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Submitted on
August 24, 2012


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I posted this last week for anyone looking for help to spot fake art.  This is not law, if you don't care, feel free to move on.  But if you do care that there are fakers out there, then maybe this could be of some use to you too.  We have a serial faker on the loose on dA today so it sparked this little lot once more.  

So, the questions/scenarios asked are always the same and the responses/justifications are always the same, but give them a minute to sink in before replying and insulting.

(Q1) Why do you care if someone is cheating what does it have to do with you?
(A1) Well, this is a public ART site and if people are submitting art that is not actually what they claim it to be, then they are dishonest. This will annoy some people and not others. If your passionate about your work then the chances are you'll find it insulting to the artistic community as a whole. Additionally, a lot of admins of groups HAVE to deal with fakes as a daily occurence, so they have every right to question someone if they submit fake work to a traditional group. The final reason that I can think of is how many young people there are on this site - young in age and young in their art journey.  If you want to achieve realism and your goal is an unachievable fake, dreams are quashed.  

(Q2) How dare you insult my friend, he/she would never do that?
(A2) Really? Are you absolutely sure? There are some terrible people in the world who use the internet to groom victims. By comparison, do you really think that someone you liked via text chat, couldn't fool you just a little bit if they wanted to? Ask again and be very certain before attacking others who have a different opinion than you.

(Q3) It is definitely not a fake, no way, I can tell! He/she just wouldn't do that! Your just jealous!  
(A3) Again, really? Are you absolutely sure? 100% positive? Are the people accusing really really jealous? If not, why on earth would they do it?

(Q4) You did this because you are jealous!
(A4) Maybe they did, but make a proper assessment and consider all the options first!

So, it all comes down to perception and personal opinion, but before attacking/defending, why not go and really really look at what you have believed in the past. Maybe motives and the way things have been carried out haven't been done as you would like, but go and see if there is truth in it! How? Here's a few things if it's something useful to you.

Really look at the art in question and consider these:

* Are there inconsistencies in drawing style in the drawing? For example, is the base beautifully smooth and drawn with skill and technically ability and then the top layer scribbled? Yes? No artist who put hours into blending a perfect base would do that!! That should raise alarm bells.
* Is the gallery of the person in question erratic in ability? Yes? It could just be that they have a random selection of abilities, but if the skill level varies dramatically or improves very very quickly, it's worth questioning.
* Does the person in question make defensive statements in their artists comments before anyone has even looked at their art? Yes? Maybe they have something to hide and anticipate retaliation. Or, maybe they think using a little bit of reverse psychology will throw you off the scent  
*Does the person respond with snide, derogatory or abusive comments if you question them and then immediately block you?  Could be the fear of being caught out.  Genuine people are more than likely to defend their art, not try and put you down to cover something up.

Some other things to do:

*Go find the original reference in tineye and overlay it in photoshop/gimp. If its matching hair for hair ... chances are very very high it is fake. No one .... don't care how good you are .... no one can get every single line and hair in place .... no one!
*Can you really see the submission? Is it a tiny low res upload? Are there any WIPs? Does the artists ever show any WIPs?
*Look for pixels, quite often fake works display this and you can see it clearly ... if you really look.
*Look for ink print patterns. There are a number of people on dA who print images in a lowered opacity and scribble over the top in a haphazard and unrefined manner (the beautiful base and scribble statement above is an example of this).
*Read the materials lists, people who fake usually don't have half a clue about what they're talking about but somehow produce beautiful images. To do that takes damn hard work and you will obviously learn techniques along the way. But it's worth noting, they can just copy and paste a real artists materials list for 'authenticity'

This is just what us group admins look for initially. We have to, the integrity of our groups are in question if we don't. But the same rules are applicable to everything.
So use it or don't, make up your own mind :love:

Simone made this journal with a more technically minded view, it's really helpful too -
Deceptive Deviants.If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.
This is a journal I've been meaning to write for a while but I don't know where to begin.
I'm going to list some scenarios that have bothered me and afterwards give a short comment.
Just to be clear:
- This concerns traditional art only.
- I don't disapprove or dislike all of these examples but I want all media and alterations be listed in the artist's notes.
- This is just my pet peeves.
- there are many deviants that I like that use effects.
- I'm not an art-nazi, this is for those who pretend to be something they're not.
- This does not include correcting scanning and photography quality loss - I have no problem with that.

1. Sepia color overlay.
There are many deviants that change the color of their graphite drawings from black & white to a faded brown in Photoshop.  Fundamentally I don't have a problem with that but it should be listed in the media since

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s-p-r-i-n-k-l-e-z Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student General Artist
My art looks very fake :( I feel guilty...
emmagucci Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've mentioned this journal in my latest one Please,tell me that you think about it.
emmagucci Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I don't know if you guys already talked about her Or it's ok get better from  this…… to this…… (I found the original one for this and every line matches perfectly)
stonedsour887 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry for reply here, but I remembered that you had written a journal on this subject. 
I'm sure at 90% that some of her drawings are also faked ->…
I can easily prove it, many details match 100% (especially backgrounds, hairs..). It looks like a superposition, a mix with real photo and pencils.
I hope I didn't bother you, I just wanted to let you know! :D
pbird12 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi there, thanks for the message, I had a quick look at it looks like a mix to me too :(  I don't understand why people do this!
Barib Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i think this is a faker too:
her digital art always looks like a photo and her traditional is 10 levels below...
i wrote a note on her message board maybe she answers me.
pbird12 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not sure, her traditional work is quite good and obviously real, but I don't know the first thing about digital :( I hope she answers you :)
Barib Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah and it was not a polite answer...
i told her that her traditional and digital art do not fit together,and she said all the traditional stuff is old.but i wonder why her newest lineart is also anatomically uncorrect and her newest digital not. and while typing 2 or 3 childish message at the same time she also contact her watchers to fire against me with the"your are jealous" the end she sends a very arrogant message and blocked me before i could reply.looks like a confession to me.
maybe she is somebody who always needs attention.if you check her profile you will see she always faves stuff of user below her drawing level,so she get noticed by them.itīs watcher catching...
everybody here complains about art thefts,tracing and so on but when you ask questions your are the a..hole.
pbird12 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It is true, people don't like to be questioned, but it is easier and makes more sense just to give a polite answer :nod:
griffonmeister Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist
Nice journal.
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