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Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Artists

How Much Do You Know About Copyright?

Artist Daily and the staff at Interweave have released a new free eBook Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Artists to help raise awareness of the issues surrounding copyright and give credit to the talented writers, designers, artists, photographers, and innovators who work with us to share their products and ideas with our readers.

This guide to the basics of copyright is for anyone and everyone: designers and makers, crafters, retailers, library staff, educators, and more.

Most people think of pirated movies or music when they hear about copyright violations, says Eunny Jang, editor ofInterweave Knits magazine. But we answer questions about copyright for crafters, artists, designers, and authors every day—copyright and other intellectual property issues are a big deal in the DIY marketplace, where the "I can do that!" spirit and respect for original, independent design and authorship need to coexist peacefully.

This free resource addresses topics such as:

  • What is copyright?
  • How does copyright work?
  • What is copyright infringement?
  • Plus other pressing topics from simple questions to more complex issues, such as:
    • Can I resell a pattern/magazine/book/DVD I own? What about purchases of my digital downloads?
    • Can I make and sell projects I found in a book or magazine?
    • Where can I find more instructions for projects that I can make and sell?
    • How can I tell if a work is in the public domain?
    • Do I always retain copyright as the original author of a piece?
    • What do I do if someone’s violating my copyright?
    • And much more.

    Ultimately, copyright is about protecting the creative process, ensuring that the creator of a work can benefit from that work," adds Jang. 

Our goal at Interweave is to educate our consumers about what copyright is, and why it matters—and to give authors, artists, and designers everywhere the tools they need to protect their own rights so they can continue to create new works and share them with the public.

Colored Pencil Techniques

Colored Pencil Techniques from Artist Daily: Create Faster, Richer Effects in Your Colored Pencil Drawings

As a medium, colored pencils are rapidly growing to a higher level of appreciation in the art world today.Artist Daily has compiled free tips and techniques for achieving fresh and innovative effects using colored pencils in this free eBook. Many artists over the years have come to find out that color pencils are a very non-forgiving medium. However, following this free tutorial, you may find how fulfilling and uplifting working with color pencils to be.

Colored pencil art is on the rise. Many artists want the lushness of color and the precision of a drawing implement, and the ability to mix the two with their painting practices as well. Using colored pencils is a way to have all of this. In our new free eBook, Colored Pencil Techniques: Create Faster, Richer Effects in Your Colored Pencil Drawings, artist Janie Gildow gives a colored pencil tutorial based on her own artistic practices that show just how adaptable colored pencils can be. Get your free copy today!

3D World: CG tutorials and tips for animation, VFX and games artists

Now 3D World is more interactive than ever! Watch video tutorials immediately with the tap of a button; enjoy professional and student animation and VFX videos; and get all our tutorial files downloaded to your workstation! Plus: image slideshows, text-free artwork and more! 

Alex Roman’s Architectural Visualization and Animation Book

I am so looking forward to this book. Alex Roman has revealed that he will shortly be releasing a book about his influential architectural visualization animation The Third and the Seventh. Though he has yet to release any specifics about content he says the book will contain "beautiful hires imagery artwork, philosophy and processes behind the short film". See the official site for more updates

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

I have picked up, and put on my to-read list, "101 Things I learned in Architecture School", by Matthew Frederick.  

This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their backpacks. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clear and simple language things that tend to be murky and abstruse in the classroom. These 101 concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation—from the basics of "How to Draw a Line" to the complexities of color theory—provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy, making concrete what too often is left nebulous or open-ended in the architecture curriculum