Communication Arts 52nd Annual Illustration Competition

Want to flex your artistic muscles in front of your peers? Well, you’re in luck. Communication Arts has announced a Call for Entries for their 52nd Annual Illustration Competition.

Deadline: January 7, 2011 (Entries submitted after January 7, 2011 require a $10 per entry late fee. No entries will be accepted after January 21, 2011)

Why enter?
Winning guarantees illustrators worldwide exposure to the largest audience of designers and art directors who commission illustration. Many successful illustrators cite winning the Illustration Competition as a milestone in their professional career.

Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and illustrators, the winning entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Illustration Annual and on commarts.com, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work. As a service to art directors, designers and art buyers, a comprehensive index will carry contact information of the illustrators represented.

What should be entered?
Illustrations used for advertising, books, editorial, for sale, institutional, self-promotion and unpublished are eligible.

Need more info?

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See winners from the past seven years online

Good luck to all that enter!

This post was written on IllustrationInfo.com. Content copyright 2010 Cory Thoman.

Passive Income and Microstock Earnings for November 2010

This was my second best month of the year. Not as good as last month, but still pretty good. Most of it was propelled by the smaller agencies. I’m not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing, but my income seems to be spreading out between more agencies.

Here’s the breakdown:

Company
Portfolio Size
% Income
EL
Earnings
iStockphoto
2330
26%
0
$713.37
Shutterstock
6230
21%
0
$565.93
ClipArtOf
2267
11%
0
$309.00
Dreamstime
3048
11%
0
$290.95
Fotolia
2981
7%
0
$185.80
Can Stock Photo
2239
6%
0
$157.00
myStockVectors
2901
6%
0
$150.00
Big Stock Photo
2385
3%
0
$85.00
VectorStock
1190
3%
0
$70.50
Veer
1355
2%
1
$57.75
Affiliates
-
2%
-
$50.89
123RF
1511
1%
0
$33.13
Zazzle
274
0.5%
-
$11.68
Graphic Leftovers
1188
0.5%
0
$5.20
Stockfresh
1007
0.00%
0
$1.50
Crestock
104
0.00%
0
$0.50
   
Total: $2688.20

I spent most of my time uploading to my new site, myStockVectors.com, this month. I was pretty pleased with the results to be 7th on my list in its first month open. Hopefully, it will get better as more people hear about it. December is typically one of the worst earning months of the year for me, so I don’t expect too much next month.

As usual, feel free to post a link to your results in the comments.

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New Stock Vector Site

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I’ve created a new stock vector site for my work called myStockVectors.com. The site was created to be the definitive collection of my stock art. It was also made to provide an equal balance between fair royalties for the artist and affordable prices for buyers and clients without any middlemen. So, check it out!

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Passive Income and Microstock Earnings for October 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve had a best month ever, so I guess they were saving up for a big one. Well, October didn’t dissapoint. It was by far my best month this year.

Here’s the breakdown:

Company
Portfolio Size
% Income
EL
Earnings
iStockphoto
2330
30%
2
$870.89
Shutterstock
6230
26%
12
$754.67
Dreamstime
3048
10%
3
$302.73
ClipArtOf
2217
9%
0
$250.00
Fotolia
2981
6%
0
$175.37
Veer
1205
5%
3
$159.25
Can Stock Photo
2244
5%
0
$148.85
Affiliates
-
2%
-
$63.25
VectorStock
1190
2%
0
$55.50
Big Stock Photo
2385
2%
0
$52.50
123RF
1511
2%
0
$50.20
Graphic Leftovers
1188
0.5%
0
$20.80
Zazzle
274
0.5%
0
$13.63
Stockfresh
1007
0.00%
0
$1.00
Crestock
104
0.00%
0
$0.00
   
Total: $2918.64

Again, not much uploading this month, although this good month might recharge my batteries.

As usual, feel free to post a link to your results in the comments.

This post was written on IllustrationInfo.com. Content copyright 2010 Cory Thoman. This post contains affiliate links. Please read the About & Policies for more information.

Illustration Friday Topic: Spooky

I figured I needed to get a Halloween image up this month. This week’s Illustration Friday topic was spooky, so I thought it was a perfect time to post some new Halloween work. Here is my witch riding a broom. Enjoy!

This post was written on IllustrationInfo.com. Content copyright 2010 Cory Thoman.

Passive Income and Microstock Earnings for September 2010

Another month in the books. September is usually a pretty good month, but I can’t say that there was too much special about it this year.

Here’s the breakdown:

Company
Portfolio Size
% Income
EL
Earnings
iStockphoto
2330
34%
1
$787.82
Shutterstock
6198
22%
1
$520.86
Dreamstime
3032
12%
3
$267.38
Fotolia
2965
8%
0
$186.09
ClipArtOf
1994
8%
0
$182.50
Can Stock Photo
1695
4%
0
$96.40
VectorStock
1190
3%
0
$60.30
Big Stock Photo
2185
3%
0
$60.00
Affiliates
-
2%
-
$57.61
123RF
1511
2%
0
$44.83
Veer
1205
1.5%
0
$35.00
Zazzle
274
0.25%
0
$7.41
Graphic Leftovers
644
0.25%
0
$5.20
Crestock
104
0.00%
0
$0.25
 
Total: $2311.65

I didn’t do that much uploading this month. I’ve been busy with freelance work. Also, I can’t say I’ve seen much growth from the uploading I’ve done this year, so I’m not sure it made much of a difference not uploading this month. I’ve been thinking of branching out into some new styles. Hopefully, that will help.

Other things to note this month. I joined Stockfresh, but don’t have any sales yet. Also, iStockphoto apparently lost their marbles… I mean announced some changes. Finally, my Veer "Dash for Cash" earnings came in and totaled $1540.

As usual, feel free to post a link to your results in the comments.

This post was written on IllustrationInfo.com. Content copyright 2010 Cory Thoman. This post contains affiliate links. Please read the About & Policies for more information.

iStockphoto Changing Royalty Rates for 2011

In case you have been living under a rock the last couple of days, iStock announced that they were changing their royalty structure for 2011. The new structure will be based on total credits used to purchase your images in the previous year instead of lifetime downloads and canister levels. Here’s the breakdown of the levels for Illustrators:

Credits
Non-Exclusives
Exclusives
400,000
20%
45%
175,000
19%
40%
75,000
18%
35%
22,000
17%
30%
2,000
16%
25%
Base
15%
25%

These are just the levels for illustrators, you can find the levels for photos, video and flash here. As you can see this new policy affects everyone, not just exclusives.The previous flat 20% that non-exclusives used to receive is now the maximum. For exclusives, iStock claims that 76% won’t drop their royalty rate. That sounds like a high number, but when you take into account that only 20% of contributors are exclusive, you begin to understand how many contributors this affects negatively. Also, this doesn’t account for all the exclusive contributors that were close to a royalty raise that feel cheated out of that.

With that explained, cue the angry mob. Posts on blogs and forums have been largely negative and pretty foul mouthed in response to the changes. You’re welcome to sift through some of the angry tirades on the iStock forums here or on MSG. There have been a lot of decisions by the different micros over the years that have raised the ire of contributors, but this one seems to have struck a nerve. It may be because 20% royalty, an industry low, was a barrier that wasn’t supposed to be crossed or that iStock was fairly beloved and being cheated by them hurt even more. Whatever the reason, contributors are madder than I’ve ever seen them.

So, what happens now? That’s a good question. There doesn’t seem to be any backtracking on iStock’s end, so I don’t think a compromise is in the works. Many contributors are talking about stopping their uploads. Some are going to stop being exclusives. Others are saying they will close their accounts. Some are even making predictions that this will be the moment in time remembered for iStock’s downfall. I can’t say what will happen come January, but squeezing your suppliers for more money couldn’t have been worth all the turmoil they’ve caused.

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Passive Income and Microstock Earnings for August 2010

Well, it was better than last month, but still pretty slow. I’m just not getting an increase in sales from the growth in my portfolio. Hopefully, all the hard work pays off down the road with more sales. On a positive note, congrats to ClipArtOf for jumping past Fotolia and Dreamstime.

Here’s the breakdown:

Company
Portfolio Size
% Income
EL
Earnings
iStockphoto
2306
30%
0
$680.70
Shutterstock
6185
27%
2
$622.99
ClipArtOf
1954
10%
0
$240.00
Fotolia
2960
10%
0
$235.53
Dreamstime
3014
9%
1
$218.65
Affiliates
-
3%
-
$73.50
Big Stock Photo
2185
3%
0
$63.50
VectorStock
1190
2.5%
0
$60.90
Can Stock Photo
1551
2.5%
0
$57.50
123RF
1511
1.5%
0
$34.61
Veer
1105
1%
-
$21.00
Zazzle
274
0.5%
0
$7.26
Crestock
104
0.00%
0
$1.25
Graphic Leftovers
644
0.00%
0
$0.00
 
Total: $2317.39

I hit 3000 images at a few agencies. That was supposed to be the mark for making it to $3000 a month, but my royalty per image has been dropping like a rock. I’ve been mulling over changing up the kind of images I’m uploading at the agencies this year, and my slump has convinced me that that is a good idea. I’m hoping things pick up in September too.

As usual, feel free to post a link to your results in the comments.

This post was written on IllustrationInfo.com. Content copyright 2010 Cory Thoman. This post contains affiliate links. Please read the About & Policies for more information.

Illustration Friday Topic: Caged

I’ve been pretty busy with freelance work lately, so I haven’t done an Illustration Friday in a while. That all changes this week.This week’s topic was caged. I drew a big caged gorilla in Illustrator. Enjoy!

This post was written on IllustrationInfo.com. Content copyright 2010 Cory Thoman.

Passive Income and Microstock Earnings for July 2010

This month was way down. It was my worst month since Februaury. Both iStock and Shutterstock were slumping which pretty much killed my numbers. I did have a record month at a couple agencies though.

Here’s the breakdown:

Company
Portfolio Size
% Income
EL
Earnings
iStockphoto
2210
29%
1
$638.25
Shutterstock
5922
24.5%
1
$539.93
Dreamstime
2896
13%
0
$280.64
ClipArtOf
1505
11%
0
$240.00
Fotolia
2828
9%
0
$200.10
Affiliates
-
3%
-
$65.59
Big Stock Photo
2185
3%
0
$65.00
VectorStock
1190
2.5%
0
$54.90
Can Stock Photo
1153
2.5%
1
$50.75
123RF
1511
1%
0
$23.42
Graphic Leftovers
644
0.5%
-
$10.40
Veer
505
0.5%
0
$7.00
Zazzle
274
0.25%
0
$5.84
Crestock
104
0.25%
0
$3.75
 
Total: $2185.57

Hopefully the summer slump ends a little early and things pick up in August. iStock did rally a bit at the end of the month, but not enough to recover from the beginning.

As usual, feel free to post a link to your results in the comments.

This post was written on IllustrationInfo.com. Content copyright 2010 Cory Thoman. This post contains affiliate links. Please read the About & Policies for more information.