Starving Artists 2
General
Do I need to join Starving Artists to get free use of the Starving Artists 2 galleries?
Who created Starving Artists and Starving Artists 2 and why?
Am I allowed to exhibit any type of art?
Can I sell my work from Starving Artists 2?
Can I exhibit prints as well as original work?
Security
Do you take any precautions against copying of my images?
Is Starving Artist liable if someone copies the files shown in Starving Artists 2?
What steps can I take to protect my copyright?
Gallery management
When I login I don't see "Upload Images" in the menu.
How do I upload images to Starving Artists 2?
Starving Artists 2 doesn't have a suitable category for my work.
How many images may I post?
What types of image files do you accept? Just JPG?
What size should I send my images?
How do I delete an image once it's been uploaded?
My artwork is larger than my scanner - how can I scan it to send?
What do I do if I run out of space in Starving Artists 2?
I can't find the answer to my question
I have a question which you haven't answered. Can you help please?



Q: Do I need to join Starving Artists to get free use of the Starving Artists 2 galleries?
No. You can join Starving Artists 2 independently of the main Starving Artists site.  You will be able to post your work into any or all of the media galleries but you won't have your own personal gallery as you do at Starving Artists.

Q: Who created Starving Artists and Starving Artists 2 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 25 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.  Right now you have free use of the Starving Artists 2 galleries. If you later wish to open a gallery at Starving Artists we'll do our best to promote you as an artist including optimising your pages for artist and image searches by the major search engines such as Google.

Q: Am I allowed to exhibit any type of art?
Yes.  Starving Artists 2 multi-media galleries are available for displaying all your artwork, regardless of medium or form. Paintings, collages, photography, sculpture... every form is acceptable.  However, we ask you to use your discretion as this site is open to view to all members of the general public. Therefore, we reserve the right to delete work that contains overtly sexual or offensive content.   We at Starving Artists will make the final judgement — 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 2?
No. Starving Artists 2 offers no means of selling your work. The public may, of course, contact you directly by email and arrange to purchase your work. If you want to advertise your work for sale (prints or originals) then you will need to open a Starving Artists silver or gold gallery, which will seek to promote you and your work, and you will deal directly with your customers and owe us nothing.  As a Gold member you can 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 "for sale" button and show a close-up detail of your work.

Q: Can I exhibit prints as well as original work?
You can exhibit 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!).

Q: Do you take any precautions against copying of my images?
No.  We purchased a software package for Starving Artists 2 and have no means of altering the source code to protect your images. However, please understand that it is impossible to prevent copying from the web.

Q: Is Starving Artist liable if someone copies the files shown in Starving Artists 2?
No.  Starving Artist is not liable for any stolen, misused or fraudulently marketed images.  You submit them to us at your own risk.  You must understand that posting anything on the Web leaves them open to possible misuse.  We will remove your images from Starving Artists 2 any time you wish.

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 2, we may request the alteration or removal of an image if the watermark is too intrusive.

Q: When I login I don't see "Upload Images" in the menu.
When you login it should report "login successful" then return you to the main page.  Here you should find that the top right-hand menu has changed to include "logout" and "upload images".  If it doesn't then we have a problem!  First, please try this — Click "Login" but don't complete the boxes, just click the "Login problems?" text link below the boxes.  This will take you to a button that will clear the relevant cookies from your computer.  Now try to login again so a new cookie is written.  Did that cure the fault?  No?  Then to email us.

Q: How do I upload images to Starving Artists 2?
You must register as a member before you are allowed to post images. Click the "register" button in the top-right menu bar and follow the prompts. As soon as you are registered you'll see "upload images" appear in the top-right menu bar. Just click the link and follow the prompts.

Q: Starving Artists 2 doesn't have a suitable category for my work.
You can post any art in any medium to Starving Artists 2 but if you can't find a gallery to accommodate your work, to email us and we'll create a new category for you.

Q: How many images may I post?
Starving Artists 2 members currently have a 500KB limit but, as postings may be colour or greyscale, we cannot guess how many images this will allow you.

Q: What types of image files do you accept? Just JPG?
We recommend sending us your images as JPGs but Starving Artists 2 is configured to also accept JPEG, GIF and BMP.  Application-specific files, such as Photoshop's PSD, are not accepted.  Save your work as a JPG first then send it. We may at some future date accept multi-media filetypes such as MPEGS. If the demand is present we have the facilities to accept work of this type and will create suitable galleries.

Q: What size should I send my images?
Save your images at 72 pixels/inch (ppi).  The longest side should not exceed 600 pixels - our system will reduce any larger images down to this size.  If your picture contains no colour, save your file as "greyscale", which will reduce your filesize by two thirds.  Whatever the style of your work, 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 image.  In Photoshop 7 or later, click File then Save-for-web and select "medium" quality, which will reduce your image to 72ppi, maintain the image size and keep the filesize small without a noticeable loss of quality.  For colour work, be particularly careful of filesize and choose a lower JPG quality if necessary. Try to get your file size below 100KB if you can or you will quickly use up all your allocated gallery space.  The lower the filesize, the more images you can post.

Q: How do I delete an image once it's been uploaded?
In the gallery that contains it (your own gallery or painting, drawing etc) click the thumbnail image to select it so it loads that image's page.  Beneath the image you'll see a box containing thumbnails of other images, beneath that is the information about your artwork and under that is a light-coloured box in the centre of which is a facility to Delete your image.  Just click to put a tick in the box then click the submit button.  This will remove your image.

Q: My artwork is larger than my scanner - how can I scan it to send?
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.

Q: What do I do if I run out of space in Starving Artists 2?
Either remove earlier postings or reduce the size of your images. To display the maximum number of images it is important that you keep your file sizes as small as possible and don't exceed 600 pixels for the longest side of your image. Upload images at 72ppi and, if no colour is involved, in "greyscale". If you are using Photoshop 6 or better then use the "save for web" facility to reduce your file size to the minimum with the JPG set to "medium" quality.

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.