Hi at all!
As I wrote in my last journal entry, one of my pictures was used and altered by
As she claimed it her own I reported the deviation to DA and they put the deviation down immediately.
I also wrote a note to her explaining my point:"OK, for me this is bad for 2 reasons:
1) You traced my artwork (what would be OK if you'd have asked me first ar at least admitted that you traced it with a link in the description) and you claim YOU drew it in your description!
2) You stole MY character, changed it only slightly and use it in YOUR webcomic (again without asking for permission first)!
I had to deal with art thieves before but none of them was that barefaced. I'm really disappointed.
This character is not only a made up gargoyle - it is MY fursona, it is ME! As my fursona looks a little different now, I would have agreed to let you use the design for your character, if you had ASKED ME. But you did not. I'm really pissed right now. Honestly I feel like telling you to remove this character from your webcomic.
... But I'm not that much of an asshole. Please write me a note if you want to keep using this character design. I'm sure we will find a solution.
However, as you claimed my artwork as yours, I had to report this deviation as copyright infrigment. If you use other artist's pictures as base again please ask for permission first and post a link to the original artwork in the description!" She was VERY VERY cooperative.
I'm really happy about that!
Most "art thieves" keep arguing and fighting and flaming the original artist (I do know that she wrote an angry journal about being blamed for art theft but I'm sure this was just out of affect - what I can somehow understand).
She instead honestly apologized for what happened. I'm sure that what she did was not out of bad intentions.
She is not a bad person. She is just young and maybe didn't know that what she was doing is considered art theft.
To resolve the matter I asked her to add the information to her webpage that the design is based on my character (so people will know, that this is not my alter ego but a gargoyle who looks like it)
add a little text to the pictures she took/traced/redrew from other artists naming the original artist (like "Original artwork by (artist), altered by me" ) and
ask the original artists for permission first before using a picture as a base again and give a link to the original artwork in the picture description here on DA
She agreed, added a comment about the original artists to her webcomic page [link]
and promised to never do anything like that again. She learned from what happened and will do better in the future! That's a really great outcome!
Thank you very much for being that understanding and cooperative! I do not hold any grudge against you. Mistakes are alright, if people learn from them in the end. I wish you good luck with your webcomic and with your growth as an artist!