I thought it would be a good idea to open up a thread to discussing this topic here so we can leave the finally finished section to actual artwork and criticism.
Don't tell someone off for expressing their opinion here. This is a serious issue that deserves some thought.
What should the role of reference be in original artwork and concepts?
What qualifies as valid reference material?
How can reference be incorperated ethically into original artwork?
When does a peice of art cross the line of "referencing" another artist's work and "plagerizing" it.
play nicely, now....