I agree, Emily and Michael, those are excellent ideas. Thank you all. 

Very best,

Linda M. Feltner Artist, LLC
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, President-Elect
(520) 803-0538

On Jun 9, 2016, at 6:02 AM, Michael Rothman wrote:

> Hello Bruce, Emily, Linda, et al,
> For what its worth, I archive artwork with a “trifecta” method:  
> 1. I back up the old fashioned way:  I burn a 8.5GB DVD disk (or multiples thereof) once a month of all the projects I am working on and periodically put them in my Safe Deposit box;
> 2. I upload active project files to Apple’s iCloud (I believe you get 50GB space for $1.00 a month deducted automatically from your checking account); and 
> 3. I use external hard drives (e.g. LacIe 3TB or the like) and just detach them from the system when they get filled up (putting in a new External Drive just as the older ones are filled to the brim).   And/or, I do the following: When a small external WD drive is the backup device, I can periodically put that into the Safe Deposit Box).    Most of these External Hard Drive configurations last a half a year or so per set up (my experience).   Then I swap them out of my current system as noted above.
> I still do the bulk of my originally artwork "traditionally”.   That is, I use pencil and paints on various “corporeal media”.   While I scan everything for archiving and transmission to clients anyway, if my studio were vaporized in a fire, all the stuff would be lost. And I can’t afford to place my artwork in a fireproof warehouse, so I reconciled to preserving digital and older 35mm images of my output.   The issue is principally having access to archived materials for relicensing use, having files that can be altered with the minimum regeneration within a project, and preserving some sort of legacy.   Of course we don’t live forever anyway and we don’t know if our digital stuff will still be readable in the next few centuries, so corporeal work (physically present objects), made with archival materials, sold and dispersed amongst friends, family, and paying clients may be the only way to have a real legacy.  But who knows.  But for now, while we’re on this surly planet, I think everyone’s suggestions have merit and multiple data storage methods employed simultaneously would be very sensible.    (Though Apple’s iCloud does work very simply and efficiently, at least in an all Mac environment, in my view).
> Cheers,
> Mike Rothman
> On Jun 9, 2016, at 8:32 AM, Bruce Bartrug <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> That would be a great service for new customers cloud customers, Emily.  
>> I think your suggestion for both hard drive and cloud services a good one.  I would only use the cloud service for work in progress, though.  A google drive or such should suffice.

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