So, I am an artist. I know I'm not as good as the big names, but I think my art is fine for what I do with it (i.e. the chibi art of Sound Waves, the minimalism of Stress Puppy, and the moodiness of Head Above Water. Notice I'm not trying to draw the Justice League here). I continually sweat my page layouts, making things in the panels flow with how the eye follows the action (in Head Above Water #1, I draw Amber walking through a forest from the right side of the page to the left. Ideally, she should be going left to right, the same way people would read the words, but I wanted the scene to highlight how out of sync with the world she felt, and making her move in conflict with readers' actions seemed a perfect fit), and other metaphorical things to compensate for my lack of skill. I'm like a B movie maker -- I don't have the resources to do just anything, so I keep the audience interested in other ways that I can pull off. As John Wayne said, "A man's gotta know his limitations." So it really disappoints me when someone who can draw whatever their mind can conceive, who has no limitations, resorts to cheating.
Spawn #195 came out last week. Here's a two-page spread from the issue:
I would like to direct your attention here:
Now, we zoom in closer:
Now, let's put this in perspective, shall we?
I know devianTARTs rip each other off all the time, but isn't this a bit much?
I'm waiting to hear the explanation given for this. As someone who once had a dream where he opened a copy of Youngblood and saw a layout similar to Sound Waves (it wasn't a nightmare, I woke up and started laughing, in fact), I wait with pent-up amusement.