These are the updates for today:
Thanks to everyone who has added me recently to their deviantWatch. I'll try not to disappoint you with my next drawings!
Once again I'm late with the deviations. You see, I've been busy the last week because as most of you know by now, last Friday I successfully defended my Ph.D. thesis. It was approved. I think I defended myself pretty well from the questions by the committee. That was okay. Now I can go back to drawing and to dA. I should have more time to be in dA now.
I noticed this long ago, but only now that I am doing very colourful works is that I decided to do something about it. The thing is, in case you guys had not noticed, most desktop computer monitors still do a decent job at balancing the colours in your screen. Mac monitors are especially good at that, although they are not the best. The monitors included in Mac laptops still do a pretty decent job. On the other hand, how many of you noticed that PC laptop monitors just SUCK at colour matching? Most PC laptop monitors have something wrong with the green channel. That was the reason of my poll last week, I wanted to know how many of you were getting the colours right. Personally, I work from a laptop PC. And most of my works have been edited using my laptop computer, the same I am using right now to write this post. I thought duh, most people these days use laptops, desktops are in decline, so probably most people will see things the way I do. Turns out I was dead wrong! As of today, the tally on the poll is 64% for desktops and 7% for Mac laptops, leaving users like me with only the 29%. So as soon as I get back to Chile, I'll reoptimize the colours on most of my deviations using an external monitor.
One question to my watchers, about the next installment in my women in colour series. The poll said you guys want it in blue, and blue it will be. I still have some time to think about it because my next drawing will be just a portrait of my roommate, which is being done in... charcoal! I am not yet finished so I have some time to think about a problem I encountered.
The problem is as follows. For the Blue drawing, I wanted to draw this photo of Ulorin Vex:
I just love the picture. The problem is what Ulorin Vex says about the pictures in her gallery: ulorinvex.deviantart.com/journ…
. "PLEASE NOTE: This account is NOT a stock photo account, you absolutely cannot reuse/edit/manipulate/copy/trace/draw etc any of the photos here. I am not the copyright holder and I cannot give permission for my pictures to be used in this way. Thanks for understanding." No wonder so few people has drawn her. Which is a shame because drawings attract more pageviews and watchers to her photos. And most models in dA are a lot more friendly to us traditional realism artists in that sense, just ask *MordsithCara or *NicoleNudes. Seriously, even a celebrity like *SusanCoffey is a lot more friendly in that matter! Just check her favourites
For my last "Red" drawing I tried to get the owner's permission but she never replied to me. Either way, no copyright infringement intended; I credited her and I am not making any commercial use of the photo. The copyrights issue is one of several reasons as to why I am not drawing celebrities anymore; often enough you just can't even know the name of the original photographer. That is also why I have plans to buy a serious camera of my own, to shoot my own reference photos.
Either way, Ulorin Vex says she can't give permissions. So I ask you guys, what should I do? I could try to contact the photographer, send him an email. I could just draw the photo above anyway without permission (I don't expect to make commercial use of the image anyway). Or I could just forget about Ulorin Vex and do another blue drawing from another source. I have several alternatives considered. What do you think? I appreciate your opinion in this matter, thank you guys in advance!