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On Copyright, Copyleft, and the Artists' DilemmaThe question of copyrighting one's work is one of the very few issues in the world about which I still hold a "moderate" stance. One the one hand, an artist (be they cartoonist, musician, author) wants and should be compensated for their work. On the other hand, the goal of many artists is to spread their work to as broad an audience as possible. As of now, my opinion changes on a case-by-case basis.
As a child, I was obsessed with the concept of copyrighting or somehow "protecting" my workmy drawings were a private thing, I did not ever want to see my cartoon characters conceived by the imaginations of my family and I reproduced in someone else's hand. To a seven-year-old with an anxiety disorder, seeing your original ideas bastardized by a classmate's sloppy hand triggered a sensation akin to gouging sporks into your eyes. My dad helped to calm me once by telling me that technically whatever I created, I owned, and no one could take that away from me. (As I got older
What's Up NowHi folks, I hope at least one of you has been wondering where I've gone off to during the past four months... hopefully my long DeviantArt absence will be coming to a close this summer. I was in Argentina for three amazing months but without a scanner, and my dad's home computer with the art programs (and my artwork) on it just crashed. D'oh! I've brought my school scanner up to my bedroom, which I've noticed sucks out quite a lot of color, but I can at least post some of the black and white artwork.
Some things I've been working on/you will see this summer:
-A logo for the theater production Cabaret
-A logo for a fall 2009 Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions conference at Hampshire College
-Sneak peeks at an entry for the spring 2010 Hampshire College Commencement poster
-A totally farcical, non-political comic book about Che and Fidel, which will hopefully be finished in time to exhibit at the Small Press Expo this fall in Bethesda, Maryland (fingers crossed!)
-Alongside my real
My Prank Call to the IDFThe IDF has spread leaflets all over Gaza with a number people are supposed to call to rat out Hamas members. (Medical care has been denied to some desperately sick Palestinians until they give up names.) Instead of calling the hotline and asking the Israelis if they had Prince Albert in a can, I decided to be an adult and actually report some terrorists. Here is what I said:
my name is Hannah, and I am a white American calling to inform you about some terrorist organizations in Israel that you may not be aware of.
Sir, I am afraid that the Nazis may have risen again under your very nose. I am afraid that they may have risen again because of the obsession in your country with ethnic cleansing, your insistence on a racial hierarchy. I was uncomfortable the minute I stepped into Ben-Gurion Airport. You did your best to make me, a non-Jew, feel unwelcome. Your security guards, asking why I didn't speak Hebrew and why I had an unfamiliar (Scottish) name, conveyed with their ques
Gaza HolocaustRaise your hand if you are tired of the hundreds (disproportionately Palestinians) dying, of your friends in Gaza telling you goodbye now because they are not sure if they'll be gunned down next. From my friend Ahmad yesterday and today:
December 27 at 6:56am
THE DEATH !!!!!!!!!
REALLY WE ARE DYING HERE
2 OF MY FRIEND DEAD TODAY
OPPPPPS WHILE I WRITE THIS WALL ANOTHER PUMP ............
SEE U ALL IN THE UTHER LIFE
December 28 at 5:41pm
it's happend .My univesity is destroyed . before 5 min ago
when i will finish my study now ???!!!!!!!
please speard this news about the UNV.
...Oh, and if I hear any more honkies talking about how "BOTH sides are being hurt in the conflict", I will make you grow a weave and then I will rip it out. To everyone in Palestine: may God keep you and your families safe, I hope you are out of harm's way and God willing the slaughter will stop soon. My prayers and love are with you. To all the anti-Zionists in Israel: thank you for continuing to
Nothing Has Changed"In our country there is room only for the Jews. We shall say to the Arabs: Get out! If they don't agree, if they resist, we shall drive them out by force."
-Ben-Zion Dinur, Israel's first Minister of Education, 1954
~HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY~
UntitledAhla" asdaqa'iy fi DeviantArt,
I can't believe my fortune, but this Saturday I'm shipping out to Palestine for two weeks to participate in a Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions summit! I can't wait to kick colonialism's ass, and I've set up a blog to chronicle my adventures: http://meenerhabi.blogspot.com/
Besides taking a swing at I$rael, I am excited beyond belief at the IMAGES I'm going to bring back, between my sketches and my photos: stuff they don't want you to see (sand, sun and segregation: ya like that, IDF?!).
Wish us luck, and I'll see y'all when I get back!
Question for Muslim ArtistsAs you can probably tell, I am an amateur calligrapher interested in Islamic art. I have stuck to drawing names, words and phrases since I am not a religious person, but lately have wanted to try writing longer quotes from the Qur'an as gifts for some Muslim friends. I asked a friend who is Palestinian to check my grammar on a phrase I had written on a sheet of homework that had been converted into an elaborate artwork. He said that he used to doodle Qur'anic verses on scrap paper but stopped, since they would be thrown away and this is prohibited.
I had no idea about this restriction, and realized I am treading in sensitive territory. I am new to this whole monotheism thing (raised without a religion), but recognize the sanctity and importance of the Holy Books and His word.
In the interest of avoiding cultural misappropriation, is a non-Muslim "allowed" or authorized to write Qur'anic verses? What are the "rules" concerning Qur'anic calligraphy? I do not want to make the mistake of p
April and FoolsI saw that my icon had changed into a blue creature today and at first I thought that I was popular enough that someone hacked my account, but then I realized that everyone had a blue creature and was like, naww! ...So, a few random things to talk about:
Yesterday during the walk-out, it snowed. Ten years ago on this day, we got an April Fools' blizzard, which everyone here from New England (I'm from Massachusetts) remembers. I started thinking back to where I was ten years ago on this day. I believe I was 9 at the time, in 4th grade. I was fucking miserable in school, had no friends, a handful of undiagnosed disorders, and had literally only my art and imagination to keep me company outside of my home.
Ten years later, I am still drawing. (I never quit drawing during class, all you fuckers who told me to stop.) I am beautiful, healthier, more social, have lots of friends I can count on and actually enjoy spending time with them, am in a happy relationship and am used to living away fr
BRED AND PURCHASED WYNGLING APPROVAL JOURNALWhen should I comment here?
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♦ How to Commission ♦
1. Send me a private note (brief description & image(s) of what you want me to draw)
2. If I can take the commission, I will send you a form.
3. When you have filled out the form, I will send you a Paypal invoice.
4.Please make a full payment within 48 hours.
5. I start drawing as soon as step 4 is confirmed.
*no reply/payment within 48 hours = automatic cancellation.
♦ Commission Prices ♦
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1. Portrait A: $94
• plain color background
• head to bust
• delivery time: within 7-14 days after payment.
drawing requests!Doing some random drawing requests so I can get comfortable w/ this new program TuT''' but yeah, if you have a character you want drawn put it in the comments below ! I can't do them all but I'll do a few! and I may stream,but later!
My thoughts on DeviantArt Eclipse beta testI've organized my thoughts a bit more after my initial shock response, so I'd like to write them down. I've beta tested DA eclipse that's planned on being rolled out soon and here are my thoughts.
In general, I'm ok with DeviantArt getting a new look. I understand that sometimes it might not be good to be stuck in the same design while everyone else around you moves forward. The thing that I disliked the most about this new design is that it borrows way too many design elements from biggest websites on the internet, like youtube , twitter , facebook , google , etc. It's ok to use some design elements that have been proven to work well, but I feel like this is going too far. If DA decides to adopt this new look, it will be the least recognizable, least individual, least deviant it has ever been in its history, objec
- ART CONTEST! (open) -Hello everypony!
I decided to do "Draw my OC" contest!
But first of all, it will begin when there will be at least five people who would like to join.
Rules- read before you write something!
☼ Don't ask me if you can join. Application for the contest is finished artwork, but first make a journal/poll/etc. with this journal and give me link in the comments!
☼ Don't steal/copy artworks!
☼ There is limit of artworks: max. 3 arts for one person. Quality is much more important than number.
☼ All kinds (digital/traditional/gif/etc.) of artworks are welcome!
☼ If you have questions write them in the comments!
- custom or pixel fullbody (you choose) from me:
- pixel headshot from me:
- digital heads
New Name + Contest to win Free Stuff!!!Hello everyone! After much thought and contemplation, i am changing my Art Name and Company to Gray Ghost Creations. Its a name that conveys my love for wildlife (gray ghost aka African Kudu) and also gives it a bit of a spooky name to go along with my skulls and tarantulas.
Its a huge change, I hope everyone will follow me along the way.
To kick off my name change, i am holding a contest.
1. Comment on this Journal your Favorite Animal.
2. Favorite this Journal.
Thats it! Once you do those two things you are entered!
There will be two winners. First place and second place.
First Place - 1 8x10 inch art print of your choice.
Second Place - 1 5x7 inch art print of your choice.
Both prizes will come with an extra artsy something and be shipped to your door for free!
Winners will be chosen with a random number generator. All random.
Contest starts now and ends on 8/4 at midnight.
Etsy shop - www.grayghostcreations.etsy.com
Do Better Video Art CollabYes, the song I choose was Do Better, by Say Anything.
And heres a helpful link to the song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCGvCItlLFU
Okay, heres the rules before I start seating your butts.
Each person is allowed ONE spot. You can not have two, sorry. I just want as many people to participate as possable.
I will continue to update this journal with spots being filled and such.
I am currently moving to some appartments, so I may not be able to monnotor 24/7, but will get on as soon as I possably can.
The picture has to be drawn by you of corse, and must provide the lyrics of the part that you get.
(and make them read-able please, lol)
Please comment the number that you want.
The do date will be.... September 1st. That'll give ya guys plenty of time.
Hmm... I think thats it.
Oh, and, please, no pushing or shoveing, thank you... WHAT'CHA STANDIN THAR FOR, GET YOUR SPOT WHILE THEIR HOT.
Life is not a spark in space, 1 :iconSilverKyoHusky:
offer on my chars || openadded moreee
the only off limit folders are "never" and "pending"
please don't lowball either :"0 if i paid 15$ for a chara im not gonna resell it for 60pts
just because you offered on someone doesn't mean ill accept, and some i've already written out the prices for!
offer: points, paypal, art
VERY picky on charas i want to lower the number i have :"3c
and i will consult t.o.s. before selling if i can find one based on each user ofc!! i won't sell anything for more than purchased unless they have extra art uwu
200 Watcher Contest (Warriors OCs) -closed-One day left! Entries are due at midnight EST tomorrow! Judging will begin Friday.
In celebration of reaching 200 watchers (i know i reached it like a month ago shhh), I'll be hosting a contest! Really, thank you all for at one point deciding to press that little watch button, it means a whole lot more to me than you could imagine. Anyways, on to the details!
bumping because new watchers
Edit: Look below judging for more info on the characters
Edit Edit: Just for clarification since a few of you were asking, yes, you can contribute prizes and participate in the contest as well!
Edit Edit Edit: Added more prizes!
Deadline: March 31, 2016
This contest focuses primarily on any of my four current characters! In order to enter this contest, you must draw one of more of any of the characters shown below!