With my Eleanor and Pickles two-week-long celebration coming to a close, I feel it is the appropriate time to clarify some ugly rumors and lies circulating among bloggers and other social media sites.
Here are the facts....
Fact: In June 2012 I created my original and one and only Eleanor and Pickles. They were the first of my many Lacy Sunshine Gang Characters.
Fact: In Fall of 2012, another " artist" decided to create knockoffs of my images. Big-headed girls with the same glasses as my Eleanor and even went so far as to create a frog..... naming both extremely similar names to my Eleanor and Pickles.
This was not the first of my characters she has created that resemble my Lacy Sunshine Gang. Another example....My dinosaur, Tilly, was infringed upon too.
When I come up with a new series, this "other artist" starts doing knockoffs. I am not the only artist she has done this to and I wont be the last, I am sad to say.
The trail of artists this "person" has infringed upon, harassed, and dragged our names through the mud is a mile long.
Fact: This "other artist's" game is to confuse crafters as to who created the actual original image first. All too often over the past few months I have had fans contacting me asking "Is this your image?" or "Who created Eleanor and Pickles first?"
Fact: It is very easy for one to find the truth. Do your research. The Internet and social media sites, facebook for examples, holds tremendous answers. This "infringing artist" claims she has been doing these creations for several years. If you study her work over the past several years you can see how it has evolved. Also on her Facebook, these similar characters of mine began debuting in the Fall 2012. NOT before. It's public record.
Fact: I hold the US copyright for every single one of my images with the proper dates. I will do whatever I need to to protect my artwork and original characters. Period. This is my heart and soul. I have told you before I am the happiest when I paint and create. This is what I live for. It's about making people smile and touching their lives with my art. I hope it shows in my work, especially the eyes.. which are the windows to my characters' soul. I am not a newbie to the art world. I have been creating since I was a littl girl and won my first art award at age 13. I have worked with major companies... including but not limited to Nabisco, Coca-Cola, Outback Steak House, Sonoma Wines, Budweiser, Texas Roadhouse, and numerous children's hospitals across the country. I have also had the pleasure to work on international projects with fellow artists Hoyt and Wyland, just to name a few.
Fact: This other artist and her team, in order to succeed , have found it a necessity to maliciously spread rumors about me, to my fans, and to companies and other bloggers I work with. As I have mentioned before in another post, they find it a necessity to stalk me and my fans. After they see who creates with my images, they immediately contact them inviting them to be guest designer..... even to the point of showering them with free digis! Afterwards, they enlighten them with a thousand mistruths about me , trying to destroy my credibility. Maybe they should spend more time coming up with original art and crafting instead of coat-tailing on the success of artist's like myself.
Fact: By supporting this so-called artist you are aiding her copycat ways and giving the proper credit to whom it doesn't belong to.
Fact: Before believing in these malicious rumors and lies about me, why don't you come to know me and ask me. I am more than willing to answer your questions and provide the truth.
I hope this answers alot of your questions.
NOW on to some exciting stuff!!!! Tomorrow starts Lacy Sunshine's new challenge and it's our LACY SUNSHINE SUPER SUNDAY... which means NEW digis and surprises.
Until next time,