It’s common knowledge that a lot of Japanese artists aren’t keen on having their fanart reposted from pixiv, with and especially without credit.
After reading further about the topic, I decided to approach one of my favourite fanartist/doujinka on twitter, tanaca, who you guys in the kuroko no basuke fandom might be familiar with if you like aokise or midotaka in particular. I never saw any disclaimers on either her twitter or pixiv profile, therefore I decided to ask her if she’d mind if her art was posted elsewhere while obviously giving her credit, and if she knew about tumblr at all.
Her reply was clear and concise “I don’t know about Tumblr. Reposting my fanart is no good”, while sounding already upset at the same time. I freaked out and I proceed to clarify that my intention was to support her properly as a big fan of her works, and apologised if I upset her. She understood and told me that it was okay, which was quite the relief.
Nevertheless, I did feel quite bad because don’t we all get incredibly mad when western fanartists on tumblr get reposted? some of us might have even helped pointing out to a friend that they weren’t reblogging art from the actual artist but a repost, but I don’t think we all realise we’re mostly doing the same to Japanese fanartist just because it’s a place where they mostly can’t see or know nothing about. I’m not saying it’s a fact, but as you see, there are some that aren’t even aware of what is happening outside of pixiv/twitter with their works. I had never realised it until I read that post a few days ago and decided to take action myself.
Most of Japanese fanartist/doujinka don’t know about how popular their art is outside Japan, and might even freak out, shut down or delete their accounts if they realise that their works are being reposted, translated or edited without their permission.
I consider myself lucky and feel grateful that tanaca didn’t take it badly, but for the sake of respecting her, it’d be appreciated if all posts of her fanart and works in general were taken down. As a way to share her art, I’d suggest posting about her new works in text posts linking to the souce. If you want to support her and let her know, why don’t you try to tweet her about how much you like her art?, or just a brief “ありがとうございます！” when she posts fanart would suffice and totally make her day.
Just please, please be careful with the way you handle fanart from now on!. Try to look for disclaimers or warnings on pixiv/twitter before you decide to repost fanart on tumblr.
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