Look, if you can speak or read even a little bit of Japanese, it’s really hard to Not Know that Japanese artists really don’t like having their art reposted from Twitter or Pixiv. If you don’t speak or read Japanese, most of them have little notes on their…
I’m going to be deviating a little bit from this so I apologize in advance.
"Not everything has to be in one place" is extremely important. If you can enjoy an artist’s work in an environment that makes them feel safe, please do that.
I’ve noticed a trend lately amongst my Japanese artist friends pixivs where instead of writing “please do not reprint my work” it has become “please stop asking me for permission”.
Many of them have voiced their concerns over English speakers asking to use their art and they have asked if “there’s some sort of master website saying if you send this copypasta everything will be fine”.
Now imagine getting in your ask box 15 exact same messages coming from different people asking if they can use your fic on their own blog, outside of your comfort zone because you can’t take it down after someone uses it. It’s creepy!!!!
Asking for permission is great but there are bigger repercussions than you think when everyone suddenly thinks it’ll be ok as long as you provide credit.
You can run a fandom blog without fanart you took from someone else. Like other people have mentioned, reblog from artists who have tumblr! Link to their pixiv (without art)!
Use the tweet or like function on the actual artwork on pixiv and share it or just retweet their work on twitter! One of the artists I follow tweeted a few days ago that she sometimes sees non-Japanese people share her work from pixiv (via tweet function) and how glad it makes her and this is a feeling that I think we can all understand.
I get really sad when I see my Japanese friends fret over how to say no to a person who has asked for permission so many times that they feel both afraid and frustrated but no longer know how to say no since they have already said yes once.
You can enjoy their work and share it without putting it on your blog and many artists would love and appreciate that you do this!!!!!!!!!!!!
Being that you're an industry expert, I was hoping if there were any tips or advice you can give to an aspiring Animation Series creator. Any lessons you've learned from working in the industry from so many years. What advice would you give yourself if you were starting out trying to get you're animation picked up by a major network?
Yeah I have a big piece of advice! Stop “aspiring”!!!!! Your aspirations end now!!!!
The freaking coolest thing about living in the year 20XX is that you don’t have to have anyone’s permission to be an Animated Series creator. Grab a trial copy of Flash, or make flipbooks, or your own GIFs, or make some stop motion with your phone. Just start making whatever you want! Don’t save your good ideas for some big-wig executives or networks. Just do them right now! Don’t be precious with your ideas, just put them out there.
Content that’s on TV or in movies is not “more official” than stuff you make in your home on your spare time to share with friends on the internet. It’s all the same!!!!! As long as you enjoy it, who cares!! And if other people happen to like it also, then BONUS!!
The experience you get from trying to make something good on your own is so much more important than any future dream of being a big shot. Upload what you do to the internet and get feedback, show it to as many people as you can and listen to critiques. Learn to do stuff all by yourself, and only for your own pleasure.
From what I’ve seen, the people who end up creating a good animated series are the same people who have been creating their own stories, cartoons, comics and music on their own just for fun long before they ever got the shot at the big-time. Read about how your favorite cartoons are made, and try to do the process on your own. You’ll learn what your strengths are and what you’re interested in exploring.
(If you don’t have the facilities to create animation on your own, make something smaller scale- like a script, a comic, or a storyboard!)
OK THEN HERE’S STEP TWO: once you’ve learned to love your work on your own and figured out what you like to draw and what you’re passionate about, you may get a chance to pitch an idea. And thanks to the work you’ve done, you’ll be READY! Instead of some half-finished ideas, you’ll be able to point to all the amazing stuff you’ve created on your own and say “look, I already know what I like, AND I already know how to do it!” —-that’s WAY more impressive than an undeveloped idea with nothing to show for it. PLUS, the bonus of doing good work on your own is that you’ll attract attention and opportunity! I know so many people working in this industry who were discovered from their own silly personal work that was just randomly found online.
GET TO IT! DON’T WAIT FOR ANYONE’S PERMISSION TO BE THE CREATOR YOU WANT TO BE! START NOW! YOU HAVE TO START NOW! DON’T YOU MAKE ME COME OVER THERE AND FORCE YOU TO DO IT! YOUR “ASPIRATION DAYS” ARE OVER!
Some people have a hard time adjusting to life after retirement. Whether it’s the stockbroker who can’t stop checking the market reports or the English teacher who feels the need to correct his grandchildren’s grammar, sometimes old habits die hard.