Artist Gains Support After Her Works Were Stolen & Resold By Online Merchants
By Mikelle Leow, 14 Nov 2017
Composite image by DesignTAXI. Left image by ceruleanwax and featured with permission, right image via Taobao
23-year-old illustrator Nurguiaana Mestnikova, who goes by the pseudonym ‘ceruleanwax’, sketched a two-picture artwork back in 2015. The image captured the attention of the internet—though it wasn’t always in her favor.
Image by ceruleanwax and featured with permission
The Russian artist soon noticed that her artwork had been shared without credit across blogs and social networks.
全力で射抜け。 pic.twitter.com/lAccMIJEvl— うたさん (@joker_budou) October 27, 2017
She eventually experienced the one nightmare that many artists fear the most—her work ended up being resold without prior permission.
Screenshot via Taobao
Screenshot via Taobao
Finally, the illustrator felt it was time to address the issue over Twitter. “Please… CREDIT ARTISTS or they will end up like me,” she writes.
Little did she expect that her post would gain attention at remarkable speeds. At time of publish, it has amassed nearly 60,000 retweets.
Netizens have since stepped forward to offer their words of encouragement; some even imparted anecdotes of their work being stolen. After two years of watching her illustration passed irresponsibly around the internet, the artist finally gets to see a silver lining.
In an interview with DesignTAXI, Mestnikova describes that the past couple of years have been surreal. In fact, it was likely because of this piece that she realized illustration was a path she could delve into seriously. “I have never thought about being an actual illustrator, but recent events have changed my life drastically!”
When asked about her future ventures, she says, “I always wanted to draw comic books and am currently working on one!”
Check out some heartwarming responses from social media, and be sure to follow Nurguiaana Mestnikova on Tumblr and Twitter to see more of her fascinating illustrations.
Please, I beg you TO CREDIT ARTISTS or they will end up like me. I'm feeling like I'm drawing into void, while others make profit out of my art. pic.twitter.com/XVK79Rrreq— 🎃йоша 🎃 (@ceruleanwax) November 12, 2017
I'm still mad about people that were selling t-shirts of a design I did. They had 15,000 shares on Facebook. I haven't sold even ONE shirt of that design.— K (@FeatherCritter) November 12, 2017
This is what a culture of non-credit does. https://t.co/jNNjqavKrv
Omg I am so sorry this has happened to you... It feels awfully discouraging but please don't give in. Keep fighting for your right (at least to some level). But most importantly don't stop creating!— saw wonho's thighs (@submewri) November 12, 2017
Yeah, this is relatable in the worst way. There’s a piece of mine that has hundreds of thousands of reblogs without my name. It’s even a censored version (it’s nsfw), which I know was just lifted from deviantart.— Sarah Amelia Dvojack my initials spell SAD (@sarahdvojack) November 12, 2017
My original Tumblr post got zilch. https://t.co/xw8Jjj3K24
I’m using your art as my header I had no idea I’m so sorry!!! Should I credit you in the picture itself or remove it? I truly apologize— VON (@xlcac) November 12, 2017
I've always wanted to know who did this, but people would never give the credits. I'm an artist too, currently on hiatus, but I feel you and I'm so sorry... Well, congratulations and thank you, It's one of my favorite pieces of all time! I send you my love and support~— Rayan Tyler (@byrayls) November 12, 2017
I hope things turn around for you. Do you have any prints or anything for sale? I'd love to get a copy of this particular piece.— Nick, the guy who says he's a pug(because he is) (@nicknewt) November 12, 2017
My girlfriend and I would love to have that artwork as couple shirts! If you do make those eventually, we will get them for sure!— Alex 😺 (@KCF_Alx) November 12, 2017
[images by ceruleanwax and featured with permission]
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