Alright, so, a few days ago, I was just checking some of my online buddies' trade lists, when I came across this made by a person that I honestly don't even remember buddying:
Yep. That's right. My own buddy copied my art.
Okay, so some of you may be thinking, "Swirl, what if they just found the same image on Google and drew it?"
That's a possibility. However, I specifically looked up "Simple waterfall lineart" or something close to that. I found the picture I had used as a reference...
See? This person, Grampadude, would have had to somehow find this EXACT piece of art online, by looking up the exact thing (or something close) I did! And, as you can see, I changed a lot of things in my piece of art. I made more slightly-darker lines on the waterfall, rocks, and bushes, and added some splashy-stuff at the bottom of the water streams. If you look up at Grampadude's version, he tried to do exactly what I did, just with a bigger brush!
Now, I'm aware that this person didn't technically STEAL my art. They probably just saw it on my trade list, or at my den, and thought "Oh, that's cool! I'm gonna try and make it!" If that's really how this different version of my art came to be, then I'm flattered that Grampadude really liked it enough to remake it! However, that was my original art (yes, I used a reference, but I added a bunch onto it, and those touches make it mine) , and I really don't like when people try to remake it without my permission.
Anyways, I unbuddied this person because I was very uncomfortable about that. I didn't JAG him and ask why his looked so similar, but that was because I was pretty sure he'd deny copying mine, and it'd turn into some huge feud which would end with him reporting me or something. Best to just stay away from a fight.
But yeah, there ya go! I hope you guys don't run into any of these copycat-artists in AJ, because trust me, it's not fun to find that someone has secretly tried to remake your original art. Hope you guys have a great day! Please remember to PARTY HARD, BE KIND, and JAM ON! :D