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What is Inspiration? (Edited)

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 21, 2014, 6:09 PM
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meiyue Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I know exactly how you feel. I think inspiration's definition is still quite disputed, and mainly I believe that - just like there is to everything - a line that cannot be crossed. I'll give a quick example:

Inspired by a painting..

-I like the tree in the foreground. I'll put that in my painting.
-I also like the waterfall in the background. I'll also put that in my painting.
-I also like the rocks that cross the lake the waterfall makes. I'll also put that in my painting.
-I also like the birds that fly above the waterfall. I'll also put that in my painting.
-I also like having the character hopping on the rocks in the lake. I'll put that in my painting.
-I like everything in this painting. I'll put all of it in my painting, except change his/her chara to mine.

Somewhere in between those six steps is where the line of inspiration and copying draws. To different people the placement of the line may vary. I think the best way to get inspiration is to take it from many places, add your own spiff, and then put it all together to make something unique. With the example above, perhaps you like the waterfall in the background, and in another painting you liked the cottage upfront. Maybe not birds flying above, but frogs hopping around from a different painting. Maybe you liked the idea of a dock that stretches out in another painting, and you could have your character on that instead of the rocks. Then you add in your own unique character and bam. There's almost a totally inspired painting - everything in there is basically from someone else's painting, but I don't think a single person would consider it copying. 

Wow, this is a long explanation, but I hope you understand what I'm going for. As for Krypton, maybe you just took too much inspiration from the same place. 

About the fan art, I personally do a lot. I love the designs others have created (namely Riot's xD). I don't think that's copying because you're not claiming any part of the character as yours; hence the name, fanart. If I'd changed Fizz's eye colour to yellow in my painting and said that the character was mine, that'd be plagiarizing. But if I left him the way he is, and said that he belongs to Riot, then it's totally legitimate. It'd be totally different if he were a species, ofc. 
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DarksideModerator Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Very well written and presented. I agree wholesale. Inspiration can come from a variety of sources, and ultimately artists should embrace the idea of being inspired by the creativity of others.

And thank you for including my viewpoint in your journal. It means a lot.
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Eldurinn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup...

And :la: Nuuu problem.
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Draconasaurus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1 - Fanart happens all the time. It's really no big deal. Sure, it's in poor taste to pass off an obviously copied design as completely your own, but taking inspiration from it is just natural observation. People are WAY too sensitive about it. I look at other artists' work to try and improve my own. Most of my artistic education is through tutorials because I don't have access to it in a RL classroom. If you don't want anyone taking inspiration from your ideas, don't put them on the internet!

2 - Yes, women are over-sexualized in media. But men are too, just in different ways. Women have large breasts and wear skimpy outfits, men are always buff and strong-willed. It's not as overt as with women, but it's still unrealistic. Personally I think of these stereotypes as... well, just that, stereotypes. Gotta love society. -_-
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Eldurinn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah...I agree completely.

I do agree.  My friend explains his point better than I did, but it just seems stronger with women.
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DarksideModerator Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You do bring up an excellent point abut men being sexualized alongside women in media. Our "ideal" standards of men and women are just unrealistic and immoral. And these standards end up hurting everyone in the end. Its sad that more people don't understand how this affects not only the media, but everyone as human beings.
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BlackDragonArtist Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a very interesting subject to say the least, and it's sad to think that if maybe we see something on someone's character that we like and might think "Hey, that's pretty cool" and try to put it on something, change color, change design, that others think that is theft. Personally, I think no, it isn't. That one thing, like the fur on the legs for an example, was one element from one character. One trait in a whole pallet of personality to design to powers (if they have that). maybe it's just me, but I feel that if you take something from a character that you like and tweak it a little and add it to yours it isn't theft. Because somewhere out there, guess what! There will be another character with that trait that the creator didn't even know another character had.

There's also this thing where... to be honest we're afraid of change. Afraid of the stereotypes changing into the opposite of what they were. And it's sad to think that if we do something different, even if it is very small, that it'll be frowned upon. Now I'm not talking about if someone takes the design, and character of a certain character. Make a small change like add a marking or so and call it original. No that is theft. Maybe this is jsut one confusing mess of strings that can't get untangled, and any try to untangle it result in it just becoming more tangles.
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Eldurinn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah... I know, right?  And as I thought about it more, I've seen similar traits with many other dragons I see on the internet whether it's on dA, or from one of my Facebook groups I have liked.  But yeah, the color change, like I said, if you like how it looks, then I say go for it. 

I do agree that we're afraid of change.  And with the media, the stereotypes are only goingto increase.  And yeah...I do agree with that, too.
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BlackDragonArtist Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed, with everything.
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