Art Licensing Info Ask Call with the Copyright Office is on November 12, 2014

FAQ

How do I know if my art is a good fit for licensing?

Art that works for licensing needs to have a broad appeal. Manufacturers choose art to put on their product that they believe thousands of people will want, not just a handful. I don’t judge art but offer information and guidance. I can give you a general observation about art that works well for licensing – in relation to the full spectrum of art.read the blog post to learn more.

What is the first thing I should do when I want to license my art?

The first thing is learn and prepare! (If you want to split hairs, yes, you could say that is two things.) But learning about the industry and how it works is KEY. I highly recommend you consider the “Beginner Basics” audio replay - http://ArtLicensingInfo.com/start.html

How Much Can an Artist Make Licensing Their Art?

It varies widely… let’s say the range is between zero and millions… for more information, read the blog post about art licensing and income.

How long does it take to make money in art licensing?

If you haven’t licensed your art before, you may wonder how long it will take to make money. Of course, it can vary and each artist’s experience will differ.  Click here to read the 7 basic stages that will give an idea of what to expect.

What do I charge for my art in licensing?

Many artists who are new to licensing ask this question. Art Licensing is primarily done on a royalty basis – meaning you will receive a percentage of sales. Click here to learn more how you make money in art licensing.

How do you know if your work is safe when submitting to manufacturers?

Question:  “When you have a potential lead with a company and you present them some of your art work, how do you know your work is safe? Should you copyright your work first? How do I know my work is safe if and when I present them my work online.”  Read my answer…

How can I learn about manufacturers who license art?

I’ve had a lot of questions about how to find and interact with manufacturers who license art.  Click here to access the blog post with lots of links to resources I’ve created over the years.

Which is Better in Art Licensing – A Recognizable Style or Variety of Art?

While there is no right or wrong answer, I can give you my perspective and others have chimed in in the comments to create a discussion. (Add your comments too!)

What is an “Ask Call”?

At Art Licensing Info, we have been holding “Ask Calls” since December 2008. On each call, an expert in the industry will answer questions submitted by artists that relate to art licensing. Learn more at: www.ArtLicensingInfo.com/audio-archives.html

What Do you Mean by an “Art Collection”?

Manufacturers who license art usually look for “collections” of art – 4 images that coordinate or icons, borders and repeat patterns. It is a little different way of creating art than for other industries… Click here to get more details about creating collections for licensing.

What is the best size to create designs for licensing?

In this case – bigger is better but as always… it depends. Read more detailed information here.

Should I have a code system for my art?

Yes! Start using a code system as early as possible to help communicate about and keep track of your art within a collection. Click here to learn more about creating an art code system.

What trade shows exist for artists in art licensing?

I’m asked about trade shows a lot – there are two each year that are devoted to connecting artists and manufacturers for art licensing.  They are SURTEX and the Licensing Expo.  Learn more about the shows and find links to their websites…

Why do artists in licensing often have password protected portfolios?

This seems odd to many artists who are coming from other areas but is quite common in art licensing. Here are four reasons why you might consider it yourself…

How do you register copyrights with the Library of Congress in bulk?

As long as you keep good records and don’t mix “published” and “unpublished” works together, you can register art in groups. Click here for more details.

Do you need physical product samples to succeed in art licensing?

In art licensing you don’t need to have physical samples to get an art licensing deal. Sometimes artists will do digital mockups, to show how their art would look on products, but it isn’t a requirement. Click here to learn more about showing your art on products for success in art licensing.

What type of color mode do you use in art licensing – CMYK or RGB?

The short answer: it depends.  It depends on the manufacturer and their printing process so this is one of the first questions I ask any new client.  For the long answer, read the blog post – CMYK vs RGB colors – what is an artist to do?