A few times while browsing the gallery, i've come across ads for an MMO called Crystal Saga. Now, I've said this a lot of times, I'm a huge fan of Hyung Tae Kim, so I recognize his art or any derivatives of his art when I see it. So what are your opinions on this?

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Now I understand that "poses" cannot be copied. Heck, as artists we copy poses all the time as part of the learning process. But here, not only the poses have been ripped (with exact angles and perspectives), but the entire composition of each piece has been ripped including lighting, use of atmospheric perspective, and the character designs are extremely similar. The context of the designs and poses are even the same. The worst part is, someone got PAID to do this. It doesn't help that the person being ripped off is one of my most admired artists.

Is anyone else bothered by this?