have all been well. Today I would like you draw your attention to a very worthy Kickstarter campaign being run by a dear friend, Ms. Angela Sasser (aka AngelaSasser or Angelic-Shades).  If you know Angela you are already aware that aside from being an exceptional artist she is also an inspiring, well-researched, and well-spoken advocate for following one's passion and living/working as an independent artist.

She's exploring Kickstarter as a vehicle for pursuing specific projects and, as with everything she tackles, she is going about it in a well-researched, systematic way AND sharing her experience will everyone so that they can benefit from her process. In this case she is pitching a series of beautiful Art Nouveau Birthstone watercolors. I hope you will check out her campaign; here's the LINK.  Here are a few of Angela's images, either directly or indirectly related to this project;

Lady of January by AngelaSasser ~ Winter Light by AngelaSasser ~ Lady of December (Traditional Version) by AngelaSasser

Whether you decide to support Angela's campaign is, of course, up to you. That is the beauty and strength of the Kickstarter platform for artists; it can be a very valuable tool in helping to decide what types of projects to work on and where to focus our efforts.

Keep an eye on :iconangelasasser:AngelaSasser's post to get the full scoop her experiences with this project. I guarantee you'll pick up some useful info.

PS. I had the distinct pleasure of chatting with Angela a couple years ago. if you want to hear a bit about her art, her interests, and her obsession with Assassin's Creed, our chat is here...




PPS. If you are going to DRAGON CON, be sure to stop by and say 'Howdy' to Angela in the Artist's Alley!

Angelic Shades at DragonCon 2014 by AngelaSasser
Hey, Comrades! Immediately below are the first several entries in this Tavern Sign contest. Since these fantastic images came in within the past several days let's extend the contest just a bit, in case anyone needs a little more time. The deadline is extended by one week to September 30, 2014 - 23:59 PST.   Be sure to click on the images below to learn more about the worlds in which these signs hang and to see more of these artists' great work. Look below the entries for more details on the contest.


E N T R I E S


Alice and the Green Cat Cabaret by mcat711



The Green Cat Cabaret: Antaires edition by Azifri



Green Cat Cabaret Tavern Sign by Ronron84 ~ Green Cat Cabaret Tavern Sign - Halloween World by Ronron84









GREEN CAT dA CONTEST 03 - TAVERN SIGNS


The mission of this contest is to create an original work of art that shows what a "Tavern Sign" for The Green Cat Cabaret would look like on ANY of the worlds where the Green Cat opens its doors. By "Tavern Sign" we mean something like the signs you see swinging over the doors of English pubs: on Earth they look like these

TAVERN SIGN CONTEST DETAILS
For this contest you can create a "Tavern Sign" for The Green Cat as it would look on your favorite world. The unique thing about The Green Cat is that it can open its doors to ANY world at any time or historical period. So one might see a sign for The Green Cat down the road from The Prancing Pony in Bree (Middle-earth) or outside a sleek glassine building on The Grid (TRON) or outside an art deco dancehall from this Earth's past or in a seedy back-ally in the world of Blade Runner. In each case the sign would "fit" in that world.

The only element that must be on the tavern sign is a text block that says "The Green Cat Cabaret", but you can add any other elements you like to the design. See below for links to info about The Green Cat.

Please include the specific world or time period your "tavern sign" is from (e.g. "The Green Cat's tavern sign as it would look in the world of TRON"). If your world happens to be one of your own creation (which is fine), just be sure to tell us a little about your world so we understand how it fits.

Judging will be based in part on how well the tavern sign fits the look and feel of the world it is from. 

General Contest Details

1) You may enter as many images as you like.

2) Entries can be in any medium you like.

3) Remember to note the specific world your tavern sign is from; e.g. Blade Runner, Star Wars, Skyrim, 1920s era Earth, Age of Pirates, TRON, The Matrix, etc. 

4) DEADLINE: September 30, 2014 - 23:59 PST


PRIZES


First Place Prize Pack
- 3-month Premium Membership to deviantART (or the equivalent in Points)
- An audio or video blog entry in which a cast member promotes you and your art
- A Green Cat Cabaret postcard signed by a bunch of the cast members
- A feature in my journal

Second Place Prize Pack
- A Green Cat Cabaret postcard signed by a bunch of the cast members
- A feature in my journal

BIG PRIZE TWIST

There will be one 1st Prize and one 2nd Prize for every 11 artists who enter this contest! For example, if we receive entries from 33 different artists there will be three (3) 1st Prize winners and three (3) 2nd Prize winners. So spread the word and encourage your comrades to submit an entry - that will increase everyone's chance of winning something.  (Note: The number of entries that each individual artist submits does not impact this, just the number of individual artists who enter.)


GREEN CAT INFO & RESOURCES

The Green Cat Cabaret exists at the crossroads of many realities. Our unique relationship to Time, Space, and the twin realms of Dream and Story allows us to welcome guests, and feature acts, from a multitude of diverse and fantastic worlds. The Green Cat does not actually move through time and space, but it can open DOORWAYS to almost anywhere or anywhen. Our performers and guests come from across the worlds; the Star Wars universe, the Forgotten Realms, the past, present, and future of Terra (aka Earth), the Grid, the Matrix, Faerie, the lands of the Gods, and (literally) any place else one can imagine. 

Because our performers can hail from nearly anywhere, the Green Cat is renowned for the extraordinary acts that have appeared on our stage; prophetic fire dancers from Venus, aerialists from a Terra where magick drove out technology, playfully naughty faeries from the court of Queen Mab, and the list goes on.

The Green Cat's Official Website

The Green Cat on Facebook and Tumblr

Info and Images of our Staff and Regular Patrons

Photos from our shows

Here's a (sort of) sample Tavern Sign for a world we like:
Green Cat Tavern Sign Contest: Sample by jademacalla

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Please let me know if you have any questions. We can't wait to see what you come up with!





Jade's Stock Usage Boilerplate


The rule of thumb with my stock is: (Almost) No Rules. Do whatever non-commercial thing you want with them. Use them for pose references. Create astounding composite images. Tweak the saturation by 1% and call it art (perhaps it is). Print them out and use them for target practice or make origami stoats. If you are inspired to DO something, then I am happy. You do not have to credit me or show me what you do with them, but (as any sane person would) I would love to see what you create.

If you can somehow use them to help you make a little dough that's great, just contact me so we can work something out.

_
Too (BLANK) Tuesday Update
"Too (BLANK) Tuesday" began a few weeks ago and we've been having a lot of fun with it. Please join me in marveling at just how cool (and wacky) my friends are. Also, Tuesday is coming up! Join in the fun and post something crazy!

Too Good To Put Down Tuesday by Null-Entity ~ Hulk Scream by Cassy-Blue ~ To Heavy Reading Tuesday by Null-Entity ~ Too OOC Tuesday. by ARCrebs ~ Too Short From Above Tuesday by Null-Entity ~ TOO FUNNY TUESDAY by magikstock ~ Too Catty Tuesday by ARCrebs ~ Too Easily Pleased Tuesday by Null-Entity ~ Walk like an....Frankenstein? by Cassy-Blue ~ To Twerking Tuesday by Null-Entity

Check out the full-size images for additional humorous commentary. And then check out the rest of their galleries for the "real stuff", because each of these artists is excellent!


Too (BLANK) Tuesday Summary
I am kicking off what I hope will be a weekly feature titled: Too (BLANK) Tuesday, in which I will post an image each Tuesday that I would otherwise NEVER post. The (BLANK) of course can stand for "goofy" or "weird" or "strange" or "conceptual" or "under exposed" or anything else that normally renders a stock image un-postable. T(B)T images may not be that useful, but perhaps they will be interesting or funny. Or both.

For example, "Hey, it's 'Too (BLANK) Tuesday' so I guess I should post that image of me wearing the Winnie The Pooh pajamas with the little footies sewn into them..." :D

Also, 
I challenge all of my stock-producing comrades to join me in this exciting (and ridiculous) new trend. You know you have 6 metric tons of really horrible images hidden away, so here's your chance to do something with them. The goofier the better!


EXTREMELY COOL STOCK-USE IMAGE

Too Cool 4 School by :icondragon-kiss: ~ Dragon-Kiss

Too cool 4 school by Dragon-Kiss

One of my favorite stock-use images of all time, made by one of the most clever and technically competent compositors out there; Dragon-Kiss. I love it because it was made using a T(B)T image that I posted (didn't think it would be used for anything) and also because I get to drive off a cliff with dear friend SenshiStock (aka Sakky Attacky). His work is always very fun and very well made. 



GREEN CAT CABARET FUN...COMING UP
Artist friends! Sharpen your pencils and calibrate your styli; there's a new Green Cat Cabaret Contest on the horizon. Stay tuned for details and check out some Green Cat info to prep.  Here are some links:

www.facebook.com/greencatcabar…
greencatcabaret.com/home.htm
www.facebook.com/greencatcabar…

The Green Cat: Live Your Story by jademacalla








Jade's Stock Usage Boilerplate


The rule of thumb with my stock is: (Almost) No Rules. Do whatever non-commercial thing you want with them. Use them for pose references. Create astounding composite images. Tweak the saturation by 1% and call it art (perhaps it is). Print them out and use them for target practice or make origami stoats. If you are inspired to DO something, then I am happy. You do not have to credit me or show me what you do with them, but (as any sane person would) I would love to see what you create.

If you can somehow use them to help you make a little dough that's great, just contact me so we can work something out.

_

Whenever I see that I have been tagged I can’t help imagining that I’ve been shot with a tranquilizer dart, dragged to the back of some biologist’s truck, and had a transciever attached to my ear before being released back into the wild. Friend and fellow stock producer, Cassy-Blue , posits the following…

1. What's your favorite book
Literally the toughest question anyone could ask me. I might have a chance with “What are your top three favorite books in each of these 32 genres or categories?”, but choosing one all-time fave? Sheesh!

If I were to limit it to the category of ‘Speculative Fiction’ (which is a big one), I would say “Neuromancer”, by William Gibson (but I would also have to include “Count Zero” and “Mona Lisa Overdrive”, and I would justify doing so by pointing out that they can be seen as one big story.)

2. Would you rather spend the weekend end at the beach or the weekend in the woods?
The woods; as long as there was a good-sized river close by.


3 The song you hate the most?
“Hillbilly Deluxe”, by Brooks & Dunn. As much as I dislike almost all music from the 70s, this song trumps them all.


4. Would you rather be trapped in the Louvre or trapped in the Everglades
Since I have already been trapped in the Everglades I’d go for the Louvre.


5. If you could play an instrument what would it be?
Cello, as long as I could play like YoYo Ma AND Eicca Toppinen (not necessarily at the same time).


6. What's the weirdest food you've ever had?
Either live shrimp or Spanish moss.


7. You see a big bug. It's not a cockroach, what do you do?
Depends on whether there is something particularly cool about it, but probably nothing.


8. If you were a mad scientist what would you use your science powers for?
Weird Science.


9. Star Trek or Star Wars or Never?
Star Wars, but not for the usual reasons…


10. Which would you rather face, a big alligator or a giant python?
If I were within 20 feet of it, a giant python.  Unless its giant size had also given it incredible speed.  And what qualifies as ‘giant’?  Thirty feet long?  The diameter of a city bus? I think this question needs more specifically defined reptiles.



Hmmmmmmmmmm.

Stay tuned for some new Green Cat stuff.

More soon.






Jade's Stock Usage Boilerplate


The rule of thumb with my stock is: (Almost) No Rules. Do whatever non-commercial thing you want with them. Use them for pose references. Create astounding composite images. Tweak the saturation by 1% and call it art (perhaps it is). Print them out and use them for target practice or make origami stoats. If you are inspired to DO something, then I am happy. You do not have to credit me or show me what you do with them, but (as any sane person would) I would love to see what you create.

If you can somehow use them to help you make a little dough that's great, just contact me so we can work something out.

_

Ladies and Gentlemen, "Too (BLANK) Tuesday" has begun! Please join me in marveling at just how cool (and wacky) my friends are...

TOO FUNNY TUESDAY by magikstock
Too FUNNY Tuesday
by magikstock



Too Catty Tuesday by ARCrebs
Too CATTY Tuesday
by ARCrebs



Walk like an....Frankenstein? by Cassy-Blue
Too WALK LIKE AN...FRANKENSTEIN Tuesday
by Cassy-Blue

 
Please check out the full-size images for additional humorous commentary. And then check out the rest of their galleries for the "real stuff", because each of these artists is excellent!

And my entry for this week...

TOO BIZARRE TUESDAY - 02 by jademacalla
Too BIZARRE Tuesday

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Howdy, Cats!  Tonight I am kicking off the first of what I hope will be a weekly feature titled: Too (BLANK) Tuesday, in which I will post an image each Tuesday that I would otherwise NEVER post. The (BLANK) of course can stand for "goofy" or "weird" or "strange" or "conceptual" or "under exposed" or anything else that normally renders a stock image un-postable. TBT images may not be that useful, but perhaps they will be interesting or funny. Or both. 

For example, "Hey, it's 'Too (BLANK) Tuesday' so I guess I should post that image of me wearing the Winnie The Pooh pajamas with the little footies sewn into them..." :D

Also, I challenge all of my stock-producing comrades to join me in this exciting (and ridiculous) new trend. You know you have 6 metric tons of really horrible images hidden away, so here's your chance to do something with them. The goofier the better!

Let's see if anyone can jump on the band wagon this very evening! Remember, the BLANK can stand for just about anything...

Here's the first one:

TBT_01 by jademacalla

Obviously, this week was "Too Freakin' Odd Tuesday". We'll have to see where the next one goes...






Jade's Stock Usage Boilerplate


The rule of thumb with my stock is: (Almost) No Rules. Do whatever non-commercial thing you want with them. Use them for pose references. Create astounding composite images. Tweak the saturation by 1% and call it art (perhaps it is). Print them out and use them for target practice or make origami stoats. If you are inspired to DO something, then I am happy. You do not have to credit me or show me what you do with them, but (as any sane person would) I would love to see what you create.

If you can somehow use them to help you make a little dough that's great, just contact me so we can work something out.

_

Dammit!!!   Hey, Comrades. Sometimes I really wish I could take a night off from running the most interesting nightclub in the multiverse and hang out at conventions in California.

One of my favorite artists in the whole damn world PattyMcPancakes :iconpattymcpancakes: is going to be at Wondercon 2014 in Anaheim, CA - April 18-20. Since I'll be otherwise engaged hosting 4 of the 9 muses, a Sith High Inquisitor, at least 2 gods, a matchmaking program from the Grid, and who knows who else, I won't be able to visit her. So please go visit her for me!  If you are anywhere near Anaheim, stop in and say "Howdy!", for god's sake!

She really is an incredible artist, and a super-nice gal, so check out her stuff; here in her gallery or at the show (Artist Ally Booth AA-002).  Here's her promotional info graphic...



Of course, if you are going to be near Tampa, Florida that weekend (April 19th) you should definitely come to The Green Cat Cabaret!

greencatcabaret.com/home.htm

www.facebook.com/greencatcabar…
visionsofthegreencat.tumblr.co…

Visions of the Green Cat is a visual journey through some of the extraordinary worlds onto which The Green Cat opens its doors.


As some of you know, The Green Cat Cabaret started a page on Tumblr not too long ago to better manage some of the visual collateral related to our night club. We soon noticed that we were seeing a great many images on Tumblr that reminded us of some of the worlds that the Green Cat touches, the worlds where our performers and regulars spend most of their lives.

So we created a new Tumblr page to showcase some of these images (and to share some secret bits of info about our staff, performers, and guests...)

We hope you'll check it out.

visionsofthegreencat.tumblr.co…


PS. Some of these images and tiny biographical vignettes might prove helpful for visual artists interested in our next Green Cat Cabaret contest...but those details are still secret...  :D


The Green Cat: Live Your Story by jademacalla













Jade's Stock Usage Boilerplate


The rule of thumb with my stock is: (Almost) No Rules. Do whatever non-commercial thing you want with them. Use them for pose references. Create astounding composite images. Tweak the saturation by 1% and call it art (perhaps it is). Print them out and use them for target practice or make origami stoats. If you are inspired to DO something, then I am happy. You do not have to credit me or show me what you do with them, but (as any sane person would) I would love to see what you create.

If you can somehow use them to help you make a little dough that's great, just contact me so we can work something out.

_




Hey, Comrades! A quick little news digest to keep you in the know about the goings-on around these parts.


GREEN CAT NEWS


The Green Cat on Tumblr and Twitter

We've added a couple of new nodes to our multiverse-spanning communications grid. So check us out on Tumblr and/or Twitter to see all the new Green Cat stuff as soon as it hits.

Green Cat on TUMBLR

Green Cat on TWITTER



FEATURED ARTIST

Exceptional works that incorporate some
aspect of my photo reference images



:iconstetsenko:  ~  Stetsenko

Splinter Cell : Blacklist by Stetsenko

I'm always impressed by very good compositors. Artists who are able to use many stock and reference images to create something seamless and entirely new. Of course, strong technical skills are required for this, but one cannot discount the role of pure creativity and imagination.

This image by Stetsenko is one such; the original images are clearly there, but the finished product is much more than the sum of the parts.Here are a couple more images by this talented artist.

Cover Art Battlefield by Stetsenko  ~  Battlefield Girl by Stetsenko


More soon.
Comrades, I cannot tell you how glad I am that the entire cast of the Green Cat Cabaret was involved in judging this contest, because it was TOUGH. All the entries were fantastic. The votes have been tabulated, though, so without further ado, the winning entries...


FIRST PRIZE WINNERS



Darach McLain (3) by anyman82  ~ Darach McLain (1) by anyman82  ~ Darach McLain (8) by anyman82

Darach McLain (Staff)

Temporo-Spatial Engineer "Portal Wrangler"



The Ornithologist by magikstock  ~  The Ornithologist 3 by magikstock  ~  The Ornithologist 2 by magikstock

Luscinia Corvas
Regular Patron (Ornithologist)



SECOND PRIZE WINNERS



Robin G. Fuchs (Contest Entry 1) by Varjohaltia

Robin G. Fuchs

Regular Patron (Traveler)



Ragnarok Morkson stock 1 by TheDragonSensi  ~ Ragnarok Morkson stock 2 by TheDragonSensi  ~ Ragnarok Morkson stock 3 by TheDragonSensi

Ragnarök Mørkson (Staff)

Bouncer / Security




HONORABLE MENTION



The Triptych of Space Scoundrels by ARCrebs


Katt Nipperson by ARCrebs
Katt Nipperson
Regular Patron
Confidence Cat and Illicit 'Nip Dealer

Nori Theron 3 by ARCrebs
Nori Theron
Regular Patron
Bounty Hunter

The Insurgent 3 by ARCrebs
The Insurgent
Performer
Spatial-Kinetic Magician




Congratulations to all the winners! And a big thanks to all the great artists who entered our contest. It's no exaggeration that this was one of the coolest contests that we have ever hosted! Every entry was fantastic.

Now, for all you artists who like to use stock images in your creations... stay tuned for the next contest!

More soon.








Hey, Comrades!

We've reached the deadline for entries and all the submissions are in; now it's on to judging. If you've seen the entries you know that this is one of the hardest contests to judge that we've ever hosted. That's why I've enlisted the ENTIRE CAST of The Green Cat Cabaret to help judge this contest. There are a bunch of them and they are from all over the multiverse, so it'll take a couple days; but as soon as the results are in we'll announce them here. 

Follow this link to see all the Contest Entries.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered. You all created an incredible line-up of characters. No matter how the judging goes, we would be proud for all of you to join us at The Green Cat. 

More soon.






GREEN CAT dA CONTEST 02 - STOCK PHOTOS


The mission of this contest is to create an original model stock photo (portrait or full body) the portrays either a performer, regular guest, or staff member of The Green Cat Cabaret. The fun part is that, in light of the strange extra-dimensional qualities of The Green Cat, your character can be almost anyone or anything from anywhere or anywhen!

The only additional requirement is that each entry must be accompanied by the "character's" name, role, and a little background.

CONTEST DETAILS

1) You may enter as many UNIQUE CHARACTERS as you like. Each entry should consist of an image of the character, the character's name, the character's role at The Green Cat (performer, regular patron, staff), and background info about the character (the level of detail is up to you, but the judges like a little detail). You may post more than one image of the character if you like, but that will not affect the judging.

2) Each entry should be in the form of a model stock photo (portrait or full body); i.e. the photo needs to be posted to one of the Stock Images / Model /... galleries. The additional required information should be in the image description.  Here's a sample:

Green Cat Stock Photo Contest - SAMPLE by jademacalla
(sample entry)

3) Judging will be based on the creativity of the stock photo and also the creativity of the background information. 

3) DEADLINE: 02 MARCH 2014 - 23:59 PST


PRIZES

First Place Prize Pack
- The addition of your character into the official Green Cat canon
- 3-month Premium Membership to deviantART
- Exclusive set of 25 of my unpublished stock images
- A Green Cat Cabaret postcard signed by some of the cast
- A feature in my journal

Second Place Prize Pack
- The addition of your character into The Green Cat canon
- Exclusive set of 12 of my unpublished stock images
- A Green Cat Cabaret postcard signed by some of the cast
- A feature in my journal

BIG PRIZE TWIST
There will be one 1st Prize and one 2nd Prize for every 8 artists who enter this contest! For example, if we receive entries from 40 different artists there will be five (5) 1st Prize winners and five (5) 2nd Prize winners. So spread the word and encourage your comrades to submit something - that will increase everyone's chance of winning something.

(Note: The number of entries that each individual artist submits does not impact this, just the number of individual artists who enter.)


Good luck to you all, can't wait to see what you come up with. The basic project info is below, in case you want a little more background The Cat. You can learn even more about The Green Cat Cabaret here: greencatcabaret.spruz.com/ . Please feel free to ask if you have any questions.


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About The Green Cat Cabaret

The Green Cat Cabaret exists at the crossroads of many realities. Our unique relationship to Time, Space, and the twin realms of Dream and Story allows us to welcome guests, and feature acts, from a multitude of diverse and fantastic worlds. The Green Cat does not actually move through time and space, but it can open DOORWAYS to almost anywhere or anywhen. Our performers and guests come from across the worlds; the Star Wars universe, the Forgotten Realms, the past, present, and future of Terra (aka Earth), the Grid, the Matrix, Faerie, the lands of the Gods, and (literally) any place else one can imagine. 

Because our performers can hail from nearly anywhere, the Green Cat is renowned for the extraordinary acts that have appeared on our stage; prophetic fire dancers from Venus, aerialists from a Terra where magick drove out technology, playfully naughty faeries from the court of Queen Mab, and the list goes on.


These are the entries for our Green Cat Cabaret Stock Photo Character Contest! 

Visit this Journal entry for complete contest details. And be sure to check out the description text for all the entries below to learn about each character's role at The Green Cat Cabaret.


CONTEST ENTRIES



Katt Nipperson by ARCrebs

Katt Nipperson
Regular Patron - Confidence Cat and Illicit 'Nip Dealer

by ARCrebs




Nori Theron 2 by ARCrebs

Nori Theron 4 by ARCrebs  ~  Nori Theron by ARCrebs  ~  Nori Theron 3 by ARCrebs

Nori Theron
Regular Patron - Bounty Hunter
by ARCrebs




The Insurgent 4 by ARCrebs

The Insurgent by ARCrebs  ~  The Insurgent 2 by ARCrebs  ~  The Insurgent 3 by ARCrebs

The Insurgent
Performer - Spatial-Kinetic Magician
by ARCrebs




Kitty, aka Karen #1 by ebenbrooks

Kitty, aka Karen #2 by ebenbrooks  ~  Kitty, aka Karen #3 by ebenbrooks

Kitty (aka Karen Lexus)
Regular Patron and Performer (Superhero)




The Green Cat Cabaret - Pikzi 4 by HiddenYume-stock  ~  The Green Cat Caberet - Pikzi 5 by HiddenYume-stock
The Green Cat Caberet: Pikzi 1 by HiddenYume-stock  ~  The Green Cat Cabaret - Pikzi 2 by HiddenYume-stock  ~  The Green Cat Cabaret - Pikzi 3 by HiddenYume-stock

Pikzipheliopia Magnificarileen (affectionately Pikzi)
Staff - Cocktail Waitress and Bartender




Possessed Patient Preview 02 by Null-Entity  ~  Possessed Patient Preview 01 by Null-Entity  ~  Possessed Patient Preview 03 by Null-Entity

Jebediah Raymond Williams (Staff)
Live-in Drinks Taster




The Ornithologist by magikstock

The Ornithologist 4 by magikstock  ~  The Ornithologist 3 by magikstock  ~  The Ornithologist 2 by magikstock

Luscinia Corvas
Regular Patron (Ornithologist)




Bridger Mehmood (9) by anyman82  ~  Bridger Mehmood (2) by anyman82  ~  Bridger Mehmood (4) by anyman82

Dr. Bridger Alexander Mehmood
Regular Patron (Trophy Hunter)




Jane Benton Stock 1 by Cassy-Blue  ~  
Jane Benton Stock 2 by Cassy-Blue  ~  Jane Benton Stock 20 by Cassy-Blue

Jane Benton Stock 3 by Cassy-Blue  ~  Jane Benton Stock 4 by Cassy-Blue  ~  Jane Benton Stock 6 by Cassy-Blue

Jane Benton

Regular Patron (Collector of Living Jewels)

by Cassy-Blue





Aleksander Kolodejchuk (TGC Contest) by Soratheartist

Aleksander Kolodejchuk (Staff)

Deputy Chief of Security




Green Cat stock photo contest - Sil 3 by FreyaSheara  ~ Green Cat stock photo contest - Sil 5 by FreyaSheara
Green Cat stock photo contest - Sil 2 by FreyaSheara  ~ Green Cat stock photo contest - Sil 1 by FreyaSheara  ~ Green Cat stock photo contest - Sil 4 by FreyaSheara

Sil Roxn

Regular Patron (Sword-For-Hire)




Rico Kamariya by deionscribe

Rico Kamariya

Regular Patron (Wordweaver)




Sissy 1 by kirilee  ~  Sissy 26 by kirilee  ~  Sissy 35 by kirilee

Sissy Sullovan

Regular Patron (Con Artist)




Red 1940's-1 by Dark-Nights-Phantom  ~  Red 1940's-2 by Dark-Nights-Phantom  ~  Red 1940's-3 by Dark-Nights-Phantom

Evelyn Jones

Regular Patron
by Dark-Nights-Phantom





Ragnarok Morkson stock 1 by TheDragonSensi  ~ Ragnarok Morkson stock 2 by TheDragonSensi  ~ Ragnarok Morkson stock 3 by TheDragonSensi

Ragnarök Mørkson (Staff)

Bouncer / Security




Robin G. Fuchs (Contest Entry 1) by Varjohaltia

Robin G. Fuchs

Regular Patron (Traveler)





Darach McLain (3) by anyman82  ~ Darach McLain (1) by anyman82  ~ Darach McLain (8) by anyman82

Darach McLain (Staff)

Temporo-Spatial Engineer "Portal Wrangler"




Who will be next!?




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Jade's Stock Usage Boilerplate


The rule of thumb with my stock is: (Almost) No Rules. Do whatever non-commercial thing you want with them. Use them for pose references. Create astounding composite images. Tweak the saturation by 1% and call it art (perhaps it is). Print them out and use them for target practice or make origami stoats. If you are inspired to DO something, then I am happy. You do not have to credit me or show me what you do with them, but (as any sane person would) I would love to see what you create.

If you can somehow use them to help you make a little dough that's great, just contact me so we can work something out.

_

Thoughts for the Year Ahead


2014 feels like it should be a year of knavery; playful knavery, rakish knavery, and as many other types of interesting and fun knavery as we can dream up.

Of course, much of this knavery will be related to, and take place in, The Green Cat Cabaret. The nightclub has been a huge success and we are deep into the planning of our next show here on what the staff and regulars refer to affectionately as ‘Terra’. (They’re a formal and archaic lot, the staff and regulars.) As always, we hope that as many of you as possible can join us at The Green Cat, and we’ll keep thinking up ways that those of you who are geographically distant can play along too. 

I also hope to be able to do more in the world of Creative Reference Imagery (CRI) [just made that up, but I kind of like it) on both sides of the camera, as well as in general support of the concept and the community. I want to feature more the great artists that I get to work with, along with the great artists who devote so much of their creative energy to CRI. There’s the potential for some very cool projects in this area – I hope they come through.

That’s probably enough to get started…


Stock Usage Spotlight - :iconolegdaniel:  OlegDaniel


It's moderately cool in my neck o' the woods today, which reminded me of this frigid image by OlegDaniel. Love the relative simplicity of the composition and the palette and the implied depth. Very lovely work.

Arctic sniper by OlegDaniel
Arctic Sniper by OlegDaniel





Jade's Stock Usage Boilerplate

The rule of thumb with my stock is: (Almost) No Rules. Do whatever non-commercial thing you want with them. Use them for pose references. Create astounding composite images. Tweak the saturation by 1% and call it art (perhaps it is). Print them out and use them for target practice or make origami stoats. If you are inspired to DO something, then I am happy. You do not have to credit me or show me what you do with them, but (as any sane person would) I would love to see what you create.

If you can somehow use them to help you make a little dough that's great, just contact me so we can work something out.



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Hi, Comrades. 

The final round of Stock Charades 2013 is wrapped and the points have been tallied. The winner of this year's Stock Charades challenge is..


Thanks to everyone who played along throughout the Summer. We'll see what we can come up with next time we have the opportunity to do some charades. 

NOW...

As mentioned below we've put together a special little something related to The Green Cat Cabaret (the most extraordinary nightclub in the multiverse ;-) ) for those of your who might like to be involved from afar (especially if you like secrets and mysteries and ciphers and puzzles... oh my ).  It begins in just a bit, the evening of 07 OCT 13.

More very soon. :D

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Hello, Cats!

Well, as it turns out, managing the most extraordinary nightclub in the multiverse is at least a full-time job; but it's the coolest job around!

What other gig entails producing burlesque numbers with Queen Mab, talking fighting styles with a Sith Lord, and hosting cocktail parties where a beautiful female Drow sings for your guests while a mischievous Kitsune gambles the night away?

We really appreciate all your support for The Green Cat Cabaret, especially knowing that most of you are geographically too far away to join us at our events. To show our appreciation, we've come up with a way that you can enjoy a little more of The Green Cat no matter where you are (especially if you like solving mysteries and puzzles). Keep your eyes open, you won't have to wait long.    

The only downside to all this nightclubitude is that I haven't been able to do as many Stock Charades images as I'd hoped over the Summer.  So, with the season winding down, let's do one more and see who wins this Summer's Stock Charade Challenge. This one is going to be a little different, so get ready to do some fact finding for extra points.

New Stock Charades image will be posted on Sunday, 22SEP13 (I'm sure some of you know why... ;-) )

More soon.
Jade


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Hey, Comrades!  Of course, we hope you'll join us on our dedicated site to meet some of the staff and regulars of The Green Cat in their (un)natural environment, but if you prefer Facebook for news and updates we've created a page there, as well.

If you're a fan of variety acts and experimental theatre (or if you just want to show your support for a wild project :D ) , give us a like.

www.facebook.com/greencatcabaret

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Last week I mentioned that I had become the proprietor of a rather unusual night club and cabaret. Now, after several meetings with a couple of odd-looking solicitors, the arcane transference details have been worked out and I can officially announce the opening of The Green Cat Cabaret.

Our first extraordinary evening of live entertainment, immersive theatre, and dancing will be Saturday, November 9th 2013, at the St. Petersburg Nights Supper Club on St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA. The door opens at 20:00 and the show won't stop until (at least) 23:59.

greencatcabaret.com/home.htm
(Follow the link for complete details)

You can also use the link to join us at The Green Cat online. Meet and interact with the staff and some of our regular patrons, learn about our acts (and other acts we love), overhear secrets and intrigues, and who knows what else...

He hope to see you there!





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