Do you recognize the styling of the cat adorned with patterns and surrounded by swirls and flowers? I produced this original creative cat illustration exclusively for Staedtler to advertise their triplus fineliner pens. It appears in an ad in the Fall 2016 issue of “The Coloring Studio” magazine. This quarterly pub is filled with pages of artwork to color drawn by various artists and offers “simple ways to use your colored pages.” The projects you create with the artwork, such as journal covers, greeting cards, wall art, etc, are for personal use only. Being restricted from using coloring book artwork for commercial purposes is pretty much a standard practice, and, of course, I fully support protecting artists’s copyrights.
Is there a way to legally sell your colored pages?
Yes, if you obtain an explicit grant of license by an artist or owner of the copyright. I’ve been developing an idea for a coloring book, and you can help me decide whether or not to go ahead with it by completing the survey at the end of this blog post. Essentially, it asks if you would, as a colorist or crafter, want me to publish a coloring book that gives you an “extended license,” so that you can offer your completed projects for sale if you choose to do so.
Using triplus fineliners
I enjoy my relationship with Staedtler. They offer me a place to share my fancy felines and other animal art. In exchange for receiving the pens, I wrote an honest review in a previous blog post here. After continuing to use the fineliners, they have become my favorite fine-tipped pens.
Giveaway: Enter to Win a Set of 20 Staedtler triplus fineliner Pens
Submit the Survey below by October 10 to be entered to win a set of 20 Staedtler triplus fineliners with a really cool denim carrying pouch, courtesy of Staedtler!
Survey for an “Extended License” Coloring Book
Colorists! Your input can help me create a future coloring book. For taking the time to answer this short survey, you’ll be entered to win the Staedtler Giveaway — a set of triplus fineliner pens in a cool denim carrying pouch. Deadline is October 10. See rules below.
Thank you as always for supporting my artwork. It's colorists like you that inspire me to create new books!
Giveaway Contest Rules: Eligible only for residents of the U.S.A. or Canada. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PDT, October 10, 2016. Winners will be drawn at random from Survey entries on October 11, 2016, and notified by email promptly thereafter. If winner(s) don’t respond by October 14, 2016 prizes will be awarded to alternate persons at my discretion.