XJ (xianjaguar) wrote in artists_beware,
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Beware KoutaOni.

KoutaOni, http://koutaoni.deviantart.com/ , is an artist over on DA offering commissions.
However, she does not actually create original art for her clients once they fork over money.
Instead, she TRACES OTHER'S ART for the money.

I found out about this through someone who commissioned her for a picture of his character, and was shocked to have her give him a direct trace of my art!!! He tried to get his money back, but she refused, and he contacted me to let me know about it.

His note to me about it:

"I have something important to tell you.
last month, I asked a girl from the DA to do a picture of my fursona, and she did it...

http://koutaoni.deviantart.com/art/Aniki-Commission-92719129?offset=25#comments

exactly like your pic: http://www.furaffinity.net/view/1398303/

it was a paid job, she copied your artwork and she doesn't want to give my money back.
I just thought you should know, sorry about that."


Link of my original art that doesn't require a password, for those of you without Furaffinity accounts: http://xianjaguar.artspots.com/image/19303/sun-your-buns---roo


And here is the OTHER 'commission' i found on her site, that's a tracing of my art.

Her tracings:
http://koutaoni.deviantart.com/art/Khan-Order-90998939
http://koutaoni.deviantart.com/art/Orders-Khan-91218402
http://koutaoni.deviantart.com/art/My-Tiger-Order-90658403

MY ORIGINAL: http://xianjaguar.deviantart.com/art/White-Tiger-23143945

The funny thing is that when I originally did this tiger, I planned the picture poorly and ran out of paper, so his elbow is cut off on the right hand side of the page. She traced the entire mistake 'as is' and didn't even bother fixing that, LOL.

I (tried) to confront her in DA, and she's been deleting my comments and hiding comments.
I also privately noted Khan, the guy who ordered the tiger that she traced from me, and let him know it's just a trace of my original art.

I've also reported the above pictures to DA, but it's a crap shoot as to whether they respond favorably or not. Sometimes they'll pull art for being traced, sometimes they're A-OK with it. Although DA's general policy favors tracers, I'm not impressed with it, especially when they're tracing other's art for money.

She's also traced/copied/eyeballed from other artists, such as WolfNymph, Redrumwolf, and Goldenwolf, to name a few.

So, BEWARE, do NOT commission KoutaOni, or else you'll just get a cheap tracing of XianJaguar art, or WolfNymph art or someone else's art. :/
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