Artists accused of tracing/plagiarism

Posted by Daemon at 12:37 am, June 13, 2012 • 2,470 views

I know how tempting it is to copy someone’s work and claim it as your own (been there, done that with my term papers). But at this digital age where information zooms across the net with a blink of an eye, plagiarism and tracing can be easily spotted.

Let’s take a look at Sou Miyata. Miyata is created a promotional image for Muv-Luv: Total Eclipse featuring 3 girls in swim suits. For most of us we probably wouldn’t think much about the image but people online pointed out that the image is a trace. Several blogs even provided pictures and gifs as evidence.

Ixtl, the animation company behind Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse, axed Miyata two days ago.

The next one is an portrait done by artist David Bugnon. I am not into politics but the person on the right is supposed to be Andrew Breitbart, a conservative commentator of some sort. David Bugnon is selling Andrew Breitbart’s portrait that ranges from $70 up to $4,000. Crapload of money. The problem is, his so called portrait is almost a carbon copy of a knight from Assassin’s Creed, pictured on the left.

After getting caught, he released an apology.

I started it on the day he died. I thought Andrew was a warrior for the truth and I was very sad to hear of his passing. I was inspired to do a photo “chop” tribute for Andrew. Photo “chopping is an art form, it’s what I do. I never intended to market the picture and did not want to refer to it as a painting (it’s a photo manipulation in combination with illustration and rendering), and I never put a price tag on it, I was just was going to post in on Freaking News for a Photoshop contest. My main error in judgement was signing a release for it to be sold, (50% of the proceeds were to go to the Breitbart children’s fund). I sincerely regret my decision and apologize to everyone involved, those that pre-ordered and those offended by the use of a portion of the copyrighted image.

Source: ANN / Kotaku



  1. subwoofa 06/13/2012 (2:20 am)

    i don’t think the top one is completely traced. The bottom girl (lying down, arm in different position) is slightly different, and they could just be coincidentally extremely similar.

    Though if it is traced, i think that is different.

    Also I feel referencing is fine, i mean they’re drawing the human form. How many ways can you draw the same pose.

    The bottom guy however seems sincerely sorry, so i don’t think it’s that bad

  2. nOOb360 06/13/2012 (6:47 am)

    you know, i agree with it but also i think that: do you know how many friggin’ anime pictures there are on the internet. i mean you probably will find one in a similar pose and style also considering that there is a popular trend to follow when you draw stuff. the bottom one is just bad, definitely copied.

  3. PaniC 06/13/2012 (2:06 pm)

    the girl lying down has the same arm position, just looks different cuz in one of them she has clothes on.

    and there is a very fine line between plagiarism and referencing

  4. ametaratsu 06/15/2012 (6:20 pm)

    oh man even anime’s have this