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Faengel Wings

These were commissioned for Gregangelo of Velocity Circus. He wanted angel shaped wings made with the materials I usually use.

Angel Wings in Iridescent Fairy Style for Gregangelo

Angel Wings in Iridescent Fairy Style for Gregangelo

It was challenging to me to get the right look to translate a feather wing design to iridescent film and cut aluminum sheet. I made a secondary layer of wing in front that stops halfway down for some dimension and stylized the design. I’m thinking of calling them Faengel wings, whatcha think?

*Please note this image is NOT stock! Do not use or redistribute without express written permission. Sharing for review purposes is allowed as long as either done via the social media share functions, or as long as full credit is included with a link back to me here or at fancyfairy.com. The only stock I have on offer can be found here:http://faeryazarelle.deviantart.com/art/Fancy-Fairy-Iridescent-Bee-Fairy-Wings-Stock-468551533

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After more unauthorized uses of my wing images being offered as stock than I care to think about, I started thinking seriously about making my own fairy wing stock and selling it for a small fee. After all, there must be a demand for it if I keep catching people making PSD files with my stuff and offering it to the public right?

Bee Fairy Wing PSD files for use in digital artwork

Bee Fairy Wing PSD files for use in digital artwork

So in between my other tasks and during what was supposed to be my downtime I spent a few late nights going ahead and doing just that. I decided to use my most recent design, the fairy Bee Wings, since they are nature’s design after all and I’m not quite as attached to it as some of my others if this whole stock thing ends up somehow making the theft issue worse.

I used a photo of the real life wings and carefully used a combination of the photo and digital painting to make the transparency masks, along with multiple layers to give them the look of iridescence. It’s a tough thing to fake, especially if you also want transparency but I think I’ve achieved what I set out to do. I  have already made many wings for Second Life™, and sadly haven’t been able to stay very active there since my computer is becoming too old to handle the software, but I wanted to make these even a little more realistic if possible. I might just start using this method to make more wings for SL™ if I can get my hands on a good refurbished Mac. In the meantime, I can satisfy my creative need to paint and play with colors by doing this sort of thing. I may even make another stock set that is not a nature design, and make it exclusively for stock use though I’d have to be even better about faking the iridescence. If you want to purchase the stock wings, here is the link to the file on DeviantArt.com: http://faeryazarelle.deviantart.com/art/Fancy-Fairy-Iridescent-Bee-Fairy-Wings-Stock-468551533

Make sure to read all the rules, and have fun with it!

 

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I wanted to take a moment to alert you all to a very important issue. It has come to my attention, time and time again, that there are many who view infringement as acceptable as long as the infringing party is not profiting off of the infringement, or that it’s okay if it was found somewhere on the internet, or that ‘fair use’ makes it alright to copy someone’s work. It is truly disheartening to come across these types of comments, as they perpetuate more myths and continue to allow artists’ copyrights to be violated.
It is actually not okay just because there is no profit, not okay just because the image or design was changed a little, not okay if the original artist hasn’t officially registered it with the US copyright office, and still not okay just because the image was traced rather than directly lifted. ALL these instances are still cases of infringement. If there is any question, or if you feel I am mistaken, here is Deviant Art’s excellent explanation of copyright policy in black & white – or maybe sage and dark green – that explains everything you need to know:
http://about.deviantart.com/policy/copyright/

There are some great deviants who have purchased wings from me and make some excellent stock photos, though my own images are definitely not stock, and the stock photos featuring artists that are wearing my wings should always be used with credits listed when posting the finished work. I am not okay with photos of my wings, even if they were purchased by the photographer, to be used to make Photoshop brushes or layers for distribution. If you have a set of my wings and have a photo of them being worn and turn it into an art piece, that is of course your right, though it would be wonderful to have a credit listed for them  As you can see in DA’s description, changing a bit of a design will not protect you from the copyright laws if the original artist chooses to take legal action, especially if the work is obviously recognizable as someone else’s. Naming the work with anything that is recognizable as the copied artist’s name, title or business name is also of course a big no-no. This is especially the case when the copying is done in the same medium as the original artist’s work – copying a painting or drawing with another painting, or fairy wing maker copying someone else’s wings for example.  It also is wrong to take a person’s design and offer it to the masses in digital form, such as copying my wing designs either by directly copying my photo or by tracing the design and offering it as a Photoshop file or brush as a download, whether for free or profit.FancyFairycopyrightsign
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read the policy, especially if you were unaware before and are willing to accept new information and apply it to your ethics.
If you do ever find yourself in a situation where you have copied someone’s work too closely and are asked by the original artist to either remove the work, change it or add a credit, please be civil and work with the artist. Lashing out angrily and insisting that the original artist has no right to make their requests would only make it more obvious that you don’t respect other artists and their work, and leave you even more open to legal avenues to have your work removed from the public eye.

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