'Go The F**k To Sleep' Accused Of Copying Imagery
from the go-the-f**k-to-court dept
Well, well. We’ve written about how the massive success of the book Go the Fk to Sleep could likely be attributed to mass file sharing of the book itself, long before it was actually published (which, according to some, makes it a felony). While the publisher and the author originally tried to fight the sharing, they eventually calmed down when they realized that it was (massively) helping with sales. However, we noted the oddity of the author still then insisting that “piracy” was bad.
So it struck as quite interesting, in a comment on that post by Mark, that an artist is now suggesting that the illustrator of Go the Fk to Sleep appears to have copied at least one of his illustrations for one of the book’s classic images:
From my perusal of Mr. Cortes’ other works, it does appear that he makes extensive use of photographic references in his work. Whether he paints over them or just uses them as visual references I cannot say.
I don’t doubt that a lot of artists download references from the Internet and then adapt them to suit their needs. 9 times out of 10 no one is going to be the wiser, especially if they think they are looking at a stock nature photo someone took. Why drag your easel to Norway when you can hit up GIS?
What happens when the reference isn’t a photo however, but is an original artwork? The difference isn’t always clear and I do usually strive for photorealism in my nature work.
Either way, I will definitely be looking into this matter in the weeks ahead. It’s not personal of course (he seems like a cool guy), merely business.
That’s really too bad. Why do people get so freaked out when others are inspired by their own artwork? Of course, I’d also imagine that if people looked, they might be able to find similar photographic “templates” for other images in the book. But do those harm the original artwork? Of course not.