Hello! I just want to know if anyone else have notice this situation. Since the beginning of this year, I 've seen several gigs from different sellers that called them self “illustrators” offering illustrations for children’s books, and the illustrations are made with clipart that everyone can find for free on internet. I saw it in different ways, some of them were exactly like the ones I saw on internet, and another ones are modified.
The first time I saw 2 and it was weird that two persons were offering very similar illustrations, until one day a friend talked me about a website called freepik, i visited it and I saw a couple of characters there exactly like those I saw on those gigs.
Now I’ve seen A LOT of profiles selling that, and the worst thing is that the peolpe is buying illustrations for their books, and they don’t know if the illustrations are made by those sellers, they don’t know if the images are original (lets take in count the “commercial use” extra which they, of course, use it), and they don’t see that some of the illustrations they receive, just have a copy & paste from another illustration they already buyed.
I saw another sellers that have in their 3 samples images, illustrations from a known illustrator, and then if you see the illustrations that person have delivered, are totally different from those samples. I wrote to fiverr customer support about this and they didn’t said and made anything. Maybe the delivered illustrations are made by that person, but not the illustrations from the cover.
Why am I complaining about this? It is because I’m an illustrator, I made my own illustrations, and since this year, I’ve seen SEVERAL profiles like those, I know that fake sellers have been always around, but this time I’ve seen TOO MANY of them, and lately some people have wrote me to say that they love my illustrations but they think it is expensive, and they show me one of these profiles and said “this person offers illustrations for a lower price and faster”; And of course they deliver those illustrations for lower prices and faster, if aren’t made by them.
I think Fiverr should be a little more careful about this, and also the buyers, because they want to create a product (a children’s book) that they want to sell in the future, and they don’t know that those illustrations are not original, and that is something they can made by themself. I think the people should know this, if they are buying an illustration, they need to know that is made with cliparts.
Sorry for my english! Is not my mother language. Hope someone can read this and give its opinion.