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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Hey, Comrades! A quick announcement. Through a strange and unexpected turn of events, I have become the proprietor of a wonderfully unique night club and cabaret. I'm still trying to get a handle on everything this entails, but it looks to be just the sort of place you all would enjoy. Even for those of you who are not near one of the doorways into the club, there will be ways for you to be involved.

More about this next week.  In the mean time, for those of you who like teasers...  greencatcabaret.com/

...and I'm thinking that the next round of Stock Charades is soon approaching.

-Jade
Hey, Comrades! Here's a recap of some of the stuff that went on last week.



The Week in Knavery and Friday Night Groove


Posted a couple of the full-length clips from the Belly Dance Showcase we attended recently. Check out the full routines from the Bad Ass Tribal Chicks playfulknavery.blogspot.com/20… and the beautiful Dominican belly dancer, Omaris: playfulknavery.blogspot.com/20… .

This week's Friday Night Groove took a little walk down memory lane with a mini-set of tracks that Mrs. Macalla and I used to dance to back when we were young bohemians: playfulknavery.blogspot.com/20…



Stock Charades 2013


Last week (and a couple days prior to then) saw the start of Stock Charades 2013, a championship-level bout of the game where I try to recreate a (somewhat) famous image from popular culture and you try to guess what it is. Round 1 of Stock Charades 2013 just finished up and Round 2 will be starting in the next several days. We'll be playing all summer, so stayed tuned. If you want to keep up with the stats, the Leader Board is here: jademacalla.com/stock_charades…  



Stock Usage Spotlight - :iconurban-barbarian:


It's a strange feeling when an artist and illustrator whose work your REALLY admire asks to use one of your photo ref for a project they are working on. It absolutely made my year when Dan Panosian ( aka urban-barbarian ) used one of my pics in the creation of a special edition cover for 'Season of Hungry Ghosts' by Andy Diggle and Aaron Campbell. As far as I'm concerned, Dan is one of the best illustrators working today, so if you don't know his work be sure to check out his gallery.


Uncanny #1 Cover by urban-barbarian


Joan and Frank by urban-barbarian   ~  guilty by urban-barbarian



More soon.






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Jade's Stock Usage Boilerplate
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The rule of thumb with my stock is: (Almost) No Rules. Do whatever non-commercial thing you want with them. If you need them to help you make a little dough that's great, just contact me so we can work something out. Thank you.



Curator of: :iconautumncountry: & :iconaction-stock:



Host of portfolio: and Autumn Country's Liaison to the Real World

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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. 

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It's time for Round #4 (the final round) of Stock Charades 2013! As I said in my recent Journal post, I wish I could have done more of these over the Summer, but sometimes life intervenes. So let's end it big.

This final round is different from regular Stock Charades; instead of guessing the image I am trying to recreate, the object is to tell me about an object in this image - namely, that knife. The more you figure out, the more points you get. Think of it as a mini ARG. ;-)


CHRD13_04.1 by jademacalla


Those of you who have followed this account for some time will know that this knife is one of my most valued possessions. Here are the questions and associated point values:

1) What is this knife's name? TALVI [5 points]

2) What does its name mean? WINTER (in Finnish) [2 points]

3) What is the name of the experimental storytelling project that tells about this knife (among other things)? AUTUMN COUNTRY [3 points]

4) According to these stories, who gave me this knife? KARI [7 points]

5) According to these stories, this knife and its siblings were all made from the shards of shattered larger blade; name the shattered larger blade and two of my knife's siblings. JALAVA; PIISKA and SAAKSI [10 points]

Please send me a note with your answers. You do not have to answer every question.

Deadline for this Round: 05 OCT 13 - 11:59 PST


The person with the most points when this Stock Charades Tournament (i.e. this round) ends will win a 3-month premium subscription to dA. Good luck.

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Additional Info

- Anyone who posts a guess in a public area (e.g. image comments) will be disqualified from that Round.  All guesses must be made via Note to this account.


The Leader Board is here: jademacalla.com/stock_charades…
You can check it out at any time during the Summer to see who's doing what.

The comparison images from the previous rounds are here: jademacalla.com/charade13_comp…  

Good Luck.


ROUND 4 - Jade and Talvi Autumn 2013
Difficulty: Very Tough
Deadline: CLOSED
Original Point Value: 27


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ROUND 3 - Punisher Max #33, Cover by Tim Bradstreet
Difficulty: Very Tough
Deadline: CLOSED
Original Point Value: 12
Current Point Value: 07


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ROUND 2 - The Mechanic, Film (2011)
Difficulty: Extreme
Deadline: CLOSED
Original Point Value: 09
Current Point Value: 06


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ROUND 1 - RED Comic by Warren Ellis
Difficulty: Extreme
Deadline: CLOSED
Original Point Value: 10
Current Point Value: 05
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Hi, Cats! Here's the weekly digest of goings on about town and elsewhere...


Roulette 2.1: Chatting with :iconnull-entity:  Null-Entity


The little project that used to be called 'Take:10' is back with a new name: Roulette. Leading off this season's series of informal chats over big cups of joe (and Null-Entity digs a good-sized mug; you could wash a baby in his coffee cup) is my conversation with Kyle Ross (aka Null-Entity); a multi-talented artist exploring photo-reference photography of all types, animation, paper-craft, cosplay, book binding, and (I'm sure) quite a few other things that we didn't have the chance to talk about. Aside from being a great artist, he is an absolutely super guy.

This thumb takes you to the dA version, which is only the first 15 minutes of our chat (since dA has a limit on file size and length).  Playful Knavery has the full chat (~45 mins), so just follow this playfulknavery.blogspot.com/20… to the site if you would like to hear the whole thing.



The Week in Knavery and Friday Night Groove


This week's groove took us back to the days when music videos were still played on MTV and also occasionally broke new technological ground. Check A-Ha's 'Take On Me'; a fun song and a must see if you have never seen the video. playfulknavery.blogspot.com/20…



Stock Usage Spotlight - :iconfreyasheara: ~ FreyaSheara


I've always loved these single-frame visual koans by FreyaSheara.  Part pop art and part inscrutable puzzle; I always enjoy trying to work out just what they are all about.  Here are a few examples, but be sure to visit her gallery for more of them, and to see some of her other artwork.


Guess by FreyaSheara


Man On a Bench by FreyaSheara ~  Hawkins by FreyaSheara



On The Horizon


- Now that I've ironed out some of the production challenges of Roulette, we can put the first round of Championship Stock Charades into the pipeline. Stay tuned.


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Hi, Cats! Here's a digest of some of the things that caught my attention this week and news of things to come.



The Week in Knavery and Friday Night Groove


Had the chance to catch a belly dance showcase at a Russian supper club in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Fun place and a great show (hard to go wrong when the acts include the likes of the Bad Ass Tribal Chicks). Post with video is here: playfulknavery.blogspot.com/20… .

If you missed the Friday Night Groove you can easily turn it into the Sunday Dance Party with Im Nin'Alu by Ofra Haza. I've added a bonus track to round off the week: playfulknavery.blogspot.com/20…



An Artist's View of Conventions


Artist, writer, and Assassin's Creed obsessive Angela Sasser AngelaSasser filed an insightful dispatch this week on the Pros and Cons (ha, get it?) of conventions as a selling venue for artists. Angela draws on her 10+ years of showing/selling at conventions for her article; well worth the read: blog.angelicshades.com/2013/05…



Stock Usage Spotlight - :iconmelodypictures:


Sometimes when you're attempting to produce a photo reference you have a very specific image in your head of the end product that you wish the stock photo would be used for. Many of the talented stock artists here on dA are able to produce that final image themselves. Unfortunately, I am not one of them.

Which is why I was so excited (and stunned) when I saw MelodyPictures's image using one of my F2 images from last year. His image was literally EXACTLY what I had in my mind as I was setting up that particular photo ref. Here's that image (the top one), along with a couple more examples of his work.

Revenge by MelodyPictures


Medusa by MelodyPictures  ~  The Pirate Bay by MelodyPictures



On The Horizon


- Looks like there is interest enough to justify a new round of Stock Charades, so that will be coming up in the very near future. As I mentioned in the poll this will be a championship round, so don't expect easy pickings, like me dressed up as Mary Poppins.

- The first installment of the new season of what used to be called Take:10 should be starting up next weekend. Same format (informal chats over coffee with all sorts of creative cats), but with a new name; now it's called Roulette (I'm sure you get it). And the first guest is...a secret. ;-)



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Belly Dancing and Borscht

Thu May 16, 2013, 4:58 PM
Hey, Comrades! (that's almost fitting, for once.)

Just a note for those of you who may be in the market for a brief montage of cool belly dancing from our trip to a Russian supper club the other night. Direct from St. Petersburg. (Ahem, Florida :D ). Check Playful Knavery playfulknavery.blogspot.com/20… (or click the image below) for a dispatch from the scene and a video.

More soon. And tomorrow is Friday Night Groove! (Will the belly dancing theme continue...? ;-) )



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Hey, Comrades!

Friday Night Groove


Wanted to let you know about a new, weekly feature over at Playful Knavery playfulknavery.blogspot.com/ ; The Friday Night Groove .  I wanted to let you know about it last night whilst it was still Friday, but you know how it is when you get called out at 23:52 to have a little chat with a fellow in a rather dubious velour track suit. So, you can pretend that this is next week's Friday Night Groove sent back to you from the future! (hmm, maybe not).

Each Friday we'll post a song or a mix or a longer set that we like; sometimes to go with some sort of theme, sometimes just to stand on its own. We will generally add a little something extra, maybe some trivia or a story. And hopefully we'll be able to spring a surprise from time to time. Playful Knavery playfulknavery.blogspot.com/



Tropical Bungalow References


If you ever need some references for a tropical, Key West-style bungalow (with cigar-smoking tikis, spitting mini-monoliths, and a bunch of interesting details) there's a series of photos in the new 'Features' section of the Garamond project that I mentioned below: features.garamondmagazine.com/… . Feel free to use any of the bungalow photos as references.



Spotlight


I really like this recent image by HansNomad.

Extremes by HansNomad

Reminds me of some of my favorite gaming illustrations from my youth; clean, strong lines, bold coloring, interesting narrative. Really nice work. Here are a couple others by this artist.
XII by HansNomad  ~  The Underground by HansNomad


More Soon.




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Hello, Cats!

I have a favor to ask of those of you who have a particular fondness for quality and style. For things that are well designed and well made. The places that are wonderful and captivating. For people who are passionate about whatever it is that they do and who care to make and do things that are great.

A portion of my company is reorganizing itself to concentrate solely on just these types of things. We will be doing everything we can to promote very good things in a world that is increasingly overrun with things that are disposable or mediocre or just plain Blah.  One of our first projects is an online magazine, called Garamond - www.garamondmagazine.com/ , the mission of which is to search for, report on, and promote quality and style. To make it as easy as possible for folks to keep up on the project we have also created a Garamond Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GaramondMagaz… .

The favor is simple; if you like what Garamond stands for, please 'Like' the Facebook page. It would give the project a boost and help to make it more visible to more folks who share the interest.

Thanks for your time. I'm optimistic that this project will gather stream and give us the opportunity to bring you some very good, very beautiful, and very useful things. (Not to mention the opportunity to bring you images of many of them... :D ).

Object_Strange Tiki_01 by jademacalla

Thanks again.

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Just wrote a little post over at Playful Knavery playfulknavery.blogspot.com/ about my all time favorite film adaptation of one of my favorite novels (no, Tasastock, not Blade Runner). Check it out, if you're interested.

Thinking through that post made me wonder which adaptations you guys love (and hate). Throw me a comment if you get the chance, I'd like to hear what you all think on the subject.

What do you think makes for a great adaptation? Strictly following the plot of the original? Great casting and acting? Perfectly realized production design?

And what makes for a horrid adaptation?  Which books do you love, but that you hope they NEVER make a film of because you are terrified they will implode it?

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MAT Image Pack

Well, strictly speaking, they are not Top Secret since I'm about to tell you where they are. :D

If you are interested in 17 additional images from the recent MAT series (suit, sword cane, umbrella), they can be had here: www.djinnphoto.com/PhotoRefere… .

There is only one small caveat; as I mentioned previously, the password for the MAT-Pack gallery is located on my new Playful Knavery site in the post titled "The Rakish Knave" (currently the most recent post) here: playfulknavery.blogspot.com/ . The password is not hidden, in fact it is labelled "MAT:" .  

The usual complete lack of rules applies for non-commercial use. Use them for anything you like, up to and including printing them out and folding them into origami carp.

Even if you are not interested in the images, I hope you'll check out the site; it's shaping into quite a fun side project. And, of course, it will be the home of the new season of what was previously called Take:10 take10.visualfiction.net/ . Coming soon with a new name and new guests!

More soon.

PS. Anyone want to guess what MAT stands for...?




Elsewhere and Elsewhen

Since it's always nice to run into people away from one's usual haunts, and since it's been a long while since I've mentioned any of the other places that I tend to hang out, AND since I have a new site where I'll be pursuing many of the other things that interest me (and perhaps interest you, too)...  Well, I thought I'd throw them out there in case you want to stop by and lob some bits into the data stream.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jademacalla
I'm not entirely sure I get Facebook, since it appears to consist entirely of bug-eyed cats and snarky victorian woodcut prints.  But some of the prints are funny and it's the only place I get to see stuff from lindowyn-stock and rammkitty-stock .


Twitter: twitter.com/jademacalla
Haven't used it too much in the past, but now that I can segregate some of my favorite writers (who also happen to post incessantly about toast) into lists that don't make my eyes wobble, I will be stopping by more often.


Playful Knavery (blog): playfulknavery.blogspot.com/
This is the one I'm most excited about. Just started, and already a bunch of fun. Where I can go on about things that I like to go on about; a little opinionated and a little eccentric. Also the new home of what was previously called Take:10 (new coffee-fueled chats coming soon). ALSO, the place where I will occassionally post links to exclusive stock images that will not be available anywhere else.  I hope you'll stop by, that'd make it that much more fun.



Speaking of Take:10, I originally called it that because I planned for each episode to be about 10 minutes long. Didn't quite turn out that way (and I don't really like the name anymore). So, let me know if you have any ideas for the new name. Points to consider:

- Episodes will probably be about 30 minutes long
- Very informal format; just comrades chatting over a cup of coffee or cocktails
- Talking to all sorts of folks; artists, actors, adventuresses, rascals

(The first 'season' of Take:10 is here: take10.visualfiction.net/ , if you didn't catch them the first time around.)



More soon.


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Movie Poster Contest - WINNERS!

Sun Apr 7, 2013, 6:17 PM
Hello, cats.

Well, I'm glad to see that I am not alone in thinking how tough it is to judge these contests when all the entries are so great. All the rankings and comments are back in from all of the judges (various members of the Free Lance cast and crew) and there was a unanimous feeling of "Dang! That was hard as HECK! All the entries were fantastic!". So, thanks to everyone who entered; really super work.

With all of the results tabulated, though, the top ranked entries -- 3 first prize winners and 3 second prize winners, based on the number of artists who entered -- are as follows...


FIRST PRIZE WINNERS

FREE LANCE - movie poster contest by Paranosc
by Paranosc


Free Lance by MariusArtist
by MariusArtist


Free Lance v2 by ShawnaMac
by ShawnaMac



SECOND PRIZE WINNERS

Action-poster-contest-schlenz by Schlenz
Schlenz


Free Lance Poster Contest - Warm Variant by decibelfx
by decibelfx


Free Lance Poster 1 by Oj4breakfast
by Oj4breakfast



Excellent work, you guys!

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Movie Poster Contest - CLOSED

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 5:08 PM
UPDATE No. 5:  What an incredible line-up of entries! Great work from everyone who submitted images to the contest. Now the hard task of picking the winning entries. This will take about a week, since we need to get feedback from several members of the cast and the development team. We will have the results no later than this weekend (April 7th).  In the mean time, check out the final roster of entries here: jademacalla.deviantart.com/jou…   .

Thanks again to everyone who entered!




UPDATE No. 4: 3 more days for this contest! And coincidentally just 3 more artists until we reach the PRIZES X 4 level of the contest!  Come on, there's plenty of time to enter and you'll be in excellent company - what an incredible list of entries we've received so far (check them all here: jademacalla.deviantart.com/jou… ) .  See below for complete details.


UPDATE No. 3A: With the addition of the most recent entry we've hit 17 artists! And you know what that means...PRIZES x 3. Three chances to win a 1st Place prize and 3 chances to win a 2nd Place prize.  So what's holding you back! With 14 days left in the contest there is still plenty of time. Check out the details below and take a swing at creating a poster. Remember, the movie posters can be in ANY style or technique; realistic or abstract, photo-composite or digital illustration or even traditional media.  We'd love to see what you come up with.


UPDATE No. 2:  With nine artists having entered the contest so far, we are into 'double prize' land; there will now be two 1st Prize winners and two 2nd Prize winners.  (And if we reach 17 artists it goes to Prizes x 3, and so on - see below for the rest of the prize craziness.)


UPDATE: The showcase page for all the contest entries is here - jademacalla.deviantart.com/jou…

This contest is all about creating one of the more recognizable of our popular artforms, the Cinema One-Sheet (aka the Movie Poster). Iconic, eye-catching, designed to hook the viewer and tell a story; good movie posters are sometimes better art than the films they illustrate.

The objective of this contest is to create a movie poster for our new project; FREE LANCE.

We'll provide information about the world of FREE LANCE (to give you an idea of the setting and tone) along with pictures of the principal characters so that you can create some awesome images.



CONTEST DETAILS

The contest details are pretty straightforward:

1) The poster can be any style or medium; digital, traditional, photo-manipulation - whatever you like. It can be realistic or abstracted, pretty much anything that presents the themes and/or characters in a visually interesting and exciting way.

2) You can submit as many entries as you like, but each much be a different and distinct image (i.e. not two versions of the same image, one tinted blue and the other tinted orange).

3) The poster can be any size. It does not need to conform to the standard one-sheet size of 27 x 40 inches.

4) If you use the project's title in your design (and you probably should) it should be written as two words: FREE LANCE .

5) Feel free to make up any tag lines that you think work, but this is not a requirement. Also, the image does NOT need to include a billing block (the fine print at the bottom of many movie posters), but you can include one if you like.

6) The three main players (so far) in the world of FREE LANCE are Nicolette Jennsen, Val Dekker, and Andrew Ivey. You can include any, all, or none of these characters in your design - whatever works for you.

NOTE: Reference images of the actors who play Nicolette Jennsen and Andrew Ivey, whether posted here on dA or off site, may be used ONLY to create entries for this contest - they should not be considered "general use" stock photos. As usual, images of the actor who plays Val Dekker (me) may be used for anything you want. :D

NOTE: Basic background information about the project and characters can be found below. More detailed information can be found here:freelancernd.com/players.htm

7) Judging will be based on visual impact, overall design, and how well you integrate the project's themes and/or characters into your design.

8) You can submit your entry by sending me a note or a comment with the link. Please reference Free Lance Poster Contest, so it is less likely to get missed.


Deadline: Sunday, March 31st, 2013 - 11:59 EST


PRIZES

First Prize

- A USB thumb drive containing every stock photo I've ever taken (about 2,500 images)

[If you happen to already have one of these, we'll substitute a 3-month Premium Membership]

- An 8.5 x 11 print of me acting silly

- A feature in my journal here on dA


Second Prize

- A pack of 20 exclusive stock photos that have never been posted on dA

- A feature in my journal here on dA


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. Be sure to check for more information here: freelancernd.com/players.htm , and feel free to ask if you have any questions.



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GENERAL INFORMATION ON FREE LANCE


FREE LANCE is a modern-day thriller. The characters operate in a world of corporate espionage, crime (organized and otherwise), adventure, and action. The players are power brokers, mercenaries, con men, eccentrics, geeks, thieves, and thugs.

The spin is that the action of FREE LANCE revolves around rare and mysterious POP CULTURE items and information. Lost films, ultra-rare collectible figures, forbidden books, hidden places, urban legends, etc. There is nothing supernatural, but almost everything is pretty weird.

The main players in the world of FREE LANCE (thus far) are:


NICOLETTE JENNSEN
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Nicolette Jennsen (Nic to her friends) is an associate professor of Modern Folklore and Popular Culture at McRae University. She knows an incredible amount about netlore, lost pop-culture artifacts, urban legends and hidden places; all the modern-day 'secrets' at the fringe of our media-driven culture.

She has become aware of the criminal underground that deals in these types of things and she has thrown herself right into the middle of it, turning herself into quite a badass in the process.  --  Nic is portrayed by Ms. Anja Akstin.



VAL DEKKER
F2_ST_JSNIPE - 37 by jademacalla
Val is a free-lance operator. He spent most of his early career in the Strategic Business Intelligence (SBI) sections of various international companies; providing security, gathering (or stealing) information (and other things), and conducting corporate black ops.

When the time was right Val struck out on his own doing much the same work, but on his own terms and generally for better money. Over the past several years, more and more of Val's contracts have been dealing with strange elements of popular culture. As it turns out, Val has a knack for dealing with these types of issues. It was one of these strange contracts that introduced Nic to Val. Now they often work together on these types of jobs. -- Val is portrayed by Jade Macalla.



ANDREW IVEY
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Ivey started out as a courier for the criminal gangs in East Cleveland. He was smart, tough and ambitious and by his early twenties he was running his own crew and taking down scores throughout the midwest region of the US. He specialized in high-line burglaries and it was during one of these that he stumbled upon a sparkling blue gem that, upon verifying its detailed provenance, Ivey realized should not exist. Yet it did.

Ivey called in some favors with a couple of his more esoteric contacts and eventually found that there is a global criminal network that traffics exclusively in items of odd and uncanny pop culture significance. Now Ivey is a major player in that network.  --  Ivey is portrayed by Adam Richardson.




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This page showcases the images submitted to the FREE LANCE Movie Poster Contest. The deadline for this contest is 31 March, 2013. Also, this contest is a little different in that the more artists who enter the contest, the more prizes we will award. For complete contest details please visit this: jademacalla.deviantart.com/jou… .





Who will be next...

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