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  1. Pogba was phenomenal at Juventus. While his form has been disappointing for Man Utd, he's hardly alone in that regard - it's still a team in transition. He'll come good.
  2. Thank you for this, it's very much appreciated. There's a short paper trail, but no contractual terms were covered (at least not by email). I'm going to think carefully about what to do next, but drafting a letter to the agency seems the right way to go – even if it's just to let them know I'm not happy. The issue is they've used my illustrations for another purpose, on a job I haven't agreed to work on – and credited it to someone else. Normally I would discuss with the client or agency how they intend to use the work, whether they prefer a flat fee or licensing agreement and so on. The point with this work is we didn't get to that stage, because the client didn't like the ideas – so my work on the job stopped at that stage. That should have been the end of it. For the work to reappear years later, without even a courtesy call, doesn't seem all that reasonable.
  3. Five years ago, I was beginning life as a freelance illustrator. Because I was naïve, and had no idea what I was getting into, my first commissions were undertaken without contracts. One of those jobs just reared its head – in an unexpected way. I was commissioned by an agency in London to illustrate DVD covers for one of their clients. The work was presented in PDF format but was rejected by the client, who proceeded with a different design. I was paid my day rate for the time spent doing the work but, since it wasn’t used commercially, there was no sign-off for print and no documents or written statements were drafted transferring rights. Years later the agency has adapted my long-unused artwork for a different series of DVDs, for the same client, almost entirely unchanged – only the titles have been altered. I was not contacted for permission, and only found out because the DVDs are now on sale from several outlets. Although the work is for the same client, I’m aggrieved because my illustrations are being used on a different set of titles to those we originally agreed. It seems a little underhand. I'm quietly confident ownership of the artwork resides with me, but is there anything I can do – what are my options?
  4. These people aren't making a statement about David Attenborough. The use of feminist symbols and 'women's liberation' are clearly aimed at someone else. Anyone with a little local knowledge of Sheffield's graffiti scene would understand.
  5. I joined in 2003. I've changed username and rarely post these days, partly due to Facebook but mainly because I no longer have the time or energy to argue with people over absolutely everything! There's some usernames I've not seen for a long time...
  6. Pre-existing themes are useful for clients on a tight budget. Not everyone has the knowledge or time to customise themes and retouch images, so having a designer manage it for them is a good solution. 'Real' designers may use themes and/or provide bespoke solutions, depending on the client's individual needs – and budget.
  7. Steve is right: Disney will sue – even the little people. Someone recently ran a Kickstarter project selling artwork depicting the Death Star from Star Wars. If that alone wasn't enough to breach copyright, using the Star Wars logo and names probably sealed it: the project was taken down in the midst of an intellectual property dispute.
  8. Food banks and libraries run by community groups are always in need of volunteers. Could be just the thing to build a little self-esteem and get back into the swing of things. If you decide you want to go down the self-employed route, and you studied in Sheffield, Hallam offer support to graduates up to five years after leaving. I would imagine Sheffield University have something similar in place.
  9. BigCartel is very easy to use, and cheap too. It doesn't look as swish as Wordpress sites but you can set up a basic account free of charge. Test it out and see if it's right for you.
  10. That's simply not true. Class War formed four years into Thatcher's rule: it was 14 years until the next Labour government came along and, given that the aims and objectives of Class War are far-left - anarchist even, their members are unlikely to have been sympathetic towards the Labour party under Tony Blair. Don't just take my word for it. This is from Class War's website: "We see no difference between any of the parties – we oppose Tristram Hunt with the same venom we hate Zac Goldsmith. . We don’t want to kick the tories out to replace them with Labour or any variety of failed Trots. We don’t want to kick them out at all – we want to kick them in!"
  11. A few years ago I worked with a teaching assistant at a challenging secondary school. At the time she had two young children, but she managed to put in 15+ hours per week in a support/cover teaching role - whilst studying a degree and, later, GTP. Not an easy route to take, but it can be done (and I'm told she's an excellent teacher). Your circumstances perhaps aren't as unusual as you might think: you will likely find other students on the course facing similar childcare commitments, with comparable academic records, who may have experienced lengthy spells out of education. Studying with a family will be a challenge, but my feeling is you can find a way to make it work if you're determined. Despite knowing little about your ability, I'm tempted to say avoid prolonging your studies with Access courses - unless specifically advised to do so. Attend the open day, ask lots of questions about the demands of the course, and talk to students/graduates about their experiences. The best advice I could offer is remain positive: if it's what you want, go for it.
  12. Were you drunk? Travelling by car, and in good traffic, the trip from Lowedges to Sheffield city centre takes roughly 15 minutes - especially late at night. Even if you caught the 53 the journey would take no more than 25 minutes.
  13. It didn't work out too well for Gordon Brown...
  14. Get on Facebook and search for Room 303 and Off Me Nut, you should be able to find the right sort of people there – or they'll know where to go.
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