Sadly my attention was today brought to the fact that one of my pictures has been stolen on Instagram, here. If you’re a colorist, please take a look at this persons Instagram account to see if any of your pictures are up there as well. I reported this for copyright infringement and suggest you do the same if you find your work there.
Now while the original linework copyright belongs to the corresponding artist, the coloring copyright belongs to whoever did it and it is not okay to go around claiming work you haven’t done is yours. Just as we give credit to the artist who created the book, we need to be credited for the coloring, that’s just how intellectual property works.
I do not condone stealing of any kind, whether it be intellectual property or a physical item. Reposting is a whole different subject, I’m happy if you share my work and link it back to me.
Thus it’s time, from this point on my images will be watermarked. I will not start to replace the old ones so if you notice any of my work floating out there without credit now or later, please do let me know.
Please keep this hobby fun and happy and don’t steal, just grab your pencils and create your own and spread the joy 🙂