On Aug 7, 2021, at 5:03 PM, James A. Perkins <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Non-NU EmailHi Gail,
I suppose I’m a bit of a packrat because I save everything related to every project - rough sketches, reference images that I consulted, research papers that I read to understand a topic, and of course all correspondence, contracts, etc. with the client.
On rare occasions I’ll reuse a sketch from an earlier project, but since everything I do is digital, the sketch is already scanned. Yet I still keep the original hard copy.
The main reason I keep all this stuff is to have a record of my work process in case there’s ever a question about the originality or copyright ownership of a piece. Let’s say I find someone using my art and they claim that they created it. My “paper trail” could be used in court, if necessity, to prove that I created it from scratch. (So far this has only happened once - someone stole a piece of my art and was licensing it on a stock website. Fortunately it didn’t have to go to court). Similarly, if someone ever accused me of infringing their work, I could demonstrate that I gathered numerous reference images, researched the topic thoroughly to understand the science, and drew something completely original. Although it’s still possible to “accidentally” infringe someone else’s work (i.e., it just happens to look like theirs, completely by accident) at least I could prove that it wasn’t WILLFUL infringement, which carries much stiffer penalties.
James A. Perkins MFA, CMI, FAMI
Board Certified Medical IllustratorFellow, Association of Medical Illustrators
Distinguished Professor and Graduate Director, Medical Illustration
College of Health Sciences & Technology
Rochester Institute of Technology
Center for Bioscience Education & Technology 75-2129
153 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
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On Aug 6, 2021, at 4:05 PM, Gail Guth <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
CAUTION: This message is from an off campus source. Access to web links will be filtered (by proxy) for additional protection. Click with caution.Non-NU EmailHi - Do any of you routinely save your preparatory sketches, layouts, tracings & transfers, etc.? I've done that forever and it's sort of built up to a mad collection. I've always kept a few in case I do a class/workshop where showing the preliminary steps is informative to students, but I don't think i need to keep EVERYTHING...
I am trying to gradually pare down my stacks-o-art-stuff, so eventually Jamie doesn't have to wade through a mountain of collected art flotsam and jetsam to get to what might be worthwhile stuff.
Guth Illustration & Design
139 Lathrop Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49014-5076
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