Shutterstock declares war

Shutterstock Dominates!

Business Insider writes about how Shutterstock Images has struck a deal with Penske Media Corporation (PMC) to market Variety Magazine’s photographers’ images to Shutterstock’s library. How cool is THAT!  We work hard and have a great work ethic, and I sincerely believe the company is run well and deserves the high praise.

I live and breathe stock art! The proliferation of information and equipment to receive said information has blown this little hobby of mine up into a real force in the world… visuals make more of an impact than the written word in many cases, especially when dealing with masses, less “informed” masses that respond to pictures before they read a headline or article. There is power in images.  You can say a lot in images, messages that evoke a visceral response, an instinctual reaction. This can and is used for good, and for malevolent purposes.  We see all types of artwork, more than you can imagine (I know that because every day something comes in that really pushes the envelope, and I’ve been at this a long time… amazing how creative and resourceful people can be, to dance around laws, rules and guidelines, to try to submit fringe, malevolent or downright malicious imagery).

I try to expose people’s souls to little glimpses of the truth so that their inner spirit can break through the baked-on shell of sugar coat in which they exist….

However most of us are only trying to express ourselves, or make a lot of money (the two types are usually immediately distinguishable from one another), and don’t have any evil intent. I sure don’t, I have this nagging spirit of trying to help, trying to expose people’s souls to little glimpses of the truth so that their inner spirit can break through the baked-on shell of sugar coat in which they exist… I just wish my technical skill was up to being able to render the images that swirl up in my brain, and the time, I have so many. Alas I’m on the hamster wheel and can’t get off!

When I’m not working (well, drawing is not really working, to me), I’m reading. I like to read about history, politics, economics, and art. This recent find of mine is interesting, discussing how art impacted the American cause in the Revolutionary War, great read if you’re inclined… John Trumbull: Art and Politics in the Revolution.

I have it in my mind to show you some of my work, both in retrospect (the front page Classics panel contains some of my best work in a slideshow from 2005 onward) and as I do it… and also some video tutorials about some of the tricks of the trade I know in Illustrator and Photoshop, and also stock art in general.

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