I'm not much to beat a dead horse, but since it is quite recent, and it also appalled me, I suppose I'll bring it up for the sake of insight. Basically, someone just tried to 'call me out' on a commission I had. I do want to say that me bringing up this subject does not mean I condone anyone (if it gets that way) to harass or even acknowledge the individual who evoked this topic. I am looking for opinions, that's it.
Okay, so we all know that I COMMISSION
a LOT of artwork from a handful of different artists. The nature of my commissions is DiD/fetish related, fandom, or my beloved fanfic/crossover (one that is not getting as much love with how much time I Don't
have) Frozen Skyrim
. Needless to say, I have experience in doing this kind of thing; gathering references, conveying what I have in mind through words and said references, and I have gained some good rapport with some of these artist/s (some more than others). I post a lot of pictures in my gallery that is commissioned work and I take GREAT lengths to make sure I give a shout out to the artist/s.
With all that said, I mentioned that someone 'called me out' on a certain commission I had. Astonishingly, it wasn't the whole "lack of respect for women" or "that is sick, why would you pay for that", which I haven't gotten thankfully and I don't want to ever get. The nature of the comment was someone trying to say that I didn't ask permission from the artist who drew one of the reference for my commission. That I didn't ask permission or yadda, yadda, yadda. Let me explore that a bit. I use a LOT of references. From emotions on faces, poses, accessories, clothing, special effects, etc. So.... Do I need to contact Banana Republic because I thought one of their clothing inspired me to pay for a drawing? Seek out every artist and message them about the inspiration? To me, I feel as if inspiration is kind of an homage... a shout out of some sort. If any of my literature inspired someone to write their take on it, I wouldn't be at all offended. I'd say it was nice to have inspired someone.
The funny thing is, I decided to message the artist that inspired me to pay for this certain commission after fellow deviant 'called me out'(and this deviant failed to realize I used MANY other references to complete said picture) just to say I used his art as a reference and inspiration and apologized. Said artist merely said 'don't say sorry, and I used a real photo as a reference for that picture
'. Sooooo... should someone call out this artist and say that s/he should have contacted the person responsible for that photograph?
Needless to say, after showing this person the artist's response, there was nothing else after that. And I don't mind. I just think it was kind of odd and intrusive that this person is patrolling and speaking out for someone else when s/he should spend that time working his/her contribution to DA. Copied, traced, reposted(with or without editing) without a shout out to the artist, that is something that should be dealt with but a reference? The person may have the right intention, but it turned out to be, as I feel wasted energy and effort. So, what do you guys think?