"Throughout history, works of art have been stolen under mysterious circumstances…Said by some to be the work of “Phantom” thieves… …Others dismiss it as mere myth. But in this country, the stories are all too true. The name of this mysterious thief? “Dark.” And his true identity? No one knows…"— Yukiru Sugisaki
Art theft, sometimes called artnapping, is the stealing of... well art. It can be done in galleries, museums, or even online.
Why They're Rotten
- As the name implies, they in a heartless manner steal art without permission/giving credit which is considered disrespectful towards the original artist and or course cheating and plagiarism since they never drew the art in the first place. Even they steal other people's OCs.
- While this may have happened in galleries or museums that have gotten their art stolen, it's a lot larger thanks to websites such as DeviantArt or Instagram simply because they can download the piece of artwork and post it without acknowledging that it originally belongs to a certain DeviantArt user and refuse to give credit.
- As mentioned before, they are liars. They say that the art they have stolen is their work of art when it's not. It's considered cheating! They even ignore that artnapping is actually a thing. The liars can also lie about how the original artist "doesn't mind having art being used" or make up false statements (like going after the original artists just by creating hoaxes about them). Are you kidding us?
- They sugarcoat the truth about the art theft stealing art from people like saying that tracing already existing art that isn't theirs to make it look less similar than the original (like changing the colors of a character) which is basically another form of artnapping and vandalism
- Some can repost someone's art (without their permission) with the signature or the name cropped out and/or would add stuff onto the image to make it harder to find the original image.
- Depending on who it is, you better not give constructive criticism on the art theft or you're not going to like what happens next. It can result from immaturely blocking people, starting drama, or playing the victim card.
- Some are manipulative to make other viewers think that they drew the art when it's just making them become brainwashed by them.
- Even the art thieves go steal art from artists that they dislike just to attempt to give the artist they hate a really bad day.
- They are tryhards who want to be "more professional" (or anything between the lines) looking which is a sign of being lazy at drawing art.
- Even some art thieves steal artwork from users that passed away and use "the original artist isn't alive anymore and will never be alive again" (or anything similar) excuse. Holy mackerel, just because an artist is gone, that does not mean you get to steal art from the deceased. That is considered grave robbing/disrespecting the dead.
- Strawberry Milk is an infamous example. She has not only done this for 6 years straight but is a very scummy person as well.
- They do it for attention. Period.
- Some art thieves hate for how they can't draw on their own when it takes practice to improve drawings. That is a sign of jealously.
- They think art tracing is not the same thing as art stealing when it's still considered plagiarism no matter what kind of form art theft is.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- It should be noted that tracing can be an helpful for artists, both old and new. Tracing can help you improve as long as you credit the original creator and if you don't profit from it.