Imitation

It’s said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. In the field of creativity, sometimes imitation can get in the way of personal growth and authenticity.

Have you ever looked at another artist’s work and thought “Wow! That’s amazing. I want my work to look like that.” And then set out to try and incorporate that artist’s style and technique into your own work? When we were young we might have done this. But as we grow as an artist it can become a hindrance to the development of your own style and technique. I used to do this a lot in my early years of drawing. Back then I had a number of artists whose work I admired and tried to get my own work to imitate theirs, which can be a good way to practice and learn specific techniques. But the thing about imitating someone else’s work is that if you get into the habit of imitating, it’s easy to slip into becoming really good at just copying without ever really developing a style that’s all your own. It can also have the off handed effect of causing you to compare and devalue your own work. You may find yourself so focused on trying to get your art to look similar to another artist that you completely miss how your own style maybe unfolding or worse, you may get discouraged and feel that your art is no good if you’re not able to adequately replicate the other artist’s style.
There’s nothing wrong with admiring someone else’s work and being inspired to improve upon your own. But as an artist one has to be careful not to fall into the trap of striving to imitate the styles of others that you end up squelching the seeds of uniqueness in your own development

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4 thoughts on “Imitation

  1. I agree wholeheartedly. And as artists, we can definitely find inspiration in the same things. But we must always always always be true to ourselves and channel that creativity through our own imaginations, not how we think other people would create it.

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    1. I’m flattered that you admire my work but I encourage all creatives to see the beauty in our own. I personally struggle with this, which is why I wrote this post. I’m often looking at the work of others and wish my own looked as amazing as theirs. But as I was working on my last two drawings I realized I was doing a disservice to my own work and begun to see it’s own uniqueness. Doing so has helped me to enjoy my work much more and feel a deeper connection to it.

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