Andong Agimat Animated!

What happened since the last time I blogged here? Lots! LOL but I’m not here to talk about them right now since I only have time to share with you Arnold’s latest project, an animated film starring his very own Andong Agimat!

Arn’s never animated before (except for the flip books he made in grade school — I’ve seen them, all his text books have little aliens and rocket ships flying all over the place) so I have to tell you that my jaw literally dropped when he showed me the first sequence he made.  Pardon my ignorance but I never thought something like it could be done right here at home, and he did it all by himself too!  Every morning for the past two weeks he would wake up early so he could work on the project — that’s how excited he was. As for me, I was ecstatic to see him drawing again because these last two years he was so preoccupied with making films that I was already thinking of how to re-purpose his desk. 😉

Please check it out, it’s only 4 minutes long but it’s lots of fun to watch! Here it is, I’m proud to present to you

ANDONG AGIMAT: KANYA ANG KALYE, an animated film by Arnold Arre

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4tTsS7e6Oc

By the way, I finally gave Arnold’s website a makeover.  Please come by so you can see all his latest work!

 

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All’s well that ends well

I apologize for being in a bad mood today but a certain “Totally Creative Graphic Design Studio” totally ripped off one of my original artworks and is selling it on notepads, journals and other stationery in their store “Invitation House“. Tsk.

My original design, a low-res image of which has been on Flickr and my Cafepress store since 2008 is on the left. The copycat’s “design” is on the right (watermarked with the statement “property of Invitation House”. Yeah, right!)

Totally Creative Graphic Design Studio copied my design

A friend who was browsing the Invitation House stall in Trinoma gave me the heads up. I’ve already written the proprietor, Jess Marquez — who may or may not know that the design is a rip-off – and I certainly hope something will be done about this soon.

UPDATE (May 31, 2010) ~ my friend, Rock Ed/ReThink Media Group head Gang Badoy Capati blogged about it on Tumblr this afternoon and the owners quickly got in touch with her so she set a meeting for tonight. We met with them just a few hours ago along with lawyer/writer Oli Reyes and I think it’s safe to say that we were able to reach an agreement with them. Apparently a freelancer artist/OJT student submitted the design to them and passed it off as her own (boo!).

The owners of TCGS and Invitation House, Mr. & Mrs. Jess Marquez seem like a pleasant couple and it turns out that they are willing to settle the mishap properly. I’ll give you details once we’ve finalized it but right now I am just thankful for the support of lovely friends who blogged/tweeted about it and gave tons of advice on how to handle the issue. It’s not about me getting compensated, it’s really about standing up for the creation and protection of 100% ORIGINAL work.

UPDATE: June 8, 2010

I received a tip as to the name of the so-called “artist” who ripped off my design in this entry’s comments page. Can anyone else confirm if the info provided is correct? By now I hope she’s learned that tracing over someone else’s hard work is SO not the way to success.

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I'm Cynthia Bauzon-Arre, a Filipino watercolor artist & graphic designer. I live in QC with my graphic novelist husband Arnold and our friendly marmalade tabby Abbas. This blog has been chronicling my life, likes, and loves since 2001. [ more ]

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