This is a subject that is very touchy with many artists. I am going to give you "MY" own personal perspective on this situation. I may not hold the "popular" perspective on this subject, however, it is mine. I own this perspective. I challenge anyone who wants to debate me. This is how "I" feel. It's MY BLOG....right????
My feeling on this subject is, "If I put it out there...wherever "it is"... why wouldn't people want to replicate it." It is good...I wouldn't have put it out there if it wasn't. Okay, yeah, you could say, "how dare they try to make my design?" Really? Do you know how many people come up with similar designs and think they are being SO original?
There are "trends" when it comes to design. Everybody is inspired by trends. You can't help but be influenced by current and past trends. It is what we see every day. Don't fool yourself that you are the "ORIGINAl" designer. We are ALL inspired by artists who came before us as well as current trends. It is my hope that I continue to share and inspire other artists!
Art is to share!