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This is purely an observation from my point of view but whenever i see a study or painting based on a masterpiece or a screen plate. The results are almost in every case very good.So this tells me that our ability to copy is quite good and its not really required to be a high level artist.Junior level to mid level ones can pull this off easily too. Everything you need to know is already in the image we are trying to copy so it becomes a recipe for us.

the important thing though is to not "copy" it but to understand it and deconstruct a work method from it.And if you understand that then the work based from your own mind will be alot better.

When i see this kind of work , for me its not the level of detail and accurcy that one puts in the copied artwork that impresses me, but the images based on that learned knowledge afterwards. And to tell you the truth not many people understand this knowledge or are aware of how important it is to understand it.But the interesting phenomenon is that still during a copy almost a majority who attempts it do well. The values match, the contrast match. So that should tell you that you HAVE the ability to do it, you just need to understand the work behind it.

Many people jump straight inte detail , full scale and about making something sensational rather then thinking about it, i cant stress this enough but understanding why you are creating somethign and how is absolutely the most important things.

if you find mastercopies or simple studies do paste links in here and you can see that all of these are really quite well executed.

here area few pointers to consider when working with studies, copies

* step back from the painting a couple feet and view it as a thumbnail, which are the key values

* how does the artist work out his composition, what is the visual path

* where is most focus put on

*figure out the lighting and relations in the environment

* how does he pose his models, and why

*dont study small detail things, these are technical details not overall understanding
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JoshEiten Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Nicely put :3
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Maestro77 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Wise words, very true. Should be repeated more often. So many wasted time doing copies without understanding
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Jukeboix Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
so true
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SPARATIK Featured By Owner May 4, 2013   Digital Artist
I've definitely learned from my studies. How light works. Especially the sublt transitions skin makes when its in light or shadow. I guess I can humbly say my anatomy is ok at the moment, without ref... so my main goal with studies are to learn how to render details, learn light values and composition. For studies, I usuallu break down the subject into the basic form to get under it and learn the why questions. From there I might do a fast value test... then I study the color and lay out the color pallet and study that and ask why it works. From there I study the details. Which ismost fascinating to me. The randomness in the face is amazing. If I felt like I wasn't ready to apply all this knowledge to my own forms, I wouldn't be doing them. But even then, I constantly do line work practice with noref to build up my aanatomy
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Steenhuisen Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Lovely piece of advice! You can't use a word if you only know how to spell it, you also need to know what it means. The sad thing is I catch myself forgetting that sometimes and just copy. I really have to start stressing this a lot more.
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StefanieOdendahl Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for pointing this out. it's not as if one hears it the first time - but as you said - copying is relatively easy - and it is as easy to forget about the understanding part... :D i'm about to do a workshop soon, wich starts with master studies - so i'm prepared... :D
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sim725 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
"...view it as a thumbnail, which are the key values" This is very important to me, very key for me recently
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tatitati Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yes..........really simplify a picture and the workflow is an art
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JRettberg Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Levente
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Anmaril Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I agree, I have copied two pieces with the permission of the owners, but not the whole image, but the composition and idea, to -as you say- learn new things and get a better understanding what is painting about, in the end, there are the same rules for all of us, we just follow them differently. It was also important for me that I can paint them equally, there are both here on dA, and I include the things I've learned from them in other images.
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