j5 wrote:Yeah, and do a Google image search for Giraffe and you'll find this:
It's obvious the artist used references in designing this. The level of detail is too exact for someone to go off memory alone. But it's not a copy, it's a reinterpretation and drawn composite of several photos (as linked by the artist) into a unique idea. As far as I know that's within the rules. None of these are "elements created and/or owned by someone other than the designer." Technically the reference photo for the eye is copyrighted, but the artist did not copy it. Google "lion eye," and you'll find dozens of photos of lion's eyes that look similar to what is here. Same with giraffes, and acacia trees.