Hey everyone! In some previous blog posts, I mentioned that I’m struggling with an injury to my drawing arm. Although I hoped that the problem would have totally gone away after more than a month of rest, it actually hasn’t, and I’m still struggling with it at this very moment. It’s actually been harder emotionally than it has physically. I’ve decided to go ahead and write a blog entry about it, not only to keep my followers in the loop but also as a cautionary tale to any artists out there who have not yet sustained an injury. If I had been more aware of the risks, maybe this would never have happened to me, so the very least I can do is try to help those who aren’t aware of the risks.
applecorekevin said: I was wondering what you meant when you said… ‘As always, no color picking’ I like your work a lot.
thanks! i actually meant that i didn’t use the eyedropper tool to pick the colors off of the original reference image :) for all of my digital art, including the stuff i make with reference, i choose my colors manually by sliding around the little circle and the arrows in this dialog box:
i mixed up my words, because the above box is called ‘color picker’ which is actually exactly what i do ;) i just don’t literally pick the colors off of other images.
flattered to find myself on this list that the incredible Julie Dillon compiled, but mainly reblogging because I want to help her spread the word about these great female artists! take a look, there is a lot of lovely art here.
I have been wanting to assemble a huge post of some of the amazing women artists out there, because it seems like too often they get overlooked when it comes to being honored and recognized. This year, I was incredibly honored to be nominated for a Hugo award in the Best Professional Artist category, but I was a little shocked to find out there hadn’t been another woman nominated in that category since Rowena Morrill in 1986. That’s more than a little ridiculous, considering there are so many women artists out there, they are all amazing, and they all need more visibility and recognition. I encourage you to browse through and visit their websites, and please reblog and add more artists to the list! I know this is NOWHERE near comprehensive and that are tons more artists out there.
This list mostly covers mostly professional illustrators and scifi/fantasy artists. I know I’m missing out on a ton of talented people in comics, animation, fine art, and people who do primarily fan work, but I don’t know quite as much about those areas so they aren’t as well represented here; my apologies.
(The tags got cut off; I guess there’s a limit now? As such I wasn’t able to tag every single artist included.)
EDIT: Added more artists!
Click the “read more” to check out the art! Warning: This list is HUGE, and very image intensive!
allright, a quick update on the Romwe art theft! let me start by saying that the artwork is of disney characters, and i cannot ask any kind of financial compensation for the sweater sales. if i did, i would essentially be making money off of disney’s characters, which is illegal.
Romwe contacted me this morning (not as a reply to my initial e-mail to them, but in response to the social media attention). after explaining that they removed the item from their store, they state the following: “We know your art from deviantart, from which we could not find any proper contact information (we only got this address from one customer who knew you just now.). So we only leave a note there for you. Unfortunately, it seems you haven’t noticed it. So this whole thing should somehow be a misunderstanding.”
here’s where it gets pretty darn hilarious. they DID send me a deviantart note about the image… two days ago, on November 19th. however, i was notified of the sweater on November 18th. so basically they were already selling the sweater before ever contacting me. not to mention that “proper contact information” is plastered all over my deviantart front page. so apparently these folks think you can negotiate the sale of a copyright AFTER you printed out a whole line of sweaters with the artwork plastered all over it. classy…
They further go on to say: “We never intend to stolen any talented artist’s work. Instead, we treasure and respect it. And about that painting on our sweatshirt, we use it because it’s fabulous and so match with that collection.” So basically their way of “treasuring and respecting” artwork is by plastering it all over their “fabulous” sweater collection without permission, compensation, or credit.
I’ve experienced plenty of art theft in the past, and always was able to talk things through afterwards. even the most scumbaggy art thieves would admit they were wrong and just remove the item. but Romwe’s response is just a gigantic insult to my intelligence and shows that either they have no idea what they’re doing, or they know perfectly well what they’re doing which makes it even worse. it’s too bad, i actually thought they were a great store before this happened, but now i’ve changed my mind. if i were you guys i would not spend your money on this shady business.
they still have lots of illegal disney stuff in their sweater collection by the way, hopefully disney will find it and get their due compensation.
another clothing art theft story i can add to my list. the popular online clothing store Romwe has decided to steal my artwork without permission for a new sweater design. (it’s a re-coloring of my original artwork which can be seen here.) just so you know: i’m not making a penny off of this! please do NOT buy this item, and if you can/feel like it, spread the word about what jerks Romwe are :(
so, i just reported two items on etsy for featuring stolen artwork, namely some disney fanart that i drew a few years ago. they were iphone cases with my drawings of ariel on them, and were being sold by stores that appeared to be located in china. this happens way too often and honestly, i’ve become somewhat desensitized to seeing my disney fanart being exploited and sold in some form or other. one of the reasons i stopped drawing disney fanart was because the drawings kept popping up on wallpaper sites, illegal merchandise or even justin bieber’s instagram, and it became too much to keep up with. it’s just made me a lot less enthusiastic about paying homage to some of my favorite animation characters.
anyways, the reason i bring this up is because i wanted to share something with you all, that probably a lot of you already know but maybe some of you don’t. it’s actually illegal to sell merchandise of copyrighted characters that are not your own. this means that companies which are not affiliated with disney are not allowed to sell artwork featuring the princesses or any other disney character for that matter. i don’t sell prints of my disney fanart for this very reason.
i think this is important for people to know because if you ever stumble upon, say, an etsy store that sells iphone cases featuring the disney princesses, you can rest assured that these cases are being sold illegally. more importantly, the artwork on these cases are usually stolen from artists like myself, who are trying to make a name for themselves by promoting their work online. these companies are not only ripping off gigantic corporations like disney, but also individual artists who DO respect intellectual property laws by not selling the disney fanart they make!
i just wanted to put this out there for those who weren’t aware of these intellectual property laws. it took me a while to learn about these myself. by the way, this is not an attack on those artists who do sell their own disney fanart in some form or other, which some artists choose to do. it’s a warning to avoid dubious online stores - like those etsy iphone case stores - that exploit and rip off the fanartists! thanks for reading :)
i can’t not share this! my mind is blown by this amazing animated graphic novel. this is honestly the only time i’ve regretted not having an iPad! website for this project can be found here, check it out!
Allright, so I told you guys I’d be doing another online-store-plug for a close friend of mine! This time it’s for my friend Marisa Manso (my best pal since I was 15), a painter living in New York who also makes beautiful handmade silver jewelry which she sells through her new online shop Metal and Myth. It’s lovely, unique, one-of-a-kind stuff with a lovely handmade touch and the person who makes them is amazing, awesome, wonderful, talented etc etc. Not only is she a great artist and jewelry maker but she also knows how to strike a pose, don’t you think? Check out her store or facebook, it’s absolutely worth it! I’m now the proud owner of these two rings  but there’s a lot more to choose from!
a shameless plug for a friend of mine, odile van der stap - known to some of you perhaps as jumei on deviantart! she recently started up a webshop, Moineau, from which i purchased this lovely bicycle necklace (as a dutchie, biking is practically my religion). i love how the delicate, stylish and tasteful aesthetic you can find in her art translates into the things she offers through the webshop, and i’m really proud of her for setting it up and really going for it, so that’s why i feel i must share it with all of you. check her shop out: facebook | website !
she is actually one of two of my good friends to recently start up a web shop, so expect another plug coming up soon, haha. i’ll do my best to post up some art in the meantime as well ;) but now i must get back to my rabid, deeply unhealthy addiction to The Wire. long live TV show marathoning!
honestly this is one of the reasons i kinda stopped drawing disney fanart - people seem to think that if it’s fanart, it’s somehow stock art that can be posted anywhere or modified/traced without credit. not that i mind having my art spread around but jeez, just a link to my site or something..??!!
quite a few people asked. my instagram username is loisvb but i don’t really use it at all actually, since i heard some strange things about them taking the rights to anything you upload. i just use the filters from the app and skip the whole uploading part. but if you want to add me go ahead, i might use it sometime in the future :)