Do I really steal art?
Is style theft really a thing? --and is it really just like tracing?
For a while now I have seen the topic pop up around the 'net. Today it's been the day where I've been accused of theft. My response? Guilty as charged.
Now. Now- listen first before you start anything drastic! I don't steal
but whenever I see something I like I tend to copy
that. With copying I mean I integrate the element I like into my own style for later, so that I can make my own art much like it. That way I combine a lot of different techniques and styles into my own personal and unique arsenal of ways to create art.You should do this too.
I bet you need some examples now. This is how this works: I pick a drawing from my gallery and write above which show or game's style I replicated. (or tried to replicate- I'm not perfect)
Let's compare for a bit, shall we? Click on any image to get a closer look!
Case 1: Me VS GTA
I took the crispy sharp shading and black line-art and imitated them.
Case 2: Me VS Vampire Knight
It's easy to recognize; Hino's soft coloring and the huge eyes for both females and males. They look just like the manga they were from, don't they?
Case 3: Me VS Panty and Stocking
Now this is too easy to see! The white dot in the pupil looks interesting and the way the arms and legs make sharp edges when they bend is clearly recognizable. Even the flat but vibrant coloring looks familiar. Yip. I took that from P&S and I'm using it in other styles as well.
Case 4: Me VS Yu-Gi-Oh
I guess the eyes are what I like most. The style is dynamic and sharp- very cool and a lot of fun to draw. It's the details that make this style epic. Still, I stole it from the show didn't I?
Case 5: Me VS Steven Universe
Now this isn't my best attempt but the shape of the face belongs clearly to the show. The little to none shading is a recognizable trait of the style as well.
Case 6: Me VS @/ForgottenHope547
Yes. I stole this style from 'Hope. Really, can you blame me that I started to copy the way her shading looks like? It's gorgeous! I'm like the annoying little kid that's doing everything his idol does. Haha!
(Or at least I'm trying. 'Hope's much better at this than I am....)
Have you read and looked at everything carefully? Good. I want you to understand FULLY that I with saying "I steal this" I mean that I copy what I like- and you should do so too. It's part of growing as an artist. For as long as you don't steal finished art or trace over another person's work it's perfectly fine to create something that looks like your favorite show or idol artist. If you're still unsure then just ask art-sempai if they are okay with this. Most should be pretty chill about it.
A style is like an artist's fingerprint. You can have two so alike it's creepy but you'll never find two that are completely and 100% the same. What I'm trying to tell here is that it's good to let yourself be inspired by what you like. Be it a style or a design. Learn from it. Make it your own and grow from the experience without being dependent on it.
Nobody likes a cheap knock off or copy-cat, keep that in mind.
You can do it. --and don't be a a** and bash someone for their style. You'll only make yourself look bad that way.
All of you can do great if you just try and get out of your comfort-zone.