JUDGE - well now here comes the big, bad wolf Morgaine and I apologize in advance. The layout IS gorgeous, no doubt about that. But the rules clearly state no stock photos can be used in this challenge, and while yours is lovely and obviously artwork, for our purposes it's still considered a stock photo. To be eligible for any prizes (including the final one) you'll have to design another layout using photos that you own.
As a footnote, I'd also like to add that when using artwork in a layout, crediting the artist is an absolute must. Otherwise, it's violating the artist's TOU and rights.
"(...)Also, and I know this has been asked, CanD said no stock photos, and it was clarified that that means our own photos.
What I'd like to ask is: can we use our own art work? Meaning, not exactly photos, but drawings, paintings, artwork, done by me of course?
Thanks for the help."
"Oh yes, of course!!!! You did it, so it's your "photo". I can't wait to see it (I'm in school for drawing right now)."
That is what I've done. That picture is a watercolour by me, done quite some years ago, when I was in the School Of Fine Arts. I have scanned it into my hard drive and used it more than once.
For the record, I am not a thief, to use other people's artwork and not give proper credit, nor a lier.
Anyone who knows me, knows that ALL my work is totally copyright compliant. My fellow group members know this, the people in the groups I own know it ad nauseum, and anyone who has ever gotten any artwork from me, be it tags, IM stats, or anything else, knows it too.
I am, however, withdrawing from the Challenge.
I have written privately to Candee explaining about the artwork, but since I've had no reply, I think this to be the best course of action.
I'd like to thank all that commented so kindly on the LO. It means a great deal to me.
All the entries are fabolous - you are very talented ladies.
Morgaine, I note you did not provide *any* credits (not even for the kit you used)... if you had stated this was your own watercolour in the first place, you wouldn't have received any flak from the judges... I think it's gorgeous!
Liz / Calgary
I just responded to your PM Morgaine; I had left the site to have dinner with my daughter and just got back in, which is why it wasn't sooner. I'm very sorry for this confusion - you did ask me that question earlier in the week and I had forgotten it was you simply because I have 167 contestants entries to leave comments on multiple times and many questions to respond to in the forum. Also, while your fans, group members and fellow artists know you, I do not. It is my job as the leader of the challenge to point out any issues I see that could mean copyright infringement by the members taking part. Not realizing that this was indeed your own artwork, I responded correctly - with no personal offense meant to you.
It is just an error on my part, but I hope you can understand why now given the sheer volume of members I'm assisting. I truly hope you haven't left already, because I am very sorry for the confusion. A way for you to avoid situations like this in the future wherever you may scrap, would be to state in your credits that you did, indeed, create the artwork you've used.
In the event you're still with us I will leave my CC's. As I stated above, your layout is indeed lovely with very good composition. My only suggestion would be to put a heavier drop shadow on your frame so it's easily distinguished for the vines underneath. That would really make your artwork stand out.
In your keywords, it's necessary to credit both the designer and the name of the kit as stated in the tutorial I directed everyone to read as part of this week's challenge.
I just woke up (please remember that, like Astrid, I'm in Europe - I'm Portuguese and live in Portugal). So I just read the messages, and I'd like to say two things.
One is a public apology to Candee, and to any other members who might have felt (as I'm sure she did) that my answer was, at te very least, hasty and rude. I'm really sorry, I should have waited longer and, in any case, rudeness is to be avoided. Thank you Candee for not even mentioning that, though you had every right to.
And yes, I understand completely that you had forgotten all about my question. However, wouldn't it have been better not to assume immediatelly that there had been an infringment, and instead, ask if there had been one? Something like "Are you sure you have used one of your creations?", instead of the downright acusation that one had used someone elses' artwork - without credit? Just a suggestion. I still apologize for my reply.
In my defense, if there can be one, I can say this is a sore spot for me, because I'm so careful, in a digiworld where art mishandling and even stealing is way more common than we would wish. My own has been so.
I do, again, apologize for my reply.
Now the chuckle I've got for you: it never even crossed my mind to credit myself. I know how ridiculous this sounds now, but I promise you it is the truth. I'm slightly scared of what that says about me lol and I'll be very careful about it in the future. Thank you for pointing out.
Again I apologize for the whole mess, and if you'll have me, yes, I'm still here. I'll follow your recomendations and submit the new version (I hope) a bit later today. I had thought of the dropshadow on the frame, but it's so lovely I didn't want to darken it, as it always happens when you add any dropshadow - and if it's too blurred, it really doesn't make anything stand out... Ill give it my best try though. And also to the cutout on the outer frame.
Thank you for your comments, and now I'll shut up and get to work, and hope you can forgive and forget my rashness.
Ahh sweetie, I'm SO glad you didn't leave and came back to read what I wrote. Truly, I wasn't admonishing you regarding the credits to "the artist", I was just pointing it out. The irony here is that probably the reason you misread it is because I'm originally from the sig tag community and had my own website for them - so I am super attentive to that aspect in layouts now....lol. And now, as a designer who's had her work pirated already - well, I'm sure you get what I mean.
I've been known to be a bit rash at times myself, shocking I know - but true. It's called being human.
Thank you for being so upfront, and I'm SOOOO glad you're staying. BIG hugs right back to you.
And yes, I do know what you're talking about - I too began digital art with sigtags, and just like you, I've had my work stolen, changed and claimed their own... and now as a tube and mist maker and IM stat maker it's not much better, it's almost impossible to protect anything you upload to the web.
I've had one person who blatantly stole my work, removed my watermark and claimed it her own, tell me, when confronted, that I should be proud - she had done it because she had thought my art good enough to take!!! Can you believe this??? lol
Anyway, thank you everybody, and I'll be very careful with credits in the future - even to me lol
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