Do you do commissions?
No, at this point in my life, I make art for the pure pleasure of doing it. I’m flattered when people like what I create. I’m honored when they spend their hard-earned money to buy a piece. I have two bitty baddies ages 6 and 2 who keep me very busy, so the time I spend making art is a mama sanity break. I choose the spend that precious time making things I feel inspired by.
Are you worried about copyright infringement?
No, every thing I create is a work of parody. Bad guys don’t seem so bad when presented as big-eyed children. My work is covered under the “fair use” factor in copyright law.
What is “fair use”?
Fair use is the practice of any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work. A parody is a work that ridicules another, usually well-known work, by imitating it in a comic way. Judges understand that, by its nature, parody demands some taking from the original work being parodied. Unlike other forms of fair use, a fairly extensive use of the original work is permitted in a parody in order to “conjure up” the original.
Did you know your work looks like Margaret Keane’s big-eyed waifs?
Yes! My work is very much inspired by Margaret Keane.
Do you ever create Bitty Baddy superheroes?
No! They wouldn’t be Bitty Baddies then. They’d be… Bitty Goodies!?!? The heroes already get a ton of time and attention from artists. I ONLY do bad guys.
What if I paid you a million dollars to do a Bitty Baddy version of my cute kid?
Kid’s aren’t bad… well they can be, but their journey is only just beginning. I only do villains. If you are looking to pay someone a million dollars for a big-eyed portrait of your kid – you may be able to get the master, Margaret Keane, herself to do it! You should check out her website. She’s amazing.