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.
I'm sorry you had to put up with that in school though that really sucks. And.. I know the feeling too -w- where the person is right there in class with you or whatever and you just want to strangle him.
Same thing happened to me at school too twice even when the person decided to compare my best friend's artwork to their favorite anime.
A few years ago some person said to one of my dragons that it looks like Spyro. Bad thing is, I HATE Spyro, so that was kinda offending for me, as I have an individual style.
Or one time another person compared another dragon to a Pokemon because he had huge paws and looked a bit different to common dragons. And after I told them "Maybe he has similarities to Kyogre or such, but still he´s a self made Dragon OC" he just answered: "Ah okay so it´s a Pokemon then."
I really have to send him this stamp so that he know that I´m not the only artist who´s pissed off by such comments....
Considering I draw what I like, someone pointing out similarities to something I don't know has a good chance of directing me to something that I might enjoy.
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.