So, I finally got some information I needed yesterday about shutterstock’s rules for stock image submissions.
I have several celebrity caricature and political cartoons that I want to sell for stock images, but they can only be sold for editorial use because they’re images of real people rather than fictional characters and I don’t have a model release. Istock won’t allow illustrations to be sold as editorial stock, but shutterstock allows this, which is just what I needed.
I had a few cartoons and caricatures of Donald Trump, one of which was clearly offensive and kept getting rejected when I submitted it. I suspected it was being rejected due to being offensive, but they never said that. They kept saying they didn’t like my description or the keywords. I gave up on it for awhile, but I tried again a few days ago and I finally got a response that it was rejected due to being an offensive subject.
Which is fair.
It’s also what I needed to know.
I was thinking of doing a series of Trump caricatures that might be useful as stock for people writing political commentaries and such. I needed to know how offensive I could get before it would be rejected. No point in my spending time making a stock image that’ll just get rejected when I submit it.
So, now I know that these are acceptable by shutterstock.
But that this is too offensive.
I just recently created a couple more Trump caricatures.
One was very offensive, drawing Trump as a Nazi. It’s far enough over the line that I’m probably not going to post it anywhere at all. I mostly drew it for personal catharsis, not for sharing. Still, had shutterstock allowed it, I might have put it up as stock because I know there are people who would buy it. On the other hand, I might not have. It’s pretty offensive. I’d have to think about it.
Anyway, I won’t post that image here, but if you want to see it, contact me and I’ll send you a sample.
Or, if you’re interesting in buying the Nazi Trump or the Flag Humping Trump images for stock, I’d be happy to sell either one. Just contact me and we can set it up.
My other new Trump caricature (below) is very neutral. It’s not quite complementary, but it isn’t offensive at all. I figure this one should easily pass shutterstock’s censors and, based on my sales of my other Trump images, it should sell reasonably well also.
[Edit: Trump Golfing is now available on shutterstock.]