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Closing thoughts on SASR's Art "Theft"

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 11, 2010, 6:03 PM
Gallery l Sketchbook l Watch Me l Commission Info l Note Me

Hey everyone!

As you may all have heard, Steve Lycett over at Sumo did write an apology on one of his level artist's behalf, and a thoughtful, pleasant one at that!

He explained to me that what happened was that early in the development stages of the game, one of the level artists were making placeholder artwork and searched via google for official Sonic pictures. Apparently, he thought my picture of Sonia was official.

The artwork was sent to Sonic Team, and they noticed that my picture of Sonia didn't belong to them. They were told to fix this on all platforms. Somehow they missed it on the Wii version and the "low detail tracks" of the PC version. They're most likely going to remove the image from the PC version, but the image on the Wii version is stuck in there.

He also explained how they never meant to steal or not give any credit or a thanks.

It all makes sense to me. And SEGA staff members offered a degree of compensation (something "nice" out of their so-called goodie bag). I must admit, this is quite exciting!

In response, I expressed my fortune for even having my work in the game and how I really don't mind it in the game at all! Now I think all is well, since everything is sorted out. I also mentioned that I am most certainly going to keep them in mind when I seek for internships in college.

In short, I am very satisfied. Even more than that. I'm very, very happy. I almost think of this as a good omen that a career in video game art is what I should do. It's kind of silly to think, but who knows?


Have a pleasant weekend my friends! And thank you soooo much for your kind words and support! You guys are awesome!

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:icon34547a:
34547A Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
lol we can't check our archives, nope, we'll google it. XP (Nice job btw)
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Mermain123 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's awsome!! You MUST be a good artist if they thought it was official. I'm jealous
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Yurakat1 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
JEALOUS!
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:icontuna5000:
Tuna5000 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome Sauce! I Remember I Have Played The Xbox360 Version,So I Got The Wii One And,I Knew I Saw Amy On the Cards Little Different! That's Really Cool! Here You Go! :iconfreeinternetplz:
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CanofNothing Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just died of jealousy.
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:iconklonoa13:
Klonoa13 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
I know that this is very old, But I'm Honestly surprised something like this happened! O.o a Fan-Art actually made it into a game by acident!! XDD I mean this is just..so unexpected! XD


But it's good to know that they sent you an apology and removed the picture from most versions of the game besides the Wii Version. ^^
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:iconrianald:
RianaLD Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yeah it was such a trip! But I'm actually kinda bummed out that they took it out of the PC version. :XD: Oh well!
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:iconklonoa13:
Klonoa13 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Well At least the Wii Version still has it! XD You can treasure that version as the "First Fan-Art to appear in a Official Video Game!" 83
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:iconrianald:
RianaLD Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Definitely! :D
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:iconklonoa13:
Klonoa13 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
But Still,When I heard about this,at first I thought this was just a joke until I read more about it,and I was like..."Wow...a DeviantART Sonic Fan-Art...was acidently...put in a Sega Game? O.O"


Ever since this event,I always wonder if this might happen again. XD I mean imagine if this drawing of yours was acidently put in Super Smash Bros. Brawl...XD
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three3world Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i have the pc version (i may not noticed that )
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:iconcardcaptornekochan:
CardcaptorNekoChan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Still, this picture was seen in the Wii version and PC version of Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing!
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:iconsporeboy200:
sporeboy200 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
im curious whats in the goodie bag? please reply A.S.A.P
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:iconrianald:
RianaLD Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Student Digital Artist
here you go [link]
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:iconhowsplendid:
HowSplendid Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i think it's great that you artwork is in sonic and sega all stars racing. I'm guess the wii version's going to be a collectors, since that's in there, and i'm not kidding about that.

i'm not sure, but was this in the 360 version as well, cuz i haven't see it, even before my xbox broke
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:iconrianald:
RianaLD Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Yeah it's really cool!

And no, it's not in the 360 version.
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:iconhowsplendid:
HowSplendid Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
aww that would have been great to see while racing. oh well XP
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:iconrobert-the-raccoon:
Robert-the-Raccoon Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
I just rented the Wii version, you know where on Roulette Road the picture's on?
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:iconrianald:
RianaLD Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I'm not sure, to be honest. I know it's perhaps more than a minute in.
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funkyjeremi Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah ah , in a way, you are lucky ^^ i wish i found one of my pictures in a sonic game ^^ :p
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:iconrubbe:
rubbe Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
did not look official at all to me. and they always use the SA style on drawings.
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:iconrobert-the-raccoon:
Robert-the-Raccoon Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Should you consider yourself lucky that your art's stuck on Wii versions due to lack of update data?
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:iconrianald:
RianaLD Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I do, actually!
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:iconmewmewspike:
mewmewspike Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Man, I feel sorry for your art being mistaken for offical art. This gave me an influence to make a DLC idea for the game. I also labeled it an "ultimate apology":

[link]

I bet whoever added your fanart will lose his/her job because of this.
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RianaLD Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Don't feel sorry!

I admit, it would be pretty cool to have Sonia in the game. :XD: But I highly doubt it would happen.

And I hope nothing bad happens to that person. >:
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TheCrimsonEmo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats! =D Just think of all the publicity you've gotten over their one little mistake! =D
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KaitlynChipmunk0321 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, glad this mess is all sorted out! Seems everything turned out pretty alright. lol I wouldn't be surprised if you got into video game art or something like that, you've definitely got the talent!
"Hahaha! Let me tell you about this one time, when Sega mistook one of my pieces as an official picture. Boy was that a mess!" XD I can see something along those lines. Good luck Ri! :]

Random btw: I like your sig. : D
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:iconrianald:
RianaLD Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Haha yeah.

And thanks! No one has commented about my sig before! :XD:
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:iconkaitlynchipmunk0321:
KaitlynChipmunk0321 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol Really? :? There's a shocker! Well, I do like it! :D
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:iconhhog:
HHog Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
All things considered, I'd find it one of the biggest compliments ever to have your art mistaken for official character art =)
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:iconrianald:
RianaLD Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
:nod: Indeed!
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:iconcanofnothing:
CanofNothing Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed... :(
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:iconhhog:
HHog Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
(and yes, I realize I'm not the first person saying that XD )
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:iconryugexu:
Ryugexu Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
That's weird... I'd ask for 'compensation' as if I were an official artist. :P
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:iconmarty-bob:
Marty-Bob Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
I just can't beleive you Complained about this at one point.
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AlexiLaihoCOBHC Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
your so damn lucky hahaahha i wish my art looked as good to pass off as official by some nub designer hahah XD
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tatums56 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
aww wow that awesome!! your soo lucky!! im soo excited for you! i hope you do get a job with them in the future it woould be awesome!
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PoThePanda Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
Hehe, you should be proud knowing that your picture looked so good that it was mistaken as official artwork XD
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evangelian007 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
Well at least you are acwoledged and Sega did apologize.so t seems everything is now A-ok.:)
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pauinhopc Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
I'm Happy for you Riana.
But, did they mention what will they do to the level designer that misplaced your art with the official one?
I mean, he can lost his job, did you asked what will happen to him?
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RianaLD Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Honestly, I'm really not sure. Lycett never mentioned to me about firing anyone, or even seem to imply it. I really hope nothing serious happens.
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:iconpauinhopc:
pauinhopc Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
Me too.
If you ever get the chance to talk with them again, ask him please.
If they put the developer out just because of this silly mistake, they are really but really some big bastards.
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:iconpauinhopc:
pauinhopc Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
(Sorry for double, pressed send without finish xp)
I mean, he might have commited this tiny mistake, but if he loses his job, i think it's unfair, it's just a tiny image.
Please, see what will happen to the poor guy xp
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InYuJi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
well said. If U think rationally, it was fanart to begin with. I listened to the Turbodrive on the SegaSonic Radio, and Turbo just expressed how people shouldn't make such a big deal about it. He expressed it as "nerd rage". He also found it unbelievably stupid that the lazy game designers and artists couldn't look at the official concept art. And what do they do? Go search in google and find what they "think" was Amy. LOL

It's really not worth pouring anger into. It's nice that they sent you a compensation goodie bag. (what's in it?) I'm glad U sorted it out well
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RianaLD Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Student Digital Artist
:nod: It really isn't a big deal, but it it is pretty bizarre for something of this nature to happen.


I haven't gotten anything yet, but I'm not expecting it to be fancy.
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UglyBirdMania Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
That's really cool! :D

I might get the Wii version eventually.
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munchyjr7 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
just realized
ur art is so good, the officials thot it was official :iconthumbsupplz:
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:iconmunchyjr7:
munchyjr7 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
lulz :iconthumbsupplz:
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CookietheRabbit Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
So what did you/are you gonna, get in your goodie bag?
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:iconrianald:
RianaLD Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I don't know. They told me just recently that it won't be anything exciting. Eh, whatever. :aww: It's still awesome.
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