Hello everyone, Neil Wacaster here, which some of you know as Drawponies. You may have heard the reports that I have traced screenshots from the show in my art and that I have been selling traced artwork at conventions.
While I have done hundreds of original art pieces, it is true that some of my art has been traced from the show - particularly for things that we wanted to get out quickly for viewers, such as comic strips. I have focused on selling original artwork at conventions, but there have been cases where artwork was traced. I sincerely apologize for doing this, and for hurting those who have watched me. I also wish to apologize to those who feel they have been cheated by me. I should have taken the time to create art completely from scratch, instead of taking an easy way out to fill a quota or get something done quickly. From now on, I will be doing original artwork no matter how long it takes.
Let me address the other points that people are making:
Deleting negative comments and banning people for criticism - My volunteer moderator team and I did not delete negative comments made in the last few days. Claims that we did are false.
Adapting to Night as traced work - Adapting to Night is an example of work that is created completely from scratch. Many of the characters, objects, and backgrounds used in the series are referenced from the show, but not traced or copied. As with all of the art on the page, when we use fandom created assets, it is clearly credited in the description.
Despite all this, I will still be going forward, and continue to create artwork for the fandom. None of the artwork that I will have at conventions will have show assets, and any work with traced assets will be discontinued entirely.
I know that many of my followers are angry. It was a foolish mistake, and I should never have traced pictures for my work. All I ask is for your forgiveness; if you do not wish to give any, I understand.
If you have any concerns about this issue, you are welcome to leave your opinions. Your frustration and opinions are heard and read, even if I don’t reply. Please direct your messages at me, rather than my friends, as I’m the one who did it.I love drawing fanart for the brony community, and that isn’t going to change. I am truly sorry that I let you down, and I hope that you can forgive me.
I make comics, not as popular as drawponies's (obviously) but I can honestly say that I'm happy to be guilt-free of tracing.
Everyone else... *coughLaserpon3* needs to grow the fuck up.
Quit being a shill.
Neil, you didn't need to apologize in the first place. The people making drama like they did don't deserve your apology, and certainly don't need to hear your self-loathing.
To all the butt hurt individuals out there, What Drawponies did was not illegal so stop harping on it. He did take the work of another but he used it in a completely original fashion such as making an picture or comic out of it. This is covered by derivative use laws. Had he copied an entire screen shot, verbatim, and posted it as his original work, that would be plagiarism.
For those of you who do not understand what derivative use is, let me explain.
A derivative work is a new, original product that includes aspects of a preexisting, already copyrighted work. Derivative works can include musical arrangements, motion pictures, art reproductions, sound recordings or translations. They can also include dramatizations and fictionalizations, such as a movie based on a play.
Under this definition, Drawponies "copied/traced" art is an example of a Derivative art piece.
I do appreciate you apologizing and admitting you traced and sell your artwork at the conventions. Tracing artwork and selling them is against all convention rules and you can get banned for it let alone its illegal to trace.
I think the only way you can get most of everyones trust back is doing original artwork from now on. Sure Art takes time but it shows your putting time and effort into making it.
I will also admit I have traced in the past when I joined Deviantart, but I stopped in around 2009-2010. Never sold my trace art knowing I can get into deep trouble.
Draw your own artwork from now on and maybe the people who you angered and got frustrated, etc, will slowly gain their trust to you back but it will take time for them to trust you again and im sure you do understand that
and i've used bases erasing the name off of it
but i never sold/uploaded it
I hope Hasbro doesn't take any legal actions against you as it wouldn't be pretty in the least. They've cracked down on more popular artists for a loooot less, I'll have you know.
Stop selling traces, stop posting traces online without clearly labelling them as traces, and stop masking traces as original art.
If you like to trace cartoon horses, that's okay.
If you like to sell them for profit, can't say you're not allowed since a lot more people do it than they would confess about it. It's ironic in a sense since the same people who complain about your tracing gave you monetary support either from commissions or Patreon. If anything, they should complain about themselves for not thinking thoroughly of their decision. then again, most people in this fandom will blindly support anything just for the sake of it being pony-related. Again, nothing wrong with that. It's a decision of their own, but they should be complaining about their poor choices and not doing something to change it rather than follow a sheep heard of five second internet fame.
Art is generally meant to express yourself. Be it creativity, humor or ingeniousness in any other case.
The generic people who did support you and your artworks supported YOU, not your artwork. Fan art isn't worth much in the eyes of the economy market, even if you're doing it for a living.
If you're able to take a drawing and add your own original twist to it, you would have gotten my attention since I like to be inspired by creativity in any part of art. Alas, i'm neither impressed nor unimpressed but that's not what you, or anybody, should aim for when drawing.
You should be drawing because you like it. If others like that you like drawings, great! They are the kind of followers you want to have. Not the 'watchers' who only want you to draw what's trending or that's popular on the mainstream.
It's a shame this fandom is an easy target for melodramatic drama since the target audience is already being questioned for sanity indiscreetly. The fact a blog website called >HorseNews has to highlight all the bad points that occur in the fandom doesn't help the cause either.
Long and short of it: Only you know what path to take for your journey, Neil. Seeing that you have a decent crew to back you up on your projects, im pretty sure you know what consequences lie ahead for any action you make, be it positive or negative.
Well, I don't care much because I don't know you or anything. But I can only recommend you to stop tracing art, and also, be prepared for the weeks of pissed people.
Because they will call you names, they will do they best to destroy you for what you did, they will show other peoples that forgive you how bad you are, and how you should not be forgiven.
I have nothing against you, because I know people make mistakes. Even if it's a big mistake like yours.
I hope you have a nice day.
As for the people trying to claim companies like Hasbro have some kind of moral high ground here in enforcing their alleged legal rights... they apparently have never seen the spec sheets companies like Hasbro and American Greetings give to their artists. They pretty much tell their artists, "Um... obviously we don't want to you rip off [say] Invader Zim... but could you draw this as much like Invader Zim as possible without getting us a threat our legal department can't handle?" If anyone seriously thinks this is an ethical issue in the slightest for the entities that own these characters, they're out of their minds.
This whole thing is idiotic. Don't apologize to these dumb kids.
When I made the art for the childrens book I published last year I traced my own art all the time to make the deadline xD (like poses/eyes etc and then changed the needed things so it looked like a new picture)
If someone made a big issue out of all the crap I have traced during the years, I would ask them to fuck off. I trace/copy poses all the time to learn new stuff - like deer, running dog poses etc - especially when making animated work for apps. After a few times of tracing you can do it yourself, but tracing is an awesome help in the beginning or when being busy.
Funny thing is that we all break the copyright laws xD just me having fluttershy as my avatar while selling adopts, or the adopt group having "MLP" in their group-names - that could be enough for a lawsuit. Luckily Hasbro doesnt care a fig about us random artist - only when it gets known everywhere as the Button-series.
How can I be mad at you? I was surprised at first, but as an understanding person, I forgive. I will continue to support you if your art is traced or not.
If you're selling any pieces of traced art, I would immediately stop selling them ASAP. If anything you're doing on Patreon was traced, try to make it up to both your Patreon supporters and your other viewers. Really commit to the fact that you're sorry and make sure you don't profit from plagiarism. Heck, even the stuff you trace that ISN'T monetized gives you some publicity, so you do kind of profit from tracing regardless. I'd abstain from it completely and really try to break that crutch. Grow as an artist and when you look back at your previous fallacies, you'll be glad you did.
particularly for things that we wanted to get out quickly for viewers
Well, I'm not calling you a lazy-man, I think you are also making too much stuff at time, fans are also need to learn to be pacient, and in my stand point, not being pacient is also a obvious sign of laziness too (and that is why I started my comment as so).
And again, sometimes we commit errors, but we need to make them to learn how to make better decisions and grow up with more maturity.
Im both an illustrator and copywriter and when I do either of those things I trace my own art/reuse phrases to ensure consistency and also to provide results quicker. I dont see any problems with him tracing from the show and making money of it. No amtter if he traces or not, its copyright infringement, so no need to make the distinction.
While it seems obvious things were traced, other artist had content equally as good without tracing and many artist are better and never traced, like MadHatoua. Still, if we know what stuff is traced and you aren't trying to sell them off as genuine pieces, there wouldn't be a problem!