Okay so I had to post that all of the tentative fear of putting myself out there in digital images as mentioned previously has paid off in the form of winning second place in the Pin-Up Stock Reference contest being held over at Deviant Art. (Winning pose is at the end).
Here’s the quoted response for why one of my pieces won second place: “…playful pose is perfect for her! She beams with the energy of a confident girl with a smile that says, ‘Hey there fella, why don’t ya come closer?'”
I’ll admit it. I totally Squee’d and the hubby laughed with me at how excited I became. (Or possibly “at” but for now I’m on a happy-high and will go with “with”).
The contest now moves on to stage two; where artists use the stock created in phase one; by myself and other daring souls; to make pin-up drawings of Sailor Moon characters. I’m excited to see if anyone ends up using my images as reference to draw a character and if you’re into drawing or have a DA account you should consider joining up as there are many great entries (especially winner of first and third places!) and the prizes offered are very nice for anyone who uses the site.
SO yea, not too shabby a way to kick-out the end of a Thanksgiving weekend with a look into just how open some people can be about bodies which lie outside the normal scope of currently defined size standards. And this has really given me even more encouragement to continue creating stock images, at least for pose referencing purposes for now.