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In Light of Recent Events...

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 6, 2015, 7:28 AM

People have been coming to me asking me for my thoughts on this, so I'll just say it here:

I can't help but feel a bit concerned for the current art community at large.

There has been a recent case of an artist that even I admire rather greatly known to be referencing and copying imagery directly without citing the source, and then using the output work for profit.

I'm not going to take any sides on any of the matter. I personally feel the proper steps are being taken on the artist's part to rectify the situation and continue on a better course. We're all human, we make mistakes, and we all deserve second chances in whatever we do, whether it's subjectively wrong or right.

But the level of passiveness as to what has been actually done is disturbing to me.

I understand supporting artists when they've been seemingly vilified by the masses of the internets, that's natural to do. And we as artists appreciate that kind of support when it happens. By the Nine, I know it has happened to me many times in the past where I've been the target of that kind of heat.

But we need to understand what's ethical and what isn't, completely unbiased from our feelings toward said artist.

Using reference is completely fine. We all need to somehow reference something at least one point in our lives in order to understand how to translate that in whatever piece we're working on. It's also used to learn how things work. There's no denying that. I've done it when I was learning. Even though in my opinion it's a crutch to copy things directly without trying to draw it at a different angle or with more exaggeration, but it's completely ethical to use reference.

On the other hand, there's plagiarism. And it seems like a lot of people don't really understand what Plagiarism actually is.

Plagiarism is a huge issue, in fact, one of the largest issues that plagues the art community entirely. And what I find so disturbing is that there is a huge mass of appreciators turning a blind eye to what actually went on and writing it off as "just hating". That is not the case.

Plagiarism is so serious, you can get kicked out of art schools for doing it. Heck, it's not even put up with in regular schools where you have to write theses or reuse visual video content of someone else's work. But it's more serious in the art scene. This is where we need to understand using reference versus copying imagery for profit.

It IS wrong. Very wrong.

However, no matter what I say will not really influence how anyone would feel about this whole matter, but I'm just stating facts here: There's no valor or honor in copying an image of another person's work, not citing reference, and making money of it. No way. No how. And no matter how much we love the work of said artist or if their versions are better than the original, we can't accept this behavior.

Also, this is not a question of fanart either. Fanart is using an established character and coming up with your own imagery or unique take on it. Understand the differences between the two. We all know selling fanart is a huge legal gray area and a lot of us (myself included) are guilty of it, but directly copying a picture of an established character like a Goku drawing from Toriyama, rendering it differently and altering proportion slightly, and then gaining profit off of it is not the way to go about things. It may not hurt your fanbase, but it will definitely hurt your credibility from actual professionals in the industry, who knows the difference between copying and using reference.

In the end, I still very much support this artist and I feel they are very skilled, and I'm sure the artist is taking steps to correct the matter... At the same time though, I can't be a rabid fanboy.

Know the differences.

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Hey! I'm an Illustrator, Game Developer, Character Designer, Concept Artist, Comic Artist, Colorist, Animator, and Writer from Chicago, Illinois. I've done work for Capcom, Marvel, Dark Horse, Konami, and many other clients. I'm currently working on my projects Cryamore and Rat Rage. Thanks for checking my page out!

Below are the list of things I like!

LOCALE: Chicago, IL
DATE OF BIRTH: April 22, 1986
PROGRAMS AND TOOLS: Photoshop CS6, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 6, Cintiq 24HD, 0.3 and 0.5 Mechanical Pencils, 4H standard pencils, Color Sharpies, COPIC Markers
BEEN DRAWING FOR: Uh, practically, ALL my life. But only seriously for like 15 years.
MUSIC: I like anything that motivates me at the given time.
MUSICIANS: Michael Jackson, Nobuo Uematsu, Yasunori Mitsuda, Motoi Sakuraba, Yoko Shimomura, TOKiMONSTA, Coldplay, Klaxons, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Paramore, Lagwagon, Common, Childish Gambino, Aaliyah, Talib Kweli, NaS, Jean Grae, Black Eyed Peas, Gorillaz, The Neptunes, T.I., TImbaland, The Killers, 311, Jay-Z, Lupe Fiasco, Justin Timberlake, and Aerosmith
MOVIES: Back to the Future Trilogy, Inception, King Kong, Final Fantasy Advent Children, Lord Of The Rings, Star Wars, The Bourne Trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Fifth Element, Lion King, Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy
ANIME: Fullmetal Alchemist (Brotherhood), Kill la Kill, Claymore, Lupin III, Dragonball, 2004 Re:Cutie Honey, Gurren Lagann, Samurai Champloo, Code Geass, FLCL, Dirty Pair and Dirty Pair FLASH, Samurai Pizza Cats, Gunbuster, Armitage III, AKIRA, Those Who Hunt Elves, Outlaw Star, Princess Mononoke, Gatchaman, Trigun, and Ghost In The Shell
GAMES: Chrono Trigger, Sonic The Hedgehog 1-3 & Knuckles, Street Fighter, Metroid, Castlevania Series (SOTN FTW), Megaman Series, Super SMASH Bros. Melee, Final Fantasy Series, Breath of Fire 1-3, Brave Fencer Musashi, Metal Gear Solid, Super Mario World, Super Mario RPG, Perfect Dark, Golden Sun Series, Fire Emblem Series, Baten Kaitos, Growlanser Series, Rival Schools Series, Legend of Zelda, Disgaea 1&2, Jak and Daxter, TMNT Series, Kirby's Adventure, Ratchet and Clank, Dragon's Crown, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Odin Sphere, Secret of Mana, Secret of Evermore, Grandia 1 & 2, Final Fight, Donkey Kong Country Series, Tales of Destiny and Vesperia, Starfox, Xenogears, Halo 2, Resident Evil Series, Viewtiful Joe, Skies of Arcadia, Guitar Hero, Assassin's Creed Series, Bioshock, Bioshock: Infinite, Sonic CD, Sonic Adventure 1 & 2, Marvel Vs Capcom 2, Gitaroo Man, Skullgirls
FAVE PLATFORMS: Super NES, Sega Genesis, Playstation, Playstation 2, Xbox 360
FAVE CHARACTERS: Sonic the Hedgehog, Chun-Li, Morrigan, Megaman X, Zero, Sparkster, Tifa Lockhart, Glenn (Frog), Velvet (Odin Sphere), Zidane Tribal, Falcon - Rouge - Jack (Power Stone), Rai Rivet, Esmyrelda Maximus, Bliss Barson
FAVE SUPERHEROES: Batman, Spidey, 90s X-Men (Wolvie, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Rogue, Gambit, Beast, Storm, Colussus), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Daredevil, Captain America, and Superman
FAVE ARTISTS: Adam Warren, Masamune Shirow, Shigatake, Kinu Nishimura, Tatsuya Yoshikawa, Akihiko Yoshida, Hideki Ishikawa, Kazuya Nuri, Yoshizaki Mine, Hiroaki Hashimoto, Shinkiro, Haccan, Nomura Ryouji, Akiman, CRMK, Edayan, Humberto Ramos, Cre.o.n, Art Adams, Terry Dodson, Jason Pearson, Bruce Timm, Didier Cassegrain, Dean Yeagle, Adam Hughes, Rose Besch, Jeffrey Cruz, Cacao, Takuji Kawano, Tsukasa Kotobuki, Yusuke Murata, Tomomi Sasaki, George Kamitani, Joe Madureira, Junny, Paulo Siqueira, Frank Frazetta, Kevin "TRANTKAT" Hérault, Ishikei, Yuji Himukai, Yamashita Shunya, J. Scott Campbell
DRINK: Kool-Aid, of course.
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Pr0cy0n Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there... I'm also still waiting for the book... If you can let me know if there is way I can help you with the delivery?
ZaneTheMonster Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
so no response on my comment about the book i paid for a year ago and have yet to receive......
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Sowver Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
this is cool man.
aRBy125 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 10, 2015
Outta curiosity, do you intend on returning to your Pateron in the near future?  You've been super inactive on it...
ZaneTheMonster Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
It's about to be a full year with out my book that I paid for and I'm starting to believe my mom when she said you scammed me I still have faith but it's running low 
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