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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.


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StarshineHaste Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student 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  Student 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  Professional General Artist
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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