To many artists this is NOT a compliment, especially if you have nothing else to say in your comment besides 'oh this looks like...".
There was a case when I was animating at school one of my flying creatures (not even scaly...but with fur) and one person asked me if i was avatar inspired. Everyone knew i wanted to beat the guy with his own spine.
Of course, if I create something and it's similar to something that's already been made, by all means let me know. But other than that, if you feel the need to compare stuff to something, do write a critique, a compliment, or SOMETHING that strikes you personally about the picture before dropping the 'it kinda looks like...' line.
It makes the comment much more bearable.
using it NOW!
COMPARING CHARACTERS IS NOT THE BIGGEST CRIME ANYONE COULD EVER COMMIT!
Comparisons are fine. You're just mis-defining comparisons as someone claiming you've stolen a design.
That's NOT what comparisons are.
I don't mind anyone comparing my work to others as long as they don't start yelling "Thief! “or something the like
I couldn't help it...not sorry.
Okay, yes I am.
Maybe it does, but I can't exactly help that. It's not an compliment, even if I'm a fan of his work. I want my art to be its own.
Oh god yes.
When I was little, I started drawing things (mostly animals) in a cutesy, anime style. Everyone thought they were 'pokemons' (then again no one knows about anime where I live)
Also, I can never tell if they are accusing me of copying or not being original...or if they're 'just saying'.
never happened to me, but I wouldn't mind it.
I know I made characters based off of old myths and legends, but when people compare them to some new show or hit thing, I get upset over it because I'm not basing my character to some stupid show or character from a book.
Unless there is very constructive critique and somehow,
the comparison is to help get their point across or make it
easier to understand then it's just a flat out insult to me.
"Well, I do..."