The beginning week of October will be dedicated to raising awareness about art editing and the results it has on artists and the artist community.
WHY ART EDITING IS BAD:
To give a brief definition, editing art is taking another person’s hard work and tweaking it to please the editor, to make it ‘more interesting’. Artists spend SO much time on their work, making it exactly fit their artistic vision, and when they’re ready to share their work with the world, people think it’s okay to take their hard work, spend two minutes ‘fixing’ it up in photoshop and get credit for it. Because that’s what art editing is— editing another person’s artwork and recieving credit and praise for it. Think about the real artist’s feelings before you even think about editing.
Most editors get their work from pivix, a japanese art website. So with the obvious language difference, editors are unable to ask permission to edit work in the first place. So if you don’t have permission, nor are you able to ask for it, why would you think it’s okay to edit and post another persons art?
Another point is that pixiv artists aren’t dumb. A lot of them know what tumblr is. Hell, even some of them have tumblr blogs. They don’t miss what you’re doing to their work, and that is why a lot of them take down their work and some of them never post their art again, which is a shame to lose great artists over something so stupid.
Think of it like this— say I went downtown to New Orleans, down to the French Quarter where many artists line up on the street to display their art. Now an art editor comes around and takes a painting from one of the vendors and pulls it aside, whipping out their paintbrush and adding their own little details. The vendor watches in horror as the editor places it back, shrugging off the vendor. “It looks better doesn’t it?”
Don’t say it’s not the same thing because it is.
Art you find on the internet does not belong to you. Unless you are the original poster, you have no right to take and edit another person’s work. It does NOT and will NEVER belong to you. Just because it is easier to access on the computer does not mean it is not as valuable as tangible art. What this all boils down to is respect.
SOME COMMON EXCUSES:
'I can't draw, this is my way of expressing myself artistically!'
Learn how to draw! Drawing takes time, hard work and practice. And if you’re still not finding that drawing is your thing, and hey, maybe you enjoy editing images! If you really want to edit, try editing official work. This art is made to be mass produced, and the artists are aware of this. Another alternative is stock photos— deviantART, for example, has plenty of stock photos for you to use! That’s what they’re there for!
'We're celebrating the artist by making tributes to their work!'
No. You’re butchering their hard work and effort by cropping, adding saturation and uneccesary textures. Ask permission, and if they say yes ( which is very rare ), then you have the green light to do so! Permission is key here.
’But we provide sources!’
That’s not the point. The point is that editing art without permission is wrong and dumb, and it goes against most artist wishes. Crediting them does not suddenly make it a-ok for you to edit their work.
A year ago today, my family and I went out to dinner in Montreal. It was a beautiful evening, and the weather was perfect. So when my dad wanted to take a picture to capture the beauty of the day, I refused to stand straight on and instead took all my pictures to the side.
The reason? I felt I was too wide.
It’s crazy to think how much someone changes in a year. Back then, at the height of my ED’s restrictive behavior, I was afraid of white carbs and I freaked out when someone tried to feed me something that had a ton of butter and oil in it. I was a size 6 and unhappy with everything about myself. I thought my legs were too big. I thought my stomach was too fat. I thought I didn’t fit into the clothes.
Now, I’m 163 pounds of awesome. I have curves, and some lumps too, but I can also squat 195 pounds and run like a madwoman. I’ve gone up 2 or 3 sizes. But somehow, that doesn’t matter. Because I realize that it’s not about us fitting the clothes… it’s about the clothes fitting us.
Let’s face it. Bodies are subject to change. I will not always be this fit or strong, and I will probably not always have such a perky ass and rack.
But that’s the difference. Those physical attributes don’t mean as much to me anymore. I will love myself if I get back down to 130, but I will also love myself if I get up to 200. THAT is truly loving your body. Knowing that despite any changes it may go through, you will still nourish it thoughts of love and care because you know you deserve it.
I’m not going to pretend it’s easy. Since I was 13, I’ve been on this journey to self acceptance. It took therapy and counseling and a lot of crying and screaming. But somehow I did it. I’m at a good place. There are mountains to climb and oceans to travel but the progress I have made thus far is significant.
August 20, 2012, I had to fake a smile.
August 20, 2013, I have to use all my strength to try and suppress it.
“This piece was primarily a trust exercise, in which she told viewers she would not move for six hours no matter what they did to her. She placed 72 objects one could use in pleasing or destructive ways, ranging from flowers and a feather boa to a knife and a loaded pistol, on a table near her and invited the viewers to use them on her however they wanted.
Initially, Abramović said, viewers were peaceful and timid, but it escalated to violence quickly. “The experience I learned was that … if you leave decision to the public, you can be killed… I felt really violated: they cut my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the public. Everyone ran away, escaping an actual confrontation.”
This piece revealed something terrible about humanity, similar to what Philip Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment or Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiment, both of which also proved how readily people will harm one another under unusual circumstances.”
This performance showed just how easy it is to dehumanize a person who doesn’t fight back, and is particularly powerful because it defies what we think we know about ourselves. I’m certain the no one reading this believes the people around him/her capable of doing such things to another human being, but this performance proves otherwise.”
this is why performance art is important
So every single person who told me ‘ignore them they’ll go away’ and ‘you can’t let them know they bothered you’ and ‘They’ll stop if they don’t see you react’ and all that bull shit, my entire school career, I want you to look good and hard at this.
I want you to think about what you said.
What you keep saying.
What you are telling your children.
You are making them powerless.
that last comment. actually crying.
I don’t usually reblog other people’s stuff on this blog, but I had to for this.