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Exploring Art via Windows Themes

Mon Apr 22, 2013, 9:48 AM
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 -

Arcadia Theme by iDR3AM Yinean Theme by iDR3AM Graphic Divas Theme by iDR3AM
The Four Seasons by iDR3AM
Cosmic Fringe Theme by iDR3AM
Chroma Theme by iDR3AM Shades of Sunset Theme by iDR3AM A Dreamy World Theme by iDR3AM

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! :)

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Shishir K
United States

Residence: United States
Favourite genre of music: Rock
Operating System: Windows 7/8
Wallpaper of choice: The Current One

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jacksmafia Featured By Owner Edited Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Happy birthday! mate Have your cake and eat it too Party 
PaoPorsche Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Hey. Sorry for the very, very, very late reply. Yeah, I started my account here 2 years ago, but out of lack of initiative I completely forgot about updating it. Now, I decided to work on my account here. Hehe, In fact I just posted one of my works. Have a nice day
iDR3AM Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Hey! How have you been? Its good to hear that you would be more active here now. Looking forward to more awesome stuff from you. Take care!
KennethJensen Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday!
mullet Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Thank you for the :+fav: :)
iDR3AM Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
My pleasure. Love the minimal style of your wallpapers! :)
Macky-516 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dont know if u were responsible but my one piece wall [link] is about to hit 60K downloads and already over 20K views O.O i think u spread it around a bit and it got a little popular. either way im giving u the blame and saying thanks :D cuz thats really cool. soo many downloads X.X
iDR3AM Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Oh I would love to take the blame for that! We do have the wallpaper in our Windows 7 Theme as well as a Chrome theme based on it! Am glad you are getting such a response. Thanks to you guys who let me use their artworks, I am able to make such awesome themes! (A bit of self praise there :P )

Anyways, do check out the Chrome theme based on your wallpaper - [link]
Macky-516 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah ha. i see. really cool:D thanks for using mah stuff. really good collaboration you did there. If you ever need help or ideas on anything let me know! id love to help
iDR3AM Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Will do. Thanks again! :)
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