Saturday, December 21, 2013

Guss vom Krampus

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What's Christmas without a visit from the Krampus?  What's a Krampus you ask?  Back in the day, long before Christianity, naughty children were visited by the Krampus during the Krampus Festival (first week of December).  After the creation of Santa, he pretty much rode shot-gun with Santa and would punish the naughty by either licking them with his very long tongue or whipping them with birch branches.  Eventually he was replaced with Santa giving you coal if you were bad, but he's been making a comeback the last 10 years or so.  I first learned of the Krampus when watching the Very Venture Christmas Special (GO TEAM VENTURE!).

I had way more fun with this one than I should have.  The base model used is my husband, who I harassed for close to two weeks before I could get him to agree to pose for some stock images.  He wasn't overly thrilled at first, but as work progressed he liked it.  The tongue is his, as well is the nose, ear, teeth & nails.  I don't think I will be putting u pa stick pack for this one.

'Gruss vom Krampus' is German for "Greetings From Krampus".  It was one of the standard greetings on the Krumpus cards given out during the festival.

Stock Used:

Model: Jason Rogers (my husband; my own stock)
Tongue & Shoulder Strap - Jason Rogers & Jason's belt (my own stock)
Background - :iconsinned-angel-stock: sinned-angel-stock.deviantart.…

Fur -…

Eyes - :iconfeavre:…

Horns - :iconartelanas:…

Bells - :iconholy-win:…

Chains - :icond-is-for-duck:…

Barrel - :iconlucieg-stock:…

Naughty Child - :icondarkmaiden-stock:…

Branches - :iconsoldatnordsken:…

Font - Schwabacher…

Upon a Midnight Clear Cover

Cover for T.M.'s yearly Christmas short story. It took a bit to figure out what to do with this one, since she originally wanted the panther to be walking beside the woman. It's hard to find panther stock without pay a few hundred for it on some of the other big stock sites. I eventually came across the one we used and had it reflected off the moon. I also had difficulty with getting the background image dark without pixelating bright spots, which is why I ended up using the Photoshop action to get the base color set and then adjust from there.

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Stock Used:

Woman - :icongreendaygurlstock: greendaygurlstock.deviantart.c…

Footsteps - :iconeffing-stock:…

Background - :iconisostock:…

Snow on ground - :icontuku-stock:…

Moon - :iconideasplayer:…

Stars - :iconkuschelirmel-stock: kuschelirmel-stock.deviantart.…

Panther (on moon) - Dreamstime… (provided by T.M. Simmons)

Night action (to get colors right) - :iconlieveheersbeestje: lieveheersbeestje.deviantart.c…

Font -…

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Some Holiday Fun

Been having some fum with my holiday gift guide on the other site.  Here is the banner I made for this year.

I seriously had way too much fun with this.  I may have to find a different theme next year.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Quick Update

Wow!  I'm surprised I was able to get everything up last night.  I ended up draining my laptop completely.  There's still some formatting issues to work out on the post, since I copied most of the image info directly from my deviantArt pages.  I'm also still tinkering with a layout a bit.  I'll fix the banner too, to make it more seamless. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Wild! #1

Taken at Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, TX.
This was taken through the glass.

16x24 Convas - $450 (+ shipping) 

Rockport, TX - Bay

Part of the bay view from behind Charlotte Plummers Seafood Restaurant.
(Sorry for the small thumbnail.  It ran over the layout when I made it larger.)

Rockport, TX - Boat 1

This is the back of the boat that the pelican was on.

Framed 5x7 print - $45 (+ shipping)

Rockport, TX - Fishing

Entered into the Rockport 2013 Photo Contest

This is my 3 year old daughter enjoying fishing for the first time while on vacation.

Rockposrt, TX -- Crane 2

Here's another shot of our friendly crane. This is after he ate a fish.

Rockport, TX - Crane 1

While down in Rockport, I took my 3 year old daughter fishing for the first time. We were joined by a crane who was quite happy to hang around & pose for long as we gave him the smaller fish that we caught. I cropped this down a bit from the original image.

Rockposrt, TX - Pelican

I was down in Rockport, TX for vacation, and was able to get lots of photos down at the docks behind Charlotte Plummers Seafood Restaurant (great food!). Here is one of the many pelicans that were around.


16x20 Canvas - $450 (+ shipping)

Stock Pack -- Woodsmen of the World Memorial

These were taken at Dry Creek Cemetery in Poetry, TX. The names have been removed in respect to family.

For the most part, you can use these for most any project that is non-commercial or commercial, as long as you:
  • Credit me back with a link to both my account and the image & send me a link to your work (I like to fav them).
  • DO NOT redistribute my stock in any way, for profit or not.
  • DO NOT use my stock in conjunction with something you found on Google or some other site that is not a valid resource. That is copyright infringement (which is illegal) and I will not be associated with it.
  • DO NOT use my stock for anything promoting hatred, prejudice, or showing animal cruelty.
  • DO NOT use any of my stock for pornographic or fetish work.
  • DO NOT use my stock to create more stock.

A full copy of the rules is included in the pack.

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Exclusive Stock Pack - Monster Amoung Us

This is all of the exclusive stock for Monsters Among Us

The wall photo was taken at the Ford-Green Cemetery in Mineola, TX. The burial mound, rock marker & double tombstone were taken at New Hope Cemetery, also in Mineola, TX. The wall has been left as is, and is 11733x7833 300 DPI. The other three have been cut out and are all PNGs @ 300 DPI. Some of the grass has been left around them to help with blending them into photomanipulations. Also, the names have been removed from the double tombstone out of respect for any living relatives.

This pack is available for use both non-commercial & commercial use for $50. You can pay with either points (dA) or by PayPal (contact me for info).

Exclusive Stock Pack - The Poker Pack

This exclusive stock pack was created for the Dead Man Hand cover.

These images are 300dpi PNGs.

This pack is available for use both non-commercial & commercial use for $50. You can pay with either points (dA) or by PayPal (contact me for info).

Exclusive Stock Pack - Cemetary Pack 1

This stock is available for purchase and can be used commercial or non-commercial. You can pay with points( dA) or with PayPal (contact me directly)

This stock was created exclusively for the 'Ghost Hunting Diary Volume IV' (by T.M. Simmons) book cover. Photos were taken at Dry Creek Cemetery in Poetry, TX.

Ghost Hunting Diary Volume 5 Cover -- Full

My first full sized cover.  T.M. is putting Volume 5 up on CreateSpace, so I upgraded her ebook cover to full.  I used all the same stock from the original ebook to created the back cover, aside from the addition of the wood pile.  I tried to line up everything as close as possible, but I think it's still a little off.  I didn't have a lot of time to get it perfect since she needed it same day.  Printed copies of the book will be available for sale at the Bechkam Hotel in Mineola, TX once it opens.


T.M. Simmons: Website & Facebook

Stock Used:

House - :iconfairiegoodmother:…

Sky - :iconpurplestripedbrain: purplestripedbrain.deviantart.…

Grass - :iconfairiegoodmother:…

Lightning - (bought commercial license)

Treeline (in background) - :icondierat:… & :iconcoffinkittie:…

Additional scrub around the house - :iconderangedhyena:…

Wood pile - :iconperisheddoll:…

Fence post - :iconfrostbo:…

Barbwire - :iconfrostbo:…

'No Trespassing' sign - :iconshowna-stock:…

Mist - :iconspiritsighs-stock: spiritsighs-stock.deviantart.c…

Shadow person

Font - OptimusPrincepsSemiBold (front & spine) & Veranda (back)

Monsters Among Us Cover

The finished cover for T.M.'s newest book. A lot of work went into this one, mostly looking for a model. Thankfully, Michaela gave up permission to use one of her wonderful stock images. The wall is from the Ford-Green Cemetery in Mineola, TX, & the burial mound and other two tombstones are from New Hope Cemetery in Mineola. There are a lot of mounds out there. It's really neat.  Also, T.M. recently got a post print of this framed and hung it up in her dining room.  It looks awesome.


T.M. Simmons: Website & Facebook

Stock Used:

Woman w/ cat - :iconmihaela-vstock:… (Used with permission)

Rock Mound, Wall, Double Tombstone & Rock Marker - :iconpolicegirl01:… Exclusive Stock Pack

Book, Candles & Pentagram -… (Provided by T. M. Simmons)

Flames - :iconredheadstock:…

Fur (for cat) - :iconnathies-stock:…

Grass - :iconsmokeylittleclover: smokeylittleclover.deviantart.…

Stars - :iconkuschelirmel-stock: kuschelirmel-stock.deviantart.…

Moon - :iconshutter-shooter:…

Trees - :iconderangedhyena:…

Angel - :iconhauntingvisionsstock: hauntingvisionsstock.deviantar…

Energy Beam - photoncubetutorials.blogspot.c… (tutorial) & :iconfreshemedia:…

Font - Black Chancery