Sorry guys, but we need to have a talk.
Note that I’m not speaking for all artists, but this my personal policy. I can’t control everything, but I’m just going to say my piece just to make it clear on how I feel about reposts of whatever shit I draw up and post here on tumblr or twitter.
Now generally my stance on reposting my art is a bit lax compared to other people, because as long as:
1) You credit/source (and no, “credit to original artist” without any name or link does NOT count), and
2) You don’t edit/change anything without permission,
then we’re golden. Of course, since my art is primarily on tumblr, I’d rather that you just reblog my art in the first place. (If you’re posting on another site like weheartit and such, then I have only one thing to say - No.)
Seriously, my fanart tag easily accessible as a link on my blog sidebar. There’s only 10 pages. It only takes a few clicks and scrolls and way less than 10 minutes, at most, to find the comic I made 8 months ago. Sourcing isn’t hard and it’s common courtesy, and there are dozens of posts on tumblr floating around telling you just how to find the original post or source of that pic you saved months ago but can’t remember from where. If you can remember that it’s from me, but you don’t know where in my blog it is, you can even just ASK me and I’ll give you the original link to reblog.
That’s #1. Not sourcing will only just irk me a bit, but I’ll get over it quickly after reporting it to tumblr for take down.
Go against #2, however, and you’ll do more than just irk me a bit.
Translations for the comic strips are fine, provided that you do #1 (credit and/or permission), otherwise I’d be a hypocrite considering the old translations I’ve done. I’m also very, very lax about people turning any of my art into icons, as I usually don’t care if you credit me or not as that’s a bit difficult sometimes, just as long as you at least don’t claim it as your own art.
Actually changing my art without permission or credit, on the other hand, is not only disrespectful, but is also a sure fire way to actually irritate me. Even more so if you add a watermark or provide credit to yourself, but not me, and giving off the implication that the work is completely yours. And yes, I do count coloring into this. You might mean well, but I don’t appreciate recolors of already colored art or coloring my lineart-only ones without permission. Less so if you watermark the work with your username, whereas mine is nowhere on the pic or post.
I don’t watermark or write my username on my art (unless I plan to use it for something to sell) as a personal choice. Not an advisable one, clearly, but just because I don’t doesn’t mean I don’t want credit for something I spent time and effort on.
I’d like to to think I’m an agreeable person. I do this fanart thing for fun and because I enjoy the series and characters, and I’m glad that people find my silly comic strips actually funny or find my chibis super cute. As long as you ask permission first, or give credit where it’s due, I really don’t mind. Otherwise, I won’t hesitate emailing tumblr to take down your repost without asking you first, because that never seems to work.