At some point, you'll have to move from imitating your heroes to emulating them. Imitation is about copying. Emulation is when imitation goes one step further, breaking through into your own thing. – Austin Kleon in Steal Like An Artist
Deep Thought Thursday
When do you stop imitating your art heroes?
How do you know when to stop imitating and start emulating?
How can we teach students the difference between imitating and emulating?
Many thanks to Karen Scharer for sharing her copy of Mr. Kleon's book with me. It's a fast read and I recommend that all artists read it.