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.
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:
Her references on the Yellow Jelly site have been removed.