Hello everyone, my name is toumin!
希望理論 -HOPE THEORY-
cover illustration by rui! Its read kibou riron!
It will contain 5 pages from each of us as main artists and 24 wonderful and…
Very honored to have been invited! If you’re interested in DR you should totally buy it, all the artists featured are absolutely wonderful! ^o^/
psst go vote on my dA poll if you’re interested in seeing prints/artbooks from me! (all the answers are yes btw ;D)
Biru you magnificent creature you.
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Oh! I had a link to the tag but I removed it for some reason, I’ve added it back now! Thank you very much for your kind words! ;v;
this is going under a read more so people can’t edit and twist my words. also, the you/yours are collective.
sorry, it starts out angry but i calm down by the end.
Even though there have been a number of replies to your post already, I feel that as I am the one who originally posted the message warning about you it’s only right of me to reply also.
However, I won’t be placing my post under a read more. There are a number of reasons why this is, which I will cover later.
I’m also going to split this post into two parts. Firstly, the factual part which will mostly respond to what you wrote. Secondly, as my character has been passive-aggressively questioned I think it’s fair that I respond with my personal feelings as well. I have tried to keep as little personal opinions in my posts as possible. While it may not be 100% possible, I have kept much of my personal feelings regarding this issue at bay. But in this case, I will include my feelings to some extent.
I’d also like to apologize to my followers for yet another long post however I will try and keep this as brief as possible without sacrificing comment or thoughts.
Firstly, regarding your ‘referencing’. If the image was referenced only, why is it that yours and the reference are so similar that there is difficulty telling what picture is which once overlaid? If it was referenced only, then surely the lines should not be matching up so much so that the arms match almost perfectly; or the fact that the legs are positioned exactly in the same spot as the legs on the reference. Even if you have somehow gained photographic memory in the months that you have been absent, it’s exceptionally unbelievable that the two images match so closely. Art isn’t just about drawing, but perception, knowledge of anatomy and style. Drawing realistically doesn’t mean that it will then correlate exactly against the referenced image.
I’d also like to mention that there were a number of people who noticed your account and your actions, there were even other posts prior to my own regarding your new account; however they did not contain as much detail as to what I mentioned.
Other artists who have seen your actions before, provided me with overlays after their own investigation. They remain nameless in this as they do not want to associate with you in any way, but at the same time have no wish to allow you to get away with your actions.
I will say the same about the second overlay to my comments above.
Secondly, I’d like to agree the comment of lies. Please explain how warning people of your actions, both prior and current, is lying? As the saying goes, “Once bitten, twice shy.” I looked at your new art. I actually spent quite some looking at it, considering whether or not to post about your new account because I had every intention of ignoring the fact you had created an account. Regardless of the fact that there are still a number of people who deserve an apology from you, or the fact that you still owe people money; I had no intention of posting if it seemed like you had changed. Photography or stock photos may be something of an improvement from previous, but it is still tracing nevertheless.
Thirdly, the fact that I did not contact you directly about this.
Given your history of rude and angry behaviour towards people who have attempted to talk to you about this, plus your overwhelming attempts at silencing any public voice in the past, it is not unreasonable to assume that you will react in the same way.
As well as this, people have a right to know that you have returned under a new account and are selling artwork again.
Fourthly, regarding hate mail. I will address that in my personal part of this post.
Fifthly, that I am “a much more terrible person than you”. I will also address this in the personal part of this post.
Sixthly, regarding money. I understand if you require money. Most people do. But ripping off others isn’t the way to go about doing this. Also reiterating the fact that there are still others you owe money to. I am not one of these people, though I would not be surprised if the art you have done for me in the past is in the same category as the other commissioners. Needing money doesn’t exempt you from consquences of actions.
If I’ve missed anything regarding your post, feel free to point that out to me as I do not wish to forget anything.
Now, to point towards a more personal side of things.
First of all, I’d like to make note that the reason I posted without a read more is so that I can be held accountable. I stand by what I’ve said and still do. My post has been made and others may read and decide for themselves and there is no way I can change that post. I could easily have posted anonymously, without accountability. I did not do this as it would not be fair.
To add to the above, the fact that you hid the post under a read more means that you have the ability to edit your post in the future, no matter what posts come after it; you can easily avoid accountability. While this was probably not your intention, I will point that fact out as food for thought.
Knowing you did something wrong is good, I’m glad that you are aware of that fact and are not only admitting to it, but that you also regret it. It’s a start. I am truly glad to know that.
However, I do think you still owe a lot of people apologies. Not necessarily the people who happened to send you hate mail but the people who were hurt by you. You don’t think your fans, people who admired, idolized and were inspired by you don’t deserve a sincere apology? You don’t think that the commissioners you cheated don’t deserve a sincere apology? What about the artists who you stole from? Do they not deserve a sincere apology either?
A half –hearted “I apologize” out of context and without merit isn’t an apology and can easily be seen as condescending.
Again to the comment about hate mail. None of the people involved have ever received hate mail from myself. What purpose would hate mail accomplish to innocent bystanders? I have not sent such to either yourself or to anyone else. My posts have been as impersonal as possible and I have willingly replied to every question I have received in a polite and calm manner. If I have contacted your commissioners, it has been in a polite fashion, and I certainly do not know any of your current friends; so it is impossible for me to have contacted any of them either.
I’ll now address the fact that you are calling me a bully. Why am I a bully for pointing out your history and the fact that you have, in the past, had no qualms with deceiving people? As Resa commented, if I know something bad about a person, why would I stay quiet about it? You created a new name and account to hide behind while pretending there was a clean slate without suffering the consequences of your actions, I don’t believe that’s fair at all. If you want respect, you have to earn it.
It might not be “any of my business” on a personal level, but people have a right to know that you are still present and still doing things that are wrong. There are still people you owe money to and while I doubt a sincere apology, there are still a number of people who you do owe that to, regardless of what you may think you owe.
It’s great that you’ve realized what you’ve done is wrong, but hiding away again and then passive-aggressively attacking people who point out what you’re doing under a different name isn’t going to make things right, not even close.
You might not believe, but I still think you’re a good artist. You have some amazing lineart and your concepts are stunning and I really hope that you do get better. I used to admire your work, as I have actually told you so in the past. It gave me no pleasure to post what I did, and I’m extremely disappointed that I had to post it. But I won’t let you sweep things away either. There is a level of accountability that needs to be acknowledged and if you think that I’m a bully for that, then so be it.
this is going under a read more so people can’t edit and twist my words. also, the you/yours are collective.
sorry, it starts out angry but i calm down by the end.
Your words are clear but we are not as stupid as you think we are. We’ve heard from people who’ve known you in the past who said that you have been tracing for a number of years, and every time you get caught you pretend nothing ever happened. We’ve also heard that you are manipulative and have quite an ego (not my words). Old habits die hard. The fact that you deleted your works, hid comments, closed your old account without telling people why, and then opened up another account to make money off adoptables and commissions looked pretty fishy to a lot of us. Do you see the logic there? Do you understand why we were on edge? If you were going to turn over a new leaf this would most definitely not be the way to do it. To call people bullies for calling you out is also not such a good idea. Yeah, there are some rude kids once in a while who will call you names. It’s the internet, it’s kind of expected. But if you choose not to apologize solely because of a vocal minority and then attempt to guilt-trip the ones handling the issue as civilly as they can, it can only be your loss.
Let’s do a bullet point list to address your tl;dr.
I have no real opinion on the recent overlays. Do you have the legal rights to every photo you reference? If so, then do whatever you want with them. Using photo references is not a crime. Not having the rights to them and selling the product of those references is pretty bad though, so just do your research first.
Try not to run away from your problems. Trust me, I know firsthand that denial never makes things better. If you can write up a post like this then you can definitely address the people asking for refunds at the very least.
Thank you! I feel like stuff like this needs to be shared, especially since others are being hurt by her actions and she has shown no signs of remorse nor any intentions of stopping. It’s just incredibly disappointing and even heartbreaking for a lot of people who used to up to her. Judging from her past it’s likely that she’ll never acknowledge anything, but you never know. I’m not sure it’ll fix anything at this point but it’d be a step in the right direction.
So, as a number of you are aware, there was quite a fuss that occurred a few months ago with a rather popular artist under the name “Healingwind”. She’s also known as Luxrays on her personal tumblr, and goes by Sei as well.
Earlier in the year, there was a huge revelation that this artist was, in fact, a extensive and indiscriminate tracer. Stock images, fanart, nothing was safe from Sei; it was all fair game.
Artists such as Nisoniso and Temari especially suffered at the hands of this person, though such artists were not the only ones who were wronged by Sei. If you are unaware of these, I would suggest going to this tumblr, Failingwind, which was created and shows a lot regarding the proof of theft, plus a number of overlays and conversations regarding this issue.
Her tracing was not limited to personal art either. Commissions, gifts and competition pieces were all subject to her deplorable behaviour. I have art from her as well (back before I found out about what she was doing), which I wouldn’t be surprised if it is also traced.
You can also look through my Healingwind tag to see the other posts I have made regarding this including some anon messages I have received further in regards to Sei.
As the floodgates spilled and further evidence arrived, Sei turned tail and ran, claiming (with no evidence I would like to add) that she had received death threats and other messages from angry fans and artists. She posted a journal, which was later editted and eventually deleted (her account listed as ‘inactive’) on deviantart.
She also posted on her Healingwind tumblr, saying that she was leaving (this was also deleted not that long after, you can see my reply to the post here) and seemingly became inactive. This was only on her art tumblr though, as she has to this day continually posted on her personal with gifs, reblogging art and the like (I know this as I am still watching her to keep an eye on things).
Now, Sei has never apologized for her actions. She has completed and utterly ignored everyone’s attempts to get her to turn over a new leaf. She refuses to admit that what she has done is wrong and disgusting, especially in the art community. She has actually been seen to tell people to respect artists’ works and not edit them, meanwhile it had been blatantly proved that she herself disregards such words.
When she has been previously pointed out (such as when Nisoniso did so) she has then sent messages asking them to remove the posts calling her out and the like; attempting to sweep everything under the rug so as to keep her public image from becoming tarnished. After a couple of posts on Artist-Confessions, which were taken down after Sei had her name blacklisted on the blog, there were a number of tumblr users who had reblogged them and therefore they remained in circulation.
Recently, I was advised that she had posted art again, and shortly after I made a post about it, the ‘art’ tag she had listed on her personal mysteriously disappeared though the art was still there until just recently (the artwork has been deleted now). The screenshot I took is here.
I then received another anon, advising “saw the healingwind post on the healingwind tag. came across her adoptable account colorfuel@dA. relatively new. Yes, she did come back.”
After investigating further, yes indeed Sei was back. She is now posting “adoptables” through this Colorfuel account on dA, and as can be seen on the screenshots I have taken, it is clear they are not cheap designs either.
Now, being a known tracer, it is fair to say I was skeptical that she had changed her ways. I thought it was possible, maybe, that she had learned from her mistakes and while she hasn’t apologized for anything, perhaps she had at least started to draw for herself.
As you can see from the overlays above, this is not the case. Once again, she is doing the same as before. Only one of the posted pictures has a “reference” and as you can see from the overlays, reference is certainly not the correct word to be used in this instance.
The second overlay is a little harder, however thanks to one contributor, when you rotate the arm slightly as in this overlay, you can see that it lines up perfectly for everything but the hand.
Not only is she still tracing, but she is also charging people money to do so. She has yet to resolve the commissioners she ripped off before, apologize to the artists whom she stole from and insulted, and now here she is doing so once again; ripping off unsuspecting people.
Once again we need to spread the word, to prevent her from continuing her bad behaviour and to ensure others aren’t ripped off by Sei again. Sei still needs to apologize to the art community, her commissioners and the fellow artists that she saw fit to steal from.
Considering she removes her art once it’s discovered to be traced, I understand the confusion! Most of the evidence is over at failingwind, please do check it out if you’re doubtful.
she has yet to publicly apologize for her plagiarism or even acknowledge it at all. whether or not she has returned with the intent of exercising any integrity this time around remains to be seen, but i’m not optimistic.
i really hate to post this sort of stuff on my blog again, but i feel like there needs to be a few things shed to light here:
1. she never apologized nor acknowledged the situation at all before she stopped posting on healingwind. instead she tried to play the victim (like she always does) and disappeared in a mad huff.
2. from what i’ve seen, there have been no refunds given for any of the commissions that were proven to be traced. in fact, it seems like she just completely ceased communications with them.
3. i have heard word of overlays already existing for her new stuff, but have yet to see much confirmation on that. still, it’s pretty discerning to see that there’s doubts of her artistic integrity so soon already.
sei has pulled this stunt so many times before, this is seriously nothing new for her. i have serious doubts that she’s ever willing to learn from her mistakes, especially considering how she’s swept her bullshit under the rug for the past however many years now.
I’m sure we’re all tired of this girl and her antics but if she’s ripping people off again it needs to be heard.
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…!!! ANON YOU ARE TOO KIND I—
Thank you so much! ;v;