Becca Midwood


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20 thoughts on “Becca Midwood”

  1. she traced the fox. she traces her images from pre existing drawings. i have seen her work up close. anyone could do it. ask her.

    1. A lot of artists trace from pre-existing drawings or images, which could easily mean that anyone could do it. I don’t see how that undermines the work in any capacity.

      1. Then give credit for it . She traces all those little kids from story books. It is hard to draw an original image. that is why some ‘artists’ do trace. give credit for it. it isnt her original drawing

      2. It’s not credit enough that she’ll acknowledge it in conversation? Do you want a credit listing posted next to every image indicating exactly where it came from?

        I agree that one should give credit as much as possible to other sources, but there comes a point where it is simply not practical or realistic.

      3. give credit to those that DREW the drawing. it is hard to draw a creature or little child . that is why this women steals the drawings and pretends she drew them. GIVE credit. i bet if people knew all the ‘original’ paitings were TRACED from others childrens books or sewing patterns they wouldnt respect as much. actually go around and trace her tracings and see what she says. LOLOL

  2. Bwahaha. no most likely she pretends she drew the drawing that someone drew all by herself. drawing cles lines is hard, try it. the fact that this person rips off others drawings,like all those children she draws without giving due credit turns me off.

    1. Didn’t you say in an earlier comment that I could just “ask her” and she’d tell me she traces them, that anyone could do them? You sound like your making a lot of assumptions.

      It’s pretty obvious from the drawings and paintings themselves that she traces. Given the subject matter, it’s also pretty clear that she is pulling, probably directly, from older sources on a regular basis.

      Again, many artists have done this or something very much like it. There is a subjective area in which each individual viewer has to decide whether or not the original has been altered enough.

      I look at Becca Midwood’s images and I think she has altered them enough, without also boasting some big lie. It’s pretty clear what she’s doing. All you have to do is look. She’s not the most amazing artist ever, certainly, but I see value in her work.

      You can be turned off by it. You can hate it. Whatever suits your fancy. Just don’t repeat the same empty argument over and over expecting me to suddenly change my mind. It’s silly.

  3. I happened along this posting. Its just art? I geuss one either likes it or not? I like street art and I think its pure in its expressions. I have also seen her work. What has she done that alot of other artist dont do? Who cares? I know I like to look at it. I do have some issues with some of her male painted figures (They dont really come off male looking). Moonie you seem to a personal ax to grind? While you have some points, your comments seem angry? You kinda lose your point and look very one sided. I really hate to extend this thought, but are you a jilted lover or something?

  4. Your comments are meaningless Moonie. If you had taken the time to write them in your own hand they might of had some value. Instead, you choose to use the symbols created by typographers for your own purposes, in a completely different context without giving credit to asking the permission of those who gave you the fonts that allow you to spout out your Comic Sans childish nonsense.

    1. Street Scene, Moonie, whatever you’d like to call yourself — you have nothing of substance to add to the discussion. Just the same, repetitive, empty statements. So fuck off. You’re done here.

  5. Hello,
    I ran across your above post doing research on copyright infringement intellectual property,and plagiarism. If you have time, please access the link below. It follows a case on two design students – one “tracing” the others hard earned hand drawn drawings and “modifying” them .
    As it is the one student was eventually held accountable.
    I find this interesting in regards to not only the above artist ‘becca’ but other artists that project,trace,take others work.

    http://davidwilsoncreative.blogspot.com/2009/08/samantha-beeson.html

    Sincerely,

    B

    1. Hey,

      Thanks for sharing! I have had other people steal my work, and I have also watched it happen to friends. It’s awful and kind of mind-boggling. I can’t imagine stealing someone else’s work.

      In my mind, what Samantha Beeson has done is different from what Becca Midwood has done. For one thing, it’s pretty obvious when you look at Midwood’s work that she has traced and she doesn’t deny that. The style evokes a time period, an attitude about female-ness and childhood. Secondly, she alters and individualizes the tracings dramatically. Aside from that, she also groups fragments together that further alters their relationship and interpretation.

      To me, that makes them her own even though they started from tracings. But everyone will feel differently about that, I suppose.

  6. Thanks for the timely response. Its true that tracing and altering does technically produce another image but I wouldn’t say that the altering is that much for either artist .
    Didn’t Shepard Fairey lose the law suit with the ‘photo” of Obama by Associated Press , the HOPE campaign?
    To me an animated colored version of a PHOTO is much more altering then tracing drawings and images like Samantha or Becca do and putting different colors or patterns in.
    I think the case with Samantha was she denied it though.
    An image , a drawing ,a character is someones intellectual property.
    Its actually the hardest part of painting- drawing itself.
    In fact Disney has its characters copyrighted . Its techincally illegal to use a Disney character anywhere .
    B

    1. I disagree that the hardest part of painting is drawing, unless perhaps you reduce painting only to skill, and even then categorize it within a certain set of parameters, such as how realistically the drawing represents an understood and broadly accepted reality. Intellectual property is sticky business, something I tend to leave to people who care about arguing such things. From my stand-point, intellectual property is about money because no one cares if you’re not making any.

      There are many instances throughout the history of art in which an artist takes a pose, palette, technique, scene, concept, etc. from another artist (whether that artist is an illustrator, photographer, film maker, writer or painter). It’s generally accepted so long as the artist makes the fragment his or her own. Henry Darger collected illustrations and photos from catalogs, newpapers, magazines in order to copy them for his work. Pablo Picasso and Paul Gauguin mined the cultural heritage of various tribes and groups. The disagreement comes from how much is required to make the image “new”, which is extremely subjective.

      Why do you think an altered photo is more legitimate than an altered drawing?

      It makes sense that Disney would copyright its characters, just as it would for any company of that nature to copyright its characters. That way only a couple hundred people, trained to draw exactly the same way, can replicate the characters for their sales. It’s a well-oiled machine. Thomas Kinkade had a similar operation, as do many commercial artists, though on a smaller scale. Andy Warhol’s factory also comes to mind, himself a “commercial artist” before becoming a “fine artist”, although he didn’t worry so much about exactness in the performance of his “employees”.

      I appreciate the way you have expressed your opinion. I hope I wasn’t overly verbose. It’s difficult to speak concisely about so complicated a subject.

  7. Fairey has developed a successful career through expropriating and recontextualizing the artworks of others, which in and of itself does not make for bad art. Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein based his paintings on the world of American comic strips and advertising imagery, but one was always aware that Lichtenstein was taking his images from comic books; that was after all the point, to examine the blasé and artificial in modern American commercial culture. When Lichtenstein painted Look Mickey, a 1961 oil on canvas portrait of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, everyone was cognizant of the artist’s source material – they were in on the joke. By contrast, Fairey simply filches artworks and hopes that no one notices – the joke is on you.

    Plagiarism is the deliberate passing off of someone else’s work as your own, and Shepard Fairey may be unfamiliar with the term – but not the act. This article is not about the innocent absorption of visual ideas that later materialize unconsciously in an artist’s work, we do after all live in a maelstrom of images and we can’t help but be affected by them. Nor am I referring to an artist’s direct influences – which artist can claim not to have been inspired by techniques or styles employed by others? What I am concerned with is the brazen, intentional copying of already existing artworks created by others – sometimes duplicating the originals without alteration – and then deceiving people by pawning off the counterfeit works as original creations.

    http://www.art-for-a-change.com/Obey/index.htm

    1. Okay, I understand that, but I still disagree that Becca Midwood is fooling anyone, intentionally or otherwise. To me, her work looks reminiscent of illustrations from old books and magazines, forgotten and anonymous because they aren’t as famous or well-recognized as Disney, to use your example. And that’s just my opinion.

      Again, I appreciate your comments. They’re very thoughtful and represent a valid view point. Perhaps in this age it is easier than ever to steal without being held accountable.

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