Archive for July, 2012
The original version of this screenprinted poster was exhibited as part of the 2011 Artcrank London event and the run of only 60 very quickly sold out.
I normally avoid doing reprints of any of my pieces but on this occasion there was a lot of interest, so I have created a ‘2nd edition’ run of the print consisting of 100 signed & numbered prints with a small #2 ‘cog-motif’ in the bottom right corner to indicate the edition.
Suitably inspired by this year’s Tour de France, I also decided to rework the slogan into a t-shirt design! You can pick up a poster and a shirt together and save a bit of money (which you can then spend on shiny bike bits).
Thanks so much for the continued interest in this print!
Calling all dungeoneers, pen & paper adventurers, dice rollers, & online mauraders!
I’m very pleased to announce the start of a new series of prints I’m putting together celebrating the intrepid adventurer’s neverending quest for LOOT!
Though I’ve dabbled in more recent online fantasy games such as World of Warcraft and Diablo, my original love for the dungeons & dragons genre most certainly sprung to life from the pages of the countless Adventure Gamebooks I read as a young ‘un. I’m sure you recall the ones – where the reader is able to make decisions during the story by turning to different pages at the end of each section.
Whatever world the story is set in – be it Magnamund, Titan, or Azeroth – they always share the gameplay element of slaying baddies and finding chests in order to aquire treasures, weapons, and magical items. The colloquial term for loot obtained in this manner is, of course, DROPS… and in order to celebrate the upgrades, the vendor trash, the overpowered, and the hunter loot, here is my first design in the Dungeon Drops series:
This will be hand screenprinted in a limited edition run and will come with a few other goodies too…
Keep your swords sharp, and watch this space for further updates adventurers…
I’m currently working on a piece of research & writing to address a growing trend in the design and illustration industry – unofficially created posters, prints and apparel based on existing popular intellectual property.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
One of the things that has come out of my research so far is that some people aren’t fully aware of this issue, or are assuming it refers to artists copying the work of other artists. So in an attempt to make it a little clearer, I’ll give an example:
David Pencils just graduated design college and is thrust into the world of freelancing. His favourite design blogs often showcase cool looking movie and gig posters which seem to be popular, so he decides to create similar work for his blog and puts together a series of posters based on his favourite films. These generate a lot of interest so he gets a short run of prints made and sells them online. Since he is creating the work himself and in his own style, he assumes this is absolutely fine.”
Now this kind of scenario seems to be happening more and more, and is something that many designers and illustrators can get more than a little angry about. The issue in the above example is that Dave does not have the rights to create derivative works based on someone else’s property. He is infringing copyright and is most certainly open to being legally challenged by the rights owners.
This is frustrating for some designers who go out of their way to ensure they have permission to create licensed work, and feel that those who do not are acting unprofessionally and often getting away with it. On the other side of the coin, some designers believe this is fine.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
So, the purposes of my research and article are as follows:
- Canvass opinions of people involved in the industry (consumers as well as creators) to get a feel for how much is currently understood about copyright issues. Just what are the grey areas? What is the current consensus?
- Examine the actual laws around copyright and provide an easier to understand breakdown of how they apply.
- Provide some quotes from well known artists, designers, and industry types giving their take on how to tread professionally or an insight into their own experiences with licensing and copyright.
I plan to create a free resource which will be held on the UK POSTER ASSOCIATION website, as well as do a more in-depth write-up (along with the results of the survey) on this blog.
HOW CAN I HELP?
You can complete the short survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BCRLLFY and if you would like to contribute a specific quote or experience then please drop me an email to gdpilling AT gmail DOT com.
This is an ongoing project which is fairly time consuming, so I am fitting it in around other work, but I hope to complete it this month.
Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to complete the survey or contribute to the project so far, as well as all the kind words of encouragement I’ve received; it is all very much appreciated!