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Creative theft

11 Mar 2019

Occupational hazard of an artist- that idea that others are copying what you’re doing, plucking ideas and creativity from your social media and running with them in their own way. There’s nothing wrong with that, everyone has the freedom to draw or paint whatever they want, you can’t copyright a topic or subject. But where do you draw the line? What constitutes creative theft? Taking advantage of a person’s knowledge or artistic techniques? Directly lifting personal quotes from someones website and passing them off as your own??
I have spent years honing my craft, working on my own techniques. I didn’t study art at college, but I lived art everyday. I love love LOVE what I do, I put everything into my work, and it can be emotional and visceral and wonderful and passionate. No matter the subject, whether it be a portrait of someone’s pet, an idea for a birthday card, or a large scale exhibition piece, I put the same amount of focus and effort into it. I invest almost all of myself in what I do, and it’s comforting to know that nobody can do exactly what I do in the exact way that I do it. No one can truly ever copy you or dull your shine unless you let them.
They say that copying or emulating someone is really a form of flattery. You know what’s really flattering? Telling someone that they’re great and supporting them in what they do. By all means be inspired by other artists, (we are here to inspire!) but don’t wait for them to come up with ideas for you. Don’t copy the work of others, work that has been painstakingly created and grown from an initial thought, pulled from the ether to a full blown, fully realised piece of art. Be true to yourself and your own art. Actualise your own innate imagination, don’t feed off someone else’s. Do the work. Find your own creativity.