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Old 03-07-2013, 10:29 PM   #1
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Justin Osbourne from Slashers Designs Art Plagiarism

I mentioned this is the Lifeforce thread since he recently created the new art for the upcoming Scream Factory release but I thought it deserved it's own thread since it's pretty shocking news.

Apparently famous horror artist Justin Osbourn, the creator/ owner of Slasher designs known for their original shirt desgins, album covers, posters, ect. has been proven to be nothing but a fraud, who's original art is nothing but cut and paste jobs.

Here's a quote from his website,

"Our high-quality merchandise designs include Album covers/layouts, Movie posters, T-shirts, Hoodies, Book Covers, Business Cards, Logo design and more.We are not your typical "slap some clip art and a lame font on a shirt and call it done" design company. Endless amount of attention and detail is put into the designs. The designs contain emotion and/or message the client/band is trying to portray, and often tell a story all on there own, thus making them some of the BEST in the industry."



This story was originally leaked here,

http://metalbandart.com/?p=2835

but since then many more example have been found.

Apparently a bunch of bands are furious about this since they paid for an original album cover only to now find out that they include stolen images.
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Here's a few examples, sorry for the large size, I just copied them from the linked site.







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Old 03-07-2013, 10:58 PM   #3
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Definite rip off, but I thought that’s what most cover artists do nowadays anyways…jack some image off the net, throw it in Photoshop, tinker with it a bit….BAM!...new deathgrind album cover in 20min.

What did he jack for the Lifeforce cover?
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Definite rip off, but I thought that’s what most cover artists do nowadays anyways…jack some image off the net, throw it in Photoshop, tinker with it a bit….BAM!...new deathgrind album cover in 20min.

What did he jack for the Lifeforce cover?
Nothing has been found... yet.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:36 PM   #5
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Here's a few examples, sorry for the large size, I just copied them from the linked site.

The lady's face looks pretty close to this one, from Grindhouse's 2008 artwork on THE BEYOND (which is also very similar to the famous drawn artwork for the original poster for THE BEYOND):

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Old 03-07-2013, 10:47 PM   #6
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Someone mentioned this which I thought was a little ironic now, what he labels his customers.

https://sites.google.com/site/slasherdesign/victims


It's almost become a game to try and seek out what came from where. Here's a few more,





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Old 03-07-2013, 11:10 PM   #7
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Are any of the companies taking legal action?...Shout!, Fright-Rags, or the companies in which the stolen images are licensed to?

Is it even technically plagiarism though, if he edits the image? I mean, in some of those he's not just copying and pasting...looks like he's drawing added stuff to the image as well.

It also looks like he ripped himself off a few times too...Ha!
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Are any of the companies taking legal action?...Shout!, Fright-Rags, or the companies in which the stolen images are licensed to?

Is it even technically plagiarism though, if he edits the image? I mean, in some of those he's not just copying and pasting...looks like he's drawing added stuff to the image as well.

It also looks like he ripped himself off a few times too...Ha!
Not too sure as news is still fairly new. I know on the link i provided there were a few bands among others pissed about all of this. It definitely is plagiarism, search art plagiarism and you can find lots of info about it. Again it's still fairly new but people are finding that literally everything in his images has been stolen, from skulls in the background, to hands, ect. He has been charging bands and others for original art, when really he has just been photoshopping other artists work.
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It looks pretty obvious that the guy was plagiarising stuff. Some of those are more obvious than others, but it's quite apparent in most of them.

I don't really understand why he did it though...it's not like he's an untalented artist in his own right. No original imagination in the brain or something?
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I don't really understand why he did it though...it's not like he's an untalented artist in his own right. No original imagination in the brain or something?
Deadlines, the creative process and all.

Some of those examples just defy belief. He's just ripped off original art and then added a few touches and "ta da"!
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Deadlines, the creative process and all.
If you read some of the comments on that website, Ben from Fright Rags chimes in saying that Phantasm piece was proposed to them by Justin to get work from them. FR purchased the design then...no deadline at all, he merely passed that design off as his own.

Some of them really aren't that bad...like the Skeletonwitch shirt and that Hesler Prynne album, but that Phantasm design and the Hammerlord cover are inexcusible. Everything in those two designs was lifted from another artist and then manipulated in Photoshop. Shameful.

Awaiting a response from Justin...this really seems to be causing quite the stir in the metal scene. I'd be real surprised if this guy ever works in the field again.

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If you read some of the comments on that website, Ben from Fright Rags chimes in saying that Phantasm piece was proposed to them by Justin to get work from them. FR purchased the design then...no deadline at all, he merely passed that design off as his own.
Yikes. I always thought that the design of the Tall Man looked awful on that shirt - now I know that's because it never was a design of the Tall Man.
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Plagiarism or not, that is a bitchin Skeletonwitch shirt.
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Plagiarism or not, that is a bitchin Skeletonwitch shirt.
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wonder if this has anything to do with lifeforce's delay?
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