Where Do You Get Those Images?

One of the most common reader questions has absolutely nothing to do with the orchestra business; instead, readers want to know where all of the 3D character images come from and how many exist.They’re so popular that readers even write in from time to time requesting a specific image be used or asking why an image hasn’t made an appearance in awhile.

They were all created by a very talented Greek graphic designer by the name of Joannis Kounadeas and were sold through a variety of stock image sites. Shortly after getting interested in his early work, I reached out to inquire about him doing some music and arts related offerings.

He’s a terrific sport and agreed to include some in his next batch, which ultimately consisted of the violin, trumpet, and harp versions.


There are 189 on file for use here at Adaptistration and every now and then, some appear in customized fashion (per the Kounadeas’ permission). As for now, the artist decided to stop doing stock graphic work awhile back so that may be all, but he’ll hopefully return at some point soon and add new variations.

Since he disappeared, there have been plenty of copycats but none come close to the finesse and grace of Kounadeas’ work.

Which one has been your favorite? If you need a refresher, here’s an overview of each one on file (©Joannis Kounadeas):

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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