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Recoloring a commission?

A while back I finished an adult commission for Person A which was meant to be a gift for Person B. It had both of their characters together in an adult situation. About a week after posting it, I recieved a note from Person B asking me to take it down. Apparently Person A did not have permission to commission artwork with Person B's character. I didn't think much of it. Person A provided a whole slew of reference pictures of the both of them together. I just thought of it as a relationship gone sour and took it down.

I put a lot of effort into the piece and am immensely proud of it. I was wondering if it would be wrong of me to recolor the characters so I could be able to repost it. I did the piece digitally, so recoloring would only be a few minutes in photoshop. If doing so crosses an ethical boundry, then I most definitely won't do it.

The original commission was taken in December as a Christmas gift.

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growly
Feb. 21st, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
I think as long as the characters don't look like the original commissioned characters, you're golden. So if they were just generic shaped canines or felines or whatever, I think that would be okay.
celestinaketzia
Feb. 21st, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thankfully, it's just a generic skunk and a generic wolf. :) No insane hair-dos or anything of the like.
skulldog
Feb. 21st, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
I reuse rejected commission sketches all the time, as long as you change it up enough that no one is going 'That's X character with a different hair color!', you'll be fine.

celestinaketzia
Feb. 21st, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
Oh really? I've never thought of doing that. I have a ton of base sketches that customers just didn't like. I never thought of actually finishing them. Thanks for the idea!
sovy
Feb. 21st, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
You'll be inviting drama although I guess you can get away with it if they were just generic animal critters. Like foxes. Or wolves.
celestinaketzia
Feb. 21st, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
Well, I thought about asking Person B if he would be offended if I did so. Person A dropped off the face of the Earth the second I sent him his commission.

Sadly, I'm not too terribly involved in who is who in the furry fandom. I have no idea who these two people are, or if I am going to get my head bitten off.
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lilenth
Feb. 21st, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)

Personally I wouldn't but that's just me. There would probably be way too much room for drama with person B if you didn't change it enough.

Having said that, it's up to you. I don't think there's an ethics problem with it persay but it just wouldn't be something I'd do.
thaily
Feb. 21st, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
It is your work, so you can change and re-upload it if you want to. Can always change/add markings/hair/accessories to shake it up a little extra.
celestinaketzia
Feb. 22nd, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
That's a good idea. I might use the original linework as a template to make them into completely different species. I guess there can't be any drama if I change the species.
spiffystuff
Feb. 22nd, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
Unless your copyright was transferred as part of the commission, you certainly have a right to do that. Whether or not person B will throw a hissy fit, and whether it'd be worth dealing with that, IDK?
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celestinaketzia
Feb. 22nd, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
I can't get in touch with the original commissioner. After I was sent the request to take the image down, I sent him a simple note stating that Person B requested the image be taken down. I didn't receive a reply.
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2cuxi
Feb. 22nd, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
I'd just go ahead and recolor it. You spent all that time on it, why shouldn't you be able to showcase it?
ichigoneko33
Feb. 22nd, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
Hmm, well, like everyone said, you do have the right to do if you want, it's the drama coming from it that isn't so good.

I suggest using it like a base, change the species, add things etc. So basicly, using the same pose with different characters.
yokofox
Feb. 22nd, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
I'd go with recolor it, but not necessarily redraw it, and then post it, saying it was a rejected commission. Or something along those lines.
dingorama
Feb. 22nd, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
Hm, I personally would reuse it. Like everyone else said-- if you change up the colors + make sure there isn't anything that defines either of the characters specifically then I don't really see the harm in it! :)
leahtaur
Feb. 22nd, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
You have every right to post it as is without changing it a jot if you so chose, since I doubt the commissioner bought any of the rights with it. If you choose to recolour it out of the kindness of your heart, so much the better, but don't think that just because the couple broke up, you have to obey their whims and change your posting habits for legal reasons.

That having been said, I can see why you'd want to avoid furry drama. Changing hair and eye colours, maybe a fur colour if the original colour was really distinctive, should be more than enough. If a viewer or the commissioner sees through your efforts and calls you on it, it's not your problem; you did more than due diligence and you can just wash your hands of it.
meradragon
Feb. 22nd, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, as long as it looks different enough, you should be just fine. You can post your art anywhere, even if the poeple don't like it. It's m ore or less that you don't want to purposely piss anyone off, but the artwork IS yours (and you wish to showcase your talent).

One time, my then boyfriend commissioned me to paint him something, but being a retard, I didn't ask for money. 'Course, I broke up with him, and stopped the commission. I WAS really proud of how it had been thus far, though, and a few years later, I actually re-did the entire concept off of that base painting because it was similar to a story I had envisioned before dating the guy.
He left me a slightly unhappy comment on DA, but taht was really all he could do. It was my artwork, and I made the design mine. The original concept was generic enough (waterfall with cliff rocks) that he couldn't try and say I stole anything from him. It's actually a really liked piece of mine, so... if you like the art, I say go for it! You could get future commissioners who have less drama, possibly :3
shiftergoddess
Feb. 22nd, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
Echoing what others have said here but, it's your work and you can change the line work however you see fit to unless the commissioner bought the rights to the image.
You could easily make the skunk into a fluffy tailed cat by simply sharpening the ears and any number of canines could be applied to the wolf. The only thing the commissioner/other person would even be able to complain about is if the characters displayed looked too much like their own.

I say edit it and post it. You put in the work on it and if you're proud of the outcome you should be able to display it. Just change the details and you should be fine.
casteddreams
Feb. 22nd, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
Since you said they are pretty generic looking, I don't really see why not. Just color them up different, maybe add or change some things and call it good. It is YOUR art, and as leahtaur said, I'm doubting they bought the image rights from you. :)
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