They do look similar, but that then I've been told I look like Matt Dillon (which is so not true).
Is this post based more on your own personal worries or have actually people giving you grief about the 'similarities'.
I have always been super impressed with your character designs, and reading your above post wants me to think about getting a new hobby instead of trying to learn how to draw.
PS I agree with DictatorCat your art is awesome.
Black hair with side parting is not copyrighted. It's a frikkin normal hair style, there's millions of women having it, in real life and fiction. And there's no reason for you to not use it either. Think of sloth in Full Metal Alchemist.
Second, blonde hair in twin tails is not copyrighted either, there's plenty people wearing it, plenty of characters in fiction and anime. So what?
You know, you did NOT copy a signature hair style like Sailor Moon or YuGiOh. Those are hair styles and looks that are perfectly normal. Don't get yourself worried with stupid accusations.
BTW: Your art is awesome.
well i'm sure other people will go yeah there is similiteries but sometimes alot of people make charas and they have no idea they look similier. but you have your own style going on.
heck I'm sure i have some charas of my own that may have a similitery
like my tsukimi she probably looks like infinite stratos and i never heard of it !
but tabitha does sorta remind me of lust from full metal alchemist sorta just not alot
Still I mostly never see the similarities between the characters because to me they are all unique.
The shapes are different, the hair style is different, heck the colors are even different.
I swear people can be such bigots.
People love comparisons, don't blame them, they're programmed to do it XD
Heavily inspired by? Yes.
Delivered with obvious talent? Absolutely.
One can easily point to commonalities with host of other predecessors. The former has elements of "Carmen Sandiego" of 'Where in the World is...' fame and "Elisa Maza" of Disney's 'Gargoyles.' The latter has a bit of "Jem" of the '... and the Holograms' cartoon. I'm sure we could assemble long lists of other ancestral characters -- many of which you have almost certainly never seen. Their similarities would hardly make them all "the same."
Even by the strictest standards you are in the clear. Such borrowing has been part of comic art history since the beginning. It is hard to believe you have been singled out for criticism given the uninspired mix-and-match 'creativity' that passes for 'originality' in many DA galleries.
The people who cry "rip off" the loudest are often those who are so ignorant as to believe that the alleged 'original' they defend wasn't also inspired by prior works. Critics unaware of such broader contexts reveal nothing except their own narrow lack of understanding.
Pay them no attention.
Any opinion based on flawed or inadequate information propagates those inadequacies, making respect for every opinion quite foolish.
Only a foolish tone-deaf man would offer his opinion of anything other than percussion, and only a fool would consider it if he did. Many in my country -- of various political stripes -- opine in favor of strict Constitutional interpretation, but when queried many have little knowledge of it's contents and still more believe the document to contains things that it does not. The opinions of those so misinformed may matter in the ballot box but are sheer idiocy anywhere else.
Only in matters of *pure* opinion are they all created equal.
(If this offends, I suppose you can chalk it up to opinion. If not, you might consider it a principled argument that can separate the wheat from the chaff.)
I say, if it looks like them, so what? You can't expect something ridiculously new after hundreds and thousands of years artists and writers have been creating characters. It's perfectly possible to have a twist to make them stand out, but overall? There's really not much else you can do. However, the real problem occurs when characters might have too much in common with another in design, personality, or both.
So far, I can't judge too much based on the designs alone, but the characters are pretty much stand-alone, even if the similarities between Asami and Tabitha are much more apparent. There's my rant for you :3
You're welcome ^^ and yes, rip-off sort of sounds creepy
I'm not sure if people are actually saying that these characters are ripoffs, I haven't seen any public comments that make that strong accusation. I just find it very hard to believe that so many here are NOT seeing the similarities.
We should ask ourselves, if Harley Quinn or Asami were our character and the creators of these OCs were making a lot of money selling comics or art, would we feel like they adapted some of our ideas for their own?
Anyway, you make some good points, I didn't know anything about Timothy Hunter and Harry Potter.