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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Copy the Work of Another Artist

Sometimes when faced with a block or a feeling of difficulty in getting started, it can be helpful to study the work of others. Trips to museums and art galleries, and looking at work in books, magazines and online references all give the artist an opportunity to study how others have solved specific problems. To get even further into the techniques used by others, it can be helpful to copy their work. Copying the work of the Old Masters in museums is a time-honored method of learning. But copying the work of contemporary artists can be just as useful. (Of course, when you copy the work of another artist, you cannot exhibit or sell it, and if it’s a living artist, it’s best to ask permission.)

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