Artistic Plagiarism or Homage?
Hello, I am new here and I am looking for a bit of advice from the more well informed artists here. I've run into somewhat of an artistic dilemma.
I have been illustrating a comic book I eventually plan on selling. There is a page in the comic where a girl's soul is leaving her body and I illustrated it in a similar manner that well known new age painter Alex Grey originated and is known for. I am a big fan of his art and I can't think of a more graphically interesting and just plain awesomely cool looking way to illustrate this subject/scene...
While I've changed the medium used, the pattern, the colors, and overall look of the tunnel of eyes it is obviously not my original idea but I just can't think of any other way I could illustrate this to have the same visual impact.
So my dilemma is do I just forge ahead and admit to my self that I have stylistically plagiarized and am paying homage to Alex Grey (and write a thank you for inspiration in the footnotes? ), or should I abandon this and start over?
Is what I've done legal? Could I run into trouble here?
I've posted the images in question. Thank you for any and all advice in advance!