Closing thoughts on SASR's Art 'Theft'
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Hey everyone!

As you may all have heard, Steve Lycett over at Sumo did write an apology on one of his level artist's behalf, and a thoughtful, pleasant one at that!

He explained to me that what happened was that early in the development stages of the game, one of the level artists were making placeholder artwork and searched via google for official Sonic pictures. Apparently, he thought my picture of Sonia was official.

The artwork was sent to Sonic Team, and they noticed that my picture of Sonia didn't belong to them. They were told to fix this on all platforms. Somehow they missed it on the Wii version and the "low detail tracks" of the PC version. They're most likely going to remove the image from the PC version, but the image on the Wii version is stuck in there.

He also explained how they never meant to steal or not give any credit or a thanks.

It all makes sense to me. And SEGA staff members offered a degree of compensation (something "nice" out of their so-called goodie bag). I must admit, this is quite exciting!

In response, I expressed my fortune for even having my work in the game and how I really don't mind it in the game at all! Now I think all is well, since everything is sorted out. I also mentioned that I am most certainly going to keep them in mind when I seek for internships in college.

In short, I am very satisfied. Even more than that. I'm very, very happy. I almost think of this as a good omen that a career in video game art is what I should do. It's kind of silly to think, but who knows?


Have a pleasant weekend my friends! And thank you soooo much for your kind words and support! You guys are awesome!

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EeveeChick10Hobbyist General Artist
I was redirected here through DYKG's comment section.  I'm glad that everything did get resolved and to think, you must be an amazing artist to have something mistaken to be an original.  I know that was already said by someone else in this comment section, but I wanted to tell you because I have looked through your gallery before years ago and it's very good.  I'm wondering now since it's been six years since the incident how you are doing.  I hope you were able to get a fantastic job and have a well established career in video game art.  Cheers and happy holidays.
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ArtByRianaProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the kind words! This was a very unique and awesome situation indeed!

I do have a fantastic job but it's not in video game art. My job is in comic art! And I wouldn't have it any other way!

Hope you have happy holidays yourself!! :) 
MC-Gemstone's avatar
MC-GemstoneHobbyist General Artist
I finally found this journal 
34547A's avatar
34547AHobbyist General Artist
lol we can't check our archives, nope, we'll google it. XP (Nice job btw)
Mermain123's avatar
Mermain123Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's awsome!! You MUST be a good artist if they thought it was official. I'm jealous
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Yurakat1Hobbyist Traditional Artist
JEALOUS!
Tuna5000's avatar
Tuna5000Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome Sauce! I Remember I Have Played The Xbox360 Version,So I Got The Wii One And,I Knew I Saw Amy On the Cards Little Different! That's Really Cool! Here You Go! :iconfreeinternetplz:
CanofNothing's avatar
CanofNothingHobbyist Digital Artist
I just died of jealousy.
Klonoa13's avatar
I know that this is very old, But I'm Honestly surprised something like this happened! O.o a Fan-Art actually made it into a game by acident!! XDD I mean this is just..so unexpected! XD


But it's good to know that they sent you an apology and removed the picture from most versions of the game besides the Wii Version. ^^
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ArtByRianaProfessional Digital Artist
Yeah it was such a trip! But I'm actually kinda bummed out that they took it out of the PC version. :XD: Oh well!
Klonoa13's avatar
Well At least the Wii Version still has it! XD You can treasure that version as the "First Fan-Art to appear in a Official Video Game!" 83
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ArtByRianaProfessional Digital Artist
Definitely! :D
Klonoa13's avatar
But Still,When I heard about this,at first I thought this was just a joke until I read more about it,and I was like..."Wow...a DeviantART Sonic Fan-Art...was acidently...put in a Sega Game? O.O"


Ever since this event,I always wonder if this might happen again. XD I mean imagine if this drawing of yours was acidently put in Super Smash Bros. Brawl...XD
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three3worldHobbyist General Artist
i have the pc version (i may not noticed that )
CardcaptorNekoChan's avatar
Still, this picture was seen in the Wii version and PC version of Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing!
sporeboy200's avatar
im curious whats in the goodie bag? please reply A.S.A.P
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ArtByRianaProfessional Digital Artist
here you go [link]
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HowSplendidHobbyist General Artist
i think it's great that you artwork is in sonic and sega all stars racing. I'm guess the wii version's going to be a collectors, since that's in there, and i'm not kidding about that.

i'm not sure, but was this in the 360 version as well, cuz i haven't see it, even before my xbox broke
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ArtByRianaProfessional Digital Artist
Yeah it's really cool!

And no, it's not in the 360 version.
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HowSplendidHobbyist General Artist
aww that would have been great to see while racing. oh well XP
Robert-the-Raccoon's avatar
I just rented the Wii version, you know where on Roulette Road the picture's on?
ArtByRiana's avatar
ArtByRianaProfessional Digital Artist
I'm not sure, to be honest. I know it's perhaps more than a minute in.
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funkyjeremiHobbyist Traditional Artist
ah ah , in a way, you are lucky ^^ i wish i found one of my pictures in a sonic game ^^ :p
rubbe's avatar
rubbeHobbyist General Artist
did not look official at all to me. and they always use the SA style on drawings.
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