Time for an unpopular opinion ™ with the rat!
Taking insp from another artist’s work is not the same as reposting or tracing.
I don’t own my style, it’s a slow burning stew of inspirations from other artists and I’m always adding ingredients.
The idea that someone owns a style to an extent that another artist using similar colors/shapes/aesthetics/animals is seen as a personal attack…is beyond incomprehensible. We all got here taking from others, art is not a one person development.
Seeing discourse on my dashboard right now, vilifying an artist for taking that inspiration from a very popular artist….scares the hell out of me. It raises the question of who owns the way a line is drawn? Who owns brushes we can make and customize on a second by second basis?
If you’re so terrified of your style being copied to the point of actively discouraging others from learning from it, perhaps it was never that unique to begin with.
This is not an attack, it is a defense of artistic freedom.