The thing is, a lot of us who are about the same age have seen certain things and those things formed our aesthetic styles. I 100% don't believe for a nanosecond that strawberryluna copied ANYTHING. But this does indicate to me that she's in her thirties and grew up with the same influences a lot of us did.
Adrian Johnson is plumbing the same veins of goodness that a lot of people are. I hate it when some new artist gets to "own" a style that was widely popular before they were even born. This is classic 50's animation style.
I have copied more 1950's/60's animation stills than I care to admit. I'm sure other people have used the same source, too. When you are mimicking a genre, it's bound to happen. These two pics are obviously super-similar, but i'm not seeing a conspiracy afoot or anything.
...and 100% strawberryluna, not to be a dick. he's a mash-up, at least in my head, of these 2 styles of generic, abstract dudes that i've done before: http://www.gigposters.com/poster/88193_Of_Montreal.html and http://www.gigposters.com/poster/80604_Loney,_Dear.html.
trust me, i feel like i am in a terrible twilight zone episode here.
holy shit. whoa. wow. that's....really fucking weird. i've been watching a TON of jay ward stuff, Fractured Fairy Tales to be exact, and this was our take on that for a band i've adored for a while. jesus. too close for comfort for me too, but utterly in ignorance. fucking A.
Initially, I didn't notice the Adrian similarity. There are a bunch of folks doing stuff in that sort of vein. However, in going back and looking at his stuff again, it really is too close for comfort in my opinion.