There was an incident on Friday, an I’d be a liar if I said I was exactly sure how to respond, so you get a flow-of-consciousness ramble. Long story short, an individual posted a picture of a model I painted four years ago, claiming it as his own recent work and using it to try to drum up business for his commission painting service. When confronted he denied it, to the point of calling me a feminine hygiene product at one point.
Now, I want to be absolutely clear on a couple of points here:
- I’m not generally alarmed when one of my paintjobs turns up somewhere – I’ve sold off a number of armies in the past, and they’ve ended up all over North America.
- I’m not a pro painter, I’ve never claimed to be. I paint to a standard that I’m personally comfortable with. It won’t win awards, but I’m often pleased with the models I produce.
- I have no problem with commission painters – I’ve used them, I’ve been one. The work isn’t easy, and the pay rarely reflects what actually goes into the end results; those who can do it have my respect.
- I have no problem with somebody imitating one of my colour schemes or painting style. It’s quite flattering, even though it boggles my mind a little when someone does, and I enjoy seeing how other artists spin the scheme.
What I do have a problem with, is someone misrepresenting my work as their own. It’s a point of personal pride, and to find someone doing so to try to deceive people into using their services? Last I checked that was fraud, misrepresentation and/or false advertising.
The individual in question deleted the discussion thread on which he was confronted, but being that this is the internet, it’s never a guarantee that such things are lost to the void. For a start, I’m an admin on the Facebook group where it took place, and I’ve also been helping a co-worker deal with chasing down someone who stole their son’s iPod and tried to sell it on Kijiji, so the idea of taking screenshots isn’t alien to me.