legitimate artists

remember a few years back when people got legitimately mad about artists on here coloring characters’ noses darker and declared this “the tumblr nose” and just started yelling about how this small stylistic trend was apparently a blight on the art world

Can we take a moment to appreciate the fact she replied with simple sentences that I was able to google translate easily?? I’m so glad Koogi seems to take care of herself. Let’s all spread more positivity towards the author 💕

1D Rebranding and Eventual Reunion: GP vs. Fandom Perception

So I’m seeing a lot of tension an unrest over the way that the members of 1D, Harry in particular, are distancing themselves from the band as they embark upon their solo careers (ie, Harry, or whatever intern runs Harry’s sm scrubbing his twitter clean of 1D mentions). I know people are anxious about this, and I understand that anxiety, but I want to offer a different perspective: I think this could be a good thing, not just for their solo ventures, but for 1D as a whole. Hear me out on this one, long windily and under the cut. 

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how i like to spot reposted pictures


  • Reblog Graphs. You don’t really need this, it just brings up the root post’s tags nice and easy. To turn Graphs on, go to Account > Settings > Labs.
  • Eyes. Most people on Tumblr are good here
  • Skepticism. Most people on Tumblr are not good here
  • Tea. You may encounter circumstances where tea will taste very good

Excellent! Put on your thinking caps, and let’s get sleuthing.

None of these are hard rules, but they should ring some alarm bells:

  • Tags for literally everything in the picture(s), far beyond the normal first 5 that are actually registered in tumblr tags. Actually, some legitimate artists do tag everything, but like. You’ll know. No tags at all isn’t an absolute free pass, either, but at least the poster isn’t trying to jam this into every tag possible
  • Minor tip-off: No “art tag” tag like “my art” or “[something to do with their name] art” or “my [art noun]”. Also not a hard rule, many artists don’t have an art tag. Most reposters, however, would never go as far as to claim that art as theirs. That would be stealing! They’re just sharing for awareness. And notes! Haha!
  • Un-tipoff: Artist name in tags or original comment or source. Good! Ideally the reposter has secured permission from the original artist to repost, too, those folks are the best, but putting down some kind of source or artist name shows the intention of giving credit. We’re not too concerned with these people (permission to repost is a different can of worms), we’re looking for OP impersonators.
  • Original comment doesn’t quite sound like something an artist would say about their own work. OK, this tip empirically sucks but You’ll know it when you see it. Something immodest like, “This is breath-taking!“ or “I laughed” or “The best __ I’ve ever seen”. It might resemble something attached to something you’d see on your Facebook timeline. It might not. No comment at all doesn’t guarantee genuine or fake, though.

Confirming your suspicions (Actually you can skip to this part directly): Time to look into OP’s blog. I like to use their archive, since it gives me a good look at photo posts and tags pretty easily, but keep in mind that photo posts examined in this manner only show the first photo in a photoset.

By far, the most obvious giveaway will be dramatic inconsistencies in the artstyle of posted works.

  1.  Take, for example, [NSF W blog, click at own risk] this fine photoset– environment-focused, very colourful, lineless Touhou x Pokemon crossovers, tagged liberally.
  2. Another post on the blog: clean lines, large anime eyes, extremely well-(and differently!) shaded, has @kikugetsu‘s signature at the bottom, tagged liberally. 
  3. Yet another post on the blog: pixel art animation, also doesn’t look quite like the first. Tagged liberally.
  4.  One more: Four panel comic, in English, with yet another colouring, lineart, and shading style. Tagged liberally (”#meme #Funny Memes”).

Sure, some artists are very skilled and can change up their artstyle quite a bit, but this is going a bit far.

Final checking: Reverse image searching. Very easy to do! In Chrome, it can be as easy as right-clicking a picture and selecting “Search Google for Image”; however, Google doesn’t handle pictures from twitter or pixiv very well and sometimes just burps up a buttload of irrelevant photos anyways, so if it’s from an anime fandom (artists tend to post on those sites), I would use saucenao.com. 

In this case, you would right-click the picture and copy the address to the image -> go to saucenao -> advanced options -> paste URL -> get sauce. If you find a definite hit to a picture, you should be able to examine the artist’s profile and websites and make some more judgements. Does the artist already have a completely different tumblr? Do they speak a different language on their websites? Did another image search from the inspected tumblr lead to a different artist? Use your judgement.

Some final thoughts:

Sometimes (especially on twitter), you post a cool picture to share it with your close circle of friends, it gets retweeted/reblogged a couple of times, which becomes a lot of times, and suddenly your nice casual share has turned into a deceptive-looking repost. WHOOPS. I get you, I get you, warn’t in a source posting mood, was chilling or gunning for a laugh. I still believe it’s a very good practice to pay your respects to the good Original Artists with a little source on the side, but I’m not as mad as I could be.

Sometimes you post a cool picture to spread the awareness, so that others can be awash in the greatness of this high quality content just like you. Neat! Consider reblogging from a direct source or repost with permission if you can find one, linking to one if there isn’t one on tumblr, or getting permission yourself (not as hard or scary as you’d think!).

Sometimes you spread your noodly attention-seeking tentacle arms all over the tags and pleasure yourself to sound of misguided notes rolling in. If this is you, please reconsider your life choices and your decision to disrespect artists.

Original artists of pictures used in examples:

@nin086, more active on twitter https://twitter.com/ninten86

@kikugetsu, direct source of image here

@migelhososi, direct source

@yoruny, direct source

If you found this PSA helpful, I recommend (once again) learning about artists and permissions. I have a tag of some useful posts here.

Wendy upgraded her halloween skills by adding in her girlfriend this year. and yes, she’s probably standing on a box right now. 

illu’s lgbtq week day 1 - Chendy

on art theft

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been reblogging a lot of stuff related to plagiarism and art theft recently. This is because my painting of an OC character design was reposted on another site without my permission or any credit to me. It still had my watermark on it. I’ve since had it taken down.

One thing I’ve noticed is that there are a lot of posts already made about tracing, reposting, and outright reclaiming; rightly so. They are prevailing issues on tumblr and deviantart (it’s a cesspit), and urgently need to be addressed. Another issue is people submitting other people’s art for videos without permission. The phandom unfortunately has a bit of a penchant for this, mostly due to the number of people desperate to be noticed by Dan and Phil who don’t realise the implications of stealing art – hence the angry posts made by affected artists. However, there are very few – if any – posts on cheating.

What I mean by this is artists who take photos they find online and pass them through filters to make them look like paintings, then claim that they drew them themselves.

This is cheating. I cannot stress it enough. I’ve seen it on my dash recently, and I recognise what has been done to the picture. I can see the tools that have been used because I know my way around Photoshop and other editing programs, but someone who is not familiar with these may just see a really good digital painting. Thus, the “artist” gets attention and praise for their “work” – something that took all of ten minutes to create.

It is grossly unfair to legitimate artists who pour hours into a piece of work that they’re proud of, only to post it online and have a piece of cheated art surpass it in notes. It also basically spits in the eye of artists, completely devaluing their work and integrity, reducing their talent to something that can be cheaply replicated and passed off. Can you see how this would make them feel? Like they may as well not bother if their stuff is going to live in the shadow of faked pieces.

It is absolutely not okay. Ever. This is a very grey area in terms of plagiarism etc, but it’s absolutely a demonstration of a complete lack of artistic integrity and respect.

Sorry for the rant.

The true novelist, poet, musician, or artist is really a discoverer. Ideas — the theme of a plot, a poem, a picture, a theme of music — come to him as a gift. The idea, ‘the seed-corn’ as Brahms called it, he allows to develop naturally. There may come a point where it branches in one or many directions; he is free at this point to follow one or other. And it is here and here only that the judgment or choice of the true artist may legitimately be exercised. In fact the artist is in much the same position as a gardener growing prize rose trees, who in order to produce beautiful roses lops off unwanted shoots and suckers.
—  Rosamond E. M. Harding
Supporting Your Authors

I’d love for this to be a call to action post but given that I possess only a handful of human followers, it’s gonna read like I’m sharing a story instead. (Thanks, void, and friends, for always listening.)

So within the last few months, authors I adore have made little posts directing attention to a little button they’ve added to their blog, which is labelled “Buy Me a Coffee”. Ko-fi is a resource creators can use to be supported in small increments by fans; a single coffee is $3, and it’s a quick and easy transaction done through PayPal.

I - who don’t believe I support enough authors, frankly, lazy to comment as I usually am - bought them several coffees all at once, usually $20CAN worth, thinking that was the most supportive I could be.

I was wrong.

Just this week I rediscovered that a blog I adore (nickireadstfc) was saving money for a new laptop, since her old one had died. She was still creating top quality content, but on an ancient laptop of her father’s.

I bought her another coffee to help her out, and then I thought about the other authors I had supported before, and bought them all a single coffee as well. Not a day later, I find messages of gratitude from three separate users, more recognition than ever came out for the bigger donations I had made.

That’s not to say that you support creators for the thank you notes. That’s not it at all. But a repeated message of support - a cyclical investment into an author’s work and skill - apparently goes a longer way than I realized.

I’ve now set a bi-weekly alarm reminding me to regularly support the creators I love, because they shouldn’t have to remind me that they exist or ask for my support more than once. 

If there’s someone you’ve supported recently, I encourage you to go back to them and buy them one more coffee, or reblog any post they’ve made that directs attention to that little button.

And if you’re short on people to support, let me help you out: badacts / nickireadstfc / galaxyghosty / ellereanwrites

ok I just finished Nevada by Imogen Binnie and like…..

have you ever read a novel that was so deeply personal to you that it seems as if all other novels you’ve ever read were academic and this one novel just walked up to you and stared into your soul and punched you in the gut?

this book was deeply fucking cathartic. Like i was having personal epiphanies within the first 50 pages.

I felt like the character Maria (29, trans woman, majorly fucked up) was a future self and the character James (20, stoner boy, made of weed and emotional repression) was a past self. Like not in a literal way, but in a metaphorical sense, like these are people that are not My Life Timeline but people that are Not That Far From My Life Timeline.

This novel made me feel like I’m not interesting because I am trans, but rather I am an individual with my own characteristics and interesting features.

It made my soul ache in the way that you do when you have been forced to confront the deepest things that are fucked up about yourself. I sort of feel like crying but I don’t think I will.

I’m definitely calling this my favorite novel for the time being.

I recommend this book to: everyone.

Content warnings for drugs, alcohol, sex, porn, transmisogyny, transmisogynist slurs, lesbophobic slurs.

Personally I didn’t find any of the transmisogyny (or, like, Discussion Thereof, which there is substantially more of,) upsetting. & like… it’s important to note that this is a book written by a trans woman with trans women characters that’s set in the real world so like of course there’s transmisogyny & discussion of transmisogyny.

It is a novel about people with some major problems, but it is an artistically legitimate book, not a Tragic Trans Women Are Suffering book. I feel that it’s meant to be evocative in a lot of different ways, not ‘a Tearjerker For The Sake Of Being A Tearjerker.’

Nobody dies.

Beyoncé’s Lemonade isn’t a breakup album, it’s a black album

By Ashley Ray-Harris

Beyoncé’s Lemonade is a black album. Before we can talk about the visuals, the poetry, the symbolism, or anything else, we have to start with the premise of blackness. While many of Beyoncé’s earlier feminist anthems walked right up to the line of a specifically black experience—“7/11,” “Feeling Myself,” “Flawless”—Lemonade wants you to know the line has been crossed and you’ve been offered a rare glimpse to the other side. From the words of Somali-British poet Warsan Shire to Serena Williams twerking, Lemonade is a collection of experiences and signifiers centered around black womanhood. Specifically,Lemonade looks at a version of black femininity that is rooted in Southern traditions and customs. As the videos unfolded, I remembered my own Texas family—my mother pressing my grandmother’s hair, my aunts and sisters joined together in prayer circles. I saw the rituals of black women laid bare; rituals that are so often dismissed in society. 

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gah, am i even making sense???
i just think that disabled characters are important and shouldnt be made non-disabled in fanworks
and I have no idea why on earth a ‘human au’ would mean erasing disabilities
I mean the best case scenario is just that the artist legitimately did not know that conjoined twins are a real life medical condition and not just something the show made up
and thats not even the best case scenario cos that means people are even less educated about disabilities than i thought…