Posts Tagged ‘Ouroboros’

Thoughts On Week 2: Notes From London: Above & Below @KICKSTARTER!

April 16, 2015

One week has passed since my Kickstarter book project launched. It’s been quite exciting, first, being chosen as a Kickstarter Staff Pick and of course receiving encouragement and many kind words from friends around the world. To date, Notes From London: Above & Below is now at 16% of its $3,000 goal, with 23 days until the campaign ends on May 10 at 3:20PM.

For the duration of the campaign, I’ll post illustrations from this unique book here and at my Kickstarter page which you can reach from this link:

You are invited to comment and /or post your questions and of course Pledge Your $upport to help bring this creative endeavor to life!

I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your contributions!

Notes From London: Above & Below is a very special book for me. It not only distills many of the strange and wonderful experiences of my travels to London from 2002-2009 but also marks important milestones in both my creative development and family dynamics that are reflected on my dedication page.

So, without further ado, here is the illustration called Lillith@Shoreditch. Spotted at Apostrophé, a tasty, inviting café in East London’s media district, this unusual person and her ‘pets’ was a drawing just waiting to happen. The annotation that appears next to her explains it all…LillithShoreditch

Copyright, Copywrong, Copyrighteous?

October 24, 2011

n a perfect world, Art, Literature and Music would be as essential to life as air, food and water. The concept of copyright protection for intellectual property would be considered unnecessary and paranoid. But then, so would all the laws addressing moral perversions and the lack of honesty in business, politics and daily human interactions. Sure, this sounds simplistic, but as the laws surrounding the compromise and protection of creative production become become ever more byzantine, I find magical thinking of some comfort. Yet rarely has our civilization truly supported creativity in the arts to the extent of allowing artists, musicians and writers to be financially at ease so as to produce their best work and thereby esthetically enrich us all. Instead, we have had to unite through disparate organizations to lobby for legislation that protects the products of our hands and minds, if for no other reason than to prevent others being able to financially or intellectually benefit from them. In the past, when words and ideas were confined to parchment, paper and canvas, the expense and inconvenience of copying them allowed some moral discretion to prevail, but as our virtual online presence metastasizes, so does our grasp of physical reality fade. Because much of what we now produce creatively begins and ends online, it seems to disappear into a boundless black hole, so to speak, where we cannot see who may eventually make use of it and for what purpose. The only thing we do know is that we will likely never reap the fruits of that work in our lifetimes, if at all. Perhaps a web presence like Creative Commons self-righteously and idealistically purports to democratize intellectual property, yet I suspect its tenets are less than altruistic. While techno-corporate giants like the social networks, Google and Amazon engage in ‘copywrong’ skirmishes strategically vying for ownership of our intellectual property, they are quietly usurping it with no real intention of compensating us fairly.  And, as the old cliché illustrates, when elephants fight, the grass beneath them must bend or die. It’s no longer safe to assume that you still own your work once it leaves your drawing table or iteration of Photoshop. Creative property etymologically infers ownership, but that is truly a misnomer unless all that you create never leaves your studio. So for now, expensive though it may be, we must protect ourselves and our work within the existing legal grid. That said, I am reminded yet again that I need to gather my creative output from this past year and send it off to Washington where it will become another link in our Library of Congresses’ vast chain of numbers ‘officially’ filed in the event that infringement circumstances force their retrieval.

You may think what you like about the Ouroboros, the mythological symbol of death and rebirth that surrounds the ‘copyright C’ above, but if you like it well enough to copy it, at least ask first. You might be surprised at my answer…