Technology: An Artist’s Best Friend?

Thanks to technology, many talented artists have new and improved ways of sharing their artwork. Due to the existence of popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other such sites, artists from all over the world can share their works with anyone connected to the internet. The ease and simplicity of all of this allows artists to gain a larger audience and broadcast their talents to prospective employers.

Additionally, there are many online image programs that allow the artists to create/edit their pieces such as Photoshop and many others. The artists can choose to either add on to traditionally-drawn pencil/marker/mixed media pieces or create entirely digital works from scratch. An impressive plethora of options give them the ability to create beautiful works with more ease and express themselves in endless ways.

The only really negative factor that faces art’s relationship with technology…

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(source: http://www.miketyndall.com/todd_goldman/)

…is the rise of online art theft.

While browsing the web, I stumbled upon several related articles, all bringing forth attention to online art theft. While the internet has no doubt become an extremely versatile, adaptive tool and means of communication for artists, it unfortunately allows others to steal their works with the minutest of efforts. In many of the cases listed in the aforementioned website sources, artworks, whether they are digital images, jewelry, and other mediums, are used/copied without the artists’ actual knowledge or consent.

To add insult to injury, a great majority of the copies are barely edited to look different, and are blatantly displayed on clothing, and other miscellaneous merchandise. The internet makes it really easy to find inspiration, but may also lead to companies’ negligence and carelessness. I guess it is truly difficult that there is so much online that it would be difficult to resist the temptation of taking advantage of such a endless resource.

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One thought on “Technology: An Artist’s Best Friend?

  1. This is a huge problem, and I’ve noticed it as well on sites like Deviantart. People will put up pictures they stole from elsewhere and claim them as their own works, which is really sickening. I know that with Devinartart, at least, you have the option of allowing the site to put a watermark over the pictures you create. This of course looks terrible, but prevents theft of your work as few people will probably be stupid enough to steal something that would take hours upon hours to unsuccessfully edit out the watermark.

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