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Your thoughts on purchasing someone else's character/creature designs? (see comment below for poll explanation) 

260 deviants said No, don't like it. (reason)
252 deviants said Eh, depends. (on what?)
108 deviants said Cool! (why?)

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Hellstorm888 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I just happen to be obsessed with making my own characters. Buying something that isn't mine just sounds... foreign and kinda creepy.
lostforeveragain Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
I've done this once on a pet site, but never with real currency. The idea of selling ideas in such a way seems either too easy to take advantage of or too easy to get out of thinking creatively. Of course this is for personal uses... as far as commercial uses go, it's the only way to keep things tidy and legal, I suppose.
macawnivore Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Buying the rights to a design? I didn't know that was possible. Someone could just copy a design down to the very last detail but change one single thing and call it their own. I've seen it happen a lot. Sucks.
dragonspeaker Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think character designs are too personal. It feels cheap, fake, and rather like stealing. I liken it to taking a story from someone else's life and incorporating it into your own, where you make yourself the hero and tell it as if you experienced it. No matter how many times you tell it, even if you believe it a little, the story is never really yours.

I would probably never buy a character to make my own because it would feel too strange. I would similarly never sell one because it would also be so weird to see someone else using my creation and I am pretty sure I would want it back.

On the other hand, I could see selling the basics of a character, like the work you do for game companies or the kind of stuff people do for adoptables. It's not as well developed and personal as the sort of character that I would really call my own, so I wouldn't feel as off about doing something like that.

I don't really have a problem with other people selling characters if they don't have the same attachment-to-chracter hangup as me, haha. However, I would be disappointed if I saw someone else using a character and then found out it wasn't their creation, but only if they were doing it without crediting the original creator.
pandabarrie Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Student Filmographer
COOL: because Im looking at it from the stand point where someone wants to make a movie, or game of illustrated novel W/E and they then hire an artist to sketch up designs for characters/creatures for them to use because they are incapable/have better things to do...Did I misinterpret the poll?

RedtigerVII Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It would be neat to see how another artist interprets what your character would look like. But on the other hand it wouldn't be your art and you couldn't call it your art. *shrugs* Its whatever the person would like.
RedtigerVII Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It would be cool to see how another interprets your own character. Then again, it wouldn't be your personal art and one could not call it their own. *shrugs*
YourAlcoholicGrandma Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
depends... if the person wants nothing to do with it and is willing to let it die... and you have plans for it.. why not?
TryToStopMe Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
To me purchasing someone's character/creature design is like drawing a character/creature from a TV show or something its not truly your own! But if you feel like your out of ideas i suggest asking a friend about what they would like in a character/creature and then tweak the idea as much as you like!
dracontes Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I voted 'No' only because I prefer to toil on my designs rather than fork money for someone's. It kinda defeats the purpose of getting better at it.
However, as many have said above, your mileage may vary. As a pertinent example some people make good money selling 3D digital models of various critters "off the shelf".
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