Here's this month's art for Jenny Hart's Crafting A Business column over on venuszine.com.
It's a great cautionary tale about being ripped off by bogus big business deals, and I am of the opinion that every independent artist and designer should read it.
I've not been in Jenny's situation (fortunately), but I have (unfortunately) worked in places that encourage the in-house artists and designers to directly rip off independent designers and competitors. Spoofs, satires, and aesthetic and stylistic inspiration is one thing. Directly copying an idea or design is another thing completely -- a bad thing -- which I've refused to do.
But that's just me. And, of course, people tell me I'm naive, 'That's business!' they say. No, it's not -- that's bad business. There are plenty of businesses that pay creative and talented people well to create their own great art and design without stealing the ideas and designs of others...right? If not, at least a girl can dream. *sigh*