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The Artist Questions on Ethics and Practices General 787

As an artist, I'm interested in what our little drawing community thinks of these questions I'm about to list off. These are common to come across within art communities, and answers typically fall within a wide range of opinions. Also, some of them may help other artists network.

When it comes to drawing fan art:
>Do you feel it is ethical for people who draw fan art to copyright their works?
>Do you feel it is right for artists to sell their works if they contain intellectual property of another artist? I.E. selling fan art of Twilight Sparkle.
>How do you personally define a parody? At one point does a parody become copyright infringement?
>When it comes to pricing original content, if one were to sell it, what do you feel should go into what determines the final price?
>How much value do you place in original content? Do you feel original content is usually ignored over popular fan art?
>What is your opinion on pornography? Is it selling out to draw pornographic content to appeal to a wider audience? Is this wrong?
>How do you promote yourself in the artist community, and what has worked for you? Do you use Tumblr, Deviantart, Twitter, or another social network? Which ones do you find work the most towards your favor, and why is that?
>East vs. West. Do you prefer traditional art? Anime? A mixing of both? What style of cartoons do you find the most expressive and interesting?

790

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I'm not sure I qualify enough to be called an artist, but I'll answer anyway.

>Do you feel it is ethical for people who draw fan art to copyright their works?

I think artists have a right to copyright their own work as being their own, not allowing others to claim that they did the work. As long as they do not claim the character as their own intellectual property, it should be perfectly alright.
>Do you feel it is right for artists to sell their works if they contain intellectual property of another artist? I.E. selling fan art of Twilight Sparkle.
As long as they make it clear that the character is not their own and it isn't mass-produced.
>How do you personally define a parody? At one point does a parody become copyright infringement?
A parody is where you take somepony else's intellectual property and make minor edits while still adhering to the original concept. It becomes infringement when it's not claimed to be a parody and instead passed of as entirely original.
>When it comes to pricing original content, if one were to sell it, what do you feel should go into what determines the final price?
I personally do not believe my work is good enough to be sold. But generally, I say that commission prices should be based off of "How much I can get away with" whilst keeping it at prices you believe you would pay for the same thing.
>How much value do you place in original content? Do you feel original content is usually ignored over popular fan art?
I love to see people using their imaginations, I prefer OCs over non-OCs. When I ask people to draw Fortune and they ask for a reference for the hair… I tell them to do whatever they like with it.
Fan-Art is loved because the character is instantly relatable and you can understand it easier, whereas original content takes some getting used to before you can see the in-jokes and thenceforth.
>What is your opinion on pornography? Is it selling out to draw pornographic content to appeal to a wider audience? Is this wrong?
Pornography is surprisingly hard to find unless you're looking for it or on a bad website. I have no problems with people appreciating the female form or male form. I believe pornography is a different community from the SFW side of things, though. The two communities should be kept separate, though both contain some awesome people and some scumbags.
>How do you promote yourself in the artist community, and what has worked for you? Do you use Tumblr, Deviantart, Twitter, or another social network? Which ones do you find work the most towards your favor, and why is that?
I just use Tumblr. I started one so I could follow blogs and everything, I then began to use it to post my 'art' if you can call it that.
>East vs. West. Do you prefer traditional art? Anime? A mixing of both? What style of cartoons do you find the most expressive and interesting?
Anime seems to be more emotional whereas western is more humourous.
Though in style, there is a strange beauty to Eastern animation and the style that I don't think many western styles emulate well. I prefer Anime, but I am an ex-Otaku.

The!GummyfZBao 791

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>>790
Nice opinions. I'm glad people want to participate.
Something I noticed with you lately:

If you like to draw, and can draw what you have in your post, you're an artist. What you draw, it qualifies as art. You'll always be improving, so if you feel like you're bad, that's how everyone feels. It's the nature of the beast. You'll always be envious of someone else's work in the long run, because everyone sees things differently, and maybe someone else has picked up on a technique in a way you never considered. That's how artists network in their own unique way. We learn off eachother.
Honestly, you're not bad at all. You have just as much potential as every one else in this community. You have an understanding for form and color. I can't think of the word right now, because I just woke up, but I wanted to say you're capable of producing complete and whole balanced pieces. This is a good quality. Keep at it.

792

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>>791
That picture, along with this one, is one of my most recent works… Both of which follow a newer philosophy of wanting to go into detail rather than not doing so.

I say that I'm not qualified because of many reasons, one of which is that I've only been drawing since late June. *

*Okay, I did some minor doodles and stuff before then, I only started caring about what I drew when it came to the last few days of June.

What about your art?

793

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>>792
*I mean answers.
One must answer one's own questions, Desert.
>First serious drawing, dated 29/06/12.

The!GummyfZBao 795

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>1
Honestly, I don't feel it's ethical. The idea of a copyright on a work that contains IPs you didn't create is not only illegal, but is insulting to the original artist and shows the highest disrespect. It's basically plagiarism in my eyes; I don't care how detailed or different in style it ranges from the original work. The moment you copyright such a thing, it's using someone else's idea to boost your own fame and making it yours. That is stealing. I have made an attempt to remove any and all copyrights I have put onto works that involve IPs I do not own.
>2
This follows suit with my first answer, for the exact same reason. Have I been guilty of this? Hell yes I have. Do I still do it? I try not to. I've been refusing works lately that involve copyright characters. Of course, I still have weak moments, I'm ashamed to admit.
>3
I believe the pricing goes into the time spent and effort put into a work, on a general scale of how much you believe your worth and what you're doing compared to the ability of whoever is purchasing your works. Someone hires you because they cannot do what they're asking themselves, and if they're willing to pay for it, it must be valuable to them. Nothing in life is free, and talent and dedicated practice should not be squandered or ignored as cheap. Artists should honestly demand more for their works, and learn to adjust to the community they serve to produce the maximum output they feel they can gain. The 'Starving Artist' who does not know the value of his work, that sells a complete painting for $5.00 is a fool in my eyes.
>4
I value original content high over fan art. I feel it is ignored, and I feel our generation is dumbed down by the lack of innovation and the overall mindless copying of someone else's work to boost their own status. There is improving on existing ideas and then there is out right blatant ripping off. You fail to see improvements most of the time, especially in communities that are supported by fandoms. Furries and Otakus make up the majority of those I find at fault for the lack of creativity in today's youth.
>5
I feel that an artist should be prepared to appeal to any and all audiences, and that in this world there will always be people who will find such works appealing. Ignoring that part of reality is ignorant, to me. It's also a market worth tapping into, and of course it can be seen as selling out. Honestly, it's the easiest way to make money.
The benifits however far outweigh the pay. Understanding anatomy and tone can come if one takes this practice seriously. There are those who do not, and never progress, however. They may find themselves stuck doing this work if taken that route. And it is not the most pleasant route to take. I personally hate doing it, but I also feel it is a necessary evil.
>6
I use DeviantArt, Tumblr, and Boorus. I have found that Boorus in junction with linking to my Deviant Art, which is allied with various groups I regularly submit to, has boosted my views and favorites into the thousands. Networking is time consuming and takes work. However, it does pay off.
>7
I prefer a mixing of the two. I enjoy the proportions and expression of some of the more traditional anime styles used before the current vector based series, such as the original Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Dragon Ball, and the older Gundam Wing shows. I also prefer the darker, realistic, and gritty western styles that take on a more dynamic approach with less static form with more expressive shapes. Mixing the two can be challenging, but the effect can be rather pleasing.
>I missed one
What defines a parody for me? That is a gray area. When a work is so similar to its target that it practically mimics it without any noticeable attempt at changing or criticizing it, I feel that is where copyright infringement is blatant. In my eyes, a parody must be defined by a significant margin of irony and satire aimed towards the original subject matter, with a slight play on the art style originally presented. To completely copy a vector and turn it into a joke is plagiarism to me. I do not feel any real work or creative effort was put into those; having performed the act myself, I feel it is a mindless tracing process that should be shunned instead of encouraged. I understand that people want to match the style of a certain show, like My Little Pony, and make it appear that 'Oh wow what if this really happened', but when you're simply just tracing — what creativity does that show? How can you honesty say that is your work, besides going over someone else's lines?
I went off on a tangent there, sorry.

Anyways, those are my thoughts.
I could go on for days about each.

FPP 814

Kind of wish there was a art constructive critique thread.

815

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>>814
Post the art, start the thread…
I'm personally friends with a few artists and getting Critique from them on >Pic.
>Not latest iteration.


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