I'm snowed in today, and honestly I have nothing to update about myself.
I've just been busy with trying to settle back into the groove of things here at school.
And unfortunately, it hasn't been too easy, and the snow is messing my schedule up.
I also should be working instead of journaling
But honestly, I think I just want to talk opinions right now.
I've kind of always wanted to, but I've never known if people would respond. So, I'm going to bring up a topic I've recently been pondering, one that I think most artists can relate to.
In the past month I've become a little more explorative on Instagram, I've had one since June but only now am I really starting to look beyond only what my friends post. Out of curiosity, I searched #kingdomkeepers, and sure enough a lot of my fan art for the series was being shared. This didn't bother me though, as I've now gotten used to it.
But I would still appreciate an artist credit now and then.
What did catch my attention though were people making edits to my art, as well as that of other artists, and captioning it #myedit, #creditme, #donotsteal, etc. and with absolutely no credit to the original artist at all.
So, what's the deal?
What constituted that it's okay to claim something simply because you "edited" it?
I don't want to delve into this too deeply though, because eventually this type of discussion becomes one about copyright, and that's honestly a whole other topic. But doesn't it just seem like common courtesy to mention where you got an image from?
This is an even bigger problem for photographers, as people are even quicker to edit and share another's photo without even a second thought as to who took the picture. To some, a picture of a pretty flower is just a picture of a pretty flower that they can edit in Photoshop and add sparkles to or whatever...
Google Image (or any other search engine) doesn't exactly help this problem. It's a wonderful image resource, but it allows art and photography to be found and stolen so easily. Another culprit is tumblr, where I've seen numerous incidents of art and photography become completely voidable on account of one person sharing without a credit. There's also not a whole lot any artist can do once their work has been posted without permission and without credit onto tumblr.
But back to the editing thing.
From my point of view, I think it is unfair. And I'm not out to chastise anyone with my opinion, but to just bring awareness to how I personally feel about this "my edit, give credit" thing that's happening.
As an artist I put a lot of time into my work. Even when it may be just a simple sketch, it's still my time, my talent, and my resources being used. A lot of my art that is shared on Instagram took from 5 hours up to even 18 hours to complete. And while I'm flattered that my art is being used, does it take 5 hours to make an "edit"? Does it even take an hour?
How does that edit discredit me as the artist?
And I think my opinion speaks for that of many artists.
It's also because of this sort of problem that a lot of artists I know are reluctant to use any sort of social media to share their work. Which I think is a shame, because social media is great for artists. But only until their work starts to be abused.
So, how do we fix this sort of issue?
I think editing is far too rampant a thing now to force a stop to. So, maybe a solution lies in teaching people to be aware of what it means to deserve credit. An artist who paints a picture deserves credit for their work. A photographer deserves credit for their photo. And while I'm not sure if someone should actually deserve credit for an edit or not, my whole point is that the original artist should never be ignored. No one deserves credit for someone else's work.
So what are some other opinions on this topic? Anyone had any personal experience? Or an idea of a solution? Or maybe a defense for someone who does editing? Should an edit get credit?
I want to know your thoughts!
PS: A big thanks to those who do credit my work, and credit the work of others. It's very much appreciated.