Over the years, I’ve been doing digital illustrations as a hobby. After multiple pushes from the family and friends’ side, I finally decided to start selling them. I’ve developed the whole lot of original characters; there’s a whole freaking alternative Universe living in my head. Another thing I was told is to start writing books, but I think one thing at the time is more than enough :). I wrote a few books, but that was a long time ago.
So, anyway, I figured since the U.S. Copyright Office charges the same good ol’ $35 for one picture or a bunch, I’ll be submitting my illustrations to it in batches, like 10-15, united by a theme. With Ken, we’re sometimes asked as to why we don’t put any watermarks at our works. Well, it is as simple as an orange, as they say in Russia.
First, a watermark makes photograph/illustration look totally freaky. Second, by doing that you pose yourself as a petty and mean person (no offense meant to watermark fans – we’re all turned on by something). Third, there’s software that can trace every single download of a copyrighted picture, and it’s not something unaffordable. Lastly, if you just stole the picture to print it out and give to your favorite aunt, I don’t think it’s a matter of national security. You probable weren’t ever going to buy it anyway, right? Another thing is if you stole it and sell in your Etsy store by the dozen – then you are in trouble.
I’ve seen a lot of illegal copies of my books online. You think it bothers me? No! I’m glad people are reading my books :). I’d come to a bookstore a few days after a title was released – and they were sold out! So much for illegal copying :).
Anyway, I’m almost all prepared to start selling my illustrations. Now, I do make them simple. Mostly :). I could, of course, go for a pixel fancy ones, where you don’t know where to look first. But I figured – oftentimes the less, the better. As P!nk sings: “Don’t be fancy, just get dancy!” So, I did :).
I compose electronic music too sometimes, but I don’t think it is anything as good as P!nk’s :).
BTW, speaking of fancy, the digital lace sketch for that fancy Victorian clock I wrote about is all ready to go. Soon I’ll apply it in the real world and see how it works. Gonna be fun! 🙂
Let me know what you think :).