A graphic designer who worked on the album cover of a Dutch band is accusing Marvel’s ‘Werewolf By Night’ of stealing their work.
A graphic designer who worked on the album cover of a Dutch band is accusing Marvel’s Werewolf By Night of stealing their work.
Graphic designer Midiankai recently took to Twitter to highlight similarities between his artwork for the album cover he created for the Dutch hardcore band, Born From Pain, and promotional artwork for the new Marvel project Werewolf By Night.
Once the story picked up, the Estonia-based artist sat down with The Direct to talk more about exactly why they think their work was plagiarised.
“I think Illustrator live trace was used on the initial art because it has rounded edges. There are sliders called noise and corners, moving them softens edges, removing sharp edges and artifacts, this is where rounded corners come from. Next,  mesh tool was used to widen the snout, and after that lower jaw was moved to make it an open mouth, but the dark notches from the upper teeth remained there. Someone who did it either forgot or didn’t pay attention to that detail.”
Midi opened up further about how this alleged act of theft affects them and how the theft could’ve occured.
“It’s very hard to find art since I’m a lesser-known artist outside of the niches I work in, but I interact with a lot of comic book artists and I have this art In my Twitter feed and on my Instagram page. My wild guess is that this designer/artist saw my interaction with other comic book artists and saw this art, or was following me.”
Here is Midi’s original Tweet:
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“I might be crazy but did marvel just rip me off? I did this art for born from pain around 6 years ago”
I might be crazy but did marvel just rip me off? I did this art for born from pain around 6 years ago pic.twitter.com/2BudSZcXRW
— Midi (Commissions Open!) (@midiankai) October 14, 2022
“as a vector artist i can tell that these rounded ends mean the art was auto traced and then edited”
as a vector artist i can tell that these rounded ends mean the art was auto traced and then edited pic.twitter.com/F4CFgiMbT1
— Midi (Commissions Open!) (@midiankai) October 14, 2022
“Didn’t expect this to blow up and thought I’d be ridiculed for this, but I’m so overwhelmed with the support I’ve received from this community! From my side, i already took some legal steps towards this case. Once again, thank you for your tremendous support”
Didn't expect this to blow up and thought I'd be ridiculed for this, but I'm so overwhelmed with the support I've received from this community! From my side, i already took some legal steps towards this case. Once again, thank you for your tremendous support ❤️
— Midi (Commissions Open!) (@midiankai) October 15, 2022
Others began making comparisons in the comments and even stitched the two works together, providing an even clearer look at the similarities.
“I felt like this when I first saw it, so I just told about it to
as a joke, but if you study the lines up close… some of them look identical well at least that’s how I see it”
I felt like this when I first saw it, so I just told about it to @midiankai as a joke, but if you study the lines up close… some of them look identical 😰 well at least that's how I see it pic.twitter.com/CAXARg8Fw0
— Vulpix 🌿 (@vulpixpaw) October 14, 2022
“And you can see where they lowered the bottom jaw but didn’t correct the lower fangs for where the top ones were covering them”
And you can see where they lowered the bottom jaw but didn’t correct the lower fangs for where the top ones were covering them pic.twitter.com/3emIEWIycC
— rob (@sigmalives) October 14, 2022
“Dude.. the nose has the exact same lines. Is Disney really so lazy to just keep stealing people’s art? They do it so often its disgusting.”
Dude.. the nose has the exact same lines. Is Disney really so lazy to just keep stealing people's art? They do it so often its disgusting. pic.twitter.com/b6LR6lIeUF
— Emily :^) (@kodaniiji) October 14, 2022
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