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Copyright/Watermark Question. Do you?

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 9:15 AM
Quick question. :)
I notice that many of us opt to use our own watermark on our images due to the fact we get a lot of complaints that the DA watermark is too obstructive. Right?  
I know that is how my watermark came to be anyway..... 

Do you make your own copyright on your work?  
I have to share a small sample of my favorite artists who do this:

Autumn in my heart by CindysArt   Lost Fae by DesignbyKatt
Garden of shadows by LuneBleuBeautiful Goldfish by FairieGoodMother

There are many, many, MANY more of us who do this --  and i want to get all of you who do this together....  
Because I am being told that we may NOT do this with our paid stock.... no matter how much we change the work - 
and one of the reasons I unfortunately will not be using the major paid stock sites in my day-to-day art.

If you have other examples to share -- please post them.  This is not meant to accuse but rather to get other artists who understand where I'm coming from on this issue and join forces.
The artists above i totally understand - and agree with.  The hard work put into each piece -- that has to be protected some way....
And still I'm told that the paid stock site still owns the copyright to the derivative. :(

Slowly,  I've been going over some 2000 works to remove any copyright off of art and put back the big DA watermark - and there's another question.  The DA watermark says "©" in front of the artist's name???  So what does that mean?

I might even go so far as to delete every single one used -  or replace with my own models over time.  :D

What about my name, "Phatpuppy" -- that's copyrighted - i can't put the ©next to my name on my work?  lol
i guess maybe just "" ???

I mean - if we didn't put this on the altered art -- then it risks getting stolen..... and then what?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts - and please share the other works/artists that do this - i think there has to be some strength in numbers, don't' you?

Again - i love every artist posted above -- and support their work with my heart. :heart: :heart:

This is NOT meant to scare people into changing what they're doing -- we need to stand together on this.  Don't you agree?


As a side note and totally separate issue -- i notice some of these artists selling their prints like I was doing.  I had called the stock site to ask if I may do this since it's onesie-twosie orders  - not mass producing.  I had read the agreement but still wasn't crystal clear and opted to phone my question directly to their licensing division.  At that time, I was told there was NO problem in selling prints as long as I wasn't mass producing them.... guess what?    I was told wrong.  :(

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  • Drinking: Coffee -- is there anything else??
Hi everyone!
Just doing my yearly casting call to models and photographers who have expressed interest in working with the Phatpuppy Team (i can't believe now i have people working with me on a daily basis!) for various projects.

If you are either a photographer or model who wishes to be included in my art for special upcoming, and I might add quite exciting, projects, please note me here so I can view your profile and give you all of the details.

You don't need to be a professional model or photographer at all.  Just a  love for what you're doing and the passion that goes with it.

Hope you are all enjoying a beautiful New Year....


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  • Drinking: Coffee -- is there anything else??

Let the Buyer Beware

Sat Aug 17, 2013, 8:17 AM
Anna V. Rossen has closed her facebook today - suddenly!!!  I wonder what she'll do with this page on DA??!!

Keep your eyes open because she'll claim to be someone else next.

edited to add:

she wrote to me on Facebook - and she's playing stupid.  If anyone remembers what Fagarazzi looks like - and wants to see the pic she has posted under Rossen site (which she probably has taken down by now - along with any mention of coming from Croatia rather than Paris as she has been telling everyone) let me know by note and i can email you a copy so you can see.
She pretended she never heard of alexandra v bach (ravendusk)  - more lies.

What gets me more is this interview:

so PLEASE everyone make sure to comment under this journal (above link) and let as many people know as you can -- this does not deserve praise - but to be stopped!

Enough is Enough by Phatpuppyart-Studios

Anna V. Rossen is Ana Fagarazzi

Many of you remember the terrible time I went through a few years ago with Ana Fagarrazi (freaky665)  after she took about $200 in paypal fees from NOT delivering products to clients (i had been trying to help her)
and then how her facebook and model mayhem pages kept getting either banned or taken down - and the many name changes she went through.
Last year going so far as to tell authors I recommended her!!!!
She lied to authors, took money, didn't deliver on time - etc....

Now she's back under a new name and trying to start gaining clients again.

I felt OBLIGATED to post this - because this person has been given countless chances and still lies.
She even went so far  as to tell people last year she was in a horrible accident - (Because she was ignoring clients who were trying to get their work delivered after payment)  -- only to find out that she was on facebook chattering away and perfectly fine. :(

PLEASE BEWARE of this profile.


no good!

Edited to add:
Apparently she is telling everyone she is in paris -- (as in a story that's never true -- wow - how totally appropriate is THAT?!)
her picture is on the site -- just switched her name.

Latest I found out is that she sold an artwork to an author that had previously gotten rid of her as Ana Fagarazzi --
but the author didn't know that Anna V. Rossen was one in the same. :( 
So she's started her new account, once again, with her lies -- as per her usual routine....

On Dublin Street in stores TODAY!

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 5:54 AM
Hi everyone!
Sorry it has taken me so long to update my journal...
First off - hope everyone had a beautiful Christmas and getting ready to enjoy a beautiful New Year.  

I just wanted to share a couple of exciting things..

Today "On Dublin Street" hits all the major booksellers in the US.
places like Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble, etc...
On Dublin Street (new version) by Phatpuppyart-Studios
On Dublin Street at Target

Also, Rhiannon Frater's, "THE LAST BASTION OF THE LIVING"occupies the #1 slot in the B&N Explorations list of The Best Zombie Fiction of 2012!!
The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater by Phatpuppyart-Studios
Best Zombie Fiction 2012

I have some more exciting things coming up in the New Year - but can't say just yet... :heart:

I'm just happy to be able to share this with you.

Let's all make it an awesome New Year!


Finally Get to Share This!

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 5:40 AM
Now that we can embed video - whoo hoo - wanted to share what someone made me on YouTube.  I have more - but this was one of my all time favorites.  Hope you enjoy it... i love how the words of the song fit in with the pic... :heart:

"On Dublin Street" comes to stores nationwide December 31st, 2012!!

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Mon Sep 17, 2012, 6:22 AM
Just an update to let you know that "On Dublin Street" is so far now ranking number 30 on the NYT Best Seller List!

The links for the book are below - the print version will be hitting stores here in the U.S. on December 31st.

So excited i had to share!

Hi everyone,
for those of you who have kindle - please check out the book "On Dublin Street" by Samantha Young. (My cover art)

Sorry -- too excited - and don't know how long it will last
we're at number 1!!!…

USA Today also recommends the book!…

Can't believe it!!!


On Dublin Street by Phatpuppyart-Studios

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Vogue Italia!

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 2:54 PM
UPDATING - some of you wrote saying link didn't work - sorry, my goof - it's fixed now.

I'm soooo excited that my piece "Dreams Not Death" was featured in Vogue Italia.
I want to thank the wonderful photographer and my dear friend, Tiffany Carter - aka Grace Hill, and the lovely model, Jennifer Reed.
We made an awesome team and it was a pleasure to work on Tiff's beautiful photo.

For the article and image go here:…

I just had to share and give a great big Shout Out to Tiff and Jennifer!

Vogue Italia by Phatpuppyart-Studios



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I was offered this gift from a company on Facebook - they just gave it to me!

Just click the image below to get my new Phatpuppy Mobile App...




Books, Books and More Books!

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 10:34 AM
Hi everyone,
I'm doing something very fun -- being that I just finished my 210th cover --  I want to ask for pictures, expressive pictures - themed pictures -- ones that tell a story.
I will edit the ones I feel will work as covers - and i will fill you in more by note on the details.

I have been signed as a new freelancer by major publisher - and the work, believe it or not, is going to get insane!!

So i want to include you - and let's talk about ideas, concepts, colors, whatever --
send me your BEST pics and hopefully these will go in the "do as artwork" folder i have growing.

I love to include people, everyday people, not just the models --

If you like to tell stories thru your pictures, if you like to be an actor/actress in your pictures, if you feel you can convey big emotion - show me your stuff!!!

It will be a sharing experience....

Thank you for the honor of watching me for those that do -- thank you for the honor commenting, favoriting, and being just so nice.

It's a hard business to break into - this art world of ours -- and I am so very grateful to God for His help in letting provide for my family in such a wonderful way.

Now to share with you....... that's what it's all about.

Have a beautiful Sunday!


you can post pics here if you'd like - just make sure they aren't cell phone style - just your VERY BESTEST....

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Hi all,
Just wanted to urge many of you to see the new film, "For the Greater Glory" with Andy Garcia.
It is one of the most special films I have yet to see....
moreso for me, because my older brother, Arturo, had a small but memorable role in the film. (Below is my brother and my niece, Tania, at the premier of the film.

My Brother by Phatpuppyart-Studios

Here is the trailer for the movie.…

Again - if you have a little time and want to see a film that inspires you - go and see this!!!

Thanks for letting me ramble....


Getting my Studio in Order

Mon May 21, 2012, 8:29 AM
Just a shout out to all models in the southern California area -- in about one to two months more, my in-home studio will be complete. :)
I'll be doing custom photoshoots with models  - I am excited as I'm just waiting for my new Nikon D800 to arrive (taking a longer time than expected due to the floods Nikon had experienced earlier in the year  -- everything is on backorder).

So if you are in my neck of the woods and would like to set up a photoshoot -- let me know....
as I'm starting to set appointments in advance.

Hugs to all of you on this lovely Monday morning.


some of my recent art and photography

Queen of Shadows by Phatpuppyart-Studios  Cali Girl by Phatpuppyart-Studios True Colors by Phatpuppyart-Studios Summertime by Phatpuppyart-Studios What Dreams May Come by Phatpuppyart-Studios
Norma Jean by Phatpuppyart-Studios Pensive by Phatpuppyart-Studios Let it Be by Phatpuppyart-Studios
Playful by Phatpuppyart-Studios

Taking Photograph Requests

Sat May 5, 2012, 8:14 AM
Hi all,
So much going on - and now doing some new gigs!
I am starting to actually get some photography of my own on covers -
which is thrilling me down to my toes. lol
I just wrapped up my 170th cover art and I'm celebrating.

My daughter was supposed to arrive today from the UK - but she had to postpone it a week in order to procure documents for her Visa into the UK so she can start working as a makeup artist there...  
I'm bummed - I was so ready for her to arrive today!!!  Now an entire week to wait again. lol

Anyhoo,  she wants to do some modeling for me - most of which I'll use on covers... however, I am going to give some up for stock and for just photography purposes.

I'm now taking requests....
she is the girl in this pic below:
The Starlette by Phatpuppyart-Studios

I am asking for all kinds of requests - meaning not just of her - but of nature, architecture, etc..

as you can see I've been on a nature kick lately - I just cannot help myself.  I see flowers and I just get inspired.

I've been asked to go to Italy to gather pictures - which has my mind totally blown away -- that people are asking me to get them photos from there -- and do the art - and hire me before I even get the shot! What???!!
I'm honored.... i just hope I can get everything done and do it 100%.  So please pray for me because I feel a tad overwhelmed....

So list the kinds of shots you wanna see  =

1. nature
2. forest
3. seascapes
4. animals (not too many of those rummaging around - lol)
5. still life


and what kinds of pics with my daughter, Catie?
Gothic, vintage, contemporary??

Sending you all my love -- now I'm off to go to take my son to Brain Highways (for those of you who have children with ADHD, ADD, or some other stupid label they give - check this place out -  -- the most awesome place for kids ever... (online courses too)

Huggles and God Bless YOU!!!


some of my recent works

The Garden by Phatpuppyart-Studios Princess Aurora by Phatpuppyart-Studios The Martyr by Phatpuppyart-Studios
Don't Preach to the Converted by Phatpuppyart-Studios Movin' On by Phatpuppyart-Studios Spring Eternal by Phatpuppyart-Studios Inchworm by Phatpuppyart-Studios

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Casting Call - attention teen models

We need two teenagers (one boy one girl) sitting opposite each other cross-legged. The girl can wear a hoodie and have the hood up. The idea is they are looking at a small cauldron.

you will receive credit on the author page....

And please - NO CELL PHONE PICS - only professional images wanted. The best pic will be chosen by myself and the author.

Deadline is in two weeks......

Note me here with links to images and this must be an exclusive image - not stock available here on dA.



some of my recent works

Longing by Phatpuppyart-Studios Dark Siren by Phatpuppyart-Studios The Awakening by Phatpuppyart-Studios Butterfly Garden by Phatpuppyart-Studios

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Thank you!

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 8:01 AM
Just a quick note to say thank you for the flooding of my inbox this morning with Happy Birthday messages... what a beautiful way to start the morning. :)

My friend :icontegori: made this beautiful birthday present for me with stock of my sons ---
it is so BEAUTIFUL that I had to share it.

innocence by Tegori

I told him that since I got the all clear on Friday from the doctors - I haven't stopped kissing and hugging my boys, more than usual if that's possible, -- their little faces are worn out. lol

Thank you again, truly, for all of the kind notes and messages.


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Facebook Kiriban

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 4:48 PM
Hi all,
Well I'm fast approaching my 5000th friend on FB and thought it would be fun to have a kiriban of sorts like I usually do here. :)

Here's the deal - if you are my 5000th friend on Facebook you can get one of two things.

One Free Artwork (print) OR a 6 month sub -- you choose.  

Make sure when you befriend me on FB you tell me you're from DA so I know.

This should be FUN!



self-promotion of new art work

Fairy Forest by Phatpuppyart-Studios Vulnerable by Phatpuppyart-Studios Escape from New York by Phatpuppyart-Studios The Beast by Phatpuppyart-Studios Happy Sad by Phatpuppyart-Studios
Soul Sisters by Phatpuppyart-Studios A Thousand Years by Phatpuppyart-Studios Midnight Snack by Phatpuppyart-Studios

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Happy Valentine's Day!!

There is a Facebook Page that is UPLOADING a LOT of Art with NO CREDITS to the artist.
Check here and see if yours is among the stuff there.…

thought you should know in case....

of my old account which holds a lot of my stock and four of my DDs...

Unfortunately, none of my stock is for commercial usage - but feel free to use here on DA if you like.

Some of them include:

:thumb212821495: :thumb284116424: :thumb283598829: :thumb283878988: :thumb279981559: :thumb283796584:   :thumb208933368: :thumb194851857: Phatpuppy Room With a View by phatpuppy

a stock texture that got me a lovely DD

Phatpuppy Abstract Goldfish by phatpuppy

Phatpuppy Sacrifice Texture by phatpuppy Phatpuppy Rainbow Water TXTR by phatpuppy Phatpuppy Slice of Heaven by phatpuppy :thumb156833743:

Hope these can help you with some of your art...



self-promotion of new art work

No Need for Words by Phatpuppyart-Studios Sleeping Forest by Phatpuppyart-Studios Up the Creek Without a Paddle by Phatpuppyart-Studios The Victory Garden by Phatpuppyart-Studios
Follow the Leader by Phatpuppyart-Studios :thumb283407003: Sad Songs Say So Much by Phatpuppyart-Studios Blood Solstice by Samantha Young by Phatpuppyart-Studios

Happiness Is...

Fri Jan 27, 2012, 10:29 AM
just finding out this past week that I'll be designing the CD debut cover
for one of the top contestants on the hit American talent show "America's Got Talent"!!!
I'm really super excited...i'll keep you posted on when it will be released...

Now on to a small feature of art I found and love...

frozen pain valley 1 by andrekosslick The Curse by Cellesria Ulquiorra Schiffer_MAJ by Wen-JR Turn Turn Stop by DefiledVisions Andromeda by DavidHakobian
Seven by Nelleke Blizzard by FlexDreams :thumb281780247:

and a few more coming later today -- have a photoshoot today. :)

Love to all of you!!!


Self Promotion

Tink by Phatpuppyart-Studios Waiting for Tink and Peter by Phatpuppyart-Studios Somewhere Far Away by Phatpuppyart-Studios Contagion by Phatpuppyart-Studios Touch Down by Phatpuppyart-Studios The Art of Decay by Phatpuppyart-Studios
:thumb281353247: The Cure by Phatpuppyart-Studios

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New Year and Lots to Tell You

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 4:58 PM
Just a quick note to say an official "Happy New  Year" to my friends here. :)

Got some great news -  just finished up a cover for Simon & Schuster (cannot share yet) and have two more with another large publishing House under way.
I have officially now, to date, completed more than 120 covers and wish to say thank you to all of the wonderful authors (now good friends) who have entrusted their precious works to me as their cover artist.  Truly this means the world to me.

I am writing this also to officially answer many notes that I receive here - I get about approximately ten per day on DA alone asking me how to break into publishing as a cover artist and what my rates are.

I hope to clarify things a bit - and this will serve as a reply to the notes --

1.  I NEVER solicit my work to authors -- I never have done so.  It has all been a word-of-mouth referral.

2.  I do not share pricing because each work is different and it also is based on the number of covers you have done, your clientele (how many known authors you have worked for, etc...) and and your level of expertise in the industry dealing with formatting, printing, brand marketing, etc...  but again - it's totally UP TO YOU what you wish to charge.

I have been very fortunate in that I built a rapport with my authors and it has become a wonderful and special relationship when I work on a particular cover art.  It's a labor of love, to be sure.


What NOT to do:
I have had a few artists who have solicited my current author list -  actually telling a couple of them that they'd undercut my rate. lol
Just so you know - the authors have immediately come to me and disclosed the situation --
and I've blocked a handful of these people here and on Facebook -- I do NOT need friends like these.

To go so far to get a cover by undermining another artist will only do harm to yourself in the long run and not a very wise practice.
It's a tight-knit community in the publishing world - and word travels fast.  A few such artists have already created a very bad name for themselves by this very practice.

I hope  have covered most of your questions - I had posted something small once before regarding this - but thought i would update because i've been getting more and more questions each day regarding my day-job as a cover artist.

Lastly, I want to thank all of the beautiful stock providers who provide the stock for many of these covers.  It is my honor and my privilege to work with you.

I wish you all a happy 2012 - may it be a great one for all of us!!!




Let the Day Begin by Phatpuppyart-Studios Charlotte's Web by Phatpuppyart-Studios Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow by Phatpuppyart-Studios In Your Eyes by Phatpuppyart-Studios A Place for Myself by Phatpuppyart-Studios
Dust in the Wind by Phatpuppyart-Studios Free Fallin by Phatpuppyart-Studios Someone Like You by Phatpuppyart-Studios

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Almost New Year's! Mini-Feature

Wed Dec 28, 2011, 10:49 AM
I'm doing a small feature of art that has really touched my soul..... just random things I've come across that pulled the heartstrings over the past year -- I know I'm leaving many out, but had to post a few.

MARY by mari-naOld piano by mari-naI think i saw an Angel... by Tegori who's gonna fall first? by Orwald

Mature Content

Cloudbusting 3a by bigskystudio
un jour en ete by quadratiges
God of Evanescence by sandara S c a r l e t by StFamous A l'aise... by thrumyeye Fox in a snowstorm. by thrumyeye We are Family.... by thrumyeye
High Priestess Fire by JenaDellaGrottagliaBahrain Fort by Lious Sweet sun by villasukka Forbidden fruit by Basistka
When the Nights Falls by LuizaLazar .Pure romance. by larosaperlata A Sweet Day... by Aeternum-designs The Crow by TheGreenRabbit The saddest music in the world by bittersweetvenom
Precious Realm - Gypsy by elestrial night train by algaegoblin

Mature Content

Sand Sprite by patriciabrennan
Olor de jazmin by rpintor
sweet mourning song by ValentinaKallias MonsterBooks CROP by AlexBroeckel Long Forgotten Melody by Josiane-Rey . . . sweet summer days by phoenixgraphixstudio

Mature Content

Duel by simoneheld

Mystery Rose. .. by light-from-Emirates Water faery by Fantasy-fairy-angel My mind dances by iNeedChemicalX Morgan le Fay by mari-na
the messenger by JenaDellaGrottaglia world in glass by Orwald

Mature Content

Redhead III by photoport
MMMM...SMELLS GOOOOOD.... by chryssalisMisa-Misa Death note by tooniegirl More Than i can Handle upd by xeneras
still alive.. by Tegori Beautiful girl by tho-be

Misty Waters by Phatpuppyart-Studios Birds of a Feather by Phatpuppyart-Studios Santa Claus is Comin' to Town by Phatpuppyart-Studios Up, Up and Away by Phatpuppyart-Studios
The Last Wish Remaining by Phatpuppyart-Studios :thumb275222741: Daydreams of Red Riding Hood by Phatpuppyart-Studios Portrait of a Girl by Phatpuppyart-Studios Let There Be Peace by Phatpuppyart-Studios

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Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 10:47 AM
This is a very special day in our home so I wanted to do a special little feature for Her.... :)

Also is a link to my father's song, for those of you who are his fans in Mexico and Latin America
Alberto Vazquez
"Las Mañanitas a la Virgen de Guadalupe "…

I love seeing renditions from all walks of life - from street paintings to tattoos -- it's all really beautiful expression!

:thumb266879598: Virgen de Guadalupe by Spolity Guadalupe - 61st and Vermont by RenaissanceNoir Close up... by Ady-MUM
Guadalupe by bizarronumber1 Our Lady of Guadalupe by Aodhagain Guadalupe by xX-Kimmi-Xx
The original virgin and flag by Ady-MUM Juan Diego by Ady-MUM guadalupe by bjsxiii

my absolute favorite

Lady of Guadalupe by mhr79

if you know of others that fit well here - let me know. :)

Pace e Bene!


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