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Artist Feature: hello-ground

hello-ground is an German artist who works with both digital and traditional mediums. Go for the Game of Thrones fan art. Stay for the "real" people portraits!

O Captain, my Captain by hello-ground Requested by =Squitopus by hello-ground Daenerys Targaryen by hello-ground

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what passes for webcam these days

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devID by Thiefoworld

devID by Thiefoworld by ThreshTheSky
Painting of a Friend II: Sunbeams by ThreshTheSky Painting of a Friend I: Fireflies by ThreshTheSky
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Semi-pro cat herder
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States

I need your help! And there may be something in it for you too.

The Short Version:

For a limited time, I'm offering free photo retouching services in exchange for the owner of the photo allowing me to use the before/after images as commission examples. Read The Long Version below for further explanation and guidelines.

The Long Version:

I've starting offering photo retouching as a service along side my commission paintings and drawings. But so far the only photos I've worked on have either been for my friends and family (who I'd rather not post on deviantArt) or for clients who have similarly asked that I don't make their personal photos public. Thus, I'm looking for some volunteers to submit photos for retouch.  They may be used as examples of the services I offer when I update my commission info sheet in the near future.

This is not a contest. There are no rules or specific number of "winners." Everything I list below is just a guideline of what I'm looking for so that I don't end up with a bunch of submitted photos that I can't work with. If you think my courteously declining to use your photo (either because it's not what I'm looking for or because I've already gotten enough submissions) will offend you or hurt you feelings, please don't submit any photos. I don't say this to sound like a jerk. I just want to avoid hurting anyone. :)

I'm looking for two types of photos: ones for beauty/portrait retouch and others for damage repair.

Photos submitted for beauty/portrait retouch should be high resolution photos that are sharp, in focus, naturally or professionally lighted (no flash), and feature at least one human. Portraits that more prominently feature the face will be favored over ones that show more of the body. The person in the photo does not need to be you but you must have the permission of the person or people to submit their image. Things that will be retouched include flyaway hair, skin imperfections, and other subtle aesthetic enhancements. As choosing what needs to be "fixed" is sensitive and personal, I will consult with you regarding what aspects of the person you'd like retouched if I choose to work with your photo.

Photos submitted for damage repair should be high resolution scans of antique (or at least "vintage") photos that were printed on a physical surface like paper or tintype and subsequently experienced some sort of damage or aging. The subject of these photos is more open than for beauty submissions but photos of humans will be favored. Mostly, I'm looking for old family photos that are most likely greyscale or sepia, though old color photos will be considered too. The appearance of the people in these photos will not be altered as with beauty retouching. Instead, physical damage such as scratches, crease marks, discoloration/fading, and water stains will be corrected.

Before submitting a photo, be sure you are ok with me posting both your original and retouched photo anywhere online that I choose, including deviantArt and social media. If I use your photo, I will lightly watermark your images with your info if you request that I do so. You will retain the rights to your original photo and will be given a free hi-res copy of your retouched photo to post, enjoy, and/or print as well.

Post links to your photo(s) in a comment below on this journal. I can't guarantee that all photos submitted will be accepted (I don't even assume that I'm going to get any submissions ;p) but you can submit as many as you like. 

Please spread the word that I'm offering a chance for completely free photo retouching services. Thanks for taking the time to read this and possibly helping me out! 

Commission Info and Contacts

Commission Open by MK-FireQueen Paypal Stamp by artist4com Note me stamp by Joyfool

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•Please use the dA note system, NOT my email, to contact me if you do have a dA account. Thanks!

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Contest Prizes & Project Statuses

•Animal Photo Contest [CLOSED]

:iconblurryshadow: :iconunique-firecracker-4: :iconblueranyk: :iconetskuni:

•Disney Princess Raffle [CLOSED]

House Rules

Manners by OriCoz Talk to me Stamp by Azuremon STAMP: I Don't Mind Questions by EverboundVenvel

I WELCOME: *I love talking to fellow deviants :)
-Questions (Please check my FAQs first)
-Help requests regarding the dA site or community
-Thank you's for watches, faves, etc.
-Greetings or conversation starters

ABSOLUTELY NO: *These WILL be hidden and/or reported.
-Trolling (Constructive criticism is not considered trolling)
-Begging for anything (Polite begging is still begging)
-Random links (They're dangerous and won't be clicked)
-Spam (includes ads for your page, deviations, group, or other site)

Fan art requests can be suggested here

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Starlightbeat Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i just ninja llamad you :llama favourite: Llama Mill (Free) 
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temporaryreality Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, what passes for a webcam. Are those your cats?
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V-o-L-T-a-i-C Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Professional Writer
Hey, I haven't thanked you yet for your awesome comment on my previous journal, about the commission price. You gave me alot to think about and talk about with the client, so I wanted to thank you for taking the time to do that for me! I ended up getting some trial work done, they're labels for a local beekeeper to put on their honey jars, so if people respond well to the designs, I'll be making some more to complement the one I already have and get some more in the way of pay ;p So it's gone well so far. We're just on a bit of a hiatus as there's a family crisis going on at the client's end, so when they're ready to proceed with their store, I'll be readying the next designs :) Thanks bunches, I was super nervous about it because I don't often talk money with people!
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kimi-o-ai Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Thanks a lot for the fav :hug:
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DizzyMouse Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey! Just found you randomly by looking at random stuff! lol. You have some amazing drawing out there. I'm jealous! nice job! + watch for you :D 
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