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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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:iconthagirion:
Thagirion Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yes this can be very annoying especially when you have original concepts.
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Autlaw Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
NEEDED THIS. Thank you so much for making it :,D !
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Miss-Gravillian1992 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This stamp is my fucking life!!! ♥
:glomp:

using it NOW!
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Sythgara Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
enjoy : )
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Miss-Gravillian1992 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
indeed I will ♥
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LucianTheDemon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The only problem is......

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.
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Sythgara Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I realize that. But getting a comment that only States hey this looks like... Seems rather pointless and no one cares.
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LucianTheDemon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No one cares, yes. But opinions are rather pointless too, in the sense they're there to tell what a person thinks of a picture. A comparison is ALSO there to tell what a person thinks of a picture. They're not facts, yet people accept opinions. (Well, MOST people.) Comparisons are EXTREMELY similar, so I don't understand how comparing this character to this character is DA BIGESHT CWIME EVAR IMA CRAI CUZ U SED MAI CHARCTR LEWKD LEIK DIS ONE BAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
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SarahMyriaCarter Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Writer
My emotions run high when People say I stole something, I have to get off the computer before I say something I regret.  I'm a full Christian so saying I stole something really anger me, people mis-judge me and it hurts.  I'm very emotional
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m-4lice Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  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! 

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lilmewty Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
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.
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VoadorChama Featured By Owner 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
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CelticKawaii Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
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.
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DaemoniumNocturnal Featured By Owner 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:
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heart-of-a-dragoness Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student 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...
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SCareyArt Featured By Owner 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.
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Sythgara Featured By Owner 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
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SCareyArt Featured By Owner 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.
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Thagirion Featured By Owner 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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LilyTheTurtle Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I.Support.You.So.Much. You now have a watch and a favorite. So many people love to say my Cat OC looks like an Eevee. -.-
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Sythgara Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hey thank you : ) and sorry ^^ '
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LilyTheTurtle Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, if I could, I would so not regret plastering these to my page!XD
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JewelyCat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Warriortards love to compare my OCs to Scourge. :stare: Fucking idiots.
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wezenbeesje Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
I people compare my art which does indeed is inspired by a someone, then I don't mind. But I constantly get compared with Pokémon, Neopets and Spore. Which is annoying because I try to be different. The fact that I draw a lot of my own designed creatures and world doesn't mean it's anything like that. =_=
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Defying-T Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
No offense, but speak for yourself. I don't mind people comparing my art/OCs to other designs, styles or characters, so long as their intention isn't to accuse me. And I know plenty of people who don't mind being compared, so long as the hearts in the right place. I think this is more of a personal problem that you assume everyone else has.
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Sythgara Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The point of this stamp is that it's for people who share this opinion. You don't have to use it.
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Defying-T Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
I'm not, I'm only expressing my opinion too. I just think that wanting to beat someone to death with their own spine is little bit of an over-reaction to what was most likely intended to be a harmless compliment.

I get people commenting on my art and music saying stuff like "Man, this is good! It kinda reminds me of..." It does not make me want to kill them. I understand their comparison was meant as a harmless compliment, not an insult or an accusation.
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Sythgara Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fair enough. 
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Defying-T Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Okay, glad you understand.
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Sythgara Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yea np : )
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Defying-T Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
:)
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piyoh99 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually had several OCs that generally looked alike to something else for no good reason. Most notably how Hataro looks exactly like a Fella. And how Piwi... Oh dear God Piwi. Not only strangely looks like Shout. But suspiciously acts like her as well. I dunno why many of my ideas are very similar to other ideas. This just urks me to no end. And I'm very surpised this didn't happen.
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BoomBuzz Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Many people say my artwork is very similar to Jhonen Vasquez's, and quite frankly it upsets me.

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.
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Friendermen Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013

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'.

And sometimes they say 'this reminds me of that' and the two aren't even similar, at all! :iconwhywouldyouevenplz:

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SkySlasherCat Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally. Being the self-conscious person I am, I feel like they're accusing me of art theft. .__. Whether you're like that or not, it's still annoying. :iconfuuuplz:
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raccooon325 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God that is so annoying, this reminds me of this and this and that and this grrr :rage:
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eecoli Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's interesting.
never happened to me, but I wouldn't mind it.
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LoonarHijab Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I get the feeling. But I do disagree with this. some artists here rip off other artists' styles, and i think they need to be told ^^
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xRoconza Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013   General Artist
I get sick of having my creature always compared to pokemon even when they look nothing like one. Every one thinks cause I'm a pokemon fan that every thing I make is pokemon related which is why I stopped running pokemon altogether. Pokemon was the the first to make cute anime creatures. I need to learn to be a better artist.
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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So true. I know an artist that wrote a journal telling people that he doesn't want people to compare his art and OC's character background to Naruto. I don't blame him for 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.
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MatteaTime Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Comparing art is stupidity at its finest to me.

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.
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MoonstalkerWerewolf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I get this all the time from people...they compare my designs with characters I have never even heard of sometimes, and some make no sense. It's a real peeve of mine...so I agree.
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Ariabello Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I would not feel comfortable if I was compared and luckily my characters have never been compared to any other characters. If my character looks like someone or acts like someone then I've probably already noticed and I don't need a reminder.
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FlintENT Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see what you mean. I see things that look like other things, but I know that sometimes it can be coincidence or the artist chooses to make something in a certain style.
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Pfft, I like all these people saying "Well, I like it" great, so you liked your ego stroked. Have fun being being compared all the time.

"Well, I do..."

Brat.
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Sythgara Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I personally don't see it as very flattering. But that's just me
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I don't think it is either. To me it's like saying that every type of wild dog is a wolf. In other words, annoying.
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Landonfelion Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
people constantly tell me my art looks like *MapleSunrise's =^=
and I don't even draw mlp. :stare:
in fact I dislike it..
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1234374s Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ikr sometimes i think mlp is a little stupid... =w=
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Damn-It-Sammit Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I agree, critique a work before you compare it to something. : )
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