Ok guys. I'm slowly getting my act together and am "trying" to relaunch my website. However as you know because you are probably an artist - I am my own worst client. I get into designing and get about 3/4 done then I hate all of the design work and start over. This happened last time I did my site 7 years ago. Hopefully the 2nd round for this version is the one I stick with. I plan on launching in August and with the launch will come some exciting items that I cannot wait to share with you. I'll have stock photos, videos, brushes, Photoshop templates, script, AfterEffects presets and templates as well as 3D files available. Of course some will be free but other I am charging for.
Which brings me to another point. I charge for certain items because they take a lot of skill and effort to create. Often I'll give away a small preview of the pack so that users can try it out and if they like it they'll be able to purchase the full pack. I know there are a lot of items for free on the internet but if you read the licensing agreements for those "free" items very few of them are supposed to be used for commercial purposes. My items are meant to be used for commercial purposes. I very much intend for them to be used in that manner. I wouldn't post them otherwise. I do not expect credit to be given (even on the freebie) - although I do enjoy it when people send me links to what they did with the item. I want artists to have to freedom to create without the nagging feeling they are doing something wrong. So please - if it's a freebie here, on my blog or on my website, you are allowed to use it on commercial products you just cannot redistribute the items is all that I ask.
I also wonder why so many Deviant Artists limit the use of their stock. Granted they allow the use for Deviant Art but then do not provide an option to purchase the stock art without having to contact them (and you hoping they get back to you in time to complete the project). I wish Deviant Art allowed "storefronts" and "purchase now" buttons so that if you are using items commercially you could download the item by purchasing the royalty free or rights right then and there. This is why so many professional artist avoid using DA artists work. While the quality is outstanding - the stipulations of use prohibit or are not conducive to commercial uses.
So here's a tip if you are a DA artist. Get a Pulley account or something like it and offer the option for people to purchase your stock, resource etc. to use for commercial purposes. Granted you may not get a lot of sales at first or perhaps you're worried about selling out, but it beats being worried about your items being used for commercial purposes without your permission.
Anyway - I'll be working on my website tonight, tomorrow and into the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for it and the upcoming items that will be featured on it and of course here at DA.