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Journal Entry: Wed Jul 9, 2014, 1:29 PM
A little re-visit to the copyright issue. It appears there are some people out there who think that if an image is uploaded at a larger size and/or higher resolution and it is illegally downloaded and used in someone else's images, that the thief shouldn't be reprimanded...because hey, you shouldn't upload your images that big! Um, no.

The ONLY time it is EVER ok to download someone else's work is if you were given permission by the artist of that work or they state on the image/website that the image is free for public use. THAT'S IT. There is no way around that...copyright law states it. Even if the image is available for download via the download button and there is no copyright information stated, the only way that image can be used in any other works or for anything commercial and/or public is if the artist says it can be.

One should not assume that because it's available for download that one can use it however they want. It could be available for reference purposes. Or maybe for personal use as a desktop wallpaper. Or maybe it was just left available by accident. No matter the reason, one cannot assume that an available download, no copyright information, and/or a large file size means it's ok to use. IT'S NOT. Works are copyrighted to the artist the moment they are created. And if you assume that, and take the work without permission, it is YOU who are the thief, YOU who will be reported, and YOU who can be sued.

There is no such thing as an "innocent" art thief. If you take what isn't yours without permission, you are a thief. It seems this thinking that the artist is responsible for some of the thievery is contributing to the reason there is so much theft. The artist is not responsible for what YOU download, YOU are responsible. So if you don't have the artist's permission and/or the image does not state that it is open source material, then you cannot download it and use it for anything commercial or public.

It's really not that hard a concept to understand. For more in-depth copyright info, please see my other journal - ravenmoondesigns.deviantart.co…

Goodbye 2013, Welcome 2014

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 31, 2013, 10:49 PM


As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new, I reflect on the happenings of 2013.

This was THE year for my art to take off. Two of my pieces were shown in a gallery exhibition in Las Vegas. Digital art as canvas prints looks better than you would image...well, better than I imagined, anyway. Aww Both sold, too. It's an interesting feeling knowing your work is hanging up in someone's house.
In other art happenings, I entered a few of my pieces into the American Art Awards and placed 1st and 3rd with a couple of them.
In April I was asked to join a promotions group on Facebook to help promote vendor products. It was fun while it lasted, but all things must eventually come to end...and this one did sooner rather than later. But that's ok, because I believe everything happens for a reason. When the time with one promotions group ended, the time with another began. And so since July, I've been promo'ing with Artistic License Promotions, and for the most part it has been a blast! I love my fellow ladies in the group.Heart Here's to a fabulous next year!

In other events, in June my hubby and I rode his motorcycle to Fort Bragg. That was a really fun trip, until we got a phone call from our oldest son that his dog had passed on and our other dog was missing. We ended our trip a day early and rushed home. We did find our other dog hiding on the back porch. It took a week or so to nurse her back to health, but now she's completely back to her old self.
And sometimes out of tragedy comes new beginnings. We are now the proud parents of two cute malamute, great pyrenees, wolf mix puppies. Aww

So we've had our share of ups and downs this past year (including hubby being out of work due to a knee injury...hence, less fundage for 3D products for my art), but all in all, it's been a good year. Here's to a year that's even better and maybe have a little less tragedy and drama.
Thanks to all of my fans who comment and/or fav my work. You are all very much appreciated! Hoping for a fabulous year for you as well!

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I've been soo bad...

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 23, 2013, 8:05 PM
...about updating my journals/blogs the last few months.

Let's see, news stuffs -

Remember when I wrote about entering the American Art Awards? Well, I did better this year than last. I submitted four entries. Of those, two placed...get this...1st and 3rd in the digital category!

I also submitted an entry to the 12" of Sin exhibition, but haven't heard anything yet.

The promo group I'm a member and admin of, Artistic License Promotions, is doing well, although we're working through a state of change. Even so, we are still working to bring the best in artwork and digital products to our viewers. Be sure to "like" our Facebook page! We're upwards of 500 "likes" and we have plans for contests and give-aways!

Artistic License Promotions - follow us!

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 17, 2013, 1:22 AM


A new 3D digital promotions group has been started

...both here and on Facebook.


We are a group of artists and 3D content vendors working together to make great art using fabulous products, while also bringing more awareness of said products to other 3D artists. We, the artists, showcase just what can be done with some of the great products that are out there in the 3D content world.

Here, I have featured a few of the pieces that we have done. Much more can be found both on our Facebook page and our deviantART page. Please feel free to "like" and/or "watch" us to view all the great art we produce...and find out what products are out there in the 3D marketplace!
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:thumb391218450: Dragon Queen by jakiblue Morianna by kissmypixels Amethyst by brandydeshea Danna Bride in Red by CaperGirl42 The Summoning by vaia Arcane by julesart129 Rememberance by ladyelf The Exotic Princess by RavenMoonDesigns


Winners of the Print Give-Away Announced

Journal Entry: Fri May 31, 2013, 5:11 AM
It's been a month and a half since I announced a print give-away when my Facebook page hit 500 Likes. And now, that goal has been met...and even somewhat exceeded. As of this blog, RavenMoon Designs has 506 Likes! Way to go! Thanks to everyone who shared the give-away image and liked my page. For an artist to be known, that artist's work has to be seen, and so many have helped with that. My heartfelt thanks goes out to you all.

Coming soon, I will have another print give-away. The goal is to get to 750 Likes. I'll be formally announcing this and which prints will be up for grabs in the weeks to come. So stay tuned. :)

And now, the announcement you've all been waiting for. First, a little info on how this worked. I wrote down the names of those who shared the image and liked the page, then cut them out. I put the scraps of name papers in a pot. My oldest son volunteered to randomly choose 3 names. I mixed up the papers, he closed his eyes and grabbed one. Then repeat - mixed, closed eyes, grabbed. And one more time. So this was completely random...no favoritism, all luck of the draw. Here we go.

1. Dawn Huston
2. Gloria Hendrix
3. Cathy Sansone

The winners have been notified and now I await to receive their choice in print. Congrats to the 3 of you! :D

Win a FREE Signed Print!

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 15, 2013, 7:40 PM
I'm holding my first print give-away! The goal is to get my Facebook artist page to 500 Likes. If you're interested in a chance at winning your choice of a signed 8x10 print of either, "Glimmers of Stardust" or "Treasures of the Sea", read on! The rules are simple...Share the image (here), leave a comment letting me know you Shared it, and Like my page (here). When the page reaches 500 Likes, 3 people will be randomly drawn to win a print! Good luck and have a great week!

RavenMoon Designs Print Give-Away
Help my page reach 500 Likes and win a signed print!


Getting To Know The Artist

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 6, 2013, 3:15 PM


Let's have a Q&A with the artist behind RavenMoon Designs.

Brandy Thomas
Brandy Thomas - taken by me using my iPhone4

  • What's your name and what do you go by online?
    I was born Brandy Stafford. My married name is Brandy Thomas. Online I go by Brandy, Ravyn/Raven, and RavynGyrl. I'll answer to any of those names.
  • How did you come by the name "RavynGyrl"?
    Back in high school (and for a bit after I graduated) I used to role-play. Yes, I was one of those...lol. One of my first characters was a Thief named Raven. She was one I played for quite a while. I even dressed up as her for Halloween one year.
    When I got online for the first time, I needed a username...for email and such. I tried Raven, but of course, it was already taken, as was Ravyn. So I added the Gyrl and found my username. I have used it ever since.
  • Who are you?
    Well, I'm me. :aww: I'm a wife, mom, artist, idealist. I am more than just one thing...I am the sum of many.
    I love to read, but sometimes find it hard to find time to read. I also love to create, which is the reason I don't always have time to read. I love animals...and have a few fur babies who reside with us - three dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and a bird.
    I see everyone as equal no matter their gender, race, or sexual orientation. What sets you apart from others is you. And that can either be in a good way or a bad one. Attitude goes far in determining who a person is.
  • How long have you been creating art in general?
    I've created some sort of art since back in my grade school days...drawing, poetry, stories. When I got a computer in the late 1990's I taught myself photo-manipulation and website design. That lead to what I primarily do now, 3D.
  • What style would you consider your artwork?
    I call it digital or digital 3D, since I create using a computer, a 3D rendering program, and 3D models. I believe most artists that create in this style would agree.
  • How long have you been creating in this style?
    Since about 2006, so about seven years now. I've learned quite a lot in that time and I believe my artwork has greatly improved.
  • What programs do you use to create your digital designs?
    I currently use Poser Pro 2012 to set up the scene and render it out. Then I use Paint Shop Pro X4 to post work the image to my liking.
  • Where/how did you learn to create digital art?
    I am completely self-taught. After purchasing the programs, I skimmed through the manuals. Mostly, though, I learned by opening the programs and playing around.
  • What is your favorite part to the artistic process?
    The part I like most would have to be setting up the scene in Poser. I love playing in a 3D environment, where I can change camera angles, change lighting, ect.
  • How long does it typically take to complete a scene, from start to finish?
    Well, there really isn't a "typical" time frame. Some scenes take a day, others take longer. It really depends on if the idea I have is panning out, and how long the image itself takes to render. I've had final renders go anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours.
  • What genre do you excel at?
    I would say fantasy. I can and do create gothic, steampunk, cyberpunk/sci-fi, even modern at times. But fantasy is my first love and thus I believe I create better fantasy scenes than any other genre.
  • When you're not creating or reading, what else do you like to do?
    Well, I skim through Facebook on a daily basis...who doesn't now-a-days...lol. I used to play some of the Facebook games, but those started taking up way too much of my time. Since I got an iPhone, I play games on it. They aren't nearly as time consuming.
    I like to debate...so if I see a controversial post/meme on Facebook or in a forum, depending on how ornery I'm feeling, I'll add my 2 cents.
    I also like to get away from the computer and go outside - whether it's to walk the dogs, take a hike with the kiddos, or even to take a vacation with with my hubby.

Have any other questions about me? Feel free to ask and if they aren't too personal, I'll post them. :)

American Art Awards

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 2, 2013, 9:33 PM


It's that time again. I've gone ahead and submitted a few pieces to the American Art Awards.

This is an online art competition where 25 of the best galleries in the US judge the submitted artwork. Anything from traditional, photography, photo-manipulation, digital, and even sculpture have a place to be seen. 300 pieces of art will place 1st through 6th in each of the 52 categories. It's an awesome way to get your artwork seen!

Last year I entered for the first time, although it was the second year running for the contest. I didn't expect to place at all. Of course, I hoped…but never outright expected anything. Imagine my surprise (and yes, shock) when I found out I tied for 4th place with one piece and also tied 6th place with another in the digital category!

The two pieces that placed are below.


Placing was only the first bit of great news. Not too long after the contest ended, I was sent an invite by one of the galleries that judged the art to compete in their competition! (And I was one of 18 people to place in that one and have my work shown in their gallery…but more on that later.)

So, I figured it wouldn't hurt to enter the AAA again this year. Even if I don't place, my work will still be seen by 25 galleries from across the country. That in itself is awesome. :)

The four pieces that I entered are below.


Happy Faerie Day!

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 3:23 PM
Yes, I said happy faerie day. :D Being a Celtic Pagan, I prefer not to celebrate a man who drove the "snakes" (ie; pagans) from Ireland. So I celebrate the faeries and the coming of spring instead. So, enjoy your celebrations with the fae and have a magical day! :shamrock:


May the blessing of light be on you—
light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you
and warm your heart
till it glows like a great peat fire.


Magic of the Clover by RavenMoonDesigns At Rainbow's End by RavenMoonDesigns The Leprechaun by RavenMoonDesigns

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!


Wee Leprechaun Lass by RavenMoonDesigns Irish Gothic by RavenMoonDesigns Emerald Spring by RavenMoonDesigns




St. Patricks Day Stamp by poserfan Celtic Stamp by mysteria-dl Celtic Pagan Stamp by WickedDesktop St. Patrick's Day Stamp by dbestarchitect


Physical Galleries vs. Online Galleries

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 9, 2013, 5:12 PM
Just some random thoughts…

When did artwork become "for use" instead of just to look at and enjoy? We don't walk into an art gallery, see a piece we like, take it off the wall and leave (unless we legally purchased it). So why do so many assume that online art galleries are any different? Because the access is easier, perhaps? Because it's anonymous and no one knows they took the art vs. in a brick-and-mortar gallery, they'd be caught red-handed? There are so many who assume that once the work is online, it's free to take and use as they wish. But they wouldn't be caught dead doing that in a real gallery. Why the double standard? The art is put into a gallery, physical or digital, to be viewed, not taken and changed/altered to the viewer's satisfaction. Now that digital art is becoming a bigger and more widely-accepted medium, that work is uploaded to online galleries for people to look at and enjoy – the same reason physical artwork is put into a physical gallery. So why is an online gallery considered to be "public domain*", whereas a real gallery is not?

*FYI – no artwork created after March 1, 1989 is public domain until 70 years after the artist's death…or unless the artist specifically states that it is.

FAQ's - About My Artwork and Usage Terms

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 8, 2013, 12:42 AM
FAQ's -  About My Artwork and Usage Terms

1. Did you really create all this artwork?
Yes. I use two programs, Poser Pro 2012 and Paint Shop Pro X4. Plus pre-made 3D and 2D content I buy from vendors in the 3D marketplace. (Renderosity, RuntimeDNA, Daz3D)

2. Can I share your artwork?
As long as you share properly using the Share links/buttons directly from my artist pages, yes.
I love it when my artwork is shared. It's part of why I create...for others' to view a piece of my soul.

3. How do I share properly?
DeviantART has a Share button to the right of the comment area. Facebook has a Share link under each image that is uploaded. Renderosity has a Share button under the image. Please use those.
Do not download my artwork to your computer and then upload it to your own page.

4. Can I use your artwork to make signature tags, wallpapers, or other graphics?
No, I do not allow that at this time.
I will be going through some of my older artwork soon to allow for tagging and wallpaper use. Please be patient.

5. What do I do if I see your artwork posted on or being shared from someone elses' page?
Do not share it, like it, or tag it...that keeps the cycle of theft going.
Please contact me and let me know. From DeviantART, send me a note. From Facebook, send me a message or leave a comment on my artist page. From Renderosity, send me a site mail.
Please do not comment on the artwork on my behalf. As appreciated as that is, it will only cause confusion.

6. Do you do commissions? How much?
Yes, I am open for commissions. Please visit my website for pricing information. (www.ravenmoondesigns.com)

Thank you so much for enjoying my artwork. If you have any other questions, please ask.

Copyright...what is it?

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 6, 2013, 6:13 PM
Due to the increasing amount of people who think that once something, anything, is put online it is free to take, I thought I'd write up an article about what copyright really is and how it protects the artist, author, musician, ect. Please feel free to pass this article around to anyone who has a misunderstanding of copyright. The more we can educate people, the better.

From the U.S. Copyright PDF - "Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of "original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:

   • reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords
   • prepare derivative works based upon the work
   • distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending
   • perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audio­ visual works
   • display the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audio visual work
   • perform the work publicly (in the case of sound recordings*) by means of a digital audio transmission.

It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of copyright. These rights, however, are not unlimited in scope. Sections 107 through 122 of the 1976 Copyright Act establish limitations on these rights. In some cases, these limitations are specified exemptions from copyright liability. One major limitation is the doctrine of "fair use," which is given a statutory basis in section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act. In other instances, the limitation takes the form of a "compulsory license" under which certain limited uses of copyrighted works are permitted upon payment of specified royalties and compliance with statutory conditions." - U.S. Copyright Office



Since the above mentions Fair Use, and I see that used as an excuse to use and share copyrighted content, let's go over what Fair Use is.

"One of the rights accorded to the owner of copyright is the right to reproduce or to authorize others to reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords. This right is subject to certain limitations found in sections 107 through 118 of the copyright law (title 17, U. S. Code). One of the more important limitations is the doctrine of "fair use." The doctrine of fair use has developed through a substantial number of court decisions over the years and has been codified in section 107 of the copyright law.

Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes.

   1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
   2. The nature of the copyrighted work
   3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
   4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work

The 1961 Report of the Register of Copyrights on the General Revision of the U.S. Copyright Law cites examples of activities that courts have regarded as fair use: "quotation of excerpts in a review or criticism for purposes of illustration or comment; quotation of short passages in a scholarly or technical work, for illustration or clarification of the author's observations; use in a parody of some of the content of the work parodied; summary of an address or article, with brief quotations, in a news report; reproduction by a library of a portion of a work to replace part of a damaged copy; reproduction by a teacher or student of a small part of a work to illustrate a lesson; reproduction of a work in legislative or judicial proceedings or reports; incidental and fortuitous reproduction, in a newsreel or broadcast, of a work located in the scene of an event being reported."

The safest course is to get permission from the copyright owner before using copyrighted material." - U.S. Copyright Office

So, Googling "fantasy" or "faeries" or "gothic" or anything else and saving all of the artwork one finds to their computer and then uploading the artwork onto their website does NOT fall under the Fair Use act. Taking the artwork and altering it any way (by changing the colors, adding names, ect.) also does NOT fall under the Fair Use act. Those things are NOT done for education or reporting purposes, therefore they fall under copyright infringement (read further for more information on what constitutes copyright infringement).
Now, what I'm doing here, quoting from the U.S. Copyright page, DOES fall under Fair Use, since I am doing it for education purposes. I am also providing links back to the original website so anyone can peruse it.



Now let's talk about Public Domain and what works are copyrighted, because I frequently see comments or hear people say that the artist should just copyright their work if they don't want it taken and/or shared. Or that all public work found online is free to use by anyone.

Again, from the U.S. Copyright PDF - "Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is created in fixed form. The copyright in the work of authorship immediately becomes the property of the author who created the work. Only the author or those deriving their rights through the author can rightfully claim copyright.

Copyright protects "original works of authorship" that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. The fixation need not be directly perceptible so long as it may be communicated with the aid of a machine or device. Copyrightable works include the following categories:

   1. literary works
   2. musical works, including any accompanying words
   3. dramatic works, including any accompanying music
   4. pantomimes and choreographic works
   5. pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
   6. motion pictures and other audiovisual works
   7. sound recordings
   8. architectural works

Copyright Secured Automatically upon Creation
The way in which copyright protection is secured is frequently misunderstood. No publication or registration or other action in the Copyright Office is required to secure copyright." - U.S. Copyright Office

Notice of copyright does not have to be issued, either, for the work to be considered copyrighted.

"The use of a copyright notice is no longer required under U.S. law, although it is often beneficial. Because prior law did contain such a requirement, however, the use of notice is still relevant to the copyright status of older works. Notice was required under the 1976 Copyright Act. This requirement was eliminated when the United States adhered to the Berne Convention, effective March 1, 1989.
A work that was created (fixed in tangible form for the first time on or after January 1, 1978, is automatically protected from the moment of its creation and is ordinarily given a term enduring for the author's life plus an additional 70 years after the author's death.

In general, copyright registration is a legal formality intended to make a public record of the basic facts of a particular copyright. However, registration is not a condition of copyright protection." - U.S. Copyright Office

So, for everyone who claims that just because one finds images, or music, or anything else they like online, that the work is not copyrighted or is public domain simply because it's online and that it's been shared by hundreds of people...that is NOT the case. As an artist, I do not have to do anything to copyright my artwork, as it's already protected under Copyright Law the moment I create it. I don't have to publish it, provide notice, or register it for it to be protected. And anything I have created after March 1, 1989 - UC Copyright - (which is everything I've created) is not put into public domain until 70 years after my death.



Moving on to Copyright Infringement

"Copyright is a bundle of exclusive rights. Section 106 of the copyright law provides the owner of copyright in a work the exclusive right:

   • To reproduce the work in copies;
   • To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
   • To distribute copies of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
   • To perform the work publicly;
   • To display the copyrighted work publicly;
   • In the case of sound recordings, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

Section 501 of the copyright law states that "anyone who violates any of the exclusive rights of the copyright owner ...is an infringer of the copyright or right of the author."

Generally, under the law, one who engages in any of these activities without obtaining the copyright owner's permission may be liable for infringement." - U.S. Copyright Office

Thus, if one does not seek me out as well as obtain my permission to display and/or alter my artwork anywhere publicly (including online - a gallery, a blog, a desktop wallpaper site, a Facebook page, ect.), then it is illegal to do so and is considered copyright infringement. This is the reason that such sites as Desktop Nexus and Facebook WILL remove the reported content immediately. They do not want to be sued by thousands of different artists, photographers, authors, ect. Contrary to what some may believe, it is the viewer's responsibility to find the artist/author and get permission if they wish to share and/or alter the work. It is not the artist's responsibility to seek out the person who wants to use and/or share the work.



I hope this article has been informative about what copyright laws are and how they apply. Please click any of the provided links for even more information. These laws protect me as an artist and they protect my artwork. If you want to use my artwork for something or wish to share it on your website, all you have to do is ask me, and then respect my final decision - as I own the copyright to every piece of artwork I create...from the moment I create it.

Art Thieves...the frustration of dealing with them

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 26, 2013, 7:13 PM
When you're an artist, one thing you have to deal with on a constant basis is your artwork being stolen. These days, with the Internet and having your artwork online, it's that much easier for thieves to take your work and post it anywhere else online. Not only do they take the artwork and post it to places like Facebook and wallpaper sites, they don't bother to credit the artist – no name listed, no link back. And then, when the artist finds their artwork has been posted by someone else and they simply leave a comment letting that person know they should have asked permission before posting it and link back to the artist's website, the thief has the audacity to call the artist rude, delete the comment, and proceed to say how grateful the artist should be to them for "sharing" their artwork. Um…excuse me?! I should thank you for taking my work without permission, and posting it on your Facebook page without links back to my site?! Are you kidding me?! But that is exactly how these people think.
Linda, from PEM'S Place (a page on Facebook that has tons of stolen artwork) actually posted that if we artists see our artwork on her Facebook page, we should just thank her for "sharing" it…and if we wanted, we could add a link back to our site so people could see more of our artwork. Um…sorry, but I'm not thanking your for stealing my artwork…and I did leave links back to my website and the artwork itself…the comment was deleted and I found myself blocked. I guess I was not grateful enough for my artwork being stolen. She has also posted a disclaimer -  that since she found the artwork online (really? I didn't realize I posted it on my website and in online art galleries…) it falls under the public domain license. Therefore she is free to post it and use it as she wishes. And it also apparently gives her the right to treat artists like crap and ignore their requests to have the artwork removed. FYI – no artwork or photographs created by still living persons fall under public domain use unless specifically stated. Just because I upload my artwork to the World Wide Wide doesn't give anyone the right to take it, alter it, and/or publish it to their own website.
A little info on public domain:
"Here are some rules of thumb that will help you confirm the copyright status of a work:
1. If the work was published in the United States prior to 1923, it is in the public domain.
2. For works published between 1923 and March 1, 1989, it depends on whether the certain statutory formalities were observed, such as providing a notice of copyright on the work or renewing the copyright per statutory deadlines.
3. After March 1, 1989, all works (published and unpublished) are protected for 70 years from the date the author dies. For works of corporate authorship (works made for hire), the copyright term is the shorter of 95 years from publication, or 120 years from creation." – UC Copyright
Um…I'm still very much alive…so my works certainly do not fall under public domain. And I have never published any of my works under a Creative Commons license, so my artwork is not to be taken, altered, or published by anyone without my permission. Nice try. The Fair Use act is mostly for educational and news reporting purposes and does not pertain to taking, altering, and uploading someone else's copy-written work to your website.
These people admire the artwork, but despise the artist. It's a very sad thing that they can say how much they love the art, but when the artist tries to communicate with them, it's an instant shut-out. I urge any artists and photographers to check out PEM'S Place and if you find your artwork, report it to Facebook as copyright infringement. Maybe if we deplete her gallery of stolen artwork, she'll start to get the hint.
There will always be thieves, but we can let them know we won't stand for thievery.

As we move forward...

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 2:26 PM
Happy New Year 2013!! :party:

So, 2012 was a good year for my family and me.
I have met so many wonderful artistic friends through FaceBook and deviantArt, and I'm very grateful to know all of you, old and new. I :heart: you all.

My artwork is starting to take off, after six years of creating digital scenes. I've sold more at dA and Zazzle in the last year, as well as been recognized by the American Art Awards and a couple galleries (one in Las Vegas in which I will have artwork in an exhibition, and one in New York in which I eventually hope to show).
Speaking of Zazzle, I have added a couple of 2013 calendars to my store...one a general art calendar, one a more risque calendar...using selected pieces from my 2012 gallery.

My hubby and I have been on a couple trips last year (not to mention the numerous motorcycle rides we've taken together), helping us bond even more after 18 years together.
Our little family of four had a great trip to Fort Bragg, CA last June, bringing all of us closer. And I'm happy to say I can talk with my boys about anything and they tell me so much...I feel very blessed to have such an open relationship with them.

My fur-babies are my other pride n' joy, and I'm happy to say all are still with us as we make our way into the new year.

I've gotten to see my extended family quite a few times in the last 12 months and I'm always grateful and happy to see them, and to see how much my two newest little nieces have grown. :aww:

I know for some, the year hasn't been great. Although I've listed the good here, we've had our share of struggles throughout the year. But it's these good things that have helped us get through the bad. So as we go into the new year, I ask you all to remember that. When times are tough, remember the good times. Life won't always be down...it's a series of ups and downs. When you're down, remember the ups, and you'll make it to the next day.

I wish everyone a very happy and prosperous 2013...and may this be your year to shine bright!! :star:

The Holidays Are Fast Approaching

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 9, 2012, 2:08 PM
Which means the time to buy cards and gifts is quickly dwindling!

If you haven't yet sent cards to your loved ones and friends or haven't yet found that perfect gift, please feel free to browse my print store here on dA, where you can find not only prints, but cards, mouse pads, puzzles, and more!

If you don't find what you're looking for here, maybe you will have more luck searching at my Zazzle store. I offer cards, postage, ornaments, mugs, key chains, and more!

:bulletred: deviantART Store
:bulletgreen: Zazzle Store

May you have a wonderful holiday season full of love and happiness!! :xmas:

Gifts of Enchantment by RavenMoonDesigns Elves of Candy Mountain by RavenMoonDesigns Dance with Delight by RavenMoonDesigns   Watching Santa's Flight by RavenMoonDesigns A Winter's Merriment by RavenMoonDesigns Wonders of the Season by RavenMoonDesigns

Getting into Galleries

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 27, 2012, 8:20 PM
Facebook l Gallery

So, I received an email while I was on vacation last week inviting me to submit a portfolio of some of my artwork for consideration to be included in a gallery in New York. :happybounce: Which means I gotta go through and pick a few pieces that really stand out. If anyone has any suggestions on what stands out for you, I'm open to hearing them. :thanks: Deadline to submit is December 7th.

Also shouldn't be too much longer on hearing if any of my 3 submitted pieces made it into a gallery in Las Vegas. :D

I joined a new art community a couple weeks ago before I went on vacation. I'm adding some of my favorite images and/or those the community really liked from this past year to my gallery there. I've already managed to get a Daily Inspiration feature and a Daily Feature! :woohoo: The website is Shadowness.com...if you're there or if you just join, be sure to follow me and I'll repay the kindness. :heart:

And if you're on FaceBook and haven't "Liked" my artist page yet...what are you waiting for?! ;)

From the darker side...
Unseelie - the Unblessed Fae by RavenMoonDesigns Widow's Web by RavenMoonDesigns Devious Deeva by RavenMoonDesigns A Death Foretold by RavenMoonDesigns

Mature Content

The Dead Don't Dance by RavenMoonDesigns


Journal skin by TwiggyTeeluck
Image by pincel3d

SALES! Getting the word out for friends...

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 21, 2012, 2:55 PM
A few of my vendor friends have either some of their products or their entire stores on sale right now! Don't miss out...grab their awesome products at reduced prices before the sales end! I've also included thumbs of the images I've made using these excellent products.

From :iconfwart:

Ellette for V4 & Genesis
50% off through today, October 21st
Autumn Flutters by RavenMoonDesigns

Tyler for M4
50% off through today, October 21st

Mature Content

Demonic Liaison by RavenMoonDesigns


The rest of his store is also 30% off through October 31st.


From :iconspookielilone:

Gelsey for V4
50% off through today, October 21st
Conversing with Butterflies by RavenMoonDesigns Unseelie - the Unblessed Fae by RavenMoonDesigns

Deeva for V4
30% off through October 22nd
The Kitty Klub by RavenMoonDesigns Devious Deeva by RavenMoonDesigns

The rest of her store is also 30% off through October 22nd. Also, buy one item, get another of equal or lesser value for FREE!!


From :iconsilverywitch:

Witchen
50% off through today, October 21st
Just A Little Magic by RavenMoonDesigns Widow's Web by RavenMoonDesigns

Panacea
50% off through today, October 21st
Enchanted Outlook by RavenMoonDesigns

The rest of her store is also 30% off through October 31st.


From :iconblazerwiccan:

Sweet Cake for Cutie Pie Cap
50% off through today, October 21st
Urban Faeritude by RavenMoonDesigns

Also at 50% off through today, October 21st is Calcination for Panacea
The rest of her store is also 25% off through today, October 21st.

Updates...been so busy lately!

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 9, 2012, 9:30 PM
Ah, I can't believe I haven't posted since January! Where has the time gone??
So, what have I been doing since I last posted? A LOT!! :aww:

Let's see, in January I started a workout routine...including using an elliptical, yoga, Pilates, and walking more. Since then I've lost about 25 pounds! I don't need to lose anymore, so I'm working on maintaining and toning.

In February, hubby and I took our annual trip to San Fransisco. We had a lot of fun!

May saw me brought on as a promo artist for :iconsynful-mindz: ...thus, all the more risque renders since then.

June was our annual family trip...this year to Fort Bragg, CA for my son's 16th birthday. Had a lot of fun playing at the beach and kayaking on the river. :D
Also, I had previously heard about the American Art Awards, so I submitted 3 of my pieces to the digital-representational category:


Sales at both my Zazzle store and here started increasing in July. I'm going to be working on getting my newer stuff up at Zazzle asap. Right now it's just older stuff.

In August I was able to go down and visit family for a few days. It was nice to see everyone...and to see how big my little nieces have grown.

And here we are in September. The American Art Awards announced the winners. Each category has 1st-6th place. I was amazed to see my name in both 4th place and 6th place (tied with 2 other great pieces of art, one of which belonged to Susan Olsen...of The Brady Bunch fame)!

Woodland Whispers by RavenMoonDesigns placed 4th; Atlantean Allure by RavenMoonDesigns placed 6th


And, with a few artist friends, I've been trying to combat art theft...at least when it comes to Facebook pages taking and displaying artwork without permission and without links back to the artists. We're trying to get people to understand that they can share our artwork, but to do so properly, so our credits remain. In doing so, I have gotten a lot of "Likes" on my Facebook page in the past few days! Hopefully these people just want to enjoy my creations...and not take them. ;) If anyone here hasn't "Liked" my page and wants to, head on over to RavenMoon Designs.

And that about raps it up for a quick, years-worth of updates. :D I'm working on getting my website re-designed with a new image, so I'll post with an update to that when I get it all finished.

Photography and more...

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:34 AM
So, it's been another while since I last wrote. I'm not so good at journal keeping...lol. Not a whole lot going on here in the last couple months. I've been busy with the holidays and family. My hubby bought an elliptical exercise machine so we can get in shape this year (I don't have much weight to lose, but there is some...lol), so I've been working out 5 days a week...plus I've been getting into yoga and finding more inner peace. And whoa...my birthday's in a couple days! Figured since I'm turning 35 this year, I might as well start living a healthier lifestyle. And my muse has been on her own little vacation...and is slowly returning.

In the meantime, I bought myself a nice little Christmas gift - a new digital camera! I couldn't afford a DSLR, but was able to get a pretty good point and shoot that's got a few DSLR capabilities. It's a Canon Powershot SX230 HS...much better than my old Kodak. So...since I've been able to get a few good shots with it so far, I figured I'd start a photography album on here. I've uploaded those photos that I thought turned out pretty good. I did add slight artistic flare to them...mostly either a sunlight filter to brighten them up, a soft focus filter to give them a softer look, and/or a bokeh effect. But other than that, they are untouched...no photo-manipulations.

Anyone who deals in photography, feel free to give me some pointers. I don't have critiques turned on, but feel free to leave a comment here or on the photos if you feel you have some good advice for better ones. Thanks!

A few of my photos...the rest can be found in my Featured and Photography albums.
Under the Mistletoe by RavenMoonDesigns Broken Tree by RavenMoonDesigns Icy Bubble Rock by RavenMoonDesigns Reaching for the Moon by RavenMoonDesigns Colors Amongst the Gray by RavenMoonDesigns

Since I've Been Gone...

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 14, 2011, 2:03 AM
I guess I've kind of vanished since Halloween. I have so many scenes I want to create, and yet I haven't been very creative lately. Blame coming down from the holiday high and all the contests I managed to enter, or blame the new iPhone 4 I've been obsessed with for a week (yes, finally got one, and so did my 15 year old)...or most likely they're both to blame. Either way, I haven't done much in the last two weeks. Guess it's sort of a hiatus. I hope to start getting back into creating asap. I managed to clean off my internal hard drive by moving most of my files to a back-up external and another external. So other than playing with my iPhone, I have no more excuses...lol. ;)

Let the creativeness commence!