I'm a bit of a newbie to this whole papertoy making scene. I've done about 3 (working on a 4th for public release, the others are early and really "not ready") And I've enjoyed the process greatly, but I've run into a small problem.
There are really only so many basic shapes you can work with, so it's inevitable that some elements of my toy are going to be like elements of an already established one. My question is, at what point is the similarity considered derivative? After finishing my first toy, I realized it looked a bit like Rommy (albeit much simpler). I'm not trying to be a rip-off artist (my toy isn't based on other templates) but I'm not trying to dodge design elements that work just because they're already in use. How is this sort of thing generally thought about?
Keep up the awesome work to all designers,