Long story short...I went out drinking for Husbands work thing, came home, and had a lovely rejection email from Istockphoto:( A rejection email!!! I almost wasn't going to share my disappointing news, and then I thought "I am taking you on this journey with me...so I gotta share the bad along with the good news."
I am going to dive in...For running mom and juggling mom, I received this explanation...
We\'re sorry but this artwork is not what we are currently looking for in terms of composition, color usage, use of line and shape,detail and/or file complexity.\n\nFor more information please refer to: http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=367\n\nFor more information on the files iStockphoto does and doesn\'t need, please refer to our Illustration Training Manual: http://www.istockphoto.com/illustrator_7.0_neededfiles.php
For cooking mom...I got this... We\'re sorry but we feel that the details in your outlines could be sharper/cleaner. Please ensure you are checking your files very closely and tidying up any rough or uneven areas, and that the details are crisp and clear.\n\nFor more information please refer to: http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=367
Well, isn't that just a kick in the teeth?!?
I think on the first two...my problem is file complexity. They throw everything and a bag of chips at you in the canned admin. I poured over other juggling and running pics, and my submissions were better than most. The thing about Illustrator is you draw by creating shapes. Combining those shapes makes complex shapes. Remember, I am self taught (this year). I guess I gotta bone up on complex shapes:PThis is the Illustrator dashboard. When you are drawing, you are in outline mode. I think on the cooking mom pic, I just need to really tighten up all points where lines meet. It's a pain in the butt, but I thought I had cleaned it up enough...apparently, I was wrong:PHere is one of the other drawings I was planning on submitting. I guess I need to really dig in and clean the outline image. Maybe I can turn each character into it's own complex shape? I still have four other drawings I was going to submit, so maybe I can work them over as well. You know the lovely folks (insert sarcasm here) at Istockphoto left me with these parting words...
You're welcome to return in 3 days, upload some new samples and we'll re-process your application.
Well thanks:P You know I am just a stubborn old dawg, and that's exactly what I'm going to do! Now you know...and Istockphoto...just so you know, "it is on!"