Pet Cards

Taylor Roy is an art student and she loves animals. She has an idea to combine her talent and interest and create pet portraits for Valentine’s Day. Seems pretty straightforward, right? And she’s only asking for $250.

Looking at her project, she offers a few “examples of what I can do.” There’s an abstract pair of cats in pastels, a realistic painting of some tropical birds, and a sort of cute, cartoony dog in a batik style. Something about Roy’s artwork puzzled me, though. Most artists, even students, have a certain style you can recognize from piece to piece. These three examples look very different from one another.

And I figured out why: They’re all by different people, none of whom are Taylor Roy. They’re all from stock image services or other artists’ sites:

In her bio, Taylor writes, “Art is a question mark.” I suppose the question mark she’s referring to is the one at the end of the sentence, “Did you draw this yourself?”

Taylor – you’re an art student. I assume one day you’d like to make a living at it? Then you should probably learn about the ethics of passing off someone else’s work as your own: it’s wrong at best, illegal at worst.

Shut down the project, sit down with your cat and draw her. Borrow a neighbor’s dog and draw it. Scan your own drawings and come back to Kickstarter when you have some of your own work as an “example.”

[UPDATE] Looks like Taylor has taken down the images from her project page.

6 Responses to Pet Cards

  1. February 9, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Thank you for this information! She is using my artwork and I hope she will delete it because of your article…
    I will share it on facebook!

    • thatdingo
      February 9, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Cordula,

      Because it is your artwork she is using, you can ask Kickstarter to take the image down. There is a link at the very bottom of every Kickstarter page where you can contact them.

  2. Tom Carlson
    February 12, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Her response to a reporter asking why was that her scanner isn’t big enough to scan her art. Does she not own or have access to a camera? Any artist without enough imagination to use a camera in this instance isn’t worth the price.

    • February 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      That is true, Tom.. If she don’t have such equipment she cannot post her artwork – and she should not do that. On no place she said, that the images are samples from others – so the customer will believe that is is her own material.. I think she has well known, what she was doing… nowhere you can see her own creations, either not on her profil on Facebook…