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    Many Issues and The Ethics of Art

    I've been reading around lately some Tumblr, people complaining about the greatest scams artists have been doing, you know, drawing one pose, and recoloring it and adding/removing some features and then selling them. Adoptables, it has come to my attention that some thieves alter images, and sell the art as it is.

    What brings me to bring something up, what are the ethics of art. We pretty much have it all figure it out, thieves, tracers yet we have this little issue. The sell of a character that is original down to the pose, is alright, different eyes and other things, but selling a recolor? Artists looking for higher profit for less effort should be allowed? As we are well known selling a recolor that was done by an X artist is known as a scam.

    We also got things that are being sold such the virginity of a character.

    Any thoughts on this, or have something you might want to share?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skoll View Post
    The sell of a character that is original down to the pose, is alright, different eyes and other things, but selling a recolor? Artists looking for higher profit for less effort should be allowed?
    For me, this would all depend on whether or not the seller here is disclosing that this is a recolor. If they're trying to pass it off as an original commission each time...yeah, that's dishonest and should probably be considered to be a scam. What's even worse is if the linework they're recoloring isn't even theirs! That's artists_beware territory.

    But if it's their linework and they make sure the buyer knows they're getting a recolor, I personally don't have a problem with it

    We also got things that are being sold such the virginity of a character.
    Okay what

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    I have only made a few adoptables... but I would like to try and draw a new front and back pose each time... there are only so many you can do for ref sheets. I have reused one... but I changed the ears, hair and other things. Plus I offer $5 off a regular commission of the character and a free icon if they adopt the character, which is only $10 to start with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skoll View Post
    I've been reading around lately some Tumblr, people complaining about the greatest scams artists have been doing, you know, drawing one pose, and recoloring it and adding/removing some features and then selling them. Adoptables, it has come to my attention that some thieves alter images, and sell the art as it is.

    What brings me to bring something up, what are the ethics of art. We pretty much have it all figure it out, thieves, tracers yet we have this little issue. The sell of a character that is original down to the pose, is alright, different eyes and other things, but selling a recolor? Artists looking for higher profit for less effort should be allowed? As we are well known selling a recolor that was done by an X artist is known as a scam.

    We also got things that are being sold such the virginity of a character.

    Any thoughts on this, or have something you might want to share?
    Personally, you just shouldn't screw around with other people's art without asking. Colouring practice is one thing, but that's practice. It's the visual equivalent of finger exercises, and however useful musicians finds them, musicians also don't try to pass them off as music. Selling art based on other people's characters without permission is also a big no no.

    As for more profit from less effort, this should not only be allowed, but encouraged. More pay and better working conditions are generally seen as a laudable goal by the rest of society. What is ethical in excluding artists from this?

    As for the virginity of a character, it's kind of sad and slimy, but by no means the worst thing I've ever seen offered. That there's even a market for this doesn't say very good things about either the buyer, or the seller

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aden View Post
    Okay what
    (I suppose I should mark this as my first post. Yo.)

    It happens. I read an instance on Furaffinity of a person who normally did not draw porn selling a picture of their character in a sexual situation. If you're in desperate need of cash, you do what you must I guess...

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    If people want cheap art, the of course corners have to be cut if the artist expects to keep up with the volume. You get what you pay for.

 

 

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