Arters always get mad when they get retraced or when people use their arts as bases. They get offended and see it as a sign of disrespect towards their work. Today I saw something that angered me as a Fairy Tail manga fan. We have to respect other’s art, and Hiro Mashima is not an exception! Some of the manga panels were taken, traced/edited and a famous arter just claimed them as his own! (Look at Kana! She was just cropped out of the special chapter and placed in a doujin, wearing a different top!) I know that our fandom isn’t perfect, a lot of people like redoing stuff, but this is just crossing over the line! I find this to be the peak of impudence and a complete disrespect towards the mangaka. Taken manga frames, panels of faces - and claiming to be their owner - is just plain wrong. I think it’s wrong to support those, who do dishonest things in relation to the manga.
So..let’s jump in here:
First: Wow..is it seriously that disrespectful, when someone tries hard to draw in a way the original artist is able to? I am not getting money for this.. -__-
I see your point and i would totally agree, if you would only say i am using references, because that’s what i am doing and i never denied that. (How should i be able to master someones unique style without them? I am not Hiro Mashima..i have my own handwriting and it’s really hard to keep that away while copying!)
Second: I always give credits to the original owner when i am drawing fanart. And it’s also my way to honor someones work by copying the style as much as possible.
(I do have my own style as well, or so i believe..people will always find something they can compare someones work with ..BUT that’s normal..after thousand years of existence it’s quite hard to reinvent the wheel..)
Next point is, i am not that stupid to believe nobody would notice i am using some backgrounds and re-draw them (seriously..the Nalu fandom nearly exploded by the second to last panel and i am sitting here like..wohoo let’s use this…nobody will remember it anyway.. -_- )
I do get your point it may seem like i am JUST ripping out some images out of the original work (or let’s say i was quite surprised by looking at your post as well), but that’s just because i am good at copying itself. I try to give of the feeling of the original work, so i use images as to get their facial expressions right. Same goes for the hair - even that can be drawn in a unique way..i found that out a long while ago, so i’m using something like that as references, too.
I don’t know anymore how many videos about me drawing freehand other peoples styles (without being able to erease that sh*t - like when i am drawing with permanent marker, fu**ing cream cleanser or roll pen..etc..) i still have to upload on Youtube to prevent people from thinking i am a cheater..
I really would love to invite you to my home, drinking some coffee together and draw something for you, but unfortunately it’s nearly always impossible to do so spontaneously. That’s why i am doing these videos so that you true manga fans out there can sleep peacefully at night.
I am a self-employed graphic artist by now, but i’m doing thinks like CD- covers for bands, drawing portraits since i am 16 years old.. I am also a tattooist (which implies being good at copying as well), i did further aducation in drawing marbling, wood etc. on walls, furniture and so on (which..wait for it..implies copying). I am also doing air brush (still learning) and i fu**ing draw like every minute in my life and love art since i’m able to hold a pen -
..and here i am ..defending my pride for something i am actually doing for my followers/readers/maybe fans for free. It’s not like i have all the free time in the world..I just like to share stuff which makes me and maybe others happy.
(When i was in my teens i did not have internet and was yearning for something like doujinshi’s and fanart…that’s why i even started drawing Manga, because you’ll will always have some sectret wishes about characters and possible interactions. And i also found myself admiring and enjoying those, which came really close to the original work, the most).
So please do your research about someone you think may be a cheater, someone who claims other work as his/her own, or whatever, because it can hurt and also be wrong!
(It may be not important for you, but i am not particularly mad with you, just with the situation. I can see why you’ve posted this)
Also many thanks to those, who defended me and already followed me for a while and maybe know me a little better than this post displayed me!
This will hopefully the last thing i will ever say about allegations like these.
PS: I will continue drawing this doujinshi, but sketchy. Feel free to compare those again. =)