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.
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8bit Theater, BobandGeorge, early El Goonish Shive. All amazing works that used, reused, and at times recolored assets.
Yes in the case of EGS, the artist eventually went on to stop reusing assets in a page. But as a whole? If the stories are good, and it's a fun read who cares?
Sure, I get the gruff for selling original art that's traced. But the comics? It's an art style, heck I'm sure there are more good examples of traced / reusable assets (look at any of your favorite Sprite Comics) used in webcomics.
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
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.