Friday, October 15, 2010

i spend a lot of time googling myself

I just Google Image Searched myself. And I don't know if they've improved the search since they changed the layout, or if I just looked harder this time, or if I'm just more popular now, but I found out I'm all OVER the internet. I found my art on blogs and in galleries in Chinese and in Russian.

It's a little overwhelming and I'm not sure how to feel about it. I'm pretty new at this whole people-actually-look-at-my-art thing. Nobody's selling my art or anything, and the few sites that didn't have a link to my DA or Etsy still used my name, so it would be pretty easy for someone to find one of my official websites if they wanted to. So I'm not really scandalized by these people sharing my art without my permission - after all, they're just sharing. I'm mostly flattered. It just freaks me out a little that the sharing of my artwork is outside of my control.

I feel like I need to take a deep breath and set my art free into the world... but just start putting my full name and website on every image, keep as careful of an eye on it as I can, and kick the ass of anyone trying to make any money off it.

I'd like the thoughts of my fellow online artists, particularly those who have been popular for a while - what do you do about this??!?

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