You have questions. Probably, at this stage, a lot of them.
Good. Because the only thing we like more than your questions is figuring out how to answer you in a way that makes us all happy, and makes it easier for creatives to do the work they love. (Well, that and cake. Who doesn’t love cake?)
Here are some questions we think you might have, but if you’ve got more, we’re all ears:
What exactly can I do on Artrepreneur?
We’re glad you asked. Artrepreneur was designed to not only show off your work, but to help you get credit for it and get new work because of it. Right now, you can do five key things:
- Upload your art, putting your most creative face forward in a community where it can truly make a difference.
- Create killer portfolios, showcasing the best of your work in as many ways you choose.
- Craft your bio, and we do mean “craft,” because this is a chance to tell your entire creative story, not just the “I worked here,” “I made that.”
- Customize your portfolios, not only with images you curate, but with key info from your bio, so you control what friends, peers and people who might hire you see.
- Give credit and get it back, a feature that’s unique to this platform, because it’s important to us that every creative get the recognition he or she deserves.
OK, how do I upload my work?
It’s so easy. Just go here http://Artrepreneur.com/artwork and drag and drop, or upload the old-school way, from any of these sources: Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Drive, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, or your computer drive.
How much of my work can I upload?
During our beta launch, you can only upload 150 images. But really, if you’re showing the best of your best, do you need more? And what’s great is you can create as many portfolios as you want, so you can customize for whoever’s seeing them.
How do I add details to the work I’ve uploaded?
When you’re on your upload page, just click on any one of the images to add important details or tags. Just remember that it has to be work you uploaded; if you contributed to something but it was uploaded by someone else, you’ll need to send them a Collaboration Request. (There’s more on that below.)
What details should I add, then?
Adding details is your way of telling the story behind the piece, so you’ll at least want to share when and where you created it, the materials and tools you used, and who else might have worked on it with you. (You can give credit to everyone from the retoucher to the institution that backed the piece.)
So what are tags and how do they differ from these other details?
Tags are just a more targeted kind of detail, quick facts that help people find you when they search—that you paint in oils, that you’re a modern artist, that you shot in Belize, whatever you think is most relevant to the work you do.
How do I create a portfolio?
Start here http://Artrepreneur.com/portfolio with whichever template feels right. From your uploaded artwork, pick 15 images that you want to showcase together—say, the best of your photos from a shoot in Cuba, or the highlights of an ad campaign you designed—and drag them into the order you’d like. Presto, you’ve got a killer portfolio.
So why can I only include 15 images in a portfolio?
You’ve probably discovered, like we have, that flooding the page with images doesn’t make the same kind of impression as carefully curating your best, most relevant work for the audience. Think of the image limit as a reminder to keep it amazing.
Getting real here, how is this bio different from any other resume site?
We’re extra glad you asked this. We’re not here to fit you into a box with creatives “just like you.” There is no creative just like you. That’s why we let you meld visuals and bio to tell the audience your whole story as an artist—not just the “what” but “what inspired it.” Not just where you’ve been, but how you got there. We also let you choose what that audience is, with portfolios that can be customized for a single opportunity or an entire industry. And best of all, because we’re exclusively for serious creatives, every contact or lead is essentially pre-qualified.
I uploaded and the image now has an Art ID. What’s that?
Think of it as a “smart ID.” We give each piece you upload an ID that’s unique to you and your work and helps us manage the data related to it. And if you’re wondering why that’s a good thing, it means we can do things like keep an inventory for you and make tagging easier, which makes it simpler to tell your story. Even better, as the site evolves, it will let us protect your work (with watermarking and fingerprinting), and do performance metrics, tracking who’s looking at it and how popular it is on the web.
I’m hitting a few roadblocks in using the site. Are they being fixed?
Because this is a beta site, it’s definitely a work in progress. But the point of a beta is to give you the chance to tell us what you want, or want to be done better, on the site. Art may be solitary, but this is the time to share. Send us your thoughts, your questions and your concerns (but also feel free to tell us the stuff you like) at Orangenius.zendesk.com. You might find a few specific answers below, too.
I’m trying to fill in my bio, but can’t add some things I want to. What’s up?
There are a few things we’re still working on here, like allowing you to add portfolios under Creative Highlights, or giving you space to note majors and minors in Education. We ask that you “hold, please” on these things, and let us know anything else you think these pages should be doing better.
Can I update my bio later?
You not only can, you should! We want you to be able to tell the whole story that makes you one of a kind. Just click on Bio in the menu; from there it’s pretty straightforward.
What details can I add to my portfolios?
Add a portfolio from the portfolio menu and then add your profile photo and some highlights from your bio to create it. By not only showing your best work, but putting it into context, It’s a good way to make a great impression on employers or anyone else. Plus, soon you’ll be able to print right from the site, in case you want to deliver them the “analog” way.
Why don’t the thumbnails on the Artwork page show my full images?
These are pretty important pages, so we’re still working to make them the best they can be. For now, you or your viewers can click through to the art detail page and see your work in its complete glory.
When I upload images from social media, their names disappear. Why?
Unfortunately, that one’s a question for Facebook or Instagram. When you pull images from host sites like those, they send the labels through as database ID numbers, rather than names.
I’m uploading from a few different places. What happens to duplicates?
The system won’t let you upload the same image twice from one platform like Facebook, so no problem there. But if you’re pulling the same images from different sources, right now you have to delete the duplicates by hand. In later versions, we’ve got you covered.
I’m a photographer. What happens to my EXIF data when I upload?
The site collects all EXIF and location data from your camera or download. Right now the data is mostly hidden, but in later versions of the site, you’ll be able to reference—and share—as much or as little of it as you like.
I contributed to work someone else has uploaded. How do I get in on that?
Well, every time you want to share the recognition, you’ll need to send a collaboration request to the person showing the work. (And wouldn’t you want the same courtesy?) Right now, you submit a request for each individual work you collaborated on, but later on you’ll be able to request in batches and straight from your image search.
So how do I make a Collaboration Request?
Click on a piece of artwork from one of your connections, and you’ll see a bucket at the bottom listing collaborators. Just click the Request Credit button and the site does (most of) the rest.
What if I want to give someone credit who collaborated with me?
Go the specific image to which they contributed and click the Edit button; one of the options will be Edit Collaborators. From there, just begin typing the person’s name where it says “Enter Collaborators” and the system auto suggests an artist’s name from the network. (Or if they’re not already in the network, just enter their email and invite them to join, so they don’t miss out on the credit they deserve.)
Do I have to accept collaboration requests for my work?
Not at all. And as the person who uploaded the work (we call you “the administrator;” it’s cooler than it sounds), you’re the only one who can accept or deny the request.
What if I’m not the administrator?
If you’re not the administrator of an image but think you should be (rather than just a collaborator), you can also make that request. Or, if you feel the current administrator doesn’t have the right to admin control—say, they may not have been the primary creative on the project, or even have worked on it at all—you can start a DMCA takedown request.
How do I add connections?
Making connections is what the OG community is all about, whether you’re looking for job leads, collaborators or just kindred spirits. So if you see a piece of work you love, hover over the three dots in its lower right corner and a pop-up will appear with the artist and a Connect button.
Can I pitch my services on the site? And where are the jobs?
A huge part of our mission is to get working artists more work. So you will definitely be able to post your services and look at openings from companies and universities, just as soon as we bring employers on board (after the beta test).
What about showing prices for my work?
Like posting your services, you’ll have the chance to post prices—along with differences in pricing, like for stock vs. an original print—after the full launch of the site.
Do you have any other resources that make the business side easier?
You bet. Along with advice you’ll sometimes find on our blog, we have two journals that were created for nothing but helping you make a living making art. Artrepreneur is all about the business side of art, so you’re as comfortable in that world as in the darkroom, on canvas, or in clay (for instance). Art Law Journal may sound intimidating, but it can be your best friend, helping you use the legal system to better protect your name and your work.
Can an artist get some privacy around here?
Well, yes and no. Your email, messages and bio data are all hidden, but your profile, any resume you’ve uploaded and any work you post is open for all to see. (And hey, isn’t art meant to be shared?) In later versions, though, you can be more selective about who sees what.
So OG makes all my work public?
Can I block someone I don’t want to hear from?
Not yet. Bear with us, and in later versions you’ll be able to block other users, portfolios or images. That said, if you think someone is actually abusing the site, definitely email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can OG ever take my work down without asking?
If someone submits a valid DMCA takedown request, we give you a heads-up and the chance to make a counterclaim if you think the request was wrong. (See above, about administrators, for the details on DMCA takedowns.) If you don’t make a counterclaim within one day, we take down the work that’s been questioned. Otherwise, we only remove work that violates Orangenius member guidelines.
How do I delete my Artrepreneur account?
Well first, we’ll miss you. Lots. But we don’t want to make it too hard on you, so all you have to do is go to your settings and hit “Delete Account.”
We hate to see you go, but here's how:
" Hover above the Settings Icon in the upper right corner
" Click "Settings"
" Scroll to the very bottom of the page and click "Delete Account"
" You'll be asked if you're sure you want to delete your account
" Click "OK" and your account will be deleted and the data in it erased