This is an interview I did with the amazing Mark Mitchell of Marks & Splashes Learning a while back. Mark is such a nice guy I had a blast talking with him. Thanks to my Facebook Friend Wendy Martin for instroducing us. Much appreciated Wendy! You can find more on Wendy’s online course here – Earn your Raccoon Badge!
I’ve been trying some new stuff for the last month or so here at the studio and I think it’s about time to let the cat out of the bag. For many years I worked traditionally, mostly with watercolor and airbrush. I don’t really miss the airbrush, that thing was a crazy amount of work and to be honest Photoshop just does a better job. The watercolor though, that’s a whole different story. I love the spontaneity of working in watercolor but trying to capture that look and feel digitally has been a challenge. I could never really get the subtle variations I wanted so it inevitably wound up on the back burner saved for another time. I supposed I could have just dragged out my old set of Winsor Newtons and scanned them but I really wanted to see if I could make this happen digitally. Here’s a little peak at what I’ve been up to. I’m pretty happy with the direction things are headed. Hopefully, as I get used to the brushes and how to mimic the translucency that make watercolor so special, things will only get better.
Since it’s super-crazy busy here at the studio this week I’ve decided to take this opportunity to just post a little bit of art. These are various pieces I’ve done over the years, some recent some a little older, all dedicated to Monster Week. There are few things as fun for me as drawing monsters and as you can see I had a lot of fun doing these. Hope you enjoy!
UPDATE: COPYRIGHT LAW
I’ve noticed the video I posted earlier this week pertaining to new potential copyright laws and the changes that might incur has stirred up a bit of controversy.
If you watched the video I posted here on the site you’ll understand the cause for alarm and why I felt it was important to share the information right away. Since I’m not an expert on copyright law and have very little experience with law of any kind I decided to reach out to an expert to try and learn more.
The expert I consulted was Zack Strebeck an attorney who specializes in just this sort of thing. Zack and I have known each other for many years and worked together for Vivendi Universal at Funny Bone in Canton CT during the late 90s and early 2000s. After the company closed its doors in 2002 I continued with my art career while Zack pursued a degree in law. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Zack and have come to know him an excellent authority on such matters.
Earlier this week I reached out to get Zack’s opinion on what was happening and to see if he knew anything more about the issue. I shared the link to the video interview I posted as well as several others I found on both sides of the fence. I found it confusing to see two sides so far apart and I felt I needed some help clarifying the issue. I wanted a better understanding of how it might effect me and others in the illustration community.
Here is a link to Zack’s post and his observations on the matter. Please take a moment to read and observe all sides of this issue and then draw your own conclusion.
I know this topic has ignited a lot of passions so please be respectful when leaving comments
I had planned to put up something different today but instead because this issue is so important I’m bumping my regularly scheduled post to run this video interview. I would like to give a special thanks to artist Will Terry for allowing me to show his interview on the site today. Also thanks to Brad Holland for all his valuable information. Unfortunately as you’ll see I’m a little late getting on board but there is still time to act.
Our copyright laws here in the United States may be changing soon and if you don’t think these issues will have an effect on you or your business, think again. These are sweeping changes that will eliminate many of the protections we as artists have come to rely on. Unfortunately there is not a lot of internet coverage on this important issue right now. You won’t find it in the news and you won’t hear people talking about it. Many artists are completely unaware that something this important is even being discussed.
Last week artist Will Terry posted an interview he did with the legendary Brad Holland. Brad and Will do an excellent job covering the topics and spelling out just how damaging these new laws may be if passed. If you are an artist or know someone who is, please take time to watch this video and see how these new laws could change the way you do business for years to come. There are only a couple of days left to let your voice be heard. If you’d like to get involved please share this video and follow the links posted below. The deadline for letting your voice be heard is this Thursday July 25th.
More Info -How to get involved:
Submit your letter here!
Sample letters from other artists: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Ar…
Illustrators’ Partnership Blog: http://ipaorphanworks.blogspot.com
IPA Artists Alert
To sign-up for IPA Artists Alert
Copyright Office page where comments must be submitted online:
4 articles written about this:
Trojan Horse: Orphan Works and the War on Authors
by Brad Holland
Orphan Works Legislation—A Bad Deal for Artists
by Bruce Lehman, Esq.
Perfect and Strengthen Your Copyrights
by Cynthia Turner
Artists’ Rights are Human Rights
By Chris Castle
VIDEO: An Evening with Bruce Lehman
Webcast presentation from Society of Illustrators (SI)
New York – February 21, 2008
Sponsored by ASIP And SI
Q & A about illustrators’ reprographic rights and their right to remuneration.
Orphan Works Roundtable
Conducted by the Small Business Administration
Salmagundi Art Club, New York, NY
Initiated by the Illustrators’ Partnership of America, the Artists Rights Society and the Advertising Photographers of America, and conducted by Tom Sullivan, Director of the Office of Advocacy of the US Small Business Administration. This was the first effort to assess the economic impact of the Orphan Works Acts H.R. 5889 and S. 2913 on creators and small businesses. Seventeen distinguished panelists spoke, all freelance working artists and stakeholders who would be directly impacted by this proposed legislation. Six 3’x4’ exhibit panels demonstrated orphan work infringements.
Presenters submitted written statements to IPA after the meeting. We compiled these into notebooks and distributed 14 notebooks of SBA Orphan Works Roundtable statements to key members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees.