Okay. So normally I’m quite relaxed when it comes to people using my artwork as reference, stock, or inspiration. But when somebody somewhere roughly slams two pictures together and makes MONEY out of the end result – that’s when I get annoyed.
I didn’t see much else in the way of good fan art for the game, so I was pleased my little picture was up on the internet for all to see. Whilst doing a quick browse on Google in 2009, the only other piece of art for the game that I notably took a liking to was this one, which was drawn in 2006 as official concept art for the game -
Flash forward to 2011 (just now), and I see an article on Kotaku about the Box art for Braid upon it’s release in Russia. -
At first I wasn’t sure. I thought whoever did this might have just eyeballed both our pictures and crudely slammed them together. But no, I’m afraid they’re traces. Even the base lighting has been traced. Still not convinced? Then look again -
Needless to say, I was stunned that someone got away with showing this to the studio, then selling it in another country. I also wonder if David Hellman knows that his official artwork has been traced by another artist for the same game.
I am contacting Jonathan Blow at Number None Studios (the Indy company that made Braid) and letting him know about my situation right now. But other than that, I’m not sure what else to do about this (other than kick up a polite fuss until something gets done!) So any advice anyone could give me about what action to take next would be very much appreciated. Please leave a comment, or contact me through andyroosteruk”AT”gmail.com
I am especially annoyed that someone can get away with this, as I am a games designer and artist myself; and it is hard enough to get noticed in the games industry without other people leeching your artwork and ideas.