Thursday, July 23, 2015

Movie Review: Ant-Man

I have a deviantART page, which I have a link to above. Sometimes I'll post reviews on deviantART. My dad and I saw Ant-Man, and I posted a review for the movie on there. You can check it out here. Here's a hint about the review: Ant-Man is awesome!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Attention All Artists! Important Information About Copyrights (Updated)

Update: I'm posting an update here instead of at the bottom, since there's a lot of text to scroll through. According to at least one or two posts on Tumblr, one being here, The Next Great Copyright Act/Orphan Works thing is bogus (Graphic).

Works Cited

"Don't Believe the Hyperbole, There's No Orphan Works Law Before Congress." Blog posting. Date not given. Graphic Policy. Web. 30 July 2015.

I'm sharing this from BroHawk, a.k.a. David Williams, from deviantART:

Update thanks to Kenny Gordon:…                                       Thank you Sean Galloway for pointing this out.

Copyright law is about to change
For more than a year Congress has been holding hearings for the drafting of a brand new US Copyright Act. At its heart is the return of Orphan Works
What does this mean for artists? it means it will make it easier for infringers to steal artists works and harder for people who are making or trying to make a living out of art more difficult. This will effect every artist and all the artwork they have created, are creating, and will be created. Corporates, Big businesses, and publishers want this to pass to make money out off artists works without paying us artists for past, current, and future artwork.
Basic Facts About The Law Being Proposed - “The Next Great Copyright Act” would replace all existing copyright law. - It would void our Constitutional right to the exclusive control of our work. - It would “privilege” the public’s right to use our work. - It would “pressure” you to register your work with commercial registries. - It would “orphan” unregistered work. - It would make orphaned work available for commercial infringement by “good faith” infringers. - It would allow others to alter your work and copyright these “derivative works” in their own names. - It would affect all visual art: drawings, paintings, sketches, photos, etc.; past, present and future; published and unpublished; domestic and foreign. ** Ways to stop this or preventing these changes from happening** > > > > > > > DEADLINE IS NEXT THURSDAY: JULY 23, 2015 < < < < < < - share, reblog this post, spread it for other artists to take notice and action. - You can submit a letter on how this law can be an issue for you as an artist here. - Non-U.S. artists can email their letters to the attention of:
Catherine Rowland
Senior Advisor to the Register of Copyrights
U.S. Copyright Office

Message cont'd (2 of 2)
More About the Issue
Example Letters
Articles about this - 1, 2, 3, 4
“Right now nobody has to understand copyright law because you’re protected by it, but under the law they are proposing, copyright law wont protect you anymore.”
- Brad Holland (Quote from the video - at 1:23:30)
PDFs via the official US Copyright website:
Orphan Works and Mass Digitization
The Next Great Copyright Act
More information:

Return of the Son of the Orphan Works Act by Tom Richmond
According to Will Terry, who uploaded the video:
They are working with big corporations who I will also not name who stand to gain big time. Think about a company that has the largest search engine on the internet…they are putting lots of money behind this because there is a ton of money in controlling and selling all of our work. (x)
Which may explain why Googling the Orphan Works and Next Great Copyright Act yields so little results. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Monty Python's Gumby Revisited

"Monty Python's Gumby"
In a previous blog post, I posted about this artwork. I mentioned that my version of Gumby looked skinnier than Terry Gilliam's version. My version is actually a cartoon interpretation of Michael Palin as Gumby. Michael Palin tends to be very fit but lean. So I think it actually makes sense that this Gumby is skinny. While I'm on the topic of Monty Python, I'll mention that it's the one-year anniversary of Monty Python Live (Mostly) - One Down Five to Go. I bought the Bluray of the live show earlier this year. It's a great show! It was kind of sad when, at the end, it showed "Monty Python" and then what I guess was supposed to be the birth and death year. I was hoping that since they reunited for that show, they might do a movie like the previous ones they'd done: Monty Python's the Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's the Meaning of Life. They also did two that seem to be overlooked sometimes. There was And Now for Something Completely Different, and Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl. They might make more movies. I don't know. The Monty Python guys are unpredictable. They did do a documentary about Monty Python Live (Mostly). It's either titled Monty Python's the Meaning of Live, or just The Meaning of Live. Even if they don't do any more Monty Python stuff, there's decades of Monty Python stuff already. So, I can go back over all that. In any case, it was great to see Monty Python back together, or at least five of them. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mustang Fastback

"Mustang Fastback"
Here's a Mustang Fastback drawing I did back in 2005. I think I digitally colored this drawing after I got my Wacom tablet. I also put the title "Mustang" on on computer, rather than drawing it on there when I drew it on paper.

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Master Guide To Drawing Anime, By Christopher Hart

Christopher Hart has a new book available. It's titled The Master Guide to Drawing Anime. He talks about it in a journal entry on his deviantART page, here.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day, 2015

"Captain America"
I've blogged this artwork before but I decided to do it again for this. Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Movie Review: Jurassic World

Jurassic World is a phenomenal movie! Two brothers go to Jurassic World at Isla Nubar. The older made me think, “I know you miss your girlfriend, but YOU’RE ON AN ISLAND WITH LIVE DINOSAURS.” There were times when I saw him looking at other girls and I thought, “is he thinking of cheating on his girlfriend?”  The younger kid, who was very intelligent, had more appreciation for Jurassic World. But then the older kid seemed to get into the whole thing at one point. Bryce Dallas Howard played their aunt. I think her character played out in an interesting way in the movie. Chris Pratt was the hero of the film, although Howard had her  heroic moments as well. I really liked him in Guardians of the Galaxy, and his character in Jurassic World was different, but did have some humor, like Starlord. Pratt’s character helps them go after Indominus Rex, the new dinosaur that goes on the loose. Vincent D’Onofrio shows once again that he’s great at playing a bad guy. You get a hint of what his plans are at about the beginning of the movie.  Indominus Rex wreaks havoc, and the humans pursue her to try to put an end to said havoc. There’s a lot of action, adventure, great story. There are some touching moments, like when you see what Indominus Rex does to the other dinosaurs.  One familiar dinosaur does battle with Indominus Rex at the end of the movie. Another great thing about the movie was the music. You hear that familiar Jurassic Park theme music in parts of the movie.

This was a great movie, and I think it’s a great experience  for pretty much anyone, especially fans of the first three movies. There are one or two throwbacks to the previous movies in this one. B.D. Wong reprises his character. Also, look closely at the console of Jake Johnson’s character in the control room. I’m pretty sure you see a book written by Jeff  Goldblum’s character from the first two movies, and you see a picture of him on the back. Jurassic World is a great movie and I would love to own it on DVD or Bluray, or Bluray/DVD combo, when it comes out on those.