I honestly don’t care if the comment was “cucumbers are delicious,” or “I drew this picture during a time of intense constipation.” Please don’t remove the artist comments.
It’s really disrespectful and sends the message that while you like the art enough to…
This is all my opinion, which I am entitled to. But I believe art is created to be shared and enjoyed by others. When you put your name as a label on it you turned into an Andy Warhol, only wanting to make a profit or a name for yourself. Now if someone wants to be a dick and put their name on someone else’s art then yeah that sucks. But again, it’s not about the name attached, it’s the art itself. I believe the art expresses more about the person than a watermark ever could.
Are you an artist?
Simply put, if we made that piece of art, we deserve to have our name on it.
We don’t make it only just for you.
No I would assume you make it for others. If it’s just for you then don’t post it online or show it to anyone ever. Just keep it framed on your wall where only you can see it.
I wasn’t going to reply to this, but since it seems like that’s a thing that people are doing, here I go.
While I certainly do respect your right to having an opinion (and it would be quite a shame for both you and your mental state if you did not), unfortunately for both of us, I also have an opinion (which I am entitled to), and I disagree with you.
If you claim that art is meant “to be shared and enjoyed by others,” apparently without any sort of credit whatsoever, that presupposes that art is created by artists for society, rather than personal enjoyment. This is clearly not the case. Artists don’t draw for you. They draw for themselves, and if art is suddenly a thing “for the people,” then where’s my tax break? I draw because I enjoy it, and I post art on my blog because other people seem to enjoy it, but when I draw, I draw because I want to. You can “assume” the reasons that I draw all you want, but it doesn’t change the facts, because you are (evidently) not me.
Let’s for a moment consider your argument, which consists essentially of “if you don’t want people to take it, don’t ever show it to anyone.” This argument fundamentally does not make sense. By that logic, if you don’t want someone to come along and steal your phone, you shouldn’t be allowed to have a phone in the first place. It places all the blame onto the /victim/ in much the same way that some people assert that women who were raped were “asking for it” simply because they were walking down the street. When you post something online, you don’t have to sign a contract saying that you’re then not allowed to complain about anything bad that happens to you because you are an internet user. That would be preposterous.
Artists are people, and not a different strain of people that for some inexplicable reason have thrown away their rights to intellectual properly for the “common good.” If someone stole an essay of yours and submitted it as their own for a mark in the public education system, you’d be angry about it. I don’t see how artists are doing anything wrong by wanting credit for something that was theirs to begin with.
On that note, why is it wrong at all for artists to want to “make a name for themselves” or a “profit”. Producing art is a valid profession, which is aided by good publicity. If it’s bad for artists to want to make money off of something that they enjoy doing, every single person who has a job they enjoy is also somehow in the wrong.
On the subject of “it’s about the art,” and “art expressing more about a person than a watermark etc etc,” consider for a moment that a sizable portion of the art that is reblogged and reposted without credit is fanart. I’m not really all that sure what my fanart “expresses” about me, other than that I like the character, and it’s also almost impossible to source uncredited fanart, due to the fact that looking for other drawings of the character leads to completely unrelated artists and, on most occasions, only the original creator. Art doesn’t always “express” anything about the artist (particularly if it’s commissioned work), and it’s ridiculous to presume that you can understand more about the artist from their work than if you were to actually credit them for the work and check them out on their own blog.