Well I am still recovering from this weekend! It was graduation weekend in State College, and I worked a 12 hour work day Saturday, worked dinner on Sunday and Monday. So today I finally have the full day off! And then I go home, back to Pittsburgh for the rest of week!
It's my mini vacation.
These are now up on etsy, there are not that many. I wish I printed more! They are $100 dollars each. I figured my price for a single layer 12x12 is $25, multiply that by four equals $100! and plus it's colored ink, which is more expensive than black ink.
That's all I got about my art. I'm working on little stamps, focused on birds and I'm cutting it on a different kind of rubber. It is so soft, it cuts so easily. But it is very delicate, so I don't think it would work for detail. So we will see how that works.
But I wanted to talk about original ideas and the fine line between being inspired and stealing an idea.
No artist can say they aren't inspired by other things or other artists.
I know when I first started printmaking I was heavy influenced my Mucha, by the figures and the detail. I wanted everything I did to be Art Nouveau. But it was so obvious that I was using those figures; I wasn't inspired I was just straight up stealing.
But I don't regret that part because I had to go through that, to get out of it.
I get no pleasure stealing ideas or straight up copying. That doesn't show my talent, it just shows laziness.
I also think I am in a generation where literally everything is on the internet so we can easily access multiple images. I can google "deer" and I'll get thousands of images. I can go out and take photos of deer so I can draw some, but if I'm drawing a deer from someone else's photo, am I stealing?
My camp piece was inspired by a woodcut by Tugboat Printshop
My Flower Head was inspired by photo I saw on tumblr (Which I can not find the original photograph).
I don't think I'm stealing. But would the photographer or Tugboat think differently?
I am openly admitting what I am influenced by but that might not make it okay.
Is changing the medium make it not stealing anymore?
Of course not.
You don't see a drawing and make it a painting, that's not how it works.
But you are allowed to see an image or an illustration and take tid bits and make it your own. Add your style, your lines.
At the end of the day, as an individual, you know whether or not you're stealing an idea or an image.
Everyone has a different idea of where that line it is though.
I came across this blog where the woman painted the above left image and the bottom right is the copycat.
And okay, I get it, especially since the woman knew the person that copied it and the colors are similar.
But she doesn't own a fox jumping in midair.
If the copier chose a different background the woman never would have noticed.
(And it is a different fox)
Look at all these foxes! Doing all the same thing!
And maybe I am being unfair, I haven't had someone "copy" my work. I don't know how it feels. But I also realize that the images I have come up with or not ground breaking. I've drawn bunnies, so have lots of other people. It's the WAY you draw your bunny that should be different.
Copying and stealing is a complex deep dark hole.
My bottom line is, be inspired, draw what you want, copy to practice but not to sell.
And if you do steal, make it your own. So that no one can call you out on it.
(Cause honestly every artist steals)
Which takes me back to Banksy.
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