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House of Dreams - WIP4 by Phaeton99

I have been staring at this plan sporadically for the last few hours, trying to make heads and tails of this intricate drawing which is...

I was originally going to publish this on October 30, 2015, but, as I was working on the post, around 22:45, I was told about the tragic Colectiv Nightclub fire which had happened 15 minutes previously during a live show by the Bucharest band "Goodbye to Gravity" and claimed the lives of 60 people including a few people I knew.

As such I decided to postpone for one month out of respect for the victims. May they rest in peace. 


You were probably thinking why I haven't posted anything in a while.
Is because I was to busy and didn't have time for drawing? 

Well, not exactly. 

Let me tell you a little story. 

Back on the 12th of October, 2015 I got a message from Ondrej-Filip asking me wherever I gave permission for a Czech history magazine to publish my drawings. 

Since I knew nothing about this I was understandably very curious, so I looked into it and, surprise, surprise, there is indeed a one such magazine which features two of my drawings lifted from DA and presented without any shred of attribution. Quite the contrary, the copyright notice on the first page proudly proclaims that "all published material belongs to Extra Publishing s.r.o"

The magazine in question is called "I. Světová" ("1st World [War]"), the WW1 special edition of the regular "Extra VÁLKA" ("Extra WAR"), published by EXTRA Publishing (Click for full size):

Surprise 2 1000 by wingsofwrath

Here's the inside, pages 64 and 65, courtesy of Ondrej-Filip (Click for full size):

Surprise 3 1000 by wingsofwrath

As you can see, the two drawings that were stolen err... "surprise published" are these two (the second one partially): 
FNG Fortified Line - Cover by wingsofwrath FNG Fortified Line - Plate VI by wingsofwrath
These were originally drawn for the non-fiction book "The Fortified Region Focsani-Namoloasa-Galati" published by the Romanian Military Museum early this year, but I hold the full copyright to them. 

And let's be clear here, this is not a "mistake", this is deliberate art theft, since I've sent them quite a few emails on the subject, all of which, so far, remain without response. 

So, not to mince words here, the people from the Czech Publishing house "Extra Publishing" who publish the magazine "I. Světová", are, quite simply, thieving bastards and deserve to be sneered at and mocked publicly. 

Also, since legal action is prohibitively expensive and really not worth it in this case (according to Czech Law I can hope to get triple my normal fee and that's about it, not even close to covering legal fees, no wonder they decided just stealing stuff is more profitable) so I won't bother.

Instead, I am calling them out publicly and naming them for the thieves they are. Shame on you, I. světová (extra VÁLKA), shame on you!


If you are interested, the people responsible for this magazine can also be found  here and on Facebook.
  • Mood: Disbelief
  • Listening to: Dirty Shirt - Freak Show
  • Reading: "By Schism Rent Asunder", David Weber
  • Watching: "The Great War" YouTube channel
  • Playing: World of Warships
  • Eating: cinnamon roll
  • Drinking: energy drink

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Alexandru
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
Romania
Current Residence: Romania, the wilderness of Eastern Europe.

Favourite genre of music: You know those guys with the mohawks and weird piercings? Those guys. Well, and a lot of others, but mainly those.

Favourite style of art: Bauhaus & Constructivism.

Operating System: Apertures 3+4

Shell of choice: Panzergranate 39/42 Armor Piercing Capped Ballistic Cap High Explosive Tracer (APCBC-HE-T) round for the 7.5 cm Kampfwagenkanone 42 L/70.

Wallpaper of choice: 18th century hand painted

Skin of choice: Chitinous exoskeleton.

Favourite cartoon characters: Tank Girl, Spider Jerusalem.

Personal Quote: While people might die for their faith, they will murder for their religion.
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MrAverage Featured By Owner Edited Nov 23, 2015  Professional Artist
Just saw that Imperial Skies, complete with your super-swick artwork, is up on Kickstarter!  Will I be supporting it?  Why yes, I will.  I know none of the money goes to you at this point, but still.  Point of pride, and a job well done!
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I really did a lot of artwork for Imperial Skies and I'm quite proud of it, so, by all means, support the game if you find it interesting!

 And I do think some of the money raised will eventually get to me anyway, because this isn't the only project Robin is doing and he just asked me to provide artwork for them as well.
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TuefelHundenIV Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
I like the style of a lot of your stuff in general.  Reminds me of some of more colourful history books or even in some cases something you find in Osprey Books.
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Some of my drawings are indeed for non-fiction history magazines, so the Osprey comparison is apt, especially since I grew up with a lot of their stuff. Glad you like my work!
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nordicberserk Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2015
After going through your awesome "Inner Space" artwork for the Nth time, I really have to ask; Is there a comic/book you have made about it that I have just missed the link to?
I am really interested in the stuff you have shown.
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it is going to be a comic book, but right now it's still very much at the advanced concept stage. I know roughly what the story is going to be, but I'm still trying to work out what the world looks like. What gets posted to DA is only the tip of the iceberg - for every drawing I post there are 10-15 that stay in my sketchbooks, but it is getting there, if somewhat slower than I'd like.

Also, I am occasionally switching gears between working on Inner Space and working on Shadowless, which is on a much more advanced stage - both the concept and stories are pretty much done and I need to get around to drawing actual pages, but real world intervened with a really crappy 2014 and 2015 which left me scrambling from one crisis to the next on top of my day job which already takes waaay too much of my time.
The latest crisis was last week when I had to replace both my computer and smartphone a few days the one from the other...

So yeah, I'm sorry it's taking so long, but please bear with me. I'm sure the result will be worth the wait.
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Texas-Red-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
hello sir long time how do you do?
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technoRockstep Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
dude awesome place
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Ali-Shobbar Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
your account rocks! I love your works and the theme of your comic, splendid!
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Ahrenim Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kust find your gallery, You have an amazing gallery, I will keep an eye on it :) (Smile) 
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