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Screenshots are not art by Illogical-Lynx Screenshots are not art by Illogical-Lynx
Video game screenshots are not art, stop posting them on an art website. Entertaining? Yes. Funny? Perhaps. Art? No. :movingon:

Made this a while back, figured I'd be selling my soul to the demon of insincere fanservice if I didn't post it.

TL;DR: No matter how new/inexperienced you are at drawing/painting/photoshop, I'll always respect you a thousand times more when you post real artwork than when you take the cheap and lazy way out. :hug:

Thanks to =jake10684 for the Awesome Stamp Border.

PS. This is not a personal shot at anyone, especially not those on my watchlist. If you're on my watchlist, I watch you because I love your ART. Post more of it and I'll be a happy camper indeed.

PPS. If you're going to post screencaps here, TOS requires you put them in scraps only. FAQ #578: What does deviantART consider to be a proper desktop screenshot?

Read it.

Now with a plz account so us non-subscribers can use:

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Chiyosen Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. :XD:
I can't stand a lot of groups when I watch them and then get flooded with screenshots the next day. I can go take my own screenshot or go to a site where you're supposed to share screenshots if I wanted one! 
So this is a nice stamp!
Fritsa-Wolf Featured By Owner Edited Aug 14, 2014  Student General Artist
There's a dude that goes screenshotting any tiny hint of the 'Illuminati' or 'The Stone Masons' in TV shows, animated things, games, etc. They also take a photo of their TV or computer screens (the second one doesn't make any sense, I know). It's like "dude calm down".
Angel-Of-The-Triad Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Now, what if the screenshots were from a game such as Garry's Mod where people may take and pose in game props and models to form a scene that they've envisioned with said props and models and then take the time to line the in-game camera up just right before taking a screenshot? Would that make any kind of difference on the matter?
HYPERTiZ Featured By Owner Edited Jul 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist


that would be art

A) but if its a screenshot of the game etc you shooting then maybe.

 B ) if its a screenshot of previewing a model you made in game etc

examples like that/

although screenshots of eg

C) "…"

is probably not acceptable?
Kit-tense Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. Could I use this on my profile?
Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Go for it, that's what it's there for! :)
Numeriku Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014

Art takes effort!

*Takes a walk through the Tate Modern*


I'm with GodForsakenBastard on this one. Whilst there are many people who take screenshots that took no effort at all, there are those out there who actually do take their time just like a photographer would in real life. It may be easier because unlike in real life you can pause, but then once again I could bring up digital art and the use of programs like Photoshop. In real life you don't have a undo function, as well as the plethora of other tools, but does that make the picture drawn any less of an art piece? No.

An example of what isn't art? This stamp.

Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, modern art is a whoooole other kettle of fish. They had one guy in my country who won a modern art competition without even showing up. He ordered his lackey over the phone to gather up all the trash from the other exhibits and just pile it in the room where he was supposed to make his. The pile of trash won the competition. Ridiculous.

I feel your comparison to photoshop is unfair. Photoshop is a tool which can create 100% original artwork and you cannot create art without effort using it. I suppose you could say that you could download a whole bunch of complicated brushes (which are basically complete images of something) made by other artists and just stamp them on a blank canvas and call it a day, but I would equally decry that as not being art either. The reason a screenshot can never be art is because the artistic value of the image is entirely due to the work of the artists who worked on the game. 99.99% of the artistic merit in a screenshot belongs to those artists, not the person taking it.

I have pictures that I worked on for months in my gallery. The cruel irony of my most commented AND my most favourited deviations both being stamps whacked together in five minutes each is not lost on me at all. That said, stamps have their own category here which is "deviantart related" and not under "digital art" to stop people confusing the two. I don't have to violate copyright law or the terms of service to post them.
Numeriku Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
You missed my point it seems, or don't seem to want to view it from a different perspective other than your own. I suggest you reread what I wrote, because I in no way shape or form was denouncing the use of Photoshop as a legitimate tool to create art.

If screenshots broke copyright laws they would never allow the function to begin with, nor would many other websites allow said posting of screenshots. Hence why I side with GodForsakenBastard. One can take a screenshot which has had no work done in terms of changing the vanilla content, where as others mod their games to the point of it not even looking like the vanilla product any more. Doing these things ontop of setting up the shot and the time it takes makes them worthy of being art.
CherryPonyArtist Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Then putting words in a box and calling it a poem is art too?
What did I miss?
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