Can I use your art on my website?
You may use my art on your website under these
- Your website is non-profit (non-commercial).
- The images you would like to use are not
copyrighted by a third party, meaning, someone else (not me) owns
the copyright. You will have to ask that copyright-holder for
permission. You can look them up on the internet for yourself.
- No modifications nor cropping is allowed.
You may resize the images proportionally though.
- All my images have a copyright statement
on them (© William Li). If this copyright statement is not
visible, you must add this statement "© William Li"
yourself on any page that displays my work. If the copyright belongs
to a third party, please state their copyright. (Read
more about copyrights )
- The images may not be associated with political
or religious views.
- The images may not be associated with any
single story, concept or person either fictional or non-fictional.
So if your website deals with 2 stories or games, then you can
display my work (with the above restrictions in mind). If your
website focuses on just 1 game or story, then it is not allowed.
The reason behind this is, that my work may not be seen as part
of a particular game or story (unless they are actually the copyright-owners).
You may provide a link to http://www.fenyx.com
if you like. I would highly appreciate it, but this is not a requirement.
Can I use your pictures for my RPG / Avatar portrait?
No, this would usually mean cutting up or altering
the picture. And more importantly, the pictures weren't made for
that character or game either. Sorry about this.
Can I use your art for stationary / signatures / banners?
No, since this means modification to the artwork.
Can I use your art for a tattoo on myself?
Yes, since this is personal non-distributive
use, you're welcome to have my art tattooed on yourself.
Can I have a higher resolution version of a particular painting?
In general, the answer to this is no. Unless
you commissioned it, or want to license it for a fee.
Can I put a link on my site to Fenyx?
Yes, of course. You're quite welcome to do so.
For your convenience I have a couple of banners
at your disposal. Go right ahead, there is no need to email me about
this. Many thanks in advance! :)
Do you take commissions?
Yes, I do take paid commissions. Please have
a look at the Commissions page.
I do not take commissions for copyrighted characters (such as hobbits,
Harry Potter, Darth Vader, etc.), unless you are the copyright-owner.
What do you use to create your artwork?
I mostly paint on the computer nowadays. Like
many other people, I started out with traditional media that include
pencil (of course), watercolour, gouache, acrylics and airbrush.
However, now I paint exclusively on the computer, especially when
it concerns a colour image. Pencil and coloured pencils I use on
a rare occasion for monochrome art.
My digital paintings usually start out as a
scribble on paper to form an idea. Then I make a sketch on the computer,
and work it out from there. My paint program of choice is Satori.
I use Photoshop at the end to make corrections for colour.
What is Satori?
Satori is a resolution independent paint program
by Spaceward Graphics (website
). This means that I don't have to bother with pixels, no matter
how much I zoom into the image while I am painting, so I can paint
as detailed as I want. For the image to be usable on web and printing
however, it is needed that the Satori image be exported to a regular
bitmap image, which is bound by a pixel-size. With Satori I can
output my painting to any size I need.
Also, because of its vector nature, it needs
relatively lowly hardware and very little memory to run compared
to other bitmap paint software, no matter how big the image (e.g.
IMAX resolution is a preset), how huge the brushes, or how many
layers I use. The brush engine really shines in terms of power and
a Satori screenshot
How long does it take you to finish a painting?
This depends on the complexity of the image.
On average an image takes about 40 hours. This translates into about
1-2 months for delivery. Extremes of 80-100 hours do exist though.
Can you recommend any books that I can learn drawing from?
To draw people I learned the most by a book
called "How to animate film cartoons" by Preston
from the Walter Foster art books series. This book gave me insight
to the construction and dynamics of the human body or other mammals.
Another book I learned from, is also from the Walter Foster series,
called "How to draw the head". However, the teachings
in this book are quite standard and are comparable to many other
publications about drawing the human head.
Another insightful book is "Figure
drawing for all its worth" by Andrew Loomis. Especially
its introduction "An opening chat" is an important guide
before you continue with the rest of the book.
Other than the aforementioned books, I have
not found other books to be distinctively recommendable. I keep
a couple of anatomy books for reference. In the end it is about
what you need, and what you can learn yourself from those sources.
A good book does not guarantee good learning. This means, that you
don't have to buy expensive, renowned books. You can learn from
cheap books as well, as long as you see what is lacking in your
skill and what you need to improve on. And don't forget to learn
from simply observing the world around you.
Do you have any tutorials?
I have a couple of tutorials available that
deal with the concept of drawing. They don't teach you techniques,
but they explain a way of drawing. Have a look at the Tutorials
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