sure as hell did not expect to see my art on the front page of /r/overwatch this afternoon
i guess there’s some kind of color by numbers app that just steals artwork without credit and someone posted an animation of themselves coloring it like “look what i made”?
i shouldn’t be surprised but i didn’t think they’d be so brazen about it given that i have a big ass “do not use my artwork without permission” underneath the original but that’s the life of a pixel artist i guess
the app itself works on a “some images are free, some are premium” model where it charges money for certain images. not this one, so at least they’re not making money directly off of it, but it’s still uncomfortable to know my stolen artwork is being used as content on an app that makes money, without my permission and obviously without any compensation.
i’m not really sure what to do about it? i’ll probably email the guy who operates the app and ask him to remove it but im not terribly hopeful about it. i posted on the reddit thread and hopefully that’ll get upvoted enough that people can trace the artwork back to this blog.
the problem is that pixel art is, as ive said for years, treated like it’s ownerless, like clip art. it homogenizes into this google image search grab bag that you can just dip into for “cute pixels” whenever you want. this is not the first time my art has been treated this way, and it will not be the last.
people act as if there is not an artist behind pixel art, an artist who has practiced this artform for years, an artist who, by the very nature of the genre, their hands are tied when it comes to signing their artwork unless they want to put a signature on a piece that’s bigger than the piece itself. because it’s just pixel art. it all looks the same.
anyways, here’s the thread if you want to look. i don’t blame the reddit OP, only the creator of the app itself.