Screenshot of InterArtCenter's homepage
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|Alexa rank||1,777,173 (April 2014[update])|
|Launched||May 14, 2002|
InterArtCenter social network is a popular online community for international digital and fine art artists. Canadian multimedia artist George Grie initiated it in 2002 as a personal artwork portfolio. InterArtCenter Inc. is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and hosted by Yahoo! Inc.. The domains of interartcenter.net network draw 50 million page views annually by 2009 according to a Compete.com study.
International Art Center (trademarked InterArtCenter) is a nonprofit educational project. The network’s websites provide free of charge graphic design content and information and promote modern digital multimedia & computer art. InterArtCenter galleries are designed for digital artists, illustrators, animators, photographers, web & graphic designers, and all creative individuals around the globe. Interartcenter adopts Creative Commons licenses system or copyleft as a form of free digital clip art and photo image distribution. Many website such as Flickr and Photobucket use Creative Commons as an alternative to full attribution copyrights.
Origin[edit | edit source]
The first network's website artist-3d.com was established in 2002 to provide a place for computer (CAD) artists to exhibit and discuss artworks and to promote digital artists of various artistic forms and manifestations. The network websites are organized in a single wide-ranging structure that includes: graphic design software, 3-D models and rendered art, enhanced photography, animation, mixed clip art media, computer-painted and -drawn art, etc. Most of the artwork related websites have fantasy and surreal type images that reflect the founder's art preference.
Network[edit | edit source]
InterArtCenter incorporates the following domain names: Fantasyartdesign.com, Freeartsoftware.com, Artist-3D.com, Interartcenter.net, Artdigitaldesign.com, Neosurrealism.Artdigitaldesign.com, Neosurrealismart.com, Funnyartpictures.com. Websites are free of adware, spyware, and other potentially unwanted programs, tested by McAfee SiteAdvisor. The websites are organized and designed as one Internet portal with a similar user interface, but divided by each site's subject matter. Websites ranked top 10 by various keyword phrases in Google, MSN, Yahoo and other search engines. See below.
Fantasyartdesign[edit | edit source]
The site presents two- and three-dimensional (2D-3D) digital fantasy art pictures that originated primarily in wide and standard computer desktop wallpaper formats.
Main keywords: fantasy art, 3d art, and 3d wallpapers.
Freeartsoftware[edit | edit source]
Online catalog of the most popular graphic design freeware and best commercial software download links, ratings, and reviews.
Main keywords: free computer software, graphic design software, and 3d freeware.
Artist-3D[edit | edit source]
Open exchange directory of royalty free 3d models, 3ds studio max and similar type models. Artists and graphic designers may freely submit or download 3d models for the non-commercial use. Main keywords: free 3d models, 3ds max models, and 3d pictures.
Artdigitaldesign[edit | edit source]
Adobe Flash multimedia oriented site that includes: free animated desktop wallpapers, interactive desktop backgrounds, high-res screensavers and computer game downloads.
Main keywords: free animated wallpapers, interactive desktops, and backgrounds.
Neosurrealism.Artdigitaldesign[edit | edit source]
Modern digital and fine art catalog. It includes several hundreds of famous fine-art masters and modern 3D & 2D digital-art artist. Fantasy and surreal art themes prevail in the gallery but it is not limited to surrealism or fantastic art only. Main keywords: famous modern artists, surrealism pictures, and images.
Funnyartpictures[edit | edit source]
Pop-art collection of the best artistic humor in various art related media, ratings and reviews. It has extraordinary funny computer wallpapers, eccentric body-art paints, creative car models, etc. Main keywords: funny pictures, wallpapers, met art and body art gallery.
Neosurrealismart[edit | edit source]
Neo-surrealism art gallery is George Grie’s official website. It presents most of the artist's artworks.
Main keywords: surrealism art gallery, modern art prints, and gothic artist.
Interartcenter[edit | edit source]
Licensed by Creative Commons high-resolution two and three dimensional (2D-3D) clip-art gallery and photo sharing stock.
Main keywords: free clip art, photo sharing gallery, and high-res 3d image stock.
Criticism[edit | edit source]
The artwork submission limit is in effect on the most trafficked Fantasyartdessign and Artdigitaldesign. The limit allows artists to submit and display only 4 artworks and one reference link per one catalog entry. This measure supposed to motivate them to submit only the best images and prevent members from using multiple entries for a better online exposure.
The quality over quantity position is one of the reasons why these communities did not grow as fast as free for all digital image hosting websites like Deviantart or Flikr. Despite its 2-3 million page views per month, the network has only about 3000 active user accounts. Some of the websites have excessive number of advertising units.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Interartcenter.net Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
- FantasyArtDesign attracts 50k unique visitors online daily
- "InterArtCenter: Terms of Service". Retrieved 2009-01-05.
- Web Safety Testing Results
- Fernandez, Maria (2004). "Digital Culture". Afterimage. 32.
- Coy, Mary (2006). "Digital Diversity: A Basic Tool with Lots of Uses". School Arts. 105.
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