Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I was in a cover and I didn't know it...

Recently I've discovered the Google option "search by image", and, in a rush of vanity, started to look if my works were used/downloaded by someone else in the Internet.
Besides my own pages, or some of my watchers at DeviantArt, there are a couple of blogs and some russian wallpaper sites. Ahah, so famous I'm not :) .
Then I found this one, which looks like a cover of a magazine:

The picture is Alexander the Little, the portrait of my older son in a fantasy version.
Since I don't know Chinese, I asked a colleague of mine to translate the content on the page, and she confirmed that this is the cover of a widespread Chinese magazine, Science Fiction World
I learned from Wikipedia that they have some hundred thousand readers, and in fact for me, little and unknown illustrator, is a quite big honour to have one of my paintings gracing the cover of an important publication.

The point is, they never told me they wanted this picture for their publication. It's not a matter of money, since I did it after a request of my mother-in-law, and for building up my portfolio.
I hope at least they did credit me (well, looks like I'm very naïve :D )


Sybille said...

Ma daiiii!!! Da una parte MERAVIGLIOSO ritrovarsi sul cover di un grande giornale! Eh ma dall'altra, eh no, non si puó rubare senza chiedere... Spero che li contatterai per chiedere loro perché non ti hanno chiesto (mica avresti detto di no, probabilmente). E fatti mandare un originale! :)

ophmac said...

The Chinese ripping off other people work without permission? Surely not!

Sorry I'm being a bit too sarcastic, but I think this is absolutely outrageous. They should have asked for permission.

Morgaine le Fée said...

@Sybille and Ophmac: in fact, I did exactly how Sybille suggested. But I didn't get any answer after two months.
I'm not so naive to believe that I can put some pics in the internet and get my copyright respected at the same time, but I was expecting this happening for some minor sites, not from a very well know magazine in a big country.

Well, the best I can do is to put this cover in my CV, I suppose :)

Sybille said...

"Well, the best I can do is to put this cover in my CV, I suppose" eccome! :)