Welcome! You have just entered the lair of Lateon, the Guardian of Crystoldia. My screen name is Vypor, but you may call me Lateon.
Please enjoy my work, cause I enjoyed making it!
Please do not ask me to watch you. I will only watch you if I consider you a good friend and/or I am impressed by your work.
Before we start this journal, no. No it was not my work.
The artist work which has been traced/stolen in question is of course
. Also known for their former Kaniel-and-Kyla Latios and Latias ask Tumblr.
Now, I'll be frank here. I'm probably gonna step on some toes here, but hell, can't say I've never done that before in my life.
There have been a few artists around, but I'm not normally one for naming and shaming, so I won't mention anyone. There are some who have taken pics from ~Dygii
's Kaniel-and-Kyla ask blog, (I'll just call it K&K for now.) and basically traced a lot of the work, then added on what they wanted.
The most often replicated bits, of course being the signature fluffy faces and grins. Which are blatantly easy to recognize due to the unique style.
That brings us to the main problem here. Everyone loves a good unique style, and I think that's why it's so often traced by newer artists who want to get their names out there, and get friends in the Latias and Latios community. (Whatever remains of it anyway.)
And you know what? I say go for it! Make friends, that's fine.
But you MUST know the boundaries before you start just taking already existing Lati artwork, just tracing it and adding some new things. Good artists never get a positive start like that. The artists you see now, who are famous for their work among many, WORKED HARD
to make their own style. They didn't copy others'.
Taking inspiration from others' work?
Tracing others' work, and just modifying it slightly?
Bad! A prime recipe for drama and trouble.
And just let me say here, tracing, is not a crime. Posting your traces without proper credit to the original artist, can be.
There are several FAQs on deviantART here that can give some info about it.FAQ #304: Do you remove copies and trace-over art?FAQ #8: What are violations of the deviantART copyright policy?
Artists widely consider Tracing and heavily-referencing (Aka: Basically taking an existing pic and just changing colors or adding a couple things that weren't already there)
as Art Theft.
And let me tell you, new artists. Some of you don't understand that, either due to culture/language barriers, or just plain being new to the art world.
And that's ok as long as you take the time to understand it and then fix the problem by removing what's traced/copied/stolen.
I've seen so many who trace or steal art, then don't give credit, or worse yet. They claim it as their OWN WORK. Which it isn't.
Then they fight back against the people that expose it for what it is. And it always turns into one giant filthy mess.Trust me when I say, you DON'T want that.
If you want to draw your own Latios and Latias art, then go ahead and trace if you want. HOWEVER...DON'T POST IT ONLINE!
Or things will end up getting very ugly.
Tracing can be a useful tool for some people, such as myself. By actually carefully going along the lines, you can get a better idea of the proportions of the creature/character. Gives you some better insight.
But always, ALWAYS try to develop your OWN STYLE. Copying someone else's style will always end with people pointing fingers and calling you an art thief.
Sometimes if you take time and kindly ask the artist you look up to for maybe some tips, they could provide some. Sometimes mind you, not always. Many can be very busy.
In closing, I'd just like to say, as new artists, don't take it so hard.
The art world can be very angry, or it can be very friendly. It depends mostly on how you act. Be it how you treat others, or what art you post.
Some people may just call you names for no reason other than to stir up drama.
Before you post something, think about whether it's REALLY your own work or not. If it's traced, how do you think the original artist would feel about that?
Until next time.
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