Saturday, June 20, 2009

Should artists let large profitable companies use their art online for free?

There is not much to add to the letter below by Craig Frazier, Member of the Society of Illustrators - I urge everyone to read about this topic. I remember discussions in other forums about artists being expected to work for free and be "grateful " for the exposure they get. One such discussion had taken place on deviantArt News way back in August 2007 - it seems that issue is never going to go away. Now Google has asked Artists to work for free also.

As reported recently in the New York Times, Google has invited prominent illustrators to contribute work to be featured as options for Google’s customers to use as skins on Google’s new Web browser, Google Chrome, in exchange for the “opportunity to have their work shown to millions” (in other words, Google would not pay for the artwork). ......More..........

June 16, 2009

Dear Google,

Thanks for your reply to my email—which I will take as an invitation to further engage in the debate. As the NY Times article and several postings on have indicated—this is a very important issue to the creative community—in this case designers and illustrators. ......More..........

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Fantastic Realism and Surrealism, an Excursion into Bogomil's Universe

Bogomil's Universe is an excursion into the realms of the "Inner Universe" - a parallel universe that exists in the mind, and glimpses thereof are presented here. I am increasingly reluctant to speak of my work as strictly and exclusively surrealistic. While Surrealism provided the initial spark, and some of the methods of Surrealism are employed, I do not suppress the influence of the rational and selective focus. Thus, particularly in later works, there is to be found a conscious juxtapositioning of the complementary forces of inspiration and reason.
I do not concern myself with the elimination of the rational, the exclusivity of the irrational and the absurd, but presentation of the conscious and subconscious world as an inseparable whole. I draw my inspirations from the layered labyrinthic underground which represents the "other side" of life, which is an "inner" imaginative-inspirational counterpart to the "outer" world, expressed with the help of logic-alogic associations, analogisations and symbolism.
My interest in Religion and Mythology is particularly expressed in my drawings. Technically, they are counterpoint to the Bogomil Cyclus paintings, relying almost entirely on the action of the sharpened pencil point on virginal paper, as opposed to textured surfaces as inspirational departure points in my paintings. In both instances however, the outcome is not pre-determined. The act of painting or drawing is a memorable trip into the uncharted realms of the "Inner Universe", the results of which are presented to you here after the fact.