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If two or three artist uploaded their work based on same famous photograph for reference with the same pose, same composition same light, same haircut on the same site on the same day.... Will that be awkward? 

564 deviants said No, is cool they can share the glory.
378 deviants said Yes, (give me your example, like three girls wearing same dress at a prom night)
44 deviants said Another great personal reason, explain below, thank you for sharing.

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Vivree Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Student
I think it would be more interesting than awkward :D The same reference material being used by different artists will still have a uniqueness and that's how an artist's style will shine.
Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, of course this will be inelegant! Like, who the heck won't notice you got that pose from the front page of Posemaniacs even if it's just for a fancy practice sketch dump piece or whatever, for example?
cardboardmemory Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why would that be weird....if they are deepthroating each other that's their business
CoreyBass Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Two people will not share the same thought and execute the same drawing/illustration/painting/whatever the same way.  Even if they shared the same reference and tried to copy the same thing, it would not be the same.  It would vary in some regard, even if by the slightest bit.  But it would vary, they would still be different.  If it was digitally made, then it could be the same by copy+paste.  But otherwise, nah.
dan140695 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016
its akward, but is not bad, just a creepy or weird coincidence. 
Aerwis Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It would be awkward, sure, because of the coincidence, but it wouldn't have to penalize the artists, they can share the success and laugh about it.
Stabrina Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't understand why it'd be awkward... None of the artists OWN the reference in the first place. No one can say, "this is my original idea! You copied me!"
L3Moon-Studios Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Professional General Artist
yeah it was kinda awkward for me. One time I found a nice photo reference of a guy taking his shower, and then I didnt know someone who use the same photo drew it earlier than mine. I felt awkward and worried that people are gonna accuse me of copying/plagiarism crap, especially when copy haters are soo damn common that time. So I got no choice but to link my reference as proof that I didnt copy someone's art.
bllixy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
It's a little awkward, but you get to see the same photo in different styles. No artist is usually quite the same
Knorry Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gothiclolitaboy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Instead of awkward, I'd view it as an opportunity for all of them to see how each other artist went about it, and give them some ideas of new techniques to try. Like in art class, when everbody has to draw the same picture of a bowl with an apple in it.
Morriperkele Featured By Owner Edited Jun 8, 2016
While "studying" is fine. I don't really see copying stuff as a worthwhile endeavor. So while I'd congratulate the person for a good job, I wouldn't find it that impressive.
fire-tisane Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not at all. The great thing about art is that even if everyone draws the same thing, it would always be done in slightly different ways as long as the original image is just the inspiration rather than just flat out carbon copied. But even then, the artist will always leave their own little footprint on it. Example, this year's April Fools between many online comic artists was the exact same script, four panels long, but it was fun seeing how everyone handled it.…
AdriennEcsedi Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice timing with this question. I saw today a Hermione Granger fanart from someone and I thought that picture was from someone else because it looked like it but something was different. At first I thought that the artist stole the artwork from that other artist but I realised that they just used the exact same reference photo and they have a similar painting style. The original photo itself is very known, showing Hermione still at a young age.

I think the two artworks can be mixed up and that is not good for neither artist. I would avoid using the same reference photo as an other (well-known) artist has used for an artwork that is not even a study.

I would also try to use the reference photo only as a guildline and not use it too much, so at the end the final artwork would be a way lot different from the reference photo so that it is not recognizable at all.
Tsvetka Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
sometimes artists just doing practice using references. I think it's ok. we can see the same thing in different styles.
but I don't think it's a great ART, just studying sketches
Khasdannyanlord Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
its complicated... specially if its on a contest ... you know "hey look this picture and make it with your art!" and the rules say: the pose , the hair and lights must be untouched.... the you ask...
"really they want me use my art here?????" ....
darkone83 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
It's awesome for people to draw the same thing and to view their takes on the subject and see their personal touches added to it to make it theirs
FoxyAntho Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
Maybe something in the space-time continuum was broken :D
Mengtastic Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
No, this happens with fanart all the time. When game of thrones came out and daenerys hatched her dragons, a bunch of people were rushing to draw that scene and pose.
FabienMater Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
If both look just like the original photo, that's a shame, but if there's a personal take on it, it becomes interesting!
RDishon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Depends on how similar to each other's their styles are 
BatInAHat Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
Maybe it will become a meme :eyes:
NightcrawlerCyp Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
The part with in the same day can be seen as a awkward as in a great coincidence, but no I do not see why it would be. Let's take the famous scenario:
both are posting on deviantart. They use a picture from deviantart after previously asking the owner. About same light same composition... well it could be a similar style. And about the same time is just a coincidence. Unless you give more details or provide links to the photos my opinion is that is not weird. Based on your description I cannot asses how similar the works are. Pass a certain point it may be awkward but until I see them, no way I can say this.
Q-arts Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know some people are really into copying other artwork, so maybe it is nice to find someone who has the same interest. Nothing wrong with that I guess?
shroomcat Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Student General Artist
It could be a trap. It could have been all planned. At least if all three artists are more or less well known and you see all three pieces in a short time span.
runicentropy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Professional General Artist
In addition to what MagicalSakura said below, I think that the whole using the same light, pose and all is passable, so long as there is something remarkably different. Different texture, different color story, etc. If they have the same kind of texture and color story, they should worry more about their own art and muse becoming stale and static more than the embarrassment of the same idea.
Hades595 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it would be awkward but...if this happened 
"we shouldve just collabed and saved ourselves the effort"  ...LOL
0dddity Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it'd be a little awkward, yes, but if all 2/3 were uploaded around the same time, I don't see how it can be too awkward. Some people just happen to have the same influence and inspiration at the same time, at a rare coincidence. And if they don't even know about each other, all the more coincidental. I think it'd only really be awkward if they all knew about each other's work and such.
RaifanZell Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That sounds like an art school project where everyone has the exact same assignment.
MagicalSakura Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Probably not unless all three are well known artists, otherwise no one will even notice any of the artwork to begin with.

Or if one is well known artist, the other artist will probably become paranoid that people think they copied the well known artist instead if the ref photo.
elsevilla Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thats a solid wise answer.
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