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ITS NOT YOURS
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Published: October 27, 2011
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There aren't enough places saying it out there, evidently, so I thought I'd add another.

To trace someone else's picture does not make it your original art.

To alter someone else's artwork does not make it your own art.

To outright copy someone else's artwork and slap your name or watermark onto it, or even leaving it without that, does not make it yours.

Having a mental disorder like autism or whatever else you claim to have or not being good at drawing is not an excuse. Nothing is an excuse for theft. NOTHING. If you want to be an artist, learn to create your own art. No one is great at first, we all had to start at the bottom and work our way up to being better at it. You have to keep trying, just like we did. Stealing won't teach you how to draw, it won't make you a good artist, and it won't garner you any respect from the artistic community-only hatred, anger and disgust.

This must be learned.

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Cammi0's avatar
Cammi0|Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are so many thieves out today, it is just sad.
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Hisscale|Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, thank you! A very good (or bad) example of this would be in the JTHM comic fandom and a few others. Literally 85%-90% of the "fanart" posted up here are direct copies of pictures of the comic, only in a lesser quality. I can see why people can start off with tracing a character or heavily referencing a picture, as it can help to understand how everything is put together.
However, you need to be able to break away from this method of "learning"
In addition, they have the odd boldness to post it up onto this site.

Why should you be proud of something you traced or recreated?
Why would you want to show everyone a crapper version of it that only makes you look bad?
Worst of all, so many of the people do it that many don't see it as wrong.
I'm more baffled then anything. :x
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Kryptid's avatar
Although I personally don't mind if people post my artwork elsewhere for "fair use" purposes, I do realize that most people don't feel that way. Therefore, I generally agree with your stamp.
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Unicornbananas|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The sad thing is most of my art teachers used to enforce tracing and copying only 1 or two were always saying draw your own stuff they also never told people to give credit to the artist. Which I didn't like. I hope I'm not sounding stupid.
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ArtTheivesList|Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's screwed up! Encouraging art theft is NOT something any 'art' teacher should do. Man, I would have fired them immediately.
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Unicornbananas|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sadly I don't think the school systems give a crap about art thieves it's art mosts schools don't really care about art which is really sad.
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ArtTheivesList|Hobbyist General Artist
Very true.
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kiyahocks|Professional Filmographer
Unfortunately if they were anything like my schooling, teachers were forced to abide by a certain curriculm which meant they didn't get the chance to teach you properly how to paint/sketch/etc. Instead they're teaching you how to pass exams by being 'influenced' by a particular artist. It's a poor attempt at having an objective response to a subjective form of expression.
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ArtTheivesList|Hobbyist General Artist
That's sad-oy. Teaching kids to rob real artists rather than how to create their own styles and original works-that's just plain sad.
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