Three years ago, when I first started making themes for Windows, I joined DA looking to connect with artists here and get their approval before using any of their work in the themes. After joining, I browsed around looking mainly for content to customize the themes, like icons or cursors. As I explored more, I was amazed by the unbelievable standard of art on DeviantART. The more I browsed, the more I was enjoyed and got addicted to this marvelous art community.
At the beginning, I was hesitant to contact the artists, as I sort of expected a negative answer. Over time, I contacted some artists and was thrilled to see a very positive response. As I began to contact more and more artists, I was pleasantly surprised to see that almost every artist I contacted was OK with use of their art in the themes I create, with proper credits of course. Some even thanked me for asking before using which shocked me. In my opinion, it is a sad state of things when somebody just takes another person's work without asking or without even bothering to give credits and even has the gall to claim its ownership. Hate to see this happening more often around here now-a-days.
I do not like to just take some stuff without asking and I have often taken permission for art even under CC. I am part owner of TechNorms, the blog where these themes are published and we are quite concerned with keeping a good reputation. As such, if we have to, we wait for weeks on end to get an artist's permission to create the theme, or just scrap it. Fortunately, the people here have been extremely supportive and it has been my pleasure to present the art of various DA artists to the outside world via the themes I created at TechNorms.
I have featured themes based on Photography, Fractals, Abstract, Space, Game art and more! Here are some of them -
Judging by the reception these themes got on the blog, I can say that people absolutely love them. This has encouraged me to contact more artists and take their permission to use their art in the themes I make and give it an exposure to the art appreciating people outside DA. If you know someone who is an awesome wallpaper artist, photographer, painter with wallpaper-styled art, I would appreciate if you would help me get in touch with them. I would love to ask for permission to feature their art in our themes. If you are one such artist yourself and are OK with your art being featured in the themes, leave me a note!
Am thankful to the numerous artists who gave me their approval over the years. As I push towards making more art based themes, I hope for the support of DA community. And once again, thanks for all the love and support you have given me till today!