Questions tagged [artwork]

Drawings, paintings, photographs, and other art meant to illustrate writing. Use this tag for questions about the actual art used in novels, comics, or other written or scripted works, about finding or working with artists, or about incorporating illustrations in your writing. For questions about depictions of data in a graphical form, use [graphics] instead.

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Title starting with "of"

I am trying to find a suitable title for a short video series I'm doing. There are two main subjects to this series. Let's say that these are knives and general cutlery, for the sake of this question –...
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Recreating public domain children's stories and using the original illustration?

Personally, I love old children's books. The artwork is phenomenal. Recently I saw more than one person selling Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. I do not intend to take public domain stories from one ...
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How can I get permission to use an illustration from an old book where the author is dead and the publisher closed?

I am translating a book published in 1961. The author has been dead for more than 50 years. I would like to use the same illustrations, but do not know who to ask. The painter is dead, and he did not ...
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Should an emoji come before or after a full-stop? 🤔

When I make a hilarious joke on social media it's easy to put an emoji/emoticon/smiley on the end. 😀 But sometimes I want to set the context and make a more reasoned argument over a paragraph or so. ...
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Is it alright for a English YA novel to have anime illustration?

In the beginning, I want write and self publish (or traditionally publish if possible) a original English light novel (OELN). But The more write and the more I study on how to be a professional writer ...
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How do you copyright a book if you’re both the author and illustrator?

I'm making a book and want to illustrate it too. So do I have to copyright them seperatly or can I copyright them all together? And if I make them into a series do I need to copyright each book ...
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When you can't even draw a stick man...? (concept art)

Good day all. Hope the writing muses are with you all. I was wondering what helps you to imagine details in a scene? I can't say that I'm a detailed oriented person so what I find acceptable as a ...
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Will including maps at the end of my novel keep readers engaged?

I am writing a fictional historical novel. The setting is in another part of the world, nearly 100 years ago. I would wish to make the novel understandable to my fellow Westerner. Understanding ...
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Which tool to use for creating visual illustrations in poetry book?

I am working on ebook that is a collection of poems. I want to create illustrations according to poem (similar to something shown in below image). But I don't know which tool to use. I tried Amazon ...
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Author and Illustration owner

I paid an illustrator to do the art for my picture book and I now own the artwork. Am I then allowed to submit to agents as an author/illustrator? How does this work?
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Are illustrations in novels frowned upon?

Lately I've been thinking that I don't know of a single novel that has illustrations in it. I've tried finding out the reason why, and came across an article published in The Guardian in 2011, but it ...
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Am I allowed to use art (album covers) in my book?

Am I allowed to use art (album covers) in my book? If not what sort of permission would I have to obtain? The album covers are not in the public domain.
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Using published pictures for a book based on a true story

I'm going to write a book based on a true story. I want to know if for a book cover I could use real photos of the people who were in that story. They are dead but their pictures are published on the ...
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Cover image formatting for books published on Amazon?

When outsourcing work for a cover image for a book published on Amazon, what should the format of the image be? I have a collection of poems written in a language other than English on Amazon, and I ...
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Usage of an old photo with expired copyright

I would like to use an old photo/postcard (example 1, example 2) for a non-commercial poster. The poster is for a school assignment. The photo would illustrate a map and text about the history of the ...
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Where best to insert images using Scrivener for ebook/kindle etc

My father wrote a book in Word and I have edited/formatted it so it looks clean in PDF, but now I know that was a bad idea because when we put the book on Kindle all the formatting was lost and the ...
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How large should photos on my blog be?

I sometimes post photos on my blog, like when I'm blogging about food. I've been shrinking the huge pictures my phone takes down to a size that fits more reasonably in a browser window -- my browser ...
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Knowing when to use pictures over words

When writing about food, be it a cookbook or a food blog, as long as the media supports it, the use of pictures is going to make a difference in the quality of the work. So when I am writing about ...
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Use of stock image on book cover

My book was published by a now defunct publisher. They returned my records to me (locked, and I could not open any of the documents) and I've since re-published my title under my own name. However, ...
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Pairing poetry with original artwork: is this done?

As a novice writer of poetry, I am eager to grow in my understanding of that mysterious line between complete abandon within freedom of expression, and writing which acknowledges standards on what ...
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Outsourcing people to make a cover [closed]

I need some very specific art for my book cover and will probably not be able to find a generic one on a website, so do I hire someone for it and what's the average hourly wage for hiring one? How do ...
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How many pixels' margin to the right should my 5"-wide image be on a 300dpi KDP paperback to be centered?

How many pixels' margin to the right should a 5"-wide image be on a 300dpi cover, for a 6"x9" KDP paperback, to have the front cover centered on Amazon.com and print books? I calculated based on a 6"-...
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Do I need less exposition if I'm going to add images?

So, I'm trying to write something called a light novel, which is a Japanese-type of writing. It's a novel, but spaced throughout different chapters, there are manga-style images, as well as full-color ...
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What about pictures in a story book

I am looking for feedback on the idea of including pictures in a fantasy story e-book to be sold on Amazon. The book is not a graphic novel as it has over 60,000 words spread across 15 chapters. There ...
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How to convey a concept without illustrations when submitting?

Everything I have read or been told, and every guideline I have seen regarding submitting a picture book manuscript to a publisher has indicated that illustrations should not be included in the ...
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Do I need permission to name organizations in a non-fiction book?

I am self-publishing a dog photography book. I have obtained permissions for all subjects in the book. One of the pictures I am using has the American Kennel Club (AKC) logo in it. I'm assuming I need ...
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Describe illustrated characters?

I'm writing a YA fantasy novel in my free time that I plan to illustrate myself. Most if not all named characters will have their 'picture' presented to the reader as soon as they are introduced. ...
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Is blending a largely illustrated book like James Gurney's "Dinotopia" and a dramatic and more serious plot a bad idea?

So, I don't know if any of you have heard of Dinotopia by James Gurney, but it's written in a format with large pages, and lots of illustrations: While it is not exclusively a children's book, and ...
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Copyrighting illustrations I paid to have created

I wrote my first children's book. I hired an illustrator and paid for them to illustrate my book so I can self-publish and create the book for my son. I drew out each of the 8 spreads how I wanted ...
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Writing an image Utopia book

Planning on writing a picture sci-fi book about Utopia. The book will not have a plot (story), sequence or any conclusion. It will have approximately 30 illustrations generally depicting a search for ...
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Is nudity allowed in historical nonfiction?

I have written a historical nonfiction account of a nudist camp that I went to with my family as a teenager. The camp later hosted the Miss Nude America contest and became extremely well known. My ...
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Are there any free sites for testing beta 'book cover' designs?

The LONG road to publishing a novel is nearing an end. But writing a novel is actually only the beginning; editing, formatting, compiling and marketing the novel makes the initial task of writing seem ...
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How to describe a seemingly-random doodle/symbol, whose details are significant?

In my Crime/Mystery/Drama screenplay, there’s a seemingly random doodle at the bottom of a mysterious note. The random doodle looks like a three eyed stick man with a hat. It is drawn with only lines ...
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Can I copy images from published books and use them in my paper?

When it comes to citing text from someone else's work, the rule is to provide a proper citation and source. Once you do that, you're off the hook. But when it comes to copying images it seems to be ...
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Need to own copyright on illustrations if planning a series?

I am writing a children's book for the first time. I anticipate this becoming a series. I have an illustrator to do the artwork. If I anticipate a series do I have to own a copyright on the ...
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Should I bother allowing images (headshots) for pen names?

Please bear with me, the question really is for writers. I'm authoring software that manages ebooks. I'm to the point of representing the "profile" of authors who choose to use pen names. How ...
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How important is owning the copyright on illustrations as a first time author of a children's book?

I am a first time author looking to publish a children's book which I need to have illustrated. I have a contract offer from a well-known vanity publisher, and they have offered to produce the ...
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Public domain does it apply to any and all art work prior to 1920's? [duplicate]

Can I use famous art work images that were created prior to 1900 in my book and sell the book legally? Are all artworks prior to 1900 Public domain? I want to use images of paintings made in 1800 to ...
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Find: Children's book illustrator

I need an illustrator for my first self-published children's book. Where do I find artists that will work on a small budget? What are the compensation options? How do I find an artist that ...
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If I have a cover for my novel, when should I let the publisher/agent know?

I've run into an issue with illustrations and cover designs. I have a member of my family who designs covers to the novels I'm writing, and a friend in Alaska that I'd like to have illustrate a ...
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Author and illustrator - Do publishers like authors who are also illustrators?

Dr. Seuss did it, other authors in the past have done it, but I've heard that publishers like working with specific illustrators and would rather have the words written by the author and then they'll ...
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Illustrations for a children's book to be republished

I illustrated a book 20 years ago. No royalties: one-time use. Did not sign a contract for copyright. It is considered an orphan. Now the author wants a new publisher to print the same illustrations. ...
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copyright issues and permissions

I am a children's book illustrator. I am hired to illustrate a series of books by the author. The first book has already been illustrated by some other illustrator and published by a publishing house. ...
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What do I need to know about publishing a book which I have illustrated, not written?

I recently went to the market to buy books for my 2 year old kid and found many expensive books printed on expensive paper had poor drawings. I realized that I can draw far better. I have decided ...
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Copyright of a TV series when used as reference?

Is it considered fair use to have screenshots, or character likenesses, in a book as a descriptor or reference? For example, when describing time-travelers, can I use a few screenshots from Doctor ...
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Should embedded figures/images be placed before or after they are referred to in text?

As the title question asks: Should embedded figures/images be placed before or after they are referred to in text? Which is more appropriate? Or does it depend on the setting/context?
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What size should images in eBooks be?

I'm creating an ebook that has images in it. What size / resolution should images in an ebook be?
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Do published authors have rights to use their own book cover images?

With the caveat that I'm sure it varies based on publisher, genre, etc., but -- generally, if you were an author who was published and the book cover was designed by the publisher, but you wanted to ...
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I would like to illustrate a poem

I am an artist and want to illustrate a poem and self publish it for my family. The poem was written in the early 1900's and is on LibraVox as a work in the public domain. Can I do this legally? I ...
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How to sift through all those illustrators?

I'm writing a book series and have 1-3 out of 4 written. So now I'm looking to publish, and I need cover illustrations. (At least. I'd actually like small B&W pen-and-ink illustrations for each ...
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