During the Easter holidays I contributed some drawings to a fundraising project. The drawings will be used in two books, one of which is a children's book of stories and poetry. Proceeds will go to charity.
I had not intended to accept any commissions during The Artist's Way, but I said yes to this one for several reasons:
I started by searching for images of Sussex online. Unsurprisingly it brought up images of the Seven Sisters cliffs and other well-known tourist attractions. I didn't feel like drawing the obvious though, so I drew Nutley Windmill (see image at top).
After that, I drew various everyday scenes; generic images that might, by chance, match a particular story or poem.
When I had finished the drawings, I submitted them by email. In the email I detailed what the drawings could be used for, where, and for how long. In other words, the license that I was granting for my drawings to be reproduced. I still own the copyright for the drawings.
Only the previous week I had learnt from Derek Brazell, a Projects Manager at The Association of Illustrators, the importance of copyright and how to grant a license. I'm so very grateful to him for showing me how, and to illustrator Michi Mathias for inviting me to the talk.
Cartoonist and comics creator at Richard Pettitt Art. Studio in Uckfield, East Sussex, England.