I'm a huge fan of stock art. Not just for smaller publishers, which I am on occasion, but as a blogger. A good piece of art can inspire a whole post, and knowing you have legal rights to use such art somehow makes the creative juices flow even more, or so it seems to me.
James Sheilds has a very large and very deep catalogue of stock art. The pieces are great, at a minimum, and some reach the level of "Awesome", such as the art I used for the cover of Swords & Wizardry Continual Light. As my niece, Shannon (age 6 at the time) told my wife Rach when she saw the proof copy for the first time: "This art SELLS Auntie!" There can be no greater endorsement. ;)
James just Kickstarted Dungeon Dangers & Devices, Stock Illustrations of Fantasy Traps and Tricks. 10 illustrations for 25 bucks or 25 illustrations for 50 bucks (all B&W) Color is a stretch goal and available at a higher backing point. I'm currently in for 50 :)
This project will be a collection of twenty-five illustrations of various dangers and devices that one might find within the depths of a fantasy dungeon. They will be in A5 format (5.8 x 8.3 inches) and will initially be in black and white.
In my opinion, the licensing terms are extremely fair:
All illustrations may be used for personal and commercial projects.
The following apply to any commercial use:
- May be cropped, flipped, or colored.
- Signature mark should be included in the final composition.
- Signature mark must remain in its original orientation.
- Must credit 'Jeshields' for any use.
- May be used indefinitely.
- May NOT be used in products sold primarily for artistic value.
- (Stock art, tokens, posters, etc)
- May NOT be used in works overtly deemed racist, sexist, or sexually explicit.