When I first started out learning art, I was insecure and unsure about what to do. All my art paled in comparison to what I wanted it to be.
Transitioning to a different career and skillset at the age of 27, also brought along a whole bunch of expectations of where I should be at my age. Plus it took a while to find out where I wanted to focus my efforts.
So I coped by copying. Not passing the art I created as my own, but using pretty much the exact same brush strokes or modeling procedures, to try to recreate what other artists who I looked up to, do.
This is actually a legitimate step in learning that the book, Mastery, helped reaffirm. A couple of the teachers from my completed Gumroad tutorials say you shouldn’t copy but I think sometimes they forget what it’s like to be completely new at something.
So after doing so many copying techniques through all my art training, I’m starting to realize that I like learning how other artists use their techniques, but I’m not interested in doing their art anymore.
I want to practice and try my own. I want to build my own worlds, or make fan art of worlds that I enjoy.
So from now on, rather than copying art, I’m going to start modifying it slightly or entirely.