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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.