Thursday, August 21, 2008

Editorial Illustration on torture

The above image is a promotional piece I am sending out this past month on the issue of torture and is of a different painting style that I have done in the past.

LBA Financial Website Illustration

LBA Financial is using one of my illustrations for their website.
Art Directed by Carolyn Bell Audije and Jan Korb for the excellent design studio Broadbased Communications,
the site has interactive features linking from parts of my illustrations.

Visit the site to get an idea how it works.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Warner Brothers Boycott

My daughters have begun a letter writing campaign to their friends, in protest of Warner Brothers decision to change the date of the Harry Potter movie in order to make more money by delaying the movie until the summer. I have agreed to post this on my blog. Here are their letters and posts.

To all Harry Potter fans,

My name is Sara Dubrowski and as many of you know the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is coming out this year.
As many of you might not know, the studio that owns Harry Potter "Warner Brothers" has decided to change the release date of the movie from this November to next May, in order to make more money.

This has made most fans like myself extremely unhappy and angry.

What I am trying to do, is get enough people to boycott any Warner Brothers movie that is about to be released from now till until after the first week of the Harry Potter movie as well as
letting Warner Brothers know we will boycott the first week of the new movie's release. Since Warner Brothers is concerned about making more movie by moving the film to a summer release by letting them know we will stay home the first week might make them change their minds and return the movie to it's original date.

Now all you have to do is send this letter to all your friends (including me) you can forward it, and put your own complaint letter to Warner Brothers at the top.
Send this around to as many people as possible and if you want to write your own letter here is the address for Warner Brothers.

Warner Bros. Studios
c/o Alan Horn
4000 Warner Blvd
Burbank CA 91522

Thank you!
Sara Dubrowski

Letter two:

I am a huge Harry Potter fan.
But recently I heard that you are changing the date from November to next May.
This is a huge mistake.

You have every right to do whatever you want with your movie.
But you have angered many of us "Harry Potter" fans.

A group of fans are now trying to get you to change your mind by creating a boycott.
Today, I am joining the boycott of all Wanner Brother Products and movies until you change your mind

Thank you,
Molly Dubrowski

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

ProFile Stock Launches Artist's Friendly Website

ProFile Stock Launches

This past month a new site for illustrators was launched called Profile Stock. Bryan Gray who created the site along with his partner have spent numerous hours researching the issues that artists face in dealing with selling their work. In turn they contacted artists like myself who have been openly critical on stock houses and together we discussed what was wrong with stock sites and their approach to the market place.

Most importantly Bryan listened to what was said and formed a web site that offers quality images to clients, allows artists to negotiate their own fees directly with the client and most importantly would allow artists to control their intellectual property and benefit from the success of promoting the site to their clients.

I have had the good fortune to talk with Bryan over the past two years as they have developed their site and retooled what artists and clients need.

They have invited many Illustrator's Partnership of America (IPA) artists to take part in this venture and have listened to their suggestions. The advisory board is made up of people who understand what is wrong with the industry and how best to make it work. From people like Brad Holland and Cynthia Turner who since early 2000, have openly discussed the problems with stock houses, the failures of unionization, the flawed Conyer's bill and the effects of the current Orphan Works Bill on our industry to people like Steve Heller and Dugald Stermer.
These respected individuals have a serious understanding of artists and their needs.

Like many artists I have expressed what was wrong with stock sites and I have pulled all my images off of these sites that once claimed to be artist's friendly. ProFile Stock has created a site that reinvents the stock concept while at the same time, listening to artists who have grown weary of what is available to them.

From artists keeping 100% of their fees, access to their clients, to a new system that allows artists to print out postcards and send them to clients, this is a site artists should support.

I hope others visit the site and take a look for themselves.
ProFile Stock

Thursday, August 7, 2008



This event will be live webcast:

How Will the Orphan Works Bill Economically Impact Small Entities?
Tomorrow / August 8, 2008
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Salmagundi Club
47 Fifth Avenue (between 11th & 12th Streets)
New York, NY 10003
Free Admission

If you live in the NY area, please attend this important industry event in person.
The Roundtable will be chaired by Tom Sullivan, Director of the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration.

Rich Bengloff, President, American Association of Music (A2IM)
Kathleen Bitetti, Executive Director, Artists Foundation
Barbara Bordnick, Advertising Photographer
Terry Brown, Executive Director, American Society of Illustrators Partnership
Gerald Colby, President, National Writers’ Union
Frank Costantino, Architectural Illustrator
Constance Evans, Executive Director, Advertising Photographers of America
Dr. Theodore Feder, President, Artists Rights Society
George Fulton, Advertising Photographer
John Harrington, Press Photographer
Brad Holland, Artist
Deb Kozikowski, Writer
Dena Matthews, Medical Animator
Cheryl Phelps, Art Licensor, Illustrator, Designer and Adjunct Professor
Gene Poole, Songwriter and Musician
David Rhodes, President, School of Visual Arts, New York
Alexis Scott, President, Workbook, print and online directory of visual artists
Frank Stella, Artist
Cynthia Turner, Medical Illustrator

Congress established the Office of Advocacy under Pub. L. 94-305 to represent the views of small entities before Federal agencies and Congress. Advocacy is an independent office within the Small Business Administration.