When in doubt, ask Alan! If, when you guys have your projects come out, there's a massive similarity, he'll already know that you're the one who usually draws robotic dogs, and a specific one at that (even I know that and I'm sure I haven't seen as much of your work as he has). He's very fair, we had 2 people in our first year who would either just copy other people's artwork or directly just lift images off the web and claim those were theirs. We brought it up with Alan and somehow he was able to handle that sensitively for everyone, didn't tell on us who had seen the original work and reported him, while still calling them out on it. I really can't recommend talking to him highly enough
Yeah, I phoned Alan today and have sent a reasonable message to the person. The person replied decently (don't I sound English). Alan knows about it and will be sensitive about it. Fortunately the person concerned was reasonable and understanding so hopefully it won't be a major issue now. ^_^
Really? I'm making a story about a wandering space anti-hero, with a magic object and a love interest? If you can tell me that has never been done ever in the scope of the world then please do. If you think your idea is seriously so beyond original that no one has ever thought of it as well then you really do have far to go.
It's not in what the idea is, but in how you execute it.
Noting that any of us comes up with is 100% original, that's what makes us human and able to create. As humans we take what we see and know and deconstruct it and reconstruct the pieces to make new ideas.
I did say i appreciate I don't have the copyright to the idea because to be honest it is not original. I did say just that. But its not the fact he had the concept it was the way I was approached, without regard that my design is mine. He could have used a more tactful approach that actually came across better and less like he was just using my idea...