Protecting Your Legal Rights - DigitallyRecently I saw a notice from a fellow deviant about finding some of his photos online. Stolen from DA where he generously shares them to be used on a porn site. Obviously this is illegal, a violation of copyright law. DeviantART makes that perfectly clear in the terms and conditions when you sign up, and you are legally bound by them even if you just click "I Accept" without reading them. Small consolation to an artist who must now fight to have his work protected under the law. Another deviant, also a photographer, has a very serious discussion on his page about it. You can find that discussion here http://jeanluc44.deviantart.com/journal/25899401/.
Why should we care about this? Well I'll give you two reasons. Any artist will never share their work if it will be stolen, so where will you go to find quality art like this for free hmm? Just as bad, the artists that do share their work are forced to watermark it in an attempt to prevent theft. Watermarks are like locks on a door, they a
Making Art on Commission: Tips for ArtistsPretty much all artists are presented with offers to produce works of art on commission at points in their careers. Unfortunately, many have had what looked to be a golden opportunities turn into unmitigated nightmares. The following tips and pointers on expect when commissioned to do an artwork and how to approach commissions in general will not only help you avoid problems, but will help you identify situations when the best approach is to just say no.Making Art on Commission: Tips for Artists4 years ago in Personal More Like This
To begin with, working on commission, creating a work of art on spec from scratch for someone other than yourself, is totally different than selling a finished piece at a show, at a gallery, or out of your studio. Selling a completed work of art is an event; producing a work of art on commission for another party is a relationship. Never confuse the two.
From your end, the key to successfully working on commission is your ability to be flexible and communicate with whomever hires you. A commission relationship only succeeds when you re
New Blog Post - Dealing with Credit Card FraudHey guys!New Blog Post - Dealing with Credit Card Fraud4 months ago in Personal More Like This
I have a new blog post up. This is dealing with an incident I’ve been bogged down with for the last couple of days. I thought that perhaps my personal experience could help inform other sellers on how to handle a kid making unauthorized credit card purchases from their shops.
So, unfortunately, I will not be able to post the leftover items from MegaCon by noon like I originally planned. I will try to have them all posted on my website by tonight though!
Writing LGBT charactersIn a lot of my stories I have an ingrained subconscious bias towards writing about LGBT characters, which probably stems from my own personal life. Personally I prescribe to the idea that I like who I like regardless of their gender/sexuality, and as such this spills over into my writing. For me there is something natural that happens when I pair two women together, or writing about a poly triad, or have a character who sleeps with who they fancy without having any remorse.Writing LGBT characters4 months ago in Personal More Like This
There have been many polemics both from feminist and social historical writers on the dirth of LGBT characters in mainstream literature, in particular science fiction and fantasy. Usually such character attract a lot of scrutiny or are relegated to side characters when they are mentioned, to the extent that when comics out a character as LGBT it makes international headlines. For me this smacks of tokenism, a way of drumming up free publicity for the product being sold (which is marketing gold), but at the same time
Anonymous question about how to be a good artistAnonymous said the following:Anonymous question about how to be a good artist1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I'm sorry for bother you again, can I ask you about something personal?
What should I do if I want to be good artist?
Is practice good enough?
What kind of good artist you wanted to be? I will teach you about the middle path then, because taking the extreme paths on each side is not recommended according to my experience. [super-duper skilled artist who lusts for skills nor starving artist who only draw lazy art and do extremely minimal things]
practice as often as your time permits, for regular art [generic drawing/coloring art] there are 4 rooms in the artist's heart, drawing skills, coloring skills/color theory, art composition skills, and imagination, try to practice all of them if possible.
And do not compare yourself with other people, some people said it is good to compare yourself with others, to improve your skills sky high , if you still have this ego, the more skilled you are, the more unpleasant you will have if you find
My PageI'm not a good artist, actually I don't consider myself an artist. Check my gallery and you'll see that I draw generally for myself. Yeah, there are some gifts, but not so much. Actually I haven't a lot of friends here to draw gifts. As well as in real life.. Some people order drawings by me, and that's nice. If you like my drawings, I'm always happy to know that, I'm happy to read your comments, I'm always glad to see a new watcher in my watch list - that means a lot for me, I’ve never thought that someone would be interested in my doodles. And when someone leaves my page, it appears to me that he/she doesn’t like my drawings anymore and I lose my skills. And I start to think - why do people stop watching me? What's wrong with my drawings? Are they of the poor quality? Are they tiresome? - I guess there are different reasons and I'll never get definite answers on these questions.My Page1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I post my drawings here, because I want to share my feelings and my thoughts with you! I have
someone like yousomeone like you9 months ago in Art Features More Like This
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Leashed Ch.3You called me Mistress, said Tenri.Leashed Ch.37 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Yes Mistress, you are my Mistress now so I am obliged to call you that, stated Kit.
Oh come on Ten-Ten how many things are going to surprise you today, I mean seriously have you been living under a rock or are you just really dense, chimed in Yuka.
Tenri glared at Yuka but Natsumi intervened, Just get in the car you two. Tenri then climbed into the car, Kit shut the door and then made his way to the other side.
The drive back wasnt as uneventful as the ride there. At first Tenri just stared at the scenery passing by, just as before, but then she decided to glance over at Kit. She was not expecting what she saw. Kit was unbuckled and his entire body was turned to look out the window, but what really caught her attention was his behavior, he appeared to be in a trance, staring intently at all that flew by as if to memorize every tree and rock they passed. She looked down to see hi
your wish is my entertainmentYour wish is my entertainmentyour wish is my entertainment8 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Kyo had always dreamed of finding his lamp and getting his three wishes of coarse he did not know how wrong the stories of Genies where. First of all geniis where all female there was no such thing as a male Genies. There was only 5 lamps left in the world with geniis in them all buried in one spot. Of coarse you may only have one Genie at a time but why does that matter you wouldnt Genie need more then one. What is the reason you wouldnt want more then one of coarse again another lie made you think you had a limit on wishes that is also a lie the Genie is bound to there master till death except if the master chooses to have eternal life or gets rid of the lamp. Of coarse each genie had personal rules for wishes do to there personality. There is an ancient myth that if a man and his Genie fall in love then there is only one way for them to be together forever. No one knows of this what this method truly is bu
God's Suicide NoteTo My Children:God's Suicide Note5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I'm afraid the time has come. Please, don't think that I don't love you anymore because I still do. I loved you when the first sparks of life began to form after comets and meteors collided with your Earth in her early history, and I will love you even as the last embers of your kind flicker out in the many possible ways that life can end on this planet.
In the beginning of your evolution, I was a crude, half-animal god, and I was fine with that. With time I came to encompass nature gods and goddesses, and I was also fine with that. Nature was, and still is, an easy way to observe my workings, and is an essential to life that will only enrich your lives' if you're intune with it. Humankind nearly covered the globe and had such diversity in your species' youth. Milestones and historical markers were reached much like an infant becoming a toddler. Even then though, you couldn't get along among yourselves. What wa
Runaway Pet Part 1Runaway Pet Part 16 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
A Short Side-Story with Bonegrinder
Chapter One: Define Monster
The monsters were on his tail. No matter how fast he ran they still were right behind him. For days, he had been trying to evade them. He ran up hills, through briars, jumped over logs, and stopped for nothing. His body was exhausted from lack of sleep and every muscle ached. Stumbling over his own feet, he nearly lost his balance but he quickly regained it. The huge forest he had been dashing through for nearly two days seemed almost endless. There was no possible escape. Would this chase ever end?
Get back here, you lowly slave! The guard on the appaloosa yelled angrily, urging his horse to go faster. He had a thick, red beard and carried a large sword at his side. There was a patch covering his right eye making his appearance look even more horrible. Wrinkles covered his forehead, and a smoke hanged from the corner of his mouth.
You have caused our master enough trouble already!
The Princess Slave Chapter 12Last chappi:The Princess Slave Chapter 129 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
When Inuyasha woke in the morning he was careful not to disturb Kagome much…but not careful enough. She opened her eyes and blinked a moment before sitting up. Inuyasha stared.
At some point during the night Kagome had either wiggled pout of Inuyasha's baggy sweatshirt or she had taken it off. But what ever the reason, when she sat up she had absolutely no top on what so ever.
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Kagome yawned and stretched her arms up high, as high as she could make them go. Inuyasha choked and turned away, blushing hard.
"Inuyasha?" Came Kagome's voice from behind him. "Are you ok?"
Inuyasha just nodded, trying not to think about what he had just seen. But he couldn't help it when he felt Kagome place her hand on his shoulder.
"Inuyasha…" Kagome said again. "Please…Whats the matter?"
Inuyasha took a deep breath and said, "I told you nothing…
The Princess Slave Chapter 20Entering the lounge, Inuyasha stopped. These, sitting on one of the couches were Sesshy and Rin…making out. Inuyasha tried not to gag and walked past them in to the backstage area through the side door that was nearest him.The Princess Slave Chapter 209 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Gonna die." He said as he spotted Kagome and Sango, sitting on chairs and eating some of the food that was near them.
"What?" Kagome asked.
"Nothing," Inuyasha said, not really wanting to say what he had just seen.
"Oh, you saw them making out didn't you?" Sango asked.
Inuyasha glared at her and she just shrugged.
"Inuyasha." Kagome said, getting his attention. "Will we really have to strip?"
Inuyasha sat down next to them and said, "Probably. It's really not that hard once you get use to it."
Kagome stopped eating and stared at him.
"How…would you know?" she asked slowly.
Inuyasha smirked and leaned closer.
"I work her don't I? Well, part time anyways." He leaned back again, smiling at the looks on the girls faces.
"Sooo…" Kagome started. "Does that mean every gir
Yugioh Season 0 in a minuteYugi: I'm an adorable, short nerd with a little girl's voice! And I've solved a magic puzzle!Yugioh Season 0 in a minute8 years ago in Scraps More Like This
Jounochi: I used to be a bully, but I'm nice now.
Honda: I'm obsessed with cleaning, rules, and Miho, but at least I have a personality.
Anzu: I'm the main love interest, and I don't rant about friendship.
Miho: I'm the cute one!
Random bad guy: *does something bad*
Everyone: Oh noes!
Yugi: *turns into Yami*
Yami: I'm physcotic and I have an evil girl voice.
*Yami and Bad Guy play a game*
Yami: Now you will be ridiculously punished by my magical powers!
Bad Guy: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
Everyone: Yay! We're happy now!
*repeats 24 times*
Powerthirst 2[Reads: Your thirst shall be quenched]Powerthirst 27 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
What are you waiting for?!
What if everything you ever wanted came in a rocket can? PowerThirst. Rocket Edition!
With all new flavors like Manana! Fizzbitch. And Gun! Youve had the worst, now try the thirst quencher.
Power Thirst. Side effects include glowing sweat. Use your sweaty body to fuel sweet rave parties. PowerThirst. Anything is possible.
Bear-blasting, the sport youll invent because youll be too energetic for normal sports. Youll feel like a fighter jet made of biceps.
What about me and my blue collar? Juice Springsteen. Turn that everyman into a beveryman. Bevery stands for beverage!
We interrupt this advertisement to blow your mind! PowerThirst now comes in Women! Now with preposterous amounts of testosterone. Preposterone! Think fast douche-fag. Power Thirst now comes in doves. Hump-catting. Similar to bear-blasting.
Oh Lord, why have you forsaken me?
Can it. When God gives you lemons, you find a new God.
Where Be The Card Games?xXGoT~mY~eYe~On~YuXx says: well hello there >_oWhere Be The Card Games?6 years ago in Humor More Like This
xXKing-Of-Your-CardsXx : Hi there! . I don't remember you being on my list, what's your name? ^^
xXGoT~mY~eYe~On~YuXx says: Oh yes, I know. I came across your email, couldn't resist. Not very good with this "internet" yet. We've met...occasionally. You can call me Max.
xXKing-Of-Your-CardsXx: Hi there Max! It's super special awesome to meet you, usually I just have to put up with Yami and his lectures about the benefits of leather pants. ._.
xXGoT~mY~eYe~On~YuXx says: You don't like leather pants? Hm. I don't see why you wouldn't...I'm quite fond of them myself.
xXKing-Of-Your-CardsXx: There okay I guess, but with my height I look like some kind of weird sex slave, then again, when I told Yami that, he seemed to enocurage me wearing them....so are you into card games Max?
xXGoT~mY~eYe~On~YuXx says: ...oh, sorry fo