Saw this post on Tumblr and loved it, so I thought I’d put my own personal spin on it.
I’m not sure who or what he is, or if I’ll do anything more with him, but I really like his design.
Art, character © me
maybe the next time you feel heavily inspired (and thats putting it nicely) by a piece of art you might want to consider asking the artist beforehand or at least send them a message afterwards instead of leaving it somewhere online for them to run into by sheer accident. unlike many other (equally problematic) art posts on tumblr that go unsuourced the source is actually right there in front of your eyes. completely with an opened ask box. is it too much to ask for to spend half a minute on writing a single note?
granted, the design itself is not the epitome of creativity, but its not of public property proportions such as the ubiquitous red riding hood either. its an actual artists design and an actual character with a personality and all, and it doesnt just exist in some sort of irrelevant free art bubble on the internet where everythings an open source, free to be used by whoever happens to feel like it.
regardless of how complex the eventual artthing might or might not look like, most artists put a lot of effort into their art as well as their creative processes.its a major issue especially on tumblr that apparently lots of people dont seem to put that into consideration (or just dont care), and, as in this case, adapting most major parts of a characters design, putting a different face on it and calling it a day is not appreciation or a compliment, its a slap to the face at best.
the “character © me” adds a nice ironical touch to it.
I showed two of my closest friends the two pieces of art with no context and asked if they thought they were similar. Neither of them know Sparta or you so I used them to get an unbiased opinion and this is what they said:
Not even remotely. Floating limbs, how original. Definitely the first [link] is the first drawing to display this. If there’s a relation I’d at best call it inspired. So no, I don’t think it’s a rip off.
(After showing them your post complete with artist comment for context) Still standing by what I said.
Mmm… not really. Besides both having black arms and legs… not really.
(After showing them your post complete with artist comment for context) Yeaaaahhh…. doesn’t look the same to me.
To conclude, had Sparta not mentioned your piece as being the inspiration, you never would have known to look at it.