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Imitation Comes First

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” Salvador Dali
Have you ever watched or talked to a child? When they are little, they are like parrots, repeating what they see and hear.
As we grow up, we want to be our "own person." But how do we actually learn? Even in math class, we were taught the method for how to solve the problem. The teacher did a practice problem, and then, assigned some to us. We imitated her method until it became natural to us.
Art is the same way. Before we can branch out as creatives, we first have to learn from the originals. We imitate their brushstrokes and styles before we truly develop our own.
In the digital age, our medium may have changed, but the basics of learning how to do stuff have not. It is still imitation first and individuality second.
Hand-drawn in Adobe Photoshop CC using the Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen.
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