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.
Richard Pettitt, cartoonist.