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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: i114.photobucket.com/albums/n2…

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. :)
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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. :)
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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Nette-Yoon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i agree with you 100% Blair. your art is fantastic
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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.
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Isura--LizardOfLust Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student 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.
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