Thursday, 22 January 2015

THIS JUST IN: PLAGIARISTS ARE ALSO LIARS!


There's more! Following on from my post yesterday about the etsy seller who stole my artwork, she has now responded to the email I sent her with this rather pathetic excuse....

"Dear Mr. Travers,
Thank you for the information in this situation. I assure you any resemblance to your work or others was truly unintentional. I deeply apologize for any inconvenience this has created and have since remo
ved all art.
Sincerely, L."






(Above - the rip off of my Robert pattinson caricature. Below, the original. An 'unintentional resemblance?' Hmmm....I disagree. What do you think?)


....Really?? Am I expected to believe that it was all just 'unintentional?' I don't think so. I replied this morning with the following... 

"Dear Lettie

I would accept your apology if it wasn't so insincere. To lie to me and try to 'assure' me that " any resemblance to your work or others was truly unintentional" is bullshit, frankly.

You knew exactly what you were doing. Please don't insult my intelligence and tell me otherwise.Your copies of those caricatures created by myself and others were proportionally exact. Anyone can tell you've simply traced / scanned the originals and changed a few colours and added backgrounds, etc. You didn't even bother to try and change some fine pencil work / cross hatching etc in your versions, so let's be clear here, you completely ripped off my work and the work of others. To lie and claim otherwise is an insult.

After the events this week, I would have hoped you'd realize that you've been caught red handed and sincerely admit to what you've done and apologize to myself and others; but obviously that's too much to hope for and therefore your response speaks volumes about the type of character you are. A plagiarist and a liar.

Wishing you all the worst for your future in business,

Sincerely,

Edd Travers"

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT BY ETSY WEBSITE SELLER!

Hi all. This came to my attention yesterday after reading Tom Richmond 's blog. Some arse-clowns in America thought they'd just go ahead and steal caricatures off the internet, change them a bit digitally, then sell art prints, posters and t-shirt transfers of the images on this etsy website to make a buck!

There were several copies of Tom's caricatures and one of mine - my caricature of 'Twilight' movie star Robert Pattinson, which I drew several years ago, pictured, along with their scabby copy, below...




My original caricature above. Below - the abysmal copy...



I was less than pleased about this, so today I emailed the 'seller'....

"Dear Lettie

Following on from my fellow caricaturist Tom Richmond's recent letter to you yesterday, about using his artwork without permission for items for sale; I was less than happy to see that you had also stolen one of my images - my caricature of Robert Pattinson, star of the 'Twilight' movies.

The image was copyrighted by me; the artist who created it, in 2012, and the copyright symbol was clearly evident in the lower left hand side of the caricature. This means that no one has permission to use, display, change or sell the image in any way shape or form without my permission.

I note that your 'bastardized' version of my caricature was for sale on your etsy site as art prints as well as t-shirt transfers.

As you'll be well aware neither you, or your talentless brother (who is credited with the caricature artwork) ... who poorly digitally manipulated my image sought ANY permission or any consent from myself and we have not exchanged any contracts or written agreements regarding use of my artwork, so this is a clear infringement of my copyright..... Put simply, this is THEFT.

I don't take kindly to people who steal my artwork without my permission, and especially those who do it to make money and claim that the artwork is an 'original' of their own (as you did on your site).

I note that since Tom Richmond was in touch with yo
u, you have now since removed the offending caricature copies from your etsy site, therefore it's hoped that you have seen sense and want to do the right thing.

Please don't ever steal an artist's work from the internet and claim it as your own again....you will be found out!

Consider this fair warning. If I see ANY of my artwork or work of other caricaturists that I recognise on your website(s) I will exercise my legal right to have you punished by the full extent of the law.

Sincerely,

Edd"

Edd Travers
Caricaturist / Cartoonist / Illustrator
www.eddtravers.co.uk


......Hopefully this will hammer the message home! Can't believe I've got to waste my time writing 'cease and desist' emails like this. Unfortunately it's not the first time it's happened to me either. People who steal artwork and try to pass it off as their own to make a buck are the lowest of the low in my opinion. Scumbags! : )

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Commission Work From Last Month

Here's a few wedding gift commissions created last month, and drawn in my 'live style'. These are all Brides and Grooms who hired me to draw their guests at their weddings last year. I didn't get the chance to draw any of the couples on their actual wedding days, as they were too busy off being photographed and mingling with guests, etc, therefore all of these drawings were created from photos taken after the event(s). 








All in a few days work for a busy freelancer!

Monday, 12 January 2015

Advice for Cartoonists by Matt Groening


Some sage advice for aspiring cartoonists everywhere! I read this online a few days ago. Thought I'd copy and paste it here for anyone who's interested. It's all relevant! Happy drawing! : )

1) DON’T DRAW WITH CHEAP FELT-TIP PENS. THE INK IN DRAWINGS MADE WITH FELT TIP PENS WILL FADE IN A FEW YEARS, AND ALL YOU’LL BE LEFT WITH IS A BUNCH OF GHOSTLY IMAGES, THEN NOTHING AT ALL. AND THESE DRAWINGS FADE EVEN FASTER WHEN EXPOSED TO SUNLIGHT. SO WISE UP AND USE PENS WITH PERMANENT INK, AND TRY TO DRAW ON PAPER THAT’S NOT GOING TO GET YELLOW AND FALL APART. (I LEARNED THIS THE HARD WAY.)

2) FINISH YOUR WORK! DRAWING COMPLETE STORIES IS REALLY HARD, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE A KID, BUT THERE’S NOTHING LIKE HAVING A FINISHED STORY-WITH BEGINNING, MIDDLE, AND END-TO AMUSE YOURSELF AND YOUR FRIENDS. UNFINISHED WORK JUST DOESN’T CUT IT.

3) SAVE YOUR STUFF! OFTEN, AS YOUR DRAWING AND WRITING SKILLS DEVELOP, OR YOU GET OLDER AND START HAVING OTHER MORE “MATURE” INTERESTS, YOUR EARLIER CARTOON WORK STARTS LOOKING LAME AND CLUMSY. THE USUAL URGE IS TO TOSS IT-BUT RESIST THAT URGE! I GUARANTEE THAT LATER IN LIFE YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU HELD ON TO YOUR CARTOONS, NO MATTER HOW STUPID THEY LOOK NOW.

4) DON’T LET YOUR MOM THROW YOUR CARTOONS OUT! MOMS HAVE A TENDENCY TO DO THIS. YOU GO OFF FOR A WEEKEND VISIT TO AUNT GLADYS, OR YOU GET SHIPPED OFF TO SUMMER CAMP, OR YOU TURN YOUR BACK FOR A SECOND, AND POOF! THERE GO YOUR TOYS, YOUR COMIC BOOKS, AND YOUR BRILLIANT ARTWORK. AND NO AMOUNT OF SQUEALING IS GOING TO BRING THAT STUFF BACK. SO TAKE CARE OF YOUR TREASURES-KEEP ‘EM OUT OF THE WAY OF ANYONE WHO HAS SOME WEIRD HATRED OF “CLUTTER”- AND MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE IN YOUR FAMILY KNOWS YOU’RE INSANELY POSSESSIVE OF YOUR STUPID, WORTHLESS JUNK. IF YOU MAKE YOUR STAND EARLY, BEFORE PERMANENT DAMAGE IS DONE TO YOUR GOODIES, THEY MAY LEARN NOT TO MESS WITH YOUR MESS.

5) IT’S OKAY TO COPY OTHER CARTOONS, BUT IT’S EASY TO GET OBSESSED WITH A PARTICULAR STYLE THAT YOU CAN NEVER MASTER. I SPENT A SOLID YEAR TRYING TO DRAW BATMAN WHEN I WAS ELEVEN, AND HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT BUT A BUNCH OF CRUMMY-LOOKING, VAGUELY BATMANNISH GHOSTS (SEE ITEM #1). SO MY ADVICE IS TO COPY FROM A WHOLE BUNCH OF DIFFERENT SOURCES-EVENTUALLY YOU’LL FIGURE OUT A STYLE THAT FITS YOU.

6) GET A SKETCHBOOK. DO LOTS AND LOTS OF DRAWINGS. FILL UP THE SKETCHBOOK. REPEAT.

7) MOST HOW-TO-CARTOON BOOKS ARE TERRIBLE, SO DON’T GET DISCOURAGED BY THEIR LOUSY ADVICE. REMEMBER, IF THE PEOPLE WHO PUT TOGETHER HOW-TO-CARTOON BOOKS KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING, THEY PROBABLY WOULDN’T BE DOING HOW-TO-CARTOON BOOKS.

8) CHECK OUT THE ORIGINAL ARTWORK OF CARTOONISTS YOU ADMIRE. YOU MAY BE IN FOR A SURPRISE. IT DOESN’T LOOK AS SLICK AS THE PRINTED STUFF, DOES IT? IT’S FULL OF SMUDGES, PENCIL MARKS, ERASED LINES, AND COVERED UP MISTAKES. MOST YOUNG, WOULD-BE CARTOONISTS END UP GETTING TOTALLY BUMMED OUT BECAUSE THEIR STUFF DOESN’T LOOK AS SLICK AND PERFECT AS THE STUFF THEY SEE IN PRINT. BUT THE ORIGINAL WORK BY THE PROS THEMSELVES USUALLY DOESN’T LOOK THAT GOOD, EITHER. SO IT’S OKAY FOR YOUR ORIGINAL ARTWORK TO LOOK A LITTLE SMUDGY TOO.

9) IT’S NOT HORRIBLE TO BE A CRUMMY DRAWER. THERE’S ROOM FOR ALL SORTS OF STYLES IN THE WORLD. ALL I CAN DRAW ARE PEOPLE WITH BIG EYEBALLS AND NO CHINS, AND I CAN’T EVEN DO THAT TOO WELL-BUT LOOK AT ME. I GET TO BLAB ABOUT HOW TO CARTOON, AND YOU GET TO LISTEN TO ME.

10) AND FINALLY: BE ORIGINAL. IT’S OKAY TO COPY THE CARTOONS YOU LOVE, IF YOU MUST. BUT PLEASE: EVENTUALLY EDGE TOWARD YOUR OWN IDEAS AND STORIES. THAT WAY I WON’T HAVE TO TRACK YOU DOWN AND SUE YOU.”
 - MATT GROENING





Sunday, 11 January 2015

Liam Neeson sketch

Liam Neeson is back in 'Taken 3' in cinemas everywhere this weekend. Here's a sketchpad doodle I did of the Irish hardman a while ago. So it is...


Saturday, 10 January 2015

Live style caricature with fab reaction photos!

Here's a recent gift caricature drawn in my 'live style' with some fantastic 'reaction photos' of the recipients as they unwrapped it on Christmas day! Thanks a million to Jo -( who's one of my bestest customers ever!) for sending these in and for her very kind comments about the drawing. : ) 







Friday, 9 January 2015

Je Suis Charlie

Shocked and sickened by the scenes in Paris this week. Thoughts and prayers for the victims and their poor families. Murdered and maimed in broad daylight for drawing funny cartoons and caricatures. Not right is it? No 'God' would want defenceless human beings killed simply for drawing some cheeky pictures. So, hey - extremists, if you think your religion is worth killing people for, then how about you start with yourself next time? Had to share these political cartoons on here when I saw them today. #JeSuisCharlie

Click on the link:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/heartbreaking-cartoons-from-artists-in-response-to-the-ch?utm_term=.dp1eKMPvn#.thkrKQV6b

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

A busy 2014...

So long then to 2014...the year I hit the big 4-0 and also admitted defeat to my failing eyesight and got my first pair of glasses! (I wear 'em for drawing now) A year full of ups and downs and an incredibly busy one for me at that! I drew at a record breaking amount of events last year...easily my busiest one ever. I attended and drew caricatures of lots of guests at a total of 44 weddings which are always fun jobs to do. Pleased to report that I also had bookings for a good number of corporate events too in 2014 - more than in previous years...hopefully a sign that the economy is on the up? Who knows. Fingers crossed!

September was a memorable month for me, with no less than 16 bookings in one short month, with a 4 day 'residency' in a store window on Waverly Bridge in Edinburgh for a transport company.
Edinburgh Colleges Freshers week was also fun and other highlights included being booked to draw at the launch night of the new STV Glasgow TV channel! I feel really fortunate that I get to travel around to places I'd never normally be allowed to enter if I'd shuffled in off the street...and then I get to draw funny faces when I get there!



Me in action at a wedding reception, July 2014.

2014 was the year I started 'tweeting' a lot more too. I have yet to secure a booking or commission via twitter but it is a good tool for getting your work out there and seen. Just for fun I tweeted some 'celebrities' caricatures I had drawn of them. Pleased to report the stars themselves liked my work and 'retweeted' it to their thousands of followers - which in turn earned me lots of new followers too. So many thanks then to: Johnothan Ross, Sir Alan Sugar, Lorraine Kelly and Kevin Bridges!   

In between events, there has been lots of commission work on the go keeping me busy at the drawing board at home all year round. There's a 'superhero character' project I did in the autumn that I'm keen to share with you, but I'll have to seek permission first of all! Stay tuned. New stuff to share in the pipeline coming soon.

Finally, in other news, I've recently been tweaking around with my website, which has been long overdue a makeover....so over the festive holidays I spent some time changing the look and content, etc and I've created and added 2 brand new finished 'information' pages. On the whole, the website is mostly done; but it's still a bit of a 'work in progress' here and there as I have lots of new artwork to update some pages with.
Feel free to have a look! www.eddtravers.co.uk  Your comments are always welcome. 

Let's have you then, 2015! Bring it on! 



Friday, 2 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Did you have a good one? Hope 2015 is a cracker of a year for you and yours! Thanks a million to everyone I worked for and drew in 2014. I'm looking forward to sharing lots of new artwork with you this year, so stay tuned! In the meantime, ...Cheers!