I was having an interesting conversation with an art group about process. How you make a piece of art, the actual process you go through, goes a long way in determining the individuality of the image and the style of the artist. I was surprised at how many artists felt that they could freely use anyone’s work as the basis for their own work without compensation or approval from the original creator.
I've always argued for creating an image devoid of outside influences. The reason is simple, it gives the image and all of its elements a cohesive intent and unique viewpoint that is missing when people cobble together and copy other peoples work and try to repurpose it as their own.
Artists lose their chance at an individual style and a unique point of view all because they undercut the process of actual creation. By not doing the work to develop a scene on their own, they don’t do any ideation or very little of it. They try and repurpose other work by outside sources. They go looking at how other people have handled the same subject. They give up on creating for copying someone else’s designs or compositions. They piece together disparate information, lighting and intent trying to skip the most interesting part of making an image, the design.
This ends up with the image failing to have any cohesive idea or looking like another artists work, or even worse, actual plagiarism. From the very start they have abrogated the creativity to someone else. All of the creative decisions and even the reference for those choices are someone else’s work. The only thing they leave themselves is the mere rendering, the least creative part of the process.
Ivan Fedorovitch Choultse
To build a body of successful personal work a sincere artist must fall in love with all parts of the artistic process of picture making. Forget about superficially copying the work of artists you admire, Become their equals by emulating their quality and working habits and then express your art with your own style.
Francisco Pradilla Ortiz