Getting credited for the work you do is the most simple wish that is shared by every single artist alive. Whether you draw stick figures doing something silly, or unique master works of scenes from fantastical worlds, or characters ranging from simple and cartoony to complex, detailed and realistic. You obviously want to get a little acknowledgment for your work, even if it's a simple thumbs up or anything really.
So it is incredibly understandable to be upset or disheartened when people mistake work you do for the work of another artist. Whether be simply because they saw the character or concept done by someone else first before seeing what was originally done. Or just something similar.
It can be as simple as not checking the credits most artists give when they draw characters that belong to others, it can be a careless first glance mistake, but that doesn't really excuse the fact that when you mistake a character or concept for the wrong artist who did it, it annoys and hurts them.
as simple as that anger most artists (people with brains) get when they hear ignorant people praising Tim Burton's work on Nightmare Before Christmas or Coraline, and leaving the true genius Henry Selick in the dust of his friend's name.
It is a sad fact of life people don't always like to give credit where credit is due, for reasons ranging from misinformation to downright ignorance.
But It really is disheartening to everyone involved.
Online many of us artists have close ties with each other, each other's work, and each other's characters. But just because we will draw each other's characters as gifts or trades, doesn't mean that they are ours, or people have the right to immediately group everything together in the same project.
Speaking as the creator of "Zoophobia"
which is my personal webcomic, which as most of my fans know has a wide and abundant cast of characters. It isn't very hard to distinguish which characters are mine, vs characters that belong to other artists and have absolutely nothing to do with my webcomic's plot or theme.
I felt the need to write this little notice because as of late I have been hearing disheartening things, and I don't really want my work mixed in with other's works. Understandably people get confused when all they see are the characters floating around on their own, and they are drawn by more then one artist even for fun. But now my comic is started and has a definitive website and more focused place to learn and see the characters of the comic, I would hope to see less of people confusing what is a part of ZP, and what is the work of other people.
I will also start to make sure I am a tad more clear when I state something is a part of ZP, just to be safe <3