No. As long as you 1. Have permission to use the tattoo design from the original artist (or created the image yourself); 2. Attribute the original artist who created the tattoo design; 3. Aren't misleading people.
I do not recommend grabbing random images off Google and using them without permission. It's a copyright violation, which you can be sued for, especially if you profit (sell prints / Patreon). Plus, it's very disrespectful to another artist.
Traditional artists also have light tables, tracing paper, carbon paper and camera obscura to do pretty much the same thing as you're trying to do. Using newer tools is not "cheating". It's pretty standard to use stock assets to speed up workflow. It's only when an artist is misusing a tool and trying to compensate for an ability in which they lack, that they run into problems.
no it s not cheating.it s called photobashing and it s used by a lot of industry level professionals. You are just adding texture and detail to your already existing drawing . If your art it s bad (and it s not bad at all), this will make it only worst
If you can, ask. It's just courteous, but that's if you can find the original artist. Providing credit is a good idea if you can't track down the original artist anyway. You might still get outted to them by fans, though, btw. Who'll provide links even if you did credit, especially if you still used that image without permission.
You're also in essence giving the creator of said tattoo free advertising if you grab it from google. It might be your art, but it's their work. So the thunder isn't entirely yours. Peeps might see the credit you give, and go searching for the tattoo image instead. You lose your audience.
Plus your art is amazing. Why take a shortcut? You could always take elements of that chara-specific tat and design something original that fits them as well.
It probably depends on whether or not they can find the original posting of that image. If it's watermarked you're in trouble, especially if it came from an artist or photographer for example. The watermark is identifiable whether it's posted anywhere on the internet, as is the image if it's from a source that people can find. For example some artists on DA have had their art put on merchandise for sale without permission. It took one or two comments from users on DA on their profiles to inform them of the issue. And that's without their artwork being watermarked or signed.
You are correct however in terms of people sharing images without credit. It has happened with some of my fav now defunct artists like Sandfreak. Their stuff is all over Pixiv etc. But it's been easy to ID where that stuff came from. Sand's DA gallery. Their style is very distinctive.
I know a lot of tatoo designers who would get crazy mad reading this thread, not like they get economically hurted for this but they got their designs stealed so often and so easily (and nobody cares) that is a thorny issue.
I can see having sex with someone other than your spouse is cheating, or cheating on a test, or cheating on a diet which only keeps you from losing weight or gaining it that is the way you want to go.
I don't relate cheating to anything in art, but I do consider your art as a test for what you know and can do, and what you can imagine, but there is no cheating on that test because for a lot of people they will see what you did wrong, and what you really do know.
When you are working to make someone's imagination look real. They don't care how you do it as long as they get what they want. If you are selling art then you could be infringing on copyrights, but when you actually do the work they can't claim copyrights when it is not a copy, no matter how much it looks the same. If you make any changes to it then it is not a copy.
I can paint Disney art and it will be my work, and there will be no argument over it, because unless I show it to the public nobody would see it, and since I made it I am fine with it, while other people might want to argue about it. I never feel I cheat in art, but if there is any cheating then the artist could be cheating themselves out of the experience.
depends. are you going to then sell the character? If it is strictly for personal use/non advertisement (aka using it as a commission sample etc) then it shouldn't be a problem. Just remember to cite where you found the original tattoo ^^ If it's for a commission, you should get permission from the person who created the tattoo/and or character, or it could bring up legal issues.
Best case scenario, I can look at artists like ross tran and sakimichan and assume that companies mostly don't care about suing fanart 99.9% of the time. Either that or they have some pretty good lawyers.
Ooor it's because they are worried about legal actions and copyright laws. If it's free use, that's different sometimes (certain free use images don't allow people to use it commercially, while others do.)
It really just depends on the situation and the 'what fors' or whatever lol
i dont think it is cheating really, you are just using it to the entire fanart, but if u want to be sure it can be a good idea let in the description what the tattoo isnt yours or the link to the original one
if it's copyright yes, otherwise no. I feel like often it looks bit out of place though, so I'd keep the style of the image in mind and match it the level of detail to the rest of the picture. sometimes when they photoshop tattoos on a character, it's much to high in detail compared to the rest of the picture.
I think we need to factor in the western companies that pay for the Copyrights to own anime in the west. They do protect their properties. They can file DMCA. I'm not a lawyer, but they could probably sue. There's a difference between the fanartists online and Japanese manga-ka selling small run doujin at an anime con.
Oh, I was talking about their priority. However if it come to law, then yes, both have all the right to sue the hell out of people (Japan already did with their EDM culture part). Japanese company use that to control the progress of a property tho; hence you could see alot of manga got dragged on to the point of repetitive, while some got a forced end.
erm, I wasn't all familiar with western culture so care to elaborate a little for me?
Yes and no. making fanart is completely legal as long as you don't publish it for example via dA. if you see it strictly, as soon as you post your fanart online without permission and you profit from it for example by getting views on your page that could be potential customers for your own art, it's copyright infringement and thus not legal. most bigger franchise owner will ignore you though unless you start making loads of money with their stuff.
yeah. they mostly don't really care. I heard of Disney suing people for selling fanwork. DC and blizzard also had statements that they don't want fanwork to be sold... I don't know where i read them though.
Yup ! This is also why a lot of conventions won't allow you to sell fanart, or if they do allow it, they want you to only sell a small portion as fanart and the rest as original works to lessen copyright infringing.
I would just make sure that the material isn't copyrighted and possibly mentioning the source as a reference, but it is not cheating at all. Many people tend to consider photomanipulation, rendering, using textures or stock pictures as "cheating" but that is unfair. It's only cheating when people claim not to have done it.