Imitation as Inspiration: Improving Your Technical Skills and Artistic Style by Copying Others

If you don’t have the means to take actual classes, copying others is a great way to teach yourself new skills without thinking much about it. When you are trying to replicate another’s work, you have no choice but to pay attention to the technical details, like composition, lighting, shading, or depth of field. By using imitation as inspiration, you can improve your technical skills and artistic style by copying others (at least for a little while)