I was going to create a “staying creative blog post” based on my work being copied, (as I had emailed this girl last week asking not to distribute the work along with the lovely Harriet gray who’s work is also being copied) but today I received an image and a message that my work has now been printed onto mugs with the below comment under the IG photo. So I thought Now it takes a lot for me to do this, I have contemplated not posting images with the instagram handle but I am so disappointed, I sent countless emails to this girl asking not to distribute work or to share copied versions of my big pop illustration that she has called “Pops” which is a blatant rip off of my work. If you have copied work or have been inspired by something, link me back I get a ton of emails from people a day saying they love my work and are inspired by it and create a similar version in a similar style, people have IG’ed me with similar images with links back to me, I am the original owner of the work its common courtesy isn’t it?
To begin with my work is my livelihood, this is how I make my money, this is my life, my work. This is absolutely disgusting how someone can think that this is in anyway acceptable, it is a carbon copy there are no two ways out of it. The girl had emailed me stating “all she does is copy it,” with no means to distribute the work then this pops up, it is truly horrendous as an artist putting your work out there, if you are lucky you will inspire someone, but this is just copying. She said she “had no intention of stopping as she didn’t see an issue with it.” But as this is my business and the illustrations are under copy write and are licensed out to large companies around the world, I will have no choice but to take legal action if the work is not stopped or removed. That’s the consequences…
I understand you can be inspired by artists, thats great i am not disputing that, but to put my work onto products and to ignore email requests from me and other well known illustrators I think its beyond acceptable and this blog post is a very polite version of what I could have posted.
Now I don’t know this girl, but the other day I put it down to her being young, possibly naive to the whole copy write infringement and plagiarism but to be asked to stop then distribute my work and claim and sign it as her own pretty is damning! ( i had spoken to her in private for a few emails there is only so long you can ignore someone!) There is no excuse, why not say it is inspired by me, link me back, but it is at the end of the day a poor excuse for art. Where as maybe last week she had my sympathy, that has back fired to just out and out anger! You can’t hide behind the fact you blocked me from Instagram and then carried on sharing stolen work, the world doesn’t work like that and if I am honest I feel very sorry for you.
I didn’t want to have to be so bold and put this out there but I have had a enough, yes its not a big company like the stuff Gemma Corell has to put up with, but this illustration has meant I have been able to save up to follow my dream and imagine having that idea, drawing, writing or what ever you do copied and share as if you had never put the hard work in? Either way it is not acceptable and it isn’t the best form or flattery it is the best form of nothing but utter blatant piss taking!
This wasn’t the only work copied other friends and illustrators had had their work copied and posted. My big pop illustration wasn’t the only one ripped off i had the tea cups copied too! I am about to plunge into this full time, this work is how I survive…its not a matter I think should be swept under the cover, I hope next time someone thinks “i will make a quick penny,” “i’m just giving this to a friend” “it makes me happy to copy other peoples work,” please think of the person behind the faceless internet, that this is my hard work! My 4 years studying at uni and my 7 years of working on my portfolio and style before you even think of ripping off someone so rudely! Please don’t take the time to attack the girl, yes she’s wrong, out of order and rude but it probably won’t solve the situation, but thank you for your kind words, support and advice so far.
PLEASE NOTE! I wouldn’t normally publicly name and shame but I gave her the benefit of the doubt (several emails) and she flaunted the fact she thought she could hide behind blocking me on Instagram. It’s very sad it has come to this. She hasn’t recently since we spoke put up an image “inspired by my favorite illustrators” 4 days ago but it doesn’t change the fact about 18 hours ago she posted the copied my big pop illo on a mug!