This is the first installment of what I plan to be an ongoing series of interviews with the stock artists around deviantART. Sure, you may use their work in your art. But how many of dA's "stockers" do you really know?
Allow me to inroduce you to Aline Jasper, the owner of ~AlinePotter-stock.
She was very pleasant to me with respect to my questions. I told her this was my first news article, and she seemed delighted to help me out by being my first interview ("guinea pig") with deviantART's stock photographers.
~AlinePotter-stock currently resides in Brazil. She is responsible for starting the News series at dA titled: "50 Great Stockers", featuring the stock images of 50 stock providers in each installment.
The personal quote on her main page reads: "Love is waiting and time creeps by, give me your heart and time will fly." I found this fitting for her personality, as she welcomed me and my questions with sincerity, warmth, and good cheer...
1. Your stock account has been open since February of 2006. What inspired you to start this account?
~AlinePotter-stock: Well, mostly my own needs for specific stock images to use in my manipulations - and also my love of makeup and photography.
2. What does the phrase "Stock Photography" mean to you?
~AlinePotter-stock: It means more than just one kind of art - it is a way for other art genres in both digital and traditional scope to survive.
3. In your opinion, what's the biggest reward for offering stock images in your gallery?
~AlinePotter-stock: Seeing all those great artworks people can create out of one simple image you take. It always amazes me just how big one's creativity can be, and how many different paths one can follow.
4. To the best of your knowledge, which stock photos in your gallery are used most frequently up until to the time of this interview?
~AlinePotter-stock: The most used by far is
(even if it is a bit creepy), but there are also
Amazingly, most of them are low res.
5. What do you think it is about these photos that draws people to use them?
~AlinePotter-stock: I think that I managed some pretty unusual stuff, other than those obvious poses, faces and costumes.
6. What is your favorite stock photo in your gallery?
~AlinePotter-stock: I really love
7. What pleases you most about this photo?
~AlinePotter-stock: It pleases me that I managed to convey the exact amount of emotion I wanted, and the character demanded. Also, it was a pain to keep that sheet wrapped in my body.
8. Do you have any favorite pieces of art that were created with your stock art?
~AlinePotter-stock: Oh God, there are so many!
Mainly, there is
I'm awed with `JohndeLano's talent, but this piece really makes me feel. If you don't know what it means, just look at the details.
Another that I'll never forget is
The way ~meliee painted the lips, and the curls in the hair... Abolutely wonderful.
9. In your opinion, what's the biggest challenge for stock photographers?
~AlinePotter-stock: To keep original. There are so many things already done, and poses already used... Okay, they are wonderful - but we really can't stand any more of them.
10. How do you deal with it?
~AlinePotter-stock: I try to write down my ideas to photograph later - and that way I can perfect them and check if they are really that good or if that's just my demented mind taking over. .
11. If someone came to you for advice, what would you tell them is the most important thing to know about stock photography?
~AlinePotter-stock: I'd tell them to stick to their likes, and to their dislikes. Not to do something they don't like just because it's a trend in stock art. I've seen many pictures of naked women in the stock gallery, and god! They don't look the least bit thrilled to be doing that. If you don't feel comfortable with the idea of people seeing your body and doing artwork with it, you don't have to. No matter how many people say you should! After all, it's your body, your life, your camera, your choice.
12. What about deviantART? Why do you keep your stock gallery at dA?
~AlinePotter-stock: Mainly because dA is an awesome community with supportive people. Here most people respect us (stock artists), follow our rules and don't steal our pictures, unlike in other communities.
13. What's the best thing about being a deviantART stock artist, as opposed to displaying your stock images somewhere else?
~AlinePotter-stock: The respect, as stated above. There is also the bonus of the great artists that use our stock- you won't find such awesome and creative artists anywhere else.
14. Are there any stock artists' galleries at dA that you especially admire?
`UnicornReality always comes up with awesome pictures and ideas, other than being an absolute sweetheart.
^Elandria is the absolute stock goddess. Nothing else needs to be said.
I admire ~Sinned-angel-stock for her absolute confidence in front of the camera - all her model stock is absolutely natural and beautiful.
~WolfcatStock is, in my opinion, the most creative stock artist we have. Her pictures have so much expression that it's impossible not to mention her here.
*mizzd-stock has an absolutely inspiring stock -other than an adorable daughter.
15. If you could photograph anything or anyone, what or who would you most like to include in your stock gallery?
~AlinePotter-stock: Gee, that one is difficult. As my dream is to travel the whole world, I'd love to photgraph at least one place from each corner of this planet.
16. How do you get inspiration for your stock photo shoots?
~AlinePotter-stock: In anything. Sometimes in songs, sometimes the idea just pops in my head...
17. What are we going to see next in your gallery?
~AlinePotter-stock: As soon as I can borrow a camera, you'll have quite a few series. Pirate, Business Woman, Killer... And a few more, but I don't want to spoil the surprise.
18. When you write your "50 Great Stockers" series for dA's News, how do you choose the stock artists that you feature?
~AlinePotter-stock: I browse dA a lot and I have a good memory, so I usually remember a lot of them and then look for their galleries to see if they are indeed great. The rest of them I look for in stock lists. It's a bit tiring actually.
19. Can you show me an example of a good stock photograph that you'd possibly consider for a feature?
by ~rammkitty-stock. Not only it is clean and beautiful, it is also creative and has a touch of classic in it - perfect.
20. What don't we know yet about =AlinePotter-stock, Deviant Stock Photographer?
~AlinePotter-stock: A lot of things. You probably don't know how crazy I get before shooting stock, or how much I bugger ~luhpuglia-stock to borrow me her camera for I don't have one, and you definitely don't know the crazy things I do to set up stuff for the shoots, like my backdrop.
Thank you, Aline, for your time and for your thoughts!!
~AlinePotter-stock: Thank you again, dear. It was fun answering this interview.