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.
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.
I would say that if you're doing significant changes to make it 'yours' it's fine. Grabbing it off google would make it accurate, and if you mesh transformed it to the arm and added lighting and detail I don't see why anyone should hold that against you.