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I've seen this happen more than once. "This reminds me of pokemon. This reminds me of Okami. This reminds me of your ass."



Seriously, what do you think you achieve with a comment like that? Is the artist supposed to feel better that his/her oc looks like the fandom you're at the moment fapping to? Most of the artists I know want to be recognized for their own characters and ideas, and most of the time they haven't even thought - or better yet, heard - at all of that thing when the picture was created.

"This reminds me of--" is not a compliment. It's not a critique. It gives nothing new, but it makes you look like a snob who can't accept that when there is billions and trillions of people maybe might think of same kind of idea what someone else thought. If, as a comment, it's something, it's actually an insult of someone's imagination. Or, maybe, the person was actually inspirated about something. Let's say, he was inspirated by some pokemon. He liked the design and wanted to create something own with it. And you know what? THAT IS NOT A CRIME. Being inspirated about something is not a crime. Maybe he liked how Pikachu's ear tips are black, and took that. And how Mareep has a lamp on top of it's tail and took that. Maybe he liked the charmander's design and took a bits of it. Maybe he grew with pokemon and it affected his style. Still, even if it'd be a blatant copy of something, you have absolutely no reason to go and be smartypants. If it's a pokemon, IT IS A POKEMON. If it's not a pokemon, IT'S NOT A POKEMON. If it reminds you of something, the least person to care is the artist.

Grow up today and be a little less of a dick in the internet, thank you. Or, you know, I'm going to castruate you with my own hands to prevent the idiotism from spreading.


On next episode: Reading artist's comments
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Evit-Blackflaime Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just now ran into this and OMFG VERY YES. UGH;;

Thank you, for putting this into words better than I could!
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Liettore Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I just applaud you right now?
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StarshineHaste Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Goes from "this reminds me" to creativity not being a crime
This hurts my head
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CharlieDoodle Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha Best Journal ever~ Good job love you know how us artist feel thank you for making this.
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silver-moonwolf Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh your ending on this is.. Perfect XD But yes, it can be annoying at times when you draw something and it reminds someone else about someone or something that you hate and you just have to sit there and think what major differences you have to make to allow the picture not to look even relatively like it. This is only one instance with me but I have seen comments on some very famous and loved artists on DeviantART and have seen some of the reactions some of those artists have had to what their art "looks like" and a lot of people can get pissed with that. I am currently practicing my realism and drawing a close up of a wolf trying to protect a puppy and so far all you can see is a large eye and fur. The thing people keep thinking it is, is an owl, bird, abstract art, and other stuff that is more or less like an owl or some kind of avian -_-
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IMonakoI Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah I know how you feel. Sometimes it can be very stressful when you work hard on something.
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Hinata0321 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Ah, I know what you mean. On one of my deviations I feel like I've received so many "This looks like Bleach/she looks like a hollow" comments it's not even funny, lol. Then I'm like... uh, how do I respond to this? And wondered if I should try to change it to reduce the similarity... >.>
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WindWo1f Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of the best things I have ever read. Thank you!
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BlueFeatherArchangel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
its not an insult to someones imagination, but I do find this whinge insulting
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TheFrizzyKitten Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to say I agree with this a little bit. I had someone comment on one of my drawings and told me it looked like a Pokemon.. I don't know how exactly to respond to a comment like that. It's not a compliment or an insult really.
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Kayru-Kitsune Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Uhhhh. I'm sorry, but this is kind of melodramatic.
There is a HUGE difference between "this reminds me of" and "this is obviously a ripoff of". "This reminds me of" is absolutely harmless. It means your drawing struck a personal chord with their memories. There isn't anything wrong with that - and it's not a commentary on you one way or another. They're not calling you uncreative, copying, or even assuming you know the thing it looks like. That being said, is it really worth pissing about when the MAJORITY of comments aren't "constructive"? You have an open comment section, and people will say whatever they want. This is stupid to whine about. If the only things you want to hear are "you're amazing!" and detailed critique, close comments and open critique. That simple. Otherwise, stop complaining about having 'unproductive' comments.
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Unikeko Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
First things first, at no point did I say that I only require "this is amazing" messages or 3 pages of critique-essay. Open comments are so people can do either or something inbetween. If they wanna tell me that the thumb is on the wrong side of hand they can tell me that without having to critique the whole picture as whole and so on. There are good ways to use "this reminds me of", I admit that not all the instanses are bad. But the line between being insulting and being constructive with those comments is thin, and many prefer to not hear it. I know many people who hate it, they create something original and the only thing they hear from masses of people is "is this from this and that game or show?" They're not recognized of because what they did, but rather what people think it is. They're not told is the picture pretty or ugly, is the anatomy wrong did they like the colours, they only know that it struck a personal chord what tells nothing to the artist themselves.

Not to mention "and people will say whatever they want" is not that good thing to go with. Just because they can and will do so doesn't mean that they should do so. Last time I checked calling someone ugly, telling them to do suicide, telling them to do stop things they like and so on weren't acceptable either. And to artists often "this reminds me of" is an insult of the same kind. Of course people are different and take things differently, but if you don't know the artist yourself I'd just recommend not using it.
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nondev Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
I come in peace and I mostly agree with Kayru-Kitsune. As everyone, I have my own personal experiences and needs and I just can't see that phrase as an insult. Insults are a whole different kind of stuff, but people are different and some are super sensitive to things I find inane. And vice versa :) 
About this "reminds me of" thing: to me, it either means the commenter has fond memories of something my art reminds them of, or I'm getting too close to someone else's style. I think of it as a mistake and I would pay to be told if and when I'm falling into that trap.
Of course, sometimes people are just lazy and go "looks like Pokèmon" as soon as they see a colorful critter before even giving a good look at the thing. But I think it's not very healthy to take it too personally and perceive it as "an insult to your imagination". It isn't. 
Personally, I think people that can't handle this kind of comments might be insecure about their own originality: in my opinion, you don't feel insulted if you're confident enough to know how inspiration works and you aren't afraid you could be seen as someone who rips off other artists' works. Should I find myself in a similar situation, I would work on myself and how I perceive "insults" rather than try to convince others to meet my very personal needs. But that's just how I'd handle things; it's a matter of opinion and I honestly think no one is really "wrong" :B  
This was interesting to read. I like learning about different points of view. 
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Kayru-Kitsune Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, maybe there should be an understanding that the comment section isn't always for your benefit, but theirs too. And can they be blamed for asking? If something bore a strong resemblance to something else, I'd certainly be curious as to whether it was on purpose or not.

Again, you're being melodramatic. The problem with saying those things is that they're destructive and malicious. Talking about likenesses is not.
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Unikeko Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Well, you're entitled to your opinion as much as I am to mine. As both of us share very different view on the matter for both of our sanities it's better not to just keep arguing and repeating the same things again and again. Just try to remember if you want to be nice to other artists, there are people below this conversation telling either agreement or disagreement, where former has been on more popular side so it is not something that only bugs me.

My only point of that example was that they're (well, not all but most) insults, and that's how the "this reminds me of" feels too. An insult. You don't probably see or feel it this way and it's fine. It's your opinion.
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Kayru-Kitsune Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Crazdude Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for writing this journal! I think I may respond with comments like this by sharing this journal. Way easier than steaming about it or writing something on the fly.

I've been burned by this but also worse where I get a vague comment on an art piece saying: "Why does this remind me of this?" and a link to a picture that I'm left to assume is something the commenter believes is similar enough to my work (in concept, composition, characters, mood, theme, etc) for me to see. What am I supposed to do with this information? It riles me up because it SEEMS like they're saying "Have you seen this? I think you copied it!" The messed up thing is that no, I didn't see it. And no, I didn't copy anything. And no, it really doesn't look like my art, characters, etc. Just because there are two characters fighting in a digitally painted piece? C'mon. But of course, they didn't realize that they were coming off as accusatory and merely wanted to share a similar piece. *sigh* Gotta love those random, unintentional mind-f*ckings!

I trust that some of these people may learn to interact better and some will leave the site all together. But the sad thing is that this will continue to happen with every new wave of immature, inexperienced, poorly-socialized young-adults roaming the internet. I realize that it's up to the us to handle them as they occur: don't give in, don't let it bother us, and try to speak sanity (if the situation allows - how will they learn if they don't hear how their attitude is unappreciated?) Otherwise, hiding the comment or blocking the user works nicely too.
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NinjaKato Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I actually have a journal about this a while ago, but it was more or less me myself feeling as though my characters are artwork weren't very 'unique'. This thought came about through the amount of times people kept saying "This reminds me of my character!" or "This character reminds me of '_______'!!" (fill in the blank with any character really)... and even if it's not intended to do harm, it can and will if said in a certain context.
Now, a person can create a white fox character and give it red swirly markings... and, if you're someone like me (lol) who hasn't really seen or had much to do with the game 'Okami', when someone comes up and says "This looks like the fox character from Okami!" or "nice picture of 'thefoxcharacterfromOkami'!!". In reality it's meant to be an original character, and if someone were to take the time to actually compare your character and the character they're accusing it to be... they'd see the obvious differences. Still, people tend to be too lazy to do that kind of research so in the end if it looks like it, then it is it.
Oh you can try to explain that is not in the artist's description, in big bold letters, but people won't read. Why read when you can just as assume? If they're wrong sometimes they'll apologize for their ignorance and failure to read, but other times they'll argue and try to prove the character is just a copy cat/knockoff of an 'official' character. The response varies once their fault is pointed out...
What I find most entertaining is that those who claim to be 'fans' of these franchises can't seem to tell the official characters apart from people's OCs lol... For such hard up fans devoted to 'Okami' somehow every white wolf with red markings is Amaterasu :XD: or 'Wolf's Rain' fans are insistent that every white wolf with yellow eyes is Kiba. You'd think they'd know the characters they're devoted to enough to know the difference... ;I
It's painfully obvious... they don't.


To put out a little 'vent' here (because this has actually happened to me pretty recently with a character I've just put out)... the only thing I find incredibly annoying about the whole situation is when people don't bother to read the information that's put there so they DON'T confuse a character for something/someone else. The 'Artists Comments' section is there so the artist behind the work can write out a little bit of information on the artwork or character, to fill in the blanks or stave off confusion. But alas, people don't bother to read it... and instead proceed to bust out with the first assumption that comes to mind in most cases.
"Look! It's Ezio as a kitty! 8D" when it clearly says "This is not Ezio as a cat" is just one of the examples I can present at this time.
Although honestly, it doesn't bother me too terribly that people confuse a character for something or someone it's not meant to be/represent, but I guess what makes it peeve worthy is that once it's been announced by someone in a comment that the character looks like someone/something else... everyone else will see the same darn thing... and soon there's a million and one comments saying "Cute Ezio kitty! 8D"
It just makes a person face-palm to no end... especially when the evidence of their idiocy is right in front of their faces (multiple times in bold lettering) so they DON'T assume or get confused.

But I digress... the main reason I think people get mad or upset about when their characters are confused, claimed, or mistaken for another(s) is because in the end it really makes them feel as though they're not doing good enough. That a design or concept they must feel proud of or enjoy is essentially seen as a knockoff or duplicate of another(s) character. Then, as I said, once it's announced all of a sudden everyone who looks at the image/character will see the same thing simply because someone pointed it out once. It's like the ripple effect. You throw the stone in not thinking the ripples will stretch across the pond, but then they do. It's unintentional for the most part, but...
No one wants their idea or concept to be compared to that of another person (or persons) but in the end... it's just how people think. They compare things to what they've seen before.

Long comment is long... and possibly repeats itself a lot.
Forgive please? ^^;
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CantStoptheRobot Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
It's fine to mention that it reminds them of something.

It's not an insult.

Maybe you should be grateful for the opportunity to compare your work to something else. Exposing ideas you may have done better or worse. You could even contact the person with the similar idea, and work together in the future.

This just makes you sound whiny, over-sensitive and imperious.
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Well, as it've been proven in the comments, it is heavily based on the artist. Some think it's compliment, some are okay with it, some hate it. But as I've also said, even when it can be used as a compliment, it is very difficult to use and if you don't like pissing people off, you might want to avoid it just in nutcase.

To be quite honest I don't really see anyone ever contacting anyone who they've said to have similiriaties with, especially since often times it's about original characters reminding someone about a popular show/game whatever. When you've never experienced it yourself you don't quite see it as a bad thing, but when you post a picture and the only thing 50 people say is "Hey this reminds me of Okami" it gets really old and fast. And no, I'm not saying that they should post only something like "omg cool beautiful :)", because that's what the fave button is for.

You're free to take a hint or move on - that's the freedom of the internet, baby.
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CantStoptheRobot Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hmm. Well, whenever I see my characters echoed in something famous that I had or had not already seen, I always take it as a humbling experience, to inspire me to think deeper and find new ways to make my character an individual. This seems like a much more productive attitude than just "don't say it."

I have contacted people who draw stuff similar to my own work. So far, the only result has been a mutual "<3"-fest, or ignoring me.

Thanks for responding to my message thoughtfully, by the way. Very refreshing.
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Waittiz Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012   Digital Artist
... I tried to look for the "Like" button... Didn't find it...

*A new episode in the series "The Most Clever Comments Ever"*
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Pff no more Facebook for you XD
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Waittiz Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   Digital Artist
I eats Facebook for breakfast! *NOM*
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Mirelisa Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I don't think pointing out a similarity makes you a dick. I've never understood these 'fantard memes' or whatever they were called. Like having your character compared to a pokémon or Barack Obama was the end of the world or something to get butthurt over. People view the world from their own point of view and see the things in art that are important to them. Just like a mother might be reminded of her own child by a picture of a bunny, a pokémon fan might be reminded of a pikachu.

Of course it's another thing to blame someone for plagiarism but you make it sound like it's a horrible thing to even mention a similarity. Try to think about it, "this reminds ME of Batman" might just mean that the person just read some Batman and the feelings he experienced then were similar to the feelings he experienced while looking at your painting. It's not really an accusation.
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
It's not about getting butthurt over, I've rarely seen that happening. :'D But it can be very annoying, especially if you happen to be little more popular and all your original character is getting is about what it reminds people of. Like I said, the comment itself doesn't give pretty much anything to the image, and if that's all you have to say it would be better to just keep it to yourself.

The point of journal is pretty much for people to see at themselves and think why would they even utter those words to someone. Yes, it is what it reminds YOU of, but it isn't necessary to rub it in people's faces.

Well, like in many things this is an opinion matter. :'D One of my main reasons to write this was because couple of my friends have heard this hunderd of times too many, and judging by the responses they're not the only ones annoyed by it. So if ever even one person goes to himself and takes a bit of this habit away, I've accomplished my task.
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Mirelisa Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Well, you were telling people to grow up and not be dicks. Calling someone a dick sounds a bit aggressive in my opinion. Guess that's just me then.
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
It was and is agressive. :'D I don't trust random people to learn if I pat them to head. But, as in many things in life, liking and not liking "this reminds me of" comments is very depending of the artist, and this is my opinion about it.
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Ryuza Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What it boils down to: THINK BEFORE YOU TALK (or comment).
If that's too difficult, at least THINK.
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
There's a fave button for the occasion when you don't have anything significant to say. I'd prefer that it was for brainless people too :I
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Ryuza Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Idd. Then there's those who whine about people who only fave and don't comment, like you have to comment SOMETHING because if it's only fave, it doesn't really mean anything RIGHT? Then some people feel forced to comment just something and stupid meaningless comments blurt out ._. sigh.
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Berneri Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you. ;-; I just removed one of my pictures where was my zebra-dog-character because it did keep getting these "Zecora"-comments and it was just so frustrating. <_< Wasn't first time when happening in my pictures, tho. Everything isn't pony! If I have dog-character with zebra-markings and zebra-mane.. IT'S NOT FROM A PONY IT'S FROM A ZEBRA. Rarara! I totally agree.
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Yeah, that's it when they go to the ridiculous level. I mean, a character who's blatantly based on Zebra and african culture 'cause WHOA ZEBRAS ARE FROM AFRICA WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT.

Someone else thought that hey Zebras are cool and since they're african and now magically have brains, so of course he would be affected by african culture.

NOPE NOW YOU'RE A COPYCAT.
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Zeldaemu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god this is so true! I seen your newest drawing and loved it & one of the first comments I seen was 'It looks like Amaterasu' or something Okami related and that's pathetic. Wow it's a white wolf that has red on it—that doesn't mean it's Amaterasu or ripping her off. I love Okami but didn't think that for a second.

It's like Wolf's Rain obsessed people, (I like it but I'm not obsessed XD) when they see a white wolf they'll comment 'This reminds me of Kiba' and once a blackish-blue wolf was drawn and someone commented 'This reminds me of Blue'.

It annoys the hell out of me too, haha! You could never see a character from something before but still end up drawing or imagining something similar. I don't see why people feel the need to post those stupid comments anyways.
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Fyi, I'm not Grypwolf.

But other than that I'm with the same line with you ;>
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Zeldaemu Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god I'm so sorry! Just ignore my stupidness, haha!
The link to this on her drawing so I just assumed it was hers... god I feel like a dumbass now XD
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Haha it's okay, don't worry, I understand the confusement :'D She'd never use quite a language like me, such a pure little thing.
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Grypwolf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
D8<
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
;)
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Kishari Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Agreed on so damn many levels.
Kyrsittää niin maan pirusti ku edelleen jotku (harvat) ihmiset tulee sanomaan että esim. Abyss muistuttaa hirveesti Jokeria, jotta olenko saanut siitä hahmosta inspistä Abyssin luontiin... Pinheadia taas on verrattu johonkin FMA:n hahmoon (en ikinä muista nimeä) jne. Rasittaa koko perkleen asia. T__T Abyssia tehdessäni en ollut nähnyt yhtäkään Jokeria missään, koska en satu lukemaan/katsomaan Spidermania tai Batmania vai missä ihmeessä se hahmo onkaan ollu. Liekö sit tuo virne, joka on niin copyrighted to Jokeri? *deep sigh* (ekan kerran näin mieleiseni Jokerin siinä uudessa Batman Darknight leffassa)
Mutta tosiaan. Hieno journali, hienosti kirjoitettu teksti, ehdoton fave.
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Yeah... if it has a wide grin, it's a Joker. There's no other way around. No other character in existence can possibly have a wide grin.</sarcasm>
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Spiccan Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hahaa :'D I hear that a lot in my school critique sessions. If someone commented a picture saying it reminded them of Okami because of a really unique artstyle, colours or Japanese cultural influences that would most likely be a comliment meaning the picture has impressed the viewer like the said game. Instead if a comic with white (fantasy) wolf was told to remind them of Okami it wouldn't feel that great, just boring and really irritating. Like the artist didn't notice the similarities himself and even if he did, so what? Playing the captain obious doesn't make anyone seem clever. I think some bad examples of "this reminds me of" are mostly used when people don't have anything better to say, so they focus on the only thing they can see in the picture: something familiar to them. I don't mean the stuffs can't be compared, but it'd me more meaningful to give the artist some new aspects of their work.
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
In critique sessions this is something I can understand if it's explained. However, using "This reminds me of-" is very dangerous compliment, because no matter how you try to explain that the color scheme relaxes the eye same way as in the game and you get same vibes you liked, I at least would just feel "Oh... so it feels like a game you played, but I didn't manage to stir any unique feeling in you."

It's the worst if it's actually an OC they're critizing, not a painting as whole. Because really, a white wolf with some swirly things isn't that unique. The commenter might not think much, but the artist can get really demotivated. Maybe the character is really unique, it has detailed background and fancy personality, but commenting like that makes the artist feel that the only thing they see is okami and you as a silly copycat. :/

If all you have to say is "this reminds me of" then you'd better off just saying nothing, faving and continuing your life.
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Spiccan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You are very right with you comment about humiliating the uniqueness of the work when comparing it to something already existing, but I still think it depends on the target very much. In some cases "this reminds me of - " may be used as synonym of something really well done. Okami for example is known for that really radical choice of artstyle compared to majority of games, and it can be quite a compliment if you manage to do something as revolutionary as it has. I've also heard comics "reminding people of Neil Gaiman's work" compliment and it works well too, because the writer is very known for good, exiting and working stories.

Then again, using "this reminds me of - " with OCs isn't very wise to begin with. It's very difficult to judge an OC without proper context. If people only look into the desing, they're only seeing one part of the character, and it can't be critisized as whole.

I too think it's best to keep one's words to oneself if only thing they have to say is "this reminds me of" unless it's something rarely known and the artist may be interested to know about it, not to get depressed about it. Every person is an individual and should be treated as one.
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Hmm, I'm not quite as opposing to comparing arts style to something, since style is easily affected, and many artists have an favourite who they want to mimic to certain aspect and achieve same kind of feel :o Kind of, if I even once in my life could get the same feel in my comics as Don Rosa does, I'd be very humbled. However, if I was compared "this looks like a cover of Uncle Scrooge's memories", I'd wouldn't feel... quite the same.

Believe me, artists who are on more of the top of mountain have probably heard it millions times, which is the core reason to this journal. :C I know I don't like it, and when my friends started to hear it hunderds of times too many, I decided to snap people on their noses. "This reminds me of" is not necessarily bad comment, but since the usage is so difficult and the reaction so dependant on artist, it's best to leave the thought to yourself.

And a character, no matter how similiar to other it might be, rarely is a straight copy of anything especially if the artist doesn't even know the series. Using years and years of thought work on character who is just gonna hear "Is this Okami is this Okami is this Amateruasy this reminds me of Okami" might be little... offsetting. :<
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McRomu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I think this has happened to me too sometimes (rarely tho?), that someone might have mentioned that one of my oc reminds them of someone else. I go look at the said character my oc reminds them of and for a while I'm like "well fuck. Need new ideas"... Buuut I usually get over it xD Cause yeah, I've learned to accept that there are going to be similar characters and similar ideas made by different people, even if they are not aware of it. Aware that something that you create out of the blue might be already made by few other people too xP Ugh, what am I saying.

Well, basically my advice is that if people come to tell you guys that your creature looks like a emo-sasuke-pokémon... Well, screw them. Cause you know you character is not emo-sasuke-pokémon, that's the most important =m=

Btw, I get more annoyed when people go comment my friend's pics like that; "hey, this reminds me a bit of this and that" lol.

I'm trying to stop myself from talking--- writing too much...
UH, anyway even though it annoys me too, I don't think people mean any harm when they comment like that. Maybe they just feel the need to comment? And drawings are (sometimes? often?) supposed to make people think, notice and feel thingies, and if the very thing they notice is that the drawing reminds them of something else and they want to share it, so be it.

I understand it can get pretty annoying. But. Um. Yeah. I don't really have nothing else to say, cause I haven't experienced these kind of situations too much myself. I should be sleeping...
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Yeah :'D It's understable that things seem similiar. And our brain is constructed to work that if we see something, we try to connect it to what we know - that gives us ability to learn and think up new things by mixing stuff we know. But I just don't understand why people have the need to be smartass and rub it in other's faces.

They don't mean harm, but it makes them seem so selfish pricks and I just want them to stop it :C What art is supposed to do varies really to artist to artist, you shouldn't believe everything they tell you at those fancy art schools. There are people who do art because they just like to do art. There are people who just want to do something what pleases our eyes. It also varies from art to art, oen day there might be vent art, other symbolic, other just because they wanted to art...

I experienced when I was younger and Pokemon was top thing around, and I hated it to the core that people would accuse my creatures to be pokemon or digimon. :'D It haven't happened lately to me, but it keeps happening to my friends and like you, I get enraged when people are ticking my friends off >:C
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McRomu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
And I think I kind of missed the point of the journal in my reply, but what the heck. At least it looks like a nice, long reply.
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Kiosa Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Well it actually the same with the human characters too: "This one has a black hair, obiviously a Sasuke-copy" ... :---D Or when you draw a comic with cat eared girl, it automatically becomes a Tokyo Mew Mew copy. It's impossible to be 100% original, because whatever you do, somebody has already done something similiar.

The most funniest thing happened to me was someone complaining me that I was copying Tokyo Mew Mew in my Nekomew comic even though IT WAS CLEARLY TAKING WAY MORE INFLUENCE FROM SAILOR MOON AND KAMIKAZE KAITOU JEANNE than from Tokyo Mew Mew. It was only the cat ears and tail, which actually might have originally come from Time Stranger Kyoko (Arina Tanemura drew cat ears and tail on herself) not from Tokyo Mew Mew and the "Mew" word (because Nekonyaa sounded stupid). And when I looked at that person's homepage, there was a cliché dog/wolf comic MADE USING BASES.And paint. Just... What the fuck is wrong with the people?
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Yeah... :'D Animals, humans... in everywhere they see similiarity. It's mostly because our brains activately tries to connect things to stuff they already know, and I accept that, I just don't get it why people need to stuff it in artist's face.

That sounds like... quality right there.
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