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Journal Entry: Tue May 13, 2008, 9:07 AM
I found a thief the other day.  

She was posting others' work as her own in her Gallery.  Granted, she wasn't precisely saying that these were her own works - her Artist Comments consisted of things like "Beautiful!" and "I love this!", which led me to believe (initially, at least) that she had just misunderstood the whole concept of Favourites.  

The only reason I found her at all is that I have a default search of "Newest V for Vendetta Art" on my login page.  I spotted "her" new work there, but recognized it as one I'd seen before.  Sure enough, after a bit of searching I found the original work that had been posted 2 years ago.

After going to this person's gallery, I found several works of art that also belonged to other people.  (Honestly, I figured she was appropriating others' work just because the variety of media and styles in her gallery looked too extensive to be just one person's work.)

I decided to be polite and send her a private note, detailing my observations and including the points that:

A) Only one's own work goes in one's Gallery - posting others' work, even if intended as flattery, looks like theft.  And,

B) I hadn't said anything to the other artists yet because I was assuming she had made an innocent "newbie" mistake. (Her account is rather new.)  This last point, frankly, was a veiled threat.  I didn't really think she was innocent - I was just being polite and giving her the chance to do the right thing.

Anyway.  I didn't receive a response from her, but upon checking her gallery I noticed it was significantly smaller.  Hooray for that.  Unfortunately, there are still works in her gallery that are obviously not hers.   My problem is, I can't (yet) figure out whose they are.

I am currently searching for these works by looking for keywords, because this user has changed the titles from the originals (a definite suggestion of theft as opposed to mere flattery.)  I haven't yet met with success, but I'm not giving up.

I'm not going to name this person, because flame wars are not helpful.  I'm doing what I can to gather evidence, and if I do find the original owners of the works in question, I'll notify the proper individuals.  If I can't track down any more artwork, though, then she's going to get away with her petty little self-aggrandizement.

The moral of this story is this:  Use keywords.  Lots of them.  Good, descriptive words that let your work be found if a title has been changed.  SIGN YOUR WORKS AND/OR USE WATERMARKS.  They make theft more difficult (though not impossible.)   

I myself am guilty of not using watermarks everywhere.  I'm in the process of correcting that.

At any rate, I felt this was an important enough issue to share.

Now - on with more features (with credit!</i> ;) )


Featured "V for Vendetta" Art:


"V" by :iconhanzthebox::
V by hanzthebox

"V's Profile" by :iconellensama::
V's Profile by ellensama

"Red Death" by :iconsekhmet-the-flame::
Red Death by sekhmet-the-flame





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V for Vendetta fanart feature 1

Journal Entry: Thu May 8, 2008, 11:54 AM
Because I love this fandom to bits.  :love:

Some of these will be rather old ("old" being a relative term, considering how quickly things can be "out of date" on the internet :lol: ) but they're still worth seeing!   I shall try to keep a decent rotation going for a while.  :)


Featured "V for Vendetta" Art:


"Cloudy Nights With V" by :iconlorraine-schleter::
:thumb36593022:

"Vector" by :iconplangkye::
Vector by plangkye

"Smile" by :iconslapmeister::
Smile by slapmeister

"A Little Something From Life" by :iconmarker-mistress:


"V for Vendetta WIP 22" by :iconfeeank::
V for Vendetta WIP 22 by feeank





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One... more... time... *thud*

Journal Entry: Mon May 5, 2008, 8:14 PM
Calling NO TAGBACKS on this meme!!!   :XD:

Once again here are the rules:
1. Post these rules
2. Each person tagged must post 10 random (hopefully interesting) facts about themselves
3. Tags should write a blogpost of these facts
4. At the end of the post 8 more bloggers are tagged and named
5. Go to their blog and leave a comment telling them they're tagged
don't feel like it, can't make me, nyah...


Ten?!?  Good lord, I'm not that interesting.  



1.  I have lived in five different states throughout my life.

2.  I used to drive my parents nuts by chewing on aluminum foil when I was little.

3.  The majority of my work is smaller than 8"x10"  :lol:

4.  I think fried Spam sandwiches with ketchup are delicious.

5.  Every time I attempt to collect happy/cheerful music, I fail miserably.  The best I can seem to manage is "up-tempo".  :XD:

6.  I require inordinately high levels of stress before I can be truly productive.

7.  I will listen to a new song I like obsessively for at least a full day.

8.  I've been known to compulsively organize the boxes of comics at the used bookstore.   

9.   I don't work at the used bookstore.

10.  My favorite author in Middle School was Harlan Ellison.




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A meme to pass the time...

Journal Entry: Thu May 1, 2008, 7:00 PM
This was originally done (as far as I know) by :iconaunjuli:, Director of the Fan Art Gallery.  I thought it was interesting, and so I'm reposting it here to see what you guys fill out as your own answers! :)

aunjuli said:

"deviantART is supposed to be about our artwork, the good, the bad, and really what we hope to achieve. Its about growth, inspiration, and really breaking the boundaries of what you believe you can do.

The really great community and friends and contests, etc, are just added bonuses.

So with that train of thought, if you can, I want you to do comment in this journal with the following:

Where I was:
1. Post a link to a really old piece of artwork you've done. (it can be in your scraps, thats fine)

Where I am:
2. Post a link to a recent piece of artwork you're incredibly proud of. (doesn't have to be THE most recent)

Where I want to be:
3. And post a deviant who inspires you, someone you really look up to artistically and would love to one day create like them! (don't forget to post a link to a piece of their's!)"



Here is my response:

Where I was: fuguestate.deviantart.com/art/…

Where I am:
fuguestate.deviantart.com/art/…

Where I want to be:
I would love - love - to develop the ease with anatomy that :iconsaniika: has: saniika.deviantart.com/art/Pic…
and saniika.deviantart.com/art/A-m…


How about you??  :-?




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More features at last

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 27, 2008, 10:28 AM
A bit of a theme in white this time, it seems:


Featured Artists:


White Peacock by :iconowel::
White Peacock by owel

BoBL: Parable by :iconaphariel::
BoBL:Parable II by Aphariel

butterfly by :iconczarnystefan::

Mature Content

butterfly by czarnystefan




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Unstuck! (a bit)

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 22, 2008, 4:02 PM
One plot-bunny down, more to go.  As I'd hoped, being busy in RL helped a number of ideas clarify themselves in my head, and now there are about half a dozen projects I'd like to work on.  Not sure when/if/how they'll get done, but the important thing for me at the moment is that they're there.  ^^;

Must add more features.  Will do so when I get some more time.



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The issue's not dead, but it is quieter.

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 12, 2008, 8:09 PM
EDIT:  Okay, I've looked at the "Orphaned Works" issue enough to have decided all the OMGWTFBBQ posts were premature in the extreme, and the gentleman at Animation World Magazine should be thwacked on the nose with a newspaper.

There is still a potential issue at hand in regards to artists' copyrights, but it's not nearly the bogeyman he was trying to make it out to be.

With thanks to :iconaunjuli: for the links, here are two posts by dA mods:

Entry by :iconmoonbeam13::
moonbeam13.deviantart.com/jour…

Entry by :iconrealitysquared::
realitysquared.deviantart.com/…

Summation of the issue by :iconkarincoma::
karincoma.deviantart.com/journ…

And, for anyone who somehow missed all the fooforaw, here's the article that kicked everything off in the first place.

Animation World Magazine article:
mag.awn.com/index.php?ltype=Co…


The bottom line is, as ever - research before panic. :D



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My first tagging xD

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 10, 2008, 8:13 PM
(Technically, I was "tagged" a while back under someone's generic If-you-read-this-you're-tagged tag, but this time I was mentioned by name.  :lol:)

This is all :iconblueultraviolet:'s fault.  :XD:  I did this once upon a time, but I'll try to come up with 8 more things about me that aren't just horrendously boring.  


1.Post these rules.
2. Each tagged person must post 8 things about themselves on their journal.
3.At the end, you have to choose and tag 8 people and post their icons on this same journal.
4.Go to their pages and send a message saying you tagged them.
5.No tagged-backs!


Hm, ok, lessee...

1.  I have to eat M&Ms in a specific order (all but green & blue, then pair the green & blue off and eat them one pair at a time)

2.  I collect flattened souvenir pennies from places we visit.

3.  I firmly believe that Febreeze contains some sort of mind-control - or at least tranquilizing - agent.  (Seriously, look at how many Febreeze commercials are out there, and how many products contain the stuff now; anyone who pushes me that hard to inhale any sort of chemical on a near-constant basis scares the bejeezus out of me...)

4.  I have a knack for creating conspiracy theories.  ;)

5.  I am (shamefully) unilingual.  

6.  I can juggle.

7.  I am the second eldest cousin on one side of my family, and the second youngest on the other.

8.  I tend to ignore instructions to tag others, so I'll just tag anyone who feels like doing this.  :giggle:



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Busy, busy, busy...

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 2, 2008, 6:49 PM
...albeit not with drawing, alas.  

RL is tying me up and having its way with me again. :hmm:  Ah well.  This too shall pass.  ;)



Some nifty deviations... check out their galleries!


"Animator vs. Animated" by :iconalanbecker:
Animator vs. Animation by alanbecker

"Hellbound" by :iconaxcy:
:thumb78078250:

"MI-Contest: Guy Fawkes" by :icondirtypaintbrush:
MI-Contest: Guy Fawkes by dirtypaintbrush

"Untitled2" by :iconnonhuman:
:thumb76465302:



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CSS... whee!

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 24, 2008, 1:47 PM
At last, I'm (slowly) getting the hang of CSS - yay!  :nerd:

My new white mechanical pencil is working wonderfully. :love:  The drawing "Kinetic" represents my first effort using it, although it's probably hard to tell.  Then again, that was the point - I wanted a way to do a preliminary sketch that I could see clearly on black paper and still get fine detail.  This allows both of those things without causing the odd shiny "burn" lines that a graphite pencil will do on black paper.  (For an example, look at the outlines in "Undone" that show up in the shadows).  I'm really excited about this ('cos I'm such a geek); it may mean I don't have to start on white paper and "translate" to black anymore, which may allow for a bit more spontaneous feeling in the lines I'm working with. :boogie:





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Pretending to be organized xD

Sat Mar 15, 2008, 4:10 PM
Finished one drawing, gearing up for another.  I found a white mechanical pencil (w00t!!! :w00t:) and I'm very much looking forward to trying it out.  It's actually designed for use in quilting, so I'm curious to see how it behaves on paper. :-?

Added a couple of process pieces to my scrapbook, and in general I've been trying to corral the files on my computer so I can update the backups of my artwork.  Extremely exciting stuff.  XD

Must go for a "walk" again soon.  I don't make nearly enough use of my ability to post things!

Oh, and I only just discovered that dA has a Fanart community (here--> artisticaunjuli.deviantart.com…) a few weeks ago... shows how slow I am, doesn't it?  :rofl:




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I went for a walk through dA today

Sat Mar 8, 2008, 12:04 PM
...which is something I try to do regularly.  I like to find inspiration by looking through the Favourites gallery of people I watch, or the galleries of people on the DD list if I'm being lazy.  Basically, I try to get a degree or two of separation so I'm looking at new things.

At any rate, here are a few of the places I went today:

0 by 0ksana by 0ksana

Inner City... by xKuranx   Accepting Freedom... by xKuranx by xKuranx

Fresh-blown tenderness IV by tiefel by tiefel

Blackmago lost in Venice by barbarasobczynska let sleeping swans fly by barbarasobczynska by barbarasobczynska

3 by przypadek by przypadek

Tomorrow Comes Today.. by Karamula by Karamula




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Good heavens...

Sat Mar 1, 2008, 9:45 PM
Thoughts have indeed been coming out, with a vengeance it seems.    The Muses are having fun poking at me...
:poke:




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  • Reading: fanfiction
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Soon...

Tue Feb 26, 2008, 8:18 PM
Soon I will be able to do some more drawing, and get these images out of my head onto paper.  Soon.

:shakefist:



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'Spring Cleaning' a bit early

Sun Feb 17, 2008, 5:25 PM
I've been taking some time to go back and edit a few pieces.  It was nice to take the time they seemed to want in order to (hopefully) make them a bit better.  :)  

Words and images are still colliding in my head... It'll be interesting to see how they end up settling!


Images that caught my attention of late:

:icongodwinfj:
Decadent Progression, Left by godwinfj

:icontearsandthunder:
Irreverent by TearsAndThunder

:iconsheppardarts:
:thumb71268586:




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  • Listening to: The Muses talking over one another *sigh*
  • Reading: fanfiction
  • Playing: Pandora Radio
  • Drinking: herbal tea

Miscellany

Tue Feb 12, 2008, 8:54 AM
It's snowing yet again, and I'm doing battle with a cold.  I've lost my voice for the moment, but I still seem to be winning the battle against this bug.  

The drawing Muse seems to be shaking free of its February torpor, and the writing Muse appears to be teething now - all the better to bite me with.... :doh:

I'm reworking an old sketch that I did in an exchange with :iconbdunn1342: ages ago.  Hopefully I'll have it up soon.

So many things to see, and do... it's hard to decide where to begin.



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Dueling Muses

Tue Feb 5, 2008, 7:33 PM
I'm experiencing an interesting dilemma of late:  Where once I only had to deal with images in my head that wanted drawing, now I'm also getting images that want writing. :clone:  I'm doing my best to pay attention and accomodate this, but it's playing havoc with my ability to visualize either one.  Each Muse seems intent on being the center of attention, and the result is a rather jangled knot of ideas!  :bump:    I'm doing what I can to enforce some discipline.  :threaten:


Places I found while stumbling through the dark:

Antipodal evolution by alexiuss by :iconalexiuss:

Nightlight by FosterCreativity101 by :iconfostercreativity101:

The Optimist by spyroteknik by :iconspyroteknik:

:thumb25542000: by :iconalexandercasteels:




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Still here, honest...

Wed Jan 30, 2008, 4:58 PM
Juggling RL and trying to answer the voices in my head.  I've got one sketch done that I'm truthfully not very happy with, but I need to let it go because another needs to be done.  :shakefist:



OOH, SHINY...

Dark Samurai by ghostever

Happy new year-vendetta style by saniika





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Status update and FEATURES!

Mon Jan 14, 2008, 9:13 PM
Finished the "Ignition" drawing at last!  :w00t:   Now to get all the others done that I've kept waiting... :faint:

Meanwhile, it's high time I put my subscription to some use!  Here are some people who've made me say " :wow:  WOW!!!  :wow:"

Go check them out.  :)



:icontoxikelement: ToxikElement

DespairVrs2 by ToxikElement :thumb70226553:  :thumb70373537:

:iconmutley-the-cat: Mutley-the-Cat

FishyWishy by Mutley-the-Cat Okerra by Mutley-the-Cat   Mai Tiger by Mutley-the-Cat

:iconsaniika:  saniika

In the well by saniika   Candle for Valery by saniika   surprise 4 you :D by saniika

:iconen-gel: En-GeL

Worlds by En-GeL   Dark by En-GeL   Hand by En-GeL

:iconbitchinblack: bitchinblack

:thumb60118717: :thumb56372918:  :thumb38630143:  

:iconcrankbot: CrankBot

:thumb27542129: Angel blood by CrankBot :thumb27480324:

:iconvelvet--glove:  Velvet--Glove

Sunfire Marble by Velvet--Glove   Chinoiserie by Velvet--Glove   Marble 01 by Velvet--Glove

:iconabxynthetic:  AbXynthetic

    

:icondamie-m: damie-m

:thumb35857150: :thumb74104530:: :thumb20562426:

:icontonysandoval: tonysandoval

:thumb20277842: I walk by tonysandoval  :thumb37239074:







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Took the plunge

Wed Jan 2, 2008, 4:12 PM
Well, I went ahead and bought a subscription.  Once I get some time, I'll fiddle with the bells & whistles to see what havoc I can wreak. :evillaugh:  I'm looking forward to being able to post thumbnails of cool stuff I find! :)

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