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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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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 General 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?
Kitty-Cookie Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. Could I use this on my profile?
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?
Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bluh, every now and then I see a DD go to some poem which is about ten words long and the comments are all "z0mg so profound!". I don't profess to know how those people reach that conclusion. That said, dA has categories for poetry, no matter how sad or pretentious it is, so I can't really complain about it being here.

On the subject of "Words in a box", the cruel irony of the fact that my most favourited and most commented submissions to this site are both stamps I banged together in 5 minutes is not lost on me here. :(
CherryPonyArtist Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg yes. I know that feel, It's kind of annoying. I love the ones that can be read either way and it has an entire different meaning.

Also, bleh. This generation is confusing. ;u;
Fullmetal0Thunder Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Actually, most of them are. You are basically saying screenshots of your own animations and pictures that you make yourself are not art. Screenshots are photography, which is art. That makes it art. But if someone screenshots somebody else's drawing and claims it as their own then that's another story. And who says all screenshots don't take effort? Unless they are stealing art that people worked hard on, I don't want to hear it.
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