FAQ for artists

 

What exactly is Minty?

Minty is tool for professional artbuyers and artists to collaborate together in order to deliver great visual content. Client can either get ready-made imagery, or request artist to create custom made illustrations.

 

I’m illustrator, how can I benefit from Minty?

Main reason Minty exists is for artists to be able to make their living from art. Not only to provide a tool for easier collaboration with your clients, (which you have to try, because it’s awesome), but also providing an option to monetise your artworks after original clients don’t need them anymore. On Minty you can resell your old artworks after their exclusive licences are not been renewed by your client. All such artworks you can upload to Minty and provide yourself a passive income.

 

Who would buy old artwork?

You would be surprised. Because client doesn’t need to pay your time working on artwork, it’s cheaper. You can imagine, a student working on a new project, needed some illustration for his/her website, you can imagine huge publishing house using those artworks for their digital feed, or farmer using your artwork for his flyers offering discount on carrots.

 

Do Minty sell products with illustrations on them?

Unlike Society6 or Etsy, we don’t sell products or posters with artworks on it. We only sell licences to digital files containing the artwork. Yes, it’s like photostock, but the hell good one, high quality illustration artworks only. Plus with option to connect directly with the client if he needs to customise existing artwork, or create brand new one.

 

What is the main difference between classical stocks and Minty?

Minty is just for illustrations. And we take smaller cut. Classic photostocks take usually between 70 – 90% cut from license resells, Minty takes 50% from licence resells and only 10% cut from direct collaborations. Minty also offers collaboration tool you can use to collaborate with your own client for free. If you bring on your client, we don’t even take 10% cut. But we will still take our licences cut.

 

What is direct collaboration?

That’s when client want to collaborate with you on new assignment. We’ve built a tool, you can use to collaborate with your clients. Try it and let us know whether we can do something to make it work better.

 

Can I use Minty collaboration tool for free to work with my friend on non-profit brief?

Yes. And that’s perfect example, because you can work on non-profit project without pay, but you are not giving up the licence for the artwork. You create artwork free, but if client needs to use it exclusively, they can buy exclusivity rights later and if they won’t do, you can monetise your artwork through stock while letting non-profit organisation use it for their purpose – it just won’t be exclusive for them to use.

 

Are my images protected?

Every image is automatically protected by watermark. We can also protect your animated gifs by watermark. Haven’t you tried it, yet?

 

How do I put my artworks to be for sale?

Follow this guide when preparing your artworks to upload. Once you upload your artworks, go to edit section, name and tag your images. Once everything ready from you, click the button “Offer this artwork on market”. After our curators check whether everything ok, they approve artwork to be for sale. This may take couple of days. If you are waiting too long, check, if your artworks are meeting all requirements from the guide.

 

How to name and tag my artwork?

Once you upload your artwork, go to edit section and name and tag your image. Describe what you see in your artwork by answering following questions: Who, what, when, why?

Example: Two tall girls playing tennis having fun after sunset.

 

What size of artworks should I upload if I want to sell?

High resolution jpgs at least 5000 pixel lengthways direction and should be saved with a resolution of 300 dpi in the mode of sRGB. File size must be smaller than 15MB. Software won’t let you upload otherwise. If you are experiencing any troubles while uploading, please double check if you have all parameters right.

 

Can I sell the same artwork on other stock sites?

No. By uploading an artwork to Minty site, you are granting Minty an exclusivity to sell artwork’s licence. The same artwork can’t be sold or offered for free anywhere else on internet. Why is that? You don’t want stock sites to be competing by price over your artwork, don’t you?

 

Can I sell bags or prints with my artworks, that I uploaded to Minty?

Yes you can. But only you can do it. You can even use society6 or other service to do so. Anyone else, even buyers who bought the licence from Minty are not allowed to print your artwork on any object to sell it, unless they purchased special license to do so. Please be aware, no other service, or your own website can be offering the digital file containing the artwork for download.

 

I want to join Minty as an illustrator. What do I need to do?

You need to create artist account. That’s all! You are good to go. Creating your showcase is as easy as drag and drop.

 

Can I join Minty if I don’t have an illustration agent?

Yes, sure. Minty is for all professional illustrators.

 

Can I join Minty if I’m sign up with an illustration agency?

Yes.

If your agent holds global exclusive rights over your artworks and licences to your artworks you always have to notify agent when you are collaborating with client on Minty. At the moment you can just send them url of your collaboration. We are currently working on more features to invite your agent to be part of the collaboration.

If your agent holds exclusive rights for certain region. You have to notify agent if the client from that region wants to collaborate with you. Clients from the rest of the world don’t need to be reported to your agent.

If contract with your agent is non-exclusive, you can freely work on Minty.

If you are collaborating with some agent without contract, you can freely work on Minty.

When will I get my payout? 

 

To receive payment for your collaboration and commissions, first you need to fill out payment details in your Minty account.

When you collaboration is finished, we try to make a payout as soon as possible up to 60 days. To finish collaboration, you need to upload final artwork within Minty strip.

Collaboration conditions with artists

Collaborations on custom made assignments

Cut from all licences

50%

 

Cut from direct collaboration with client from Minty.

10%

 

Cut from direct collaboration with the client you invite.

Free

 

Stock 

Cut from licences

50%

 

Cut from asset prices

50%