Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Images used in Tattoos

Another thing I wondered was the use of images in tattoos.  The manner it is created with actual tracing of lines and copying exact images from well-known images leaves me thinking is it necessarily right and is the artist ever compensated or want to be compensated for the images "forever" etched into people's skin. Two "LD Monster" images have been used as tattoos.  One I had no idea about and the other I was asked to create a tie to the LD Monster image shown here for a fan.  Of course I was excited to see this done and also because he bought a lot of my art in the past.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Garbage Pail Kids Homage


I worked for The Topps Company doing freelance work since 2004 and when I wanted to give some free cards to fans when they asked for autographs I created the "Infect Ted" image based on Page Cage/Tommy Ache from the original cards that came out when I was around 8 years old.  Garbage Pail Kids always inspired me and even after they were gone it was in and around my mind for years and of course once they came out again I was pretty aware of the impact they had made on me.  I have some cards available in this site:  Luis Diaz Artcardswanted

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Another Comic Book Adaptation

Once thing that I have been debating has been the issue of images after a person death (I think 75 years after) the image of the artist becomes public domain. I also think that there are some loopholes that gives the family of the artist rights passed that. Here is an image from a well-known image by Frazetta of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter and the Princess of Mars. Here the image is used in another comic book with some changes.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Comic Books & Classic Images

This one is a very common pair and relatively widely accepted form of homage to another artist.  Comic Books seem to do this more frequently than any other print form.  There are hundreds of these.  Sometimes from images that aren't very old or pay homage to an earlier version of similar subject matters. Some images that come to mind are the first appearances of Spider-man, Batman and Superman.  Those are widely copied.  (I don't like the world copy because of the connotation it evinces, but in this case it doesn't seem to disrespect the works of art.)


James O'Barr The Crow Cover 1993 | John William Waterhouse "Circe Indiviosa" 1892



Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Photograph Inspired by a Painting?

In this set of images I found interesting that although I think they are coincidental it is possible Simon Bisley's painting with the black panther could have inspired the photograph on the right.  I think it could have been difficult to set up a black panther in the same composition so leaning up against a root is a little less challenging.  Once again I don't think it was a direct inspiration, but I think the photographer may have seen Bisley's painting once in his life.

Simon Bisley 1994 | Photograph 2000



Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Coincidental Compositions?

These images illustrate another part I find fascinating which is of compositions having very similar arrangements.  Here is a set I found that took me sometime to put together.  Although I think it is a coincidence it is debatable that one could have inspired by the other.  In 99% of all cases it's a painting being inspired by a photograph.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Inspired Photography? Art?

Since the Shepard Fairey Hope image is now part of the social consciousness and later the stories about the use of the Obama image directly from a photograph.  I think this illustrates when things can seem wrong or be wrong.  I don't really gravitate toward any of Fairey's images and I'm not one that cares much for the "rebellious" nature of street art.  I do think the problem lies in the fact that Fairey denied ever using the image I think at first anyways.  It became a question of money which ultimately is the problem.  Had it not be for that I think it wouldn't be a big deal that the image was used from a photograph, but the current laws and the possibilities of financial gain from someone else's work (vise versa) is to hard to pass up.

On another note I imagined the famous Obama pose could have been inspired by a John F. Kennedy image I ran across some time ago.