A lot of people watermark their work. Consider it as recognizing the artist, because that's what they are for. They aren't for pissing on your work and saying "MINE". They are there to tell the difference of WHO DREW IT. NOT, WHO OWNS IT.
Check yourself. (:
Another thing, the lion king has such a customized style that if you didn't draw Simba in it he'd be basically unrecognizable.
Honestly if you are flexible in your style then you are accomplished as an artist.
a shame you think creating only fan art won't let you flourish when doing exactly this kind of thing is what got me my studio job in animation
The whole point of my comment was that you put YOUR watermark over copyrighted characters that DON'T belong to you yet you go and complain about others who steal artwork.. By placing your watermark over copyrighted characters that belong to Disney you are doing the exact same thing. You are claiming the characters as your own when you put YOUR watermark over DISNEY'S property. THAT is the point I was trying to make.