Imitation Flattery

They say "Imitation is the highest form of flattery," and followers of my work often send me examples of such flattery.

Someone visited Disneyland and saw the Madame Leota painting I created for The Disney Gallery. Once home, they did an Internet search to find more information on the painting and this is what they found during their search, sent to me via my web site. Simply brilliant.

:iconmadameleota:Disney's Madame Leota by *madameLEOTA
This is Madame Leota. I've tried to gave her a 50's/60's storybook design.

KitsuneRagdoll Nov 2, 2010
Very nicely done, but isn't this based off of the portrait by Jimmy Pickering? I saw it for sale at one of the Disneyland Stores.

Dunno... never have been to Disneyland

KitsuneRagdoll Nov 4, 2010
Yeah, here. [link]
The Leota's look exactly the same.

Similar, but not quite the same - the colors and shading of the ball are differnt.
Still... as I said before never have been to Disneyland nor the US before.

KitsuneRagdoll Nov 4, 2010
Well, yes, the colors and shading are different, but it's the same image, just altered.

Madame Leota created by *madameLEOTA, on display at
Here's a direct LINK.

Image Copyright The Walt Disney Company

Madame Leota from my painting created for The Disney Gallery.

Overlay of Imitation Flattery with the original created for The Disney Gallery.

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As if by Madame Leota's enchanted incantations, the 'imitation flattery' from the page of *madameLEOTA has vanished.
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