Sansa Stark is slowly coming along. Redid the face, added all base colors, and have almost finished a hand. Wheee progress. This is one WIP I do not want to abandon. I must finish this. Any who wanted to share my progress.
Lady Sansa Color Work in Progress by *ladywinde
So I broke down and started to subscribe to Creative Cloud and downloaded Adobe Photoshop CS6. I downloaded Sakimichan’s brushes (you can get them here: http://sakimichan.deviantart.com/art/Photoshop-Brushes-343664542 ) too and started to go to town. This is the original sketch of Lady Sansa I uploaded earlier here: http://ladywinde.deviantart.com/art/Lady-Sansa-359213514 that I’m working on. While working on it I was looking at the picture saki has on the brush page linked earlier as a reference to experiment on which brushes were being used and how. Lots of switching! This will probably be a long process so just thought I’d share this. Super, super excited. Face is the only thing that has any details now. Everything else just has one flat color. We’ll see how this turns out.
Sleeping Twins by *ladywinde
The twins Musean and Libra sleep the morning away. The siblings cling to each other in their slumber like kittens seeking warmth.
These characters belong to Tartmuse in her work in progress “Cantica”.
Merry Christmas, my heart! Hope you like it! :D
My forever work in progress, but I haven’t thought of these two in a long time, but all I have are fond memories. <3
A commissioned piece I did sometime ago and I was debating if I should post it because I went against my own rule about commissions. >_> But hey, it’s not fan art, just some sandy-blond haired dude and an elf lady. :)
Ok, I’m just in a really nasty, pissy mood but WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON’T COMMISSION REGISTERED CHARACTERS!? Aimo does it all the time; she worked with David Motherfucking Gaider. I’m going to go cry and rage about how unfair this is. *sobs* It’s so beautiful. I can never have one. Unfair.
I’m sorry. :c And I know many artists do it too. Perhaps David Gaider has given Aimo the okay to do what she does. But I’m not Aimo and I don’t know David Gaider personally. It all boils down to whether or not we observe copyright etiquette. It’s either we do or we don’t. I’m just thinking about how I’d feel if someone commissioned another artist to draw an original character of mine without my knowledge. Until the day comes where I’m comfortable with that situation, I figure I won’t do that.
*shrug* Maybe I’m thinking about it too much.
Some people don’t understand that in order to sell a commission on registered copyrighted chars legally you have to have the ok from the people who hold the rights to them.
I remember asking someone who worked at BioWare at the time about this. They made it perfectly clear: You can’t make money off of something if you don’t have the okay. You run the risk of receiving c&d letters or much worse.
A lot of artists do fan art commissions illegally mostly from not knowing or not caring.
I’m willing to bet Aimo has recieved BioWare’s ok since, I believe, she has done work for other company’s as well like lucasarts and marvel and more(trading cards?). I could be wrong so feel free to correct me, Aimo.
Anyway, I support your decision, Roo. It’s a hard one to make. Sometimes we cave, which i admit I did too shortly after I decided to do the same.
Beautiful picture as always.
Reblogging for support and enforcement of ze law.
Note, you could probably get away with having someone do a commission of the OC you created in someone’s universe, like getting your Elf Mage drawn (alone), simply because that walks the safer line of being a derivative work. After all, you took some thought into creating that character and making her independent of the IP, even if the IP did inspire you to create her (but you can’t really be held legally liable for being inspired by something - otherwise all our works of fiction would legally infringe on each other). Plus, you can make the argument that she can’t exist as a copyrighted character in that world anyway, simply because “elf” and “mage” and “female” are all ideas that are uncopyrightable and stand alone in our common vernacular.
But yes. Such is the state of the world.
Protest Letter to EA [ @jakface_mcgee ]
So if you follow her on twitter, you’ll know that Jakface got a cease and desist letter from EA regarding her “Hunks of Thedas” calendar. Unfortunately, she still has 200 copies of the calendar left, and this will probably also halt production of her all-female version of the calendar.
I’ve never done any sort of protesty thing before [wheee, adventure!], but I’d like to start one protesting Jak’s cease and desist. We all know her work is fabulous, and I for one would love a female calendar, too.
There’s got to be some way that she and EA can come to a resolution that makes both parties happy. There are “unofficial” works done all the time [for example The Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter], and it would be lovely if EA could allow Jak to continue selling these calendars as some sort of “unofficial” Dragon Age product.
Ok. I am a baby law student. As in, I have been in law school for two weeks and one day. I am also a calendar purchaser. :)
I have been doing some reading & thinking, and here is my two cents:
As is really easy to figure out, the problem started when she made a lot of money of of it—that’s when people start to get ornery about copyright. Rightly so. Guys, you really can’t blame EA for protecting their copyright. Many of you are artists—think about how mad you would be if someone reproduced your art or used your work without your permission? EA’s defensive stance is natural and understandable.
The analogy to the companion HP guides is not exactly in service of your argument, as those are educational in nature and therefore entirely different. JKR’s objection to Steve Vanderark’s encyclopedia was that it 1) appropriated too much of her own content and did nothing original and 2) readers could confuse it for her encyclopedia that she was planning at the time. Both of these are strong and important arguments in that case. IF you wanted to compare this to something out of the Harry Potter fandom, I’d compare it to wizard rock—bands make money (some even make their living!) off of songs, shirts, etc. produced around themes, characters, items, locales, etc. in Harry Potter.
Why do they get away with this? Two reasons. First, Queen JKR is very supportive of the fan community and kind of lets us do what we want to do. Secondly, they could get by on the legal defense that their work is transformative, not derivative—taking text and putting it into music, a new form. EA and JKR are different in that Jo is one woman and the buck stops with her, while EA is a corporation with more copyright holders, more business stakes, and a less personal face.
The calendar could be argued to be transformative. Could be. Who knows if this would work. I imagine a legal question that would arise is “Would the calendar have sold as well without using copyrighted likenesses in the Dragon Age series?” We all no that answer is no. The strength of sales were based on its connections to the series, therefore, jak/Molly is profiting of another person’s copyright.
What I do know is that lawsuits are expensive and take a long time. If this were to go to suit or something, it would likely bring EA to crack down much more harshly on fan works in the future, and that is something none of us want to see. My opinion is that you follow what is in the letter. It sucks, but it would suck more to not follow the cease and desist and have them sue you. That would be really, really costly.
Also, if you cease and desist, I imagine they will still be fine with you and everyone else continuing to produce fan works, just not on as large of a for-profit scale as this one. Fan art works are in the interests of both the fan community and the corporation, but its the profiting aspect that makes it tricky.
Yes, this. I was about to type out the very same post, but you’ve beaten me to it! highfive, fellow baby law student!
Taking my shot at vector art in preparation for what’s to come
He is adorable. 8D
Cauth goes with Alistair to Kirkwall in Act 3. Alistair sends Cauth to Meredith to try and get her to listen to Hawke.
Alistair: You’re familiar with dealing with power-hungry paranoid DESPOTS. This should be a piece of cake!
Meredith: You’re also familiar with taking orders from them. And I’ll show you just what I think of your king sticking his nose in the business of RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Lady Winde drew this as a parody for something I’d written, but I think it stands, all things considered. Alistair/Cauthrien:
Every time I look at this picture I’m blown away. GRIFFONS. AMG. I can’t believe I was so lucky! Eeeeeee.
The art was done by Sinvraal, for the Grey Tales, which was written between myself, Shakespira, and Gene Dark for ze Bioware Big Bang Challenge at LJ.