Originally Posted by Habboi
I always make sure to ask. Don't want to work on something only to have the concept artist find out and say "Stop or I'll tell everyone you're a big fat phoney."
I don't think it makes you a phoney. How are you a phoney if you did all the work of transforming their idea into another medium? If you use your own labor to take an idea from concept to expression (no matter where that idea comes from), you're not a phoney.
Does anyone see how bad this is? People are shying away from certain kinds of art because they're not sure if some artist isn't going to unleash their lawyers on them. The OP is afraid that he will be attacked in some way if he tries to take inspiration from another artist's work. If you have to stop and think about whether you need to ask permission to create art, you're allowing yourself to be limited. I think a lot of artists need to let go of their attachment to their expressions and realize that what's important is their experience.
an experience. That's not something you can bottle up, put borders around, or stand guard over. The experience is what drives the art and no one can take that away from us because we carry the experience with us of every piece of art we put to the "canvas". I think the business side of it has made people too focused on ownership and controlling use in order to drive up scarcity. Also, they tend to idolize the work they create and that, since they made it, it belongs to them. That simply ignores the fact that their art was built from all of the art and human experience that has been accumulated over the past eon.
I know what you're thinking, "but allowing every yahoo to make derivative creations of my works would dilute the value of my art." It won't, because you know that you are able to do what you do because your art shows it. Those that can't do it won't get far showing off your work as their own because they aren't on the same level as you are and anyone that is any real competition to you already has their own work to exhibit their skill. Even if those fakes actually get the job, they won't be able to keep it if their work doesn't match the quality they claimed they were capable of.
I'd say if you want to use concepts to create 3D work for your portfolio, you don't need to ask anybody permission to make art. The worst you'll do is offend or anger the artist you draw your inspiration from, but it's quite plainly fair use. Art shouldn't need permission. Art is better when it's set free. Even with that, let people know where you got the idea from. If we all help each other, we can all get ahead easier. Giving credit to your inspiration is like an intellectual hand-job to a fellow artist.