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Copyright: Because artists need to eat too!

  • Thursday, 26 January 2012
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  • Hey guys,

    A quick blog post inspired by my activities over the past hour.

    As you can see ...... it's about copyright. Yea, I know .... the whole copyright thing may be a pain to some. But to many of us, it's literally a bread winner.
    I don't want to rant or anything but being an artist myself, i've formed very strong opinions about the whole issue of copyright.

    Imagine this. In the current recession, after laboring for an hour or so over your work, you host your work online; hoping, quite rightly, that your loyal fan base would appreciate what you produced ( this could be music as well as drawings, digital art, etc) only to find not long after, someone's gone and copied your work and used it to benefit themselves commercially.

    The effort and time taken to do that is surely less than what the artist put forth (their heart when in it too) and yet..... the artist would earn less than they would have done.
    The knock on effect of this, sadly, is that the loyal fan base that the artist generated over time would also lose out.
     Why do I say that?
    Well...... not all artists are well off, they may need to take on part-time work and thus reduce their work output (less work in less time for buyers), some artists haven't even got as far as developing their own fan base yet, if their work get used by others, they may not even find their feet, or it would take longer.

    Lastly, it now takes artists longer to create and upload because, alas, they now have to research into the best ways to protect their artwork online and then to implement what they learnt to individual pieces. Like I said earlier...... I've spent an hour already.

    So, a quick post. Don't see this as a rant, just see it as the other side of the debate on copyright and why it's needed.

    At least for our peace of mind .....

    See you next time when I review more digital art!

    Old friend

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2012
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  • Old Friend by Richard Ray

    Procrastination and laziness is a blogger's nightmare!

    It's also a reader's nightmare, so a quick apology for the lack of posting in recent months. I promised you guys a new artwork to review this week .... and so here it is!

    This is one of my own pieces, taken on a coffee table (Macro shot). The marble was rendered into HDR using Photomatix and sharpened in Gimp.
    I used Photoshop elements to bring out a watercolour effect to finish it off.

    I called the piece "Old Friend" for a special reason. This battle-scarred marble is the sole survivor out of a collection of marbles from my Junior School days. Just looking at the marble now brings it all back.

    What do you guys think?

    Until next time.....

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    >Other artwork created by me
    >More HDR artwork

    2012 : The new lease of life for 'Digital art'

  • Sunday, 22 January 2012
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  • 'Digital art' has been and still is one of my favourite projects.

     Having gone over this blog recently, i've seen progress from my initial plan and ideas to what it's become.
     I originally started this blog with the idea to showcase my digital art but now, it's grown to reviewing other artist's digital work (and photography of course); and this is the continued direction for this year.

     I've noticed that my posting have been infrequant in recent months. Starting from this week, I'll be reviewing more artwork. From now on, there should be at least one a week; so keep visiting to see more amazing pieces of art.

    In other news, i've just started up a new blog for those of you who like manga (in fact, i've got two planned). I've recently started trying my hand in drawing manga (and anime) artwork. So if you're interested, head over to 'My manga journey' (a journal of progress - step by step).

     See you in the next post,

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