Not sure who the fuck decided to crop this,
The original artist of this design is Sarah Andersen.
Please don’t steal other artist’s work!!!!
As the original creator of this piece, let me explain why stuff like this is bad for artists.
When someone edits an illustration, it hurts the artist because they had a specific intention and you took that away from them. A person spent a long time trying to make something look a certain way, and with two clicks in photoshop you can undo all of that work. To put it bluntly, you ruined it. And when someone worked hard to create a very specific image, it’s sort of painful to see it being spread around as a downgrade version.
Some artists allow people to use their work in other media, such as collages or glitch art. Sometimes they want to make minor changes, like cropping. That’s okay! But it’s really as easy as just asking the artist and seeing if it’s alright.
I also see my comics edited a lot. Specifically, people will take out my signature and add a url to their website. Frankly, that’s just selfish. That’s my comic and my idea, so you shouldn’t redirect traffic to your website.
Also, you really shouldn’t be taking traffic away from artists. The starving artists thing isn’t just a cliche; it’s very hard to profit from your work. So you can at least let the artists keep their credit, right?
Regarding credit: Sometimes people don’t take credit away maliciously, they just really don’t know where something came from. So obviously I’m not going to attack those people, but there are ways of finding the original artist.
Here’s a link to a tumblr that explains more of this, and has a post explaining how to find the original creator of a piece.