hiya my lovelies
so i sometimes check where my incoming traffic is coming from, and i've been noticing that a small but steady number of hits are coming from various tumblr blogs which have reposted my work.
now, i know that it would be futile for me to try to prevent people from taking my work and posting it elsewhere - i barely ever even bother to watermark my pics (try to spot where i've signed my name in various pictures ^ ^), and these tumblrs do at least attribute the work to the rightful owner and mostly link back to the source (me!).but what does bother me is that not a single one of you bothered to ask me if it was ok to repost my art.
it would only have taken a second, and i know that you must be members of dA already as otherwise you wouldn't be able to see past the mature content tag. would it have been that hard to ask if it was ok? am i that
scary and unapproachable?
i know that tumblr has a good reputation as a place for people to be open about their sexuality and gender, and i'm all for safe spaces like that. but there are two things about the ongoing lifting of my work there that do sadden me. the first is that the site seems to have a culture of grabbing and reblogging anything it feels like without considering that it might belong to someone, let alone the basic courtesy of asking beforehand or even just letting people know after the fact. i wouldn't take someone's pencil without asking them first, or quote them without permission. is it so hard to behave like a normal human being online?
the second is that a lot of these tumblr collections mix relaxed, happy, non-explicit art like mine in with hardcore or violent pornography. i don't like seeing my stuff thrown in along with that, because that's not what my art is.
obviously, i draw my art to share, or i wouldn't post it here. but what keeps
me drawing is the feedback i get from all my friends and fans here. without their support, encouragement, and friendship, i would have no incentive to keep producing pictures. so if my work is posted elsewhere, none of those comments make it back to me, and the audience has no way to connect with the artist. so the more you take my work and post it elsewhere, the less motive i will have to make any more art in future. so, tumblrs, i won't try to stop you stealing my art - i imagine you don't even see it like that, but just think of it as mentioning or sharing it - but i only ask that maybe next time you want to repost one of my pictures, you drop me a line to say hi and let me know where you're posting it. maybe you could even ask if i'm ok with that before you do so.
and if any of you are
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