i received this email today.
after the whole chris runyon mess I am surprised to hear about another fraudulant artist trying to scam developers.
www.conceptart.org/fraud2 ....this may be some of your work.
ALWAYS CHECK REFERENCES. This is the ONLY way to know if you are being scammed.
here is the email i recieved.........along with a PM sent from the reporting member............................................ ........
Greetings, I need your help
I'm currently a part of a small game development group. Recently an artist has joined us and posted some sample artwork he claims to have done. I became a bit suspicious about some of the paintings but finally today I have some evidence that there is something wrong. He posted an artwork that is the same exact artwork found in this post:
I was wondering how I can try to track down some of the other paintings he's submitted to verify he is indeed stealing work from other artists?
Further investigations have confirmed at least 8-9 pieces having originated from conceptart forums. Here is an attachment of most the pieces he submitted.
The perpetrator's name is Harold Mahuguana. (hopefully the name is real since most of the other information he provided was false) He claims to originate from Manila, Philippines. He links to a website called www.nurvstudios.com.
He has used 2 forum names called nurvstudios or inferno on our boards. (HE IS USER NAME "diablo" on conceptart.org)
Here is the artworks were were able to match up.
I would like to take the opportunity to say that conceptart.org is a great community/resource for artists. I love seeing the work displayed on the forums but I would also recommend that some sort of watermark be placed on artworks in the future to prevent theft. Alot of time and resources have been spent by my team dealing with this issue. I want to prevent other companies/teams from wasting valuable time in the future. (note----is it possible to have code that puts a CA logo on the image when it posts on the forums?----jason)
In regards to this thief, he has been ejected from the team.
I thank you for your response and help.