art directing the dew
We have a few authors at LikeTheDew.com who provide images with their stories. Some that are provided are personal photos. Others stock photos that the author has licensed for us to use. We are also lucky to have a few author-artists and who send beautiful images to add a thousand words.
Most of our writers do not. That’s fine, because I’m pretty picky about how things look on the Dew.
It has been over ten years since our first story. Whether the photo duties fell to Keith, KC, Ron or me, most often we would seek creative commons (many images at flickr.com) or public domain (government photos and many found at Wikimedia.org) images. Other times, we licensed stock photos. Since the Dew has no money other than contributions or my pocket, we are miserly in our use stock photos, but I have paid to licensed more than 1,000 images since 2007.
Often there are no appropriate images to find or license. They just didn’t exist. That is my time. I can’t draw, so I build. That is what this gallery is – images that I have made by combining or altering other licensed images in Photoshop. There are many more than these, but these are my favs.
Oh, yeah, the dew is all volunteer. Other than our writers, currently I am the only volunteer. I also have a day job. So we always need it fast, cheap and great.
One important note: the attribution and/or licensing for the pieces that made these images can be found on the original stories.