tally-art:

I was on a panel about this last week at Rose City.  It’s a big topic, and I think a really interesting one that deserves discussion.  I’ve got my own rules about what I think is “ok” and not.  I would definitely stop if a creator or legal representative wanted me to.  I don’t mass-produce anything.  I don’t sell fan art for properties I perceive as independent / small-budget.  My fan art is always a departure from any official art that already exists.  I try to make something new, that I’ve really transformed to fit my style, just based on a character/property that already exists.  When I draw fan art, it’s always for something I genuinely like that I want to draw and share with other fans.
But in general, I don’t think that fan art is evil.  I think it can exist in perfect harmony with the property, and that it DOESN’T take money away from the official property merchandise if fan artists offer something new that wasn’t offered before.  I think that people who buy fan art tend to also give money to the official property, because they love it.  I think fan art builds community and fuels fan love around the original property, and that, in many ways, it’s actually very beneficial for the copyright owners to allow it.
I’ve had only good interactions with copyright holders finding my fan art.  I know that might not always be the case, but so far I’ve had really positive experiences making and, sometimes, selling fan art.

Preach, Tally!

tally-art:

I was on a panel about this last week at Rose City.  It’s a big topic, and I think a really interesting one that deserves discussion.  I’ve got my own rules about what I think is “ok” and not.  I would definitely stop if a creator or legal representative wanted me to.  I don’t mass-produce anything.  I don’t sell fan art for properties I perceive as independent / small-budget.  My fan art is always a departure from any official art that already exists.  I try to make something new, that I’ve really transformed to fit my style, just based on a character/property that already exists.  When I draw fan art, it’s always for something I genuinely like that I want to draw and share with other fans.

But in general, I don’t think that fan art is evil.  I think it can exist in perfect harmony with the property, and that it DOESN’T take money away from the official property merchandise if fan artists offer something new that wasn’t offered before.  I think that people who buy fan art tend to also give money to the official property, because they love it.  I think fan art builds community and fuels fan love around the original property, and that, in many ways, it’s actually very beneficial for the copyright owners to allow it.

I’ve had only good interactions with copyright holders finding my fan art.  I know that might not always be the case, but so far I’ve had really positive experiences making and, sometimes, selling fan art.

Preach, Tally!

tuesdayzoo:

Finally, an update from Robin Robinson!  
I had a beloved pet die on Saturday.  Sherlock the rat will be deeply missed.  This is his brother who I am now spoiling with way too much attention.  Watson is a three-footed rat who gets around great despite his lack of a back foot.  Here are lots of drawings of him.

Yeah. I’ll do tribute art for my beloved Sherles alter this week, but here is the surviving rat!  He’s my baby.  I don’t post much personal stuff but I’m really going to miss my little buddy.

tuesdayzoo:

Finally, an update from Robin Robinson!  

I had a beloved pet die on Saturday.  Sherlock the rat will be deeply missed.  This is his brother who I am now spoiling with way too much attention.  Watson is a three-footed rat who gets around great despite his lack of a back foot.  Here are lots of drawings of him.

Yeah. I’ll do tribute art for my beloved Sherles alter this week, but here is the surviving rat!  He’s my baby.  I don’t post much personal stuff but I’m really going to miss my little buddy.

tuesdayzoo:

This week on Tuesday Zoo- sketchbook edition:  Asian Small-clawed Otters!  If you’re ever at the National Zoo, I definitely would recommend checking these guys out at feeding time- it’s like they try to be in sixteen different places at once.

These are amazing animals and omfg Nicole made them EVEN CUTER.

tuesdayzoo:

This week on Tuesday Zoo- sketchbook edition:  Asian Small-clawed Otters!  If you’re ever at the National Zoo, I definitely would recommend checking these guys out at feeding time- it’s like they try to be in sixteen different places at once.

These are amazing animals and omfg Nicole made them EVEN CUTER.

Happy Birthday, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins!
(I’ll paint this later, for now, here’s a commemorative sketch!)

Happy Birthday, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins!

(I’ll paint this later, for now, here’s a commemorative sketch!)

readergonerogue:

thegorgonist:

I’m too exhausted from a convention weekend to even look at my cintiq right now, so to celebrate all my new followers and thank everyone who’s been with me so far, have a grumpy little witch holding a cat.

I just bought this at Rose City Comic Con! Couldn’t leave it behind — they’re both so completely and grumpily adorable. I also just discovered I had already liked this post. It was meant to be!

I’m so glad this drawing went out into the world with you!

readergonerogue:

thegorgonist:

I’m too exhausted from a convention weekend to even look at my cintiq right now, so to celebrate all my new followers and thank everyone who’s been with me so far, have a grumpy little witch holding a cat.

I just bought this at Rose City Comic Con! Couldn’t leave it behind — they’re both so completely and grumpily adorable. I also just discovered I had already liked this post. It was meant to be!

I’m so glad this drawing went out into the world with you!

The Gorgonist is booth 320 in exhibitors at Rose City Comic Con this weekend! Cone visit me, I’ll be do happy to see you!

Oh my!  I’m off to set up my booth at Rose City Comic Con right now!  This is my hometown show and I’m so excited to see everyone.  I’ll be in ehxibitors with a HUGE booth all to myself—hopefully a GIANT Ushala banner will greet you!  Find me at Booth 320 for TWO volumes of Ushala plus my newest picture book, Wanda’s Wart, and all my other books—and a giant swathe of prints, lots of cool magnets, handmade hairbows, and TONS of new jewelry.  This show is the debut of my new premium charms—printed and laser-cut from WOOD!  They are all woodland themed and unspeakably cute and fashionable.  I can’t wait to see everyone!  

Rondo Revolution
Homage to Revolutionary Girl Utena, one of the most beautiful and life-changing animated series of all time. It was a huge influence on me when I was a teen and needed it most, and I love sharing it with so many others. Rose and lavender, the best combination ^^  Nice to have a happy moment for these two, right?  You can get prints here and my dear Lucy in Bookland has an Utena tea available on Adagio you can get here!  So delicious!

Rondo Revolution

Homage to Revolutionary Girl Utena, one of the most beautiful and life-changing animated series of all time. It was a huge influence on me when I was a teen and needed it most, and I love sharing it with so many others. Rose and lavender, the best combination ^^  Nice to have a happy moment for these two, right?  You can get prints here and my dear Lucy in Bookland has an Utena tea available on Adagio you can get here!  So delicious!

onfroi:

Here you go thegorgonist!
Kivar from Ushala at World’s End. Awesome webcomic, check it out!

Fanart of Kivar (looking much better than she’s doing in the comic at the moment btw) from my bestie, onfroi!  Follow if you want to geek out about star trek ds9 and x-files right now, btw.    Onfroi will hook you up!

onfroi:

Here you go thegorgonist!

Kivar from Ushala at World’s End. Awesome webcomic, check it out!

Fanart of Kivar (looking much better than she’s doing in the comic at the moment btw) from my bestie, onfroi!  Follow if you want to geek out about star trek ds9 and x-files right now, btw.    Onfroi will hook you up!

Ushala at World’s End Episode 3 pages 20-23

A quiet conversation after a very bad dream.  With chapter 3 we really slowed things down, taking time to develop some tensions and also tell some quieter stories.  Don’t worry, things will end with action and chapter 4 will be crazy!  We’re actually having an OFFICIAL SITE built right now, so my excitement is overflowing.  In the meantime (and even afterwards, we’ll be mirroring) read on smackjeeves.

Robin Robinson draws pictures, books, and comics for children who have and have not grown up yet. Contact me: rob@thegorgonist.com

Books

  • Bad Day Monsters
  • Murder of Crows Journal
  • The Last Keyhole