re: Too similar to someone elses work?



  • @Melissa-Bailey-0 Thanks for sharing your opinion. I only work digitally - although aiming for a more painterly style, and the artist (Becca Stadlander) only works traditionally. Wouldn't do a very different colour palette.



  • @LouD thanks for introducing me to Mary Cassatt and for your advice. Her name is Becca Stadlander

    Yeah I defiantly worry about it as I like both her style and the subjects matter she draws.



  • @Nyrryl-Cadiz Thanks. Yeah I thought i might be thinking too much about it 🙂



  • @mollylgm I saw the original painting and knew it was Becca's right away...I worked for years with her. She's a great artist. I think the subject matter is common because the action of sitting at a table drinking is common. I wouldn't worry about copying at all. I saw you mentioned you work digital so I'm sure it will have a different vibe anyways. Would love to see your finished piece, please share!



  • This isn’t the feedback you asked for lol but thought I might share my experience. I have had a few times when the ‘influence’ of another artist or designer is too strong in my mind, and so I unfollow them and stop looking at their work.
    Once this artist friend of mine and I were making similarish paintings... and it seemed like our styles and feels were moving closer and closer together. So I altered what I was doing to avoid it, and I’ll tell ya, I think that really threw me off for a while. I wish I’d just stopped looking at her work instead and carried on my own way.
    Another time, I really loved the work by an artist but it didn’t fit the direction I wanted to go at all. But it kept popping up in the peripheries of my mind, trying to sneak it’s way in. So I unfollowed her too lol!

    If you’re having that concern early on in your sketches, it might be a sign that the influence is too strong and you need a break from seeing her work so you can follow yours 🙂. It’s a weird caveat to looking at your influences/role models, I think. Just something to think about!



  • @KaraDaniel aha her work is gorgeous. How did you work her? I agree with your comment on your action....i mean there are only so many ways to drink a cup of tea or eat a scone while sitting at a table in a natural and aesthetic looking way. Thanks for your words of encouragement 🙂



  • @KayPotter No thank you for sharing! I totally agree with everything you've said and going to give it a go. Sometimes I feel myself falling into the trap of too much comparison with certain artists/illustrators and it gets kind of unhealthy as I end up feeling simultaneously that nothing I make is good enough because it doesn't look like X, Y or Zs work, but at the same time I don't want it to either!



  • @mollylgm we both worked as botanical artists at a company that created garden railways across the US and Canada. She left to become a full time illustrator and is very talented!



  • @mollylgm
    Well said!



  • @KaraDaniel oh wow! That sounds awesome 🙂


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