I figured that I should put this up on DA after all, and also reply to the comments that I got on tumblr all in this journal, in one place altogether (just to make it easier to keep up with the conversation instead of repeatedly reblogging).
Please visit my tumblr to know what I'm talking about: [link]
I need to clarify something though. I'm not letting people influencing my dolls or their characters in anyway. I bought them because I wanted them, I customized them like how I imagined them, and I took their pictures like how I envisioned their characters to be. Every single one of them, all are my work with NO influence whatsoever from other people. Please don't tell me to "get a backbone and stop worrying about what other people think about my dolls". Where did you even get that from? I appreciate people liking my dolls and the pictures I took of them, but everything that I've done so far in this hobby was something I personally wanted to do for my own sake. I'm not crazy. I'm not going to spend thousands of dollars to buy them, then spend all that time and effort to take these pictures because other people wanted me to. I did it because I wanted to. If people like my dolls, then good, if they don't, I'm not losing anything.
Now the topic is about how once in awhile, some individuals would use my pictures to roleplay, do fan art without crediting, repost on other sites without crediting, and recently making some ridiculous requests. ALL OF WHICH I SAID NO TO. It's right there in my FAQ, so those questions shouldn't even be asked. What happened is, I think a lot of people just don't read my FAQ.
The constant nagging and begging made me tired. Usually I'm very tolerant of people, and that might be why I come off as being too soft. But it's just my personality. It takes a lot to make me upset. Even when I am upset, I can calm down pretty quickly. That's why I seem like a happy-go-lucky type of person to some people because it's so rare to see me getting emotional or upset about anything, if any at all. That and I rarely go public about it unless I feel like it's necessary. I'm born that way.
So just this time, I think I have had enough. I'm going to be firm about it, and I will start BLOCKING people who nag me about anything, and if you draw/paint my dolls without crediting, I will report you. For goodness sake, don't even ask me to do stuff with my dolls because my dolls look like your OC's. Just because Levi has red hair and blue eyes doesn't mean that he's representing your OC's. HE IS LEVI. He has his own character. So do the rest of my dolls.
Imagining a character is one part of it, but the real works come in when you actually create that character using a type of art. If you can't do that yourself, don't go around claiming someone else's work as the representation of your OC's. They're not! Just because I have brown eyes and brown hair doesn't make me the same person as the girl living next door. Use some common sense and have some respect for the artists.
Some replies to Tumblr's users that I link over to DA:
Thanks Annie, you're so sweet. I wouldn't erase Levi because of something like this. ^^ Don't worry.
Yes, I do see the message. ^^ Thanks for being there. You're right about how I need to be firm with these people. I'm thinking of eventually putting watermarks on my pictures, just to get rid of the roleplaying business. Some people bother to ask me, but I'm sure that there are those who don't. And when they RP in private forums, there's no way that I would know.
Yep, everything had been in my FAQ for awhile. Maybe I should make it more specific and expand it...
I wasn't crazily upset, I guess my temperament shouldn't be too mild like this. You're right that I need to be more firm, so I will now. =]
Yes, I found that weird as well. I didn't think that anyone would request something so ridiculous and actually expect others to say yes to something like that.
I am also disappointed when I submit a piece of art, and right away people see nothing but THEIR characters in my work just because they have the same hair and eye colors. I don't even know where to begin. -.-