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Stamp - Make Your Own by AmyJSmylie Stamp - Make Your Own by AmyJSmylie
I noticed that the topic of art theft has been pretty heated on DA in recent times, involving high numbers of traced art pieces being claimed as original, very vague DA policies on dealing with art thieves, and (in some cases) even finding people's artwork stolen for use on free use gallery pages and for sale on printed t-shirts! o__O;; It must be awful to have your stuff stolen (even though my flash animation was recently stolen, and it is the only one I know about, at least nobody has yet claimed to have made it). A lot of aggressive stamps and statements have appeared concerning it, and while it does make me angry, I decided to make a gentler stamp. I'm hoping that it encourages people not to steal, rather than bashing them for doing so.

Stealing isn't right, on any grounds, but a lot of art stealing and tracing on sites like DeviantArt is done by less experienced artists aiming to improve their skills. I'd say that very few artists the world over have never referenced another's work for improvement (notice the word referenced, not traced or stolen), but if I was using a direct reference for self-improvement, I'd keep my art piece off the internet. :) Improvement based on others' work belongs in your sketchbook, as you prepare for a big original piece to show to the World Wide Web! Unless, of course, you contact an artist personally and get their permission to reference their art. ^^

A side-note here, for anyone who doesn't know me. I've been drawing and writing since I was tiny, I have had two published novels and am re-printing both, I am nearing the end of my fourth book, and I illustrate all of my own writing. I have been in newspapers and the premier UK writing magazine (for proof see the articles on my home page).
Yet I'm going through a period of reference myself right now - I'm hoping to work on perfecting some aspects of birds, from my wildlife encyclopedia, so that I can touch up on my griffin designs. :) All artists work from reference, such as photos or landscapes, still life or observing humans or animals. It's nothing to be ashamed of, and it isn't tracing or art theft. So try some! ^___^

Artists, especially less experienced or young artists, can feel the need to steal/trace artwork to be "good enough", to avoid nasty criticism from people who would flame them for a piece of less-than-perfect artwork. I know, because I have that same fear myself, and people who are nasty about me or my hard work very easily destroy my self esteem. It's only natural - so this stamp is for those aspiring artists, who would trace out of worry or inexperience. A piece of genuine artwork, created from your own ideas and formed by your own hands (this also applies to writing!), is going to benefit you much, much more than a piece of traced or copied work from another person who worked hard to make what you stole.

And for people who criticise artists/writers who are just starting out - advising them on how to improve is fine if that's what they want, but don't be mean. ^^ We all started out somewhere, even those of us with talents out of this world! And better an amateur-style, genuine piece of work produced from a person's heart, than a piece of perfect art or writing stolen from another person - right? ^__^

This stamp encourages inexperienced artists and writers. It doesn't apply to the people who just nick stuff and stick it somewhere else, or take credit for it, or all-out steal and exploit another's hard work. You people do not deserve such a pretty stamp. You must all receive a boot to the head. :doh:

No need to comment or :+fav: if you want to use - just have fun! ^_~
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SuperMarioFan65 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Art theft is a waste of time. But i love this stamp.
AnimalLover670 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly, I personally think people take art theft way too seriously. It's not like they just murdered someone! What's the big deal? I understand that it's not good to steal or trace art, but do you really have to insult and swear at them and tell them to kill themselves over a piece of art?
Sakuraofchaos Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You really make me feel better. :)
martinexplosion25999 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist

Hello, I hope I make a fan art of my character hope you make a psyco and their alternate forms ... it's my birthday in real life and wanted me were doing a free art that I'm not good at drawing and putting shadows and those extra things. if you can send it to me =) : P
RBLXSakura592ts96 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Fuck this stamp. I cannot improve on drawing Anime and Manga because most tutorials fucking use time-lapse.
SpectralDraco Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Fuck trying because I don't want to take time to improve" 
JustSquidsYay Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student General Artist
This stamp is AWESOME! Love it! So much win!!
HiddenWorlds Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice stamp. Will use. =)
Bwshayatrocks Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
cool but what editing system do you use ?
Vanilla-Flaminga Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, is this a NICE stamp that's not raging about it? Wow! That's quite new for me! Lovely message put in a non-childish way. Much nicer than 'DO NOT STEAL ART YOU (insert insult here).' Nice work!
MintFangs Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
I totally agree with this :heart: It feels great to make your own stories and such...I used to write when younger...I should get back into the swing of it :giggle:
yoyododo1990 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
"You must all receive a boot to the head."

Phoenix Wright Approves! :iconphoenixwrightlaplz: [link]
Mina-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally agree. :nod: Art thieves are just nothing but cowards that will get their ways, and art thieves are even jealous of the original owner's hard work. People should always draw pictures themselves no matter what their skill level is for drawing, but it is important to take critiques on how to improve more easily.
Camilia-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know what we say to protect our artwork from theives: RESPECT OUR PROPERTEH!
epicjello567 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is ILLEGAL to copy someone's art and sell it. You can get arrested or charged money, even if you are a kid. When someone draws something, it is automatically copyrighted to them. Art theft is STEALING. Same as stealing a car or someone's phone.
NoodleRyuu Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student General Artist
to recolor a person art...yes very much so, but if a fan copies the picture with out tracing, like referencing and making it there own. thats fine, thats how some people learn to draw. plz dont get offended im not trolling or bullying, just an opinion
epicjello567 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Referencing is a completely different thing. ^___^
NoodleRyuu Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Math-X Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I agree
Cute-TamaMonster Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i hate my art thats why i use makers and lineart
Yi-Shu-Jia Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
How do you make it move?
Angelwood-Studios Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Thank you for this stamp! I am always feeling uninspired to draw, especially cause i think people are going to look at my work and compare it to a professionals in a very negative way.
Flamecalibur Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Student Writer
The stamp says all. This is the reason why people should be more creative when it comes to art. (If you ask me, I have HORRIFIC drawing skills.)
wolfofsecrets Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Iv'e encountered my fair share of theives and i look at comments first. If they trash the stolen art, and its user they did it on purpose. I try to get that person banned. But i thought i once encountered a person who would cooperate and i asked them nicely to take down the art, said they are an ok artist and had potential to improve. I even said they could ask me for advice, critiques,etc. No they blocked. They thought art shoud be shared but they were stealing. If i ever meet a theif who is willing to turn to good or hasnt recognized that they were stealing then thats a first. I hope they dont steal but if they do then i hope they turn to good.
Rankumander Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree.
Raph1966 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Great stamp....eye-catching and gives more positive, encouraging advice than just plain "Stop stealing art, make your own". Some want to share their art but think they suck as artists. (We all started SOMEwhere ^^;) *faves and uses*
AttitoonZ Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Art theft is no joke. ANYTIME I've redrawn someone's cartoon character I'll ALWAYS make it VERY clear who the ORIGINAL artist is.
Amaterasu--Omikami Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Truth be told. :thumbsup:
Britney-Davy-Art Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am having terrible trouble with thieves on a horse sim game may i display this stamp full credit given ofcourse? :)
Paulshinji Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
...that made me feel guilty. cuz all my life I've looked at pictures to draw pokemon.
I deform them if Idon't. PLus I"m not very creative. I can't come up with my own ideas.
Is it wrong that I look in Pokemon books and draw them?
WriterAlsoAdragon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh no no no no. that's just using a reference! stealing/tracing is different
Electricize Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
I was guilty of art theft when I was like 5.
I was in Nursery and I stole someones drawing and said it was my own. xD
She didn't realize it was gone, and looking back on it, I seemed like a ninja when I was little.
Deleamus Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
Yaaay! ^^
Omnicenos Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
I support crappy art someone did themselves over some trace. :D
Warsula0 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
very true i shall fav ^^
AmyJSmylie Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:glomp: Hooray! Thank you! :)
Warsula0 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Your welcome ^^
Marthonious Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
No one likes art theft
AmyJSmylie Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. :) It's not fair on the people who do all the hard work. ^^
Marthonious Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Yeah it's like copy-righting. But illegal
Fae-Puppy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will be :+fav:in' and commenting on this one. I like it muchly. :)
AmyJSmylie Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou very much! ^____^ :hug:
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