I wanted to share this last Friday, but I had to do an unexpected errand that day, which kept me from sharing this. Along with the Loopy pic I completed and uploaded this past Tuesday, I had other things that made me postpone what I wanted to share with you, and this is the earliest I can post this, so here it goes...
During my weekend in Connecticut, I went to FurPocalypse in Cromwell. While in the area, I attended a Bridgeport Sound Tigers game on Friday night, and a Hartford Wolfpack game on Saturday night. At the Sound Tigers game on Friday, early in the 3rd period, I looked on the jumbotron the back of the Sound Tigers goaltender's mask. The image on the back of the mask looked vaguely familiar, and it didn't take long to recognize that the back of the goaltender's mask was the San Antonio Rampage mascot, T-Bone, but not just T-Bone...MY ILLUSTRATION OF T-BONE, as part of the AHL MAX series!
Sound Tigers goaltender, Jared Coreau played for the Rampage last season, which is where he got this mask. (The mask also has St. Louis Blues logos. The Blues are the Rampage's NHL affiliate.) After leaving the game, I went to look online for images and other content about his mask. I came across this Twitter video, from back in February, of Coreau explaining the goalie mask design. It ends with the T-Bone illustration on the back.
It turns out, the designer of the mask altered my picture of T-Bone in a way where he's riding a horse, instead of standing in this pose in the pic that I drew. His name was also moved from above him to below him. T-Bone's outline on the back of the mask look less smooth than on my picture of T-Bone. I'm not sure if the artist simply just traced over my artwork or intentionally made the outlines that way, I dunno?
Here's my illustration of T-Bone: https://www.facebook.com/1439858582914493/posts/1999446763622336/
And here's the back of Jared Coreau's mask: https://twitter.com/RampageTBONE/status/1096161326349672448?s=19
Let me make a disclaimer that I'm not mad that the designer of the mask used my picture of T-Bone. I was just completely surprised that it was being used on the back of Jared Coreau's mask. That being said, I'd still like to know a few things. Where did the artist find my picture of T-Bone? Secondly, what made the artist choose to base Coreau's mask design on my picture of T-Bone? (As a courtesy, however, artists should ask permission first to use others' content before doing so. Again, I'm not mad that this happened, just heavily surprised.)
If there's any other artwork of mine (AHL MAX, fan art of other characters I've done, etc.) being used on other things, I'd love to see them. Someone once asked me about using my pic of the Texas Stars mascot, Ringo to make a button and give it as a gift to the Ringtail himself. She has permission and I would personally love to see it!
Now, if you'd like to comment on this, feel free to do so, but I don't want any drama to break out regarding this. Please, keep your comments civil. Thank you.