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Creative Commons

Most, if not all, artists worry incessantly about others stealing their creative works. This leads many to add watermarks on the images on their websites, ruining the viewing experience for the audience. In the end all these precautions are unnecessary due to copyright, and creative commons. Copyright as defined by copyright.gov:

Ҥ 102 . Subject matter of copyright: In general28

(a) Copyright protection subsists, in accordance with this title, in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. Works of authorship include the following categories:

(1) literary works;

(2) musical works, including any accompanying words;

(3) dramatic works, including any accompanying music;

(4) pantomimes and choreographic works;

(5) pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works;

(6) motion pictures and other audiovisual works;

(7) sound recordings; and

(8) architectural works.

(b) In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.”( copyright.gov).

Now, you also have the option of Creative Commons:

“What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs. “(creativecommons.org).


Sources:

copyright.gov

creativecommons.org

artprintissues.com

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The Art of Life

Life consists of a multitude of choices and depending on the choices you make ( and unforseen occurrences) it will lead you down many paths. Including some that you might not have expected or wanted, requiring you to adapt to the situation at hand. As the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

For instance, I have an Associates in Science Degree for Mechanical Drafting; although to date I have not been able to acquire a job in this field. As a result of this unexpected outcome ( natural and spontaneous change ) my career has gone down a completely different path. It has forced me to turn my artistic skills ( which I learned from my mother, high school art teacher, books, and the Internet ) into a career. I have also been able to use skills that I learned from my time in school to my advantage. Such as how to represent objects in three-dimensional space with CAD ( computer aided drafting ) software, thus increasing my spatial awareness helping me to better envision the objects I draw.This knowledge also made it quite a bit easier for me to learn Blender, and Inkscape.

I will end with a bit of advice:

Due to unforseen occurrences my career has taken a different path than I envisioned.  the skills I learned were not used in the way, or at the time I had planned. That does not mean the time I spent attaining my degree was wasted .It is quite the opposite, it actually helped my art career.You should continue learning everything you can, whenever you can to enlarge your mental library. The mere knowledge you acquire the more you have to draw on when completing any, in this case creative, task.


Talking about education here are a few sources I use:

  1. Proko
  2. Alphonso Dunn
  3. Feng Zhu
  4. Ctrl+Paint