Journal Entry: Tue Dec 18, 2012, 3:39 AM
In honor of crediting original artworks, we have decided that we will require links or at least written information to any kind of original resources you have used in your art.
It doesnt matter if you've used a free texture for your photomanip or a copyrighted photo as reference for your traditional artwork - we need you to put links to them in your artist comments.
This goes for Fan Art too - credit the original creators and/or the trademark. You also need to state in your deviation description what it is Fan Art of.
This is not because we think that you have stolen something - this is because it's common sense and netiquette to credit stocks and resources. It's about showing respect to people that creates art.
Important: A reference means a picture you look at while painting/drawing/sculpturing, to get proportions/colors/features etc right.
It doesn't mean that you copy something or that you didn't actually create something yourself.
So please, stop thinking that we're accusing you of cheating or stealing when we ask for reference!
We won't accept your artworks before you put links or information in your deviation description, so please, for both your sake and our sake - make sure to save any links to your resources and put them in your artist comment. We can handle your submission much faster and your art will be in our gallery much faster.
If you don't remember where you got a set of brushes for your software years ago, or where you found a celebrity pic etc, then of course we won't decline your art or something like that. We just strongly advice you that from now on, you start saving links to such things.
If you can't remember exactly where, and can't provide such links, it's ok that you just write something like "credit goes to who ever made the texture/brush/etc". That goes for reference photos for drawings and photomanipulations too. Just add some kind of information about the original artwork that you used as reference/stock/inspiration.
But please - try to save links from now on. We really prefer that.
We're not the only group that wants this, and it's really good practice to credit any kind of references when you're doing art.
Also, if the all the stocks and resources used are your own, we're fine with you just writing "my own resources" or something like that.