But here is is.
I mean, this isn’t anything new. Everyone has seen their fair share of Itou Noizi/Tony/insert name here copycats. But what is more interesting is that we have artists like El-zeng, who copies many styles and in some ways surpasses them. The above image is in the style of redjuice, who seems to be his favorite artist.
But it always feels like a surprise, you know, when you realize the connection between things.
When I saw that, I had no idea how to react. First, I went “Seriously? What kind of idiot are you, copying off of Hiro Suzuhira like that?”. Then, I realized that he actually credited her as the original artist. And after that, I realized that I prefer El-zeng’s version over the original. Usually, and let’s be frank here, copies are crap. They look awful, and the reason for that is a less skilled artist is taking an image and changing it, calling it their own. But their modifications are absolutely awful due to the aforementioned lack of skill. Sometimes a fan of the original notices and starts flaming, sometimes no one notices. Usually, people looks down on the copier, and think that the copier did something wrong, and maybe unforgivable.
But what do you do when there is credit AND it looks better than the original? In some ways that’s no different from those “anime wallpapers” that you see all over the place (I put brackets because they often aren’t images from anime). But there is still that lingering feeling of disgust or annoyance, that feeling of “why are you doing this?”
How do you feel about this?