5 Aug

To me this seller looks like they digitally alter original photographs of famous peeps. They do NOT look like originals at all. Some, maybe, but most, no way. I wonder what the original photographers of all these peeps would think….

Here is what her original stuff looks like.


Her Etsy shop just seems like a bunch of digitally altered pics.

Feel free to prove me wrong tho…



23 Responses to “dianvan777”

  1. Life During Wartime August 5, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    I don’t understand how a famous photo of a famous person, maybe altered a bit but still obviously the same photo, could be described as an original artwork by the seller — who was not the original photographer? I am totally confused by this shop.

  2. ka August 5, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    she advertises her stuff as mixed media so isn’t that what it is? she prints a picture and then colors it in. not sure if what she is doing is exactly legal but not sure if it’s against etsy’s tou’s either?

  3. Discord Threads August 5, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    It says on her E store that she draws them. What bothers me is most are around $30, but anything Amy W is marked up 10 x that to $300 and up. Really digusts me when people profit from someone else’s misfortune…

  4. sickofcupcakes August 5, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    How fitting that she has a vulture print in her shop.

  5. geesh August 5, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    She does NOT draw those – she is most likely using a charcoal pencil filter effect in photoshop to a picture she is stealing (umm, hello..copyright infringement) off the internet

    Amy W

    on web:

    Sarah B

    on web:

  6. KD August 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Maybe it’s just ’cause I’m a portrait artist and have an eye for it, but everything I looked at was a charcoal drawing. You can do an overlay with any of the original pictures and see that they’re clearly traced, and it is copyright infringement to copy photos in any medium. Not colored photos though. Pretty standard traced charcoal portraiture.

  7. TharSheBlows August 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm #


  8. PIF August 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Here is one of her originals which shows she just doesn’t have the skill like in those “original” portraits:

    And another original which is more like hand drawn than a stolen photograph:

    She churned out a bunch of Amy Whinehouse pics within hours of her death. NO way you can produce “originals” that fast.

    Plus, she has an Obama pic. Recall that schit the Obama poster originator got into with the original photographer? http://ipwatchdog.com/2009/02/06/ap-goes-after-obama-artist-for-copyright-violation/id=1941/

    This seller is messing with big dogs.

  9. PIF August 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    Here’s the Obama:

    Wonder which press photographer took it? I’d like to send a link to them.

  10. sb August 5, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    Did a little rummaging – found the Obama. Says it’s copyrighted. http://capturedworlds.photoshelter.com/image/I0000NER5DXpA888

    I bothered to look, not because it’s a crummy way to ‘make art’, but because she is so eager to profit from Amy Winehouse’s death.

  11. autumn trillium August 6, 2011 at 1:53 am #

    A quick google search yielded some interesting evidence:
    Portraits by Dian VanDerVolgen Home
    I have been a working full time Artist for over 25 years. I have devoted my life to my Art & Animals. Almost 300 Limited Edition Prints of my Portrait work is available. lowly but surely I will be listing them as “Photos” on this site


  12. Sick & Tired August 6, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    You know you did a post on how an Etsy staff member was tag stuffing a while back? Well tag stuffing is being rewarded! If you are not breaking Etsy’s tagging rules, you are being punished in relevancy searches. Etsy says you can’t tag your silver earrings as “silver earrings” (one tag), but ALL of the most relevant listings when you search for silver earrings do just that. If you’re following Etsy’s rule and tagging as “silver” and “earrings” (separate tags), your listings are going to come up in searches behind those breaking their rule.

  13. sickofcupcakes August 6, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    I can make “art” like that in about 60 seconds with Photoshop.

  14. EtsyVigilante August 6, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    Tagging doesn’t matter that much anymore. The new Etsy search is optimized by relevancy http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abn/y11/m08/i03/s02

  15. ohmeohmy August 6, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    I have no idea if her drawings are for realz. I do know that there are artists who do “super realism”. In college, I made a huge graphite drawing on gessoed paper with a kneaded eraser and turpentine. I drew it from a photo I took and it looked just like the photo, though huge.

    So this person hasn’t necessarily traced anything.

    The thing that gives me pause is that she says “mixed media” for a drawing. This would lead me to believe she is using a photo and then adding layers through photoshop or with actual mediums. I don’t know. Would have to see her prints in person.

    Regardless, they appear to be etsy legal, though might be copyright infringement if she is using the actual photos then adding to them. I think you are allowed to copy a photo as long as you draw it yourself. Then it would be called “fan art.” But not sure if you can sell fan art.

  16. KD August 6, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    That shitty Pamela drawing was done in 2001.

    I suppose it’s in the realm of possibility for them to be digitally altered, but not with the standard filters from photoshop. They don’t look anything like that. I overlaid half a dozen of them with the original pictures, and they’re pretty clearly just run of the mill traced charcoal/pastel portraiture.

    Still blatant copyright infringement though.

  17. etsyresellers August 8, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    Sick of Cupcakes says ‘How fitting that she has a vulture print in her shop.’

    The irony, eh! LOL

  18. Sick & Tired August 8, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    EtsyVigiliante, I’m aware of this. And that’s exactly what I mean. Etsy tells you not to tag a certain way and then listings tagged that way are the most relevant. The “best matches” are the listings that are breaking Etsy’s own rules.

  19. Nettiepot August 8, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve flagged this one shop for placing her clearly handmade listings in the vintage category:


    Results in this search:
    Antique/ Book/ Page/ Print show results for nommon’s bogus vintage shop over and over again:
    Clearly this stunt gets her lots more views and sales tucked into a much slower moving category than handmade..

    (also most of those other listings in this same search are not remotely antique either, but I digress.)

    This search shows similar results with different violating shops.

    Please take a moment to let these sellers know about Etsy’s TOU on vintage goods please?

    There are 2421 listings for PDFs in the vntage category.
    and there are 1976 listings in vintage for downloads.

    Go take a look

  20. Life During Wartime August 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Okay, time to break out the handmade dunce cap for the person who vets the front page Treasuries! This is on the FP as I type:

    A “collectible” toy made in China, complete with a warning label attached saying “FOR COLLECTORS NOT FOR CHILDREN”! Listed as Vintage…WTF? Since when do vintage metal toys for children have stickers on them like that? See photo four in the listing to read the stickers for yourself…and be glad, that unlike the typical Etsy employee, you learned to read.

  21. Life During Wartime August 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    Fauxtique I found on Regretsy today:

    Check out the tags and materials, and compare with the title! Listed as vintage, from 1991! Fakes like this are available retail all over the web and in bricks and mortar antiques malls with low/no quality standards. More fakery in the shop, too.

  22. Frost August 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Just an FYI for Sick&Tired, a tag like “silver earrings” IS legal. From the recent policy update: “You may use a short descriptive phrase as a tag if it accurately describes your item (for example: ‘sterling silver,’ ‘messenger bag,’ ‘steampunk cufflinks’).” It’s the tags like “steampunk goth rocker princess” (i.e. strings of words that are not really acceptable phrases) that are not allowed.

  23. Velamint August 16, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    Didn’t phrases used as tags used to have to be one thing (like “messenger bag”) not just coherent (like “steampunk cufflinks”)?

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