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Adobe Illustrator Artwork 12.0 ( CS2) -


My art is still used in many places but some of the "Hall of Shame" people have taken it down and I am removing all the links.


I should have written this long ago.

I've uploaded this piece of work in it's ORIGINAL FORMAT because of one thing: people kept asking me how I work, kept asking me for a tutorial. I tried to make a tutorial once, but that wasn't clear enough I guess.

So I though I'd give away one work as an AI-file, so that everybody could see the layers etc. and see how everything works, maybe find what she/he was looking for in my works - I mean some "hidden" technique people've been asking me about.

One could have predicted that uploading a piece of work in it's original format gives too much freedom to those who tend to misuse other people's works.

At first it was funny to hear about this work being used for
* Poster for some musical festifal in Edinburgh
* Cover for CD with graduating students' works of one art school in Ukraine
* Logo of some art group in China
* Prints on T-shirts (I don't remember where - Mexico?)

and for many many other purposes in various corners of the world.

But the latest email wasn't funny any more - I've been told my work has won the 3rd place all over the country at an art Expo in Columbia.
Naturally, not under my name. I was the last to know, as usual.

One could say - "Your own fault". But I've explained the reasons why I've uploaded my work in AI-format.

The most unpleasant thing is - people trying to make not only money, but even name at the expense of other's work.

I've decided to collect the information about cases of misuse of my work and post it here, in the "Hall of shame".

I'd be greatful for any help - if somebody knows about cases of my work being stolen and misused and takes time to write me a notice, maybe even with a photo.

Hopefully, this will help. I promise to put here a small notice if somebody of the "reported" people contact me and clear up things.

Last but not least.
I don't really mind my tutorial being used, but you want to use it (naturally, not for displaying it on some art competitions under your name), please, write me a notice or an email. I'm slow at answering, but I'll try to answer it as soon as possible. And credit the artist please!

Everyone, thank you for your attention.

I'm really sorry for bringing this up and maybe, spoiling the atmosphere. But I hope everybody will understand me.

with regards and best wishes
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SilentSinner666 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am very sorry that there have been people stealing your artwork. It's happened to me before so I sympathize. I was wondering if I could please use this image for a poster I am designing for my school's Art and Design show? I can send you the finished piece and give you credit for your work. Please get back to me as soon as you can. Thank you!
cathyfedor Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
I love all the color! Beautiful picture!
moonlight311 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ShyDandere Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015
My eyes exploded with rainbows.

I love it. O^O
filipeoliveira Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing !!! Could you see my drawing of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow…
WolfxPrince Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is just absolutely stunning.
Goethe0 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015
Piece of shit politicians in Bra$il claiming that thanks to them, the Designer profession is now regulated and their copyright work protected, then they used your work in their cover.

look for partidoverde43 in facebook, I would post the link, but the system thinks it's spam.
MLPAristiscCSketch Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible =D
djmisscloud Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015
Hi, in case you're still interested. Your work was used again and it's in a pretty unbelievable way. The Brazilian Congress recently recognized Designer as a profession (it was for voting for several years). And the Green Party stole your design to say: "Now the work of this professionals have their copyright protection guaranteed". This is a good one, right?Clap 
LunaMichelle666 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
123freevectors Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
Great share!
rajin Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
So... would you mind if I used your work and gave credit to you?
rawvision58 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
Really sorry to hear about your experience.   So generous of you to share your beautiful work and for others to try to pass it off as their own.   Here's a link to a page where this seems to have been passed off as someone else's work -
Riana-art Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Its great that you still share the original file though you had so much trouble with art-thieves. Its astonishing what can be done with AI :)
mono-entrenado Featured By Owner Edited Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
FUCKING COPYISTS!! The main idea to share is for others to grow on each others know how and expertise; those asshole posers that steal the name of an artist just deserve to be banned, FOREVER, from creative communities.  
Makuilli-Shochilt Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It´s see so beautiful
CiNiTriQs Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not just the blatant stealing, but using it wrongly or making it even worse and presenting it as good or original or whatever... simply just maddens me... Artists are already poor as F... (well, most that I know) even though they good get comissioned to do brilliant work, yet some others, simply stealing it make money off of it it's just... so very modern society like...
DrCarrasquilla Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Downloaded the file. Stuning painting and AI technique!!! 
Escultor-De-Deuses Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
LimKis,  some people here in Brasil used your art. Add this to your hall of shame.…
ercuillium Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the color combinations 
dr-sassy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Really sorry to hear about the theft. I was wondering if it's possible to use this image in a e-book cover? Thanks for considering.
JoeyRex Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Très beau Butterflies 
AnaBelenRuiz Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Do you know why your work has been used without your credits? It's posted as free - author unknown in sites like this:
tobymikle Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
These people are using your image…
loverofmythology Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
if they're selling your things and plagiarizing, i'd work on getting a lawyer :/
Navodit Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
overflowink Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
This guy is using your work to sell better his image on a Freelancer website where he's most likely supposed to show his own work.
Himanshu-artist Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
so beautiful i saw this work on net about 2 years back and i have downloaded its ai file file from some side this master piece always fascinates me but today i have come across to ur profile and come to know that u have created this its truly amazing i cant imagine that anyone can make a portrait using illustrator keep it up nd if u have some of ur video tutorials kindly send me link.
Maromanko Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Wow, that is awful that this happened to you. I hope you got most of those high profile transgressions resolved. :S
Thumper314 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Disgusting and appalling to see how these leeches turn a profit off your attempt to assist the community. I wish you the best of luck in the future and hope that you will still be willing to help those of us in the community that are learning from you.
GingerDan91 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
How the hell people could get away with copying your style is ridiculous. It would've been clear if they couldn't replicate any original work alongside that of what they had stole. I really enjoy your work to the point of jealousy but stealing it is ridiculous. Hope it doesn't stop you putting up more of your work.
vixen2NE1 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that doesn't make sense.
people CAN get away with copying :iconlimkis:'s style because according to copyright laws in Australia, USA and UK (and probably more that i don't know about) an art idea/technique/style is not liable for copyright protection so it's perfectly legal to replicate/copy, however, according to copyright if the art piece created looks identical (or almost identical) to an art piece that has already been created by another person then they are in breach of copyright. For example, Nick Simmons' comic "Incarnate" IS in breach of copyright of Tite Kubo's manga "Bleach" [link]
don't get me wrong though, the links :iconlimkis: has provided are defiantly in breach of copyright laws and it's a total violation of everything i stand for.
i don't mean to be a smart-ass but maybe you could consider paying more attention to how you word your posts in the future.
GingerDan91 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, the point of my post was that stealing artwork is bad. My point about "copying your style" where you have got confused is semantics. I meant as in Lim Kis's style is that unique it would be difficult to get away with replicating it in the first place. Nothing to do with the legality.
Ashtray001 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, thanks for the file, it really opened my mind. Now i know that the so-called "big secret" is nothing more than meticulosity and patience.

You are incredible, i said it before(when i did ask you for some advice) and i'll say it again!
ValAnne20 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Hello, LimKis!

I just wanted to let you know that I am using your art piece as a thumbnail on my history fair website. Proper credit will be given in my annotated bibliography. I'm sorry to hear that people have been taking advantage of your generosity of sharing your artwork.

Thank you for sharing!
Nopherete Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Спасибо, Маша. Мне, честно говоря, больше помог именно этот файл. До этого я совершенно несправедливо недооценивал такую замечательную вещь как инструмент "карандаш". Твоя графика помогла мне совершенно иначе посмотреть на возможности иллюстратора. Мне он всегда больше нравился, чем все остальные редакторы вместе взятые, но у меня был неверный подход - я использовал исключительно перо, а это хоть и точно, но очень долго и больше похоже на черчение, чем на рисование. Меня это всегда убивало. Пытался рисовать одними только кистями, но они слишком непредказуемые, их лучше использовать как инструмент дополнительных эффектов. К тому же многоэтажные наслоения мазков кисти заставили даже мою шайтан-машину заплакать горючим машинным маслом.
Еще раз спасибо за возможность изменить свой подход к векторному рисованию. Жду новых твоих работ...
baiuneedvicodin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
baiuneedvicodin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry to doubled my post.. I didn't read the description first and after reading it I kinda feel that it must be really upsetting to see your work being used by the others.. hope your generosity doesn't make anybody use it in the wrong way in the future... :)
Simokaos Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
You're intention were great :aww: I appreciate your effort to help others to learn, although I'm sad to hear about the side effects of your generosity. Thank you by me anyway :thumbsup:
Rachillion Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Your work is beautiful! I'm sorry about people using your work without permission.
XiuMao Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I found another one to the hall of shame. I'll send the specifics later~.
JBlas1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Hi LimKis! I'm a cartoonist who loves vector art and was looking for stuff that would push Adobe Illustrator further... and I found this piece of yours! I downloaded it and just checked it right now in Illustrator and all I can say is... whoa... seriously, whoa... looking at how you put all of that together is just breathtaking... Great, amazing work!!! I do not approve of those who steal your work, but I can certainly understand why they would do so. This is just amazing. It's going to take me quite a while to understand how you did all this!

Thanks for sharing your work!

Josep Blas
kwei-kofi Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love the way you make judicious use of colours...nice piece!
suburbanretrosaur Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
That's rather disgusting! How depressing that you go out of your way to help others and this is how they reward?
(I for one thank you thoroughly for the file - absolutely fascinating way of using illustrator.)
Aeonoel Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
here's one: [link]
lobech2012 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
woooooooooooow te pasaste!
vishus Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Downloaded to see how you do it... absolutely amazing
veridical-dream Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
File it as a tut..?
people probably assumed its a stock image...
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