Fly By Drawing

By Jeremy Meltingtallow

Here’s something interesting and strange that has never happened to me before. I got a comment this morning from Alex Wild, a photographer who does a lot of super-close-up images of insects. Apparently, and unbeknownst to me, he took the photo of the fly that I used to create the fly drawing in my title panel (the green thing in this post.) He objected to my using this image without permission and I fully understand his concern, however, I don’t think mine is close enough to his to warrant concern. Yes, I used his image as reference to create my fly sketch, but I think mine is loose enough to be considered a translation rather than a copy. He feels otherwise, and that’s understandable.

In deference to Mr. Wild, a very talented photographer indeed, I offer both for comparison here and happily direct you to his web site so you can see more of his work. He’s had issues with artists literally copying his photos as works of art before, I gather, so it is natural for him to be on the watch for this kind of thing. It’s never my intention to steal so I apologize for any offense taken. Thanks for your consideration, Alex!

fly comparison