did anyone notice that they did the exact opposite of ALL OF THESE?!?!
SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THIS LITTLE FACT.
[MY Art] I decided to donate two paintings to a local animal welfare- and charity organisation so they can sell them on their craft fair.
Not my usual fantasy- and dark stuff, but I wanted it to be general so it has a bigger chance to sell at the craft fair. ^^ Irish Connemara Ponies as Irish Legends:
"Epona" and "An Púca"
An Púca or the Pooka is a ambivalent spirit of the faerie realm. He can be malevolent or benevolent but it really depends on his mood. He usually appears as a black animal, a horse, bull or bird: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%BAca
Epona, an Irish horse diety: NOT Link’s horse)
I know Epona wasn’t necessarily portraied as a horse, but I found it fitting to do so in this case. Very interesting deity, indeed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epona
Watercolour on hot pressed watercolour paper with some touch ups with coloured pencils and white ink.
IF YOU LIKE THIS IMAGE PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO THE GALWAY CAT RESCUE!
The situation with Irish stray cats is really really bad. A lot of people do not know this, but there are about 1,4 million stray cats in Ireland and this is a country with roughly 4,5 million inhabitants, only. There is a lot of animal abuse as well. I support Galway Cat Rescue so they can trap and spay wild cats and nurse and re-home cats and kittens in need.
If you are a cat owner, please spay or neuter your cats. There is so much misery out there, already.
Last months, they struggled with vet billes of €4,000.
Every cent is very much appreciated.
this - especially for draenai
[See also: How To Draw Unguligrade Bipeds - Advanced Course]
I don’t say I’m perfect at this but as all the characters I made up as a kid where digitigrade and/or ungulate I have less trouble posing and drawing them as plantigrade characters. Fun fact!
I’m getting my hysterectomy soon and I’m trying to decide if I want to keep my cervix or not. I’m having a hard time finding good information on the results of taking out the cervix, so I was wondering if any of my followers here have had this surgery and could tell me what the effects were of taking it out? Or if you know any resources where people discuss their experiences! You can send me anon asks if you feel uncomfortable telling me about your experiences directly.
After a discussion last week with several of my cartoonist peers (and at the behest of Steve Bissette): I want to talk about image theft and uncredited content on social media. I’m only going to speak from personal experience (and only about the one image posted above) but I hope that this example will show the disservice this causes to any artist whose artwork is edited and reposted without credit.
[Disclaimer: I post all my work online for free. I want people to read, enjoy, and share my work. I have no problem with people reposting my work if it’s credited and unaltered. (That way new readers can find their way to my site to read more.) My problem is when people edit out the URL and copyright information to repost the images as their own for fun or profit.]
Below, I’ve listed the sites where my comic was posted and how many times it was viewed on / shared from each of those sites. (The following list was composed from the first ten pages of Google.) Let’s take a look at the life of this comic over the last 11 months.
On January 23 (2013) I posted the comic on my journal comic website, Intentionally Left Blank, and on my corresponding art Tumblr (where it currently has 5,442 notes). The same day, it was posted (intact, with the original URL and copyright) to Reddit. (There, credited, it has received 50,535 views.)
The Reddit post alone was exciting but on January 24, someone posted an edited version of the image (with the URL and copyright removed) to 9GAG. That uncredited posting has been voted on 29,629 times and shared on Facebook 22,517 times. That uncredited image caught on and spread like wildfire:
January 25: LOLchamp (39 comments. Views unknown.)
January 26: WeHeartIt. (With the 9GAG ad at the bottom. Views unknown.)
January 26: Random Overload (2 Facebook likes. Views unknown).
January 26: CatMoji (41 reactions. Views unknown.)
January 26: The Meta Picture (1,800+ Facebook likes. 6,000+ Pintrest shares)
February 5: damnLOL. (929 Facebook shares. Views unknown.)
February 7: LOLhappens. (1,400+ Facebook shares.)
February ?: LOLmaze (121 shares)
February ?: LOLzbook (37 likes and 37 shares).
On March 25, I was lucky and this comic was featured in a Buzzfeed post “36 Illustrated Truths About Cats.” The comic was featured alongside work by a 35 other artists who I admire and aspire to be. (Exciting!)
Buzzfeed was able to trace the uncredited image back to me and listed a source link to my main website but still posted the uncredited version of the image. The post currently has 6,000+ Facebook shares, 14,000+ Facebook likes, and 727 Tweets. Ever the optimist, I’ll count those numbers in the “credited views” column.
The problem with Buzzfeed posting the uncredited image and only listing the source underneath was: people began to save their favourite comics from the article and repost them in their personal blogs without credit. (13, 3, and 60 Facebook likes, respectfully.) I’m mentioning this not to target Buzzfeed or the individuals reposting, but to show the importance of leaving the credits in the original image.
March 30: FunnyStuff247. (47,588 views.)
March 31: LOLcoaster. (1 Facebook like. Views unknown.)
April 5: ROFLzone. (1,200+ Facebook shares. Views unknown.)
April 26: LOLwall. (70 Facebook likes. Views unknown.)
July 23: The uncredited image was chopped into four smaller pieces and posted on the Tumblr of TheAmericanKid, where he sourced it to FunnyStuff247. (124,786 notes and featured in #Animals on Tumblr.)
Aug 21: Eng-Jokes.com. (87,818 views and 41,400+ Facebook shares.)
There were 14 other sites which listed uncredited versions of the image within the first 10 pages of Google, but they were personal blogs so I’m not going to include them here.
One additional website I haven’t mentioned was Cheezburger, who originally posted the uncredited version of comic on January 23; but later modified it to the credited image after I contacted them. They didn’t contact me when they made the change but the image currently has 2,912 votes and 4,700 Facebook shares. Let’s be optimistic and count those as credited views and shares.
That brings us up to the current views and shares of the comic. Now let’s do some math.
I’ve removed the comments and reactions (because they could already be accounted for in views). I’ve left in votes, however, because some sites list votes instead of views.
Taking into consideration that Tumblr notes are made up of both likes and reblogs, let’s be conservative and say the Tumblr notes are twice as high as they should be. (That every single person that has viewed the image on Tumblr has liked the image and reblogged it.) Dividing the Tumblr notes in half, that leaves us with:
Posts using the credited image:
2,721 Tumblr notes
0 Pintrest shares
14,000 Facebook likes
10,700 Facebook shares
Posts using the uncredited image:
62,393 Tumblr notes
6,000 Pintrest shares
2,085 Facebook likes
347,984 Facebook shares
Adding those up and treating them all like views (assuming that every shared post was viewed once):
The original (unaltered, credited/sourced) version of the comic has been viewed 81,595 times.
The edited, uncredited/unsourced version of the comic has been viewed 588,310 times. (That’s over half a million views. Seven times more than the original, credited version.)
What does that mean for me as a creator? On the positive side, I created something that people found relatable and enjoyable. I succeeded at that thing I try to do. But, given the lack of credit, it also means that 88% of 669,905 people that read this comic had no chance of finding their way back to my website.
This was a successful comic. I want to be able to call this exposure a success. But those numbers are heartbreaking.
Morally, just the idea of taking someone’s work and removing the URL and copyright info to repost it is reprehensible. You are cutting the creator out of the creation. But worse yet, sites like 9GAG are profiting off the uncredited images that they’re posting.
9GAG is currently ranked #299 in the world according to Alexa rankings. As of April of this year, their estimated net worth was around $9.8 million, generating nearly $13,415 every day in ad revenue.
As a creator of content that they use on their site: I see none of that. And I have no chance of seeing any kind of revenue since readers can’t find their way back to my site from an uncredited image.
I don’t want to sound bitter. The money isn’t the point. But this is a thing that’s happening. This isn’t just happening to me. It’s actively happening to the greater art community as a whole. (Especially the comics community. Recent artists effected by altered artwork/theft off the top of my head: Liz Prince, Luke Healy, Nation of Amanda, Melanie Gillman, etc.) Our work is being stolen and profited off of. Right this second.
I do my best to see the positive in these events but the very least I can do as a creator is stand up in this small moment and say “This is mine. I made this.”
Something need to be done by the community as a whole: by the readers as well as the creators. We need to start crediting our content/sources and reporting those who don’t. Sites like 9GAG need to be held accountable for their theft of work. If you see something that’s stolen: say something to the original poster, report the post, or contact the creator of the artwork.
If you have an image you’d like to post but don’t know the source: reverse Google image search it. Figure out where it came from before you post. If you like it enough to share it, it means there’s probably more where that came from.
This is long. Please read the whole thing.
This is something that is near and dear to my heart. As someone who has had several of my comics go viral, my work has been stolen across the internet with little or no credit to me, and I cannot stress enough how much this kind of treatment hurts artists.
Myself and hundreds/thousands of artists today put our work online for free because we want to share it with the world. That doesn’t mean it is up for grabs, nor does it mean we do not expect credit. This is our livelihood. Not all of us are lucky enough to have a day job that pays the bills, and even with a 9-to-5, we rely on our art to make a living.
Sites like BuzzFeed and 9GAG make a profit off of our work with no credit to us, no permission from us, and often no intention to ever rectify those things. This is theft.
It’s not just about money. It’s about respect and credit where credit is due.
Please, for the love of God, stop supporting the casual theft and disrespect the internet shows to artists who are sharing their work with you. Don’t reblog art that isn’t credited to the artist. Don’t repost art from creators. Reblog from the source. Don’t delete artist’s comments.
If you like the art, support the artist.
Reblogging this here because this is IMPORTANT.
If you’re a creator who is sharing their work online, you already know how this goes.
Protect yourself as best you can: watermark your work in a way that is difficult to remove, metatag it with your name, contact the sites that steal your work and tell them to remove it, etc.
We can work toward an internet culture that credits and respects artists if we work together and stop supporting these sites that steal from creators. Let’s do our part.
I’m reblogging this to my main art tumblr to highlight and compliment the kerfuffle that happened a few days ago; THIS is why it’s so important to credit and source artists. It’s long, but well worth the read.
So according to these people on tumblr, its ok to treat me like im less than human…like im nothing. Call me names and threaten me because i dont ‘source’? But its absolutely so completely NOT ok for me to not source? Even when thousands of others dont do it. I have over 500…
Let alone your 500 followers are only following you because you reblog someone else’s work. I’d wonder if they were fiercely loyal about you as a person.
You’re blog is an Art collection, and you probably fear if you start sourcing the art and give credit, some of your followers might move on to the original source.
A bad reason not to source. And not true, either I think. Just take the effort and source and give credit. It enhances the quality of your blog as well. When did you last walk into an exhibition with no nameplates?
Here are the first two pages of the Knights Errant reboot I’ve been working on on-and-off the past few months. Tentative title for this reboot is Knights-Errant: Pavane. Posting pages here while I figure out a hosting situation.
I really wrote myself into a wall with the last draft of Knights-Errant and I wasn’t enjoying working on it. I essentially started the story too late in the timeline which forced me to tell a lot of events instead of showing them. In this reboot, the characters you’ve all come to know are the same, but the sequence of events will be much different.
I know webcomic reboots are usually side-eyed but I hope you’ll stick with me as I try to do Knights Errant’s story more justice.
Reblogs greatly appreciated, as always!
Looking forward to this! It is or was a good comic anyway, but I think it’s the right decision for the right reasons.
I dont source images phantom, this was on my blog earlier so im going to tell you kindly what i tell everyone. I dont source images, thats just the way my blog works and if you dont like it? Well dont be on my blog or reblog and source them yourself ^^ I dont dont appreciate that language because i have done nothing to you for me to deserve it. I forgive you though its natural to act on impulse :3
ATTENTION FOLLOWERS, ESPECIALLY ARTISTS: This person posts unsourced and uncredited art to their blog! I have found my art, and the art of others, namely: Zambuka, Falvie, Tartii, Ambberfox, Strype, Tojo-The-Theif, Patto, Raja, and countless other artists!
And, actually, yes you have. My art was reposted, unsourced and uncredited, on your blog. My name is literally right there on my work. It is not that difficult to find an image’s source or google the artists name to credit them. You are, essentially, stealing.
If my followers could reblog this and let other artists know their art is being reposted without due credit OR a source that would be super great! Thanks guys!
Finished Halloween Commission for Keepiru. :) A transformation scene under a full moon featuring him, transforming into his dolphin-self and his mate, transforming into his tiger-self after a nocturnal mountainbiking tour through the woods.
Collage, mixed media. Characters are copic and colored pencil on hot pressed watercolor paper.
One of my favorite stories…
This is why I love the Norse mythology Loki. He threw everyone’s bullshit back into their faces. While the other gods went on about how *perfect* they were, he was laughing in the back, watching, taking notes, and then revealing all their dirty secrets and evils at a banquet.
To me, he’s like a Norse Hades and he doesn’t get enough love.
But…that’s neither an actual story from Norse mythology, nor is it anything remotely like what Loki is like. Allow me, if you will, to lay the truth down on you, because clearly people are confusing Marvel-verse Loki (who is a douche, but everyone tries to redeem him in head-canon and now the writers are, evidently, doing the same) with Norse mythology Loki.
First thing’s first: Loki constantly gets his ass in trouble and it is usually the other gods who get him out of it. Don’t believe me? OK, let’s start at the very beginning, then; the first story in E.V. Gordon’s An Introduction to Old Norse, “Loki og Svaðilfari” - or, as you may know it, “Loki gets fucked by a horse lol.”
Now, to start off, yes, Loki does get fucked by a horse. But what horse, and why? The horse in question, Svaðilfari, belonged to a stonemason who offered to build the Æsír a wall to encircle Ásgarðr, and keep the giants out. He said he’s be able to do it in one season, and with only his horse to help him, but in compensation, he’d want to have Freyja’s hand in marriage and, if he couldn’t do it in one season, he offered his life in exchange. Everyone thought this was an exceptionally bad deal - after all, no-one would even think of making such a bargain unless they had at least one ace up their sleeve - everyone, that is, except Loki, who then convinces the Æsír to agree to the task. Well, things go super well for the stonemason and, with three days left in the season, he’s about to finish the wall. So Loki, who’s now on the hook for getting the Æsír to agree to give Freyja, one of their hostages, to this guy, decides to shapeshift into a mare and distract ol’ Svaðilfari. This works, and the stonemason reveals himself to be a Jötun, one of the sworn enemies of the Æsír and Vanir. Fortunately, ol’ Red-beard himself has just come back from the East, where he was hunting the fuck out of Jötnar, because they represent chaos uncontained in this mythology, kills the shit out of him.
Oh, and since the person up there mentions Lokasenna, let’s not forget that Loki didn’t just show up at the feast. No. He showed up, requested entry, was denied because, at this point, he had caused a huge amount of shit, including, but not limited to, cutting off the hair of Sif just for fun, betraying and/or tricking Dwarf-smiths and insulting the living fuck out of Freyja. When the Steward told him he wasn’t welcome, Loki did what any misunderstood woobie would do, and knifed the fuck out of the dude at the door. Then he walked in and proceeded to insult everyone who had ever pulled his ass out of the fire. Fire, I might add, that he actively built and stoked until it was a huge, raging fucking inferno of consequence.
"OK," you say, "Those were isolated incident. He’s so charming and misunderstood, though!" I hear you say. Charming? Misunderstood? It’s pretty goddamned hard to misunderstand the time he fucking convinced Höðr to kill his brother and then was the only living being who refused to weep for Baldr’s return?
Loki does not represent much that is good in Norse mythology. He is lies and deceit and betrayal and irresponsibility. He does not go around giving aphoristic bits of advice (Also, really? “…lead a Norse to water, but you can’t make him mink”? For fucks sake.) No. Loki exists for one purpose and one purpose only - to fuck things up because he is a Jötun and, as I mentioned earlier, the Jötnar are fucking chaos incarnate.
It’s like pouring root beer into actual beer: two good things that, while they share some similarities, really ought to remain separate.
I love Loki of norse Mythology since I was ten and read the Edda. I still think he’s not ONLY bad, he’s more like the worst Enemy lying within yourself, the always present challenge. He holds up a mirror for the gods and society. He has to be a Jötun to do it, as he is not entirely part; but still raised by this society.
But he also does not fit in. And he never can. Because it’s painful for him, he cherishes his flaws with pride and turns against society more and more vicious while he fails on every attempt to fit in.
As we all are tempted to do, when being rejected…