Author: MonicaB, Contributing Editor
|The Project System
In the early days of WetCanvas, a group of WetCanvas! regulars began facilitating monthly art "projects". These projects were all themed, and generally based on reference images provided by the artist acting as project leader. 15 projects, and hundreds of entries later, we needed a new tool to handle the workload.
From these humble beginnings grew an interactive project system. What does it do? Well, for starters, it allows any community member to create their own art projects, and join in the action on existing projects - all in an integrated, easy-to-use system. This is a wonderful way to stimulate your creativity, and to expand your horizons by working with other artists on a similar theme.
For specific help, check the frequently asked questions page - if you still have questions, post them in the forums here at WetCanvas!
|Finding the Art Project System
You can access the project system from most pages by using the Content Areas link on the top blue bar.
|Click on the links to the left to browse the projects or perform other actions in the project system. When you click on a project name, like the first one shown above, you see the projectís details, such as those shown here.
Follow the links on the details page to join a project, upload photos of your work after youíve joined, or browse the entries in the project.
|The Reference Image Library
This library of images is one of the most prized features of WetCanvas. Through the generosity of fellow member artists, the library is a collection of photos for you to use to create art copyright-free.
Accessing the Library
You can access the Reference Image Library from the Content Areas menu on the top blue bar of most pages:
|Using the Library Images
There are only a couple of suggestions for using these images:
1. Itís generally considered good etiquette to let the artist who posted the photo know that you are using the photo to create art.
2. You can sell the art you create from the photo, and you hold the copyright to that art you create. However, the original photographer maintains the copyright to the photo itself.
Uploading Images to the Library
If you are uploading images, here are a couple of guidelines:
1. Only upload images that you yourself have taken.
2. Only upload photos of people, places, and things Ė donít upload photos of your artwork!
Here is a very helpful thread that tells you all about the Reference Image Library:
The Reference Image Library