Hello, dear readers.
If, like me, you're into imagery such as boys, flowers and animals, I just discovered the Sackcloth and Ashes blog after seeing the artist's fanart images floating around for a few years. The Alice in Wonderland illustrations in the memo are really nice if you scroll back a few pages. Makes me wish my own Alice illustration book [Must photograph that properly one day] was a bit...freer. I really should have developed that more. Also, this, this and this are really nice to say they're made with the online equivalent of MSpaint. Actually, just look at the gallery.
Unfortunately, most of her oils on the site have been taken down because of online distribution and people actually printing and selling her work without permission, and obviously you can't claim copyright to fanart. Discovering her original illustration recently was quite refreshing, even if [like me] you find yourself incrediby jaded by manga, yet can never stop yourself from looking for it. Its just fascinating to see simple line drawings by an artist who you've only seen do fully-rendered paints.
Ironically I only knew about this artist by unauthorised distribution in the first place, but its definately not the first time I've seen whole galleries removed due to people saving and reposting images elsewhere. It's a shame, because even with notices saying not to repost, when you publish something on the internet, there's nothing you can really do to stop people distributing it without your permission, especially when those people speak a different language [though this incident was caused by Japanese-speakers]; so I think you should be emotionally prepared for that to happen as soon as you publish your work online.
Also, can anyone read the kanji for the artist's name? I can't even find it.