Tuesday, 24 January 2012

First Aid Kit for Amelia's

I created this illustration for an Amelia's Magazine review of First Aid Kit's Lion's Roar album. The band are awesome and they get a great write up from Amelia accompanied by gorgeous illustrations from Sarah Ryan and Hannah Lewis. Looking at my illustration now I kind of wish I hadn't cropped the sunburst the way I did, but I'm happy with the way it turned out otherwise. Read the review over at Amelia's Magazine and check the band out here.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Foter.com Warning

Just a quick heads up for all you artists, illustrators and photographers. Check out foter.com just in case they've got any of your work on there as "Free Stock Photos". I was shamlessly Googling myself earlier, when I should have been cleaning the kitchen, and came across this: 

That's an illustration I did for BBC History Magazine, lifted directly from my agent's Flickr page, along with all the text plus a credit for me and them (lending it a certain amount of credibility; as @whoatemycrayons commented on Twitter, "they look like they are an agent of yours!"). And next to it? A big old button saying "Download".

After a quick name search on their site I've discovered three more of my illustrations and a lot of other work by illustrators Handsome Frank have on their Flickr. Both myself and HF have contacted them through their website asking that they immediately remove the images, which are obviously NOT available for free download and are still very much in copyright. I'm currently awaiting a response, but I know of at least one other person, photographer Henk-Jan Wesselink who's also discovered foter.com listing his work for free download, so anyone else with imagery on the interwebs (especially Flickr, which seems ripe for the picking) might want to check the site for your work too.

And if you've used foter.com? I suggest you delete anything you've downloaded from their site, because they could be putting you at risk of copyright infringement without you realising.

UPDATE: 13.01.2012
All the images from Handsome Frank now appear to have been removed, though that's probably just because HF deleted their Flickr account. I've had no response from Foter. Wordpress are advertising foter.com as a plug-in for their sites saying, "This plugin lets you seach (sic), manage and add Creative Commons photos to your blog posts in a very simple way". They're able to do it because Flickr has an option to set the copyright of images to different licencing attributes. But, unless you change your settings, anything you upload to Flickr is generally understood to be under copyright to you, and is not allowed to be used. If you want to check, have a look at the text directly under your Flickr images. If there's a copyright symbol then you're fully covered and anyone using your pics is being very naughty. If there are other symbols then people are allowed to use your work for free. Click on the symbols to edit the attributes.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

New Website!

It's a day later than planned, but my newly polished website is now up! It was in dire need of a hearty spring clean and, while it hasn't changed all that much, I've rearranged it, scrapped unnecessary sections and added links to shops where my work can be bought, so overall the site should now fit more comfortably on screen, be easier to navigate and just generally look a lot nicer. Here are a couple of snippets:

I'm still using Clikpic, because it's just so much easier and cheaper than building a site completely from scratch, and it's so simple to use their site designs as a base to create something personal. Mine looks nothing like the original template, but it was a great starting point and the basic layout is still there, holding it all together.

Please a have a little look through my new site and if you find anything's not working or looks like it's gone wrong let me know!

Monday, 9 January 2012

Happy new Year!

Somewhat belated, I know. I've spent the last week or so giving my website a mighty overhaul, but I'll tell more about that tomorrow, when I make the site live (it's currently still up and bumbling along in it's old state).  For now, though, I wanted to share this stately old tawny owl, which I've just printed for Rowan's dad's birthday card.

Hopefully soon I'll also be able to share a little bit of the commission I completed just after Christmas for the Folio Society. It's a funny one!