Over the weekend, I stumbled across a very handy site via Webdesigner Depot that contains countless vector art tutorials and articles about vector art and art-related subjects. Through Vectortuts+ I also discovered a great artist to follow–Sharon Milne (aka ChewedKandi)–and Sharon poses a very interesting and thought-provoking question for artists of all mediums when posting their art online: Should you watermark your art? Below is an excerpt with a link to the rest of the article.
In a perfect world, we could post our artwork online without people misusing it or even claiming it as their own. However we don’t live in a perfect world and we have to take measures to prevent such activities from happening to the work we’ve spent hours, days and sometimes weeks and months creating. One of those measures is watermarking.
Watermarking is when you imprint your name onto a piece of work. This can be to assert your identity onto the piece and it can be there to help prevent it’s misuse. – Click to read more…
After reading the article, I’m partially in the camp of those that believe that it is up to the artist whether or not to watermark their work. As an artist, a term I very loosely use to describe myself (lol), I want my work to receive credit where credit is due but not at the cost of the appeal and aesthetic value of the art. Let’s face it; Art is supposed to be seen, not covered up by some hideous watermark! If an artist can incorporate an appropriate and tasteful watermark or credit then all the more power to them.
So, what do you think? Do you think an artist should watermark their work? Why or why not?
Featured image by ChewedKandi (via deviantART)
I am going to make it my goal to post something once a week, whether it is personal or photography related. To start off, I decided to repost some photographs I took in the fall of 2011 and originally posted to my Flickr account.
Path of the Dead
The Dead Fall
Added The Dying to the post.
I use Roger for one of my characters in an
RPG based on the multi-universes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Vampire Diaries. The model is just too gorgeous and pretty not to play around with the images I saved to make icons out of. Above are a few of the results that were originally posted to my Tumblr (I’ll eventually upload them to my dA account as well). From here on out, however, all my photos, edits, and gifs will be uploaded here if possible.
My weekend and proceeding week was both fun and not so fun. Friday, I began experiencing pain in a tooth that wouldn’t go away–and I have a high tolerance for pain–that by the time Saturday evening came around, I was close to tears I just wanted the pain gone!
Sunday seemed a little better and I got got a slight reprieve (but not completely) from the pain. My evening that day was fun since I was able to spend it with some friends playing crazy board/card games. Although, as the evening progressed my tooth began to bother me more so made a promise to myself to call my dentist as soon as I woke up.
Monday came around and I did as I promised and called my dentist who let me come in and unfortunately told me that I had to have a root canal done. She did the prep work and the procedure will be completed this Saturday. Until then she put me on antibiotics and Vicodin for the pain. Tuesday is where things got really crazy.
The previous day, it appeared the Vicodin knocked me out pretty well and I slept for most of the remainder. Tuesday, I proceeded as normal; Took the antibiotic and a Vicodin because I was still hurting pretty bad. Two hours later my stomach didn’t seem to like so I went back to bed for like a five hour nap. Basically, enough time had passed for me to take my next dose of antibiotic and a Vicodin only an hour later I break out into a sweat and my stomach is not a happy camper and proceeds to tell me this…for the rest of the night.
Moral of the story: Always ask your doctor if you should take any medication they prescribe for you with food and/or milk. You will save yourself a ton of uncomfortable grief.
Ever since I got the iPod Touch for Christmas, I’ve taken a lot of silly pictures. Here are a few:
As some of you know, I’m a volunteer for the American Diabetes Association and I’m pretty chatty with the two women that work at the office. One was out today in meetings for the entire time I was there, but the other woman was there and as I was wrapping up my work and getting ready to leave she was asking me about my weekend plans (which is sort of a running joke now since my mom and I don’t make plans until the last-minute and the woman knows this) and made the comment of enjoying the “warm weather.” Apparently it’s going to get very cold this weekend, so I made the comment back that I’ll have to reschedule my intended photo excursion to Clover Hill Cemetery for another day and she asked why I was going to the cemetery and I answered, “To take pictures of the headstones.” This, naturally, got me a look that said, “Are you barking mad?” And I laughed because I don’t find this odd at all, but it did get me to thinking: What odd and strange things do other people photograph that get the same kind of reaction(s) as my cemetery one did? Do you or someone you know photograph strange, odd, or weird things?
The blog is undergoing some renovations so if you discover any broken links to and from any images, please let me know as soon as possible so I can add it to my list of things to do. ^_^;
I’m looking to do a landscape/still life photo excursion next Sunday, but have no idea where to go. I live 30 mins north of Detroit and I’m willing to drive 3 hours away at the most. Suggestions?
Image source: Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI by Ian Freimuth (via Flickr)
I was rather surprised to find out that Daniel Radcliffe admitted in an interview that he’d come to work on Harry Potter drunk (from the interviews I wouldn’t say he was drunk, but very hungover). Am I shocked? Hardly. Surprised, yes, because he seemed so clean cut–and still is for the most part–that it was refreshing to see a young actor who didn’t fall into that dismal abyss of addiction.
Why am I not shocked? From what I’ve observed of those actors and actresses who started out very young, they have to grow up very fast. This, I think in part, is just due to the industry they’ve been put in and made a career out of. They have enormous expectations and pressure put on them before they may or may not be ready for, so I don’t find it entirely shocking when admirers and fans come to find that such actors or actresses have found unhealthy–and potentially dangerous–outlets to take that edge off.
However, what really struck a chord with me, and had me nearly in tears, was that this seemingly together young man was an alcoholic before the age of 20! No one, no matter who you are or what position you’re in, or what sort of job you have before the age of 20 should be in this predicament. It is truly heartbreaking to think that someone that young has to resort to drugs and unhealthy substances to deal with the pressures of their lives. But, the upside to Daniel’s situation specifically was that he made the realization that he had a problem before it was really too late and dealt with his problem. Honestly, it was a relief to know that he knew, took steps to fix it, and stopped hurting himself.