Reblog with the full/original image of your icon.
I finally made it instead of just talking about it. : )
Another quality submission by Siryl. The man just keeps the goodness coming.
Yesterday I made this image poking fun at this quaint cartoon in which I have a vague interest, and submitted it to a blog. In one day it’s achieved three times as many notes as the most popular post on my own blog.
I wanted to write some kind of witty observation about this…phenomenon? Except I have no idea how to even process this, much less formulate an articulate response.
Up on My Soapbox
Tumblr is a fun place. The only thing I really hate is how so much of the art displayed here is uncredited.
I realize that, for various reasons, it’s often hard to figure out who made a work of art. There are countless ways to acquire image files off the Internet that will give you no indication of their origin. And it’s easy to forget when it’s just a file on a disc with no text attached. Printed media can be pretty bad, too. I’ve bought posters that listed the printing company but no artist, and seen amazing artwork in magazine ads that went uncredited. In some appalling cases I’ve even seen books that don’t credit the illustrator. And then there are things like memes that are anonymous almost by definition. But some people here in the blogosphere just aren’t trying. I’ve also noticed that some bloggers like to remove the text and clickthrough links when they reblog art.
This is annoying to me on a personal level for several reasons. If I discover an amazing work of art, I want to see what else that artist has done. I also want to see if I can find a higher quality version of the image, ideally one in print. Also, since much of my favorite art was made to illustrate something, I want to learn about and maybe buy a copy of the work in which it originally appeared. I assume that many other sci-fi/fantasy art fans think the same way.
I also find this annoying on a higher level. Offensive even. We’re posting and reposting these people’s hard work, usually without their permission and on shaky legal ground. The least we can do is give the artists the credit they deserve. As an art blogger (sorry if that self-applied label sounds pretentious) I’m trying to promote the artists’ websites and books, not replace them. To me, that’s what justifies this widespread copyright infringement. In the same way, I think online music sharing fulfills a justified purpose, as illustrated by the fact that most of the C.D.s I’ve bought have songs I downloaded or streamed from unofficial sources beforehand. I know I’d be annoyed if my art was being freely distributed without anybody knowing who made it.
The bottom line: Please make an effort to credit the art you post on Tumblr. It’s only fair to the artist and readers. I will now get off my soapbox, hopefully never to return.
The footnote: To avoid looking like a hypocrite, I’ll note for all to see that the picture posted above is from “Feeling Pinkie Keen,” the fifteenth episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. It’s actually several successive frames that I stitched together in Photoshop.