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Re: Notes on scientifically comparative paleoposes
Now here is the kind of question I like. It is pertinent, useful, and
In a message dated 3/17/11 11:51:45 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Firstly, and for what it's worth, I for one
completely accept the current convention for
drawing skeletal reconstructions is of your creation. No doubt.
You keep referring to the pose (in your case e.g.
a sauropod reconstruction with right legs on the
ground, left rear leg in mid-step etc.) that
other artists imitate as being the issue. With
respect, is this the case? Are most clients
observant enough to notice if another artist uses
a different pose? My point is, is it not the
complete convention of drawing the skeletal
anatomy on a black silhouette the real
"infringement" here? If you were to protect your
property and income would you not require other
artists to develop their own method for drawing skeletal reconstructions?
In an interesting regard Steve is actually not right when he nicely says
that he "completely accepts the current convention for
drawing skeletal reconstructions is of your [GP's] creation." Awhile back I
was the first to note that Knight did the black profile around white bones
thing a couple times shortly before he died, and Scheele did it with
dinosaurs and other extinct beasts a few years later. I pointed out that others
of course free to use this method in my first 3/3 statement. Where I am
having trouble -- for serious economic reasons -- is when lots of people
frequently pose their dinosaurs in side view whether skeletons or lifes they
be confused by others as being mine.
There have actually been a few times when I have come across a dinosaur in
side view posed as per my standard when I actually for a moment thought or
wondered if it was one of mine, and had to do a mental recall seach and look
closely. Come on guys, there is something wrong with that.
Because it is becoming so hard for any of the paleoartists who put a whole
lot of effort into restoring each and every dinosaur they have done and will
do, then it is only appropriate and fair that all paleoartists do the same.
If that means doing their own skeletons so be it. That way there won't be
paleoartists taking the easy route of relying on others' work to reduce their
workload so they can then underbid the artists who do do all the work and
seriously degrading their income. If some are unwilling or unable to do go to
such effort then they should seriously consider another pursuit.
As I have noted earlier, if there was tonnes of tonnes of work and income
out there and lots of people could do paleoart and make a good living, then I
would not be raising this issues. Really too bad it is not that way.
Thanks for the query, hopefully this is helpful.