Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Nat on The Web...

this is my buddy, most of you know her as Natasha Eloi from The Space Channel but think of her as my little sis. Nat is is full effect in this interview...although l'm not mentioned l think she still had a great interview.

She is coming with us to SD..but she can't stay at our house because it's guys only....she can visit but we are going to be a bunch of very bad men.....with artistic talent.

l got a call yesterday from an old friend....he is at a new job at a HUGE toy company. Go baby Go.


Friday, April 25, 2008

please affects us all.

How Registries Will Orphan Your Work

by Brad Holland and Cynthia Turner

April 2, 2008

How Registries Will Orphan Your Work

When the Copyright Office spawned the Orphan Works bill (2006), they said it would not cause problems for artists. They were wrong. Now they concede the problems, but say registries are the solution. Wrong again.

PicScout is one of the technologies being developed for locating visual art. On March 13, they touted their capabilities to the House IP subcommittee:

“Our technology can match images, or partial information of an image – such as a single face of one person in a crowd, with 99% success... Over the years, we have established relationships with our partners and now track the use of millions of digital files stored in our huge centralized database.”

PicScout is just one of several firms that hope to benefit from the Orphan Works bill. They envision a future registry in which registered pictures will not be available for review or browsing. Instead a searcher would feed in a desired image and if there’s a match, get back only the artist’s name and contact information – or be told there is “no match.”

So far, so good – for all the pictures in the registry. But “no match” – there’s the rub.

You Can’t Find What’s Not in the Registry: Let’s say you haven’t registered a particular image in the system. In that case, the best technology in the world won’t find it there. So unless every picture you’ve ever done is registered, the searcher’s failure to find a match would actually orphan a non-orphaned image.

But let’s say you comply with this coercive bill. You register tens of thousands of your works with one or more commercial registries. Are these works now safe from infringement? No! They can still be orphaned. Here’s how:

PicScout’s claim of “99% success” concedes a margin of error of at least 1%. Sounds small, doesn’t it? But consider:

– Google has already said they intend to use millions of orphaned works. Other businesses will use millions more.
– One percent of every million searches means 10,000 registered images “accidentally” orphaned.
– Multiply 10,000 accidental orphans by millions of millions of searches and you have an astronomical number.
– These are images that will be orphaned even though the artists spent the time and money to register them.
– Will these artists be able to sue for infringement?
– Yes, but at their own risk, because
– The users’ use of registries will prove they did a “reasonably diligent search.”

And there’s another problem:
– It’s statistically impossible for each million searches to orphan the same 10,000 images.

– Every image you register will be permanently vulnerable to an infinite number of orphan opportunities; also:
– An image may turn up as a “match” on one registry – while being orphaned on another.

There are many reasons why international law forbids coerced registration as a condition of protecting your copyrights.We’ve just given you some.

We believe the technology being developed by PicScout and others is fantastic. But it should be used to help artists protect their rights; not to facilitate cultural theft on an unprecedented scale.

Please help us spread the word about this bad bill. Post or forward this email in its entirety to any interested party.

— Brad Holland and Cynthia Turner, for the Board of the Illustrators’ Partnership

Sunday, April 20, 2008

New stuff

l got my phone blazing fast with a 2gig we have lift-off.Thank gosh, for SKYPE and MagicJack....l'm a Wi-Fi dude now.

These are some sketches for some very cool work l'm doing ...l like to work in markers alot...l decided today on what l will do for my trip to Japan.

The work l get to do is so cool that l often laugh when l get off the phone.l can't believe they pay me to draw things like this...l live in a crazy world.l had a great week...talked shop to Hasbro...My buddy Troy is coming to Japan......Marvel is liking the new work...Rob Liefeld likes my new book? yep, that's an odd thing but that's how my life is. l saw the new updates on the!! it rocks....The Bluejay work l did was on the Jumbotron this weekend.

l am having so much fun....drawing , creating and designing.

peace, love and Art.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Star Wars Celebration Japan?..are kidding ...hellya.

I will be going to Japan.....that's right Lucasfilm has asked me to attend the Star Wars Celebration in Japan. Now last year l was supposed to go to London but my workload was nuts...but this year ..I'M GOING. The crew is going as well Fedel , George and some other jedi's will be there.

I will have a ton of things on sale as well as a limited edition print , T-shirts and a 100 pg sketchbook. l will also have a few custom things that will be ready for the trip.....l can't tell you how pumped l am to get a chance to represent Lucasfilm at this event. l have been a HUGE Star Wars fan for years and l could not have dreamed that l would get the chance to go to Japan let alone with the Lucasfilm family.

l'm doing things l've always wanted...sorry, dreamed of.

May the force be with you.....I"M GOING TO JAPAN, DUDE.


My family at Sketchbook has alerted me to artist , creators etc......we must take this as a attack on what we do...and who owns what.

these are scary it...then do something about it.

l am.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Martin Luther King Jr

l often think of what my life would be like if l made different choices...but the fact that l can make choices is a testament within it self. l am able to dream of drawing for marvel , Dc, Lucasfilm..etc...because Mr King dreamed that a brown child may be able to do it and not be denied based solely on the color of his/her skin.

Today in 1968 Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.

Peace and love to all of you...yes even the people who dislike me, actually, especially you.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Here is the cover of Cyborg last DC work before coming to Marvel.ahhhh....l liked that cover, J D Smith did me proud...Glapion did a amazing's so good to work with pro's....

This is Drew......say hi everyone.

Well it's another late be honest it's more like a early morning.l am SWAMPED 9 jobs on the go...The crew is working like a bunch of crazed animals.

l'll hit you all later...l'm sleepy.