For the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone would not want an artists' name to appear on the beautiful work of art that is being purchased an/or displayed in a public place. 

I am also a photographer and insist on cutlines, just like National Geographic and Time magazine attribute their photographers and artists and illustrators.

Whenever I purchase art, I am proud to tell the world who created it. When I published a magazine for the Washington DC Region Sports Car Club of America, every literary, visual artist and photographer had readable cutlines.  It's the proper way to do business.

Stand firm!  I believe that our livelihood, professions, and our extraordinary talent requires this attribution.  All the best to you!

"OC" Carlisle
Scientific Illustration student
Lamar Dodd School of Art 
University of Georgia

On Oct 3, 2013, at 11:41 AM, Natalya Zahn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi friends,

For those of you that regularly do illustration for the interpretive museum and exhibit market, I was wondering what your thoughts are on credit lines within artwork.

It's obviously very important that work be attributed - and that the line actually be legible! and it's one thing for the client to agree to that in theory, but  have you ever had a client balk when they actually see a typeset line of "Illustration by…" nested into a beautiful piece of artwork? I'd rather it not have to be there either, from a purely aesthetic point of view - but being mysterious makes it rather hard to earn a consistent living!

I'm working through a contract and defining these options and my client doesn't like the way the proposed typeset credit line (which is small, discreet, typical lower right corner of a white page with entirely hand-drawn artwork floated above) is the only "digital" looking part of the panel (we're currently in R&D sketch phase).


And thank you!


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