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anti comparison stamp by Sythgara anti comparison stamp by Sythgara
Well, I won't lie, this stamp was inspired by the subject of 'Avatar' fandom comparing all that's blue, has tendrils, flies etc to avatar characters, or simply say they're things that could fit in Avatar world. Avatar was not the first movie with dragons, cat-people, or 6 limbed creatures. Plus apparently many aspects, even the mind binding was ripped off from a 50s sci-fi novel.

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.
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m-4lice 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I don't mind anyone comparing my work to others as long as they don't start yelling "Thief! “or something the like  CURSE YOU! 

kitty-kens Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I SO agree. This is a little off topic, but I HATE when somebody here 'invents' a species then someone who doesn't know about said 'species' makes something similar to it, only to be told to credit the person who invented it. Sorry, but just because a character of mine may be 'similar' to what someone apparently started, doesn't mean everyone has to credit said person.
VoadorChama Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I got mad when someone said that my two-foot tall elf looks like a Na'vi from Avatar(which are 12 feet tall, by the way!) solely for the fact that my elf has blue skin and pointy ears. Honestly, elves have had pointy ears since the dawn of time; the Na'vi came WAY later. And if people can give elves green or yellow skin, then why not blue skin? Needless to say, I was annoyed. :P
Huh. This stamp reminds me of one of my characters. They would totally make a stamp like this.
I couldn't help it...not sorry. :)
Okay, yes I am.
DaemoniumNocturnal Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
totally agree with this stamp. its even worse when a character in a drawing gets compared or associated with something that don't even look anything like the character in the drawing. ofcouse its in a human's nature to compare unknown things with something they know, but like you said it shouldn't be the only thing your saying in a comment since it usually comes across offensive.

I have this with the original species I created: apperently everything that is reptillian and got long horns on their head is a dragon. instead of the line "it kinda looks like...." they came up to me with the line "it DOES look like ....." or that there was no point in drawing a reptillian original species that, in their eyes, looked exactly like a dragon. I've had those particular reptillian races for many years, even before I joined deviantart. and I had put a lot of effort into their biology, society, behaviour and so on. and I felt pretty offended and downed by those comments, practicly saying  they where just another generic creature with no defying characteristics and that it fails as an original race.  eventually I have taken them off deviantart cause I was tired of frequently getting such comments and it didn't really make me feel any good XD 
it gives me the idea that you need to draw predictable/ popular stuff on this site otherwise you'll get downed for it despite the effort you put into it :/

oh btw, I just took a look in your gallery, you have some great skills and wonderfull art! :wow:
heart-of-a-dragoness Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah I know the feeling, it's like I basically had to kill off one of my projects I was doing because the Na'vi were so uncannily similar even though I made my race before the trailer for that movie ever premiered...
SCareyArt Sep 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
I agree, suddenly when ever I draw a male character with white hair or any light colored hair they go "oh is that your take on Rise of The Guardian's Jack Frost?". I can see why someone would think this, but to me I think I would have said if it was inspired by someone before hand. I usually put the name of the character right next to them. I think what really urks me though isn't the overall comparison but when something is popular suddenly anything you draw that is remotely similar is a character or something from it. Such as like how you have been compared with Avatar. I agree someone should say more before saying a comparison, but also I do now give in my descriptions if my art is something un-inspired or is inspired by something.  Not everyone can understand that something you made is completely made up by you, but that probably because they themselves can't Imagine something like that without the aid of inspiration. So I don't hate on everyone who does it, but still it's not a necessary thing to state unless it's a critique that you wanted.
Sythgara Sep 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I guess you just need to let those fads die down before people get over whatever character is popular at the time :P
SCareyArt Sep 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I actually have made more effort in making sure to not have anything look similar to popular shows and what not. Seems to work, luckily fads tend to die after 4 months or a year so it doesn't make it too hard.
Thagirion Sep 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, depending on how it's said this can be very annoying. Especially when I'm proud of my creations and I don't watch TV or read fiction books. I'm proud thinking I've done something new and someone says, "This reminds me of...."  Of what? I don't even know what that is.
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