I’m seeing many media stories about the unattributed use of images, composition, layout — plagiarism — in visual arts & writing. Why? Maybe because some folks don’t understand what constitutes homage & what is theft.
Your work must be original – not a copy of other’s work. Using or closely imitating the works of another artist – literary, visual, musical – without authorization or crediting the original artist is, well, unacceptable.
It’s also not good business. Be inspired by others, sure! But let the inspiration generate work that is uniquely your own, so your audience loves your work. Copying a calendar image or someone else’s painting demonstrates you’re a copyist, not an artist. It can be a good learning exercise, but selling such work or passing it off as your own is theft of another’s creativity.
Find The Secret to true originality at Painter’s Keys, an art blog worth following. For another article with wonderful imagery & examples see “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” Not so fast. Learn to share your world vision. Inspire others. Don’t steal.