Making Art Together

If you thought DebConf was all about programming and art was all about being a loner huddled over a computer with a stylus in one hand and a cappuccino in the other, then think again! This was a collaborative art session I ran this evening at DebConf using inkscape and my Wacom Intuos 3. Involved in drawing were myself of the Ubuntu community, Ian Molton of Debian from the UK and Paul Liu of the Canonical OEM team from Taiwan. Each person did a a part of the process and we learned together how we each did out part:

A number of people were influenced to try out inkscape and their pressure sensitive input devices. So I deem this collaborative art a success!

Free Culture Showcase Gallery

The Ubuntu-Artist’s deviantArt group now has a new gallery for all Free Culture Showcase submissions.

Subscribe to the RSS Feed and watch artwork come in as it comes in.

Anyone can post to the gallery so you don’t have to be a member of the ubuntu-artists group, but make sure that your :

  • The submission must be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike or Creative Commons Attribution license.
  • The submission must be submitted by the author of the work.

In deviantArt this means “choosing” the license and only selecting these boxes when you upload or edit your entry:

I’m looking forward to seeing your submissions.

Ubuntu Art: April

It’s that time again, when I show case some of the fantastic art submissions made to the deviantArt Ubuntu group. If you’ve not heard about it before, it’s a group where Ubuntu artists and designers can get together, talk about using Ubuntu for making art, the tools available and show case their works in the galleries.

The last post was March 12th, so these entries are strictly from that date to today (April 10th). I may post a more historic set of images since we’ve had additions that were published years ago but only recently added to our galleries. For a full list go here.

If you’ve never seen a animation done in synfig, this one is really great, look at that mechanical heart beat! Click for larger image.

Next time: April’s Wallpapers, where I show off some of my favourite wallpaper submissions.

Ubuntu Art: March

One of my many jobs in the community is to bring you lovely Ubuntu planet readers some of the wonderful art works that are created using Ubuntu and the FOSS tools we have in the repositories, all these works come from the Ubuntu deviantArt group. These are my picks for the month of march:

If you or someone you know is a good artist and would like to show off their work in our featured gallery. Do join up at our deviantArt group’s front page and start submitting work to the favourites and the galleries.

DeviantArt Ubuntu Group

I have only today noticed the a new feature in DeviantArt called Groups, this allows people to get together and form communities.

So I have applied to create a social group called “Ubuntu-Artists” which will hopefully act as a point of contact for anyone who uses ubuntu to create Art, for people who make Art for the community or for people who do UI design work for any of the programs in Ubuntu.

Available at the following link:

Please do join and post your Ubuntu related artworks and designs.

What will be really good is getting a place where Ubuntu Art can be hosted, collected and shown off in all it’s glory. There are some really amazing art works created in Inkscape, Gimp and Blender on Ubuntu and it’s time we got to appreciate the artists who are striking out against the common belief that Macs make the best artist computers or that windows is where every drawing tablet works.

What are your thoughts?

Media: And Then What Happens

I was just looking though some BBC news when this lovely video popped up: ‘Obliteration’ risk from download[s].

The main argument seems to be: “If everyone is downloading things, the media industries couldn’t survive and would be ‘obliterated’, wiped out, no longer creating anything.”

Now I may be just be simple, but if the UK was really producing media that consumers wanted, then that demand doesn’t just evaporate with the advent of downloading. The nature of demand is that someone somewhere will make some money making it and supplying it to those people.

The difference is of course that the media would have to be supplied on the terms of the consumer and the creators would loose a lot of control over their creations. Control that they may be leaning on to earn more money than can actually be justified from their works. But at least they’d have jobs though right?

Well we’ll see how long Channel 4’s Count Down is off the air before the thousands of students and night workers who watch the show demand it’s return. To which the media companies can quite rightly start asking for payment. You can’t demand stuff be made for free, and the attitudes of advertising and license funded content seems to be dead set against admiting direct funding for content creation is even possible.

If the music industry was to suffer ‘obliteration’ in the UK, would any of the bands even notice? would anyone who is still actually making music and singing on tours actually care? I doubt the money from Glastonbury would dry up just because people can download the songs, if anything the removal of radio and crap cds might actually make it more interesting.

So my questions to Universal Music chairman Lucian Grainge are: After the obliteration, then what happens? and why should we care when it does? Even if we enter a few years of media darkness I’d stake the outhouse on there being new inventive ways to earn money from every creative industry based on the huge outpouring of demand for the kind of TV, music, film1 and software that’s we’re all so damn used to, provided to us on the ever so damned useful internet as peer to peer downloads.

Media creation won’t disappear, the rules will change, your business will have to adapt and we’ll all get on with our lives. Because the alternative is that we turn the country into a police state that criminalises sharing and human natures to serve the interests of an outmoded media creation industry.

I won’t ever support such a move.

1 If the UK actually had a film industry of course.