Okay-- I get my artwork/characters/friends' characters stolen, and after repeated pleas for the perpetrator to stop/give proper credit, I finally snap and rant on my journal at DA. Now suddenly I'm a bitch who wants to take credit for every goddamn thing EVER and can't handle the idea of someone having similar characters or whatever.
No... no, it's not like that. It's more of me getting SO GODDAMN PISSED that she keeps GANKING SO, SO, SO many characters, poses, just overall images and being all "lol lookit what I did" about it without acknowledging the original source. Credit is all I want. I know there's such a thing as artistic ..... uh... crap, it's 3am and my vocab sucks.... artistic differences, or something, y'know, but when a handful of my original drawings are practically TRACED, maybe altered slightly and colored differently, it still irks me.
I illustrated all the strikes she had against her, but she's since taken down those images. However, she missed a couple that I can still use to illustrate what little descrepancy she took.
Mind you, these are yoshi characters, and we're talking about a leap in style from images/characters such as these. ...Except for the one piece of fanart. I drew that, like, 9 years ago.
Laina's original Jade yoshi. Note the date.
Yamoshi's first "original" character. Green shadings aside, they are practically IDENTICAL in character design. Mind you, she didn't draw that specific image. She took down all the ones she drew, in which I'd also asked her to stop ganking Laina's design and give proper credit.
Markior's yoshi character. He's actually based on a protoss from Starcraft. When Mark first asked me to draw his character for him, all he gave me was an MS Paint doodle of the white glowing eyes and said to make him smokey or something. This is how I took that description and improvised.
Her "ghostly" yoshi. Again... says it's completely hers, got the idea, y'know, not from here or anything. Again, we're talking taking this design and somehow inventing this WITHOUT supposedly ever referencing this. Except that we know she visits my deviantArt archive because of the practical identical copies of some of my pieces that she posted.
One of her buddies is calling me a bitch for calling it what it is, since he/she's seen her draw them by hand at school. Dude, it doesn't matter if she drew it while referencing my artwork or not, it's STILL too similar to be a coincidence.
I know imitation is supposed to be the highest form of flattery, but to me, this is nothing more than someone who can't make it through Math class copying the answers off your test. Oh, which then prompts both of you to get called to the principal's office to determine which of you was the copycat and which actually knew the material. The other person insists they were innocent as much as you profess your innocence, so while they are the party deserving of punishment/negative recognition, you both end up with a mark on your record, but no actual punishment issued.
All because you were hit with the hard luck of sitting next to someone (or entering a fandom in which a person) can't cut it on their own.
I'm actually a lot calmer than I was earlier. Some of the comments people left in response to my rant left me sobbing my eyes out. Mike calmed me down, though, as he always does. I just can't sleep right now because ... well, to reference my previous metaphor, I haven't got my grades back yet.
Using my floaty*luna icon to illustrate that yes, I can draw/animate without ganking ideas from somebody else. Mind you, the character is a FANcharacter, so yes, she is a yoshi, but that's how fan characters work. Bypass the whole yoshi part and take into account that I draw these freehand and try to deviate away from the original yoshi style as best I can.