It's always funny seeing this picture. So it proves that he uses references? Cool. Plagiarizing cosplay (REAL PEOPLE) and figurines isn't a thing. Using reference for pictures is one of, if not the best thing to do to ensure that you will have accurate proportions for the human body.
I get that the DeviantArt community has a problem with using reference (and it fucking shows. 98% of deviantart is trash, Spending even 1 second on something like Artstation just proves that) But cmon. Getting all up and arms about someone using reference or redrawing a scene in his specific style isn't Plagiarizing . It's what he does. HE draws scenes in his style. That's what hes going for.
Oh and since people think that all of his drawings are traced, how bout you look at one of his videos of him drawing. You know, the ones with absolutely no tracing involved.
The man is one of the best on this site. It's insane to see how fast his skills improved. And it makes sense, he used reference and the other resources that were available to him in order to improve his art in a immense rate. Unlike many of the deviantArt users who avoid learning fundamentals and color theory etc. Ilya actually put in the work and it shows.
I mean. I guess the random strangers he draws on the train is considered Plagiarizing too. Fucking hell.