Shutterstock and Trump Caricatures

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.

 

My 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.

Trump Golfing

[Edit: Trump Golfing is now available on shutterstock.]

You’re Fired!

Here’s another Donald Trump caricature.  I think the last one turned out better, but this one’s okay.  I don’t think I got his face quite Trump-y enough, but he’s still recognizable so I’m calling it done.

This one’s inspired, of course, both by his iconic catch-phrase and by his recent firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

You're Fired

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Here’s a caricature portrait of Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.  The background came from a NASA photo (public domain) of a spiral galaxy.  I sort of gave him a cosmic halo because it amused me.  smiley 15

 

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Since it’s a celebrity portrait, I can only sell rights to it for editorial or limited personal use. Contact me directly for more information.

That is SO Truthy!

I was just playing with fonts and brushes for no readily apparent reason and I came up with this.  Guess what cable comedy news show I was watching today. 🙂

The fonts are RubberStamp-Extended, Liberate, and Rosewood Std.  I didn’t create the fonts.

Actually, it did serve a purpose.  I really was experimenting with some new brush techniques and trying a couple tricks with manipulating fonts.  I learned some stuff.