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When/ if someone copies your style? 

1,682 deviants said You're flattered someone would like your style enough to try and emulate it.
1,585 deviants said Can't really say if they did or not since your own style is based off your fav show/artist etc and they might have done the same?
957 deviants said Annoyed but ignore it. It's your style.
873 deviants said Indifferent. It's kinda meh.
285 deviants said Annoyed and demand they credit you. You worked hard to develop your style.

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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Student Filmographer
I'd be flattered beyond words but I'd also be questioning their mental state.
Chrono-Dreamer Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
my art's not really anything to boast about and whatnot -but apparently people like IDK- and I've been told it's 'cartoon-y'. 
it's kind of bubbly esque with bold-ish lines and anime-ish coloring -like the kawaii animes not the srz animes- 
it's really generic actually so someone probably has the same art style right now
Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
I took :iconravietta:'s style and modified it, her's is an anime disney, mine's an anime comic, I put her in my inspiration list, I noticed that everyone on :icondevart: learns from eachother, 99% of this entire community draws the female anatomy the exact same way and gets their style from famous artists like :iconartgerm: :iconslugbox: etc. I've seen artists who went to Artgerm's/Slugbox's livestreams and are now replicating their style almost 100% accurately, it's interesting
Kaleoscope Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well no, not unless it was one of the users who jumps for artist 'style' to 'style' to 'improve' and junk. I would not be happy but I wouldn't rage. You can't really own a style, if someone did it because they really liked my art and the way I rendered things I would be flattered, but I wouldn't make a big deal out of it. Eventually they will move and evolve their own unique style, and I will feel happy to be a part of that. Plus my style is slowly evolving more towards the realistic/semi realistic look I aspire towards, so fro someone to continue to mimic me they would also be forced to improve lol.
Umagic65 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would fucking saw their legs off!
There's just something wrong with copying my style or characters that just makes me feel weird... Is it a phobia? I have no clue...
I just don't like it...
...Plus my art sucks. Who would want to copy it?!
FanGirl-Gone-Hyper Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I would be very flattered, but I'd also be disappointed that the person didn't develop their own style. If their drawings looked just like mine it would show originality... Everyone should develop their own style! Seeing people who style is just a copy of someone else's is just sad!
gta261 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i guess i would love and hate it at the same..... time like its awsome that somone likes my style BUT i don't want them to go around and drawing my style and not giving me any cradit >.<
Kuejena Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Hrmm, it would be a mix. I would be flattered but feel awkward. Everyone needs to find their own style. I guess I'd mostly be flattered as long as they change it a little to make it more theirs.
GardianANGEL-07 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would be flattered but hope they give credit.
Not like m style is so original though. I probably wouldn't notice if someone did xD
MissYamagawa Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Artist
Weeeeeeeell... my style isn't worth copying. :XD: lol
Ravenclaw1401 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Aww. I am sure that's not true. I think you have a great style! :D
MissYamagawa Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Artist
Thank you. You're so sweet~ :iconblushplz:
Ravenclaw1401 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
No probs! ;) And everyone has their own type of style. Don't let anyone change it cause you know your style is unique. I used to feel that way but not anymore. Everyone's different. :D
MissYamagawa Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Artist
True dat :iconimseriousplz: lol :XD:
Ravenclaw1401 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Haha! Lol! :P ;)
MissYamagawa Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Artist
ridia Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd be flattered if someone copied my style to the point of perfection. If they undercut me on commission prices, I would be annoyed.
TheHatLady Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd be flattered! ^^ Actually noone copied my style yet...
If I get 'inspired' by someones style and drew a picture of it, I couldn't help but feeling a little guilty...-_-
Strbrz Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm definitely guilty of "copying" style so I do have to say it's a way to help me learn. I will sit in front of drawings I love and try to copy them as a method to push myself into thinking about drawing in a different way. Sometimes I will trace if need be. I notice if I don't look at other people's artwork for a while, I fall into a rut and begin drawing things over again the same exact way. I like to see other artists and figure out what they are doing. My goal is NOT to be exactly like them, but to find things they do that work for me and branch out to different methods.

That being said, when I do copy drawings or else draw something heavily inspired by another artist, with few exceptions such as master copies or fan art, I DO NOT show this work as my own. I keep it to myself as a marker of my skill level at that point so I can measure my growth and see where I've gone from there. If I do post any art that does noticeably draw from certain artists' work, I make sure to reference them as inspirations. I even have my favorite artists listed on my profile page just to make sure they get credit for any inspiration they may have given me.

But really, as others have pointed out, is our style really our style? Can we really take credit for every stylistic device we utilize? And is anyone's style really 100% unique and their own? Probably not. It'd be quite impossible to copyright a style, methinks! But it's always good to be careful so you don't run over any thin lines, ask if you're not sure about any artist's policy, and give credit where it's due. =P
Strawberry-Kytlynn Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
LOL If I actually had a style it might mater then x'D.
Dude. I don't even have a style. Every drawing, it changes.
the-true-Freya Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist
indifferent- my style changes constantly.
InsanitysOpenSky Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wouldn't mind if someone was practicing my style. I'm cool with that. I've developed my syle from seeing other styles and incorparate many styles into my drawing. Then I add my own style I guess to the picture. I don't copy. :)
Ai-yoku Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I guess it depends; if they're blatantly posing as me then yes, I'll be annoyed, but if they are inspired by my style then thats fine. lets face it. we're all inspired by other styles and incorporate them into our own. and there's nothing wrong with that! :)
longestdistance Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that's very sweet! And you gotta start somewhere xD
Kanachu Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would be flattered, but maybe a little agitated??
I dunno.u o u
CielBendall Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Not really sure how you can even own a style tbh... That's just petty.
wezenbeesje Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Some did a few times. I was incredible annoyed by it. I didn't demand to credit me, but I said it hurts me. (and it really does!)
Quezecotyl Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student General Artist
They say Imitation is the best form of flattery but boy it does kinda hurt though.
The style I've learned from the most was the disney animation style, but then I made variations and did things the way I wanted to. so...I guess that's my style now, lol If someone imitated the variation I made though, it would be hard to tell.
But at the same time, what can ya do, because everybody learns from their surroundings.
wezenbeesje Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes it hurts. :(
Quezecotyl Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
amayaangeline Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know...

It's like annoyed and flattered > <
MrsVolv Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Don't really care, they need to learn their own styles by imitating different ones, that's how I did before I found my own.
Styles are repetative and it's natural ^^
narutokunobessed Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I think my happy side is that it depends on the situation. I think I would really appreciate if they copied my style because it shows that they like it. I have a fanbase. I mean it sort of amazes me when some one can draw like Jamie Hewlet or simular. Its also not easy to testfy that you drew simular to a style. Scott Pilgrim's style, I've seen in another comic called Demo. There is one chapter who drew exactly like scott pilgrim. Brain O malley has admitted there are some people who has a simular style to him.

Copying styles also just benefits of finding your own. Doing several copies of someone, get you to understand how someone got their, and why they are successful, so that you can apply it in your own work. I think that's the best purpose in copying styles. Its sometimes a good exercise. Its almost like in figure drawing class, where the first thing I did, was copy a master drawing of a figure. Line to line. My teacher says its an exercise that's been passed down since the Renaissance. There is also evidence of Chinese painters who would be under a master and copying from each other.

Animation, and concept art, you kind of also have to draw a bit consistent, so sometimes there is a compromise to style. Kishi's manga naruto is a bit different from the anime, but recently since shippuden, its alot more tight and close to the anime.

Also the fact saying anime style or UPA style, that means there is a group of a people for style, not just singular. Even as a marketing term, anime kind of holds true with the big eyes and stuff like that.

However there is a point to style, and pretty much illustration does this alot. Its so that the public can recognize your work. If you have too many different styles, it probably can attract the public, but its going to be hard to say, hey that naruto's artwork, or moni's artwork. If you have too many simular works, its not going to be easy to tell which is yours.

I think pretty much after all this, I would just observe over a period of time and also know their goals. If the person's habits don't change, I think I would tell them to try and push your boundries.
LTprojects Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Writer
Nothing wrong with it, people actually can learn with doing copying and emulating... I usually use a lot of reference art, but I normally don't copy.
IllustrationMinion Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
StyLe just happens, it comes from within but is released through hard work and inspiration.

Copyright on style = stupid
Artist A from (insert country here), draws his whole life never seeing the work of Artist B who lives somewhere else. The two happen to draw very similarly. Artist B gets a copyright on his style. Artist A comes to that country to try to make a living and finds his soul is illegal.
Nature dose not forbid convergent evolution, why do we?
MidnightDestiny04 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never had anyone copy my style since it's kinda... mundane and generic I guess? e.e
I guess you could say I'm still in the process of trying to somehow make my style my own instead of making it look like something that everyone has already seen, so... yeah...
SplitNinja Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Depends. I'm not all that sure.^^; I don't think anyone's ever tried copying my style. People also find my hand writing impossible.xD;
Dearuu Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Never felt that happen to me lol. Wouldn't be a big deal if it did happen though. My own style is influenced from a compilation of inspirations.

However, I heard from this man that some distinct styles are indeed copyrighted [link] ^^;
The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Hmm not sure never had anyone other then my brothers try to copy me...
Needleguns Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pfft, as if. Kids tryin' to act all WISE.
They be pissed.
GensouRyuu Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If they're brave enough to try to find my "style" I welcome them into the realm of insanity with open arms.
Peach-Momoko Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be honest, as I have been learning to draw/ color.. I've mostly learned by observing others' pictures and then trying myself, but I look at LOTS of different artist's work, so I don't think I picked up just ONE artist's style... I just made my own along the way! And with a lot of new artists, it's very common to begin with mimicry, they'll find their own eventually~ That's how I see it anyway, they don't mean any harm doing it that way!~
InToTheSKY5 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
as long as they don't have something I've drawn and claim its their own its all good (but if ypu do copy my style enjoy your stuff looking like crap )
NinjAPixiEX3 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it would irritate me most. Cause yeah, I don't have an exact style, and I've built it off things I've watched, but I've worked to get where I am, trying different styles to see what I liked more, but I don't want someone to love my stuff so much they copy how I draw. I think, Get your own. Work to get there.
Branasaur Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That first one- LOL, I picked it CX But I'm gonna have probably agree on the 3rd and last one.
BlackStar2661 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't even know if I have a fully developed style yet, to be honest...
NinjAPixiEX3 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same. My friend's like, "Omgg I have to learn how to draw your style!" And I'm sitting there like, I don't even have a style. You can't even copy me.
BlackStar2661 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
So true. Style? What style?
LinesAndGloss Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
as long as nobody steals my art, im fine
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