So anyway, I was perusing through Instagram earlier today, just looking to see if I'd missed any reposted art of mine and report it, no biggie, no drama. And then I came across two of my pics here:
It was this pic and it's companion piece with Bendy cuddling a pregnant Alice Angel. Two pics that I've posted on tumblr and on DA here:
I was just about to go and just file a copyright infringement claim and be on my merry way when I noticed the post had 80 comments on it. 80
. And that point, I knew I had to investigate. Just to be discrete, I've highlighted the OG reposter's username in pink.
So just to set the stage here, this is the same person I've had to go through and get a lot of my art removed from their account. Their page is literally all reposted BATIM art, and as you can see, they don't seem too worried about the fact that they don't know who the original artist is. Calling Alice "me" on my own art is just a delightful little topper on the cake. Note:
Don't do this unless you know the artist is okay with it. A lot of artists find this disrespectful and some even downright rude.
So we're already off to a great start here, seeing as this person's Bendy counterpart seem to like to roleplay as said characters on uncredited art, nice. And someone pretending to be their unborn child, also nice.
I scroll down a little further and someone who I'm gonna call Miko takes a brave stand against this apparently "shit" art. Please notice the pretty aggressive response OP has here. Believe me when I say you're gonna be seeing more of this. If someone tries to start shit on my art I usually just politely but firmly correct them and then block them. They're never worth engaging with unless you've got extra brain cells you want to kill.
I've no comment for this one honestly I just wanted to feature it.
And now a new challenger appears by the name of Gold! They have seen one (1) piece of ship art and have decided that their interest and love for this indie game is now ruined. Truly a tragedy. And again, OP just has such an aggressive response. It's almost hilarious how defensive they're getting over art that they did not assist with making at all in the slightest.
Gold continues to fight for their cause and instead of just blocking them OP decides to tag them and all their haters out of spite. Always nice.
Read that red text, kids. Now read it again. "as. an. artist
". This person is not the artist of this work. All they did was copy and paste this onto Instagram. This is why reposting hurts artists. Repost their art and you sever the connection of the artist to their work.
This person, along with God knows how many others, is under the impression that this reposter is the original artist. This sort of shit needs to stop.
Another unrelated highlight here. Swoozy apparently made a less than kind comment. Their reason? Alice Angel has a fucking baby
. I don't even have words for that, it's beautiful just the way it is.
Annd one more highlight just because it cracked me up. I never knew so many people would say something with "fuck" in it to some SFW ship art. Honestly "what the fuck-but actually this is cute
" is everything I've ever wanted in a critique for my art. It's the perfect combination of shock and d'awww. You're gonna be freaked the fuck out but darnit you can't deny it's cute.
So yeah that was my adventure in Instagram today. I think it beats out DA by a landslide for being so drama-filled over such trivial things. I left a comment expressing how impressed I was at how one little ship art could cause so much discourse, and I thanked the OP for giving me a chuckle before I go to have it taken down. I just wanted to preserve this little beauty before it gets removed. Also, I feel like I should say, don't go and send this person hate or anything. The reason why I blocked out their username was to prevent this from happening.
I deal with reposters a lot, and they very rarely mean any legitimate harm. Most of the time they're not even aware what they're doing is wrong or hurtful. So please, I implore you, don't go and harass them. If you see any art of mine that you believe may be reposted, simply contact me and provide a link to the reposted art, and I'll take care of it from there. I don't want to spread hate or cause any unnecessary drama, that would be extremely irresponsible of me as an adult and an artist on the internet.
Thank you for reading! Happy travels to you all, wherever you may be!