High Five! Five things a good illustrator must have

We’re starting a blog post series called High Five, in which our contributors will share their visions about the stock photo industry. We want to give you various points of view in order to:1)give our newcomers insight into how the industry works, and 2) give our stock “dinosaurs” a chance to get to know their fellow stockers. Please note: We might not always share the opinions of our authors :)

Today our contributor Alexandr Aleabiev speaks about five things one needs to become a great illustrator. You only need to take a look at Alexandr’s portfolio to see that he knows what he’s talking about.

1. Skills and imagination, and an ability to put them into action. Many of those who start their careers in the stock photo industry believe that they will be able to earn their first million without any effort, diligence, or imagination. Producing a lot of work isn’t the same as becoming successful. Stock images have to be interesting, colorful and bright, and reflect a certain style and taste. Plus, an artist must try to look at his own works from the point of view of his customers, yet at the same time keep some detachment as an artist.

Monsters seamless | Stock Vector © Depositphotos | Sasha Aleabiev

Depositphotos’ weekly review: October 22

Halloween is coming, as you can clearly see from the top 15 search keywords of the week. Don’t miss one scary second of the holiday – get some inspiration from our Halloween blog selection and treat yourself to frighteningly fresh Halloween prices in our special lightbox!

Top 15 searched Keywords of the Week:

Halloween Background, Halloween Silhouettes, Halloween Banners, Halloween Background Images, Halloween Bats, Halloween Pumpkin, Halloween Pattern, Vintage Background, Balloons, Water Splash, Compass Rose, Birthday BackgroundVintage Frame, Gymnastics, Romantic Couple.

Best seller of the Week:

business man working and showing ok | Stock Photo © Depositphotos | Viorel Sima

Depositphotos reaches a new landmark: 10 million files are now available for sale in the library

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 22, 2012 – Depositphotos, the fastest-growing microstock agency in the world, hit a milestone 10 million files available for sale. Depositphotos managed to create this large a library in only three years since the company was founded, demonstrating its status as the fastest-growing stock file provider in the industry.

Over 120,000 files are added weekly to the Depositphotos’ high-quality collection by its contributors, who hail from all over the world. During the last year the number of files in the agency’s library more than doubled.

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