So not for the first time I’ve been referred to as a “whiteknight”…
If you take another artist’s work from them, and do any of the following: recolour it, hack it, slash it, make money from it, freely give it out to other people in the full disclosure that it is not yours, you are an art thief. If you are caught with stolen work, even remotely similar to someone else’s conceptual design and it’s noticeable to that original creator, and you just so happen to be a freelancer, animator, photographer, painter, sculptor, musician, whatever other artist classification you can think of out there, you will be sued and blacklisted for the rest of your career. Every artist will learn the above point at least once as they progress in their chosen field.Stubborn people will grow up thinking they’re invincible. Think very carefully if that’s something you want hanging over your head. It can destroy your life from the ground up.
Please, for the love of everything holy, don’t defend someone who tells other people to block one of the original two people behind a character/conceptual design, when they did not give this person permission of any kind to reuse it in the first place.
I do not care how old this thieving person is, who is pulling this asinine stunt on DeviantART right now, she is old enough to know that you do not steal from other people.
There is such a thing as a DMCA - Digital Millenium Copyright Act - that DA, amongst other sites, take very seriously. If someone is staking claim over their design, be it character design, conceptual sketches, webcomics, art commissions, even music, if this is filed and investigated and discovered to be correct, the person on the recieving end of the theft ends up either temporarily suspended, or permanently banned from the website in question. Having filed several of these DMCA’s in the past and most recently for thefts of my own work via Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr, DeviantART and Side7, I can attest that it’s no joke for the person who did the thieving.
It is not considered humorous to find someone else walking around with a character you created and that is, essentially, a part of your heart and soul. All of my characters exist from my heart and soul. I don’t like seeing them recoloured by someone else. It took twenty five odd years to get them to this point. If I took something you spent the same amount of time creating, moulding and designing to the point you were happy with it, wouldn’t you be angry/upset? You would be. That’s a part of you I just took and shoved a stick up the arse of. You might think it’s funny, but it’s not. And I hate seeing people having to go through that pain.
Let me assure you, it’s not fun sitting in a courtroom with someone who has stolen my work. It’s a bloody heartache, and the costs add up over time. I defend my work with the same passion as I put in to creating the characters I design.
If you steal someone’s work, you face the consequences. And if you’re just starting out in the art world, congratulations, the trust and faith people had in you as an artist is like throwing a brick through a glass window - you shattered it with the 15 seconds of popularity you craved when you posted that art that didn’t belong to you.
I’m perfectly happy to help anyone dealing with art thievery by talking them through the steps of filing a DMCA report. Nobody deserves to have their hard work taken and mutilated in that manner.
The “Furry” Problem
Fair warning: there is some slight language in this post.
My name is Jonathan Ponikvar. I’m the creator of Peter & Company and an avid cartoon fan; I have been trying (successfully or not) to draw them since I first discovered the magic of crayons and markers. Like most kids in the 80’s I grew up watching a crazy amount of cartoons. My favorites were the cartoons and films of Warner Brothers, Disney, and Don Bluth, so my earliest and crappiest of doodles always revolved around those characters in some way.
As I grew older and began seriously getting into cartooning, I noticed something odd going on around me: the cartoon animal was quickly becoming an endangered species. The animal designs of the 80’s and 90’s TV cartoons were being seen less and less in modern times within the industries that they helped create.
How could this happen? Are people just no longer interested in funny talking animals?
Aywas Wishing Star Event…
For those not following that long, ongoing post of mine concerning my daily zaps, here’s a little teaser of what the Ray Gun’s been generously giving out:
- Steam-powered Odlak
- Turtle Dove Griffin
- White Lion Oske
- Memorial Lunaris
- Sea Light Nashira
- Babby Finx
- Lily Vion
- Death Unus
- Crazy Candy Ennae
I will be traipsing through the forums when the Wishing Star topic appears. I’ll also be donating longterm pets from my lair for those whose wishes involve particulars. My BP funds are almost back to what they were during the Easter giveaway and I have plenty of other little gifts lying around in my SDB.
Can’t wait to spread some more Aywas cheer when the event opens =3
YOU CAN SHIP CHARACTERS SEXUALLY BUT NOT ROMANTICALLY
YOU CAN SHIP CHARACTERS ROMANTICALLY BUT NOT SEXUALLY
YOU CAN SHIP CHARACTERS ROMANTICALLY AND SEXUALLY
YOU CAN SHIP CHARACTERS COMPLETELY PLATONICALLY
YOU CAN SHIP CANON SHIPS, GAY OR STRAIGHT OR OTHER
YOU CAN SHIP NON-CANON SHIPS, GAY OR STRAIGHT OR OTHER
YOU CAN SHIP NON-CANON THREESOMES, GAY OR STRAIGHT OR OTHER
YOU CAN SHIP WHAT YOU WANT TO SHIP
STOP SHAMING FANS FOR THE THINGS THEY SHIP
Bless this post
How the heck is it 5am?!
I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I will likely not shade a damned thing I decide to colour at 12am because the next thing I know it’s 5am and I have flamin’ have to wake up in 6 hours for work…
Here, have the flat colour of VJ’s two canine angels walking in the park.
Would look better with shading, but eh, kinda works without it for now.
Photo background is from stockvault.net <3