copying other artists

There’s something I need to point out with this whole “art style stealing” issue. 

And that’s yes, maybe alot of young artists “copy” other art styles. But we all do it. I’ll pay anyone who can show me their art from when they were first starting out and have it not look like some anime’s art style, or their favorite cartoon. It’s how we learn. Over time the pictures you draw develop from looking like Invader Zim to your own unique look, and that’s how it’s always been.

For example, here’s a drawing by @spibbles, someone whose dealt with this alot.

and here is a drawing I made just now, my attempt to draw this same picture exactly, their style and all.

even when I am blatantly trying to recreate the exact same picture, you can tell they were done by two different artists. You can’t copy an art style exactly. Can you be influenced? Yes. Is that wrong? No.

And I promise you if this was ten years ago, my drawing would look like this, just like hundreds of yours would.

Cause everyone starts out using someone else’s art style.

If they aren’t tracing or stealing the artist’s creations themselves, leave them alone.


to all people that are telling me “your art reminds me of…..” or “I thought….drew this” thanks for making me feeling like a shitty and useless copycat…just to know,I had this art style since I started to draw (if you don’t believe me,just go on my main blog and look at my old art ) and I’ve never inspired it from someone else…and also I’m not gonna change it now. That’s all,have a good night .

I was just answering a question that I intended to publish and I wasn’t even finished answering so I probably sound harsher than I meant to cause I wasn’t finished my sentence, my own fingers fooled me, they let me down today by betraying me and pressing answer privately when I didn’t want to. And I can’t even remember the name of the blog so I can’t continue…

Originally posted by 912gif

It was a question about someone copying my art, and what I meant to say was, it’s okay to copy my drawings if it helps you, I don’t mind at all. I said that kissing is really hard to draw (it was a copy of the Kaz and Inej piece) and that I have learned to draw kissing from copying and studying how other artists do it, like @burdge, she was the biggest one. What I was saying was, it’d be nice to be tagged/credited as part of the inspiration but this person did make my original drawing entirely their own, as if my drawing was simply used as a reference, and refs are so important in improving work.

Now my finally point, if you make the drawing your own, like this person did (by drawing different characters, using different colours- literally the only thing the same was the faces and poses tbh) I’m not pushed about credit, it’s become your piece, that being said, still, always nice to be credited as inspiration

But, in future I would suggest definitely asking the artist’s permission before posting the drawing, a lot of artists don’t like it! And if you do a carbon copy of the drawing, YOU HAVE TO CREDIT THE ORIGINAL ARTIST, that is still their work if you are just trying to draw the same thing! 

Today’s Best Tips on Music Production

10 essential tips… 20 mistakes… 30 production secrets and so on, such lists seem to be really popular these days. Although many of them are just full of crap. Especially forget about the longer checklists – even if you could find some good advices there, most tips are just nonsense, like “don’t mix bass with headphones”.

Anyway, to you aspiring producer, here’s a few things I think you should care about:

  • Limiting yourself can help drive creativity. Don’t use all of your instrumental arsenal at once, don’t try to cover all music styles in one track.
  • Listen to different styles of music and try to identify what you like and what you dislike.
  • Analyze your favorite artists’ work in great detail. Theorize with both feet on the ground.
  • Go ahead and copy other artists, but don’t settle there – tweak and add your own style and flavor.
  • Cover, remix and remake your favorite tracks, it’s a good and fun way to learn about music.
  • Use reference tracks, compare your shit to others, but don’t get paralyzed when your track doesn’t bang as loud as them.
  • Learn about synthesis and learn how to sound design different kind of instruments, e.g. strings, plucks, percussion (make synthetic drums using waveforms, a noise generator, filters, envelopes and such).
  • Check your music productions on several systems; from high-end studio monitor speakers to iPhone earbuds.
  • Sleep on it. Let your track mature over night and return to it with fresh ears.
  • Go hardware, get tactile if you are growing tired of a software-based environment. To actually play an instrument or to turn a real knob is really something else.
  • Get inspiration from collaborations with other artists. Just reach out to people you admire – this is globalization, this is the time of teh internetz.
  • Try to keep passionate about creating music, but don’t be afraid to make some demands of yourself, just to push things forward.

anonymous asked:

do u think its ok for a complete beginner artist to learn and practice by copying other artist's sketches and then slowly developing their own style? because thats what ive been doing for drawing people and faces but im not sure if thats morally right

oh yes anon it’s completely fine. In fact that’s how I started out

I used to copy a lot of burdge’s artwork, i just never posted it and kept all those drawings with myself. I’ll admit even I felt guilty over doing it but it’s really just another method of learning and it’s not wrong unless you start claiming you made those drawings all by yourself 

so yeah! copying work is fine, especially if you’re a beginner, it’s a great way to build a foundation to develop your own work/style 


annie and rey ft. my new coloring style

it took me a while to discover my coloring style because i was trying too hard to copy other artists coloring styles before, but tonight i realized i don’t really have to do that. i already had my own coloring style in traditional, so why not just try to translate it into digital? so that’s what i did here.

i am abandoning my old vibrant coloring style with hard coloring and lines, because it just doesn’t suit me. it doesn’t speak to me. it doesn’t reflect myself. it’s just not my style. hard lines and hard coloring usually indicate a strong confident personality, and that’s just not me. i’m quite shy and kind of underconfident sometimes, so soft lines, soft colors, soft everything suits me better.

anonymous asked:

Hi, so this is going to sound really stupid but I love to draw and I have this freind who also loves to draw and when we get together we share each others sketch books and Evey time she see mine she laughs and says that's hers are a lot better or says that I am copying her and it's making me being really private about my drawing to the point when some one looks in my sketch book I want to cry and I don't know what to do so I was wondering if you have any advice for me if not that's fine

Anony.. that is SO unfair. ,(é~è),

I’m truthfully sorry to hear about this happening to you- Artists commonly have self-confidence issues because when you draw something, you’re reaching into your mind and laying it down in reality. It’s soulful work, and to have that mocked is not cool. 😱

It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing to have this skill that you and I are both so fortunate to find pleasure in, and if someone is making you feel bad about it in ANY way, you must, must, must find a way to heal yourself from this. 

Art is as unique as a fingerprint. No matter what kind of content you draw, fanart or original, it’s a drawing YOU created because it came from YOUR fingertips. That’s something to take so much pride in and love yourself over. 👏💖

Anony, I hope to whatever god is up or down that this experience doesn’t deter you from copying other artists. I say this because it’s important to copy. It’s important to know that if you see something you like, be it a character,🐰 a shading technique,🌇 a unique mouth gesture,💋 a pose…💃 you should try it out yourself because ALL artists grow with observing, replicating, molding it into something new, and using it as a stepping stone for improvement. 🎉✏️

DO NOT let that girl get to you. If SHE says her artwork is better, let her believe whatever she wants. Because art👏 is👏 not👏 a👏 race.👏 You have already won in this world because YOUR art is YOURS and nobody elses. Embrace the things that makes your artwork unique.

That was always the hardest part for me. I didn’t like my linework because I liked how so-n-so drew theirs so clean while mine is messy.

But darling, once I learned to embrace my messy lines, I’ve been able to improve and focus more on the soul in a drawing rather than it bein’ pretty. An’ it’ll improve with time, anyway.

My advice; If you’re having fun, you’re doing it right.

Hugs and kisses Anony, keep your chin up, don’t let anyone put a wet blanket on your passion. XOXO

anonymous asked:

do you have any tips for developing an art style? i'm trying my best to come up with one that's original but it seems nearly impossible!

Alrighty then, lets talk art styles!

The thing about style is…you already have one. If you and another artist were to draw exactly the same thing - the same character, the same object, anything - both pictures would look very different. That style you already have will develop organically as you grow in skill level as an artist and, as with any labour of love, that takes time. You’re not going to be able to wake up one day and go “today I’m going to start drawing this way” and for that to be it!

That’s not to say you can’t push yourself in a different direction stylistically, but it’s certainly not a simple thing. The way you need to frame the style development question is as such: what about my current style do I like? And what about my current style do I not like? And from there you can work on building it into something that you’re happy with because you’ll have specifics to work on. 

Looking critically at artists you admire is also helpful. Try and identify which bits of their work you find appealing. Is it the linework? The way they use light and colour? I’m not saying go around copying other artists brush stroke for brush stroke, but there’s nothing wrong with saying “hey, I find this style appealing for X reason so I’m going to see if I can re-create that somehow in my own work”. Treat it as a learning exercise. 

But the main thing is to focus on improving overall as an artist technically speaking, nail your fundamentals and then start pushing boundaries once you can make conscious and informed decisions about how to break the rules.

Good luck! :D

Finished the wip I posted a month ago !

It’s @kawaiijohn and my bnha ocs PSG -style! (a show called “Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt”)

Nix Fermi / VoidSwitch belongs to kawaiijohn
Havu Nurminen / +UltraH belongs to me

anonymous asked:

do you have any tips for beginning artists?

the most obvious one is to draw as much as possible, if you don’t practise you’ll never get better
and something that personally helped me, is to always try new things, like painting techniques, styles (i don’t mean copying other artists), poses!!
i hope this helps!!

kiwipatooey-21-deactivated20170  asked:

How do you develop an original style? How do you copy other artists style and mix them to create your very own style? Do you copy what you like from the artist's style or draw the whole artwork?

I’m not really sure, much of my learning to draw didn’t involve the conscious decision to assimilate someone’s art. It was something that just happened when I was a kid. I used to copy artwork that I liked of my favorite cartoons, mostly anime, simply because i found it appealing and i just had a strange urge to do it for myself to see if I could, so that I could draw the characters on my own without looking at the source. It becoming part of my art style wasn’t something I realized until later when I tried drawing my own characters. I did this so much growing up because I’ve been drawing since I was 7 and I never had a goal of developing my own style. I drew what i liked and I guess it just sort of happened, though I honestly don’t see my style like everyone else does.

What I tend to do now days is try and figure out a technique an artist uses if I like their work, rather than just copying like I did as a kid. Like when I was getting into digital art, it took me a very long time to figure out how to paint and color digitally because i had to experiment and try many different ways to get my art to look the way i wanted it to, like the digital art I was inspired by. But because of the years I spent trying different things, my version has my own touch to it. Actually, trying to figure out the technique on your own is one of the best ways to take inspiration from another work without copying it, because you will find your own way to make it look the way you want and your method will most likely be different than your source.

While we are on the subject, I just want to point out, there tends to be a stigma among the art community online about imitating other people’s styles. But that is honestly how other artists grow. They learn from others, get inspired, and try to figure out how they did something so they can try it out in their own work. And that should never stop. You should never say, “I have my own style now, I don’t need to study someone else’s work ever again.” That’s how you stop growing as an artist. And if you are reading this and you get offended at someone else taking inspiration from your work, well, to put it bluntly, you might want to remove your head from your ass. You are not the first artist to do whatever unique thing it is you think you do, and you will not be the last.

I’m not that old, but things have changed since I was a kid and there are plenty of places for kids to get praise online for their art, including the stuff they may have copied. I guess I was fortunate enough to not have such open access to the internet as a kid otherwise I may have sought validation from the www for the work I copied too when I was 9. I just want to point out, there is nothing wrong with copying art you admire to see if you can in your own time, as long as you do not post it and claim it as yours. I’ve seen kids do this with some of my art, and I honestly do not mind, because I get it, as long as credit is given.

anonymous asked:

how did you and your sister get into photography? i wanna get into it and eventually freelance in my spare time when i get enough experience but don't how to begin and 2) have you both done wedding photography and if not is that something you'd be interested in doing? also do you think it's better to be self taught or is it okay to take a photography class at my local community college? like i feel like almost everyone is self taught and idk if taking a class is a waste


We have always been into anything art related. Our parents bought us small digital cameras for our birthday when we were in 5th or 6th grade I believe. We were always taking photos of nature, vacations, and various events. When we got to high school (right around the time dslr cameras were becoming available to everyday consumers not just professionals) my dad bought one for himself. At first our dad wouldn’t let us use it without him there but eventually when we got the hang of using it and he let us take it places without him there. Natasha started taking photos of school events and posting them on Facebook. I started doing the same but a little bit after her. Eventually she bought her own entry level dslr and I bought my dads old dslr when he upgraded his. By sophomore year we were both posting lots of photos on Facebook. We also started asking our friends if we could photograph them. We would style our friends and have mini photoshoots. This was all just for fun for us. We have always been into editorial makeup/photography and styling our own shoots was our way of getting into that. Then during the summer after sophomore year a student asked Natasha to take his senior pictures which she ended up doing did. And later more and more people asked both of us to take their senior pictures. We had no idea how to price anything or what to include in packages initially. After 2-3 years we both were honing in our photography style and were getting better at pricing and guaranteeing a certain level of quality to our clients. When we got to college we would go home and take senior pictures during the summers. In college we took peoples headshots. So it was overtime that we started our photography businesses. We didn’t start photography with the intention of making a business out of it/going into it professionally. We still ask our friends to photograph them and have mini photo shoots that we style. Its important to us to constantly create personal work as well as client work. During all of this we both tried our hand at surreal/photo manipulation photography but it wasn’t for us. By the end of high school and throughout college we also shot a few wedding but both didn’t like photographing weddings. By the time we finished college both of us realized that our favorite genre of photography is portraits. So now we mainly shoot headshots, portraits, and senior pictures professionally and create editorial shoots for our personal work. 

Even though we both went to art school neither of us has taken a photography class. The photo department at U of M mainly focused on documentary photography which we were not interested in. Plus the photo professors were known to be sexist and/or racist. We are about 95% percent self taught. One of our digital media professors did help us learn some stuff in photoshop but that’s about it. When either Natasha or I start a hobby we go into it full force lol. So right when we got into photography we followed a TON of photographers online and were constantly trying to figure out how they edited there photos so we could improve our editing. Over the course of 8 years we have really developed our photography styles and editing skills. Early on we would sometimes try and copy other photographers which helped us figure out what we liked and disliked for our own photography. I don’t encourage people to copy other artists especially if they are going to sell their work. But it can be helpful when figuring out your own style but it’s important to make sure you are not ripping someone off and give credit where credit is due. When I would use another artists idea I always explained in the description who the artist was and linked to their work. A photographer I know was notorious for copying another well known photographer but her audience thought she was super original because they didn’t know about the well known photographer. Plus you will never be as good as the original photographer/artist and will end up constantly comparing yourself which is no fun lol.

Even though both of us are self taught I don’t think taking photography classes is a bad idea if you think it will help you learn. One of my favorite illustrators, Sam Spratt, took many illustration classes when he was at SCAD but that doesn’t mean he is any better or worse than other illustrators that are completely self-taught. I always wanted to take commercial/fashion lighting classes but they were never offered at my university. I also would love to take some photography workshops but they the ones I want to take (Lara Jade’s in particular) are too expensive for me. Also as an artist I’ve generally been self-taught. I had a few great drawing teachers and professors in high school (I took a college drawing class in high school) who helped me a lot. But when it comes down to being an artist you really have to push yourself to make stuff outside of class. This was a challenge for a lot of my classmates once we graduated. A lot of them didn’t know how to create work outside of class. (I’m simplifying a lot here bc i could go on and on about how much i disliked or liked u of m’s art school lol) My whole life I’ve been making stuff outside of class so creating a photography business wasn’t super difficult for me. 

This brings me to the business/freelance part. Turning something you are passionate about into a business can be great and horrible. A lot of my friends don’t freelance because the business side of it destroys their interest in the art. Some of my clients are very particular and they don’t always like the photos I take. But this is something I have to get past. Also over time you start to get better clients because they come to you knowing what they will get. Early on people would hire me because they knew I took photos not because they liked my style of photography (I hope that makes sense). Now people know what they are getting and it’s less likely that a client will be unsatisfied with their photos. As a freelancer keep in mind that it’s a lot of emails and advertising yourself. Yes it’s great that I can make money off of something I love doing but I have to keep in mind that it’s still a business. When I first started out clients would ask for lower prices and I would lower them because I didn’t want to lose a client and I didn’t know if I was too expensive or not. This was fine at first but now I don’t budge on my prices because now I know my worth and it’s not fair to my other clients to change prices. Also photography gear can get expensive and when you freelance/do photography professionally there is a point when you’ll probably to invest in professional gear. Part of this is to put you among other photographers in the industry but the physical quality of your photos will also improve. This way you can better guarantee what a client will get. Ex. my dad’s old dslr that I used had a cropped sensor so if the lighting wasn’t the best i couldn’t edit the photos as much in photoshop as I can with a full frame camera. Basically I just want to make it clear that once you start freelancing it’s a business so just like other business you have to know when and where to invest and how much. 

I’m sure you were not expecting this long of answer but I hope it helped! 

anonymous asked:

Your Swapfell Papyrus is basically a copy of Lady Malices, your a pathetic waste of space for copying her work. You say you're an artist but I think you just copy other peoples work and say they're yours for credit. Your art isn't even that good, your palette is like mud water and your style is copying other actually talented artists. I'm sorry you're in the undertale fandom at all. Please go die, kay thanks.

-eye twitch- *inhale* 

Okay hon, look. I turned back on anon cause some people were shy and wanted to ask me questions. 

I didn’t turn it on for you to insult me, or my artwork, & to insult me with improper grammar on top of that. As for the painting of Swapfell Papyrus, it was actually a version my friend @lacyazlin had created, which I made for her because I love her version of the character. If you want to compare, you can go & check out her blog. I used her drawings of her character as a reference but I do not trace my art. I will never trace my art, nor will I copy someone else’s art & if I do, I give them credit & ask for their explicit permission beforehand. 
Normally I’d just delete this kind of bullshit but I have a feeling I know who you are. If you’re not going to be ballsy enough to hate me to my face, then get off my tumblr. I already blocked you once, & if I have to, I’ll find your new account & block you there too, as well as report you, again. 
Bullying isn’t cool, nor is telling people to go die. I bet you’re just waiting for me to respond, but not in the way I just did. Waiting for me to ask why you see the need to attack me. Or maybe, agree with you & say my art is pathetic, or that I’m pathetic. Newsflash punk: I’m not pathetic. 

Get off my tumblr. And leave me, my friends and my artwork alone.

Hey, I am curious about this. Even if I sometimes I do my own art, I like to “copy” other artists drawing. You know, copy the drawing, for example, two people, to make it with your own characters.

I hadn’t posted or will posted anything like this, because it still being stolen work, I just do it for myself. But I want to know others opinion.

Do you do that, or have done it? Do you think if the artist gives you permission you can post it, or it is stolen work and lack of imagination?

anonymous asked:

Everyone keeps saying "you need to find your own style, don't try to copy other artists"... But I'm a beginner, despite being 40 already, and I have no style of my own. It's really discouraging, to the point where I often think I shouldn't even bother learning to draw at all. It's not your problem, of course, but I love your art. Do you have any advice, for an aspiring artist, who hasn't enough personality to have a proper style of her own?

Hi anon–first, please imagine I’ve offered you a hug through the internet. Well-meaning but unintentionally discouraging art advice is a topic that’s close to my heart so I’m gonna throw the rest of this under a cut and ramble, like, a lot.

Keep reading

askdfjdsl i always think about how everyone has stories about art teachers that destroyed kids for drawing anime art and like on one hand Fuck that teacher for trying to tamp down on a kids creativity!!! but on the other, theres a good reason lots of art teachers dont like when kids draw anime.

anime has merit as an art style, as being a Wide variety of art styles that range from bouncy boob bowling ball eyes to studio ghibli. and thats not the problem. a highschool art teacher is (usually) teaching basic art, thats whats being taught. basic art. your teacher should be teaching fundamentals of art, proportions, shading, coloring, techniques, the principles, the rules of art. you have to learn how to add and subtract before you get to multiplication, division, and eventually for some, string theory.

a beginning artist needs to learn how (in example of drawing people bc anime is usually about drawing people) to properly build the human figure. if you base your drawing knowledge on how yugioh is drawn, itll be extremely difficult to create your own style, or move past the style because how can you abstract such an already abstracted body?

im not saying people cant copy art styles, esp in the beginning. often time artists always begin by copying other artists, even tracing the art. because the beginning artist wants to achieve that level of art. drawing like your favorite artist is a Huge mood boost and creativity boost. it motivates the young artist to draw more and thats Fantastic! it really is. but one day, that beginning artist is going to hit a wall, a wall that is the border from who they are as an artist now, and on the other side is who they can become. and now they need tools to build a staircase or ladder or flying machine or little suction cups for their hands and feet so they can scale the wall.

so the artist has copied a style, but to move on, they need to learn the basics. they need a tool kit to develop their own style and get over that wall. maybe once they learn the basics they return to anime, and thats perfectly fine, because now they can draw anime Just That Much Better than before, they can know the reason why the artists they loved made the decisions they did about their art style, they can use their knowledge to deviate and build off into a even better style!

after all of this, however i find huge fault with the teachers reported to rip up drawings and in general discourage students from drawing or who fail to understand if a beginning artist has already begun to climb the wall. there are ways to correct and guide a beginning artist to learn the basics and relinquish a comfortable, cool, art style they love for the time being. and there are ways for an art teacher to shout motivation and tips to the artist scaling the wall instead of dragging them down and telling them to do it again. but a lot of art teachers are unable to correctly teach art and deal with students and their motivations. they see “anime” and think the Worst and well, now this student deserves to be punished for drawing badly. there are bad teachers who dont understand how people work, or dont care about the job, or art even! and its a depressing reality that so many beginning artists are turned away and discouraged from art by adults who should be letting creativity blossom. i just want to personally teach and encourage beginning artists to be the very best they can be, and to find that art and creative expression is just. so important.

mini guide to art

now I’m not sure how many people take art but since I’m one of those few I thought I’d give a few pointers:


One of the most important things any aspiring artist can do is to practise, it doesn’t have to be a daily chore: it can be a little doodle for 5 minutes, a piece that you’ve been working on for a few days, do whatever you want with any materials you wish - just keep them creative vibes going. By practising more you can work on using medias that you may have been unsure about before and can gain experience from using them.


If you’re stuck for inspiration look up particular artists that may either interest you or something that is completely out of your comfort zone. Don’t necessarily copy other artists exactly, just see how they use their materials, are there any specific techniques they use, do they use a variety of textures or layering? How can you do something similar but yet have your own flare added to it? Going to art galleries and museums are a great environment to go to, simply because the art is updated on a regular basis, they’re free and you’re surrounded by people who are interested in the same thing as you; they’re also good for getting artist inspiration.

Different medias

Instead of just sticking to just one media per piece, think about using more, for example you could use elements of acrylic, ink and biro, this helps add more of a contrast since ink and biro tend to be darker than acrylic and it can help define areas more. Of course don’t go overboard with different materials, use ones that you think will work together and are able to work on top of each other (some materials disintegrate/dissolve when layered so be careful)

Take risks

Don’t always stick to what you know how to do well. I cannot emphasis enough, TAKE RISKS, try a type of paint that you’ve never used before, don’t always go for a flat background - add a texture to it (try sticking salt/sweetener in clumps to get a grainy effect or use gel medium to make your paint thicker and a bit more dense; bubble wrap, cardboard, the list goes on…) You can always go for a different size canvas/board to improve on creating smaller and larger pieces, it’ll also be good to practise to use them too.


If you ever wonder how to paint using a certain type of material or in the style of a particular artist look it up in YouTube; there are plenty of tutorials that will help you understand how to use your media or how/what your artist may use to create their pieces of work. And of course, if you’re really stuck, ask an art teacher or someone who has some background knowledge on fine arts, having someone else personally view and opinion can help expand your ideas.

This masterpost has several links that can help you when drawing, click here to see that!

Hope these ideas helped you a bit in your artwork and remember that our ask box is always open :))