With all the "art theft" things going on, I wanted to attempt to draw a line between my side of things. The most recent one that seemed to spread all over dA was the fact that someone referenced someone else's piece to make a similar piece. Did they use the linework that the artist drew without permission? (I don't know for sure). I see it all the time mostly with fanart. I don't look at much fanart and the only fanarts that I've done (on this acct.) is Spyro
. Otherwise, it's either personal art or other people's characters. (Which I'm not grouping under fanart because they aren't published books/games/movies, etc) Certain fanarts seem to get more respect than others. Then people say this: "I'm goingto make a Spyro OC..." or "I'm goingto make a Sonic OC". Now, I see much more positive reception over a Spyro-inspired character rather than a Sonic-inspired character. Woah, woah, stop... I said inspired. EXACTLY. I see, regardless of fanart, "Oh, you stole this from this, or that". A RL friend and I were discussing this and another thing on the subject of his own character, which he is hoping to 'break the gender stereotype' with. A female OC with claws, strength and speed. It's something that seems to be increasingly frowned upon based on that 'women must be skinny and weak'. Bullshit, I say and he agrees. This issue is mostly his argument, but I thought I'd include it--because it seems female characters (especially involved with fanart) are scrutinized upon much too often.