Okay, I have to say this. For the good of all.
I've had a lot of Disney fans come through recently and faving my stuff. Which is awesome and thanks to all. I'm delighted other people enjoy the little dabblings I do for fun.
I like to check out people who fave my stuff and through their faves I usually find heaps of other Disney fanartists as well.
There is some awesome stuff out there as well as some pretty uninspired stuff, but I'll get to that later.
What is REALLY starting to bug me is when I find Disney fanart that is blatantly copied or traced from official Disney art, in entire content or in posing. It's not uncommon to find a Princess completely traced from a known Disney piece(half the time, not that well), with only a few minor colour changes and OhWOW, I created a new outfit! I have seen FAR too many Disney pics of this kind lately from many accounts.
I have nothing against copying a little from pre-existing pieces as a learning tool, but when you do so, you should ALWAYS credit your source picture. ALWAYS. I'm sorry, but learning or not, it is simply not fair to your viewers and quite dishonest to omit mentioning that you copied someone else's pose rather than draw it yourself from scratch.
All it takes is 'I used another pic for reference for the face/pose etc'. Provide a link to it, if possible. That's all, and you're in the clear.
I actually have a lot more respect for artists who post stuff that, while far from technically competent or as polished as the professionals, is at least ALL their own work. They're braver than I could ever have been while my art was developing. As these artists keep working on it and improving, they'll get a much greater sense of satisfaction seeing how far they've come. And your viewers will notice, too.
Relying on copying does not help you improve as an artist.
I'm a bit of a mimic - I like to draw things in different styles, because it's fun and different from the personal style I draw my comics in. But every single thing is drawn from scratch, not copied.
I echo the sentiments of some artists who enjoy fanart that shows something of the artist's OWN style rather than being a slavish model-perfect picture. My Disney stuff is about 80% on model, but there's still a hint of my own style. is another artist who is AWESOME at this. She draws Disney in her own style(which is VERY accomplished!!), which contributes HUGELY to its appeal and popularity.
I dunno about everyone else, but I find generic 'Don't hate me cuz I'm pretty' Princess pics rather dull, personally. Disney does those already, try doing something different!
So in conclusion, if you see a deviation that has been referenced from another work without credit, don't be afraid to call the artist on it (POLITELY, mind you. If they THEN give you shit for it, report that sucker!). I know there's the whole Jark debacle going on, but uncredited plagiarism is not only unfair and dishonest, it's illegal.
If I see an artwork you've done where you've copied someone else's stuff and hoped noone would notice, I WILL call you on it, be warned. Not just Disney, but anime, fantasy, ANY genre. It's not fair to those of us who work hard to develop our techniques and try to give DA stuff that interesting, funny and UNIQUE.
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