[Hat tip to Chris Shields]
Any artist will tell you that a great inker can make you look even better. The art of inking has been around since comics themselves. From legends like Kevin Nowlan and Dick Giordano to contemporary legends like Karl Story and Scott Williams, just to name a few, have done tremendous work on making great comics. There’s awards for inking, as well as tutorials and they’ll tell you that it’s more than just being a “tracer”.
Chasing Amy reference’s aside, there seems to be a bit of debate over at DeviantArt, the world’s biggest site for amateurs and pros alike to display works, about the art of inking. Over at Jeremy Dale’s DA blog, I read this, basically stating that art that isn’t yours is not allowed. Yes, that includes penciled artwork that you happened to ink.
You are not particularly clear in your reply, but from what you have said I would assume that this “inker” simply took sketches and drawings that were the work of another artist and “inked” them without first obtaining proper permission to do so.
This practice is in violation of our copyright policy since you must obtain a proper license to use any material which you intend to use (“ink”) before you submit it to your deviantART gallery.
That was DA’s response to artist Bob Almond about the situation. So basically, Deviant Art told this inker that nothing in his gallery “may not contain material or images which were not created entirely through your own effort”, and his images were deleted. I don’t get this rule and needs to be altered. What about collaborations? Or colorists? It’s utterly mind-boggling that an art site would see things in generalizations and black and white.
I’m sorry, but this is just ridiculous. DeviantArt needs to rectify their rules because not only is inking a legitimate artform, the talented men and women behind the brush and pens need to be recognized.