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Drago Art, Dawn Donald

WHO: "DragoArt" on DeviantART, authoress of Drago Art dot com Dawn Donald

WHERE: DeviantART.com and DragoArt.com

WHAT: Dawn Donald, famous authoress of the tutorial website DragoArt.com, has been revealed to be a tracer. I'm not sure if she has been posted here yet, but i did an hour-long sweep of the community before posting and i didn't see anything.

WHEN: The majority of her tracings of her tutorials happened before 2010

PROOF: Here is a website review: http://www.helium.com/items/2269038-website-review-dragoartcom

A journal deleted by the author about her tracings and showing overlays: http://img805.imageshack.us/img805/8526/neondragonondeviantart0.png
A note, written by a "Dren Harrison" who is, in fact, Dawn under an alias as discovered by outside sources: http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/3186/snarkyreply.jpg
Dawn being immature in the face of a few members of deviantART accusing her of tracing: http://comments.deviantart.com/1/271510684/2323496833
Dawn attacking the artist who posted the journal: http://comments.deviantart.com/1/274827387/2332014820

EXPLAIN:  one of my friends one day posted me a link to their argument against her http://comments.deviantart.com/1/271510684/2323496833 Pointing out that this Dawn Donald, DragoArt @ dA, traces. Later that day she noted NeonDragon about their similar names, which led to the journal posted above. Dawn threatened NeonDragon with a lawsuit, under the reasoning that she was "slandering her name and character", when in fact that Dawn had copied Neon's tutorial style in the first place.
Earlier today, i was visiting the site of PortConMaine to check  the dates for a family member when i saw that she was going to be a guest there. I immediately emailed the staff and i am awaiting their reply. She also does commissions, and i suggest deffo NOT commissioning her, although not all her recent work has been traced, just the majority. She is immature and annoying to communicate with.

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( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 9th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
Hmm.. a lot of the journal links are showing up as unavailable to me, but I can still see the comments.
Jan. 9th, 2012 04:10 am (UTC)
DA is like Facebook in that regard I believe. You can delete it, but some of the content will never really go away as long as you have the hard link to it.
Jan. 9th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
I actually can't help giggling at the threat she made to NeonDragon about suing her for "Deformation of Character." Somebody really knows what they're talking about there!
Jan. 9th, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)

I just noticed this.
Jan. 9th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
Yeeeeep, that caught my attention right off.

Nothing says "intelligent and innocent" like threatening a lawlsuit!
Jan. 9th, 2012 04:08 am (UTC)
A lawsuit that would be probably waved off by any sane lawyer.
Jan. 9th, 2012 05:33 am (UTC)
I doubt they have the money to fund a frivolous suit.
And I can only hope to see some suits for "deforestation of character" at this rate XD
Jan. 9th, 2012 04:59 am (UTC)
I also enjoyed the remark about taking "evasive action" lol
Jan. 9th, 2012 06:05 am (UTC)
I always suspected DragoArt traced for her tutorials. There's no way anyone can replicate that many different distinct styles perfectly without some tomfoolery going on.
Jan. 9th, 2012 06:24 am (UTC)
I got no words...literally none =C

I need a thumbs down icon
Jan. 9th, 2012 06:37 am (UTC)
OT - is that Dr. McKay I see in that icon?
Jan. 9th, 2012 07:03 am (UTC)
indeed it is 8D <3
Jan. 9th, 2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
*fangirl glee*
Jan. 9th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
I second the glee!
Jan. 10th, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
Wow... that seems pretty clear-cut to me. The three that seem most obvious to me are the Joker, Tinkerbell and the soldiers. I don't see how DragoArt can possibly claim those aren't traces.
Jan. 11th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
i was wondering about that site. I do not recall how I found it.
Jan. 11th, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
Yeesh, and people call me a rip-off...even if she did/didn't trace the WORST thing you can possibly do is explode trying to defend yourself. If you didn't, then say that you didn't and explain your side in a calm manner. If she did, which it looks like it, then she needs to come clean else she'll possibly end up with a rep like Irate Gamer in the art field.
Jan. 16th, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if it's worth mentioning, but she can also be found on youtube under the same name. I didn't watch any of her tutorial videos, so I don't know whether they're the legitimate step-by-step kind or the I-traced-the-final-product-then-threw-this-together kind.
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