|Can he trace the official show? Yes! As long as he doesn't sell the work... oh wait...|
Drawponies was running his usual livestream on Picarto when an observant fan noticed he was tracing Cadence directly from a show screenshot. His fans on his Facebook group took notice and immediately started buzzing about it.
Drawponies isn't just any pony artist; He's one of the most successful and well-traveled vendors in the fandom, with plans for over 20 pony, comic, and anime conventions in 2015 alone, and makes enough money off his business, he makes a fulltime income off of it. Drawponies also has turned his artist name into a company of sorts; he needs an artist team to complete all his commissions and help him trace all his artwork.
Because, you know, art is no longer an expression of creativity and should be completely commoditized and commercialized while you stomp your quiet, honest, and genuine competition with loud, aggressive marketing and at this point, unfair tracing advantage that is an insult to the rest of the communities' artists who actually practice and train their craft and skills.
|We can already spot a few prints and products that were definitely traced|
|So much obnoxious branding|
However, even for how obviously traced a lot of his work appears to be, there can always be the argument played he's just got really good at emulating the show style. That is, until, he was caught red-hoofted by his own fanclub, who had an angry thread filled with shock and anguish from Neil's fans upon learning their artist was a fake, before devolving into a self-promotion thread by artists who will never be as popular as our favorite tracer (stay butthurt!). Unsurprisingly, the thread has been deleted from his Facebook club, but we have a backup of the whole conversation before it was censored by Neil's PR team.
Now, we wanted to see if this was like, for real, and not just some guy talking shit on Facebook, so we investigated and took a look at Drawponies' Deviant Art for if we could find any examples of finished products that had tracing. Specifically, anything that had an iconic pose we could easily trace back. Like this "The Mane 6 React to Socks" comic. And... well... the results were pretty telling.
Hmm... but it doesn't seem he's selling the comics? Well, lets see if he's vending anything that gets traced. (EDIT 4/19/2015 9:41PM: Actually, these comics are funded via Patreon, so yes, Drawponies is actually making money off these comics too.)
How about that $150 blanket Drawponies sells at conventions (as shown in his vending booth picture from above)
|Ah, there we go, we have proof he's selling his traces|
Our eyes don't lie, I think we've proven he doesn't just trace, but he also sells products that contain his traces.
(EDIT 10:50PM) We have a user-submitted more proof of tracing! Thanks, Anon-in-the-comments! Link to this traced artwork is here.
Given how seriously Hasbro has taken other scandals of artist and animators counterfeiting Hasbro intellectual property, we cannot be surprised if the 'Bro takes action against Neil's high-revenue business. After all, they did destroy fan animators who used the leak assets (not even for profit!); Hasbro takes their IP seriously.
|Looks like someone, with the backing of 17 folks, is already on it|
NICE TRY, NEIL!
|Following this link returns you to the Patreon homepage... its removed!|