Q: Tell us a little about yourself. Who are you and what do you do?
A: I’m a self-taught, freelance illustrator from Budapest, Hungary.
Q: What art technique do you use, and what motivated you to use that technique?
A: Mainly I digitally draw on my drawing tablet as if it was a pencil or ink because it makes working faster, in the end the artwork has to be digital anyway so I can save time.
Q: When did you decide you wanted to be a creative illustrator? And has the internet become a good or bad aspect to life as an artist?
A: As a little child, 4-5 years old, I wanted to be an artist, but during my studies I forgot about this. When I grew up I got back to my roots. Thanks to the internet now I can make a living as an artist. whithout the internet it would have been very difficult. So In my opinion the internet is a very good thing if you are an artist. Artworks are available to more people.
Q: What do you dislike about the world of photography?
A: Snobs and artworks lacking good taste.
Q: What is the toughest thing about being a photographer?
A: Find the balance between work and private life.
Q: What’s your message to the World?
A: Be happy!
Q: What was your first case of a piece of art being infringed upon?
A: Someone sold phone cases with my design on Amazon.com
Q: How did you feel about someone stealing your artwork and making money from your hard work?
A: It was very frustrating to not being able have it removed from Amazon, it took me 3 rounds of emails to have all the necessary info to have it removed.
Q: Do you feel it’s a necessary part of the market, to allow for free advertising?
A: There are some cases like charity. For charity I have allowed the usage of my art. Through free advertising more people can have access to your art and may become new fans.
Q: What would you say to the infringers if you had the chance?
A: Don’t do it! 🙂
Q: How do you think this situation could be resolved?
A: Stricter rules and punishment.
Q: Have you ever been approached about infringement you have caused, or sent an email?
A: Yes. Someone thought that their design inspired me too much in my own work but of course it was not true. I hadn’t had any chance to see their work and they couldn’t have inspired me. When they think you copied their work it is more frustrating than when your work being copied.
Q: What is your view on copyright?
A: I can only repeat myself, Sticter rules and punishment.
Q: Have you ever innocently, or without knowledge of copyrighted laws used other’s material for your own work?
A: When I knew less about copyright I used subjects from pop cultural icons, but I try to be careful and I never use them deliberately.
Q: How do you protect your own work against copyright theft?
A: I use all the legal possiblities when someone uses my copyrighted material.
Q: Do you think companies on the web do enough to protect artist’s work?
A: No, they don’t! Because for most companies the profit is the most important thing.
Q: What do you think about Creative Commons and Public Domain?
A: This is a difficult question, both can be good and bad things.
Q: What do you think of artists that abuse the feature of CC and PD? And copyright “free” aspect of the internet?
A: This a sad thing and most people think that the internet is a copyright free place.