There’s little of yourself to be added when you simply copy and paste. However, when you take what you see and imitate from the bottom up, there’s a chance to make real art.
Copy and pasting vs. imitating—what’s the difference? It’s simple.
Copy and pasting is literally what it sounds like. There’s no consideration for context. It’s just a lousy and thoughtless way of taking someone else’s work.
On the other hand, we have imitation. Imitation is following a lead. Imitation is taking bread crumbs. Imitation—not a replica—requires you to think and learn through action.
Great artists don’t copy and paste, they imitate.