Today was truly a day of firsts; first day of the year, first day I managed my entire hill run without stopping once, and my first personal encounter with art theft.
Today, about two and a half hours ago now, tumblr user mhermeiser26 accused me of stealing my own artwork.
I created said fan art today, and posted it to a tumblr(rosalia-art.tumblr.com) that I keep for my own, personal artwork. Everything on it, excluding a few art-related things I’ve reblogged to keep track of, was drawn by me. In the original post I made of the art in question, I linked to my livestream channel, because I had recorded the process of drawing it, and linked to the gifset and what I assume is the maker of the gif I used as a reference picture because I was practicing a technique I have little experience in.
Not ten minutes after I posted the art, tumblr user mhermeiser26 reblogged it and said, and I quote “what the fuck! this is MY art you piece of shit everyone report this motherfucker for stealing my art!” In what is clearly an immature attempt to claim credit for something they did not create, and get the original creater(in this case me) banned from the website. I was furious, and, having never been in this kind of situation before, didn’t know that responding before I reported him could lead to him deleting his blog before any action could be taken against him.
Since he has appeared to have deleted his blog, I am unable to link you to the post in question on his blog, but I do have my original post, his comment, and my response still on my blog, which is here: http://rosalia-art.tumblr.com/post/71910991049/mhermeiser26-rosalia-art-allison-argent
The livestream I painted it in https://new.livestream.com/accounts/6344833/events/2660670
and the gifset(warning, very very long post, may take ages to load) that I took my reference from: http://imogenpoots-rph.tumblr.com/post/28852333084/crystal-reed-gif-hunt
I’m furious and hurt. I’ve never, ever had any kind of problem like this before. I’ve never stolen any art, I’ve never been accused of stealing art, I’ve never had my art stolen before. For the first time I really understand why some artists delete their online presence and stop posting art after getting their art stolen, and for the first time ever I was tempted to do the same.
Instead, I’ve reported him to tumblr staff, I’m adding watermarks to all my recent work and any I make in the future, and I’m posting about it on both my art blog, and this blog, and I’ve already submitted this post to an art theft blog, where it has been posted. I really hope the tumblr staff can find his original account and ban him—but I’m still really worried that someone saw his original comment and reported me, even though I did nothing wrong.
This was not how I wanted to start my year, and I’m really upset that he had such an effect on me; I was having a pretty good day before all of this. And now I’ve broken my diet and gotten so angry and upset I started shaking. I want to put this out of my head and never give it another thought, but I can’t. I can’t because this guy deleted his blog before any action could be taken against him, so I know he can and will do this again. Maybe to me. Definitely to some other artist. I want to believe he’s learned his lesson, but I’m not that optomistic.
All in all? One good day, officially derailed.
Reblogging this to the art blog it all started on. Guys, this is a very serious problem—if you see anyone stealing my art, claiming that I stole my art, or anything else of that nature, please tell me, and/or report them yourself.