let's talk about copycats! 🙀 @bodiljane and i have both been dealing with this issue lately, so we wanted to get together and share our thoughts:
say you're browsing through another artist's portfolio and feel inspired to create. borrowing some stylistic elements, color palettes or media as you develop your own style, or even learning to paint by copying are perfectly OK and even encouraged! (as long as you’re truthful about your source when you share it online.) but copying or tracing someone else's work and passing it off as your own is not cool. for me, ideas come from a personal place and it's taken me years to develop my style, so it's pretty confusing and hurtful to see an alien version of my labor of love pop up on the internet without any reference back to me.
that's all! you're welcome to share a cat of your own creation in solidarity and tag it #CatsNotCopycats 🐾