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Deceptive Deviants.

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 7:00 PM

If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.

This is a journal I've been meaning to write for a while but I don't know where to begin.
I'm going to list some scenarios that have bothered me and afterwards give a short comment.

Just to be clear:
- This concerns traditional art only.
- I don't disapprove or dislike all of these examples but I want all media and alterations be listed in the artist's notes.
- This is just my pet peeves.
- there are many deviants that I like that use effects.
- I'm not an art-nazi, this is for those who pretend to be something they're not.
- This does not include correcting scanning and photography quality loss - I have no problem with that.

1. Sepia color overlay.
There are many deviants that change the color of their graphite drawings from black & white to a faded brown in Photoshop.  Fundamentally I don't have a problem with that but it should be listed in the media since the artwork is not 100% traditional. Adding this effect does give a warm atmosphere to a piece and makes it more appealing, which is a misrepresentation unless the drawing was actually drawn in sepia - something that is infinitely more complicated than plain graphite/charcoal.

2. Diffuse glow.
This is a function in Photoshop that softly blows out the white in an image and makes it look soft and fuzzy. It gives a smooth finish and if not listed in the media is a misrepresentation of skill level.

3. Textures.
Adding textured background to traditional images shifts it to mixed media. An artist that adds these effects to their drawings can not be grouped with others that actually work on textured paper or draw the effect.
I am not opposed to doing this but the omission of the edit information creates a misrepresentation of the actual traditional piece.
This is a drawing I did last year where I loaded both the edited and original side-by-side.

4. Dodge and burn.
Photoshop tools to make areas lighter and darker. Correcting your mistakes with Photoshop tools gives you an unfair advantage - I guess you must rely on your conscience there.
There have been a few cases where artists have taken it to a whole other level by changing the layer style of the graphite drawing to "multiply", then putting it on a light gray background and dodging+burning tints and tones - then trying to pass it off as drawn on gray paper. Yeah - I noticed.

5. Clone stamp tool.
Photoshop was never intended to fix the hair you couldn't successfully draw with pencil. Amateurs always grab the clone stamp tool but don't realize it leaves an echo. Pixels being repetitively copied make a pattern and can be spotted a mile away. Throwing a tantrum won't make your lies okay.
It can also create a blurring effect when used at low opacity which stands out in a grainy graphite drawing!

6. Coloring.
Coloring a graphite piece in Photoshop makes it digital mixed media. What determines the category of a drawing is its overwhelming element. There is a gentleman that regularly tours the front page with this deception.

7. Tracing & Overdraw.
Tracing: to be honest it doesn't bother me as much as other deceptions. Especially with new artists - everyone has to start somewhere.
Overdraw: :wtf: This really irks me. This is done by artist who don't even bother tracing their drawings and then attempting to draw the shading BUT ACTUALLY DRAW OVER A PRINTOUT. I really have no words. All you're doing is messing up perfectly good paper.
How empty is your life that gaining popularity with a lie is acceptable to you?

8. Digital overlay.
Breakdown: First they trace an image and draw it but then overlay it in Photoshop with the original image to make it look better. YOU CAN NEVER DO IT PERFECTLY YOU IDIOTS!
A certain "dignityless" deviant loves doing this and he along with several others have fooled most of dA. Taking their deception on is futile as masses of fans blindly follow the mob mentality in attacking any accusers. Man I hate stupid people!

My View

If I am one of your watchers and you are guilty of the above I probably don't fav your work anymore. Some instances like the sepia thing I evaluate on a case to case basis.
If you are new to me and are guilty of any of the above I won't fav or watch matter how nice you are to me. This doesn't mean I don't like you but you cannot bullshit me so don't try.


In light of this I'm going to do a raffle and give away one of my drawings. Whomever gets the drawing can then be my witness that I'm not deceiving you - but seriously, half of dA already has my work.:facepalm:
Sometime this week or over the weekend I will announce this year's HALLOWEEN HOO DOO CONTEST. Everyone that helps to advertise it will go into a draw and can choose one of these drawings as a prize:
Talented. by dreamarianIan Somerhalder by dreamarianTrust by dreamarian

So keep a lookout for the announcement!

AND dudes! I'm totally getting better at this digital stuff!!! Here's my latest creation - it's a self-portrait thingy:
The other side of me. by Dreamael

Have a fabulous week!

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emmagucci Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I don't know if you guys already talked about her Or it's ok to get better from  this…… to this…… (I found the original one for this and every line matches perfectly)? ... I'm not sure if she cheats
TraceofHatred Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude you shouldn't post names like that :"D That's not very cool at all, regardless of the situation.
emmagucci Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's bad in that? He just should replay,do something. Is it too difficult ? He doesn't want to replay or do a livestreem,he just marks as spam questions about tecniques or just responds "thank you" ecc. People who go further are blocked at all..THAT isn't cool at all. Paying lots of money for fake would be cool at all. And not letting people think about a possible proble wouldn't be cool. Just making questions and explain the reasons why I make them is normal for me.I've wrote him several times,but he just ignores me. Ask yourself why.
TraceofHatred Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you contacted an admin or found any of their references? That's all I'm saying - Because in the event that you are wrong - 

(which you might not be, but it's always a possibility with things like this - I recently was very surprised to see someone I was 100% sure was a tracer prove he wasn't.)

- Then what does it say for your post, right? That's all I'm saying - Noting someone confidentially or contacting an admin is always better than publicly slandering someone based on assumptions.

And don't get me wrong, I'm not disagreeing with why you're mad - Or saying he's in the right. That kind of behavior pisses me right off like no other.

But publicly slandering him/her as a fake artist though is kind of an unprofessional and "Dick move" way to go about it - unless you prove it with references of pictures s/he did fake.

That's all I meant.
emmagucci Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you'd read my journal you'd see that I mentioned some that could be profes and before contacting an admin,I wonted to give him an opportunity to explain,withought getting him in trouble,but to make him do so,I exlaind why I'm not sure about his artworks with examples,explanations.You can't jus go around and say he's cheating just because you think so. Moreover,I did't write that he's 100% a cheater,but asked him why his paintings have all hairs at exatct place like in the original photo for example. Since he's not replaying and just banned me,maybe I should contact an admin,but that would be more serios,at least to me. If someone doubt of my art,I prefer he explayned why and let me pvore,explayin and not gone to contact an admin. It's something subjective I guess. You think it's the worse way,but for me it's better.
TraceofHatred Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah - But I unno, guilty or not (especially not) - I would be pretty upset if I stumbled across a comment that had links to all my work saying I was a fake artist :'3 

That's all I meant. I can understand wanting proof - I just don't think posting his name on some public comment is exactly the best way to go about it.

You say you noted him and he didn't respond and other's have been blocked - that's usually a sign to contact an admin after finding a few references :'3
emmagucci Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not saying it fake,I warned people that it could be. Everyone should make some questions before paying for some artworks.They have the right to do so. That's why I wrote some tips to get people avoid cheaters. Amro0 is one of those I'm not sure about as meny others who wrote to me in private. They weren't sure as well,but when you see someone else to have the same doubt you are more motivated to go ahead and question the author. Hope you know that I mean. I don't own anything from this.Ijust want justice.If I didn't mentioned the name,what would be the purpose of just saying "this artist I'm not mentioning could do this things" ? You've contacted an admin before? How can you do that?
TraceofHatred Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a help desk (I think, haven't used it - just heard about it), numerous admin accounts that aren't too hard to find, and report buttons beside every deviation (which you can include traced/stolen references in your reports).
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's definitely possible to improve that much. There is a 4 year gap between artworks. Also, his new work is digital and it's much easier to fix mistakes until you have a perfect result.
As to whether the guy is cheating - I really don't know. I will say this though, I'm not fond of digital portraits. To me, it is a medium made for illustration and fantasy interpretations of portraiture. 
emmagucci Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that,but there are some things that make me make some questions. Read this one where I explain it better… As reguards the improve,the years of gat are less if you take as exemple other artworks and to have a perfect result you need more than just a few days (he has lots of deviations uploaded in small periods) . And you really think it's possible to have all the hairs and details on the same place as in the original photo? I know it's easier sometimes in digital ,but still not very possible.
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