Back sometime in 2004 or as early as 2003 my entire deviantArt gallery was ripped off, tubed and redistributed to the tagging community. I used to watermark small because I didn’t want to obstruct my work, but clearly that didn’t deter them from easily removing my watermark and any trace of my signature. I found my images everywhere, even IMVU where people were making money off of my artwork without my permission. Meanwhile my online went straight into the toilet.
So before you whine about watermarks, just remember even though YOU may not be an art thief, there are PLENTY out there that don’t care about copyright and will use ANY work they steal for their own means.
If you don’t watermark, you are only setting yourself up for thieves to take advantage of your gallery. Once it happens to you, you’ll change your mind about watermarks.
I just found out my artist alley table number is 3129, you can take a gander at the map here. Last year and all of the previous years we’ve been able to specify who we wanted to be seated next to, not this year, I think this new person that’s in charge is going to make a fisaco of it. Though, if table prices go as high as speculted for next year, this will be my last Wizard World, that is till AA prices come back down to a reasonable rate.
Hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll have 2 more paintings finished (of a darker nature, since my two most recent were of elves and faeries).
On a more interesting note… remember that chicagoland Z show I did this past spring? I got a thing in the mail and they’ve expanded it back to a 3 day show at the Dupage Expo Center. =) so I now have a 3 day local show for November.
Over the weekend I had a request to post some of my older bloody vampire art… so here they are, these were all done from about 1992-1999: