Crediting Your Artwork

Listen up!

Whether you post your images on a blog, a website, or on a social media site like Facebook, you need to give yourself credit for your artwork.

If your name is not prominent on the page with the artwork, you need to add your name below the image. That means that if the image is on a blog and I’ve scrolled down so that I can no longer see your name in the header, you need to add your name.

Consider how quickly you scroll and scan through websites. Now think about someone doing this on your site. If they get to a certain point, is your name lost? Do they even know whose art they’re looking at?

Get in the habit of crediting all of your images with the necessary information.

Brian Kliewer Art

I’ve always appreciated the way Brian Kliewer has credited his images on his blog. (Website inactive as of 2016.)

In addition to your name, add the title, media, and dimensions with each work. These last two items are even more important than the title. They give clues to the texture and the impact the work will have within a certain space. In other words, they help your readers to better envision the artworks in their homes and offices.

Here’s a suggested format that is similar to what you would see on a museum wall (without the © symbol).

©2009 Alyson B. Stanfield
Pastel on paper, 16 x 20 inches

This shows the © information in the correct order–> ©date, name. It would be incorrect to put your name directly after the © symbol and before the date.

You could also use this version, which is more like the one I use–with an italicized title.

Alyson B. Stanfield, Winter Landscape. Pastel on paper, 16 x 20 inches. ©2009.

Because I use a lot of images on this blog that are undated on artists’ sites, I rarely use dates in my credit lines for artists.

Get in the habit of adding this whenever and wherever you post an image. It’s professional and a courtesy to your fans. Developing a standard format will make it easier for you in the future.

Always H x W x D

Don’t forget that artwork is always listed as height by width by depth in inches or centimeters. Because your artwork is online, your audience is international. You should specify the measurement system you’re using.

Uber-Correct Format

When I was writing my book, I struggled with the spacing and format of using HxWxD within text. If you really want to be especially correct, this is what I learned.

  • If you run the dimensions without spaces between them, such as 16×20, you add the abbreviated symbol to each measurement: 16”x20” without spaces.
  • If you like the spaces, you only need one abbreviated symbol at the end: 16 x 20”. It seems kind of backwards to me, but that’s what my source said. Of course, I can’t remember the source, but I spent a lot of time figuring it out! [Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., section 9.18] Example: The standard size of a business card is 2”x3.5”. (page 85 of I’d Rather Be in the Studio!)
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