What's the point of creating clip art (Microstock)
Ron Leishman has been selling clip art for more than 20 years. He is probably one of the most recognized, least famous Cartoonists on the North American continent. You may have seen his work, but not in the comics pages. Ron sells clipart on his own site(s) as well as dozens of others. His main site is toonaday.com, where you can purchase membership to have a piece of clipart delivered to your email daily (365 days a year). He also sells an entire year's worth of clip art — and has 19 CDs. Or buy them one-at-a-time on toonClipArt.com.
Cory Thoman, though much younger than Ron, does the same thing on his site, CTCartoons.com. One of the differences between Ron & Cory, is that Cory also allows other illustrators to create, upload and sell clip art on his site. Cory also has a site called,IllustrationInfo.com, which teaches illustrators how to vectorize art for sale on the variety of sites.
So if you like to draw cartoons, but don't know how or where to sell them, check out Cory's site, learn the process I've taught you in this class, and begin creating your thousands of pieces of clipart, based on what interests you, to sell to all the resources Cory has on his web pages. The coolest thing about it, is you can do it in your spare time. Though I don't think Steve Fable creates his imagery for clip art, per se, his style is similar to Stephanie's and the style I'm playing with lately (the difference being that Steve's are amazing.) Click the image to the right, to view Steve's Flickr site. Click the left and right arrows for more of his amazing samples.
Steve's Flickr site.
Collaborative Cartoon Clipart Creation
I recently stumbled across a really cool illustrator named Donald James Hooker II, who's got a Flickr page (as well as a Twitter page, both of which I became a follower of), with illustrations in a style very similar to Stephanie Cheung's. After I shared it with her, I sketched a sample into one of my notebook pages (below), then contacted Donald Hooker, to see if we could collaborate on creating clip art from his (rather large) sampling of creations on his Flickr page. Check back on this site, to keep posted on the progress of how it goes. It will be a great model for you to see how a seemingly random thought can turn into a royalty-based income stream in the Microstock (Clipart) industry.
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Click to enlarge screen Capture: vectorized Monsters.