FAQS - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY ARTISTS

ANSWERED BY ARTIMIDOR FEDERKIEL


This page was put together in order to specifically address artist related questions in the Santharian context. If you are a fantasy artist yourself and think about contributing with your works to the Dream, please take the time to look through these questions here. If you're nevertheless still unsure about something, feel free to drop me a line by e-mail and I'll get back to you.

Question 1
- How can I contribute as an artist to the Santharian Dream?
Question 2 - What info do you still need from me to get my works in?
Question 3 - Where can I see what pictures you already used and where they were integrated?
Question 4 - How exactly do you integrate my pictures?
Question 5 - Is Santharia.com the only site where you'll use my pictures?
Question 6 - Do I still own the copyright to the pictures you use?
Question 7 - Can I ask you to remove a picture from the site again once it has been integrated already?
Question 8 - I don't have any colour pictures. Do you also integrate pencil, ink drawings or greyscale pictures?
Question 9 - What about photo manipulations or 3d graphics? Can we use such pictures here?

1. How can I contribute as an artist to the Santharian Dream?
If your style fits to our site, we welcome you as a supporter of the Dream any way you can help. We appreciate everyone who contributes and gets our joint project forward. Basically there are two ways artists can contribute:
  • External Contributor
    If you enjoy drawing fantasy related pictures and would like share them with our project as well, you can give us permission to include these pictures on Santharia. We'll take care of the rest. Just point us to your gallery/galleries on the net - perhaps specify which pictures are off-limits for the one or the other reason - and we'll try to embed the pictures as best as we possibly can on the site.

    As an external contributor you just focus on your own creative ideas and don't need to follow Santharian development at all, you don't even need to register at the Santharian Development board. It doesn't hurt to stop by every now and then on the site however, to check where your pictures have ended up.
     
  • Active Member
    In general Santharian artists start out as External Contributors, who first let us use works they've already done. If you like however what we're doing and would like to play a more active role in Santharia, you can get involved by drawing pictures inspired by entries/stories on the site, where we still lack illustrations. After all, in the long run, it is important that the world we're creating is as unique as possible, and for that purpose pictures drawn specifically for the Santharian Dream are very important.

    We're doing all this in our spare time, and you too, so how much, when and what you want to draw in the Santharian context is entirely up to you.

Key factor when contributing in the one way or the other is that it's fun for you to be part of the project. Santharia is a completely non-commercial project, so there's no money in it for you. What you'll get for sure however is recognition by other Santharians and further exposition of your work on a large site. We have developed to a major site thanks to fantasy enthusiasts from all over the world who share the same dream - that's what it's all about. Return to the top

   
2. What info do you still need from me to get my works in?
All our contributors, be they active members or external contributors, get their own team page. On it visitors learn about you and find links to your own websites on it, plus all the entries on Santharia where your illustrations are already integrated are listed. Each single entry with a picture you made also links back to this team page. Examples of member pages: Eratin's page, Fiorellinia's, Seeker's, Faugar's.

Team page details
To be able to prepare this page you should send me the necessary details by e-mail. So what exactly do we need? Click on the icon to the left and a text file will open on a new browser page with all the stuff we usually put on a team page. Just copy and paste it from there in an e-mail, fill out the blanks and send it all to webmaster@santharia.com - I'll take care of the rest.

Some notes: Santharian members traditionally have a Santharian alias, as it might also happen that we write entries about people in Santharia, or that Santharian members role play with their character on the RPG board. So you should choose a Santharian name first.

If you have a photo of yourself which you want to share, please include it in your mail or point me to an address on the web! Same with banners of your site(s) you'd like to have included on your page. Other than that you're free to choose how much about yourself you'd like to put on the page, but the more you add to your profile the more interesting for others of course.
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3. Where can I see what pictures you already used and where they were integrated?
On your team page (see Question #2). All the entries where we've integrated a picture of yours will be listed there, and of course the links to access these pages to check for yourself if we've done our job well. Return to the top
   
4. How exactly do you integrate my pictures?
Have a look at one of our entries, say Witches of Santharia. Here you see a couple of pictures from different artists integrated. The entry itself usually contains a small version of the picture, we then add a text below to describe the picture, along with your Santharian name to link to your team page. If you click on the image you'll open up an enlarged version, also with description and link to your team page, but the enlarged version also has your copyright information on it. We place the copyright information usually in the bottom right corner, unless you have signed the picture already.

If the source file contains a signature already that makes the small version look weird we either ask for a non-signed version, or try to crop the picture in order not to show the signature or cover the area properly e.g. by copying a similar floor part of another part of the picture over it. This is done in order to keep the look throughout the site consistent, as signatures aren't properly visible in smaller picture versions anyway. We're giving our best to make the integration as smoothly and as pleasing to th eye as possible and hope to work as well in your interest when doing so.
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5. Is Santharia.com the only site where you'll integrate my pictures?
Santharia.com is the main Santharian site, and that's where your pictures will end up. We have a Facebook page however as well (see here), where we organize pictures by category found on the site and put them in neat, easily navigatable albums. Your copyright information is still on the picture, along with the text we put below the image on the site as well. So basically it's the same thing you see on the site. Return to the top
   
6. Do I still own the copyright to the pictures you use?
Sure you do. The pictures we integrate are yours, and we use them only on your terms. We don't do anything with them which isn't mentioned on this page. In case of new unforseen developments we'll check back with you at any rate. Return to the top
   
7. Can I ask you to remove a picture from the site again once it has been integrated already?
Yes, of course. Should you sell a picture for example to a customer who wants to use it exclusively, then we'll remove the picture from the site to make it possible for you to sell it.

In general we of course hope that pictures we upload can stay there, because whenever we integrate them we try to embed them as thoroughly as possible in our world. Whole stories might have been written inspired by a picture you drew
, so it would be a sad thing to see the source of the idea go. But if it can't be avoided, we won't stand in the way. Return to the top
   
8. I don't have any colour pictures. Do you also integrate pencil, ink drawings or greyscale pictures?
No, we're sorry, but we don't. We have developed our style over time, which focuses on digital colour paintings (or pictures that come very close to that), and we try to maintain the style throughout the site. There's the occasional pencil/ink drawing still on the site that doesn't fit in there, but these are remnants of the olden days, and we try to replace them as soon as we possibly can.

Greyscale pictures are still on the site in form of maps. This is the style we've chosen in order to represent anything related to cartography in our lands, and this is the only exeception to our traditional coloured digital painting rule. Return to the top
   
9. What about photo manipulations or 3d graphics? Can we use such pictures here?
No, these pictures don't fit to the style we've established here (see Question #8). Which doesn't mean that you cannot use e.g. elements of 3d graphic programs in case they fit to the rest of the picture and form a whole that looks like a traditional digital painting. Too much photorealism however hurts the fantasy aspect, thus we don't allow these pictures here. Return to the top
   

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