We’ll start this section with a review of black clip art, that is, black and white and color clip art featuring Black culture and African American people. You’ll see clip art samples here. This page is under construction.
Black Clip Art Review
AFROCENTREX urban clips
The product is shrink-wrapped in a sturdy well-illustrated package. You can immediately begin selecting images and copying them onto your work after you open it. All you do is drag and drop images where you need them. There’s no additional software to install. Our relationship with Keith Coleman’s AfroCentrex Company goes back a ways. When his firm began negotiations with a national distributor about supplying his product to a Office Max and BJ Wholesale stores, he shared the good news with Blacksoftware.com and we discussed the possibilities.
Since we defined the blackSoftware genre, we have seen companies like Keith’s go to market with big dreams about building sustainable companies focused on selling images and illustrations of black people to buyers. Getty Images and ClipArt.com are a few well known players in the business that were financially doing well. Licensed images are a big deal in the visual creative industry.
Due to the reach of Google Search, free images are easy to find – if they are what you want. And that’s where AfroCentrex had an edge. For some time, it was a go to for the uniqueness of their images. But today, FREE images are everywhere. Personally, we think the Google Plus platform is one of the best locations for finding quality AfroCentric digital artwork. To use it, you’ll need permission from the owners, but there is stock available in the public domain. Thanks to Google and Bing search engines, companies we knew about that had had great head starts selling AfroCentric clip art are out of business today.
The AfroCentrex Urban Clips disc has 4 folders named urban clip art in JPG, PNG and WMF and a folder named Urban Templates and a file titled “License.rtf.”
Feeling adventurous, I chose the View Them as a Slide Show disc insertation pop-up option. After a few seconds, one image appeared,stayed on the screen for seconds, then another clip art image appeared. The slide show was on! It was time to sit back and watch the images fly by to get a feel for you’ll get.
About the Images
I took in the first twenty images, turned and climbed back into this review I’m writing to tell you what I saw so far. The first twenty images were people represented equally by men and women. Not one of the first 20 images of people was younger then 20. Most likely there are clip art images of children on the disc, but I hadn’t seen them yet.
One image sticks out in my head as very memorable. It was the clip art image of a Black woman with a bush of gold colored hair. She could have easily been Hispanic, Latino, African-American, Indian, White, Black Jewish, or mixed. It was a side view of her and the bush was a big as Angela Davis’s bush. Now, the men clip art images were not recognizable men, in my opinion. Its been my experience that people who are shopping for clip art have an idea of what they are looking for and aren’t too willing to choose from the vanguard unless their creative work demands it.
I hear people tell me they don’t want cartoonish-looking characters. People that do are unique in BlackSoftware.com’s Black clip art client universe. At least, it has not been the norm for our followers to want a stem-winder of an image. The more the artwork is like a real person from around the neighborhood or across town, the more likely people will want it. On this disc, the images of men and most women in the first twenty pieces were stemwinders.
Most of the characters were unusual. I had to stretch my imagination to see how I could use any of these hip-hop type urban clip art images in creative work I’m likely to work with.
EUREKA! I’ve discovered a perfect pitch for the stem winders. Consider using them to replace your social media profile pics when you want a change.
Traditionally, my interest is in print and web image use. I don’t think the first batch of clip art images I am viewing relate to hip-hop or hipster culture, but they try. I think they are relating to the characters you see in a Fat Albert cartoon tv show or in a Flintstones comic book. They don’t look like real people – the artist knows that these are visual examples of what he saw or was instructed to draw. I’m looking for images that look like real people in life. Let’s keep looking.
Now, I’m excited!! I’ve rolled through the next 30 images on the disc. I see some exciting images among them. They appear after the two image panels titled “mind” and “spirit” as the slide show cntinues. There are at least 6 really good ones in that set and they are equally divided between men and women.
Take a look at these images:
There are more adult images than children on the CD.
The Urban Clip Art product has 350 images and 10 design templates. Considering the above, we have reviewed the first 60 clip art images of the 350 total in the product. We are not covering the templates in this review. We’re stopping here on content coverage. You can explore this product and I’ll betcha you’ll find items you like.
Image Sizes – the Urban Clip Art product images are at least 2,550 pixels wide by 3,330 pixels high. Depending on their orientation they can be larger.
the license agreement
Now, we take a look at wording in the clip art disc license agreement file enclosed. We don’t like its software license. There is no reason why anyone who sells content for a creative universe should include limitations on how they intend it to be used. The conflict is – the box cover describes what’s in the box and how the software should be used while the license agreement disagrees with the freedom of its intended use.
Take a look at these parts of the Urban Clip Art package software license where it says: you may not use the software on or over a network …skip. You may not copy the printed materials accompanying the Software or distribute printed copies of any user documentation provided in electronic format…..skip. And it says .. you may not publicly perform or publicly display the Software…
Where the license refers to “software,” this is not software. Its a collection of files that have certain rights — but, there is NO programming code in the package at all and software has programming code. There is no executable SETUP.EXE software installation file in the package. The publisher fails to consider how the product will be used when they selected the wording for the license they have enclosed.
This Urban Clip Art product “license agreement” should consider using a more appropriate license. Rather than read as it is, I like the one below that I wrote.
“This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to the manufacturer).
# reviewed by William Murrell, III
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