tgentry wrote:You're right it's their decision to print it. It's too bad more people don't care about stealing other peoples art. Since he claims to be a freelance artist, I hope for his sake no one ever steals his 'original' work.
Feel free to contact iStock and the owner. At which point they will say that I own the license (the only reason I got the licesnse and image was because all the hubub -- I didn't own either when I designed it and used no part of the image when designing), the design is not a copy anyways, that designers buy these things all the time, and you don't understand the design world at all. That's the whole point of iStock or Veer or any of the hundreds of stock vector art places that ALL designers use in their inspirations. No one has a unique style and rarely has unique concepts -- we ALL browse sites for ideas and inspiration:
See this scandalous site recently featured on Digg
And let's see...I have a 1 water drop and 1 flame and both have faces. The drawing/shapes are different, the concept is different, they're facing each other, the shading is different, and therefore, it is a copy. Uh....?
(You know, when I need to do a Abe Lincoln illustration, I don't do it from memory -- I find some reference images and draw it from scratch -- it just so happens that all flame references had spiky hair and curved bottoms -- oh my goodness!)
And no, this conversation is not worth it and I don't know why I feel the need to defend myself, so here's where I take a deep breath, take confidence that one angry stranger on a forum shouldn't affect me one iota, and move on :-)
Note: Edited a few times for clarity and because I'm a freakin' perfectionist...