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Warning: Mechasheep

Hello there! This is a warning about a situation myself and some other people have wound up in, and also about the artist in the title. We all work for the same website (that will remain disclosed for now), including the person being reported. She has been caught tracing stock images from various websites and we're in the middle of reporting her to the owner, as higher members of staff have just denied it completely.

I've been following artists beware for a while and the artist accused of this, Mechasheep, seems to be getting an increasingly negative reputation. But back to the issue.. I've been suspecting tracing for a while and my suspicions were confirmed a few weeks ago when a certain drawing was submitted for approval. Mecha posted the stock image she had been using as a ref and it turned out that she directly traced it. Now I wouldn't have reported this here if she was drawing just for fun, but she is and has been paid for this drawing.

Before it was approved and she was paid I had shown the main admin of the site this image as proof - http://i56.tinypic.com/2vaz0j8.png
I wasn't expecting to be completely blown off though.
I know bias and favouritism exists among the staff, but with things like this it's just not an excuse. The admin I reported it to is in control of art section of the site and she said there was nothing wrong with tracing as long as it's not /exactly/ the same as the reference. After I was told this I simply dropped it.

A little while later though some of the other staff discovered the tracing, and went back through some other things that Mecha has drawn and discovered that this isn't the first time she's done this. One of them confronted her and she denied it completely, saying she heavily referenced at best. After talking about all this between ourselves it was decided that this should be reported to the site owner.

Now I don't know if this has been done yet but I'm unsure if I should do anything more.

Nobody has looked into her off-site art yet but I wouldn't be surprised if you found references she forgot to mention. I'm aware that she takes commissions for $ on her furaffinity account and that she has complaints about pushing back older commissions again and again. Then also that she only draws them once she feels like she has enough inspiration for them, yet she can draw for this website 24/7. So really, this is just a warning of what she does before you look into hiring or getting some art from her.

EDIT - More examples of tracing:
http://i.minus.com/id5QdtaNKEIZN.png?q=0.704462494135

http://baconsaur.net/mechaoops.jpg

http://i53.tinypic.com/ayplky.png

http://i.imgur.com/SMhD1.png (Same as above, just a comparison)

http://i54.tinypic.com/2d7sykh.png
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yoka_neko
Oct. 24th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
blimey, how did you manage to find that through google? did you type in the pose or something? just curious because thats pretty much an exact trace o.O
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ryunwoofie
Oct. 24th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Damn.. that's severely disappointing... I really thought her art was pretty good and was the only reason why I continued to watch her after her fursuit fiasco she pulled a while back. Super disappointing...
lackoflollies
Oct. 24th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Since the mod blew you off on your report, send a note directly to an admin (Preferably Gavin, aka Daemonshyai), he'll do something about it.
It's blatant tracing, and it makes up MORE then 50% of the picture that traced to create. Adding a swoosh tail doesn't make it any less of a trace, because I have a feeling I know exactly which admin you're talking about.
morti_macabre
Oct. 24th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
This is really tragic. Trundling over to her FA and seeing people paying her $40-$50 for commissions that could end up being a blatant trace-- wow. I'd be FURIOUS.

Referencing is one thing. Tracing down to the last damn detail is stupid.
carms_lady
Oct. 24th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
My main peeve with numerous equine artists is that MJ Barrett photos are for sale, not for saving onto the computer to be traced by anyone who has a fondness for drawing horses. Unless she bought that particular photo from MJ Barrett, I hate to see it being used, especially like this.

The kind of money Barrett could make from pressing charges against all the people who use and sell from his photos without acknowledgment would be outrageous.
duster
Oct. 25th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
Is Mechasheep the one with the big animal lineart package? Pretty much the whole thing is traced, that's why I've never used it.

This isn't surprising at all.
bbxr
Oct. 25th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
I remember these. Unfortunately she took those down a long time ago so I don't think I have any access to them.
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miryhis
Oct. 25th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
Dang, that last link along with the traced art trade... wow. And she has a job for a site? And the site is ok with the traced art? I hope this is solved soon, though I doubt the people who actually commissioned her will be happy once they find out what they paid for.
I've seen artists blatantly steal from another one, and the original artist is getting in trouble for "stealing" from them, or something like that. Too bad tracing is such a grey area for some art sites.
synviver
Oct. 25th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
I'm speechless. Beware well warranted, thank you for it.
morti_macabre
Oct. 25th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
She's trying to defend herself. Poorly. http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/2846501/
bbxr
Oct. 25th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
Oh yes I am aware of this, thank you.
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neonr0se
Oct. 25th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
Yeesh :/ i just want me fursuit even more and to be done with all this, but idk if it has even been started yet since my DTD was "lost"

Im thinking international court is perhaps an option?
otherscape
Oct. 25th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
It's been a year now and she still didn't start your suit? Jesus. Have you talked to her recently about it?
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otherscape
Oct. 25th, 2011 05:49 am (UTC)
teahound
Oct. 25th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
She's got another journal insisting she didn't cheat, too.
http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/2847782/
bbxr
Oct. 25th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
I doubt that she'll ever admit cheating/tracing, even with hard evidence, and I honestly don't think she's learned a lot from this as she still says it's referencing, which means she could just continue as long as she credited the refs.
I don't really want to, but if I catch her tracing in the future I will report her once again.
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lackoflollies
Oct. 25th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
You're not going to convince her how wrong she is. She is dead set on the fact she has NEVER EVER TRACED ONLY EYEBALLED or wait uh HEAVILY REFFED I mean USED GRIDS.

Yea. She's guilty, we all know it here and on the side-lines, she's only digging herself deeper and will likely have trouble finding commissioners in the future.
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lackoflollies
Oct. 25th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
I personally wish people would just report her rather then let her KNOW which ones to delete to allow herself to escape the wrath she deserves.
bbxr
Oct. 25th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
I hope that happens as well, because right after she first put up the "Tracing." journal she went through her submissions and deleted a large chunk of them. I'm just glad I wasn't the only who noticed the deleting.
It's sad really because now people are constantly going to wonder if she traced what she draws in the future.
mazz
Oct. 25th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
Well that sucks.
I was a huge fan too.
--

I know I tend to reference more than I should but damn at least I cite my sources and I don't trace.
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