Frequently Asked
Questions

1. What are your influences?
2. Do you have any art training?
3. What programs/tools/materials do you use?
4. How long does it take to do a painting?
5. How did you learn digital art and where can I learn it?
6. Do you take commissions?
7. Do you have any tutorials?
8. May I use your art for a tattoo?
9. Can I put a link or banner on my site to link to Holly Edwards?
10. Where can I leave comments about your art?
11. Are your works available for licensing?
12. Can I use your artwork for my products or business?
13. Can I purchase wholesale art?
14. I emailed you, but havenít received a response.
15. What is your PSP Tube policy?
16. If I buy a print or product may I reproduce it?
17. If I buy a print or product do I own rights to it?
18. What if I see someone misusing your art?
19. What is your image usage policy?
20. What is your Web Display policy?
21. What are the facts about Copyright?
22. How can I contact you?



1. What are your influences? TOP

I am influenced by a lot of things. I find other artists to be a huge inspiration, they allow you to challenge yourself, your skills and come up with new ideas. Mythology and fairytales are a great foundation, which I recommend learning about if you love fantasy art, and is something anyone can find inspiration in. I am inspired by my friends and family to improve and push myself to the next level.

2. Do you have any art training? TOP

I do have art training. I took AP (Advanced Placement) art in high school which allowed me to build a portfolio and be graded by Princeton. This encouraged me to get my Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Drawing, at the University of Regina. I found this to be very important to my overall education in art. It was very challenging in art history, art criticism and artistic abilities. I was disappointed to find that fantasy art and the magical are not acceptable in this learning environment. This forced me to focus on art history and Post Modern art. It was a challenge to move past the things I loved and learn things at the time I felt werenít necessary. I was able to find myself as an artist outside of fantasy. I highly recommend taking art schooling, even if itís something youíre not interested in. It will broaden your horizons and teach you new skills, and help you to be more critical about your own art. This will help your art to Improve and challenge you to new levels.

3. What programs/tools/materials do you use? TOP

Lately Iíve been doing a lot of digital art, but I started off in traditional art. For digital art I use Photoshop CS3 and occasionally I use Corel Painter X. I use a Wacom Intuos 3 for painting. In my career as a graphic designer I use CorelDraw 11 and 13. For traditional art Iíll use whatever I can get my hands on, but I prefer watercolor and oil paints.

4. How long does it take to do a painting? TOP

It depends on the painting and the materials I use. Digital art takes less time to do, but it allows me to add more details that people wonít notice, which is where I get sucked into spending unnecessary amounts of time. I can spend anywhere from 5 to 30 hours on a painting. I tend to lose interest if the piece takes too long. I work full time, so I only have so much time to paint outside of work. If Iím painting with traditional materials it takes me much longer as I need to paint layers and allow them to dry. I usually extend traditional paintings over a longer period of time, but do more than one painting at a time.

5. How did you learn digital art and where can I learn it? TOP

I learned digital art on my own and with a lot of help from tutorials made by other artists. I hate to say the clichť, and what sounds like the most useless advice someone can give you. You learn by playing around in the program and learn from your mistakes. However there are some things you can do to make that learning process easier. There are many online communities that have tutorials and advice. I really like DeviantArt for the community aspect. Get involved, go on the forums and ask questions, no matter how dumb they may sound. You can search the site for tutorials; there is an amazing amount of information on there. There is also Elfwood, which has tutorials. Searching Google is also a great way to find help.

6. Do you take commissions? TOP

Yes I do, I am, however, selective on what I take as my time is limited. If you are interested please email me. Be sure to include your name and contact information, as well as your ideas, any specifics or deadlines. If you want to commission me I assume it is because you like my style of artwork, unfortunately due to time constraints I donít have extra time to research or practice other styles.

7. Do you have any tutorials? TOP

Not at this time.

8. May I use your art for a tattoo? TOP

Absolutely! Iím very honored if you feel my art is worthy enough to be permanently put on your body. But I ask that you buy a print of the particular art you will use so the tattoo artist has a good copy, this will help the tattoo artist to create a faithful replication and a better tattoo. Plus buying the print will help me to continue making more art for you to enjoy.

Please be sure you get the print and any copies, including the stencil that the artist made, as my art is copyrighted to me and I do not want it to be used for flash art for tattooing. Iíd also appreciate it if you can remind the tattoo artist that this is not available for the general public.

And please email me a picture of your finished tattoo; I would love to see it.

9. Can I put a link or banner on my site to link to Holly Edwards Art? TOP

Absolutely, please feel free to use one of the banners provided in the Extras section.

10. Where can I leave comments about your art? TOP

You can leave comments and feedback in the Guest Book. Or if you're a Deviant Art member you can comment directly on my work at DeviantArt.

11. Are your works available for licensing? TOP

Yes they are, please email me to discuss your ideas.

12. Can I use your artwork for my products or business? TOP

You must contact me to purchase a license; my permission is dependent on the proposed products and terms of use. Using my art for profit without my permission is prohibited by law.

13. Can I purchase wholesale art? TOP

Not at this time.

14. I emailed you, but havenít received a response. TOP

I try to respond to all comments and questions, however due to lack of time I may not be able to get back to you. Please donít take it personally, I just canít do everything, but Iíll try my best.

15. What is your PSP Tube policy? TOP

Please contact me regarding Tubing and Iíll let you know. Certain groups have permission, but only for non-profit, memberís only groups. But you require my written permission.

16. If I buy a print or product may I reproduce it? TOP

No you cannot, I own the copyright and reproduction rights at all times. Please email me if you would like to license some of the products.

17. If I buy a print or product do I own rights to it? TOP

No you do not, purchasing a product does not give you any rights or ownership over the copyrighted material, those remain my rights.

18. What if I see someone misusing your art? TOP

Please let me know, Iíd really appreciate it. The internet is so huge itís impossible to keep track of everything, but if you can let me know whoís doing it and where that would be great. Just please do not contact that person yourself, this can create future legal issues.

19. What is your image usage policy? TOP

All images and graphics on this site and my other galleries are copyright to me, Holly Edwards, and are protected under international copyright law. You cannot reproduce or alter my artwork without my permission. You are welcome to email me for licensing permission if you are interested in using my artwork for profit. I can change my policies at any time without notice; this website will have my updated policies.

20. What is your Web Display policy? TOP

Just because something is on the internet does not make it public property, nor does anyone have the right to distribute or use anything they have not created. I allow my art to be displayed in its unaltered state, as long as your site or place of display is non-profit, and you credit me properly by including my name and a working text or banner link to www.hollyedwardsart.com next to the image(s). Please do not remove my copyright watermarks or signatures for any reason.

You cannot use the general design of my website, or any of the graphics that make up the design. Those images were created by me for this site only. You may use the banners on the Banner Page for the purpose of linking back to my website.

I can change my policies at any time without notice; this website will have my updated policies.

21. What are the facts about Copyright? TOP

The artist Amy Brown has a wonderful selection of websites that have information on copyrights, I have listed them below.

U.S. Copyright Office - http://www.copyright.gov/
R.I.G.H.T.S. - http://www.rightsforartists.com/copyright.html
WHATISCOPYWRITE - http://whatiscopyright.org/
David Delamare (good on-topic info) - http://www.daviddelamare.com/law.html
10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained - http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html
Terry Carroll-Copyright-FAQ - http://www.tjc.com/copyright/FAQ/
AuthorsLawyer.com Resources - http://www.authorslawyer.com/c-pir0.shtml

22. How can I contact you? TOP

You can email me by going to the Contact Page.