I write this journal entry because a DA user suspected i might have stolen an artwork and posted it here, claiming it was mine.
In a matter of fact, it is mine. Well, considering it is a only fanart and that i do not have rights over the original work that inspired me.
The fanarts i'm talking about are my posters and wallpapers inspired by the HBO series "Game of Thrones", based upon the books of G.R.R. Martin "A song of ice and fire".
These fanarts can be find here :[link][link][link][link]
They got noticed - a bit - as one of the wallpapers got over 10,000 view so far. I made me happy, but not especially proud as it was just a fanart. I'm also happy to know there's people out there who enjoy as much this show as i do.
Still, this suspicion (it was not an accusation) got me really angry. It has never happened to me before. That's why i took the time to reply to the user (also considering i'm not a native english speaker, so pardon the errors). And i posted this capture of my work as a proof (i hope) : [link]
I also want to explain myself to all the DA community, among which i've had passionate debates and whose members have always been nice to me - so far.
So, here's a little explanations about my work and why my gallery may appear so bizarre, lacking of coherence and being somewhat "WTF?" maybe.
I am not a professional artist. I'm not here to sell anything, i'm not here to gain notority hoping to make a carreer in illustration or whatever. I do not have a "style" that would define my work, i like to experiment, to explore new ways. That's why my creations are so different one from another.
I enjoy drawing on my - not so frequent - spare time. I've got a job, I'm a history teacher and PhD student in history. I have been enjoying drawing since i was little. I've never been to an art school, i learned by myself. So I don't master photoshop like a pro.
I joined DA almost four years ago, some of my works here are old. They don't look all the same due to the years separating them. The posters and wallpapers i showed you are quite recent. They look nicer than the rest of my gallery i agree. Meaning i got better over the years. I watched some tutorials, i experimented, in order to get better. I played with all the triggers, all the functions i could find in photoshop, i experimented new things, some were bad, some were nice. That's how i learned. And i kept some of the ideas and results, and over time, i ended up doing these posters which people seem to find nice (i also find them cool).
So my work changed, evolved over the years. It's not abnormal i think. And i don't mind if in the end my gallery is not attractive due to the variety of my works.
You might notice i do mostly fanarts, so i reproduce some characters, shapes, designs, citations... from shows or movies or games. But it is always obvious. I never claimed paternity over original designs from a movie or a game. Additionally, I'm not here to make a profit and i've always denied the requests of those who wanted to commercialize my work. Cause they're just fanarts and i do not own the original designs.
So i'm no stealer. I've got to much respect for artists and i'm too aware of the copyright issues to claim the paternity over the work of somebody else. I'm a history teacher. Usually, i am the one who teach kids about intellectual property, and telling them not to stole images on the web. Why would i steal art ? I've had a work stolen in the past. And I felt enraged - almost as much as this user mad me feel.
Why would i steal someone's art? So as to get a few more watchers? To boost my stats? And then what: pose as a fantastic artist? Sell them artworks? Trick them into investing in my gallery? I'm no professional and i'm definitely no scammer. This suspicion hurt me a little.
I hope i convinced you i'm not an art stealer and that i am the author of all the works of this gallery.
Thank you for reading this, please comment if something similar happened to you.
Best wishes & à très bientôt.