I don't think I'm going to be a huge stamp seller but I wanted to just "have a go". I already draw and design stamps for PI, but that's only twice a year and now, I want to fill the time between. One stamp set Ive had manufactured is the pos and neg of this:
Imagine my horror when I saw that Maya Road have something similar out at CHA. But I think you will find they are not the same. I also think you know what I am talking about, in light of recent events. Ugh.
This leads me on to common trends. I'm not sure if you know but twice a year, you can subscribe to a Trend Predictions campaign that pave the way for what will be popular "design wise". Their predictions will be utilised by fashion designers, interior designers, graphic designers etc etc. They set the trend for wall papers, stationery, fabrics and images etc. For instance, two years ago, owls were prevalent and you saw them everywhere - T shirts, decals, stationery, scrapbook pages etc. This year its about the cameos (or silhouettes to some people). And so you will see these everywhere this year, if not already. And then you will get the gossip that stems from that, such as "huh, she copied her. He copied them etc". What you find useful to know is that trend prediction sites inspires these different walks of designers and that nobody, is in fact, copying. Unless its downright inch for inch plaguerism - I refer to this event of late where a well known stationery shop were sued for copyright infringement.
And also, don't forget that there is public domain imagery. Like the Alice in Wonderland images, for instance.
They were drawn decades ago and the copyright has since expired. Therefore, people have a right to use public domain images both privately and commercially without infringement. Thankfully. They are excellent resources for a whole host of things - namely archival work, mixed media, collage, research etc
Also you can buy into commercial free imagery at stock photo sites. Many times you may see a few things in the shops or on Etsy/Ebay - perhaps clothing lines and even commercial literature that look exactly the same. And its worth knowing that designers will buy the royalty free imagery to use as they see fit without consequence to their reputation as a designer/seller.
Then don't forget Commons Creative licenses. Some designer allow you to use their images but may request you give credit to them. And so you should. And often, I do......if I use them.
I'm warning you now, its worth doing your homework when it comes to doing projects that will be seen by the public and how the whole royalty free and commercial free legislation works ;)
And really, Ive only explained myself so you can be in receipt of the facts before potential hysteria runs amock.
**new promarker video coming later this evensong**