Thursday, February 26, 2015

Reprint Poem in NIGHT TO DAWN 27

Earlier, when I posted about my illustration recently published in NIGHT TO DAWN 27, I forgot to mention that my vampire poem "Life is the Life" has been reprinted in the same publication. The work originally appeared in THE MONSTERS NEXT DOOR Contest Issue 4.5, published November 15, 2008. It was the Poetry Winner, in THE MONSTERS NEXT DOOR "Through My Eyes" Writing Contest. It also appeared in the SCATTERED VERSES, MOONLIT CURSES Horror Poetry Anthology, and in the October 2011 issue of APHELION. Now it's in NIGHT TO DAWN 27, on page 67.

Illustration in NIGHT TO DAWN 27

My horror illustration "It Wants to Come In" has been published in NIGHT TO DAWN 27. The work, a piece inspired by the legend of the vampire of Croglin Grange, appears on page 68.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Spam Message: Your Facebook Cover

Talk about barking up the wrong tree! A spam message I received today started off with:
"My name is and I’m a graphic designer, specialized in designing custom Facebook Timeline covers for companies and organizations. I'm reaching out to you today, because I would like to make a beautifully branded, functional and effective cover for your Facebook page: Azure Lion Productions, that will not only be unique, but also creates brand awareness and promotes your business."

Apparently, this graphic designer would charge me a one-time fee of $49 to create a cover pic for my Azure Lion Productions Facebook page. Firstly, my Facebook page named Azure Lion Productions was my old, now defunct page. My current page is Richard H. Fay - Artist. Secondly, considering that I am an artist, I tend to do my cover pics, thank you very much! My art has even appeared on other people's websites, like the Cyberwizard Productions site. (One of the really funny things about this is that $49 is exactly one dollar less than what I got for that CWP header image!)

Grading this graphic designer's attempt to get more commissions, I give them an A for effort, but an F for failure to do a little background research on prospective clients prior to sending unsolicited messages.

My current Facebook page cover:
Copyright © 2014 Richard H. Fay

Monday, February 2, 2015

Branding: Tiny Little Box Marked "Artist"?

I saw something on the Redbubble blog about branding:
Redbubble Talks Recap: It’s All About Your Brand

Something one of their future artists-in-residence said has me in a tizzy. Marian Machismo said:
“The greatest thing you can do for your self and your career is to take ownership for and of your brand. This includes not only your artistic output but your appearance, your work space and your environment.”

So, does that mean creating art of a distinctive style isn't enough? Must an artist also deliberately look the part of an artist? What precisely must an artist look like? Must an artist live the life of an artist? What exactly does that mean?

Personally, I think some people obsess too much over this whole "branding" thing. I often see it as just another way to shove people into tiny little boxes. Are you an artist? Then everything about you, including your appearance, your work space, and your environment, must fit into the box marked "artist".

I doubt my appearance matches what most people picture when they think "artist". I doubt my environment matches the environment most people picture when they think "an artist's environment".  However, what make's one an artist, their appearance and environment, or their artistic creations?

I know I create distinctive, uniquely styled art. Isn't that enough? Am I hurting my career as an artist because I don't necessarily look the part or live the life of an artist?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Illustration for M. R. Timson's "Cry Wolf"

Illustration for M. R. Timson's "Cry Wolf"
Published in Sorcerous Signals, Aug - Oct '14 Issue, August 2014.
Copyright © 2014 Richard H. Fay

Illustration for Darryl Fifield's "One Day in Feradon"

Illustration for Darryl Fifield's "One Day in Feradon"
Published in Sorcerous Signals, Aug - Oct '14 Issue, August 2014.
Copyright © 2014 Richard H. Fay