Thanks Anons, it’s very nice of you to point these things out because I too often miss them. This is sort of an umbrella reply to all anon messages similar to the above I have received (although the above was one of the nicer ones), I edited out the link and details because it’s not important who reposted what.
Anons, most of the time it’s not some malicious attempt to try “rob you[me] of reblogs” or “omg art thief”ing my work. Generally it’s a case of someone finding what they think is a pretty picture on Google/other image website and not thinking about sourcing it. Sometimes it can be a case of simple human error, the blogger linked all other artists but just forgot one or mistyped the link, these things happen. This is the internet, the fact is that once you put something up on a public page it’s as much yours as a message in a bottle you tossed into the Ocean. I am aware of that, if it overly bothered me I wouldn’t be posting any art of the internet, I’d keep it all in a box under my chair and not show anyone. Woe is me I’d rather upload it and make few people smile like I smile when I’m drawing so now I have to deal with the storms that are the oceans of Google, Pinterest, Weheartit and every other website that whores out art like nightclub flyers.
All that aside, there are unwritten rules of common courtesy both in real life and on the interwebs. You don’t hang a Warhol art print on your wall and tell your mates you drew that. Why would you post someone else’s pictures on the internet and claim them as your own? It is for this reason that I always chase down uncredited reposts/changes to source when I see them and when I’m informed of them.
- Thank you for looking out for me Anons.
- Google’s backwards image search is awesome (click on the little camera icon in the image search bar) if you’re lost for source.
- If you’re already crediting artists then keep on being awesome.