This is where I am supposed to give you the impression that I am a slick, trendy, New York artist represented by prestigious galleries, and whose work is included in international collections.
How am I doing so far? - Actually, I'm not those things. I'm just a guy with a vivid imagination and some skills. Art isn't a business to me, it's a fun thing.
(By the way - if you are a prestigious gallery or international collector, scroll down the page a little. I will not, however, move to New York. I am quite content here in Northern Michigan where, aside from the trees growing older on a daily basis, not much happens).
Anyway, thanks for stopping by. My name is B. de Corbin, but you can call me Bill (which isn't actually what the "B" stands for, but it will pass for now), or Corbin (which sounds kind of cool, really, when you stop to think about it). I started this site because I've been making various pictures and assorted odd things for a long, long time now, and mostly they just sit around in the basement until the cats find them, and I have to throw them out.
One day it occurred to me, in that weird way that things like this tend to occur, that it would be far better to give the stuff away than to throw it away, and so here I am. Of course, it would be a lot better if I could actually sell some of it, but at least this way I can get it out in front of people where it can be enjoyed. Art is a form of communication, but talking to yourself will only get you so far.
So here's the deal.
I'm going to put up a few pages of artwork. All the images were created by me, Bill, and are copyrighted (Copywrit? Copywritten?). However, I give you express permission to download them and copy them for your own personal/non-commercial use (which means that you can not use them on anything you intend to sell, like T-shirts or hankies or suchlike stuff). You can use these images on your non-commercial web site, your personal correspondence, to hang on your wall, in newsletters published by not-for-profit organizations, or to line your birdcage. In return, by using my work, you agree to include the attached name and copyright notice, and, should you use something on your web page, to include a link to this page. Your bird will certainly appreciate knowing where the nifty cage liner came from.
On the art pages I will give tips for printing the images in the most effective way for those of you who find yourselves in the same financially embarrassing situation that I am usually in. Poor Old Bill understands. Being poor is no disgrace, but it does make it a lot harder to have nice stuff around the house.
Let us fix that together, you and I.
(By the way, all the pictures are not of fish. It's just that the fish is my symbol. There are other critters inside.)
I'm also going to include a link to my CafePress store . If you want one of my pictures on a T-shirt, on a coffee mug, as a framed print or poster, or magically transformed into a host of other useful and fun objects, this is the cheapest and easiest way to go. It also allows me to buy a few croutons to throw into my daily bowl of water soup occasionally, an act of kindness for which I will pronounce a blessing on you the next time I am out in the woods under a full moon (which happens on a monthly basis. Please be patient.).
I've always had a problem.
Every time I run into another art form or technique, my first impulse is to try it out. This is actually quite fun, and it keeps the creative juices flowing (nothing stifles creativity like too much of the same old same old). Being scattered, though, can be a problem. I end up having a lot of everything, and little of anything. Well, all that is changed now.
I think I've gotten a handle it now. I'm specializing in jewelry design and metalwork.
This is actually a return to my roots. Metalwork is really the first art form that I fell in love with, back what I took a high school metalsmithing class way back in the dark ages. So most of what you'll find here is metalwork, generally in the form of jewelry. I tend to like making big, powerful statements, but I have found that I also enjoy making small, delicate bits - you'll find some of both in these pages.
In addition to Fantasy Jewelry, I also have a type of print called a "woodcut" in which... Oh shoot. Never mind that right now. I'll get back to it later - but what I want you to know at this point is that each print is personally printed by me, hand signed by me, in many cases they are hand colored by me, and, because of the work involved in hand printing woodcuts (see the woodcut page), there will only be about 20 signed and numbered prints of any picture. This isn't one of those cheesy pseudo-collectable deals where you get a robotically signed copy of a machine printed picture in a strictly limited edition of 3000. Nope. We're talking 20. If you buy one, only nineteen other people in the entire world can have a signed copy (plus one other copy called a "proof" copy, which I keep). Maybe we could all meet in the woods somewhere and dance around a bonfire, then retire indoors for a nice cup of tea.
Well, that's about it. If you like what you see, tell your friends.
But before you go hanging anything up in your bedroom, please read the notice below:
|Copyright 2010 - B. de Corbin and Splendid Fish Studio|
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Last update 4/16/2010
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