Posted Thu Jan 10 1:56PM
With the recent allowance of type-basd illustrations, I've been focusing on lettered vectors. Most of my other stuff have been accepted save for the following piece, with the following reason:
"We're sorry, but we found the overall composition of this file lacking visual impact and therefore not suitable as stock. With the rapid growth of the iStock collection, we give valuable consideration to each file but unfortunately cannot accept all submissions. Please don't take it personally. This isn't necessarily a reflection of your skill, rather a decision by iStock to determine commercial applications for your illustration as royalty-free stock."
I'm not exactly sure what to take away from this. My hope that something like that would be suitable for greeting cards and thus attract EL buyers. Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance!
(Edited on 2013-01-10 13:58:43 by DavidGoh)
Posted Fri Jan 11 2:48AM
I'm not a deisgner, but to it seems extremely elaborate and extremely specific. If someone doesn't want a valentine card exactly like this, then it is (more or less) useless as shown. Making the various design components within it available separately would be far more widely useful.
Posted Fri Jan 11 3:44AM
The words are also pretty close to the lyrics of Nature Boy
"This he said to me
The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return"
I'm not sure if that raises copyright issues too.
Posted Fri Jan 11 11:28AM
I thought that sounded familiar. Haven't listened to that song in a long time. I'm guessing that lyric itself probably doesn't withstand any scrutiny of originality, seems like the kind of statement a hundred different writers could all arrive at independently. I bet you could find something pretty similar that predates the song.
Maybe one of the vector staff will come along with more insight, but I would tend to lean towards some combination of esp's analysis, plus: I also find that the color choices seem to clash, and that there seems to be too much of an inconsistent mix of styles. At a glance it feels like it's styled after some sort of vintage design but then mixed in are anachronistic details such as the 3D extruded effect on "Greatest Thing" and some - but not all - of the hearts having a very geometric and computer-generated appearance.
You haven't provided a hi-res JPEG for us to look at. It could very well be that there's fine detail work that is subpar as well, which can also contribute heavily towards this type of rejection.
Posted Fri Jan 11 9:53PM
Thanks for the feedback! Good news is that Scout has reevaluated it and agreed to let me resubmit.
esp_imaging & donald_gruener: Thanks for the comments! I did figure that it might be too specific, but wanted to give it a shot nonetheless as this sort of stuff doesn't seem to be very common yet. The inconsistent styles are indeed a problem, I will need to ensure that my work is consistent throughout next time, or else it's not suitable for stock. Thanks for pointing that out!
johnwoodcock: As donald_gruener said, it's a very common statement used in many movies and songs with slight variations. I picked it as it was basically the go-to quote in terms of love/valentine's day.
Thanks for the help guys!
Posted Sat Jan 12 2:12PM
Glad you got the resubmit go-ahead. If you think of it, post your rework here so we can see how it evolves.