Dead Island Trailer Rips off Lisa Frank

Recently, I was linked to the trailer for a Zombie Apocalypse videogame named”Dead Island”. A few minutes into it, I noticed that the design on the little girl’s pink shirt reminded me a lot of a Lisa Frank character named “Surfer Girl”.

Here is a screen capture from about 2:11 in the video clearly showing the shirt.

Here is a picture from the Lisa Frank website of the character “Surfer Girl”.

Surfer Girl, circa 2003

I even overlaid one on top of the other to see if this was just a coincidence, but it seems like the shirt in the game is a trace and recolour job. (The head and body have been altered some, but they still match up.)

Is it really THAT hard to design a videogame shirt that doesn’t copy the work of someone else?

[editor note: this one is interesting- it's a pretty close thing, I can see how the realworld image inspired the one in the video game.  But this is pretty meta, no? You've got a youtube video... of a character in a video game wearing a T-shirt... with an image of a different animated character on the shirt.  If Lisa Frank came to us with a request for legal action, I'm not sure who we'd want to go after first. ]

Jme Messina Rips Artwork to Impress Girls

What’s more pathetic than someone who does a bad Photoshop job on great work and claims it as their own? Why, someone who does a bad Photoshop job after girls he knows who get all wet over his amazing artistic abilities, of course! Below are three rips from a popular Deviantartist known as Steven Sanchez.

Stolen from Steven Sanchez

Jme Messina has a group on Facebook called 116 where he posts all of this work, and there really is so much more there. Here are only some of the comments he gets for these completely awful photoshop jobs:

“Amazing Jme! You re-create the woman’s form amazingly :) Your subject is very attractive!”
“hoLEE I am SO much hotter when you draw me!! hahah hahaha Jme, you are a master. I adore you like you don’t even know! I owe you a coffee (or my first born!)”
“WOW!! JME that is wicked!! what would it take for u to do me??”
“You’re so deliciously talented it hurts my heart…”
“Hot Damn boy, you’re getting good!!! Sign my t-shirt!!! hahhha, awesom job jme!!”
“Ugh Jme, you are so amazing it HURTS me. Help me think of ways to exploit your talents!!!”

Sadly, no talent will be exploited, because he has none. He advertises that he can do CD layouts, logos, shirt designs, posters, business cards and tattoo designs, using this fake work for his portfolio to create an income. It’s sad that his admirers are even denser than he is, they will be very disappointed. He also has the Worst Website in the World.

Below is some more work, obviously stolen, that some of you might recognize:
Unknown Stolen Work

Thanks for reading, I hope you’re all laughing as hard as I am.



New Yorker plagiarizes photo


Here is a new Shepard Fairey-wannabe. Whats horrible is that this image is in the New Yorker!!!!!

This photo owned by CMT:

Is blatantly traced by “artist” Daniel Hertzberg:

Judging from his website, he steals people’s photos and traces them as art, selling it to magazines and newspapers. Shameful. He’ll get sued someday or some publication like the New Yorker will.

[ed note: more likely, both.]

Not credited for stock use

I am a member on Model Mayhem and recently came across a manipulation of a well known stock artist on DA.

The only reason I bring it up here is because he has not credited her anywhere on either his MM profile or his website.

This is the picture used:

And here are her stock rules:


Yet here are the manipulations, both uncredited: (under design)


I did attempt to contact him and contacted her about it for which she was grateful, but the pictures are still up without credits.

And he is obviously using it for commercial use (ie displaying his skills to get more work) which she specifically asks not to, I mean it’s her face!

I know some people are going to say, ‘Oh she put pictures of herself up they are free to be taken’  but that is why there is so little good stock photography out there that is free, because people don’t follow the rules. What do you think?

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