Image usage & social media sharing
Can I repost your pictures on my website?
Yes, as long as you credit me as the artist, the website where you are displaying the image is a non-profit site, and the image is not copyright to a client (i.e. commissioned). Please place a link back to http://www.nicolecadet.com and don’t modify the image. No hotlinking!
Can I use your painting in stationary/ web graphics/ PSP tubes/ derivative work?
No. Please don't.
Can I use your painting to represent my character in an online game or character in my book?
Only if the painting has been commissioned by you. Please visit my Commission page for further information and pricing. Alternatively, I have several character portraits for sale through Portrait Adoption.
Can I use existing work as RPG/ game graphics?
As with the previous question, while I am happy to create pieces for your RPG/ game, my existing pieces are NOT available for free use.
I have an idea for a painting. Will you paint it?
Only if it’s a commission :) I don’t work for free or on speculation.
Sharing on Social Media
Generally if you’re doing something that is not for profit, you’re willing to attribute me as the artist on the page, and is not derivative (i.e. you’re not cutting it up, adding sparkles, turning into sig tags etc) I’m normally pretty cool with things. You want to make money off it, you need to sign a contract with me. You want to use an artwork as a character representation (book, game, whatever) you must pay for the privilege. You want to use my art to advertise some political statement, please don’t. You want to pretty up your personal blog, read on!
In the same way that you’d hate to see a photo of your family being used by a random stranger, my paintings are much the same. It’s upsetting to see someone using your art in a way that it wasn’t intended, or plonked on a page where no one will ever know who painted it. It makes me sad when I find a really beautiful painting online that someone’s swiped from somewhere without attributing the artist. I like supporting artists. If I know who they are, I may even go buy a print.
Retweet and share from official sources. Do not upload to twitter please.
I use Pinterest myself as a collection for images to spark ideas. I love browsing through collections of images. It’s a way for me to find new blogs and artists, kind of like a great big scrapbook. Pinterest often points to the source so I can lose myself in linked site for ages!
If you want to pin my images (either via here or DeviantArt or any other places I officially host my images), cool. I prefer that you don’t upload my images as Pins, but if you do, you must credit me as the artist. A link back to http://www.nicolecadet.com would be nice too.
Pretty much along the lines of Pinterest. Give credit by putting http://www.nicolecadet.com in the source or attributing the image to be, or just reblog it. Don’t claim the art as your own, and please don’t say ‘this illustrates my character’ unless you’ve paid me for it.
Post links to my stuff, share official posts from my facebook fan page but don’t upload my images as your photos/cover photos. If you do, I will ask you to remove it, and then contact Facebook if you don't. Please respect commissioned paintings and do not use these as icons.
I love hearing about people sharing my arts, in fact you share the love, I generally like to share the love on Facebook & Twitter with my followers. General rules:
Host the image yourself, but not somewhere that allows photos such as photobucket unless you switch off the ability to order prints. I don’t like hotlinkers.
Don’t squish the image/ crop it/ remove copyright statements/ alter the image in any way.
You credit the image to me, something like “Artwork © Nicole Cadet http://www.nicolecadet.com” either with the image or at the bottom of the blog post. I have gone after people who’ve posted my paintings without crediting me as the artist.
Your site is non profit, i.e. it’s a personal blog
Please don’t post works that are commissioned paintings unless you ask first. Book covers tend to be fine as it’s advertising for the author too, but personal commissions are sometimes of real people and they may get upset with me if they see their portrait appear on some random blog.
If you want to drop me a note, great! But I do not absolutely require a note first. Just follow the above and I’m a happy camper.
Please contact me first. If it’s more a personal blog post or a general information post I’m normally pretty ok to treat it like a personal blog. What mean by this is if you have a business website that is say selling Wicca supplies, and you post a blog post about say Cerridwen in general and decide to use my painting as a representation of the goddess then this is ok. But if you decide to use the painting to advertise your Cerridwen inspired incense, this is advertising and commercial – you cannot use the image without a contract from me.
Hopefully this is helpful to people, but please ask if you have any questions or if there’s a scenario you’re uncertain about! And of course, if you really want to support me, consider purchasing a print!