plagiarism wit photoshop/illustrator
now i appreciate a ton of the artwork on here. however, i find i appreciate most the artwork that is 100% the work of the artist posting it. ive been rating some of the design challenges and i find that some of the contributors are being accused of plagiarism because they took an image anyone could find with a regular google search, did some photoshop/illustrator magic on it, and submitted it as their own. now some of this stuff looks really amazing but some of the comments made me think, "is this really their own artwork?"
now its different if you use the online picture as a reference, i guess. i mean its sort of like painting a portrait from a picture taken. but still im just more impressed if someone used references but created something that is entirely theirs, even if it doesnt look as nice as the photoshopped image. NOT to knock on photoshop/illustrator at all (im actually hoping to learn to use these myself very soon) but if it's doing most of the work for you (meaning you are using an image that you yourself did not create) then where is the originality? the creativity?
i just think photoshop/illustrator should be used to enhance/alter/whatever your OWN art, not someone else's. no?