I'd like to share something here that has been bothering me A LOT lately. The ones that follow me on FB probably know about that. My Elsa drawing got a crazy unexpected popularity and since the first moment I posted it here (and people shared in Tumblr), it's been reproduced over 15 times by people that didn't mention me or at least say "I used an image from internet but I don't know the artist". Nope. They simply took someone else's work, copied/traced it and even dared to say that they're "proud of their work".
Sometimes accidents happen. After all, maaaany years ago I copied another artist's work and didn't mentioned it, but I was 17 years old and hardly ever knew what "art" was X_D I posted it here in deviantART and got a bunch of well deserved comments saying "this is so wrong", "you copied from this artist!", "you are horrible!". Since that moment, I put all my efforts to:
1- Contact the artist and ask for permission to reproduce their artwork. 2- Give credits (it's easy and free and the artist will really appreciate it!!!) 3- If I had NO CLUE where I found the image, I'd say in the comment "I copied/referenced it from THIS PICTURE (link to the photo) but I have no idea who's the artist. If you know, please let me know!"
But, a few days ago I discovered GOOGLE IMAGE SOURCE. That fucking shit is AWESOME. EVERY image I had saved in my computer has now an artist and a source and I could check more of their works and galleries. Everybody should know about this and I'm sure that those people that REALLY want to source art will find the way to do it (of course there will always be bastards/bitches that won't give a shit about the artists behind the pieces they just took and downloaded).
Someone in my FB gave me this deviation and I really don't understand why doesn't it get a DD o a mod's journal feature or something:
So, let's give our best to end these dramas and wrong behaviors. Just because we artist put our stuff in the Internet doesn't mean we are happy with everybody using them the way they want. In exchange, we just ask for a little respect. Is it that difficult to do?
Thanks for reading and sorry for the long journal.
Thnx, that's really helpful. The thing with google images is that most of the images you find are from other sites than DA and most of the time I source I find out that the image comes from DA. But I for instance use refs to help myself, not to copy anything. And I try to credit them even if I don't know where it comes from >U< But anyways thnx >U<
Don't be sorry for the long journal, you're totally right. When we START to draw, we don't know much about how using references, we make the mistake to copy the others artists works. Credits are important and it's cool to take personal pictures too. It's important to learn how using references. We use them as a help, not a copy. People are just jealous and have nothing to do but just just insult you or try to break you and your art. Don't pay much attention to them, just credit, use references properly and Enjoy you art