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
On FB they ALWAYS make the excuse that THEY DON'T KNOW or that's just a KID don't be too harsh They are only after "fast popularity" even if it's totally WRONG. And a lot of people tolerate them, and even defend them by making excuses. I've seen this two times, and I tried to react about the second one. I got bashed for defending the original artist. What a culture.
I'd like to watch them copy an original character by a non-commercialized artist, or an originally conceptualized artwork by a not-so-known artist. Then there's real grounds to sue them. Maybe that way they will learn, the hard way. They are lucky to copy from kind people, those who are not harsh enough to take things on a legal level.
Thanks for taking the time to write this. I always get nervous when I get inspiration from other people's work and try VERY hard to cite them, mention them, or get in contact with the original artist to make sure their work is validated to their liking. Sorry that happened to you, it stings and sucks.
One of my friends stole your Jelsa sketch and claimed that belongs to him on facebook . No matter how I tried to talk to him, he still said that was him who drew that. I really sorry what he did. Though he still didn't take it off and kept showing everyone "his drawing"
Well, and he intends to be an art student or architecture student this fall semester (I don't think he will make it though). It was ashamed of him for doing such things. However, he's still acting like that was his work and he got praised for stealing your art. Somehow it's not fair, neither for him nor you. You should be the one who gets all the compliment, not him! And like, he didn't even trace or redraw your work. He just downloaded the original work on DA, posted on facebook and BOOM! It became his "proud artwork." Too bad nobody believes me when I said he stole yours.
Well, then this is useless X_D I was just going to send him a private message to make him/her stop lying and taking MY work and claim it as theirs, but if you'd rather protect an absolute HORRIBLE ART THEFT, I can do nothing.
No, I really don't want to protect an art theft. But I don't want to lose our friendship too. If he knew I reported to you, well, he might get mad and start talking bad about me to the others However, I have to do the right thing. Here is his fb link www.facebook.com/huycon.meo?re… It's ok if you tell him who told you what he had done. Again, I'm really sorry for what he did. He's not a bad guy. Hope you could speak to him. He's not good at English though. It's ok if you mention me to him or not. Still, I really don't want to lose a friend.
Thank you, really, I appreciate this. I wouldn't mention you, of course. Last thing I want is damage others with this. Sad fact is he doesn't accept private messages so there's no way I can contact him unless I try to friend him - which I doubt he'll accept. So I guess I give up. Shame on him. I can't believe how come someone who takes someone else's work and claim being the real artist is "not a bad guy" but whatever. One day people will discover how awfully he lied to everybody and he'll get a well deserved punishment X) Sorry.
I did took the picture of my screen ( because I mainly use tablet) and uploaded to my fb account to show him that who was the true artist. Ironically, everybody thought I got jealous of his "talent" and kept saying bad words about me. No matter how hard I tried to explain, nobody believes me. And he didn't steal only Lehanan work, he stole another one too www.flickr.com/photos/34245744… Here is the link show my screenshot. It was on his facebook account.
What an awesome "friend" you got there, then. I don't even know how you can consider him/her as "friend" and want to protect his identity. That kind of people doesn't deserve ANY kind of respect, honestly. But thanks for your effort.
I'm too scared of what I might find if I search for my art I know a lot of it is on Tumblr though, if I had known that site would have been so popular I would have signed up ages ago and started posting there too so people can at least trace it back to my name rather than some idiot who decided to upload it anyway I could also answer the various questions that people ask about it (something that the poster can never seem to do ).
I do love all the other cool images I find on there though - but so few lead to the actual creator
i usually try to give credit to the artist (if i know who it is) or at least link the original pic/say i don't know who it is, but i would never take the credit for someone else's work >w< it's so wrong. i saw the thing on facebook: serious wtf moment.
that goodle image source thing will really come in handy i never knew it existed >w<
This is actually really helpful! I hope people follow this advice because I don't like finding my art on other websites... I haven't seen anyone "claim" it as their own but I'd like them to ask first. I don't see why that's so hard. I would have no problem sharing as long as they don't say it's theirs.