Frequently Asked Questions

Top 10 questions

  • Do you also sell photography?

    No at present we have chosen to focus solely on the craft that lies closest to our hearts; namely illustration. In the future if demand persists we may include some photography in the collection.

  • Why do I need to create an account to license artwork?

    Although we prefer a world with as few clicks as possible, in order to be able to protect your rights and those of the artist, we need to be able to verify who you are. We've tried to make this as simple as possible.

  • Where is Kuvva located?

    We are based in the Netherlands, Amsterdam. But consist of a roaming team. You can always come and visit us and our physical gallery space at Pazzanistraat 33, Amsterdam, 1014DB.

  • How many images are on Kuvva?

    Kuvva is not a resource of millions of images. We have started small and select and will be building out the platform to be more encompassing. Quality takes time.

  • How do I become a featured artist?

    We select featured artists based purely upon merit. Although we appreciate suggestions and requests our decision making process on who is featured and who's work is selected for Kuvva is purely an internal decision, made by our team.

  • Can I pay on account?

    At present it is only possible to pay with your bank card or credit card. This is a decision made to keep the payment process simple and efficient and to keep costs low. We have no plans to change this in the foreseeable future.

  • My credit card was declined are there alternative payment methods?

    We accept all major credit cards, bank cards and paypal. Please contact your issuer after making sure all the details were correctly filled in.

  • What is an editorial image?

    An image marked 'for editorial use only' is one that has slightly different terms to our other 'standard' images. Editorial only images may not be used for advertising purposes, they may only be used alongside editorial content in magazines, newspapers or blogs. Editorial use only licenses are for 1 year in printed media and may be used indefinitely online, meaning that after the first year any existing digital media utilising Kuvva artworks will not have to be removed. Please check the terms for more detailed information.

  • Do your images carry watermarks?

    We don't cover our images in watermarks. If anyone is inclined to try to rip images from kuvva.com we pity them and suggest they just follow the normal process and purchase a simple license like everyone else.

  • What does royalty free mean?

    Royalty free literally means that our images are available for use in all media, without limitations other than those stated in the terms and conditions.

Getting Started

  • Who is Kuvva?

    Kuvva was founded in 2012 by a small team of creatively driven, illustration hungry designers, developers and thinkers. When we started, the idea was to create a platform for illustration to purely show and share the work we liked and wanted to see ourselves on our own screens. Working closely together with the illustration community for the past few years has taught us that illustrators are a diverse bunch of incredibly talented, hard working and under appreciated individuals who are in general underpaid. Today our goal is to shine as much light as possible on a handpicked bunch of individuals, to help to sell some of their work to brands, organisations and individuals and most importantly to help them get paid for what they do.

  • How do I create an account?

    It's as simple as filling in your email address and picking a password, and then you can make your own selection by favouriting images. You won't need to worry about any bank or credit card details until later in the process if you choose to purchase an image.

  • What is a contributor?

    A contributor is an illustrator who is either commissioned to produce artwork exclusively for Kuvva or someone who submits work for the purpose of offering the illustration(s) for sale on the Kuvva marketplace.

  • How can I become a contributor?

    Please get in touch via team@kuvva.com. We are working closely with the illustration community with a focus on unique content with high production values.

  • What is the process for selection of artists and artwork?

    We don't have a formal selection process to select artists or artwork. Every image is hand-selected by a team of curators who seek-out exceptional imagery with specific qualities such as style, authenticity and narrative. Beautiful illustrations that tell a story.

Image Specific

  • Do the images I download have a watermark on them?

    We don't cover our images in watermarks. If anyone is inclined to try to rip images from kuvva.com we pity them and suggest they just follow the normal process and purchase a simple license like everyone else.

  • How does your licensing work?

    Our licensing is divided simply into two categories. Commercial and Editorial. Commercial or 'standard' licenses are for artworks purchased to be used in advertising or for marketing purposes. An image marked 'for editorial use only' is one that has slightly different terms to our other 'standard' images. Editorial only images may not be used for advertising purposes, they may only be used alongside editorial content in magazines, newspapers or blogs. Editorial use only licenses are for 1 year in printed media and may be used indefinitely online, meaning that after the first year any existing digital media utilising Kuvva artworks will not have to be removed. Please check the terms for more detailed information.

  • If I alter an image, can I claim the copyright to that image?

    No, the images on kuvva remain the property of the artist and ideally the artist is always credited.

  • Where can kuvva images be used?

    Kuvva images can be used for advertising or marketing purposes with the exception of promotional or merchandising use. Images marked 'Editorial use only' may only be used in magazines, newspapers or other news channels. (Please see terms and conditions for further detail).

  • What does 'royalty-free' mean?

    Royalty free literally means that our images are available for use in all media, without limitations other than those stated in the terms and conditions.

  • What sizes do you offer?

    We only offer one size. Large. We've done this for a reason. Just to make life simple and ensure that the image is always shown in the best possible light.

  • Can I resell the images?

    No. Our licenses prohibit the re-sell of images.

  • Is it possible to obtain an exclusive license on an image?

    Yes of course. Please just get in touch via team@kuvva.com. We can't promise that every image is available for exclusive licensing, however we will do our best to enquire about possibilities and options.

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