Starving Artists
General
How do I join Starving Artists and get free use of the Starving Artists 2 galleries?
Who created Starving Artists and why?
I have my own website - can I link my gallery to it?
I have a Blog - can I link my gallery pages to it?
Starving Artists was dedicated to drawing. So what's changed?
Security
How secure is my email address? I don't want spam!
How secure is my mailing/postal address?
Do you take any precautions against copying of my images?
Is Starving Artists liable if someone copies the files shown in my gallery?
What steps can I take to protect my copyright?
Gallery and management
How do I manage the images in my gallery?
How many images may I show in my gallery?
Am I allowed to exhibit any type of art in my gallery?
Can I sell my work from my Starving Artists gallery?
Can I sell prints of my work or may I only exhibit original artwork?
I want a Shopping Cart for my gallery. How do I set this up?
What types of image files do you accept? Just JPG and GIF?
What size should I send my images?
May I show details of my work in my gallery?
I want to send a "detail" of my latest work. What specifications apply?
I want to send details for my Commission Panel. What do I need to do?
How quickly can I expect my gallery to be updated?
My artwork is larger than my scanner - how can I scan it to send to my gallery?
Promotion
Can I submit my gallery pages to Search Engines?
Is Starving Artists listed in the major Search Engines?
Will my work appear in Search Engine image searches?
Subscription
How long does my subscription last for?
I've paid my set-up fee. What happens if I cancel my membership?
How do I upgrade my gallery to Gold?
How do I downgrade my gallery to Silver?
How do I cancel my gallery?
I can't find the answer to my question
I have a question which you haven't answered. Can you help please?



Q: How do I join Starving Artists and get free use of the Starving Artists 2 galleries?
Joining Starving Artists is as easy as we can make it for you.  You need at least one picture to start your gallery so chose one now then click here to choose which service is best for you.  Then click the "sign up" button of your choice to get full instructions on each of the five simple steps.  You can sign up independently to Starving Artists 2 any time you wish.

Q: Who created Starving Artists and why?
Hi, I'm Mike Sibley of Mike Sibley Fine Art - I built this site because it's the one I could have done with when I was starting out over 35 years ago.  Starving Artists is about promotion of you as an artist and I see no good reason why you should have to do things the hard way when I've already been there before you.  So use your gallery wisely, post only your best work and we'll do our best to optimise your pages for artist and image searches by the major search engines such as Google.  Use your gallery as you wish and ENJOY!

Q: I have my own website - can I link my gallery to it?
Of course you can. We'll install a link button for you and in exchange we ask that consider placing a link on your site to either Starving Artists, Mike Sibley Fine Art or both. Just click the "Link to us" button or click here and copy the banner and code of your choice.

Q: I have a Blog - can I link my gallery pages to it?
Yes, no problem! We'll install a link button for you and in exchange we ask that consider placing a link on your site to either Starving Artists, Mike Sibley Fine Art or both. Just click the "Link to us" button or click here and copy the banner and code of your choice.

Q: Starving Artists was dedicated to drawing. So what's changed?
After many discussions we've finally made the decision to open Starving Artists to all media. The original "Drawings only" policy arose from the site's beginning as a single page at Mike Sibley Fine Art - the graphite studio. Other reasons existed also. For example, economical use of limited webspace and fast page loading - pencil drawings saved as "greyscale" images need only one-third the storage space and download two-thirds faster than coloured images. Now with the greater use of broadband and our dedicated 1TB server the reasons for these restrictions are no longer valid. So the decision has been made - Starving Artists is now multi-media!

Q: How secure is my email address? I don't want spam!
It's as safe as we can make it. Your address, wherever it appears on your pages, is written in as the page loads and all instances stem from one external file that is not readily accessible to spam-harvesting robots.

Q: How secure is my mailing/postal address?
Your address is for our use only and will not be passed on - ever!  We keep your address because it's more permament than your email address and we have had instances in the past of work lost because we have been unable to contact an artist on behalf of a commissioning client.  If you change your email address and fail to notify us, not only do your potential clients lose touch with you we do to so we can't inform you of your error.

Q: Do you take any precautions against copying of my images?
Yes.  We install code on your page that silently removes the Internet Explorer "picture toolbar" from use and disables the right-click "copy" menu.  But please understand that it is impossible to prevent copying from the web.  We make it more difficult but there are many ways of getting around any form of protection — which I'm not going to detail here for obvious reasons!

Q: Is Starving Artist liable if someone copies the files shown in my gallery?
No.  Starving Artist is not liable for any stolen, misused or fraudulently marketed images.  You submit them to us at your own risk.  We pride ourselves on presenting reasonably large images that best show the quality of your work but you must understand that this leaves them open to possible misuse.  We will remove your images from your gallery any time you please.

Q: What steps can I take to protect my copyright?
You can overwrite (watermark) your images with copyright notification.  If done sensitively this can render an image unusable commercially while still allowing the viewer to appreciate your work.  In order to maintain the high standard of images on Starving Artists, we may refuse to post an image if the watermark is too intrusive.

Q: How do I manage the images in my gallery?
Simply click the Members button and use the forms provided - they cover everything from posting and removing images to altering details and sending us a message or query.  As an alternative (please don't use this method unless necessary) to email us your instructions and do state your name and email address so we know which gallery to put the image in without having to search through our records...!  Please remember this is a working studio — we will make the changes as soon as we possibly can and will email you from your gallery to tell you when it's been updated.

Q: How many images may I show in my gallery?
As a Silver service members you have a limit of 15 images. There is currently no limit for Gold service members but we do ask that you consider your own reasons for sending work to us before you do so.  The webspace is not limitless so please don't send art that you personally don't think of as your best work.  Starving Artists may at some future time have to impose a limit.  For now, we simply place your newer work at the top of your thumbnail list and ask that you occassionally consider removing older work from the bottom.

Q: Am I allowed to exhibit any type of art in my gallery?
Yes. As of October 14th 2004 Starving Artists changed its policy and now accepts all forms of hand-produced, creative media (this does not include photography - Starving Artists 2 has a Photography gallery for your use). We do, however, retain the right to refuse images of artwork of a low standard, of a pornographic nature or that we consider, for any reason, may damage the good reputation of Starving Artists.  Our decision is final — and if you disagree with my wife's judgement you're braver than I am!

Q: Can I sell my work from my Starving Artists gallery?
Certainly...we'll flag your image "for sale" and you have an "email" button above each image in your gallery so your customers can contact you directly.  You deal directly with your customers and owe us nothing.  As a Gold member you can sell direct from the page with the built-in shopping cart, also add full details of your artwork (original, prints or both) to appear in the appropriate popup box when your potential customers point to the "original for sale" or "Print - details" buttons. To sell directly from your gallery pages via PayPal click here for full details.

Q: Can I sell prints of my work or may I only exhibit original artwork?
You can exhibit and sell prints and originals.  You can display any art, in any form that you wish (although we do have the final say if the content is a bit too saucy!).  Sell...Promote...Exhibit as you wish.  As a Gold member you can add full details of your artwork (original, prints or both) to appear in the appropriate popup box when your potential customers point to the "for sale" button and you can sell directly from your gallery pages with the built-in PayPal shopping cart - click here for full details

Q: I want a Shopping Cart for my gallery. How do I set this up?
Shopping Carts are available to Gold members only.  If you have Silver service gallery you first need to upgrade. Setting up a Shopping Cart is easy.  We use the PayPal system as it's secure and popular (with over 86 million users).  Just click here for full details

Q: What types of image files do you accept? Just JPG and GIF?
We recommend sending us your images as JPGs but our system is configured to also accept JPEG, GIF, TIF and BMP.  Application-specific files, such as Photoshop's PSD, are not accepted.  Save your work as a JPG first then send it.

Q: What size should I send my images?
Save your images at 72 pixels/inch (ppi) and no bigger than 100ppi.  The longest side should not exceed 600 pixels.  If your picture contains no colour, save your file as "greyscale".  Whatever the style of your artwork, save and send it as a JPG and, if you have the option, save it at the highest setting necessary to maintain the quality of your artwork.  For colour work, be particularly careful of file size and choose a lower JPG quality if necessary. Try to get your file size below 150KB if you can.  Our system will refuse any submission over 400KB.

Q: May I show details of my work in my gallery?
Yes - but you must be a Gold service member or upgrade to the Gold service. Gold service members can send us a second image that shows a close-up area of the artwork. This "zoom in" view is a great way to show the expertise and attention you put into your work. You can also send us a larger version of your main image and ask us to select an area for you. [view example]

Q: I want to send a "detail" of my latest work. What specifications apply?
The format (portrait or landscape) must be the same as the full image - you cannot mix formats, although the size can vary. Final size when posted will be a maximum of 450 pixels high or 480 pixels wide but we suggest you send the image a little larger so we can trim it down to size after optimising. Your file size must not exceed 400KB or our system will reject it when you try to send it to us. You can also ask us to choose the "detail view" area and send us a large portion of the main image so long as it doesn't exceed 400KB.

Q: I want to send details for my Commission Panel. What do I need to do?
You will need to send your information so fits in with the Panel format. We use a basic template and alter it to suit your content but the basic format has to be retained.  Just take a look at some existing Commission panels to get an idea of what's needed.  Your Commission Panel will be accessible from your biography page but, if you look at a sample page in the Commission Finder feature on the front page, you'll see that it also loads with all the other panels in that category - which is why the format needs to remain typical.  First click here for detailed, printable instructions.  When you've completed your details, go to the Member's area, click on "send Commission details" and cut and paste your entry into the box.  Click Submit and you're done.

Q: How quickly can I expect my gallery to be updated?
We at Starving Artists (that's Mike and... well, just Mike really) will do our best to update your gallery as soon as possible after receiving your submission.  Both your images and page code need to be optimised for best visual and search engine results so we can give no guarantees or estimates as to the time this will take. Please remember that this site is run by a working studio and, as a fellow Starving Artist, I occassionally need to earn money - when I'm drawing everything slows down until I've completed the project.

Q: My artwork is larger than my scanner - how can I scan it to send to my gallery?
If your artwork is too big to scan in one piece then scan it in bits and join them together again in your computer.  How?  Take a look at my "How to join scanned images" article at SibleyFineArt.com. If you are really having problems, as a last resort, send me the bits and I'll piece them back together for you.

Q: Can I submit my gallery pages to Search Engines?
Yes, you can personally submit your STARVING ARTISTS gallery pages to Search Engines and you will need to use this address for Gold service galleries:
        "http://www.starving-artists.net/~name.htm"
For Silver service members the address is:
        "http://www.starving-artists.net/galset_name.htm"
Just change name to your surname in lower-case (this is true for most cases but check with us first).  Starving Artists is a framed site so you need to give the address exactly as above to give search engines direct access to your gallery's frameset, biography page and navigation bar (which contains links to each of your image pages). Please note: to ensure correct operation of your gallery each page carries JavaScript that will totally rebuild your gallery no matter what frame or page is accessed.

Q: Is Starving Artists listed in the major Search Engines?
Starving Artists is regularly spidered by Google and other search engines.  Google visits us every month.  As you may have noticed, Starving Artists is a fairly complex framed site. You may have heard that Search Engine robots cannot index framed sites - this is true to an extent - we just have to work harder to give search engines access to all of the pages. We employ legitimate, behind-the-scenes ways to do this.

Q: Will my work appear in Search Engine image searches?
We are constantly working on that.  Recently we changed our strategy and now name your images so they contain the main keywords used in searching.  For example the image "mn03_freddy.jpg" would now be named "mn03--british-alpine-goat-freddy.jpg".  Nobody is likely to search for "freddy" but goat-fanciers will search for "British Alpine" and the public may search for "alpine goat" or just "goat".

Q: How long does my subscription last for?
Well, we hope you will stay with us forever.... Your subscription will be automatically renewed every year unless you decide to leave us.

Q: I've paid my set-up fee. What happens if I cancel my membership?
Nothing. We used (until 2016) to charge an annual subscription. Now you pay only once - the set-up fee - then nothing at all. As we've set up your gallery we owe you nothing. None of this, of course, affects your continuing free use of the Starving Artists 2 galleries.

Q: How do I upgrade my gallery to Gold?
Easy!   Just click here.  We'll upgrade your gallery, invoice you for the additional set-up fee and... that's about it really.

Q: How do I downgrade my gallery to Silver?
Quite simple!   Just click here.  Complete the confirmation form and we'll downgrade your gallery. There's no additional set-up fee, and will not refund any difference from your original Gold fee - well, we've already done that work for you.

Q: How do I cancel my gallery?
Do you really have to leave us?  Well, OK and thanks for your support - we all appreciate it.  We wish you all that you wish for yourself in the future.  Of course, you could still change your mind...... :o)  Visit us often and make use of Starving Artists 2 any time you wish.  Just click here to leave us.

Q: I have a question which you haven't answered. Can you help please?
Of course... and your query will help us to expand this FAQ page — to email us and the oracle will issue words of wisdom on demand.