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Alright, so I may be stepping out of line here but I have to say something about this because it's a trend that's been ongoing for some time now... And frankly, it's a drain on my creativity. 

Over the years we all get inspired by things; more so people -- other artists. When we're young budding artists we all find someone of someones to emulate and learn from. It's natural!
Still... There comes a point where 'inspiration' becomes 'obsession' and eventually where you're supposed to be inspired by their work, you copy it. 

Why?
For the most part a lot of people do it because they feel it's the most flattering way to show their artistic idols their gratitude, and they thing if they mimic their work it'll somehow make their idols feel loved and appreciated. 
A lot of younger artists don't do it out of malicious intent, and I get that... Believe me. 
We all so it but we all should grow out of it. You can learn from others but it shouldn't be a permanent thing, that's what I'm saying.


HOWEVER, there comes a point where it becomes really really really redundant and eventually when your work starts looking almost exactly like another artists -- One cannot help but question it, or your intentions as to why you continue to copy someone else.
Sometimes when there's a promise of quick and easy fame people will do anything to keep it; even underhandedly bitchslap another artist. It's a sad reality that really shouldn't be in the industry but it is... 

Sadly, more often than not this kind of thing is done for the fame and because it's believed that if you copy or emulate a more "popular" artist's styling you will get recognized faster and people will put you up on that same skill level, even if you don't really belong there. 
When I say 'belong' I mean -- You didn't actually go through the studying they did to get there, you're just copying their work so you look like you did. Not an entirely noninclusive term, just truthful. 

There seems to be this ongoing trend I am seeing; a trend that has actually lost me work before (several times), and that is other artists copying mine (and other artist's) styles, methods, *everything and thinking nothing of it. 

"Why buy from NinjaKato when -insertnamehere- draws exactly like them and sells for much less!?" -- I have seen this in forums and I've even had a few people explain to me that they would rather commission so-and-so because they draw like me but with cheaper prices. 

Look, the fact is 'inspired' does not equate to 'copy everything someone does'. That's not flattering, it's creepy and sometimes incredibly disrespectful when you're doing it just to be equal to them in skill. 
It may some selfish but I have no respect for artists who do this; copy an entire existing style just to look more skilled than they are. 
I just can't do it either. It's like you're taking credit for someone else's years of hard work and being so lazy about it. 
"Why study anatomy when I can just copy yours? You're good at it, right?" 

I'm going to let you in on a secret, on a personal level -- As of late to curb or secure my own suspicions I’ve actually resorted to actually adding anatomically incorrect this just to see how closely these people are mimicking me and as suspected the moment I post it a day or two goes by and there they do, posting basically the same thing with lines and additions EXACTLY where I put them… Despite them not being anatomically correct or even placed right. 

Again, this kind of thing (for most people) is not flattering or appreciated -- It's creepy and actually can drag someone down knowing the moment they post something, someone else is going to copy it. 
Even worse is when someone sells work that is copied. 

I'm not talking about tracing. That's an entirely different game. I'm talking about people who claim to be 'inspired' so much that they can't help but mimic or flat out copy their favourite artist's every method, step, look, styling, etc. 
It's not nice. 
Being inspired isn't an excuse to copy. Sorry, but it's not. 
Being inspired is seeing something and it inspires you to draw or draw -- Not draw the same exact thing in the same exact way. 


** PS: It's even more insulting when someone watched you, copies you, and doesn't even bother to favourite any of your work. That and when they come with their pitchforks the moment you talk about having an art thief -- Claiming they're so upset someone is stealing your work. 
It's like... "I'm not even...going to go there." -- Pot calls the kettle black, huh? 

Anyway, this was more of a vent but I had to say it. Pretty sure there's likely a stamp just like this out there but I couldn't find it so I made this one. 


The template is here -- Stamp Template by LunaDora I just adjusted the colours a bit. 



Use if you want -- it is a stamp after all. 



** If you do comment, be nice. Don't get mad at me for my views and please, for the love of all that is sane don't go on about how I need to calm down. I am calm. 
Situations like those described annoy me but they don't put me off enough to make me mad or anything. Annoyed maybe, but not mad. 
I respect that some artists may not mind when people copy everything they do, but I do. My art is 1/2 my living wages and as such I depend on it to live. 
Seeing someone taking what I do in every image, copying it, and then selling it for dirt cheap just ruins my business and motivation. It makes it hard to feel safe posting my work; that it won't be used as someone's base for copying. 
So yeah... Even if you may not agree, be nice. If you haven't got anything nice to say then just don't. 

Also "Your work isn't that unique to begin with" is silencing and really really horrible to say to any artist -- More so one that has been drawing for years.
It's like saying -- "Your car was old so you shouldn't care it was stolen anyway" -- It's still my car and it's not going to make it any less offensive when it's stolen if it's 1 year old or 16 years old. 
So there you go... :thumbsup:
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:iconskykristal:
SkyKristal Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
 people on instagram always copy my art and say they where "inspired".. eh.. I don´t like that at all.  and 90% of them don´t even give credit

but once one person drew my charater, did some changes and call it "inspired"! my new character "....." 

people don´t know what they do.. lol

I hate the internet sometimes
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ShimmeringDewdrops Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Yoda "Copy everything I do."
When I first read this stamp I thought it was an intentional reference..: giggle :.

But yes. It's important not to steal, and it's wonderful when people are original. Nice stamp. :)
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SnowyReign Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel like this is the exact same thing with fandoms than just copying other artist styles and whatnot... I mean creating fandom characters and whatnot is OK but like... totally copying things from the series itself like using canon's as bases and screenshots and manga panel scenes is like---all I really see is just the canon in that "OC" drawn on top of... like it's making me sick now to see everywhere with these young fans on dA... and making BASES out of it and non-stop tracing over----I don't see creativity in certain fandom's anymore (Fairy Tail and other Fandom's like Owari No Seraph is all the same to me: no creativity and originality, just pure copy of canon poses and designs from the anime when you could do SO much more to it than that...) 
even fanart of the canon on dA is being USED as BASES and the artists don't like it cause they specifically said "no tracing/using as a base" and what do fans do? use it

rant over :iconpapmingplz:
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gemoholic Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMFG THIS!!!
Using
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SmolSuqar4ddict Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
using
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Troops21 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I got inspired once and I tried not to copy but I sort of changed it a bit. I also use tutorials for references.

In one place where my drawings are hung up little kids get inspired by them and sometimes try to draw them.
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AnimalCogitantium Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016
Using.
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:iconthetrippytippy:
TheTrippyTippy Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Using!
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RayMcCall-ErronBlack Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist
I totally agree with you
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BabyWitherBoo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Used!

Agreed~
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jarleynygmobblepot Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Professional Writer
I totally agree.
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Iki-Fujisaka Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agree Sign 
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:icongalaxycreations:
GalaxyCreations Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like I've seen a handful of artist copy anothers style on Tumblr and here and it's ridiculous .
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:iconpaperanomaly:
PaperAnomaly Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry DONT be sorry
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:iconimadmagician:
imadmagician Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
I agree, people should distinguish between "learning from someone how to draw" and "mindlessly copying what they do"
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:iconxkoday:
xKoday Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Put this right on my profile yo :I <3
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TheOutli3R Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Love it! 
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:iconthe-orangeninja:
The-OrangeNinja Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much for this stamp seriously
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:iconhuangxueli:
HUANGXUELI Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Copy styles everyday
Haters gonna hate, hate, hate.
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:iconninjakato:
NinjaKato Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Lolololololo 
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:iconhuangxueli:
HUANGXUELI Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Why'd you put this in Scraps?
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:iconninjakato:
NinjaKato Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Since it's just a stamp. Most of my stamps (there's not many) usually go in scraps. 
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:iconleshie-leshie:
Leshie-Leshie Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Be~st tag everrrr +fav +fav +fav 
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CrazyZombie8 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Perfect stamp, A+ 10/10
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Yeah, you tell 'em!
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:iconpallygyrldashie:
PallygyrlDashie Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i dont get what this mean lol
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CriminallyNerdy Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Student Writer
They're saying it's really pathetic and uninspired to steal from people and then label their theft as art. It's a very simple concept, actually.
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MagaloupXD Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've said it before and keep repeating it: it's way easier and makes you feel much better when you do your own art in your own special way! Stop losing time copying or stealing, start practising!
I understand that copying may help beginners get and develop their style, but then, be respectful and do not post it. Keep it for yourself until your style has shaped up and is now truly yours.
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runandwine Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you, Kato!
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KolaWolf Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You are all correct! If someone disagrees with you, they're wrong!
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Teanster1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I agree.
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Kiriko-Windgeist Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015   Digital Artist
Totally agreed!
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BackScratchCat Featured By Owner Edited Feb 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
One would call it a 'Copy cat, meow' ok bad pun. But what do you expect from being on DA where originality is looked down upon and the established art norm is elevated up as if it was High Art. But frankly it has been ongoing in the entire history of art, just something you have to come to terms with. . .  
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BeautySnake Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Its the worst when someone watches you and then uploads a trace or ripoff of your art within hours. I've had to deal with that a few times, and it's honestly so disrespectful when someone feels so entitled to your work that they pretty much trace the first image in your gallery within the a day of finding you. 

also 
"'Your work isn't that unique to begin with' is silencing and really horrible to say to any artist" 
this is so important though
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Kayru-Kitsune Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. It's unfortunate that it can be so difficult to define where the line is drawn sometimes, though. I know a couple people on here that are friends and draw almost exactly the same way, and it's because they all like the same style and learned the techniques together, I guess. But at least there's mutual understanding there. 

I think that's why my art style jumps around so much. I don't like sticking to one, because so many different people inspire me - but I always try to say "I did this in the style of ___" so it's 1) obviously purposeful 2) crediting where I got the style from. It's just too bad when people do neither and never mention it.

You don't have to trace to copy, and again, I see how hard it can be to learn where the line is between inspired and copied, but good grief - at least people could be cordial about it when confronted.

Also, that whole thing about "this person will do it but cheaper" is so rude. I admit I do a similar thing with DragonsAndBeasties for sculptures, but I only do that for close friends, I certainly don't advertise myself as a cheap knockoff online.
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lilyote Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Agreed :c
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o0Rena0o Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is so true. Also, everyone say my OC Sky woman is like Splash woman...
But why?
I can't understand.
Anyway, I need use this stamp.
Thank you!
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Silverbolt496 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015   General Artist
I'm not terribly familar with this sort of situation, but I can imagine how immensly annoying it is :/ Sure, I may try a thing or two that I saw another artist do, but I certainly don't try to copy everything about that particular art style. That would be far too limiting of me in terms of developing my own style... Plus, as mentioned here, completely copying styles and whatnot is frowned upon.
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:iconslightlyangryunicorn:
But then you have artists who shit on other artists for charging for work and somehow feel blessed when someone copies them.
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Brightflare Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015   Traditional Artist
I believe the only thing I've tried to learn from you is paws (because I frankly suck still even after studying it extensively lol), but copying bristles me, like quite literally I bristle up when I see works claimed to be original by them, I can't say I don't emulate others' works, I just try to have a little style of my own -  but I try not to trace or steal others works because it is wrong to me.
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kankurosdoll Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only try to do it once for fanart. Then I'll go off on splashes and try to get my style back (such messy much fun wow).

I do understand that people copy, but there's no real way to stop them unless they're actually stealing art. :S
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Dragonologist117 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
I completely agree with this. I've had this problem before. There used to be this artist who copied my ideas. A lot of her characters were kind off rip offs of mine. They were not completely the same but she copied a lot of their traits. It was really annoying but I didn't really dare to say anything because she is a friend of mine and I know she means it well. She has been very inactive lately though.

I'll be sure to put this stamp in my description as soon as I get on my laptop
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FlabbyViper Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ugh i was obsessed with HinaUchi in my younger (-cough-darker-cough-) days and based my style largely off hers and I'm now trying to find my own. I still see it when I draw a little because I practiced and drew everything in her style :T I think a lot of people have this same issue too and it sucks. 
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CieloNord Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Been here too. Had multiple art thieves if im honest. It's not fun to see your work stolen and its especially not cool when someone uploads an image from google as their own... Im still tracking down thieves today and since i cannot do anything.. the problem gets much worse...
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DaemonScratches Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Hardcore agreed!
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DatableDog Featured By Owner Edited Feb 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Unfortunately most cartoon or Disney fandoms tend to be like this.
They tend to pull in the younger crowd that doesn't understand what's wrong and what isn't.
They take work already done, completely rip it off and then don't even credit.
Once they get caught, they claim "Oh sorry, I was just using you as a reference. You should feel honored."
What makes it worse is most of the time it isn't referenced but traced. :T

Besides, it's never an honer to have art you created ripped off. Especially when they get credit for it.
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Trick-or-Treat Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have seen SO MANY copied styles lately. Like.. horribly blatant. Many copy popular artists for the popularity leeching in terms of style, and it's sickening.
If you're going to use a method, okay.. make it in to something you do yourself, not that they do.
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MTC40 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Its a total true, but poeple in the lower lvls of art do their version of art they like, for practice.
In my opinion this "ReDraw" are fine as long as they dont claim the idea to be their's
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Flareice Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Student General Artist
Well, if they redraw it, they shouldn't post it.  I mean... it's still not theirs, if it's a trace or a redraw, even if the character design belongs to them.  If a lot of people redraw the same thing, which undoubtedly would happen, it would kinda get boring browsing deviantArt for us too, because it would be full of a bunch of the same drawing done in copies of another person's style.  And anyway, I think it would be better to redraw an actual photo, because then they learn how a real animal's body moves and works, and not just how it does in a particular artist's style...  That's how people develop their own styles--most of the time, at least.  Again, not saying that redraws aren't alright, I'm just saying blatant copies shouldn't be posted.
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timekept Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^This

occasionally, to get out of art block, I'll redraw an image that I find on dA (albeit in my own style) but I don't post them, and if I wish to, I always contact the artist of the original image to make sure it's okay with them, and then credit them. (like this picture: Am I Dead?)
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