stock illustration - why bother?
be paying as much as £20 or more for the right
to use even a simple image that you have seen on a
stock illustration service website (just be be clear,
we are not a stock illustration website) without owning
the copyright at all.
owning the copyright means that you do not
actually own the stock illustration that you have
purchased, and there will be restrictions to the ways
in which you are permitted to use that stock illustration,
or the length of time/amount of times you can use
all your customers may see your stock illustration
on another businesses website, stationery, or marketing
Businesses are unique, and your marketing
materials should reflect this, you want to put yourself
apart from the competition, not appear to be the exactly
the same by using the same illustrations as your competitors.
In addition the last thing you want is a 'clipart
effect' on any of your materials, there's nothing
quite like clipart or poor quality overused illustrations to create that unprofessional feel.
Hiring an illustrator
were to commission a designer to create an illustration
that is unique and original for you, not only will
you have all the advantages of using a completely
original design, you are able to purchase
the copyright also (always check with each
individual illustrator) for what may be the same cost
as just buying the right to use an image you see on
a stock illustration website.
are a couple of examples of some of the unique designs
commissioned by our clients - who now own the copyright
to them. You can view more examples on our Illustration page of our online portfolio, and simply get in touch if you would like to view more samples.
If you really would like to view stock illustration
websites, below are a few of the best:
The Ispot - The Ispot
features a huge database of stock illustrations from
talented illustrators. You are able to search through
their database for a stock illustration using keywords.
www.images.com - Royality free stock illustrations.
Stock - Rather than stock illustration,
if its cartoons you need, Cartoon Stock have over
50,000 cartoon images to choose from.