Yesterday I received this Tumblr ask
Regardless of what the anon's intentions were, this message came off as rude.
There's nothing wrong with copying as long as you're doing it to learn and developing your own style. You have certainly copied a lot on your artistic path and still come up with your own unique style. Look at all of the kids copying the Disney style and then taking their own unique and beautiful path in the end! Look at all of the manga/anime artists! They're all copying, yet all their works have some unique elements!
Contrary to a popular belief you can't copyright a style. So don't be afraid of copying to learn as long as you take your own unique path in the end!
I've copied a lot of styles on my artistic journey and my own style has developed a lot. I've copied the Disney style, the W.I.T.C.H. style and now I've been copying manga/anime for many years, yet I still add my own things to it to make it unique.
Copying teaches you.
I really like to explore other artists' style, it's mostly certain elements I borrow. Copying styles has taught me a lot how colors and digital brushes work. I don't like to copy styles 100% though.
However, if you copy to impersonate and to get famous you're doing a bad thing, you should stop immediately and question yourself: 1) Do you like to draw in this style? and 2) Do you draw in it for the sake of getting famous? If you answered no to the first and yes to the latter then put it down and pick up something else you like. Getting attention is fun, but first of all, you're drawing for yourself, not others. You're pleasing yourself, feedback is indeed important because it can help you to grow as an artist, but it doesn't matter as much.
By the way, it's impossible to copy a style 100%, what you're actually doing is interpreting it. Look, we're all different, and thus our art styles are different. Some styles might look a lot like others and it's okay if you're not stealing! Sometimes artists aren't aware of others and coincidences can happen! Copying sometimes happens subconsciously as well! It's all okay, don't worry about it!
The message I received is rude because the anon is blunt about it. They could've been sending it to someone who wasn't aware of Shiu and had a style which looked similar. Instead, they could've asked me politely about it before jumping to conclusions.
If you suspect someone about copying ask them politely about it instead of jumping to conclusions and accusing them, even if they're clearly copying for the sake of getting famous. Surprisingly, people who you consider having a bad morality have the right to your politeness and tolerance.