So... what about this image of Bluestreak then? It's a reconstruction of the character card art of eHobby Anime Streak and the package art of Commemorative Series Silverstreak, but it's not just a scan of either; it's a digitally recolored version of G1 Bluestreak's package art made to resemble those two official uses, both of which were cropped in their official use.
Or what about all those gazillion collages of various Seeker color schemes, or this comparison of Broadside's two character models? All of them are fan-colored versions of model sheets whose only "official" versions were purely black and white, based on existing color schemes.
They're all "idealized" versions of images that either don't exist in this way, or at least we have no access to these exact versions of these images, so we reconstructed them.
What about all the artwork taken from sourcebooks where the backgrounds were edited out to isolate the character against a white background? Surely an authentic representation should leave the backgrounds intact.
Arguably, those are even worse! They're altering existing images by either removing something, or adding something unofficial. Meanwhile, all I do is basically a mix of two official versions, with no removal of elements of addition of unofficial elements.
If you want to argue Im crossing a line here, I'd argue that line has been crossed years ago by other people.
Edited by Nevermore, 16 February 2020 - 07:44 PM.