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I'm pretty new to gourd art, and pretty basic too, lol! I started painting gourd birdhouses a year or so ago, and am thoroughly enjoying it. Most of my designs are very basic, "cartoonish" designs, but I'm hoping to branch out into so pyrography and more "exotic" gourd art as time for practice allows.
Sue...I think your gourds are wonderful. don't sell yourself short. Yours were some of the gourds I looked that prompted me to join. I like your use of vibrant colors and the designs. I'm new to the art too so I appreciate others' work so much.
Sue, The best concensus going around is not to copy anyones anything, but to do what you do best, use the work of others only as inspiration so you can create something that is all your own. You'll feel much better about your own work if it's all your own, too. There are lots of items in the Forum about copyright if you want to see more on the subject.
If cartoon style is your style, capitalize on it! Your standards are shared by many of us!
comment from Susan Varner below:
When I see such fine detailing like this I wonder at how you gourd artists are such drawing artists too! Everything I've made so far has been "cartoon" style, big and chunky, because my drawing skills are pretty rubbish to say the least. I've thought about tracing an image and transferring it to a gourd, but that feels a bit like "cheating" - or am I just being too "strict" with myself because I'm new to this and setting myself standards that are too high? What's the general consensus about that Bonnie?
hello friend! steal away! we all do in here, well not exact things but ideas. This is a wonderful site and the friends always help you out. you are a much better painter than I so I will look forward to what u do. btw, is that a gourd u r leaning on?
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