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Tuesday, December 16, 2008


5-day auction @ Feebay

Don't forget... Arwen has less than a day left, and Bettie Page has 1day5hrs left, get them before they are gone gone gone.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Bettie Page

5 day auction (click the pic to go to feebay)

Arwen ACEO

5 day feebay auction. (click the pic to go to feebay)

Don't forget my Will Turner ACEO auction ends in just a little over 3 days.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Will Turner

and that goofy hat he was wearing at the end of POTC1.

For Sale @ Feebay.

Also I've started listing some of my older ACEO's at my ETSY.

Buy Handmade

Monday, December 01, 2008

Orphan Works: Lame Duck Countdown



Part I. Little Known Facts

Congress will reconvene for a lame duck session next week. That means Orphan Works backers may try again to pass their bill by suspending the rules. We believe this bill is too controversial to be passed by backroom dealing. It would let commercial interests harvest and monetize the personal property of ordinary citizens without their knowledge.

The bill can be improved, and we've offered amendments that would improve it. But there's not enough time to improve it during a lame duck session. The bill should be held over until the next session of Congress, when those whose livelihood it will threaten can have the opportunity to present their case.

Over the next few days, we'll highlight some little known facts about the way this bill has been conceived, drafted and promoted. We believe these facts raise serious questions about the legislative process that has brought this legislation to the brink of passage:

1. The "legislative blueprint" for the Orphan Works bill was not the result of the Copyright Office's year-long Orphan Works Study. It was drafted before the study began, by law students who made no apparent effort to survey its potential impact on commercial markets.

2. The blueprint was drafted under the guidance of a legal scholar who opposes current copyright protections. He has written that authors in the internet age "may not need the long, intense protection afforded by conventional copyright -- no matter how much they would like to have it."

3. The Copyright Office received barely 200 relevant letters to their Orphan Works Study. Although they testified to Congress that the number was "over 850," they failed to acknowledge that more than 600 letters had to be dismissed as irrelevant or too vague to determine their relevance to orphaned work.

4. In their Orphan Works Report, the Copyright Office failed to acknowledge a unified statement submitted by 42 national and international visual arts organizations. This statement called for the maintenance of existing copyright protections and warned that a bill drafted too broadly would spread uncertainty in commercial markets.

5. The Copyright Office studied the specific subject of orphaned work, yet concluded they had discovered a widespread "market failure" in commercial markets. But since they didn't study commercial markets, there's no evidence for this conclusion in their report.

6. The principal author of the Orphan Works Report has acknowledged that their true goal was to "pressure" working authors into relying on registries to protect their work. He said this was necessary because artists and photographers have "failed to collectivize."

7. The first commercial Orphan Works domain name was registered by an anonymous party more than two years before the Copyright Office announced their Study. Did this anonymous party have a crystal ball? How did he know the Copyright Office would ever study orphan works? How did he know they'd open the door to commercial usage? And why did he register anonymously?

8. Two of the key players in the legislative process have already left government service and gone to work for companies that stand to profit from passage of the bill. On the other hand, one of the parties who testified in favor of the bill has already gone to the Copyright Office. She's now in charge of orphan works.

We think these and other little known facts give lawmakers sufficient reason not to pass this bill without a thorough vetting.

Tomorrow: The Legislative Blueprint: How a copyright critic and his students tackled the "orphan works issue."

Monday, September 29, 2008


If you'd rather not repost this entire thing to your blog you are more than welcome to post a link to this entry with your thoughts... this is so important, and I feel we are going to get royally screwed over this.

Orphan Works: Legislation by Misdirection

The architects of the Orphan Works Act have already placed testaments to the bill on their websites:

Senator Leahy: http://leahy.senate.gov/issues/OrphanWorks.html
Senator Hatch: http://tinyurl.com/3jsq5o

They say this "landmark intellectual property bill" will "unlock proverbial attics of copyrighted works" whose owners can't be found. Is that really what all the fuss has been about?

No. If that were the case, the problems could be solved with a modest expansion of Fair Use. It's not proverbial closets we fear seeing unlocked. It's our commercial inventories, which would be exposed to potential infringement.

And while one Senator pointedly writes that the bill "does not dramatically restructure copyright law" (emphasis added), he's right: it doesn't "restructure" it. It merely redefines an orphaned work so broadly that it would let users infringe millions of works as orphans on the premise that some might be.

And why, if the bill is only meant to benefit libraries and museums, have the doors been opened wide for commercial usage?

A Fundamental Change to Copyright Law

For us, the saddest of these postings is on the Copyright Office website itself. http://www.copyright.gov/orphan/ There, Marybeth Peters, the Register of Copyrights explains that this bill is necessary because the U.S., in trying to harmonize our law with international agreements, has created too many orphans.

But that's not the sad part. There are orphans. She's entitled to her belief. And as Register of Copyrights, she's entitled to lobby for a change in the law. But what's sad is that the Register, who we've respected for years as an advocate for creators rights, has chosen to justify this legislative scheme by mischaracterizing the honest objections that creators have raised in good faith, again and again.

Here's how she summarizes the objections of the hundreds of thousands of artists, writers, photographers and musicians who oppose this bill:

"Some critics [she writes] believe that the legislation is unfair because it will deprive copyright owners of injunctive relief, statutory damages, and actual damages. I do not agree."

Well, those are all real issues, but they've never been our focus. We've made our case clearly, simply and often.

Our objection goes to the heart of the matter. Here it is, as one of us expressed it in his opening statement at the Small Business Administration Roundtable, August 8:

"The bill's sponsors say it's merely a small adjustment to copyright law. In fact, its logic
reverses copyright law. It presumes that the public is entitled to use your work as a primary right and that it's your obligation to make your work available. If this bill passes, in the United States, copyright will no longer be the exclusive right of the copyright holder."
- From "Orphan Works: A Hobson's Choice for Artists," by Brad Holland August 8 2008

And in case the point needed elaboration:

"This exclusive right matters to artists for three reasons:
· Creative control: No one can change your work without your permission;
· Ownership: No one can use your work without your permission;
· Value: In the marketplace, your ability to sell exclusive rights to a client triples the value
of your work.
- http://ipaorphanworks.blogspot.com/2008/08/orphan-works-hobsons-choice-for-artists.html

The Orphan Works Act passed by the Senate Friday explicitly voids that exclusive right as expressed in Article 9 of the Berne Copyright Convention:
(1) Authors of literary and artistic works protected by this Convention shall have the exclusive right of authorizing the reproduction of these works, in any manner or form.

(2) It shall be a matter for legislation in the countries of the Union to permit the reproduction of such works in certain special cases, provided that such reproduction does not conflict with a normal exploitation of the work and does not unreasonably prejudice the legitimate interests of the author.

(3) Any sound or visual recording shall be considered as a reproduction for the purposes of this Convention.

There can be no responsible argument that the Orphan Works Act is consistent with Article 9 of Berne. None.

Simple reason: the Orphan Works Act does not limit exemptions to an author's exclusive right to "certain special cases." Case closed.

There are many other reasons to object to this terrible bill: it violates the entirety of Article 9. But we only need to make this single point to show that it's a radically new copyright law.

Hiding the Rabbit

The key to the Congressional magic act has been to hide an anti-copyright rabbit in an Orphan Works hat while misdirecting attention to a tedious debate about "reasonably diligent searches," injunctive relief and statutory damages.

Meanwhile the secret of the trick has been simple: redefine an orphaned work as "a work by an unlocatable author."

This new definition would permit any person to infringe any work by any artist at any time for any reason - no matter how commercial - so long as the infringer found the author sufficiently hard to find.

Since everybody can be hard for somebody to find, this voids a rights holder's exclusive right to his own property. It defines the public's right to use private property as a default position, available to anyone whenever the property owner fails to make himself sufficiently available.

This is a new definition of copyright law.

The headline on the Copyright Office website should read:

In the United States, Copyright Will No Longer Be the Exclusive Right of the Copyright Holder.

This headline would at least have the virtue of candor.

On March 13, the Register of Copyrights testified before the House IP Subcommittee. On page 1 of her testimony she said:

"Every country has orphan works and I believe that, sooner or later, every country will be motivated to consider a solution. The solution proposed by the Copyright Office is a workable one and will be of interest to other countries."

You can bet it will be of interest to other countries, because the copyrights of other countries can now be orphans in the U.S. too. The Copyright Office and the Senate have thrown down a gauntlet to the world.

Write your congressional representatives today and tell them not to follow.

-Brad Holland and Cynthia Turner, for the Board of the Illustrators' Partnership

Tell the House Judiciary Committee not to adopt the Senate version.

We've supplied a special letter for this purpose:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Last week was my mom's birthday... She's a HUGE Elvis collector, this is what I made for her.

Box Dimensions: Height: 1.75 inches Width: 3 inches. Medium: Acrylics

Saturday, August 02, 2008



You are cordially invited to attend

How Will the Orphan Works Bill Economically Impact Small Entities?
Friday, August 8, 2008
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Salmagundi Club
47 Fifth Avenue (between 11th & 12th Streets)
New York, NY 10003
Free Admission

Please attend this important industry event. Let government officials hear directly from those of us who will be harmed if this bill passes.

Until now, the Orphan Works bill has been driven by anti-copyright forces and special interest groups. This will be our first opportunity to be heard in a government sponsored forum devoted to the business interests of copyright holders. The Roundtable will be chaired by Tom Sullivan, Director of the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration (SBA). It will give artists from the Northeast the chance to explain the impact of Orphan Works legislation on our careers and the art we create.

  • Will the cost of compliance create an unreasonable burden on artists, writers and musicians?

  • Will the failure to register work lead to the loss of copyrights?

  • Why should artists be forced to supply their business data to commercial databases?

  • Will the bill create a new business model favoring large corporations at the expense of individual artists?

  • Will this change the nature of competition for all of us?

Eighteen distinguished panelists, all from the creative community, will represent the copyright interests of illustrators, photographers, fine artists, art licensors, writers, musicians, and the collateral businesses that serve and are dependent on creators.

Congress established the Office of Advocacy under Pub. L. 94-305 to represent the views of small entities before Federal agencies and Congress. Advocacy is an independent office within the Small Business Administration.

This event will be webcast.
PLEASE RSVP to illustratorspartnership@cnymail.com and include the names of those attending.

You may review the agenda, the panelists and their biographies on the IPA blog:

Email Marketing by
Illustrators Partnership of America | 845 Moraine Street | Marshfield | MA | 02050

Wednesday, July 30, 2008







To find your Senators' phone numbers go to the Illustrators' Partnership Orphan Works site:


At the top of the home page, click on "Elected Officials"
You'll find a US map:
Click on your state,
Then "Senators,"
Then click on each Senator's name,
Then click "Contact."
This will give you their phone numbers.

Please phone and fax them both.
Please call everyone you know who is an interested party and tell them we must act immediately to prevent passage of this bill.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

New Site on the Horizon.

For nearly the past year I've been getting the royal runaround from Comcast's Customer Service and Tech Support, about my webpage server. During their 'Big Server Upgrade' it broke, meaning I wasn't able to connect to it any longer with my FTP. Every time I'd call and put in a Service Ticket their Genius Technician's would send an email to the email account testing it instead of the PWP server. O_o nearly a YEAR.

The past week I've been sending them nasty emails trying to get it resolved. Apparently the only FIX to the BROKEN servers is to use IE's FTP function. I don't use IE - not after my WoW account got hacked after a key logger got on my old pc because IE is NOT SECURE! I shouldn't have to use IE when my FTP was working just fine, and it's only on ONE account out of 4, that alone tells me it's a SERVER PROBLEM, not my FTP.

Oh Well.. I've deleted the broken account and I have to start from scratch.... again.

Friday, July 18, 2008


Only finished her about a half hour ago.

click the image to go to the auction.


I've just lowered the prices on all of my prints @ Etsy to just 18.00 each (not including shipping)

Buy Handmade

All of my discontinued prints have been listed for the low LOW price of only 9.99 each!

Commissions are STILL OPEN for anyone who's interested in getting a hand painted skech card by me!
[ click here ]

Monday, June 30, 2008

Origins [recap]

We had a rather rocky start, kinda spun a bad vibe for me for the rest of the weekend. When we first arrived, we were really lost, so I called Laura (the asst director) to try and figure out where we could unload, I was a little shocked when Thesser answered since I was expecting a woman's voice... he was awesome, he sent a volunteer with a cart to help me out. Everyone was so friendly and helpful! I got to finally meet Andy Hopp (who was also the guest of honor) if you ever get the chance to meet him, he's a whirlwind of fun.

Over all it was a decent show, smaller than what I though it was. Next year I need to rethink my layout... I definitely need something on the end of my table to draw people in, much like I ended up doing for Tim's booth... too many people passed right by me without glancing in. >.<>it's all good stuff.

I had a ton of fun with Tim & Mike, Columbus is Beautiful, and that North Market is awesome.

Andy was pimping the hell out of his Con on the Cob, which sounds really fun, but I'm not sure if it'd be worth it for us to drive all the way out there... But it all depends on the outcome of GenCon, and what else there is here that I can do locally.

The entire Origins Art Show Staff was just an awesome bunch!
I know there are more pictures of me, the group photo and several candid shots taken by the origins photographer, that will eventually show up on the Origins website... I'll post them once they are up.


Tim has 7 days to live... Left to Right: Tim Lantz & Mike Bocianowski @ Ted's Montana Grill (btw, they have awesome Bison Meatloaf!)

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My Booth:
The tables were much smaller than I'm used to, and I had to set Maya's stuff up in her own little spot.

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My Art Contest Entries:
At first I wasn't going to enter, because I spent all of my high school and college year in formal competition, for me that's something you do when you're younger. But I changed my mind later on... and entered "Lament" in Best Color & "Jack & Jill" in Best Monochrome. To my surprise... Lament won First Place in Color and First Place in Fan Favorite. Jack & Jill came in Second. I was completely surprised by either placing as they did, and floored that Lament came in First for Fan Favorite. ^__^

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One one is a true commission (the half-elf with long black hair), the other was a donation. One of the other artists there is building a sketch book to be auctioned and the entire proceeds will go to the Columbus Children's Hospital.

Monday, June 23, 2008


I'll be at Origins this weekend June 26-29th. My booth number is B013!

Maya (aka Static White) won't be there in person but some of her handmade creatures will be hanging out at my booth!

Make sure you stop by and pay us a visit,
We are bound to have something that tickles your fancy!

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

If you're not able to see our stuff in person you can always find us at:
FayeIllustration. Etsy. com
SWStitchery. Etsy. com

Pop on over anytime. Heart some things.
Buy handmade! Show us some love!

xx ~Connie

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Million People Against the Orphan Works Bill


We support this petition. We urge you to sign it.
Please forward the link and urge others to sign.


You can help increase the power of the petition by signing your real name and listing your artistic specialties. If you are not a US citizen, we suggest that you note your country, and state if it is a member of the Berne Convention.

This petition is sponsored by A Million People Against the Orphan Works Bill, a new grassroots group founded by multimedia journalist Steve Lehman on Facebook and Flickr. All people are welcome to participate; it is not exclusive to these websites.

In 1987, Lehman broke the story of Tibetan unrest, later profiled in his award winning book "The Tibetans Struggle to Survive." As a visual artist intimately acquainted with the power of free speech, the protection afforded by the right to privacy, and the critical need for independent voices, Lehman, like the rest of us, is deeply troubled by any national policy that affects artists' control over their works.

Please forward this message to every artist you know.

For additional information about Orphan Works developments, go to the IPA Orphan Works Resource Page for Artists at: http://www.illustratorspartnership.org/01_topics/article.php?searchterm=00185

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Visual Artists Go to Washington (Orphaned Works Update)

Visual Artists Go to Washington, Independent Record Labels Oppose Orphan Works Act

Last week over two dozen visual artists, representing illustrators, photographers, fine artists and the arts licensing trades went to Capital Hill to explain to legislators how the Orphan Works Act will harm creators and the hundreds of thousands of art-related small businesses that serve and are dependent on them. At the same time, independent music labels have joined the opposition to orphan works legislation as it currently exists.

The Illustrators’ Partnership has stressed that Orphan Works legislation should be limited to true orphaned work and not act as an unwarranted compulsory license imposed on commercial markets. IPA, the Advertising Photographers of America and the Artists Rights Society have joined to offer amendments to that effect.

Excerpted from the Washington Internet Daily/Monday June 09, 2008:

The visual-arts community hit the Hill last week to protest what it portrays as a hijacking of the orphan-works issue as it was presented in a 2005 Copyright Office report...

The Copyright Office ran a bait-and-switch from its 2005 notice of intent, which focused on facilitating libraries', museums' and other nonprofits' efforts to digitize collections to improve access to them, [Illustrators’ Partnership co-founder Brad] Holland said. Artists want the issue narrowed back to that focus, scrapping commercial use, he said...Copyright Office roundtables on orphan works never addressed alternates to registries, an "untested, untried, unaccountable market system" favoring Google, Getty, Corbis and other commercial aggregators, Holland said. [Cynthia] Turner [also of the Partnership] said artists would incur high costs registering works, and they hesitate to hand over high-res, commercial versions to Google or others.

In the same article, Washington Internet Daily also reports that the leading group of independent music labels has broken with the corporate music trade associations. The American Association of Independent Music has published a position paper opposing the current orphan works bills. The article quotes a music industry executive: "I can tell you that nobody in the music business" sought the bill.

... the executive said the bill is "de facto... establishing a new compulsory license" by putting unregistered artists at a legal disadvantage in court. The law can't explicitly require registration or it will violate the Berne Convention, TRIPS and other treaties the U.S. has signed, the executive said. Book publishers and music executives in the U.K. think the U.S. will be in trouble, the executive said, citing a recent visit: "I can tell you there are European commissioners that are looking at this right now."

-Excerpts from “Orphan-Works Bills Scorned by Visual Arts, Indie Labels” by Greg Piper, Washington Internet Daily June 09, 2008
Also see http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/27803/visual-artists-and-indie-record-labels-voice-concern-over-orphan-works-bills/

Please forward this message to every artist you know.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The Orphan Works Act: Warning to the Public

Should the general public care about the Orphan Works Act?
Yes, because the effects of this bill will expose any citizen's visual images to infringement, including infringement for commercial purposes or distasteful uses.

Most people don't understand current copyright law. But under current law, they don't have to - the law itself protects them from not understanding it. Anything you create is considered your private property.

But under this amendment, all citizens would be required to understand that they must now take active steps - not to actually protect their work (because registries won't protect it) – but merely to preserve their right to sue an infringer in federal court (in case they ever find out they've been infringed in the first place).

Otherwise, ignorance of copyright law will be be no excuse against an infringer who has done a "reasonably diligent search" for a photo he found on a blog, photo sharing site, Facebook page, or other source.

Proposal for Copyright Warning and Public Awareness Campaign
If this bill is passed, copyright will no longer be considered the exclusive right of the creator. Therefore, Congress should direct the Copyright Office to commence an awareness campaign to be conducted in all media, explaining to all copyright holders the new terms of copyright protection. Public warnings should state at least the following:

“Due to a change in US copyright law, citizens should now be aware that any creative expression they put into tangible form – from professional artwork to family photos - will be subject to infringement, including infringement for commercial uses, by anyone in the United States who is unable to locate them by what the infringer determines – and a court agrees - to be a reasonably diligent search.

“To preserve your right to sue infringers in federal court, you are advised to take active steps to assert authorship of every work you create.

“These steps will include inserting meta-data in each work, marking each work with a copyright symbol and contact information and registering each work in commercial databases where infringers can search for your work.

“Ignorance of copyright law will be be no excuse against an infringer who has done a “reasonably diligent search” according to guidelines established by Congress.”

This should be the minimum warning information and it should be issued to the public on an on-going basis to alert successive generations of the legal obligations they will have to observe as the price of creating art of any kind. We also ask Congress to direct the Copyright Office to establish and maintain local law clinics where creators and other citizens can seek clarification about their obligations under Orphan Works law.

Don't Let Congress Orphan Your Work

You can urge Congress to oppose these bills by linking here to a special letter.
Tell Your Senators and Representatives to Oppose the Orphan Works Act at:

Please forward this message to every artist you know.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Static White's Stitchery

Maya herself won't be there but her lovingly handcrafted creations will be.
Make sure you stop by and pay us a visit,
we are bound to have something that tickles your fancy!

Orphaned Works Update

JUNE 2, 2008 An Orphan Works Update
Backers of the House version of the Orphan Works bill are now asking artists and photographers to oppose the Senate bill unless it’s amended to contain at least the “minimum provisions” that appear in the House version.

Although they don’t say so, opposing the Senate bill in this manner is a vote FOR the House bill.

We’ve been asked to explain why:
The Senate bill is similar to the bill we opposed in 2006. The House bill (H.R. 5889) is the result of a year and a half of closed door negotiations between Congress and representatives and lobbyists for special interest groups. These groups have agreed to either endorse the House bill or remain neutral to insure its passage.

The House bill endorses the concept of coerced “voluntary” registration with commercial databases and seeks to make these databases infringer-friendly.

– It would require infringers to file a simple “notice of use” before they infringe.

– It calls for an archive of the notices to be maintained by the Copyright Office or an approved third party.

Why do backers of the House bill want these databases to be infringer-friendly?
Because to thrive, commercial databases (registries) will have to do a robust business in rights-clearing and orphan certification. That means encouraging infringers to infringe.

How will these registries work? No details have been given, but experience with image banks suggests the following:

For unregistered work: infringers will use the registries to identify pictures that aren’t registered. Infringers will probably pay the registry a search fee, then use or market the “orphans” like royalty-free art.

For registered work: the registries will act as a kind of stock house: Users will go to them for one-stop shopping to clear rights to your pictures. The registry will probably charge you a commission when they do.

In other words, urging Congress to pass the House bill makes very little sense to us unless your business or organization expects to become a commercial registry. We believe the only way to oppose these bills is to oppose them both.

If you agree, now’s the time to write Congress or write again.

You can urge Congress to oppose these bills by linking here to a special letter.
Tell Your Senators and Representatives to Oppose the Orphan Works Act at:

Don't Let Congress Orphan Your Work

Please forward this message to every artist you know.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Motor City [Recap]

I'm so glad they changed artist alley BACK to the way it used to be in the old building. Being hidden in the curtains, and placed throughout the show was just horrible. There was a drastic increase in foot traffic. =) Had tons of fun, talked to many MANY people. Mostly we hung out with Art & Jimmy (since they are our home town homies). Because this show was far better than the last two shows, I will be attending next year. But... if next year sucks, the following year I'll be joining Nigel at Acen!

Friday was a super awesome day, sold lots (Friday's are almost NEVER that busy), I was soooo tired and giggly, I was running on Red Bull & Revive Vitamin Water. After dinner, Art was trying to get us to go see Iron Man, I refused because I knew just as soon as the lights dimmed I'd be dead asleep.

Saturday morning came around all too soon, but we were up and out the door, ate breakfast at a diner called Rosewood. (They have an AWESOME Breakfast Menu). Once they let people into the show I was super busy! O_O it was fun, there wasn't a dull moment. My husband went and got me Billy Dee's autograph, which completes the Empire Strikes Back picture I had started a few years ago. Just after he got it some guy in line offered him 250.00 for the pic. =)

We went to dinner at the usual Mongolian BBQ, it was Art, Jimmy, Nigel, Marie, Ken (Radioactive Man & Futurama Comics) Wheaton, Jimmy (Zombie Bob gets a Job) Proctor, Mike Bocianowski, Pat & Myself. After dinner Nigel & Marie went to the party, while the rest of us found a theater and saw IRON MAN. O_O OMG it was an awesome movie. I've never been a big fan of Robert Downey Jr. but Hell he was fantastic! A few weeks ago (maybe even a month ago) I had read a really interesting article on him, I was impressed with his outlook and his ability to laugh at his past. I believe this could be a major step for him, I hope he stays sober because he was brilliant.

Sunday was kinda slow, as are most Sundays. But none the less it was lots of fun, that's when I get out to see the show.

So many awesome people stopped by, talked briefly to Katie and Andy Price, I also talked to Greg and Eric from The Pullbox. I bought some prints from Mike. I made it over to take pictures of the Monkee's car and bought myself one of [ these ] but a small one that goes on my bookbag.



Call to Action
Last Thursday the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed their Orphan Works Act. It is now headed for the full Senate.

If you’ve written before, now’s the time to write again.
Urge your senator to oppose this bill.

Because it has been negotiated behind closed doors, introduced on short notice and fast-tracked for imminent passage without open hearings, ask that this bill not be passed until it can be exposed to an open, informed and transparent public debate.

We’ve drafted a special letter for this purpose.
You can deep link to it here:
Contact your Senator in opposition to S.2913 NOW

The House Judiciary Committee is considering H.R. 5889, the companion bill now.
Please write them again:
Contact your Congressman in opposition to H.R. 5889 NOW

2 minutes is all it takes to write your senator and representatives and fight for your copyrights. Over 68,000 e-mail messages have been sent so far.

Don't Let Congress Orphan Your Work

Please forward this message to every artist you know.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008



Come see me, I'll have many watercolor sketch cards, Marilyn Cards, Prints & my Original Paintings!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Rescuing Orphan Works


Some backers of the controversial Orphan Works bill say they’re launching a campaign to “Rescue Orphan Works.”

From whom?

We’re not the ones interested in infringing other people’s copyrights.
We’re only interested in protecting our own.
If the “Rescue Orphan Works” folks really want to use only true orphaned work, they’d join us in asking that this bill be drafted accordingly.
From our written statement submitted to the Senate April 30, 2008 http://www.illustratorspartnership.org/ow_docs

We believe the orphan works problem can be and should be solved with carefully crafted, specific limited exemptions.

• An exemption could be tailored to solve family photo restoration and reproduction issues.

• Usage for genealogy research is probably already covered by fair use, but could rate an exemption if deemed necessary.

• Limited exemptions could be designed for documentary filmmakers.

• Libraries and archives already have generous exemptions for their missions. However, if they believe they need expanded access to work whose authors are hard to find, we’d suggest that Congress adopt a variant of the Orphan Works clearance system in use in Canada.

Canada has created a statutory licensing scheme that allows licenses for the use of published works to be issued by the Copyright Board of Canada on behalf of unlocatable copyright owners.

The license is issued by the Canadian Copyright Board. Decisions are made on a case-by- case basis through application to the Board. If the Board is satisfied by the applicant’s efforts of e-mails, phone calls, written correspondence, approaches to copyright collectives, Internet searches, etc., then it may issue a non-exclusive license which is valid only in Canada, subject to any terms and conditions it sees fit.

A system such as this would serve potential users of orphaned work by allowing them to clear rights in an orderly, verified way. Therefore we respectfully ask that the Senate conduct further hearings to resolve the specific problem of providing public access to true orphaned works. Our objections to S.2913 – which incorporates the proposals made by the Copyright Office – is that its effects cannot be limited to old or abandoned copyrights.

There’s no need to “rescue orphan works” from artists.
And you don’t save orphans by making new ones!

Help solve the real orphan works problem: Don't Let Congress Orphan Your Work

2 minutes is all it takes to write Congress and protect your copyright: http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartnership/home/

Please forward this message to every artist you know.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Orphan Works: Behind the Talking Points

just to show you how the US Government likes to 'play' with words... read.

Backers of the Orphan Works bill are circulating their Talking Points:

“Neither the House nor the Senate drafts of the bill contain the word “registries,” [they write] but rather they require users to search non-governmental databases of copyrighted works. The purpose of any database is not meant to take the place of copyright registration, but to have a way to search for visual images. Any participation in such a database would be voluntary.”

But this doesn’t mean what it appears to say. Take it point by point:

Talking Point #1: “Neither the House nor the Senate drafts of the bill contain the word ‘registries.’ ”
Response: Correct. They contain the word “databases,” a synonym:

Registry: register: an official written record of names or events or transactions

Database: A database is a structured collection of records or data

Q: Why a synonym?
A: Because international copyright law forbids member countries to impose registries as a condition of protecting copyrights: Berne/Article 5(2) ”The enjoyment and the exercise of these rights shall not be subject to any formality.” http://www.law.cornell.edu/treaties/berne/5.html

In other words, if they used the word “registries” in the bills, it would be a red flag to other countries that the US is flirting with non-compliance with international treaties.

Talking Point #2: “...rather they [the bills] require users to search non-governmental databases of copyrighted works.” Response: Non-governmental databases” means databases maintained in the private sector.
For users to find your work in these commercial databases, your work would first have to be in the database.
Work not in the database would be orphaned.

Talking Point #3: “Any participation in such a database would be voluntary.”
Response: Congress cannot pass a bill making registration mandatory because that would violate Berne/Article 5(2).
And that would state explicitly to other countries that the US no longer intends to honor its international agreements.
There are red flags all over these talking points.

Summing up: The Orphan Work bills would mandate the creation of registries by commercial interests. You would not be legally forced to place your work with these for-profit registries.
But failure to do so would orphan your work.

The deceptive talking points accompanying this bill are another red flag.

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

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Feebay Customer Support is a JOKE!

A few days ago I paid my sellers fees at feebay. I entered the amount I wanted to pay (from my current invoice and not the new fees that are not invoiced for yet), and selected 'pay'... but the confirmation said I paid the entire amount.

I write to Feebay telling them my problem and how to fix it.
Your payment page is broken, I logged in to pay my sellers fees, I entered the amount I wanted to pay which was 33.57 (MY CURRENT INVOICE), and entered my information, and clicked the process button, but instead of it taking only the amount I specified, it took the ENTIRE AMOUNT out of my account. Being a business, I can only pay the current invoice. Please refund the difference.
And for whatever reason, customer service writes me and he/she couldn't understand my problem. Maybe they outsource to a non-English speaking country, or maybe they employ trained chimps to man their customer service stations? Who the hell knows? Rest assured, I will not be selling on feebay unless it's my last resort.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Aeryn Sun & Feebay

Till further notice, I will NOT be selling on Feebay, at this point my fees out-weigh my sales. Which means I need to stop paying feebay.


Listed [ HERE ]

Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Trying a new auction site... because I think ebay gives off bad ju-ju with their proposed new plan starting May 1. I know they aren't about the individual or small business anymore, but seriously we need to go where we can still sell instead of just paying to list and never selling.

--> Ebay announced an across the board reduction in listing fees. What really happened? They dropped the listing fees by as little as a nickel and raised the Final Value Fees by up to 67%

-->Best Match Searching ....if you get a few negs, or a few hits on your DSR's you will still pay the same to have your auctions listed but Ebay will keep you at the back of the search results so your auctions aren't seen.

so I've registered with eBid to test the waters...

Ron Weasley hand painted Sketch Card: http://us.nine.ebid.net/perl/auction.cgi/1209588947-25356-0
one of my Marilyn Monore Rejected Samples: http://us.ten.ebid.net/perl/auction.cgi/1209589849-25755-1

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Newest Feebay Listings

Ron Weasley & Gollem only have about 24 hours left.

Only listed recently (so it has about 3 days to go)
Gandalf the White:

You can view them all here: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZfaye-illustration

Don't forget I'm currently having a sale on Commissions:

Friday, April 25, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


if this is all really true, it's very disheartening to say the least.

Today the House and Senate sent us draft copies of the new Orphan Works Act of 2008. They haven’t officially released it yet, but we’ve been told the Senate will do so this week. A quick analysis confirms our worst fears and our early warnings. If these proposals are enacted into law, all the work you have ever done or will do could be orphaned and exposed to commercial infringement from the moment you create it.

You’ve probably already heard Mark Simon’s webcast interview with Brad Holland. If not, please listen to it at:

Then forget the spin you’ve heard from backers of this bill. This radical proposal, now pending before Congress, could cost you your past and future copyrights.

The Illustrators’ Partnership is currently working with our attorney - in concert with the other 12 groups in the American Society of Illustrators Partnership to have our voices – and yours - heard in Congress. We’ll keep you posted regarding how you can do your part.

Please forward this information to every creative person and group you know. Mr. Holland and Mr. Simon have given their permission for this audio file to be copied and transferred and replayed.

For additional information about Orphan Works developments, go to the IPA Orphan Works Resource Page for Artists

Colorful Illustrations 93°C - Please DO NOT buy this book!

Reposted in part from Apefluff.com

Last week a British illustrator called Jonathan Edwards informed me that he had come across a book that contained his illustrations along with other illustrators work. He contacted me because the book is also riddled with interviews that he recognized as being the interviews I conducted for the LCS.

Today I received a copy of the book (costing me $100) and to my horror it has plagiarized the art blog. This has left me deeply upset! ( Read More...)


Reposted from luclatlippe.com

So, here’s a super crappy way to start your day.

Yesterday, my pal Darren Di Lieto, from The Little Chimp Society website, emailed with some upsetting news. Turns out someone scraped the contents of his website and published it into a 350-page book being sold online for $100. You can read more on this post in Darren’s blog.

This book — which reprints without permission several dozen artist interviews which Darren had posted on the LCS blog — transcribes these interviews word-for-word, including the artwork, and was “published” under the title “Colorful Illustrations 93°C”. The book even includes a CD with all the illustrations from the book, all lifted off the site as well. Here’s a link to a gallery of scans that Darren made of each page of the book, with a close-up below of one of the two spreads which feature the interview Darren did of me (I can’t help but notice the thieves omitted the illustration of the two big gay muscle Daddies, chickens!): ( Read More... )

Monday, April 21, 2008

Summer Commissions Special

This special will run through the end of August (2008).

$30.00 per Watercolor Personal Sketch Card, or TWO for 50.00.

Samples can be seen [ HERE ]

Priority Mail: US is 4.00 (with free Tracking & Insurance) & International is $9.00
Each card is shipped in an Acrylic Screwdown.

Make sure you have references for the characters/people you want painted. You can email me :cpersampieri (at) gmail (dot) com

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Orphaned Works Bill

ok, after all of the hubb-bubb... I'm not sure if the article that was being passed around was aimed to cause an uprise of panicky artists or what...

take a read: http://news.deviantart.com/article/46375/
also the bill itself: http://www.copyright.gov/fedreg/2005/70fr3739.html

Still it's important to watermark you work with:
© or (c) your name, all rights reserverd, year
Web address of your gallery or gallery account.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

what's been going on...

Well since my last post a lot has happened... at the beginning of the year my pc died a horrible death. I finally got paid for those Marilyn Cards which funded the replacement pc.

Mostly I've been working on getting ready for show season. =) Last year I had spent so much time working on cards that I had NO new work to offer for prints, which left me terribly high and dry at the shows, barely making back my table fees. Last year was NOT a good year to say the least.

My current Painting Sneek Peek:
All of the colors are much lighter than they appear in this picture. I'm hoping when I scan it the colors will be truer.

I was doubting the skintone on the face, till I started working in the details. I was thinking of giving her black hair, but now that I look at it, i'm leaning towards white hair instead. The rest of her dress and her wings will be dark (mostly black, the brocade on her corset will be shades of red). and I think the white will be a nice contrast.

I'm still open for commissions. If you're interested please check out my rates [ here ].

New Feebay Listings...

Three Day Listings...

and a 4x6 painting of Marilyn

Friday, February 01, 2008

3 New Feebay Card Offerings!

Well... not really new, I did them around Christmas time, with everything that's been going on I just didn't get chance to list them till now.

so here they are... 3 day fixed price listings.

I hope to have a few Bladerunner cards done by sunday. =D

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

long time...

Not so much has been going on, just the usual winter funk.

This week I'll be setting up my Etsy Shop and my Talent Database Profile.

I've been working on a few new faery drawings I should have painted in the next few weeks, and prints available shortly after.

Commissions are still open.

These prices are only good till Feb 14th, afterwards they return to normal.

Sketch Cards:
B/W: 20.00 || Marker & Ink: 25.00 || Watercolor 35.00

9x12 Faery paintings
Watercolor & Ink with a color splash background: 45.00

US $4.00 and International is $9.00
(US shippments get free Insurance and Tracking)

If you're interested in commissioning me, I can contacted at connie (at) faye-illustration (dot) com