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A new post from me over on A Little Bit Bunny. Unfortunately, it's not as finished as I would like, but I've received some feedback I was waiting for on another project and suddenly, play-time is over again!
Here's a quick sketch-up model I made for the main design element... and yes, that's Judge Dredd's Lawmaster in there... not that you see much of it in the final piece!
This is my latest Watercolor painting, Rumbles in the sky. This painting is 22 x 29 inches on 300lb Arches Watercolor Paper. $2,500.00 Inquiries to purchase may come to my email, email@example.com Thank you.
This painting went relatively easy, to my surprise. I have never painted this large in watercolor before. But given the subject matter and what I wanted to say in the painting, it needed to be painted large. I photographed the subject at a Barrel Racing event. It was mid morning and the morning light was illuminating her braid, hat and the horse, bouncing light around on the white markings of the Paint Horse. In order to show these elements, it just had to be a large image.
If you would like to see this work evolve as a work in progress, you can view all the entries on my Blog at http://debbieflood.blogspot.com All my studio updates, news and recent works & exhibits are posted there.
Latitudes in Winter; 16 x 19" oil on canvas panel; Latitudes Restaurant, where I will be showing (I think) in February and March. (Never mind the “Gallery” page of their website, whichapparently has not been updated in seven years.)
Although the superior function and efficiency of modern architecture are undeniable, the Victorian style continues to charm and remind us of a bygone era that was in some ways gentler. There’s my painting comment and segue to at a more “talky” post than usual.
The difficult thing about change is that it nearly always includes loss. This is not news: Judith Viorst’s 1998 book Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies, and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow describes the losses we inevitably experience in the course of a lifetime. Even when change is largely positive, the accompanying loss can be difficult.
After 25 years of meeting illustration deadlines and 20 of being a mom, I am suddenly unemployed--the chronically ill kid survived, thrived and has flown the coop, and illustration as I knew it has all but vanished. Sure, the kid still needs me (though somewhat reluctantly and in less frequent and predictable ways), and I’m still doing art. But the way forward is unclear. With illustration, parameters were defined, and payment guaranteed. Now, the choices are unlimited, the deadlines nonexistent (other than those that are self-imposed and the final big one), and the chances of making regular, significant sales uncertain at best. While the transition was foreseeable, I am adrift in my new found “freedom.”
Clearly I am challenged and have much to do. I only hope I have enough energy, motivation, organization and time left to achieve some form of success . My college teacher and long-time friend DeWitt Jayne was Carmel’s New Masters Gallery's longest-running original exhibitor. He did not begin producing gallery work until he was 55 and painted until he was 90. That’s encouraging. His knowledge and technical skills far exceeded mine; but I have come to believe that technical skills are not necessarily the whole game.
Since Losses, Viorst has written Suddenly Sixty and Other Shocks of Life, and I'm Too Young To Be Seventy: And Other Delusions. Yikes. I won’t read those just yet. Never mind how far I am on one side or the other of 55; let’s just say the age-defying face cream isn't really defying anything.
new season ranges are starting to trickle through into stores after the mad rush of the january sales. here are a few snaps from next whose spring/summer catalogue is now online. the 'vintage' kitchenware range caught my eye as well as a lovely teal and grey floral collection. i'll be out scouting for more pics throughout january so watch this space.
Do watermarks protect you from online art theft or devalue your work?
Let’s face it. Art theft is a reality. We see it happen all the time.
If you post your work anywhere online, you’re immediately vulnerable to those who want to grab it and use it for their latest article, T-shirt, company logo, etc. It’s simply a risk you take by having an online presence.
Some Illustrators choose to protect themselves by placing “watermarks” over there image. This means that they overlay a copyright notice of some form on top of their Illustration to discourage others from using it without their permission.
The question is: Does this cause more harm than good?
As an Illustrator myself, I definitely understand the desire to protect one’s work. After all, the images you create are the lifeblood of your business, so why wouldn’t you want to defend yourself from online predators?
However, it is possible to go too far.
In my opinion, the use of a watermark degrades the experience an Art Director or other potential client has when viewing your work, which is the last thing you want to do. Sure, it can be done in a more discreet way than the ridiculously extreme example above, but the value of an Illustration all comes down to its visual impact, so why would you want to do anything to diminish that?
Even with the dangers of online art theft, I strongly believe that watermarks do more harm to the artist than to the thieves themselves. Furthermore, any persistent pilferer with a basic knowledge of Photoshop can easily remove the watermark without too much trouble, so the benefit to the Illustrator is limited at best.
Finally, it’s important to consider the impression that this makes on your potential clients.
If you protect your images with watermarks, you may unintentionally convey paranoia, defensiveness, or unease, which just might make people uncomfortable, and deter them from contacting you to begin with. It’s not unlike the response you might get if you present them with a 10-page contract full of fine print and overstated legal jargon.
It’s simply not necessary.
Don’t get me wrong. Tracking down and stopping art theft is an incredibly frustrating activity, and it hurts to see your work being used without your permission, but I recommend thinking twice before using watermarks as a form of defense.
I don’t know about you, but when I enter a brick-and-mortar business and see security cameras at every turn, warning signs to “leave your bag at the desk”, and electronic sensors at the exits, I feel a little uneasy, even though I don’t plan on stealing anything.
Why would you want to do the same with your own business?
Do you use watermarks? Why? How do you feel when you see watermarks on an image? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.
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I had a brilliant night out after a double comic drawing shift yesterday, drinking some wine and stroking some cats and listening to friends talk about interesting things, and, apparently, doodling.
I think I'll colour these in with crayons later, but I've scanned them just in case. Somehow I particularly like them. Might make the cat into a poster for that elusive series of posters-for-sale that'll appear as soon as I've arranged for decent printing.
designer lesley grainger was excited to recieve samples of her new fabrics for robert kaufman which will be available in stores from march. part of their wonderful 'metro cafe' series her colourful teacups will come in three different colourways. as seen on lesley's blog here.
some of the things that have arrived in my inbox over the holiday - one newsletter i subscribe to is that of designer dan stiles whose work never fails to amaze and impress me. he is best known for music posters but can also turn his hand to cute art prints for kids like those above. below : ellen giggenbach has created four new wall prints for kids art company happy spaces. all the designs are
Pyrex ware so pretty it'll dress up any recipe. And any table.
I adore my vintage Pyrex dishes. It feels like every meal i prepare or serve in them, just tastes that much better. Food just comes out better when baked in the oven in a pretty Pyrex dish. The food is sprinkled with all the history and all the cooking skills of the women using the dishes before me. Works the same with my Nordicware Bundt pan. All cakes come out perfect!
I don't have the brown glass Pyrex Fireside dishes from this advertisement in my collection, but it does look very pretty. I found the ad in a 1977 Woman's Day magazine and i definitely will be on the lookout for the Fireside during my next thrifting adventures. There is always room in my kitchen for another piece of vintage pyrex love!
In the meantime here are a few vintage amber-colored glass dishes available on Etsy.
I watched the final five episodes of the short-lived Caprica this weekend. They got progressively more compelling and I'm sad that the series is canceled. But Bear McCreary continues to be my current favorite TV-music composer, and I am posting Caprica's opening credits in his and the show's honor.
The best way for me to create cartoons and illustrations isn’t to ponder about it over a blank page for an hour over or so. I simply grab whatever paper is within reach (seems like it’s normally my copier paper) and I just start drawing. Yesterday I got a call from a customer who requested Father’s Day designs so I grabbed a stack of some Georgia Pacific 75 Lb stock and got busy. The result is the pile of scratchy ideas in the first photo. I’d say each image took me no longer than 45 seconds at best. Now I won’t rework every horrible sketch here but what it did do is force ideas out of my noggin that might not have happened had I sat around pondering for said hour. Rapid fire sketching results in rapid fire ideas for me. Now today I’ll start to actually write a word document filled with random Father’s Day card verse ideas. Some resulting gags might be inspired by this first batch of sketches, while others will come from another section of my noggin that has nothing to do with my art side. The end result is in photos 2. These are tighter sketches now suitable for showing a publisher. Some might sell as is. Others will need to be reworked. While others might eventually be tossed in the circular file. It’s not common for me to actually mock anything up in color at this point but on occasion I do that too. Whatever works to get the job done.
So there you go. This process works for me but that doesn’t mean it’ s the ONLY way. One of these days I’ll try to get myself an I-Pad and save a few thousands trees. Leave the Georgia Pacific in the copy machine where it belongs.
One of the things I always tell new writers and one that everyone in the industry will tell you is to read, read, read. The list below is a great place to start when making up your book list for this year’s reading. My problem is I still have a pile of books from last year waiting for me to read. Even so, my itchy Amazon finger couldn’t control itself and made me order three books on the list today.
Funny how most of the editors will tell you they are not looking for historical fiction, but most of the books listed for the Newbery are historical fiction. Doesn’t that make you want to buy a historical fiction manuscript, editors? Of course to be fair, what the editors are saying is that historical fiction doesn’t sell and the Newbery committee is not picking the winners using that criteria.
At the bottom you will notice that Grace Lin (Our Keynote Speaker for our June Conference) won the Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Award for her book LING & TING. Congratulations, Grace!
Here is the full list of children’s/YA award winners from today’s ALA ceremony!
Newbery Awards & Honors
Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night
Heart of a Samurai
One Crazy Summer
Turtle in Paradise
Jennifer L. Holm
Moon Over Manifest
Caldecott Awards & Honors
Dave the Potter
Laban Carick Hill
David Ezra Stein
A Sick Day for Amis McGee
ALEX Awards: The Alex Awards are given to 10 adult books that are appealing to young adults
This book by Jeannie Baker is quite a jump from her first book, Polar. Where the Forest Meets the Sea is set in the Daintree Rainforest in Australia. Baker made two trips there to research and collect materials. Her relief collages were made from many materials such as modeling clay, papers, textured materials, preserved natural materials and paints. Her work is really remarkable and quite realistic. Baker is also a film maker. This book was made into a 10 minute animated film which won the 1988 Australian Film Institute Award for Best Australian Animated film.
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