Hello everyone, there's something that has been bothering me as of late.
Sad to say I'm used to art thieves now, but I am slowly starting to encounter a different type of theft, one that isn't just plainly uploading a piece of artwork that is not theirs.
I've been getting notices more and more from helpful deviants regarding people using my artwork, mostly my chibi, to make bases, or to trace over directly and claim the artwork as theirs.That is considered theft.
Regarding the bases, it is not theft if you use a base with permission, nor if you create a base from scratch with an original drawing. However
it is theft if you take an image from the internet, trace over it directly, then upload it and claim it as your own. I'm not sure what the schools are teaching these days regarding proper citation, but "google images" or "zerochan" or simply "pixiv/tumblr/danbooru/internet" are NOT PROPER SOURCES
The only artists I've known who thinks imitation means flattery are artists who don't get their artworks stolen/edited on a regular basis. If your argument for doing these things is to "spread the nice art you found" or "pay homage because it's so pretty and you want to draw like that", then think... would a farmer feel flattered and happy if you steal their crops with the excuse that you admire their farming skills and wish you could have such great corn? No, they'd call you a filthy thief, and that is what you are. If you admire their skill or art work, it should push yourself to develop your own skills! Or if you really need to reference something, there are plenty of free source referencing website and resources available ALL over the internet. If you really MUST use this specific artwork for reference, at least have the common decency to ask the artist. I personally have never gotten mad or refused a respectful note asking if they could, with proper credit, reference a pose or composition or art work, and I'm always excited and happy to see the end result!
(to those who has always asked me for permission for art use, thank you.)
It doesn't hurt anyone to take two seconds to think "hey, is what I'm doing really ok?". It also doesn't hurt to use helpful resources like google reverse image search or saucenao to look for the original source. I hope if you're old enough and well-off enough to have internet access, you should know the difference between right and wrong
. Why would you rather steal off someone else's hard work for a small slice of popularity? Wouldn't you rather have a guiltless heart and be proud of being known for something you created by yourself?
Before anyone actually is stupid enough to bring it out, I will address a counter-argument I've seen on the internet, particularly relating to "editing" as seen on tumblr: "If they don't want their work to get stolen, they shouldn't have put it on the internet in the first place! Welcome to da intarwebs, n00bs"NO. JUST NO. STOP.
Artists, and anyone else who creates things, put their work out there to share with the world. We do it out of positive feelings of sharing or expanding or even showing off. To say that someone who shares should EXPECT their work to be stolen or edited without permission, is like saying people who open stores shouldn't complain if they get robbed, or even expect to be robbed. We live in, hopefully, a civilized society, with civilized people who have morals and values. If I were to drop you off in a country where there isn't a sense of security and any moment anyone can just burst in to your home and steal your stuff, then when you complain, the only response you get is "well you shouldn't have bought things to put in your home!", then what would you think? I doubt you'd blame yourself for being robbed.
These ~pretty pictures~ you see on the internet is not randomly created from thin air. These images, no matter how "animu" or "pro" they seem, are drawn by hand by a PERSON. An actual human being just like you who worked maybe 20 minutes maybe 20 hours on a piece of artwork. They might have studied tirelessly about art, and put a lot of hard work and sweat into being able to draw how they do now, and for you to simply take an image from the "intarwebs" and then blatantly trace over it or make a base or simply edit it and then upload it claiming as your own, you're a THIEF. The internet is smaller than you think, and you will get caught.
This was a rant that I typed out after getting too many people "referencing" my works without credit or credit to (the now infamous ground for thieves) "zerochan". If you're going to come here making sassy remarks about my grammar or spelling or cohesion consider yourself banned from my page.