Goatlings is literally founded on art theft, plagiarism, and copyright infringement. I am not knocking on Goatlings because they righted that wrong, but the difference? Kris actually saved images without permission, aka stole, then used it on her site like it was owned by Goatlings franchise.
PotatoCakes allegedly used a tutorial, drew their own art, but got called out for ‘too many similarities’ without indefinite proof and is now suddenly an overnight sensation ‘art style thief’.
If PC learned from Boricha’s tutorial it would have been a nice courtesy to credit her, yes, but it is also big-headed of Bori to automatically assume she is responsible for this artist’s new style and demand credit without any type of proof other than a user going “I mistaken someone else’s art with yours.” It happens.
Certain people can rebuttal by saying PC’s style was way different when they first posted on Goatlings. To that I say experimenting with different styles, different programs, etc is something all artists go through until they find a good niche, but once again, you cannot pat yourself on the back and just jump to conclusion saying you deserve something that might not be yours to begin with.
I have shown both artists’ work (Bori’s tumblr v PC’s examples) to some college graduate art students, who are extremely serious about art theft ever since the birth of Neopets, and even they say this accusation is ridiculous.
While Bori draws quite well and there are similar traits between artworks there are also hundreds of thousands of similar traits by many other different artists too. Between Bori’s and PC’s art there is no similar poses, no exact copy of character designs, lining and shading is not to a ‘T’
Art thievery is a huge allegation in terms of pet sites that focus on members’ designs, the art community, and just a whole in general. I do not condone art stealing, and from the looks of it there is absolutely no leg to stand on in terms of PotatoCakes being guilty of stealing, or even imitating someone’s exact style. It would be nice if people would not throw words like ‘art plagiarism’ around without factual evidence to support their claim.