It’s been a month and a half since I announced a print give-away when my Facebook page hit 500 Likes. And now, that goal has been met…and even somewhat exceeded. As of this blog, RavenMoon Designs has 506 Likes! Way to go! Thanks to everyone who shared the give-away image and liked my page. For an artist to be known, that artist’s work has to be seen, and so many have helped with that. My heartfelt thanks goes out to you all. Coming soon, I will have another print give-away. The goal is to get to 750 Likes. I’ll be formally announcing this and which prints will be up for grabs in the weeks to come. So stay tuned. 🙂 And now, the announcement you’ve all been waiting for. First, a little info on how this worked. I wrote down the names of those who shared the image and liked […]

I’m holding my first print give-away! The goal is to get my Facebook artist page to 500 Likes. If you’re interested in a chance at winning your choice of a signed 8×10 print of either, “Glimmers of Stardust” or “Treasures of the Sea”, read on! The rules are simple…Share the image (here), leave a comment letting me know you Shared it, and Like my page (here). When the page reaches 500 Likes, 3 people will be randomly drawn to win a print! Good luck and have a great week!

Let’s have a Q&A with the artist behind RavenMoon Designs. What’s your name and what do you go by online? I was born Brandy Stafford. My married name is Brandy Thomas. Online I go by Brandy, Ravyn/Raven, and RavynGyrl. I’ll answer to any of those names. How did you come by the name “RavynGyrl”? Back in high school (and for a bit after I graduated) I used to role-play. Yes, I was one of those…lol. One of my first characters was a Thief named Raven. She was one I played for quite a while. I even dressed up as her for Halloween one year. When I got online for the first time, I needed a username…for email and such. I tried Raven, but of course, it was already taken, as was Ravyn. So I added the Gyrl and found my username. I have used it ever since. Who are you? […]

It’s that time again. I’ve gone ahead and submitted a few pieces to the American Art Awards. This is an online art competition where 25 of the best galleries in the US judge the submitted artwork. Anything from traditional, photography, photo-manipulation, digital, and even sculpture have a place to be seen. 300 pieces of art will place 1st through 6th in each of the 52 categories. It’s an awesome way to get your artwork seen! Last year I entered for the first time, although it was the second year running for the contest. I didn’t expect to place at all. Of course, I hoped…but never outright expected anything. Imagine my surprise (and yes, shock) when I found out I tied for 4th place with one piece and also tied 6th place with another in the digital category! The two pieces that placed are below. Placing was only the first bit […]

Just some random thoughts… When did artwork become “for use” instead of just to look at and enjoy? We don’t walk into an art gallery, see a piece we like, take it off the wall and leave (unless we legally purchased it). So why do so many assume that online art galleries are any different? Because the access is easier, perhaps? Because it’s anonymous and no one knows they took the art vs. in a brick-and-mortar gallery, they’d be caught red-handed? There are so many who assume that once the work is online, it’s free to take and use as they wish. But they wouldn’t be caught dead doing that in a real gallery. Why the double standard? The art is put into a gallery, physical or digital, to be viewed, not taken and changed/altered to the viewer’s satisfaction. Now that digital art is becoming a bigger and more widely-accepted […]

Due to the increasing amount of people who think that once something, anything, is put online it is free to take, I thought I’d write up an article about what copyright really is and how it protects the artist, author, musician, ect. Please feel free to pass this article around to anyone who has a misunderstanding of copyright. The more we can educate people, the better. From the U.S. Copyright PDF – “Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following: reproduce the work in copies or […]

When you’re an artist, one thing you have to deal with on a constant basis is your artwork being stolen. These days, with the Internet and having your artwork online, it’s that much easier for thieves to take your work and post it anywhere else online. Not only do they take the artwork and post it to places like Facebook and wallpaper sites, they don’t bother to credit the artist – no name listed, no link back. And then, when the artist finds their artwork has been posted by someone else and they simply leave a comment letting that person know they should have asked permission before posting it and link back to the artist’s website, the thief has the audacity to call the artist rude, delete the comment, and proceed to say how grateful the artist should be to them for “sharing” their artwork. Um…excuse me?! I should thank […]

Welcome to my new blog and my newly re-designed website (! Don’t update my website in a while and it seems a lot changes in regards to building a website. It has taken me days to get this all figured out…and I hope everything is working correctly for anyone who views this. Anywho, I will use this blog as a way to reach out to any fans and followers I may have enticed with my artwork these last few years. 🙂 I will post any art updates I have – like where to find the latest prints and products, what pieces will be signed limited editions, what contests and awards I may win, ect. And if my readers are so inclined, I do have a FaceBook page (of course, who doesn’t) – Feel free to leave me feedback. I can’t guarantee I will implement your ideas, but I am […]

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