Art Thievery ... I've experienced this. Some high flutin' Digital Art company took several of my original works of art posted on Deviant and SHARED like crazy ... and then turned it into a vector graphic, changed the colors a little and then re-sold it as their "original art" to an unsuspecting customer. Well, a good friend called them out on it and flagged me to it's attention.
DON'T STEAL ART! Just because you find it on Google, DOESN'T mean you OWN it! The ARTIST owns that image and all likenesses to it the second they sign their name. If you love art and decide to share something, credit the artist to it - they love when that happens! Some people just don't know any better, or they find something that has been pinned or shared so many times that unless its watermarked, you have NO IDEA who made it originally.
I have even seen some pieces go VIRAL via sharing, but the artist is left out of the loop for some reason - then knock offs happen, people love it, but have no idea who created it ... don't be that douche that cuts an artist out of all their hard work! There are eyes EVERYWHERE and if you are "stealing" art and touting it as your own, you will eventually be called out by the artist!
I am NOT talking about coincidental similarity or a still budding and developing style. EVERY artist learns by emulating the artists they admire - however, once the area has been explored, MOST artists will then deviate to something different or take what they learned from it and adapt it to their purposes.
I borrow from techniques I amire and have several pieces I have practiced by using another artist's technique - then it's usually archived or painted over with something else. I laugh at myself sometimes when I envision a few hundred years from now and some "original Shanna" is hefted out and x-rayed only to find "hidden masterpieces" beneath existing ones ... isn't that a whoot?
I like this tactic:
Of Tennyson’s assimilative method, when he adopts an image or a suggestion from a predecessor, and works it up into his own glittering fabric, I shall give a few instances, offering as the result and summing up of the preceding inquiries a modest canon: “That great poets imitate and improve, whereas small ones steal and spoil.”
So I will amend that quote for my own purposes: "That great artists imitate and improve, where as small ones steal and spoil"
This is thought to be a derivative of Pablo Picasso's famous quote:
“Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” DON'T In today's world, with all the technology - you'll likely get caught and called out, and in some cases, your pants could be sued off!
Shanna Stott, Artist, Writer, Mommy
Shanna Stott is an artist creator and visionary capable of any artistic medium put in front of her ... follow her as she shares what she does as she sees the world through artist goggles and Little Rue's perspectives ...!