Recently I was alerted by another artist that a Covet Fashion designer named Marcus Lee Tam was using my art and selling it as his own. As you can imagine I was very angry. I wanted to publicly shame him for his crime. I knew the truth was on my side and I have evidence for days. I could have just quietly contacted the company, but I wanted him exposed. I wanted potentially unethical artists to think twice about stealing someone’s work.
Well Marcus Lee Tam is kind of famous (who knew) and his fans are brutal, so after a day of wasted time and energy I was about to throw in the towel. Shouldn’t it be enough that I know? Could I reclaim my zen by thinking “karma’s a bitch”?
I could, but then I was contacted by various Covet players who encouraged me not to give up, not to let him get away with it. If he’d done it to me it was likely he’d done it to others.
So here are the points of contention…
I do fan art. It is based on pop culture villains in the style of Margaret Keane’s big-eyed waifs. This is no secret. This is front and center on any article you’ll read about the Bitty Baddies series.
The crown in contention was based on the image above. I used it as a reference, but I did redraw it completely. I even screen shot the process which is dated January 1, 2018.
His followers are loyal and they’d like to believe that Marcus and I used the same reference piece, BUT the smoking gun is Akasha’s bouffant. This shows without a doubt that Marcus’s piece was directly cropped from my file.
The piece is based on Akasha, Queen of the Damned. It is fan art. That’s literally the point. She’s a bad guy re-imagined in the style of Margaret Keane’s big eyed waifs.
Here is my various digital evidence proving that I created the piece. If COVET FASHION contacts me I’ll happily supply my working Adobe Draw file that’s still in layers as proof also.
Marcus Lee Tam, tell the truth. For the sake of fellow artists trying to make a living just like you… be honest.
Covet Fashion has removed my design from their game. I want to give a HUGE shout out to all the wonderful people who supported me during this ordeal. You took the time to stand up for a stranger because it was the right thing to do. You are all heroes in my book.
I also want to publicly apologize for PMing Marcus Lee Tam’s followers. I was angry, I lost my temper, but it was wrong.
I am not sorry that I spoke up for myself and other artists like me.
I’m not sorry that Marcus’s reputation has been tarnished. An artist who would steal from another artist, publicly claim it as his, should be publicly shamed.
What he did is not harmless. Artists bring so much to the online community. They should be respected.