Illustrator in Disney Consumer Products' Blue Sky Think Tank, Spring '11. Graduated Spring '10 from ArtCenter College of Design. Majored in Illustration/ Entertainment art.
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I’ve been thinking today about the way art is treated over the internet. While the internet and social media can be a powerful tool for exposure, it is far too common for an artist’s work to be re-appropriated or stripped of credit, as if people would rather drive creators into obscurity than to aid them in reaching new heights of visibility and respect.
If you see something you love, share it, and make sure that everyone knows who made it. There is a quote going around lately, for instance, which somehow got attributed to F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is actually a short phrase of poetry and it goes like this:
"And in the end,
we were all just
drunk on the idea
and it was written by Christopher Poindexter.
Mr. Poindexter posts these poems as photos of typed paper, and I have actually seen this quote on his original image with his name *cropped out*. Why? What for? Someone isn’t trying to steal his work as their own. Someone thought “Hey, that’s beautiful, it’s amazing…. but I don’t think anyone needs to know who said it, and this beautiful piece of art that I love so much? The artist doesn’t deserve any credit for making it.”
I have also followed artists who have seen their work tattooed on people without permission. While it is obviously flattering that someone would want to ink your work permanently onto their body, it is disrespectful to use the artist’s work without a) asking and b) not mentioning the artist as credit when showing off your new ink on instagram.
So far, with as many followers as I’ve amassed on here, I’m grateful that to my knowledge I haven’t had the occasion to feel violated by internet art theft yet. I would like to urge all of you who follow my work to please, please, with every piece of art you find online by any artist that you love, make sure you are spreading the word about who made it. Reblog- don’t repost. Send notes to blogs that are not doing this. If you want to use a piece of someone’s work for a tattoo, and you have the ability to seek out the artist and ask, please do it. If you want to CosPlay someone’s costume or character, please ask that artist for permission. At best they say “Hell yes” and at worst they are uncomfortable with the idea and would rather you not. This is the risk involved in putting ourselves out there as creators. Being respectful can make our careers that much better, can give us the power and visibility to make even more amazing things.
If you love it, share it, and don’t forget to tell us who made it.84 notes
Thank you so much! The internet is such a wonderful thing, that we can share and enjoy each others’ work all over the world. Best of luck in school! —J8 notes
Oh my goodness I made the radar and my dashboard activity is exploding. Thanks everyone for all the likes and things! Way to make a boy feel loved.31 notes
As things are a bit hectic, financially, in my life at the moment, I would like to take a second to point out that I welcome commissions!
Generally, my more involved projects are priced based on my hourly rate + how long the project will likely take + materials, etc, HOWEVER
I am willing to offer some basic options here as a guide:
**Pencil or digital sketch, single subject : $50 (plus s&h to have original shipped to you)
**Digitally colored illustration, simple colors and/or limited palette: $100 (single subject)
**Full-color, digital illustration: Ask me! This is where it gets a little tricky to assign a flat rate, depending on the specifics of what your request is.
Also: Please note that many of the images on my tumblr are available as prints on archival watercolor paper, and are in stock. I no longer maintain my etsy shop for the moment, so send me a direct email at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about these or any commission requests!