Last week I was at the Wizardcon in Philadelphia promoting a comic that I worked on. While at the booth I was signing 11X17 prints and comics. After a few hours two older ladies came over to the booth and were looking at my prints. After about 10 minutes of looking at one of the prints one of the women said "This is not your art...I've seen this somewhere else". Now, if someone had said this to me in private I wouldn't have cared becasue I know that I didn't steal the image, but what made me upset was that the other comic artists, writer, publisher, and editor who were at the booth with me suddenly turned around and looked at me. All I replied with was "Im sorry maam but you are mistaken. This is entirely my art which I created just a week ago." The lasy then replied "I have been a long time fan of Sci-Fi and Fantasy books and I have seen this image somehwere else.....Give me some time and I'll figure it out." Then she walked away.
As far back as I can remember there are two rules I grew up with regarding art.
1- I have never stolen, or ever will steal someone elses artwork. I may be inspired by others work but I will never plagiarize it.
2 - I never trace artwork....Not that there's anything wrong with it but I just feel like Im not really doing anything aside from following the lines.
Anyhow, what do you say to someone who accuses you of this?