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What Indie Artists Search on Amazon

19 May

Amazon-and-Copyrights-of-Artists-Rusty-Doodle

It’s been a super long while since my last post and yet unfortunately, this is sort of a ranting cartoon comic about Amazon image thieves sellers who are stealing and profiting from indie artists’ artworks.

Don’t get me wrong, as a consumer, I like Amazon on how I can get products like the Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Color Pocket Plus that are not available locally.

However, the image thieves are increasingly hurting indie artists real bad by stealing more and more of their artworks from various websites like Zazzle and other print on demand companies and selling them on Amazon. While you can send out infringement notices to Amazon to take out those products, which in itself will take a while, the thieves can easily and quickly duplicate the stores under a new name in Amazon and start selling again.

I spent yesterday JUST combing Amazon and sending out infringement notices. I found 38 instances but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. My fellow artists and designers on Zazzle has been sending out infringement notices every other day! It’s is like you shut down one, a few more pops up on Amazon. I can’t imagine doing this zero value activity everyday instead of drawing!

If you think it’s only affecting artists, do note that this issue also affects YOU as a consumer. It is questionable if this image thieves do fulfil the orders. And even if they do, consumers run the risk of receiving products with poor quality images because the images stolen are for web quality not print quality.

If you are an artist or has friends who are artists, please spread the word and raise awareness on this matter. Sooner or later the thieves are going to come to you too if Amazon doesn’t step up the preventive measures.

There is an on going petition to Amazon do something about this matter. It is started by fellow designer, Cindy Bendel. If you will like to support this cause or read up more information on this, please visit the petition site.

Side note: This piece is different from what I publish usually because I drew this out in pen, scanned and digitally coloured it.

In addition, a quick update about what’s going on, I am spending more time learning and practising new art forms such as watercolour painting, stamp carving and brush lettering. And I have started an Instagram account to document my doodles.

Smile! It’s Christmas!

24 Dec

Rusty Doodle Cosy Christmas

The title and picture says it all! Embrace the positivity of the Christmas spirit!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everyone! 🙂

Captain America … No not really

9 Jun

Here is a new comic strip loosely adapted from the 2nd movie of the Captain America series, Captain America: The Winter Soldier! Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn’t watch the movie.
captain america spoof part 1

captain america avengers spoof part 2

You know from my superpower post that I am pretty much a geek when it comes to superheroes.

Captain America however is a hero that doesn’t really click with me. I mean you all know how I am a skinny lad and Steve Rogers (Captain America) has the easy way out with the super soldier serum, transforming from a physically frail body into a super athletic with peak strength, agility and stamina. Hats off to Chris Evans for undergoing crazy training regime and diet to achieve the look for Captain America.

I don’t advocate violence but every time Captain America uses his shield against those bullets in the movie, I can’t help but wickedly wonder why don’t any of the henchmen shoot at Captain America’s legs. Is there something hypnotic about that shield or perhaps because the shield is a big moving object and its design resembles a bullseye so people has a natural tendency to aim at that?

And importantly for Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie, why didn’t the cops arrest Captain America at the end? Granted that he save the world but did you realise he is a thief. He stole a truck to drive to the S.H.I.E.L.D’s old base, broke in to the base, stole the “Falcon” wingpack and the Captain America war outfit from the museum.

This comic strip that took me quite a few days to do. It’s been a challenge coming up with so many different characters and trying to fit the story (including the “action scene”) that I had in mind, in as few frames as possible. But it is a fun experience since I love superheroes.

I hope you like it as much as I do! Do share the comic strip with your friends who are superhero geeks like me. 😀

Starving Artist

15 Apr

Rusty Doodle - Starving Artist

Gosh I have disappeared for the whole of March! I started doodling the above comic strip since mid February but didn’t complete it till today. I have been focusing on making a living from doodling and it is hard work! I have to constantly yell at my procrastinating self to go away so that I can focus.

That reminded me of something that happened today. I was messaging my friends over Whatsapp around lunchtime and I was telling them that I was working on something and will be having my lunch at a later time. My friend was shocked and immediately asked “You found a job? How come I don’t know?”

Hey Peeps! Doodling IS my job! Although it is not like a conventional job. 😀

Back to the comic strip, the back story that inspired the strip was that one of my friends treated me to dinner for designing a business logo for her business. It is kind of like barter trade isn’t it? With no exchange of money, just doodles for food! But somehow, the starving artist idea came along, partially because of the notion that it is difficult to make money from art and also because I was hungry while doodling. Anyway, the ending changed to Rusty munching on the paper doodle of a hamburger instead. I actually did munch on paper when I was young because I was wondering if it taste good and what will my poo look like. I even suggested that my brother eat some paper too. I was a curious kid! Hey, curiosity is a gift… of sorts!

Hmm… I can’t remember though what the taste was like or how the poo turn out. But I don’t think I will want to experiment on it again.

Now did you ever munch on paper? I am pretty sure I ain’t the only weird one. 🙂

Somebody loves you

9 Feb

Rusty Doodle - Somebody Loves You

Hooray on my first comic strip for 2014!

Valentine’s day is coming in a few days. And while it is all lovely dovey, being single on Valentine’s day can be a rather miserable feeling. So here’s a shout out to all the singles (including myself) – Remember, some bunny loves you!

And if you have abundance of love, do share a little bit of your love to your single friends by sending them the above little comic strip to let them know you care about them in a bunny funny way. 😀

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