Watercolor art and exclusivity agreement

posted on 18th of february, 2009

I had discovered the possibility of selling images using stock agencies in 2006.
I had found Dreamstime accidentally, then I made a deeper search and I found a lot of other stock web-sites which offer the opportunity of selling illustrations. I had studied these sites, I gave a look to the images on line, categories and payments. I had read contracts and terms of use of the main stock sites.
And at last I had chosen to be an exclusive contributor of Dreamstime.
Why? Because of watercolors. I love painting watercolors! And it's a good choice for me selling the exclusivity of these images to DT.
© Onda (Help)

I'm very surprised that only DT offers hand made artworks to his clients. The other stock agencies don't accept artistic, hand made illustrations!
Perhaps someone can think that only digital images sells well but I don't agree. There are thousands of art buyers and selling hand made paintings gives to Dreamstime an interesting category of beautiful artworks to buy.
Look at this collection of watercolors and artistic paintings and tell me if there aren't a lot of good pictures. So, artworks and paintings: why not?

If someone doesn't know what an exclusive contributor is I took this passage from Dreamstime terms page:

Exclusive contributors: An exclusive contributor is not represented by any other agency and will work solely with Dreamstime.com for selling their images. Exclusive contributors may, however, sell their other artwork on a photographer-to-client basis, under a work for hire contract, outside of this Agreement. Exclusive contributors shall receive sixty (60%) percent of the sale price received by Dreamstime.com for the exclusive images they have contributed to the site which are subsequently sold by Dreamstime.com, as well as a commission of $0.20 (twenty cents) for each submission uploaded and accepted by Dreamstime.com. Dreamstime.com is under no obligation, however, to accept an exclusive contributor’s submissions and acceptance of images is at Dreamstime.com’s sole discretion. Dreamstime.com may terminate an Exclusive Contributor’s status at any time with no advance notice; an Exclusive Contributor may terminate their status as an Exclusive Contributor with thirty (30) days prior written notice to Dreamstime.com. If an Exclusive Contributor terminates this Agreement prior to the passage of six (6) months, Dreamstime.com reserves the right to recover all commission payments made to the Exclusive Contributor prior to the termination of Exclusive Contributor status. These payments include the upload bonus received after each accepted submission and the extra percentage earned by exclusive contributors.

Comments (6)

Comment by Viewpoints on February 20, 2009

You are a wonderful artist & Thank You for this information & I agree with you in the respects of offering choices such as your watercolors, which are absolutely wonderful examples displayed on your blog page here
Have a Great Day

Comment by Roberto1977 on February 20, 2009

You are a real Artist, Carla!

Comment by Sanshams on February 19, 2009

You are right!
Dreamstime is the best way to selling the images.
Ciao Sandra

Comment by Korat_cn on February 19, 2009

Of course I can't say that NO other agency accepts hand made artworks, just the main that I checked. Carla

Comment by Mildegard on February 19, 2009

I love your watercolors :)
I didn't know other agencies don't accept handdrawn pictures. I'm glad I've found my place there on DT.

Comment by Fultonsphoto on February 18, 2009

Some of these images are great, and they sell, as do the images in your PF, so yes why not. Well done.

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Photo credits: Carla Francesca Castagno, Silvia Raffaella Formia, Mariagrazia Orlandini, William Rossin.

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I'm a freelance illustrator with more than 15 years of experience. I live and work in Italy for publishers and companies of all over the world. As a photographer I'm working on some new kind of photos: thermic images.

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