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Okay, due to some flaming I've received because I brought art plagiarism to the attention of an art plagiarist... I've realized that there is more than a good number of people who don't know what art plagiarism really is--so, I've written an informative journal for you all. It's broken down into several easy to understand sections.

snapesgirl34.deviantart.com/ar… You might also get a good tl;dr out of reading this amazing tutorial. Hopefully, if my journal's not enough to understand the meaning of art plagiarism, then the tutorial will be (or vice versa, maybe my journal will help you understand the tutorial more). :p

:bulletblue: What Is Art Theft?
:bulletblue: What Is Tracing?
:bulletblue: What Is Art Paraphrasing?
:bulletblue: Why Can't I Use Other People's Art as "Reference" to Make My Own Art?
:bulletblue: How Can I Avoid Being Called on Art Plagiarism?

If you have any questions after reading this journal, or would like to debate with me, I'm open to helping you out.

:thumb183286051: Stamp - Tracing Fanfiction by stop-tracing

..:  What Is Art Theft?  :..

Art theft is defined as blatantly stealing a piece of artwork and posting it as your own. This includes, but is not limited to:

:bulletblue: Posting screencaptures saying that you "took them yourself" as though they were photographs, when in fact, those still images already existed--it's called a FRAME. :)
:bulletblue: Adding text, clip art or other images to a piece. Putting a witty word bubble or a sprite on something doesn't make it yours.
:bulletblue: Piecing together multiple images. No matter how cool it looks, Frankensteining multiple sprites together to make one sprite is direct art theft.
:bulletblue: Drawing on top of someone else's already existing image.
:bulletblue: Applying filters to an image, changing colors, or inverting its colors.

..:  What Is Tracing?  :..

Tracing is defined as blatantly copying the composition and structure of a work with little or no alteration, with the intent of claiming the by-product as your own. You "went through the motions" of reproducing the image, but the composition is identical to the original, with the intent for it to be identical. Examples of tracing include, but aren't limited to:

:bulletblue: Tracing the original piece. Including photographs. No, changing what media a work is presented in doesn't change the fact that you traced it.
:bulletblue: Tracing the original piece and coloring it. Yes, even applying different colors makes it art theft.
:bulletblue: Tracing the original piece and flipping it backwards. And then coloring it.
:bulletblue: Tracing the original piece and altering minor details, but leaving the same general composition. This last example leads into the concept of paraphrasing, so let's go on to that.

..:  What Is Art Paraphrasing?  :..

Literary plagiarism is a tangible, normally taught and understood moral that echoes the moral that "stealing is wrong." But, I don't get why it's not common understanding what it means to plagiarize art. So first, let's look at what literary plagiarism is: taking the original ideas in another's work and reproducing it with the intent of mimicking the original. This isn't just "tracing"--or, in the literary sense, copying word-for-word another's work, even when wording is rearranged or changed slightly. You may not be wholly quoting a work if you write it in your own words, but paraphrasing it is still stealing the ideas of the original piece. You're still stealing a paper if you keep the same thesis statement and supporting details, even *if* you wrote the paper entirely in your own words.

Similarly, art plagiarism is taking the basic composition of a piece of art and using that as basis to make your own image. Many examples I've seen of art plagiarism are really just tracings with minimal self-effort thrown in. You may not have a print-out of the "reference work" directly beneath your paper, and you may even be changing which character(s) are portrayed, but that still doesn't change the fact that the composition of a piece of art is the intellectual property of the original owner. (More on intellectual property later.) Let's go back to the example of what written paraphrased plagiarism is. You're still stealing artwork if you keep the same composition and specific details/arrangement, even *if* you changed which characters are portrayed and even *if* you drew the lines without tracing them. The specific combination of elements that together combine to form the overall composition of a work is the intellectual property of the original creator.

But, don't be fooled--just like it's art theft to combine multiple images into one image, it's art plagiarism to combine multiple "references" into a single piece. Identically copying any major element of another person's work is still art theft. (More on alluding to other works later.) If you were to give your character a keyblade that looks identical to Sora's, that's art plagiarism. You didn't make that design.

..:  Why Can't I Use Other People's Art as "Reference" to Make My Own Art?  :..

Referencing another piece of art on its own is not wrong. You may need an understanding of how a limb bends or a garment would hang/fold--it's okay to get a general idea for how tangible properties, bodies, and objects work. It's also okay to look at a body of works by a particular artist with the intent of mimicking their style for a particular piece.

It's not okay to pick up a work and "reference" the placement of essentially every element on the page, or take any one major element of that piece and say you thought of the design yourself.

Many people do not understand that all works--of any media--are protected by an understood copyright. Intellectual property is any idea that is entirely of one's own creation; an invention is a great example. You have to file for a patent so that everyone knows who got the original rights to the royalties; but, this is to protect the money involved in producing merchandise using the invention. You don't have to file for copyright every time you make something--it's understood that you had that idea, and it's yours. The "patent" is already understood when it comes to literature, art, and film--it's rarely about money when it comes to Internet media, it's about ownership.

The establishment of this inherent copyright is the reason why Creative Commons was established--it is the exception to the unspoken rule regarding the etiquette of intellectual property. Creative Commons is a form of licensing that explicitly states how the original creator will permit others to use his work. Creative Commons is NOT the standard for any piece you find online--the inherent copyright is. You must have explicit permission from the original creator of a piece in order to use it in any way that you can claim as your own.

One makes allusions, references, homages, and parodies by mimicking the original piece. This is the only acceptable reason and way to copy the original inspiration detail-for-detail, because the mere act of alluding to another work denounces your ownership of that idea. If you wanted to draw a picture of Sephiroth doing the pose for "The Vitruvian Man" as a parody of daVinci's original masterpiece, you would need to have the exact pose and style of composition in order for your audience to make that connection. Without these clues, your audience would not connect the two ideas you are attempting to link together. It's something akin to iconography in its workings.

It does NOT excuse your theft just to say that "referencing" the entirety of one picture for your own picture is "an homage to the original," or that the original "inspired you" to make the exact same piece, "only different." (More on identical reproductions later.)

Regardless, adding disclaimers to your pieces are a good way to let people know what the original work(s) was. No one could ever know every piece of art in existence--and as such, it's a good idea to explain where you got your ideas. Most of your audience will probably be very interested to read what inspired your art as well--it's no admission to guilt to explain where your inspiration came from! Background on why an artist did a piece always adds depth, value, and meaning to a piece. :)

Let's continue on to other reasons disclaimers are helpful.

..:  How Can I Avoid Being Called on Art Plagiarism?  :..

I cannot say this enough: Don't dupe your audience. If you made a work with the intent of copying or alluding to another work, SAY SO IN YOUR DESCRIPTION. deviantART gives you the ability to accompany your images with text for a better reason than tacking on Plz smilies, Internet slang, and nonsense--it's there for disclaimers!! If you made a piece with the intent of drawing it in another artist's style, then say, "Hey, I thought Dr. Crowler would look neat in Amano's style." If you are drawing a piece with the intent of making homage to a classic work, then say, "Okay, so I thought it would be awesome to draw some of Sartorius's Arcana Force Monsters like they're on a Horror Movie Poster from the 1950's. They just look like they're from that era of creature-making." And even if you were commissioned to mimic another person's artwork--even in your own style or with other characters--you need to say, "Jace commissioned me to draw Dr. Crowler in the same pose as 'The Birth of Venus'" or "Matt told me he'd like to see how I'd reproduce Jace's style, so here I am with this picture I did of Starscream and Megatron. I used his Transformers art as reference for how he draws machines."

Fan art can be drawn in the original artist's style--doing other things than the original images used for reference--because fan art in itself is a far more tolerated offense; regardless that it does breach "no derivative works" to make fan art or write fan fiction, you are never claiming the characters as your own, and you are (usually) never claiming that you designed them or the world they live in.

But, be aware that simply stating what your inspiration(s) and reference(s) were is never enough if you blatantly ripped off the original artwork. Making an identical copy of "Mona Lisa" is NOT an homage to daVinci. Drawing Dr. Crowler doing the exact same pose as the official lineart is NOT fan art of Dr. Crowler. NEITHER of these examples is an original piece, regardless that you made it--you still made it with the intent to make an identical copy of the original. The only exception to this rule--and it isn't a widely accepted exclusion, either--is when someone says, "I thought it would be good practice to paint Mona Lisa stroke-for-stroke in an exactly the same way as daVinci. The identical reproduction is a study of how I see that the artist could have composed his painting." (It's a bad example, I know, considering the blasphemy of saying acrylics/oils/etc. could ever recreate the organic palette of the "Mona Lisa." It's hard not to make a bad example here, though. Albeit mine is a bit humorous, considering why almost all of daVinci's works are incomplete...) This disclaimer discounts the artistic properties and intellectual property of the image. The sole gain of copying a piece identically is learning the process by which another artist did his works. When you start out learning to draw, it's okay to copy images identically or trace them--you learn how to do something by repeating someone else's processes over and over. Once you learn to draw, don't copy anymore--show the world what YOU can do, and make your OWN art. Walk on your own two legs--quit using someone else's for crutches. You have the power.

If you cite this article, please reference me as Francis Leverett Golden. Easy-peasy Works Cited:

Golden, Francis Leverett. "What *Is* Art Plagiarism? (READ THIS)" 11 July 2009. deviantART. [date of access] <http://datenshikurai.deviantart.com/journal/21493555/>.
(Replace "[date of access]" with "14 January 2011" or whatever your actual date of access is.)
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CornishGirly Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018

Plagiarism at its worst?

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aurorasky20 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018
Is using similar eyebrows copying?
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Rainbowpup3000 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im not who you were asking, but no. if it's something small like eyebrows, then it isnt copying. but if you really wanna credit an artist for inspiration, you can.
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SuperBeeAaron Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait so is it illegal
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skinfit Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
If you see a photograph on pinterest and then paint it is that plagiarizing? I also do metal work and have seen some pictures drawn.  When I do them in metal and don't copy them but get an idea from the picture, is that plagiarizing? Thanks
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quinn428 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 15, 2018
Would it still be plagiarism if I took another persons art work, redrew it (not different enough to call it my own) but be a different style of art. so taking a charcoal drawing and recreating it into a watercolored one, or taking a pen and ink drawing into wood burning piece? If it would still be considered plagiarism then what can I do to make it not plagiarized. 
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afriendlycow Featured By Owner Edited Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm asking to be clear or understand it. 
What If someone drew themselves into Family Guy's Universe art style.
Asking yourself: What would I look like If I was living in other universes in other's art styles? 

What If that person lets everyone know what artist's universe he/she is using and used it for streaming video games?

What happens next? Is that copyright fairness or not? Why or why not?
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IloveLeofromTMNT Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018
What if I were to reference a base? Like I look up a base and go "Hey,I like this pose.." and refence it?
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stuffuI Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really don't understand the 'art referencing isn't okay' thing
Like ??
Say you see a piece of art and you really like the pose, or the background, or the placement of the elements, or the theme of the OC
You make your OWN original piece of art completely handmade but just use a similar background, or use the same pose or placements of elements, or use the same theme of that piece of OC
Is this wrong ??
And how ??
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jumpingllama2000 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Is posting on deviantart a drawing something from a tutorial ok?
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CleanClear777 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Professional Artist
What about drawing other people's (like Naoko Takeuchi/Rumiko Takahashi/Garrett Sander/Lauren Faust) or companies (Core Design/Rockstar Games/Insomniac Games/Naughty Dog) characters from anime-cartoons & video-games without giving them credits.......does that consider stealing & plagiarism as well?
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AcCiDeNt-PrOnE08 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would be sure that fan art is acceptable. Claiming the characters to be your own would be bad, and I don't think anyone would be stupid to do so.
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CleanClear777 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Professional Artist
Okay that's understandable. + Thank you. :) :)
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JadeSpeedster17 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
if I ever use another persons art as an templet for my own I do give credit. State quiet clearly that I used *Link to said picture* as a reference photo.

I never outright claim that I drew the poses and the art style. However, I feel that if you are to learn it's good to use reference photos. However don't claim that you drew it from your own imagination. If you didn't then it's okay to say 'Hey I looked at his picture and drew the poses based off it' and give a link to the artist or their picture. 

If I ever get a message stating they don't like the fact I use their art as a reference and wish for me to remove it I won't hesitate to do so.

However, I sometimes now just use many anime shows and pictures as bob proportion reverences. Meaning, I'm having trouble drawing a hand. Thus I look at another picture or many pictures to figure out myself how to draw a hand.
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KyeTheConqueror7 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
But what about fanart? People take the exact same characters that someone else made and they draw them, but as long as they don't claim to own the characters and give credit to the original creators, they are not breaking the law.

Also, what if someone is a part of an art group? Can two people draw the same character if it is for an art group?
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KyeTheConqueror7 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017
What makes my comment so good?
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sorenkair Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017
fanart should falls under fair use as long as you dont monetize it. but then again, youtube lets plays have always been an issue, but since all parties benefit from it, most developers give a wink and a nod.

there was that recent thing where firewatch's devs tried to take down pewdiepie's lets play because he said the n work on stream, and people were pretty divided on that issue.
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Humble-Bean Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck reading this text wall.

'piecing together multiple images. No matter how cool it looks, Frankensteining multiple sprites together to make one sprite is direct art theft.'

A lot of 'professional artist' do this with Photoshop... Not sure if they use free / paid stock images / there own images they have. It's called Photo manipulation.
It can be a valid art style just depending on where the images came from I guess like the use of copyrighted images could be bad. I guess. Depending on how they use them? That could be a gray area.

Also Tracing a photo of a real person might not be considered Art Plagiarism because your not Copying completely because you can change you're style on the image it's self.
90% of people whom trace images just outline the image it's self so it ends up differently each time. If you arguing it plagiarism because you're copying a pose tell that to the animators whom rotoscope.
Rotoscoping is another valid art form. Rotoscoping is copying poses from videos. You can change it up but at the same time it's still different from the original realism you had in the video reference.

So is Rotoscoping a form ART PLAGIARISM?
Maybe but Disney and many other animation studios have done this at one point.

I guess if you Rotoscope from a 'copyrighted' video could be plagiarism but I'm no lawyer here.

On the subject of using references DISNEY does this all the time with animation. Just look up behind the scenes stuff.
Using References isn't bad because you can still change up how the thing looks in the final work. Like "Hey I want this type of clock in my image." Then you find a load of image of that kind of clock.
You can use it to add realism to your work or you can still change up how it looks like with colors, perspective, etc. If you want to avoid copyrighted complaints if your really paranoid. Animators do it all the time.

I guess you can call animators 'art thiefs'.

But that's just my two sense on those that.

On one last side note.

Wiki on Art Theft -
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_thef…

Disney Using references. -
slightlywarped.com/crapfactory…

i.imgur.com/awtayxW.gif

i.pinimg.com/originals/0d/aa/c…

vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/d…

Lastly.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11X…
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SantaAnaBanana Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2017
A lot of professional artists use their own work and give other people's works due credit in photo manipulation, there's no problem with that. Tracing a photo is still art plagiarism if the photo in question belongs to someone else, and you're not immune from criticism just because you applied your own spin on things. Rotoscoping using references isn't art plagiarism - is tracing your own drawing as reference for a flip book plagiarism? They take their *own* reference and draw over it, not someone else's! In fact, why even put copyright in scare quotes, as a user of this site know that DA's own Copyright Policy states that "Under most national laws and international copyright treaties you receive a copyright automatically in any original work as you make it. "
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Mimiko8 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
what about if you use the base and add your own hair eyes nose mouth and designs for the clothing all your really using is something like

this i.pinimg.com/236x/6d/4c/87/6d4…

im asking because a friend of mine is a author and he has me re draw the characters he makes and i usually use bases i find on google and make them look like his characters  
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JadeSpeedster17 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
If the drawer has made it for such purposes then it's fine. Templets can be found all around DA and other places. Just give credit saying, 'I used this *link* as my templet for my art.* and you should be fine.

Don't fret too much, often times people get picky about supposed 'art theft' even when the person is nice enough to truthfully say it isn't their art if they used it as a reference. However people on DA seem very nice. Just as long as you give credit where it is due then you should be fine. It's how I got my own style copying the styles of others to learn how to draw certain hand to body/legs/arms portions by drawing on others style. 

However, I always said that I used *Said artiest* work as a reference when I did this. Now I'm fairly good at drawing on my own. 
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TheLionKing622 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it plagiarism if I post someone else's book?
I posted a few of Erin hunters books...Warrior cats...
Is it stealing?
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JadeSpeedster17 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
So long as your not claiming them are your own or making money off them it shouldn't be. There is a fine line between claiming something as your own and just making something easier to others. So long as your not selling it as your own or in general selling it for money you should be fine.
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TheLionKing622 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay thanks....
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Toon-Girl-Abby Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
This journal is a blessing because of what happened recently with Yandere Simulator. He will prolly ignore that I linked to this. It's not a problem, is it? People need to know what plagiarism is.
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racerx11080 Featured By Owner Edited May 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I've just had problem with one guy that practically plagiarized my whole design, and then tried to play dumb when I wrote that he stole my art:  PLAGIARISM - art thief by racerx11080  what is even worse, majority of people in this FB group (3d coat artist international) don't know what is plagiarism, and they stood in his defense. 
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JadeSpeedster17 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Best be sure he stole your idea. Keep in mind that it's hard to think of original content online. It seems your always going to find someone who might have had the same idea you did. (Just a fair warning, I'm not trying to say he didn't steal it)

However, judging by the picture he did steal your design as it's all the same. It's only stealing if he didn't outright claim it wasn't his idea.
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anniefluff Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017
What if I want to take reference from a fan art made by another fan artist? The original sketch is a from a real life photo. I won't be tracing, just taking some reference. Is it still considered plagiarism?
If not, can I post it on the internet and should I give them credit for the reference? 
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RZ-desu Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
what if i'm using several references of a pose of a real life person? all i'm taking it the general pose they are in and not even tracing. is it still plagiarizing? 

ex: i want to draw a violinist with a similar pose of lidnsey sterling. so i'm going through some of her pictures online and in her videos. i find a few i like. then i take pieces from each picture and draw my own version. so its a merge of a lot of different poses in one drawing
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chu0403 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Student General Artist
Should be fine, sound's like you're just using reference to me. If you're still worried about it, you can just mention that you used references in the description.
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IceyMew Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sometimes I get ideas for a drawing, then of course I quickly sketch it before i forget what the drawing is. Then I look for a few really good art with lighting so I can reference how lighting works and where it hits and how the shadows are supposed to go. Sometimes I just look at random art to give me motivation, but ALMOST EVERYTIME I see an already finished artwork that has similar or in rare cases SAME pose/background (usually for really common poses and/or backgrounds) and I refuse to complete my drawing because I'm afraid everyone will think I stole the idea from another artist's work. 
Any advice?
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JadeSpeedster17 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
This is normal, don't worry. It's hard to be 100% original online. Your always going to find that at times you have accidentally made the same pictures as a few others. However, the difference is in your style. Not everyone writes the same and this goes for not everyone draws the same.

I drew in several different styles of drawing before I got the point I had my own style. This is the normal process for an artist. Even if you look at my reference photos you can see where my style accidentally bleeds in and how it's different from the others. 

It's very hard, mostly in traditional art, to 100% copy another design, even with tracing, somehow you always end up making it in your own way. 

Don't worry, your art is unique to your because it is in your style. Similar poses and backgrounds are very normal, even both. But it's still your art because you didn't trace and it has your own type style of drawing to it. And for those who say you stole it, they can't really prove this claim. And I'm sure the artist they say who who 'stole' from can clearly see your kind of drawing form theirs. You will always find assholes on the internet, so not get all upset over a few idiots who can't see correctly.
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CleanClear777 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 22, 2017  Professional Artist
+10 :iconlike-plz: :star:
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IdaliaMay Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I enjoyed reading this. Every time I make a piece that I really came up with, I'm afraid that I've seen something similar in the past, or if I see some really awesome piece of work, and I want to try a similar... Color pallet, or whatever, I fear someone is going to yell at me. For example, I saw some amazing work of wildlife, depicting the animal's domain within the portrait of the actual animal. I want to do something similar (using my own references) but I don't know if... Because I want to try that style, if it's actually my own work. Eek.
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SuperChris2005 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
If you ask me, stealing someone's work is just a lazy way to get attention. I posted a drawing on my Facebook wall, and one of my friends tells me that someone took it and posted it on Pinterest. You see, this is exactly why I hate plagiarism.

Here's an idea: Get off your behind and come up with something original! Stop stealing ideas just to get attention!
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tb86 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
OK I can't read all this because it's too long for me but I just wanna know the following things. 

1) is it OK to copy a picture from say a still from a cartoon series, film or comic book and post it here

2) and if I wanted to make them look like different characters e.g. I would've drawn that picture of Spider-man and Black Cat kissing and Mary Jane watching in the background spiderman.wikia.com/wiki/File:…
and turn them into Nightwing and Starfire kissing with Batgirl watching, would,I still like to post it.
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dumbdog420 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. i think as long as its your own style and not outright tracing it AND you credit the original image then possibly?? im not an expert on this stuff, i have seen people take screenshots from cartoons and re-draw them in their own style.

2. as long as you add disclaimers it should be fine??
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Dusk-Ealain Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Professional General Artist
1). No. It can get you into legal trouble if you do.

2). Depends on how much you change as a whole, including composition, not just characters and colours. If you basically do decide to use the same position and whatnot (even if it's flipped or something) you should put a disclaimer in the description letting people know.
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untitledcanvas Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a problem i have is when i reference another artist's art too see how they draw ___, i subconsciously start drawing in a similar style ?? how do i stop this from happening? and would this be plagerizing?
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alexbytesized Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Can I use this to show to my graphic design high school students? I'd like to quote you and use it in a powerpoint to do with the class because I've been having this issue a lot lately. :/  It's so well written and easy to understand!
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IdaliaMay Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know what's funny, since you mentioned this, in my freshman year we were taught to 1) trace and 2) didn't matter the reference. Or rather, not taught to actually do it, but it wasn't ever mentioned, or implied. So I was... 13? When I created my wolf painting as a project, and without knowing it, I plagiarized it. My art teacher submitted it into an art contest and it was bounced back and plagiarism. I was pretty pissed, but.... Throughout highschool, it was still something that continued as our regular projects, so it's nice to see teachers showing otherwise.
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CMLollar7 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017   General Artist
highly likely. i'd say just do it. your not claiming to have written this if you credit the writer! besides this is general information that reaally needs to be known. spread it n credit! like a meme on the internet! but to students whom directly need to know these things - asap!! that's awesome you teach gd and are aware of this stuff, yayy!
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SilverHunterN Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What if you inspire original character(s) off someone else and you changed the clothing, hair style and such, but had a similar pose? I mean I'm pretty sure nobody can "own" poses otherwise nobody could technically make an image where lets say a guy has a sword on his shoulder, like Cloud. Soon as someone else coincidentally has a character with a similar pose to this, boom, plagiarism. Very sure square-enix doesn't own poses.

Also, to be fair, most characters are going to look a little bit alike in some way anyway. I mean official companies blatantly "clone" other characters. I mean look at Orihime from Bleach than look at that girl from murder princess. How come nobody calls plagarism on them??

Besides, my work is for free and I'm pretty sure crediting sources will be alright. I mean my profile image is a megaman I made up, and I'll even credit capcom for the inspiration off megaman characters (although they keep cancelling megaman games and blame fans for it...). Still quite original and I drew this image years ago.
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GabrielasHarbour Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, and in real life many people look so much alike in hair, clothes, even faces. Because there isn't that much variation when it comes to thousands and thousands of Original Characters and Drawings. There will always be someone saying: "Oh, this character/pose must be inspired by [insert any series or character]." and the creator hasn't even seen the character/pose. Everything can be suspected of plagiarism nowadays. :iconfoxsighplz: 
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SilverHunterN Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. Pretty sure crediting and modifying your work as your own is enough.
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ShadowingX Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How would you categorize something that is similar to taking a bad(amateur) illustration and then improving it with your own style? kind of like fanarts of old anime look better than the original. Also would it be an insult?
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GabrielasHarbour Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, do I understand this right? So artist Alice draws a girl sitting on the floor, hands on her head, doing some sexy head nod. Artist Bob draws the exact same pose - the girl has another hair color and clothes etc... Both artist never saw each others drawing. Well, they don't have to. It's a typical pose of a human being. That has nothing to do with stealing. No one owns a pose. People all around the world move and act the same way. Music, drawing, writing - even if you never hear or see another persons work, there will always be similarities with their work.
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SilverHunterN Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, that's what I was saying just now. Pretty sure there's already coincidences out there. I usually credit sources if I use any. I can't make poses on my own, its very hard to do since my characters usually get slanted or something.
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