February 25, 2013
humansofnewyork:

I am a street photographer in New York City. Several months ago, I was approached by a representative of DKNY who asked to purchase 300 of my photos to hang in their store windows “around the world.” They offered me $15,000. A friend in the industry told me that $50 per photo was not nearly enough to receive from a company with hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. So I asked for more money. They said “no.”Today, a fan sent me a photo from a DKNY store in Bangkok. The window is full of my photos. These photos were used without my knowledge, and without compensation.I don’t want any money. But please REBLOG this post if you think that DKNY should donate $100,000 on my behalf to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. That donation would sure help a lot of deserving kids go to summer camp. I’ll let you guys know if it happens.

I love Humans of New York—someone suggested it to me when I was hunting photos to draw for this warmup project, and it’s a delight every day now. Big companies using images without permission is bogus as hell, and those of us who make images for a living should be extra vigilant about how they’re used, by whom, and why. And we should especially get our asses paid! 

humansofnewyork:

I am a street photographer in New York City. Several months ago, I was approached by a representative of DKNY who asked to purchase 300 of my photos to hang in their store windows “around the world.” They offered me $15,000. A friend in the industry told me that $50 per photo was not nearly enough to receive from a company with hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. So I asked for more money. They said “no.”

Today, a fan sent me a photo from a DKNY store in Bangkok. The window is full of my photos. These photos were used without my knowledge, and without compensation.

I don’t want any money. But please REBLOG this post if you think that DKNY should donate $100,000 on my behalf to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. That donation would sure help a lot of deserving kids go to summer camp. I’ll let you guys know if it happens.

I love Humans of New York—someone suggested it to me when I was hunting photos to draw for this warmup project, and it’s a delight every day now. Big companies using images without permission is bogus as hell, and those of us who make images for a living should be extra vigilant about how they’re used, by whom, and why. And we should especially get our asses paid! 

(via jessfink)

January 31, 2013

JANUARY 2013 MORNING DRAWING PROJECT, COMPLETED. 

Original now up for sale on Ebay. So, each day of January, I’ve been doing a drawing in the morning, before work and with coffee. I do this anyway most days, but this month I decided to practice watercolors and fiddle with “informal subdivision,” an exercise from Andrew Loomis’ book Creative Illustration. So I took an 11” x 14” piece of bristol, ruled out some division lines, then each day would hang a new little drawing somewhere in the web of lines. The drawings are all from photos, from sites including The Sartorialist, Humans of New York, the Library of Congress Flickr page, and others.

I’ve put the original up on Ebay for sale here. The auction will end Tuesday morning around 1pm or so. You can see all the pieces below in the slideshow, or look at them on Flickr.

January 18, 2013

MORNING DRAWINGS. This month I’ve been doing warm up drawings in the morning, all on a single sheet of 11” x 14” bristol, in order to get some practice using watercolor and drawing people and fiddling with composition. The pencil lines that crisscross the paper are “informal subdivision,” a thing I picked up from the classic Andrew Loomis book Creative Illustration. It’s been a lot of fun fooling with a grid, letting it inform what I choose to draw and where. Most of these are drawings of photos, and most of those come from either The Sartorialist or my new favorite photo site, Humans of New York.

I’ve been posting these each morning on my Instagram. You can see all the pieces so far in this Flickr set. I think at the end of the month I’m going to stick this original (which has 14 pieces left to fill in, one for each of the 31 days in January), on Ebay and auction it off. By the way, the app I’m using to photograph these is called KitCam, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Very robust tools for fiddling with colors/levels/brightness/etc, much better than any other service I’ve used. I don’t care much for the filters, but then again I only use filters to balance the innate crappiness of iPhone pictures in the first place (I have an iPhone 4). 

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