Julia Pott’s Work Blatantly Stolen by Maxine Carsboult

This post is being made on behalf of Julia Pott.

An Illustration/Animation graduate from Kingston University 2007, she had great success with her film ‘My First Crush’ and has since gone on to develop a range of characters and designs with her unmistakable style.

However, just this week a girl called Maxine Carsboult was brought to our attention and it appears that she has not only used Julia’s work for her degree coursework but also many examples of students work from Kingston University. She has simply traced much of Julia’s work as you can see from the examples, only very small details are changed.

Maxine’s University has been contacted and efforts are now underway to ensure she pays the appropriate penalty for her outrageous plagiarism.

Examples below:

Some more, notice the cat design from Julia’s existing tattoo range currently on sale. Maxine has switched the angle, changed it a little and added a Santa hat. She’s also cut the arm off short where it normally held onto the original dog.

Next is Julia’s pillow print design featuring the big bear. Maxine has simply stolen, traced and re-coloured.

We found there was a Kingston University connection. This was a poster designed and drawn by a Kingston student for a local pub gig. Now look at the cat in the picture frame as part of the collection shown on Maxine’s website. You’ll also notice much of Julia’s work there too! (beach huts, animal party, the birds, bear etc.) We can only hope this wasn’t her degree show display, since it’s made up almost exclusively of other people’s work.

Copies of Irana Douer’s work, Irana’s are the first 2:

There are some subtle differences, they have been redrawn but the similarity is unmistakeable.

Here are some examples of Maxine stealing Amy Blackwell’s illustrations, again Amy’s are first:

Amy’s have been on sale on the internet for some time, Maxine has simply re-coloured the original.

Finally here is another one of Julia’s works, The Ocelot. Again Julia’s is first and the second picture shows Maxine holding the stolen image (claiming it as her own on her blog) this image was taken from the blog.

If you want to see more examples of Maxine’s theft, check out Julia’s site here : http://juliapott.blogspot.com/

Compare that to Maxine’s site here: http://cowgirlmax.blogspot.com/

Shameful…there’s no other word for it.

There are many more examples of theft on her various websites and we doubt that ANYTHING she has or is exhibiting is her own work. Has anyone actually seen her draw a picture?

…Friends of Julia…

It has also come to our attention that she has stolen the work of Gemma Corell, Amy Blackwell, Nan Lawson, Kate Wilson, Iran Douer and others who at the moment we cannot confirm as of writing.

STOP PRESS – as of the 13th July 2010 ALL examples of Maxine Carsboult’s stolen work has disappeared without trace from the internet.

The following accounts have been deleted:

Facebook,

Twitter,

Tumblr,

http://cowgirlmax.blogspot.com/

http://cowgirlmax.carbonmade.com,

http://flavours.me/cowgirlmax

Her references on the Yellow Jelly site have been removed.

81 comments

  • Vengeful Turkey

    Out of curiosity – is anyone taking this any further? Contacting the University, for example? I doubt they want the bother, but there’s plenty of precedence for universities revoking degrees on the basis of plagiarism.

  • I can’t understand why people do this… do they think no one is going to find out?

  • i cannot understand the mentality behind this kind of thing. the stupidity and sheer laziness is obvious but how can they justify it in their own heads!? why go so far in art Uni just to steal? do they feel proud looking at their end of year work? do they even consider for a moment the theft or do they convince themselves its a “inspired by…” or “in the style of…”. And what comes after? when they leave Uni do they expect to make their career this way and not expect to get caught?
    this girl deserves to be booted from her course.
    there were others out there who applied that deserved her place in that degree course who didnt get it because of her. this is disgusting

  • It boggles my mind why she would steal pretty simple drawings of buildings! Sure, they’re cute and all but she got that far in art school and had to steal drawings of sheds?

  • Look, I understand that this girl stole tons of work from an artist and doesn’t deserve to be in that art school, but should this be published on a popular website? I mean, isn’t there a risk that this girl will be harassed or that her reputation is ruined (ok, she doesn’t deserve a reputation, but still…makes me uncomfortable).

    I can’t view her website now (since it’s been deleted and the cache is limited display), but from what I can see she wasn’t selling this stuff or making money from it. I absolutely understand that this does not compensate for the blatant plagiarism, but I still think she should not be presented here.

    Maybe they could have just simply contacted her university…?

  • @Shan Shortcut

    Blatant plagiarism shouldn’t be presented on a blog solely dedicated to reporting plagiarism and copyright infringement? That makes perfect sense.

    If she didn’t want her reputation ruined she shouldn’t have plagiarized the majority of her body of work. Harassment isn’t okay but she certainly deserves the black mark she’s receiving on her credibility. She did it to herself.

  • @shan shortcut

    That girl deserves to be put to shame. She has no right stealing other people’s art and claiming it as her own. I think what happened to her is exactly what should happen, if she took the websites down, it’s because she knows what she did was wrong. Like any hype this one will calm down in a few weeks. But what she going though right now? nothing compared to having your style stolen.

  • @shan shortcut I’ve just graduated with a degree in Graphic Design, albeit at a different Uni than this girl. I’ve spent 3 years working my arse off coming up with my own ideas and solutions to briefs and projects set by the Uni. How easy it would have been to have loaded up a page on the web, copied what was in front of me and passed it off as my own.

    She has gained a BA Honours with no work of her own and no evidence of being able to think on her own. Her degree is a lie from start to finish. Ask yourself if you were a potential employer would you want this person working for you?

    If a single employer, googling her name in 18 months time when she has applied for a job, happens across this site then its done a great job.

  • I’m glad this eventually got posted (I had submitted my own version, but it didn’t get approved for ages).

    The cat in the gig poster was stolen from a drawing of mine
    (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gemmacorrell/4547736297/)
    and she also copied several other drawings of mine.

    Just because she wasn’t making money from it does not make it less frustrating for me, or Julia or any of the other artists mentioned. This girl got a degree from pretty much entirely plagarised work. It isn’t fair on the students (like Jane, above) who work hard to develop a style and a voice.

    And it’s bloody annoying that this happens so often- although this is obviously an extreme case. She didn’t even bother trying to change the images from the originals, apart from colouring them in!

  • Also, the University was contacted and they are apparently “looking into” the matter.
    Maxine has not been in contact with any of us.

  • Edit:
    The info above is incorrect, where it says:

    “We found there was a Kingston University connection. This was a poster designed and drawn by a Kingston student for a local pub gig. Now look at the cat in the picture frame as part of the collection shown on Maxine’s website.”

    I believe the poster was drawn by Miss Carsboult. The cat in the image is mine. The teacups were probably also nicked from somewhere.

  • @Shan

    This is theft of intelectual property pure and simple. Quite frankly Maxine Carsboult deserves to be hung, drawn and quartered not just for taking such outrageous liberties with other peoples livelihoods but for failing to acknowledge her mistakes and making the appropriate apologies.

    @Maxine

    If your reading this, do yourself a favor and apologise to each and every artist you’ve hurt during this, it will go a long way to helping your case.

  • I am sympathetic to Shan’s view.

    That this person has done something very wrong is without question. I do think however that the person’s tutors had a responsibility to spot this and take action earlier. This could have saved her degree (if it has been revoked) and the mark now placed upon her.

    Taking a longer view, I believe there is a ticking time bomb regarding illustrative ‘styles’. When a ‘style’ is simply based on how someone depicts the world, we will swiftly reach a point (hastened significantly by the internet) where there is extreme visual overlap. Those with simpler styles will inevitably be more at risk from copying, conscious or otherwise.

    I worry for the illustration students of the future. It may feel like a game of musical chairs. Where all the chairs are already taken.

  • Nikki Jackson

    There’s a difference between appropriation and blatantly reaching for the tracing paper.

  • @Shikamaru

    No one is talking about ‘styles’ here. There are many artist that share a similar style, we all know and accept this. What this girl did was theft. As Nikki Jackson said, she stole artwork, traced it, and tried to pass it off as her own work.

    As for the tutors being responsible for this students actions : art tutors are there to teach art, not personal ethics. This student is not 12 years old. She’s a big girl, and can now learn a big girl lesson.

  • Wow, I cannot believe someone would even do that, so blatently aswell! She deserves to have her degree taken off her and to never work in the creative industry! If she feels this is appropriate to do for her degree then who knows what she would do within a creative job.

  • For some reason this posting does not match the original. On my original there are other images which for some reason don’t show up here. Any idea who I can contact to fix it? When I click edit they appear but on this public version, not so.

    Anyone who thinks that this expose is in some way cruel should hide their head in shame. Stealing someones work, not just the idea or the concept but just tracing over it, re-couloring and presenting as your own are inexcusable and no different from theft in many instances.

    If she recieves negative attention, then she has brought this on herself and needs to be punished in some shape or form for what she has done not only to herself but in effecting the work and brands of those she stole from. Just like you would want someone punished who stole your purse or phone, so should Maxine Carsboult be hauled over the coals and exposed for the cheat she is. There is no excuse for it.

  • There is a lesson that is taught in child development about disciplining children rather than punishing them…Theoretically, when a child has done something bad, the shear embarrassment and guilt that they feel initially is enough of a lesson, and that their parents need not re-punish them. For example, if a child gets in trouble for something at school, they already were disciplined by their teacher, shamed by the classmates, talked to by the principal, etc. Parents lecturing them when they get home only creates resentment and more guilt. Not saying that Maxine in anyway is as innocent as a child, but I always think about adults and the way they treat children when it comes to deliberate crimes, such as plagiarism. Maxine’s shame and guilt, along with her denial into the public job market and relinquishing of her degree should be punishment enough. She need not be blasted by her contemporaries and colleagues. Besides, it makes it that much harder for her to apologize for what she’s done. That being said, I would kick her in the face if she did that to me : )

  • Shan Shortcut

    I understand everyone’s view here, and believe me, I am in no way defending what she did here. This was blatant plagiarism and she deserves punishment, and certainly deserves to have that art degree taken away from her.

    I have some friends who are doing college degrees in graphic design and fine arts, so I KNOW the incredible amount of hard work and thought that goes into achieving a degree, so I am not ignorant of that.

    But I was merely thinking if something like this can really traumatize her. What I mean is, this website is popular, and now so many people know this about her, I am just worried that she doesn’t get bullied or something like that.

    I think the punishment should be there – mainly having her degree taken away from her, because she got it by simply stealing other people’s hard work. And she doesn’t deserve to work in the creative industry, unless she starts her degree from scratch and proves herself WITHOUT any plagiarism. But then maybe just leave it at that?

  • Wow, she’s hot, I’d slam her.

    @maxine: if your reading, you can make ‘art’ with me if you want, I’d pay you ;p

  • @Shikamaru

    Don’t try to sluff some of the blame off on the instructors. They catch plagiarism when they can but they don’t have a mental catalog of every artist’s work in the world. It is not the instructor’s job nor responsibility to police their students’ complete lack of ethics. This girl is college-aged and one usually learns it’s wrong to steal by the time they’re five years old. She knew better, and the responsibility for her actions sits squarely on her shoulders and hers alone.

  • To any and all feeling sorry for the thief, ask yourself: if it was YOUR original work that was being stolen wholesale here, would you feel sympathy for them? Really?

    I can understand cringing on a human level for this person, but in all honesty for me the answer would be “no”. And for this artist not myself who was blatantly ripped off here the answer is “no”.

    Remember, plagiarism cuts both ways-it’s entirely possible that anyone seeing the work of the original artist somewhere down the line will mistakenly think SHE plagiarised. It’s just an awful thing to have done. And she did it all to herself very deliberately.

    I would love to read just once an honest, full-out interview with a plagiarist of this magnitude and hear their reasoning for why they did it.

  • In the future, take screenshots of the offending website (or download the whole thing altogether) in the event that the thief packs up and leaves during the night like this.

    As someone else mentioned, you can contact the university she “graduated” from just for laughs; nothing may come of it, but there have been people who’ve had their degrees revoked.

  • Her university knows and probably doesn’t care. This article has done enough.

  • Wow, she is so..beautiful, and looks rather cute and innocent.
    Sigh, why did she have to do this :(

  • What this girl has done is absolutely disgraceful, and to all those who say ‘it’s harmless because she wasn’t making money off it’ are totally clueless. Firstly, to complete a degree in Illustration and Animation should show originality, creativity and artistic talent, not that you can trace somebody else’s work and call it your own.

    Also, I saw on her blog that she has an etsy shop, so I checked it out. Does this print that she’s selling look familiar?

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/52964865/woolly-bear-5-x-7-print

    Thought so. If this ruins her and makes her degree worthless, then YTWWN has done its job.

  • She was certainly being true to her archetype. As her website said, she was:

    “dubbed ‘cowgirl max’ by a tutor at uni for being a bit of an outlaw”

    Also a mistress of understatement – A BIT of an outlaw? She went the whole hog!

    I expect to see her sticking up banks on Crimewatch before the year is out.

  • Vicki: Also, I saw on her blog that she has an etsy shop, so I checked it out. Does this print that she’s selling look familiar?

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/52964865/woolly-bear-5-x-7-print

    What? This is the Etsy shop of Julia Potts (the wronged illustrator) NOT Maxine Carsboult. In your zeal, please check you’ve got the facts right before you post. I’m not defending Ms Carsboult’s actions btw.

  • Whatever Tom, who cares what she looks like? I hope she feels terrible and taht she wakes up every morning pinching herself, hoping it’s all a bad dream.

  • I am stunned that there are people out there like “shan shortcut” and “Shikamaru”

    Do you people hold anybody responsible for ANYTHING?

    This girl deserves to be shamed, humiliated, and have her career and reputation destroyed. She did it to herself.

    She is a stone cold fraud.

    She will never outrun this and I hope she reads this.

  • I’m very happy that this website exists and that people like Maxine Carsboult get what they deserve. I really can’t stand fakers and especially not people who rip off other artists’ great work and get all the fame. That’s way too freaking easy. And she used it to gain profit. To sell work, to get a degree, to become a popular illustrator/designer. Nothing can justify that. nothing.

    To me there is no reason at all why she shouldn’t be put to shame here. It’s only a small cost she has to pay. Things like these should be discussed in court or something. I think this is a serious matter. An artist puts his heart and soul in his work, sweats and works his ass off to come up with new and creative artwork. And tries to make his living with it ! Which is hard work.

    My heart goes to those who have been ripped off. That must be the suckiest feeling.

    Actually she made it worse by deleting every website. She just walked away and the problem got solved. Freaking lame ! she’s a cow-ard ( get it ? ).(I hope you read this Maxine! ) well, what she should do, at least ! is personally apologize to every artist she ripped off and just explain why she did this. how difficult is that ? over the internet it’s even fairly easy and anonymous. If she then would start all over and make very cool stuff of her own, I could kinda forgive her. But right now, that’s never gonna happen. Wherever she appears I’ll be watching closely too. She better finds another job or new name.

    Keep up the good work here cyberpolice :) ! The illustrating world needs you

    Dimitri / Jangojim from Belgium

  • This is just a shame. Not only for the designer, who knowingly ripped off another designers work but also for the college she attended!
    How can they let this kind of thing go on? And what measures have they put in place to stop this happening in the future?

  • here’s a secret, art schools/universities don’t care too hard about plagiarism. You think they would, but the only concern of most instructors is their check instead of education. She’ll get her BFA alright, but it’s worthless if this is what she brings to the table.

  • This is the worst plagiarism I have ever seen! The only good thing from this is I’ve found a new love for Julia Potts work and that the ‘cowboy’ is finally being exposed for what she really is, frauuuudster!

  • I went to college with Maxine. She was always praised on how good her work is.

    I found Julia’s blog a few months before our end of year show so when I saw Maxines work I couldn’t stop thinking about how I’d seen it before. After looking through my bookmarks I found Julia. I told a few friends who some of which contacted Julia. I’m so happy I spoke up. This girl does not deserve a degree in art or design.

    You can be inspired by someones work which can lead you to develop your style of drawing and design. But to blatantly rip off someones work is an absolute disgrace.

  • i also went to uni with maxine and told my friend how good i thought her work was..well how good JULIAS work is..i think this is disgusting!on her blog she writes about her “Own Work” which is absolute crap! i also worked my ass off for years to get a degree and think this girl should have her degree revoked and should NEVER be employed in the design industry as clearly all she is good at is tracing! This is so wrong, and anyone who has sympathy for the girl shouldn’t, she is a fraud and has based years of work on other peoples (Or copied other people i should say)..what a waste of time for maxine as she clearly isnt ever going to be a desgner and has wasted her time going to uni as now she will have to find a different career..silly silly girl.

  • also another uni go-er with her. loved her work but it is insulting and disgusting how blatant she has been about this. Theres a small portion of me that feels slightly sorry for her, but its overwhelmed by the screaming obviousness of what she has done, and im glad an example has been made of it.

    at the end of the day i may not be the most talented, but atleast my talent is my own.

  • People who have gone to uni with her – do you know if the university did anything about this?!

  • Hi, I’m not sure. I hope they have, but knowing our tutors, they might have just swept it under the carpet!

  • i hadn’t heard of julia before reading this article, but as i went through and read it, i got more and more pissed off at maxine. this girl must have major nerve and some kind of complex to be able to justify this bullshit. i’m only a senior in high school, but i’m planning on attending art school and if i found out that someone had done something of this magnitude (or even lesser, for that matter) to myself or another artist at my school, i would probably hunt them down and kick their ass myself.

    cute or not, i have absolutely no capacity for sympathy when it comes to such brazen plagiarism and disregard for the time and effort that OTHER PEOPLE spend on their artwork.

    - XOB

  • Yet another fellow student… I’ve heard that when confronted by tutors Maxine denied that she’d copied and actually tried to make out that it was Julia who’d stolen the work. She apparently said something along the lines of “it’s just some artist with nothing better to do”. I’m really hoping that our tutors saw through it given that she’d copied so many illustrators. Also, Maxine used the work for her foundation degree show – she was going to be starting the BA hons progression year next month so it remains to be seen whether she’ll be allowed on to it now. I’m afraid I have to agree with the others when they say that it’ll probably get swept under the carpet; it’s a new course and the tutors are doing everything they can to make it look “good”. If they don’t do anything then it’s an insult to the rest of us who’ve slaved away to get good grades on our degrees. But like someone said above, we may not have the greatest talent but at least it’s our own.

    Will keep everyone updated if I hear more.

  • Update already… she’s written on Facebook (via her boyfriend’s profile) that she’s going back to uni, was asking when she starts… so looks like they’ve done nothing about it.

  • My friend told me about this site so I thought I would have a browse, you can imagine my surprise to find Maxine had stolen my work too!! In the picture of her degree show is a tree print, I designed my tree print in my final year at Brighton in 2008. Its not an exact copy of mine but its so similar that I am in no doubt that she ripped me off, some of the tree shapes are exactly the same. Here’s a link to my site with the print http://www.iamciara.co.uk/trees.html.

    It really really annoys me when people do this, its so underhand and dishonest. Why would you want to be an illustrator if you can’t come up with your own original ideas?! What I also find hard is the idea that this is the tip of iceberg, many plagarisms never get found out. I just hope she’s been dealt with accordingly.

  • I read the comment above about her asking when she goes back to uni,I wrote on here a while ago as I went to uni with her..I am disgusted that she could be allowed to continue and do the ba honours..I am planning on ringing the uni tomorrow and telling them exactly what I think..it is a disgrace and the uni should be made an example of if they let her back on. Ridiculous.

  • To anonymous above, I feel like she has plagarised my work and would like to voice my opinion to the uni. Is there any chance you would email me to say which one she went to? I wont mention your name, I just want to make sure they realise how serious this is…

  • @Ciara
    I believe she went to West Suffolk College.

  • She did go to west Suffolk college..although it may class as university campus Suffolk as it all the same building in bury at Edmunds..please please do contact the university aswell..we need as many people to contact them so they realise they cannot get away with letting her back into a course.

  • Another thing I thought of ( I posted something earlier here ) :

    if any (university or higher education) student, that is making a paper or thesis, plagiarizes only one paragraph or even sentence sometimes without referring to the original they will most of the time not succeed. At my university plagiarism is taken very seriously and if they find anything you wanted to cover up you get a zero and might get kicked off university. this Maxine just starts again ? that’s just crazy..she’s a thief and a faker

    It seems once again, art school isn’t taken that seriously. If they don’t do anything here it’s bad for the whole art business since degrees are worthless. ( if you have a good portfolio a degree isn’t always necessary, I agree) you can spend 3 or 4 years copying someone else’s stuff to get that degree and even build a career upon it. I can hardly imagine that’s why you want to be an illustrator. I think it’s more about getting recognition I think, but in the end that’s so stupid of her. sooner or later someone was gonna find out

    Maybe the school doesn’t want a storm, maybe the girl is very nice and they don’t want to give her a hard time. I don’t think she needs a big punishment or anything, but justice needs to be done. that’s just clear thinking. if this is ok, then you send out a message to a whole legion of lame art thieves. this is not what it’s about..

    thanks for the people who are on it.

  • “ARTISTS WITH NOTHING BETTER TO DO?!”

    this girl has some nerve!

    I’d understand if her work was of a similar style, but this isnt the case, she literally stole peoples artwork!

    I went to west suffolk college and witnessed this girls work at our exhibtion and I was the one who exposed Maxine of her plagiarism! I am fuming!

    if you want to complain here is the tutors email to whom will be teaching her if she manages to fool the college!

    [email protected]

    or call the college directly, type west suffolk college in google, suffolk campus is based in ipswich not bury, bury st edmunds is the uni you want.

  • I knew of a situation recently where a young student blatantly ripped off a well known and highly regarded artist’s style. The way that the well known artist dealt with it was really admirable. First he remarkably thanked the student for liking his work enough to draw it, and then he gently told him to stop, so that he could discover his own voice. It worked. I don’t feel it’s fair to name names, as the situation was dealt with in a mature and professional manner. Now, if we were talking about a commercial artist or outlet making money out of ripped off art, then the well known artist would have sought legal advice, and would most probably have no problem naming and shaming.

    So, get a grip, she isn’t exactly a high street shop making millions out of your work. You should have just contacted the uni and the student and left it at that, rather than letting everyone know how pissed off you are.

    I’m sure the student has now learned her lesson – but c’mon guys, is there really any need for this public witchhunt?

  • @ Jo:

    it seemed that the school wasn’t doing anything about the matter. Plus, this is not a kid who copies a drawing she saw on deviantart and posted it on her own account, this is a student who entered these copied works as her own and got grades for it. if no one had done anything she might have received a diploma for work she didn’t make herself. this is an insult to other hardworking students.

    we haven’t had any reaction from maxine herself, so we don’t know what her defense is. i e-mailed the address posted here and got a reply that they are taking the thing seriously and will apply plagiarism laws. happy to hear that.

  • @annet

    The fact that Maxine hasn’t responded actually changes how I view this situation.

    There are no shortcuts in this industry and she learned the hard way – she should take responsibility for her actions for sure.

    I agree (with a comment above) that an apology from her really is overdue.

  • As being ripped of myself by large companies on a few occasions. I got the impression that a lot of times the plagerism is being done by junior designers who thought that nobody would notice.

    I think it would be wise and just for art acadamies to pay more attention to this topic in classes. They need to learn it is extremely uncool to do this and their career will be short lived. I know of one of my plagerism cases that the junior designer got fired and will probabaly have a hard time finding an other job.

    Maybe art schools should use this site for material?

  • I just happened upon this article and I am absolutely, completely disgusted.

    Someone please tell me the university has kicked this girl out of their program already? Or that she’s received some kind of punishment for her actions?

  • Ha ha. It’s funny. It all looks like it was drawn by a 5 year old.

  • @ annie:

    i contacted the university with my concerns on this and got a reply saying that they are looking into it, taking it seriously and will follow UCS plagiarism procedures, so i guess they are not doing nothing. i don’t know what happened next.

  • Well she is on the BA now it appears, I am truly sickened by this, she seems to be such a liar. She shouldn’t be on the course, simple. I don’t care if she is going to be all good about things now because she messed up big time and there should be consequences.

  • @ anon

    if she is in the same school as you, isn’t there anything you can do? make sure everyone knows about this, or even spreading this to press and everything? the school won’t want such negative attention and maybe they will do something then…

  • Hi everyone, she is on the course still though she isn’t in all the time, she’s just doing one of the units or something. I believe the whole class is now aware but no one has confronter her or the tutors I don’t think, everyone seems pretty shocked and annoyed given we have worked our socks off so maybe someone will say something. Apparently there has been suspicions about other pieces of her work aswell which is even more shocking. I don’t think there is enough warning from tutors about plagiarism in design, we get told all the time with essays but there definately needs to be more coverage on copying peoples designs because it is just the same as copying an essay and the consequences should be the same, yet here it evidently is not.

  • It’s pretty damn cheeky to do this. Everyone knows to learn and develop your own style, you end up looking at other peoples work and at some point you realise there are cross-overs between your own work and the work of your heros. But this isn’t really acceptable. You are meant to be uncovering your own style and way to communicate through image.

    I kinda of feel sorry for this girl though. She has been so silly and stupid to copy all these beautiful artworks, so naive and immature and under thinking that no one will notice and she has single-handedly ruined her own career. I kinda imagine her developing a complex over this and all these comments here is enough to make someone have a mental breakdown.

    I think there should be mature discussion and talented illustrators making their own way shouldn’t reduce themselves to posting lots of these witchhunt-esque comments. It doen’t really help anyone’s cause and makes for a very hateful-filled read.

    However pitiful the actions of this “illustrator” have been, before you feel sorry for her, think about far she might have gone if this work was published, awards won, or if she had gotten freelance work because of her plaguerised portfolio. Then you don’t feel so sorry for her- she pretty much broke the golden rule of working in the creative industry. There are enough big companies out there ready and waiting to rip off independent artists work.

    All I can say is she better get herself a good pseudonym!

  • additional note

    Just in case this wasn’t already mentioned in the thread, I can tell you where she got her “inspiration” for the bird illustrations (center of the exhibition photo)

    The artist is named Geninne Zlatkis
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/geninne/sets/72157594561219324/

  • came across this by complete chance… wow.

    i used to be quite good friends with max, she’s an absolute sweetheart and the above gig poster was for a band i used to play in. very shocking to say the least. i wondered why she’d deleted every online trace of her.

  • A friend of mine pointed me to this, can’t believe how blatant the theft is, I used to have a ‘thing’ with her but I got messed about by her a lot. Thats obviously not related to design/illustration but shows an insight to the person. She did disappear off tumblr and facebook, and this is why, o dear o dear.

  • This won’t be surprising, but the piano picture from the exhibition was copied, too. Although I don’t know who the artist is:
    http://cocoakuma.tumblr.com/post/1204366965

    There’s not a SINGLE image of hers that isn’t copied.

  • This won’t be surprising, but the piano picture from the exhibition was copied, too. Although I don’t know who the artist is:
    http://cocoakuma.tumblr.com/post/1204366965

    There’s not a SINGLE image of hers that isn’t copied.

  • Well, damn! I’m a Graphic Designer myself, and although I’m not a great one, I don’t think I’d ever do something like this! This is outrageous! >=/

  • Why do I think I’ve seen these prints in readymade magazine in an article about featured artists? Deja vu. Seems so familiar, I have back issues of readymade but don’t feel like digging them out. Does anyone know if either the original artist or rip off artist was featured in readymade around 2008-2009?

  • update: she has to retake the whole course. that’s something I suppose… unless she just does it all over again, I doubt the tutors would notice!

  • update!

    she admitted to stealing others work and is now re-taking the course.

  • The whole course, or the BA?

  • I think the whole BA, not good enough personally! But I think shes living with the guilt and humiliation she brought upon herself.

  • Just checking through old news to see if there’s been any recent developments, I’m amazed people are still posting on this blog actually. It is good to hear shes admitted to copying work though it still doesn’t excuse her from what she’s done, does anyone know if they’ve tried to take action in getting her off the course? Surely the class must be aware of something?!

  • I was just showing this to a friend and I recognised my work! The tea cup either side of the cat on the poster, and frame in the show are mine. I actually went to 6th form with this girl. Absolutely shameful.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/snugglemuffin/3612988573/in/set-72157600303084919

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