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Derek Stevenson
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United States
My name is Derek

Graphic Designer
Web Designer
Web Developer
Guitarist
Song Writer
Music Producer

Current Residence: Fort Myers, FL
Favourite genre of music: Rock, indie, punk, hardcore, jazz, progressive jazz, classical rock, heavy metal
Favourite style of art: Advertising Design / Photography
Operating System: beer googles 2.0
Shell of choice: turtle
Skin of choice: white and tan
Personal Quote: Don\'t hate me cause you Ain\'t me!
Interests
  • Mood: Wow!
  • Listening to: Wes Montgemory
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  • Eating: my dreams
  • Drinking: h20
The other day I uploaded some Photoshop styles to GraphicRiver that I had sitting around in my portfolio that were just collecting dust. I get this message back from the reviewer:

"Unfortunately, your submission is too similar to existing item(s) in our marketplace. Your upload must be a unique concept not based on any existing marketplace item."

This strikes me odd considering GraphicRiver hasn't even been around for 5 years. So I browse the photoshop text effects portion of their marketplace and I find a plethora of photoshop styles that were copied from a lot of pieces I uploaded here.

So as some of you know, I've given away from designs, logos, text effects, etc... through deviantart, well all it takes is one bad apple to ruin the bunch. I will now not be giving away any more free items and I am going to be removing all of my artwork for my online portfolios so that no one is able to steal my work and republish it as their own.

I guess I could go through the DMCA notice act but unfortunately I really just don't have the time to do all of that nonsense. So instead, I'm just going to remove my artwork and not upload any more items due to thieves taking our hard work and claiming it as their own.

Just sad how they can get away with this stuff.

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D1e7el Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Hey Derek! Hope you and yours had an amazing holiday! I am sure you and Felicia spoiled those cute boys of yours!

Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and prosporous New Year! (my spelling sucks - but you get the gist :)
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xstortionist Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Yup! The boys had a great Christmas, I got Felicia canon rebel SLR camera so she was very happy. Took plenty of photos I'm just too lazy to upload anything.

Had a couple of teeth pulled right before the new year, so that wasn't very pleasant, still recovering.

How about you and the family? How did the holiday's go?
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sengster Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haven't drop by your page in a while. How's it going? I see you are still doing some great designs :). Are you still working on website design as well?
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xstortionist Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Yea, I'm still doing some design stuff here and there, mainly digital marketing like google adwords and data mining.... but still doing design sometimes.

Things are going pretty good for me. Got married a couple of weeks ago but my mom passed away the week before the wedding. It was a really tough time after mom passed but things are getting better now.

Other then that, I have 2 beautiful son's, couldn't ask for more!

When you and your hubby gonna have some kids?!?! Better get a move on it! :D
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sengster Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awh sorry to hear about your mom. :/. Didn't know you got married. Congrats! I wanna see pix :). Do you have a facebook? Did I add you to my facebook? I'm not on often, but I post photos and random stuff sometimes that I don't show on DA. Weddings are fussy social events. I'm glad I won't have to go through it again.
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xstortionist Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
yep, you can add me here [link]
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D1e7el Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Hope all is well with the family and yourself :)
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xstortionist Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Yep yep, everything is going good. The newborn is doing good, he's a bit of a whiner when compared to our other son. He really doesn't like to be left alone... always wanting someone to hold him. Other then that doing great, new year and you know what that means... something breaks around the house. haha, happened last year with the A/C, this new year was the water pump. Always something! How's the city life treatin you and the fam? Good new year? Same job?
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D1e7el Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Well..being you asked..Everything has changed! My oldest daughter picked up and moved to Boston..So I have 5 people living under 1000 square feet of living space - pretty tight quarters. My company was purchased by a larger co and closed our boston office - being I wouldn't relocate to Kennet square, PA - I was let go. I was given a pretty good severance and really hated the job, so I guess it was exactly what I needed to get off my lazy ass. Things on the home front are better :) The hubby and I are working out our issues..so that is good :)

Sorry to hear your little one is needy - haha He will grow out of it...He will prob be your little terror!! How is Felicia handling it? 2 little ones...That's a tough gig!! I give her MAD PROPS!!

How's the "new" old job treating you?
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xstortionist Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Oh wow, 5 people in such small living space... how are you managing that?!?! I'd go crazy!

Sorry to hear about the job situation. I'm sure you'll find something when the time is right. Hopefully they gave you plenty of money to hold you over for a few month.

Felicia is handling everything pretty good. She actually got shingles a couple of weeks ago but she is doing much better now. I think the stress of both boys and the wedding is getting to her. I think things will calm down for her after the wedding. I designed the wedding invitations and put "2012" as the year... such a fuckin dumbass LOL! You can view the website that I created for our wedding here:

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Job is going good, we finally fired the lady that use to be above me and now I report directly to the CEO... things are turning around just need to start seeing more results for my efforts.

What you gonna do for a job? Thinkin about getting out of the design business and trying something else?
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