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IntoxicatingColors Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
I love this! I despise those who take artwork and copy it or crop the signature out and then try to take as their own.
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Zieu Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
good
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icygumball3000 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Filmographer

This is a step in the right direction, but I still feel that it misses the mark a bit. Let me explain my case as an illustration and animation student, because plagiarism is hardwired into me as a giant “no-no”.

The difference between tracing and referencing is all in where you place the source material.

If you draw any remotely similar image on top of its source, it’s tracing. It doesn’t matter whether you change the hair, tail, position of the head, etc. Let this sink in: If you’re drawing on top of the image, it’s tracing. And if you claim any part of the drawing to be your own intellectual property, that my dear friends is called plagiarism. It’s as real in art as it is in your writing classes.

Now, if you set your source material off to the side of your drawing surface (digital or traditional), that is referencing. But what’s the big deal, and what’s the difference? Tracing takes little to no skill; you don’t need to think when you trace. But when you have reference, whether it’s the real world around you for a landscape painting or a photograph of one, your brain is working, and it’s working hard. As my professors have drilled into me, drawing is the skill of taking the three-dimensional universe and rendering it in two dimensions. You need to think about how everything relates to the scene in three-dimensional space, compose it, and then transfer it onto a flat surface. Even if you’ll try to copy exactly what your source material is, you’ll be making spacial calculations, you’ll be actively using your eyes and your brain to approximate the image. Do not misinterpret this: if your source material was created by someone else and you attempt to copy it exactly, you still must give credit, because the composition is not your intellectual property.

Referencing is how you learn how to draw. But what is tracing good for? Tracing is a perfectly valid method for honing your technical skills in a certain medium. Like practicing your line work, blending, and any other effects that are created with the flicks of your wrist. It’s also useful for building the hand-eye coordination needed for using any graphics tablet that isn’t a Cintiq. HOWEVER, I strongly urge you not to make public any of these exercises. If you still want to show them to the world, you MUST give credit where credit is due.

All this being said, I still think this deviation is a nice way to start a great wave of change towards respect of intellectual property that the people on this site desperately need.

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CraziAnime Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I agree with you. I am in an Art School myself. And even I have been told what you just typed out. I have been told by people who worked for Marvel, DC, Disney, Dreamworks etc. They ALL say the exact same thing. If professionals are saying it, then I would assume that it is true and agreeable. There is no harm in referencing an image. I do it all the time. To see how a body part would react in a specific angle. A pose is just a pose. If you legit trace over the pose, that is theft. Just referencing is not a huge no-no.
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icygumball3000 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Filmographer
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Zekkentak Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Student General Artist
^
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Miscomunication Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank god this is exactly what every person should know
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ZanaGB Featured By Owner Edited Nov 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This post in a nutshell:

DON'T DRAW. DON'T LEARN. DON'T EVEN TRY TO IMPROVE AS AN ARTIST. MAKE THE NEXT MONA LISA OR DIE YOU SUCKER. DON'T EVER DARE TO DO ANYTHING BECAUSE SOMEBODY DID SOMETHING LIKE IT ON THE PAST AND YOU ARE AN OVBIOUS THIEF.

Also lol crediting for drawing some character doing an action. Then i will need to find and credit all the artists who ever made a picture of some character looking in any direction. or. all the artists on this world, past and present, for daring to draw.
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icygumball3000 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Filmographer
You are so wrong that it blows my mind.
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