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Beneath the Surface of Artist Attribution

This image crossed my Facebook feed the other day.


It resonated with me immediately because I had just been thinking about how much deep ocean water weirds me out. (Don’t ask me why; I don’t remember the reason why that particular topic had been on my mind.)

But I also recognized the artwork because I own a hardcover of the book whose cover it adorns. And like so many memes that cross social media, this one came with no attribution for the artist. Normally I click on by such things, my ire slightly raised because proper credit has not been given but powerless to rectify the situation due to the challenges of tracing the art back to its original source. Not so in this case. It took less than five minutes to locate the artist’s name and her website, and less time than that to reproduce the above meme using the entire image with proper attribution.

Beneath the Surface - Julie Dillon
Beneath the Surface by Julie Dillon

I’m all for art appreciation and sharing it in new ways that represent various aspects of the human experience. But I wish people would be more conscientious about making sure the original artists receive recognition for those works. Many hours and much work goes into creating that art, and it’s only fair that due credit be given where it’s due.


The LXD. The League of Extraordinary Dancers. At first glance it sounds like it might be pretty corny, right? Wrong. This is an amazing and ambitious new webseries that puts a wholly new spin on the superhero genre where the power of dance can be used for great good, horrendous evil, or anything in between. If you love comic books, science fiction, dance, or any combination thereof — or even if you don’t — you should definitely check this series out. It’s a fabulous and artistic series, and the first three episodes of season one are now available on Hulu for American viewers and iTunes with new episodes being released every Wednesday. The filming is fantastic, and the music is spot-on perfect. You can’t help but be drawn into this story, and it always leaves you eager for more. Check out the trailer below for a taste of what The LXD is all about.

[via io9]


JimI had a few minutes between projects, so I took a moment just now to draw a cartoon version of myself based on this picture. The inspiration for this is because I’ve kind of wanted to replace my “Gravatar”:http://gravatar.com (again, the aforementioned photo), and I kind of like the idea of using a drawn portrait, especially one I’ve done myself. I’m starting to get more comfortable with drawing cartoon people that look semi-real, so I wanted to see if I could draw myself.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a digital version of the final product to display yet, but I quite like the outcome. It took a little bit of experimentation, tweaking, and nudging of graphite to get it right, but what I ended up with is a fair resemblance of myself as I might look in a cartoon. Once I get home this evening, I’ll ink it, scan and color it, and post it here.

Original Art

“This right here”:http://www.thebookofbiff.com/2008/05/06/biff-art-auction/ is exactly why I want to ultimately draw on paper every comic I hope to be doing in the near future – and always why Dave Kellet recommends in _How To Make Webcomics_ having original artwork. Plus, there’s just something extremely satisfying about drawing with pencil and inking by hand that just can’t be matched by working exclusively in the digital medium.

Food Fight

This is an enjoyable little video that depicts an abridged history of the world’s wars from WWII through the Gulf War 2 using the foods of the nations involved in each. It’s very artistic and, at points, humorous in its caricaturizations.

(Source: “Boing Boing”:http://tv.boingboing.net/2008/04/17/best-of-bbtv-food-fi.html)

My Art Studio

I spent some time yesterday clearing off my desk because I’ve added some supplies to my art cache. I’m starting to experiment and play around with drawing some new art, inking it, and scanning it into Photoshop to play with colors. Basically, I’m enjoying “Reclaimer”:http://reclaimercomic.com as a webcomic so much that I want to try my hand at actually drawing a comic and producing it on a semi-professional level. Heck, if things work out, I might even be able to make some money at it someday.

Now, I don’t really have room in my office to make a full-fledged art studio, and frankly I don’t really have the money for that yet, either. I’ve just got a handful of new items to let me try my hand at drawing, and if it turns out I’m good at it and continue to enjoy it, then I’ll think about setting aside a little cash to continue expanding my studio.

Prior to this, I’ve had a little sketchbook, a set of drawing pencils, an artgum eraser, and a book on cartooning that I’ve been using to practice and learn. Now I also have a set of staff pens and a bottle of India ink, a larger drawing tablet, T-square and ruler, some additional 5B, HB, and non-photo blue pencils, and a couple of kneaded rubber erasers. You can also see in the second photo a copy of _How To Make Webcomics_, written by some excellent webcomic artists that you’re probably familiar with.

Yesterday afternoon and evening I toyed around with my first inking project and was pleasantly surprised by how quickly the India ink dries and by how permanent it is, even with an eraser going over it. I’ve also learned a thing or three about coloring in Photoshop (thanks, Guigar, et al.!) and am looking forward to adding a few more tricks on that front to my toolkit.

Here at some point I may share a drawing or two I’ve been playing with, rough as they are. And at some point down the road, it seems somewhat likely that I’ll be launching a new webcomic. In the meantime, I’ll be practicing and refining my artwork and having fun with it.