One of the first things I do when I have an idea for a tshirt floating around in my head, is to do a search here on RB and on google to see if the idea has been done before. If I get a flood of similar images then I usually dismiss the idea straight away. I don’t do this for the sake of originality, as there are very few original ideas left (if any at all) but because I don’t want to go through the hassle of recieving angry mails from people claiming that I have ripped them off.
This, however is starting to become a problem. As I said before, original ideas are extremely hard to come by these days, with everyone and his brothers cat making tshirts, so I am rejecting my ideas more and more and getting frustrated in the process. Should I be doing this or should I stop searching and just create the design regardless?
I never have this problem with photography. If I take a picture of a flower for example, I don’t search to see if someone has taken a similar photo before I put it up for sale, so should I be doing exactly that when I create a digital illustration?
Copyright law is more complicated than Schrodingers cat, so I was really wondering what you guys think about this and what guidelines you set yourself?