From this piece I learned how to sculpt using the teapot clay method. This piece is successful because of it's oddities. It looks like an alien space ship, but at the same time looks like an alien it is like a bio-ship. If I was going to change something I would have made the legs look more like landing supports.
From this I learned that the Illuminati is real, and can even be found in nature. This piece is successful because it proves the illuminati is real. If I was to change something it would be to make the pine needles look neater, and make the eye look more eye like.
What is the difference between getting "inspiration" from another piece and "stealing" an idea?
Stealing an idea is copying it exactly or close to exactly or using the same idea without adding anything new to it. Getting inspiration is when you see a piece of art and decide to do something similar to it. This is not copying because you are changing variables in the art. For example you see a piece of art that uses only black and white, so you decide to make a black and white piece that is of a different subject.
Is it okay to use part of an idea or part of another picture in your piece if you change something or give credit to the original source? It depends on how major that part is. If you want to make a metal kinetic sculpture that uses mirrors because you saw a sculpture that uses mirrors. It is ok to do so if you are not copying the design of the sculpture and make you piece unique. This can be compared to sampling in music. If you use part of a song it is ok, but if you copy the bass, treble, and lead then just add like a filter and call it your own. Then you are in the wrong. It is like calling a remix your own song.