Friday, April 27, 2012

Dreamstime contest: Pretty in Pink

This month Dreamstime has designated "Pretty in Pink" as their next contest topic.

I started with this rough that I did in Adobe Illustrator:
There were a couple of directions I thought I could take I printed it out and revised it in red and then blue pencil (the red to figure out my lines, and then the blue to finalize them):

I ended up really liking the little girl thinking about flowers - Once I scanned it back into Illustrator and cleaned it up and colored it, I decided it didn't need the flowers to be pink.  So I submitted it as is:

Monday, April 02, 2012

Microstock Report for March 2012

Here's our microstock report for March of 2012:

We were busy working on other projects once again, so we didn't add any new files this last month.

Shutterstock is still the best at consistently selling our illustrations.  A couple of months ago I decided to start posting the lifetime earnings of each of the sites.  I feel like it's one thing to tell people you can make money creating stock images, and another thing to actually state the numbers.  I've uploaded my illustrations to have this be a passive income (meaning that I don't really actively create and upload new images on a consistent basis), so it's fantastic to make between 200 and 300 dollars a month on something I'm barely paying attention to. 

On the other hand, some of the sites are suffering because of it.  Istockphoto used to reach almost $100 (if not more) each month.  That's reflected in the lifetime total earnings, but also in the fact that it now makes less than Dreamstime each month.

Some of these sites continue to make money...others, such as Crestock, have yet to get off the ground and probably never will.  In March I signed up for a new site called DrawShop.  I've heard the sales aren't the best, but they have the possibility to do custom jobs, so I wanted to see how that would play out.  I've only uploaded 65 files...
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