A Guide to Posting Artwork on Pinterest

I have a new internet obsession in Pinterest. If you don’t know what it is, it is an online “pin board” where you can post links and images. You can sort them into categories and follow other people’s pins to find even more cool links.

One reason I love Pinterest is that it is great for bookmarking my favorite art and artists. It has a nice visual interface and it is super easy to use. It is kinda like the deviantART “Favorite” feature (which I love), but I can use it with anything on the internet, not just dA.

However, Pinterest’s simple interface also makes it easy to propagate uncredited art and improper links. As I’ve followed other’s art boards, I’ve noticed some unsavory trends. This post is my call to my fellow pinners to take some consideration before posting a piece of art on Pinterest.

My Guidelines for Posting Artwork on Pinterest:

    Credit the artist.

    Simply type the artist’s name on the pin. SO many people don’t do this! Stop!

    Link to the artist’s website.

    Or blog. Or social network page. Or article about the artist. The point is to link the art to a place where you can find more info about the artist. Don’t use a direct jpeg link, random Photobucket page, or inapplicable blog post where you can’t tell where the art came from or who made it. And for goodness sake, make sure your repins don’t link to an advertisement or spam!

    Use a permalink.

    This is my personal preference, but if the art you are pinning has a dedicated page or blog post, use that url instead of linking to the artist’s website as a whole. I don’t like clicking on a link and not being able to find the art that was pinned (such as when the art is no longer on the front page of a blog, for example).

    Don’t use artwork to illustrate pins that have nothing to do with the artist.

    That’s called copyright infringement. If you want to use an image, you can always ask permission of the artist first.

    If an artist asks you to take down a pin with their artwork on it, even if it is fairly linked to the artist’s website, take it down. Always be considerate of the artist’s wishes.

A Nice Visual Summary For Your Pinning Needs!

If you are unable to pin an image with the above guidelines, or you see another’s pin that lacks any of the above, please don’t pin it. We artists have a hard enough time with uncredited, stolen, and unlinked artwork as it is, and we don’t need improper pins being widely spread across Pinterest!

FYI, here is my Pinterest page if you would like to follow me: http://pinterest.com/danidraws/

Happy Pinning!

4 thoughts on “A Guide to Posting Artwork on Pinterest

  1. Diandra Mae

    YES! This is exactly what I try to do on Pinterest. Even when I repin, I try to hunt down the artist so I can give credit, and have even edited links straight to the artist’s website. The constant lack of credit drives me crazy! Great post, Dani. I’ve repinned it to both of my boards that deal with illustration.

  2. Gail Maki Wilson

    Sometimes I find images I want to “pin”, but can’t because the board I found them on didn’t credit the artist. If there are any clues I’ll try to find out who the artist is first. But sometime there just aren’t any clues. If I can’t find out who the artist is I won’t pin it. Thanks for putting this together Dani!

  3. Lynell Ingram

    Good points, I’ve only recently started to think of using pintrest as a source of promotion and not just an idea pinboard. The sheer number of websites to try to stay active on promoting artwork sometimes feels like it’s getting a little excessive, but there’s always the fear of missing a new audience. Of course, I’ve already noticed my name tied to pins of artwork that are not mine, and don’t remotely look like my work. So odd.

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