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November 8, 2012


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About my name, copying and tracing

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 8, 2012, 3:05 PM
Hii everyone! :iconiluplz:

Thank you all for the support and funny comments on my last journal XD I loved reading them through haha ;;; ~♥
Anyways I have had a subject on my mind for quite the time that I thought was pretty accurate right now.

I have seen many artist on this site getting extremely angry and upset when people copy them. Whenever it is behavioral, page layout or style of drawing.
Some people even get so mad they call out on these people and make them look bad and bashes them. ;;;

I can understand why you would get mad. Even I get upset when I see someone heavily copy me and then donīt credit at all.
But really, just think after for a while. "Why did they copy just you?"

Iīm not saying that you should treat copying as some kind of flatter, but sometimes you actually have to consider some stuff.
How old are this person?
and WHY did they want to copy you?

If it is to gain popularity or to just the mock the artist in question I believe it is wrong and you can ask them to stop ;;
But, if they are 12-15 years old, new to deviantart or just looking up to their idol and want to be like them.. Then please be gentle everyone QwQ
They are admiring, they want to be THEM, they LOVE them. They donīt know what they do is wrong ;A;

Even if they copy your name, itīs the same thing. The wish to be somewhat closer to a person just like you, to be you ~

Iīm going to tell you as short as possibly *I can be quite of a rambler* how I got my deviantart name and such.

When I was younger *around 5-6 years ago* I admired a girl soooo much! At that time I could barely speak english and I was only on Swedish websites. Specially the one called BCmanga~

Anyways, her name was YAMIATEMU <------ *look at the name guys* XDD;
I called her *as the little girl new to manga world* Yami-Sempaaaai ~♥♥
I TRULY looked up to her!
When she posted a drawing, I tried to draw a drawing similar to her and upload it.
Credit and such? I didnīt even what that kind of thing meant haha ;;

Iīm pretty sure I must been a pretty creepy fan.
I even have my OWN FOLDER, still today, with the name of her OC, Naoki-kun, as I drew her gifts ALL THE TIME. I loved her OC as it was my own.
I admired her drawing skills so much, and the cuteness and designs!
I wanted to be JUST LIKE HER! I tried to talk to her as much as I can!

However BCmanga *the website* Went down, and she moved to Deviantart, and no longer by the name Yami. But as MaruiTenshi.
I took the opportunity to take her name, but only adding a O. YamiO XD; as she wasnīt using it anymore neither wanted to be called that.

At that time I didnīt feel guilty of doing it, I was just so happy and eager to be just as good as her one day!
And today, all my Friend calls me Yami, Yamio, Yamis etc. even IRL that is my nickname now.

So point is, I might have copied her name, but it became me in the end, and Iīm a completely different person from her.
So guys, donīt worry that your lil fans will take over your spot or be you, you are still you.
Nobody can BE you and people know that ♥
They are their own person as well.

It is a different thing if the person is around 18, no longer young and naive, knows about credit rules, and still copies you and refuse to admit it and donīt give you credit. And ref all of your pictures.
Then we can say we have a problem XD;
But if as I said, a person is younger, new to internet world, donīt even know what stuff like credit or not taking over your idols style and name means, donīt be to harsh on them ;;

Thatīs the only time I take it to heart and feel bad ;;;

If the person is older, know what they are doing and practically are trying to steal your identity then it becomes a little disturbing, but not otherwise ;; for me at least.

ALSO! About tracing

For me itīs okay if you trace my art how much as you want! As LONG AS YOU DONīT UPLOAD IT! Then it will be counted as a trace and itīs not fair ;;
If you ref, donīt forget to add credit!
It only make the artist happy when they see that they have been credited, than not being credited.
We can recognize our own styles VERY EASY, and if you donīt want to get in trouble by other either, credit is always the best. You will only gain respect not look downers, no worry ♥

THANK YOU FOR READING IT ALL! *I have cut out so much text already, why do I write so much ;;*

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MajesticFig Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
I absolutely hate it when people treat other people like crap because they copied or something
Just a light push in the right direction is all it takes, don't gotta get all mean and stuff.
Thank you I'B
Mani-Hime Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow...I'm like that with a lot of artists, to be honest. Their art is so inspiring and awesome that I want to be like them.... ;n; for example, some of my biggest idols(even when I hadn't joined dA yet) is :icondreachu:,:icontinachan90:, :iconteamrocketspikachu: and :iconrileyav: I even have more inspirations/idols that I look up to, including you Yamis~ :iconinamiblushplz: But I know that tracing and copying is wrong, so that's why I came up with my own style(which keeps on changing unfortunately XD).

Also, I didn't know :iconmaruitenshi: was your sempai. That's awesome to know and your backstory is touching .u.
kobecat Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, I'm just about the same as you right now, gosh *v*; .
Btw, it's nice to know that someone can warn people without any bashing on dA xD; ... it's pretty sad ..

Love your art, Yami-senpai.
AwesomeCanadians123 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh oh oh and you find your own style, if your 'own' style is hard to keep redrawing then it's not your own but your own style will be there for others to look up too that's why I love seeing people's old works ^^
AwesomeCanadians123 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was like this over many artists hahaha, I am a real big fan of you and I'm 15 so I'm in that range XD But who doesn't want to draw like you? XD You are very inspiring, e.g. this journal XD. But anyways, your just a sweet person and got me back into dA and starting to draw again and because you were so nice I wanted to copy the way you write like all the cute faces to seem happy and that, I like being a happy person :3. To get to the point, this is mainly the reason people copy XD, well done for pointing it out :D
Kaze138 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah you made me think now - __-

I looked for so many artist references to makes chibi...and i was lazy to write down the artists i took reference from...i think i should just look them up and to the right thing...
mellymanga Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I had a little girl about 8 look up at my art, she used to try and copy my work too >w< It was adorable~ But there are people that i know who have tried to copy me just for fame, -_-; and she would use my channel and my popularity to get her own. Now that was wrong. Sorry now im rambling XD But i totally understand where you are coming from <3
yooci Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love reading your journals, and I totally understand what your saying.
Most of the people are copying images from Google and they don't even think that they are copying from someone who worked hard.. ^ ^ '
But I can also understand people who get really mad when people are copying from them ~
Miriki-Chi Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's not a big problem as it may sound xD I mean...apart from art theft, then name's immitation, copyin and tracin to me are just the ways ppl express the love to your art ,as long as they give credit xD I want some one to be affected by my art too >.< why so serious :v
harurui Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
deeply, i have one major idol and i want to be like her so bad. but copying wont help! if i just copied her style my whole life no improvement is going to happen. getting your own style and making other people get interest in your work is the best thing that could ever happen in their lives! living as copying other people's art WONT make any differences. finding your own path and going through it will work!! i know i may sound weird but i dont think copying will help making you have a style ^^; sorry im not very good at expressing myself~ ^^;
sorry for my grammer and spellings!! im just 13 ^^;
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