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It has come to my attention that a former "friend" of mine had something saved on her computer and was planning on showing it to the public. However she was waiting untill she became more popular then me so she could attempt to ruin my reputation as an artist but not her own.

I'm not naming names now because I'm an Adult.

If you know me as an artist at all, or have even popped into my livestream, you know that, while I do occasionally work with a reference, I never trace.  Anyone who has spent two minuets watching me sketch via livestream knows this, I have nothing to hide.  I'm not about to let someone's petty jealousy touch my reputation.  I am a professional, so I am nipping this in the bud right here and now.  

This is what they were going to show a piece I made in 2011 referenced with a stock image:…

Like LOOK at my crotch, it is way the hell up there compared to the photo, the only thing that remotely lines up is the shoulder and part of the rib-cage?

I do not trace my artwork.  The lines on the images do not match up, even if you can tell I used it as a reference.  They teach you in art school to use a reference and for the best results, place the image beside one another, so I am unapologetic for it.  There is nothing wrong with using a reference for a pose, I encourage people to if they are having a difficult time, it is how you learn. The funny thing is that the person who is trying to pin this claim on me has been caught tracing themselves.

I have talked about the differences in tracing/references many times this was snagged from a previous journal of mine:

"Not everyone is perfect, not everyone is a great artist and if you're in the art field OF COURSE you are going to reference, and there is absolutely no shame in that, we all do it, it is how you learn and grow. I believe that if you reference from a picture completely free handed, then you should be able to post the work without crediting, it would be nice, but unnecessary"

If some of you are even remotely skeptical of my abilities, I can gladly livestream myself sketching poses.

Thankyou <3
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Lyklex Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
They'll make a fool of themselves. Clearly they didn't learn much from other big artists.
Apparently hardheaded and will burst into tears when she finds out the insults she'll get.

Your reputation wouldn't really be harmed. Only n00bs would agree with her to gain her respect.

If you did trace, we know you don't, no biggie.
You really changed it up, added characteristic emotions to it, and made it professionally presentable. :)
Radman1919 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can take anyone's picture and with enough time come across another picture that is very similar and say "Look this person traced this persons picture." LOL This (to me) looks like what happened. Not saying that you did indeed traced the picture, but just giving my thoughts. I would not think any different of you and your art even if this person leaked this info / claim. Don't let this bother you so. :)
xSomeUnknownPersonx Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
And plus I have a friend who is just starting out drawing and she loves to draw clothes but not the bodies, so she traces them...Ive told her I think she could do without but she doesnt feel the same just yet. She will break from it after she has learned and got a feeling for drawing a body(it is how we learn!). There is nothing wrong with this and Im happy she is atleast trying :3
xSomeUnknownPersonx Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Even if you did trace, (not saying you did) so what? You made it your own, changed it to your style. I would think NO LESS of you if you did trace that picture, because for one thats an older pic (Ive watched you for some time x.x) your much better now (not that you werent good then) and Im sure you dont even need to use a reference now! So if this person were to air it out that you "traced" Im sure every single one of your watchers wouldnt even give a damn. Your to lovely of an artest and person to even think about hating over something so tiny as that. I hope they dont try and start anything with you, and that this all blows over soon~:heart: :3
V1902 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Tracing images is fine so long as the derivative work passes a threshold of originality or is transformative.
FallingAppart Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Blair everyone who has watched you stream knows you don't trace... Looks like someone is jealous.
RedCatArtist Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my gosh. ;n; who would be so evil? I'm totally support you right now, Blair. <3
Nette-Yoon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i agree with you 100% Blair. your art is fantastic
BreeBones Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

They're just jealous that they aren't as good. EVERYONE has ref'd something in their lifetime. Get over it.

Butttt... This sounds like a certain someone but I can't be sure yet.
Isura--LizardOfLust Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"MMhm, you tell'm girlfriend!" -swing arm and snap while nodding-
I never doubt your abilities. ' w '
I too have been accused of tracing, I told them, "The last time I traced was when I was 6 or 7, and it was a picture from a Hot Wheels coloring book." They left me alone after that.
Tofu93 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember I was blamed that I trace as well. |D The pose was really similar to this one you showed you know? :o But people showed me a pic of some shitty animu girl in such pose. And it was similar, but not the same. I had to upload sketch made on paper and had to block the comments. |D
Some people are just idiots and they're so jelly they blame you that you dare to breath. Piss at them.
Or do what I'm doing. And I'm still doing my shit no matter what CERTAIN PEOPLE say. |D
JaciMae Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
People make me sick. And I agree with the others who've commented about it not working. You have loving loyal watchers, and it's clear you don't trace. Jealousy takes some people too far. I'm sorry you've had to deal with unnecessary drama and petty immaturity. Good idea to bring things out yourself though ^^
Keep doing whatcha do <3
KXZXW Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Wow that's what they were going to use to damage your reputation? I don't think that would work... I mean who cares. Like you said, you don't trace in your livestreams so you have nothing to worry about. Also this was very smart of you to just put it out there in the open so she can't do shit now. Well handled. Haters gon' HATE!
Narglebot Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To anyone who follows you, its clear you dont trace. I think that that person needs to grow up.
enigmaticworld Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm not saying that I'm skeptical, but I'd like to see you stream some sketching :] Would it be possible to put up a journal warning that you're going to stream some 5-6 hours earlier?
l-Blair-l Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes of course! I'll stream sometime this week ^^
enigmaticworld Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :]
Delanex Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
How could artwork of such beauty and talent be traced, if this former friend thinks she can turn your faithful watchers against you then she has another thing coming. We will stick with you forever Blair!
D-Anthonie Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Some people call referencing a photo and recreating it 'tracing'. I call them morons. If an artist is capable of making something purely out of their head and NOTHING about the pose looks wrong or a little wonky, I will give them the Medal of Awesomeness for knowing proportions, shapes and body figure well enough to do it all freehand.

Using a reference is no different than sketching a live model in front of you. You look at the one, and recreate it on your paper with your pencil. Changing that into a unique character rather than the one you reference is what adds your own personal flair to the piece.
KenshiKun121 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
I believe you, I saw you sketch them out peace by peace. So I don't know why she is trying to ruin your reputation. But glad your still going strong and thanks for the advise.
FrostLupus Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry to say, but some people are just that dumb. They think they know it all, and to feel better about them selves, they trash talk about others wether its true or not.

Granted, I don't know who the person is, but I had to deal with her type all my life. And unfortunatly, they're all over.
Shadi-Carcer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Don't worry sis, like anyone actually believes you would trace. No one is going to let someone talk shit about you either :I
Millenium110 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Hey, I'd be surprised if you didn't use a reference at some point. No one can possibly know how to perfectly draw any kind of pose without using a reference at some point. It's just not possible.

There's no reason for you to be getting this kind of flack, and I wholeheartedly support you.
Matthew-CN Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good points but may i ask why is it such a big offence to trace? My art style doesnt ever really need me to trace unless i bring sketches from paper to computer and then make it better, but i would like to know why it seems like a bad thing. In my mind its just using something old/simple to make somethig completely new/better. Only reason why i would see it as a bad thing was if you stole the original from someone or traced it exactly.
Tabbens Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I sent this to the person in question as they're bashing my shit, too.
Mind you, I have MAYBE said two words to this person in my LIFE.

"So, I've heard you got some shit to say about me.
Well, considering the fact that I have maybe said two words to you in my LIFE, if that; I'd love to know how you justify saying anything ill about me.

I've been here a lot longer than you, and at least I'm actually honest and original and I have the lady balls to say shit to someone's face instead of talking trash to other people.

You do not know me, so don't be a fucking robot and try having an actual conversation with someone before you try and talk shit.
You want to see a bitch? I'll show you a bitch.

Good day."

I'll run someone through the dirt when they mess with you, and you know this.
I've done it before.
Good luck, hun. She'll shut the fuck up if she knows what's good for her.
XxMistressWavexX Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
You? Trace? Never. And what ~KibaWhiteWarrior said, your style is too unique.
And it's sad to see a former 'friend' do that. My sister knew a girl that tried to get her and her boyfriend to break up. Luckily it never happened and it blew away.
Hopefully, she will come to her senses and realize that she is acting like a child. :disbelief:
SweetSurprise2012 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*hugs you* THANK YOU!!! honestly..I"m not perfect and I have trouble with my anatomy so I use reference poses from nude artists pictures or professional photos. I'm not ashamed and I give credit only because the original idea isn't mine, but it's how you learn. It helps me for my anatomy accurately! If someone has a problem with it then they can get over it! it's nothing wrong with it and to completely take someone else's work and pose as your own is a whole different thing! That is STEALING! But no, you are right and I back you 100%.
ferabird Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Funny thing about traced work... the lines match on an overlay. If anything, the image proves that you -don't- trace because MOST of the lines don't. Sooooo... methinks said drama-llama sucks at being a troll.
April-Cakes Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
there is nothing wrong with refrencing, I do it all the time, its how i managed to make this picture...

So dont feel bad Blair, I can tell you werent tracing and were only referencing
GENMAVERICK1989 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i can tell for sure you dont trace when i see one of your pic without looking at who drew it i know right away that it was you, if they try to take any action against you i will back you up 100% your stile is unique, i have been watching you long enough to know your stile, and i will say again it is unique it is its own style. i hope the other person grows up and decides to stop the senanigians. and i dont see your reputation being ruined at all your to great of an artist for that to happen.
KibaWhiteWarrior Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I know you would never trace. Your art is way too unique for that XD
WolfHearts Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   General Artist
Its obviously not traces, its referenced, and referencing is completely fine.
I don't get why she wants to ruin you with this, everyone should see that nothing matches.
Sorvanis Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
theres a shadi on your phone c:
Randomness-By-Korki Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Bravo. :clap: Well said.
ArcticWolf125 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
drama is the cancer of humanity. well one of them. dont let her get ya down blair, im sure the ones of us who love ur artwork wont think less of u thanks to some person runnin there mouth. keep doin what u do
Ruef-Bae Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I trust you, always and forever.
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