Posted Fri May 17 2:19AM
Here's the comment and image:
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. No re-submit.
Would appreciate any advice on how to improve the visual impact here and maybe find out more as to what IS sees as "visual impact" in general. Don't want to repeat the same mistakes.
Posted Fri May 17 10:50AM
Hi! Please have a read through the Critique Request Forum Guide thread for tips on how to make use of this forum. You'll need to post a high-res JPEG of your vector on some web server space and link to it here so we can view in fine detail what the Inspector saw.
We'll be happy to provide some clarity and feedback once we can see the image up close - thanks!
Posted Sat May 18 2:32AM
Apologies for that. Here's a link:
Looking forward to comments as don't want to waste time creating unusable material.
Posted Sat May 18 5:33AM
A bit harsh maybe - and I've seen worse! The colours have "impact", and it's an interesting concept - workman asleep on the job. For me, the problem is, what I assume to be, the hole in the ground. Or is it a pile of something? I would suggest that it needs clearer defintion.
Posted Mon May 20 12:54PM
Agreed, the hole and stuff pouring into it (if I'm reading that right) is poorly defined compared to the man.
The pavement texture is not really working, it doesn't really look like texture and it isn't in perspective like everything else.
The cones also have mismatched perspective compared to other elements.
You have prominent lighting effects but the lighting is not consistent. The man appears to be (mostly) lit from above, with symmetrical highlights and shadows (except his hardhat); the cones appear lit from the left side.
Your outline styling is inconsistent. The man has sort of calligraphic-looking outlines; the sign and cones have single-weighted outlines; the "hole/sludge" thing has sort of a hand-drawn looking outline; the buildings in background have no outline at all.
All these inconsistencies contribute to a disjointed, pasted-together look that usually will yield a rejection here.
One of the vector experts may have more to add.
Posted Tue May 21 2:06AM
Thanks - that's the sort of comments I wanted to see. These are technical issues that I can address and learn from - and improve enough to get a more consistent approach.
Posted Fri May 24 10:21AM
Im not so sure about the "men working" sign. Seems to be in the wrong spot. looks like it is part of the shovel.