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VISIT THE TUMBLR POST HERE to see just how many people are reblogging with similar horror stories. With over 14,000 followers, hopefully soon this post will be widespread - it's already well on its way.
VISIT MY TUMBLR to follow me! I will no longer be uploading art to this site and move exclusively to tumblr, (possibly) FurAffinity, and conceptart.org. I will continue to check my account though for comments, notes, and commissions.
I AM STILL OPEN FOR COMMISSIONS ON THIS SITE so feel free to continue to do so, and check my tumblr to keep up with my most recent work. I will create one huge overall image to portray my up to date work soon, and keep it current in the future.
As if you needed another reason to avoid this site, despite their supposed copyright policy, DeviantArt may not protect your art from copyright infringement.
While most blatant reposts of your work will be taken down without worry, alterations, edits, traces, and references are becoming regarded as acceptable by DA.
I have been hearing an alarming amount of users complain about inconsiderate or lazy admins, as well as reports of infringing work not being properly dealt with. It’s starting to become the norm to see an artist’s work blatantly traced or altered without any consequence to the art thief. Apparently that copyright policy is just for show - and since the TOS says DA can’t be held responsible for damages (IE copyright infringement), you can’t force them legally to uphold their policy, even if you’re a paying customer.
The past year or so I’ve been hearing these stories, I’ve erred on the side of caution, figuring each case must have something irregular in the details. That an art site couldn’t possibly have a nearly airtight policy and not uphold it. And then it happened to me.
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE USER RESPONSIBLE FOR TRACING IN THESE IMAGES. If you know who this is, do not flame or send hate; I purposely did not contact her myself because I figured it was DA’s job to do that. She ended up taking it down herself without any word from my end, upon asking if it was alright to trace or make bases from my work (to which I respectfully declined). She was extremely courteous and respected both me and my art when she realized I preferred no tracing of my work.
Link to my artwork |
Link to the infringing work [taken down]
I filed a DMCA takedown request form, as per the policy. Nine times out of ten in my personal experience, asking the artist to take something down myself results in absolutely nothing but rude retorts sent my way; so I went straight to the admins. I was met however, with an extremely unprofessional string of responses - even when I offered an image like the one directly above to show this wasn’t just referenced or a source of inspiration, it was line-for-line tracing.
If you want to see the copyright policy for yourself, you can find it here.
The key point here being that regardless of tracing, the characters depicted were not “the same”. That’s right kids, if someone traces your work or even alters existing work slightly to represent a “different” character, this is apparently acceptable at DA.
I’m posting this to warn other artists about this site. Yes, art thieves can yank any art piece they want to rip off just about anywhere on the ‘net - that’s a give-in, and not using DA won’t keep that from happening. But I urge artists who value their rights to reconsider giving this website any money or traffic. I personally will no longer post my art here, and may even delete all my work save for a few pieces I will use for commissions.
Regardless of what truly happened with my case, whether or not their copyright policy was truly broken (I have yet to find anything in the policy that states what has transpired should be condoned) I know for a fact that no artist will want this to happen to them.
What DeviantArt proved with this treatment is that it has next to no regard for their users, as artists or as customers. I will only be sparsely using this site to uphold a few current client lists for a while, but hopefully in the near future I will no longer be here. If anyone currently has an account here, I urge you to consider what has happened to me, and ask yourself if (A) you want to support a site that has such blatant disregard for artists and their work, and (B) you want this or something similar to happen to you.
UPDATE: I have decided to continue uploading art very sparsely, but only some select pieces; I plan on being predominately on tumblr, and possibly FurAffinity. While I do not condone how this site is run, I enjoy the community far too much to deprive myself of it because a handful of individuals running the site are unprofessional and/or unacceptably rude. I won't however pretend like this incident never happened, and I will continue to do all I can to be proactive in discussing the numerous problematic issues with this site, educate those interested, and try to change it for the better in any way I find possible (which may end up being very little to nothing, but nonetheless I will put forth the effort).
Yes, my commissions are still open!
However, I currently have an arm injury, and will not be able to draw seriously for while yet. I do have a waitlist going through, so if you're interested, I can put you on that.
If you would like to be put on the waitlist, I simply take your name down, and once I start commissions up and get to you, I will send you a message. At that time, you can decline the commission if you're not in the mood anymore, and no harm done. If you want to continue with it, then we'll pick up where we left off!
I really do not know how long this injury will hinder my drawing. I tentatively estimate a few weeks, tops; but it could be more, could be less.
As always, I ask that you note me with your commissions, because it's much easier on me to organize. That, and it keeps things private.
And PLEASE tell me exactly what you want if you're wanting a price estimate. That means whether it's a chibi, bust shot, or full body - as well as sketched, inked, colored, and/or what kind of shading, etc.
Also, if you like, sending me your Paypal email will hasten things up - as well as an email where you would like the finished commission to be sent to.
How it Works
First, send me a note with exactly what you would like. I reply with an exact price, and I wait for your reply back to affirm the price is right.
Once the price is established, I will send you my Paypal email. I require payment before I begin.
After I receive payment, I put you on the waitlist, if you are not first in line. I will tell you before I start what place you are in, and about how long it will be to have the commission completed. You can still withdraw the commission at this point if you feel the wait is too long (I will refund you via Paypal) - but please, once you tell me your place in line is acceptable, please do not back out after that.
Once I have completed your commission, I will tell you and then ask for your email which you would like the image to be sent to (if you haven't already given it to me). Then I'll send, and it's done! You are still welcome to express concern or point out mistakes for me to touch up, free of charge.
Preferred payment is Paypal. I will accept cash and cashier's checks, however I take not responsibility in payment getting lost in the mail.
As said before, I require payment before I can begin. I'm sorry, but I've had one too many people back out of a commission after I've already finished it.
What I will not draw-
Anything morally wrong. If you're curious, just ask - I'm actually pretty open to most things, since I've got some crazy kinks. Don't worry, I won't judge! And I promise to be completely confidential. Yes, I will draw damn near anything for money. I won't lie.
What I will draw-
Anything. People, animals, chibis, ecchi/hentai, furry, kemono, you name it, I can probably do it.
I know I've said it already, but I will draw ecchi and hentai. I know a lot of artists don't because it'll "ruin their image", but I think it's rather silly. Even if you've got a really weird kink, just ask, and I can probably do it. Don't be afraid to ask!
I price each commission separately, due to varying intricacy of characters and specific details. These prices are pure estimates.
Once you note me with your full description of exactly what you want, I'll give you an exact price then.
[Complex] Full body humans/furries, complex animals
Inked + flat colors: $35
Inked + color + your choice of shading: $45 - $70
[Simple] Busts, chibis, simple animals
Inked + flat colors: $26
Inked + color + your choice of shading: $28 - $48
Specials change periodically. They're generally whatever I feel like drawing, or what I'm currently obsessing over.
No specials at this time!
Categories are presented from lowest price to highest price.
Can have gradients, and/or colored lines. Not a lot of examples, but self explanatory!
Flat colors, single color shading. You should know what cel shading is!
Shading painted UNDER lines. Sometimes indistinguishable from "painted", but a bit less refined.
Color and shading painted on top of lines, however lines may still be visible. More refined.
If you would rather pick out a specific Deviation from my gallery with a specific style you like, that's fine too!
As always, if you have any questions at all, feel free to note me. Or, if it's a simple question, you can also ask here in this journal.
Current Age: 23
Current Residence: St. Louis, Missouri,
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Small
Favourite style of art: Anime/Manga, Fantasy, Sci-Fi,
Operating System: Window's Vista