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.

Political Cartoon: Biden’s Gaffs

This is an all-purpose cartoon suitable for any gaff Joe Biden might make during his tenure as Vice President. Not really very funny.  Mostly I just wanted to try to draw him. Conclusion: I can’t draw Joe Biden. He isn’t interesting in any way, shape, or form. There’s nothing to characature. He just comes out as a generic, white, old guy. *sigh*

I actually searched the web for cartoons of him and you know what? No one knows how to draw him. If the cartoonist tends to give his characters big chins, Biden gets a big chin.  If they usually give their characters a big nose, he gets a big nose.  But none of the cartoons really look like him like they usually do with other celebs.  Even the big-name political cartoonists just come up with something that looks like a generic, white, old guy.

Anyhow, here’s my attempt: