I've gotten a lot of comments on this image that it feels very "okami" ish, and I really wasn't going for that. Does it seem like I copied many elements in order to make this image? I do not want to be seen as a hack or plagiarist and I actually wasn't referencing anything. I've never even played okami, I mean I know it looks nice and I'd like for those comments to be flattering but I'm just not sure if the likeness is a good or bad thing.
In any case I feel as finished as can be but still I wish I knew how to present my images better. I know some people make it appear as though it's drawn on tea-stained paper or they put vectorized details around the edges... I just never know what to do.
What do you all think?
thanks for your time!