Artistic Plagiarism or Homage? - Artist Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of Old 11-03-2013, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 3
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!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	alex_grey.jpg
Views:	126
Size:	102.8 KB
ID:	5594  

BigMike is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of Old 11-03-2013, 11:24 AM
Senior Member
George924's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Corbin, KY
Posts: 369
No ones ideas are truly their own but your illustration comes very close to the original and could be deemed questionable. I would explore more on this piece and truly make it your own. When in question it is better to be safe than sorry.
George924 is offline  
post #3 of Old 11-03-2013, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 3
Thanks George! I appreciate your comments. I just don't know exactly how I could illustrate this idea of a tunnel made of eyes in a different enough way. Like you suggest, I will explore the idea more and see what I can come up with.
BigMike is offline  
post #4 of Old 11-03-2013, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 3
2nd try

I've re-worked it some, does anyone think this might be usable or does it look like a so-so version of something cooler? Any critique or comments appreciated, thanks!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	alex_grey2.jpg
Views:	172
Size:	101.1 KB
ID:	5626  

BigMike is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Artist Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome