I'd go with a smaller pic, but then you wouldn't be happy. Maybe you can place more than one watermark.
I tend to place 3 on mine. [link]. I have the very hidden one on the top left. You can see the M of my past username. The 2nd on the middle of the drawing, and the third on the lower right. In case art thieves remove one, they might not see the others.
You know there are other ways to deal with art theft aside from obnoxious watermarking and image resizing. In the grand scheme of things, people are going to steal your art no matter what you do. Some of them are good at editing out watermarks too, regardless of their obnoxiousness. Others don't even care that the watermark is there in the first place, they only want the image for what it shows.
What you should instead be doing is addressing the place where they are hosting the image. Generally most servers will assist you in having your intellectual property taken down. It just takes a little bit of effort.
Consider writing/designing the watermark yourself (e.g. handwritten signature/logo/stamp) so that they can't just use the same font and probably do some blending tricks, possibly removing the watermark... then again I have no idea if that sort of trick exists or not lol
Didnt read through the comments to see if anyone said this or not. but I like the fact that you incorporate your name within the art itself. That's how i knew my FB friend was using your photo. I got skeptic and took the photo into google images and your deviant art popped up.
go with the smaller resolution. The more "professional" thieves, those who will sell your prints/posters etc on ebay, can remove watermarks easily enough. Your artwork can still be appreciated in smallview.
The huge watermark on large file only deters amateurs who want to post them up in their own gallery, but prettymuch ruins it in your own gallery as well.
Hinata76HyugaFeatured By OwnerFeb 2, 2013Hobbyist Digital Artist
small size pixel nah... huge with watermark destroys everything so also nah...maybe place your signature or your seal stamp somewhere that peeps cannot manipulate without destroying the art piece is all i can suggest. But art theft there are everywhere neh... very hard sometimes to maneuver away from them. XD
have you heard of anipan? it's a recently started up art website which has some mechanisms specifically to help prevent art theft. e.g. disabling the ability to right-click the picture once it's up, but still allowing you to zoom in to see all the little details :>
not that i'm promoting you to move to it haha ;;;;... it's just a heads up.
300px is a terrible size I love to see large pictures that allow you to see all the detail I've seen quite few pictures with watermarks and if it's not distracting it's not that bad the tiny pictures are terrible most people probably can't even see it
Sorry but I feel like both options won't help at all, if someone wants to steal someone else's artwork then they are going to do it! A small picture or a huge watermark isn't going to stop them. But don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's okay for them to do so but ruining your own work to keep it from being stolen is never the answer, besides usually art thieves don't get away with their crime anyway. It's never a matter of if they get caught but when they get caught, and when they are caught their is always a negative backlash on their end of the rope from the art community in general. Your a great artist and I'm sure you have many fans who will look out for your well being as far as art goes!
If it's fanart, your shit out of luck. Shouldn't be profiting off characters that aren't yours in the first place. Yes, it's the same thing. When people are selling fanart prints, you are taking money from something that isn't yours. You use that character name and show, and profit from it because you know people like it...same thing from people taking it off your DA for free.
If they're OCs, you can in fact copy right characters, if they're in novels, graphic novels, and all that stuff.
But at least I worked my ass off, original or fanart, it's my creation. Not the thief who steal and saying they draw/paint it or even use my fanarts to enter to a contest. You're right bout selling fanart. I have no right at all.
what I mean is, that Virus has to show the image in order for people to purchase it, correct? How do they show the artwork in a way that people won't just steal that image instead? Whether or not they're offering it for sale, you have to show the image in order to sell it - that's the part we need to figure out. How to actually display the image, whether it's marked 'for sale' or not.
I would rather have a huge beautiful picture to see how you were able to execute your plan of attack on the piece and just look pass the watermark, than to see an itty bitty piece and just say it looks nice.
I also like =Yuuza's idea, and just make watermark that is placed somewhere were it can be read and become part of the work.
Like you put it in a place where it can't be found easily (preferably, near the centre of the image) and if someone steals it, you can report them and say your watermark is there by showing proof with the PSD/GIMP/etc file to the reporter.
On a personal website where you can stop the saving of the image in the code - you can put the larger picture. For places like Deviantart and Tumbler and other places where people can easily save the image. Put a smaller one.