Have you ever been accused of copying/tracing someone else's art?
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No, I haven't ever really been accused of that.
62%
Yes, but I never actually did it.
27%
Yes, and the accusations were true, I did copy/trace in that case.
5%
Yes, and I have experienced both cases in which it was true, as well as cases in which I was falsely accused.
6%
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Published: September 15, 2015
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SoundOfTheCrocodile's avatar
niet dat ik weet................. volgens mij niet c:
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Gelukkig maar!
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There are a few that I completely trace, as well as some that I completely drew free style. My drawing style is that I only trace what I need, and then free style the rest (I always make sure and give credit to the original owners) but I never really like it when even my family accuse my drawing style as "plagiarism"
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I see :0
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ErexisHobbyist Digital Artist
Hm...I was never ever accused of such a thing, but I think copying/tracing/heavily referencing is actually a pretty good way to improve yourself, I myself do it from time to time. But those artworks are only intended for practice, and are rarely published (recently I tried to mimic the style of grifsnuff out of fun. :D Sometimes it can turn out pretty hilarious).
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, I'm personally not a fan of it. Maybe it makes some people improve, but it's never something I liked to do, even when I was told to do so. It never helped me any further as an artist.
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ErexisHobbyist Digital Artist
As far as I can tell from my experiences, it's most useful for improving anatomy by tracing realistic, or semi-realistic artworks. Other than that...dunno, never used it. But for example...trying to recreate some kind of colouring or shading effect may actually work. Famous paint artists also improved much the same way. Although I still wouldn't publish those works at all.
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Yea, for realism, maybe, if tracing happens with stock photos. For developing an own style, not so much :XD:
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ErexisHobbyist Digital Artist
That is a valid argument. :D Tracing and copying may improve your technique, but not your creativity. Still, it's not something one should do to gain more followers.
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JuxieGamerElite105Hobbyist General Artist
Not really. I was acused once but after that it was all a big misunderstanding!
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, hope that got cleared up quickly then!
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Vaeln-Lenore-FauxHobbyist General Artist
I heavily referenced + traced when I was younger, but I never posted any of it. People that I've shown the pictures to have accused me of stealing though XD that was the reason why I never posted them; it was stolen and i simply just wanted a pretty lineart to color in. I never claimed the lineart but people seem intent on "even if you dont claim it it's still stealing" (which it still is, but i dunno i told you i didn't own the actual drawing just the colors so like why you gotta be an asshole?).
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I see :XD: Good you didn't post them then!
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I have never been accused of stealing someones art. When I was little I did trace rarely, I have a total of at most 7 traced images, maybe less (I'm one of those people who never throws away anything I draw). I remember while I was tracing I thought to myself: "Oh, so that is how it is supposed to curve" or something like that, and before I knew it I was right back to drawing on my own. I don't know why tracing didn't stick with me.

Of course that was before the internet existed. Also back then I NEVER, and I mean NEVER showed anyone my art, even if it meant drawing in the bathroom so no one would see me drawing then that is what I would do. I am a very shy person...although no one that knows me can tell. lol

Now a days I trace my own work when I need duplicates for something like shading practice, certain alterations I want to make, or when I don't want to damage the original by erasing too much, so I'll trace my work and let the eraser destroy the traced version until I figure out how I want the originals final look to be. However every time I trace my own work, I feel like I am short changing myself. I need to practice drawing as much as possible in order to get better, and that means I should be redrawing my work! I can't help thinking this while I am tracing my own work and so since it makes me feel horrible, I rarely trace my own work. Dango-sweatdrop 
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, I see! With your own work it's something else, but I don't like doing that either no :XD:
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zooIogyHobbyist Digital Artist
Not art, no.
But I was accused of copying Hinauchi's character when I made my first fursona lmao. I'd never heard of her until I was accused of copying her sona.
Here's the character:
Character Development Meme by LightAnimaux
(The design on the left)
I ended up changing the design to grey + white because I had 2 people continue to pester me about it. According to Youtube artists of 2009, Hinauchi owns all white and brown animals with spots.
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Ah yes, every time someone made a white animal with brown spots there was drama. Those times :noes:
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I was once accused of stealing someone elses art even though I stated in my description that the original work I based my drawing off of didn't belong to me.

This was WAAAY back when I didn't own a printer, so stuff that I would like to have printed top put on my wall as a poster, I had to recreate. I used a look and draw style to draw a picture of this winged fox. I thought it came out well, so, years later when I got a scanner, I posted it. I specifically stated that It wasn't my original work, I just recreated it to put it on my wall, but I didn't know who the original artist was to give them credit.

Girl gets on and starts yelling at me for stealing the art and all that and contacts the original artist, who, after reading my description, says she doesn't mind as long as I gave her credit.

And I've had incidences where someone accused me of stealing a poem and a fanfic from them. Another friend of mine saw the comments and was able back me up because she saw and helped me write the originals while in high school.
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh, I see! That sucsk, good it all got resolved D:
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VenillahHobbyist General Artist
No one ever accused me when I was younger. I traced and copied so much though. But I had nowhere to post it, so that's a good thing.
Though I do reference off of real life photos. I was playing with digital art and seeing how it worked.
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, I see yes :)
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DREAMTHlEFHobbyist Digital Artist
yes but it was fcking ridiculous, being accused by an art thief xD You still know Regenpfote/Renkat? She actually told me I was tracing/copying someone else's style, when the style "owner" told us herself she did NOT think it was, fff xDD
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Ahh, that makes no sense indeed xD
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