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Do you believe that each artist's style is one of a kind? 

55%
832 deviants said yes, each artist has a unique set of abilities that cannot be repeated by someone else
39%
595 deviants said no, with the right amount of time, ability and effort any art style can be repeated
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97 deviants said different opinion (share?)

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Joobleboogle Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Yes, and no. You can copy and learn from other styles, copy it almost perfectly sometimes depending on the artist,  but every artist can't help but putting their own flare into it. There's always going to be some minute differences, simply because it's different people with different tastes, backgrounds and experiences fueling each piece. It's as you copy and mutate the styles of others that you learn your own personal style too, so I think it's good to try to copy, but not to rely on that fully, or compare yourself to why your piece of imitation isn't exactly like the original style, because you're mixing your style with theirs. So, While portions of an artists style are repeatable, there are still individual aspects that will always be unique.
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LiveInfinitely Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
^that. xD
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Tayday12 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS ANSWER IS AWESOME :D
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Joobleboogle Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you :D
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nominee84 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Every single style can be copied, just think about the old masters and their apprentices. There were periods when the students painted (almost) the whole painting and the master just signed it like his own. No one knew the difference because there wasn't any.
After reaching a certain level, the student parted from the master and became a master himself, then he developed his own style.
It was a natural process of learning back then.

Nowadays if you have the same style as someone else, it's called stealing and unoriginal.
I don't have a problem if someone copies a certain style in order to learn from it.
I do have a problem if someone deliberately copies a certain popular artist's style in order to gain attention and make money off of it. I find this unethical.

Every artist evolves with time. The copycat nowadays just follows a certain style without knowing why and how made that style as it is or where it can take. Surely, they could mimic the new, evolved style as well, but as I saw it, after a while they can't or don't want to keep up, and stay in a former level.
Unlike the old masters' apprentices, they don't want to learn from the copied stuff, therefore they have no idea whatsoever, why that line was drawn this way or that. They just do it, because that's what they can see, but unable to understand.
And this is when we get the wonky, weird and inconsistent copied style..and the awful anatomy when they try to draw something new in that someone else's style - they can't 100% mimic the knowledge of the artist.
So in the end, the original artist's style evolves naturally, while the copycat gets stuck in the outdated 'borrowed' style.

My 2 cents :U
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Razuri-the-Sleepless Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
well said! thank you for sharing your opinion, I'm having quite a debate on this poll! :)
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nominee84 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
No problem~ I like this poll's theme c:
//leaves the tab open to see the results/new comments in the morning >A>
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IndicinaCN Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it's a bit of the first two. An artist can copy another's style, but an artist will always have their own style that, even if they tried to recreate another artists style, they're own style will mix in.
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NearoC Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015   Digital Artist
I believe a style can end up virtually identical, but the process that the two artists go through to create that art is different, therefore in a way is unique? I guess.
I've seen artists before who did have 99% identical styles, at least.
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Altarior Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015   Digital Artist
Any artwork or style can be copied down the the tiniest detail if given enough time and effort. But like others have said, the thoughts that each artist has about doing a painting is gonna vary, even if the subject is the same. Honestly tho, whatever the "correct" answer is, I think the most important thing is to just feel comfortable with what you're doing. If you love drawing, does it really matter whether it looks like someone else's work or not? =P Personally I couldn't care less if 10,000 people had the exact same style as me, I just draw because I love it xP
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StoryWeaverKirea Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Professional Writer
I think some art styles can be copied but some can't...it really just depends
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Daandric Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Everything can be copied. Every technique can be learned with enough time and effort. You can reproduce the artwork but not the artist.
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SinisterBunneh Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Each artist has their own talents
it just so happens that some artists are better than other at mimicking others' styles.
like, I can't mimic anyone's style since I'm hardwired to my style
but I've seen others that can mimic multiple anime and game styles as well as their own

each person has their strengths and weaknesses, and sometimes that strength and weakness is their style(s) xD
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NYAN-puu Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015   General Artist
Hrmmm yes to an extent. I think that everyone's style is constantly revolving for the most part. Like as an artist I think you should always strive for improvement.
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Luciana-Lu Featured By Owner Edited Apr 20, 2015
I believe each style is one of a kind, but is shows more after some years.
I think a person can copy but will never be abble to copy what's on the artist's mind when he/she is producing :)
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NeepTheSheep Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student General Artist
I believe that any style can be replicated, but only to a degree- you can never make a perfect copy of somebody else's work, because your thought processes, techniques, order in which you complete tasks, and even simply how you hold a pencil or a brush, is different to everybody else, however minutely. For this reason too,  'style', when found, may have similarities to other's styles, but it is always your own, as nothing can be identical to it. 
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Siestalan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
I believe everyone has their own initial style and preferences on how to do things, but I also believe that it's possible to get really close to someone elses way of drawing things by observing and paying close attention to the details that make their style unique.

I also found that some people draw similar to one another even though they think they're being very original in style and haven't seen anyone work like they do before.

So ... I dunno ... I believe in art everything is possible. Generally I want to learn from everything I see that appeals to me and develop my very own way of doing things - and I'm hoping that others share this goal of becoming an artist who goes against the masses rather than one who blends in =P (Razz) 
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Art-loving-Fairybug Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yes -- all you have to do is watch any long-running anime for proof. Even when deliberately trying and having multiple artists at your disposal, there are subtle differences. You can get pretty close, maybe even almost perfect, but never totally identical. 
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ShujiE Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
We all have our own styles, but everyone is also affected by other styles. And that's not a bad thing, either.  How would we grow as artists otherwise?
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crazy-fruit Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think if you always copy one Artist and then draw something Original it will appear in the copied artists style.
Also what I find very interesting is that we all start on the same level of art as childern but we all develop different styles.

Also: Get back to work Raz! ;)
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Horse-Box Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
I Don't think copying a style is a good thing, but it is certainly possible as I have seen it done very well many, many times.
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agent-lapin Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I voted yes but No is valid too. 

Whilst it is completley possible that someone can emulate another's style with time and practice, they'll never experience the thoughts, reflection, influence and progression that the original artist went through in order to achieve it. Additionally, because of this, they probably wouldnt understand the reasoning behind the subtilities of the artist's style because ultimately they do not see things or comprehend things visually like the original artist.
Finally I think that the original artist will always be a few steps ahead of someone who is copying because their own "unique set of abilties" and perception etc that grows and evolves with them as a person... anyone who is copying is incapable of demonstrating this ability that the original artist does by the simple fact that they are not them.

however if that person who has learnt to repeat another artist's style wishes to stop doing that then they too can step into the role of the original artist and excel and demonstrate that ability of creation in terms of style that the previous artist had demonstrated

if that makes sense? hehehe 
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ResidentBrain Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm probably not contributing much when I say this, but I feel like some artists, especially younger ones, don't always want their own art style. They want to draw like someone, and don't always realise the difference between being influenced  by someone and wanting to copy their work.

Maybe I'm just applying my own experiences, but that's how I felt when I was younger, I thought I was a poor artist because I couldn't draw the way other people did, rather than trying to appreciate the things I could do myself. I've read some people call that a "crutch" until you find your own style, but that wasn't the intent at the time. I really wanted to make other artists' styles my own.

tbh that's probably why I couldn't achieve my goal - because I had no idea what a style really was and how it reflected an artist's taste and perspectives. My perspective has changed by now, but I think art styles really need to be discussed more with art students. I know you can't help mostly self taught losers like me, but if young artists heard some of the opinions here it might really help them progress their own art imo.
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nagithehedgehog Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I think it's less of an artist having unique sets of abilities and more of their style being influenced by other artists' styles
Like a person's style could draw noses the same way as one artist, but draw hair like another artist
So basically an artist's style is just a blend of what they've seen that they liked (At least in my opinion)
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WernoZaur Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
W sumie powtórzę to, co już zostało powiedziane wyżej (i tak chcę!). 
Tak, uważam, że każdy ma swój unikalny styl, swoją własną wizję, której albo może szukać i do niej dążyć albo też nie. Ponieważ niektórzy wolą dążyć do pomysłów i wizji innych artystów. Wolą ich postrzeganie i interpretowanie świata i chcą go naśladować. Co jest lepsze - to już kwestia indywidualna. Myślę, że kopia, nawet najwierniej odwzorowana, zawsze będzie kopią, lepszą lub gorszą. Będzie porównywana do oryginału, czy innych kopii, a własny styl jest i zawsze będzie swój i warto go nie ignorować. 
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robustQuestioner Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist
A style can be repeated, but it can't hold the same thoughts and procedures that went into the original, because every artist approaches art differently. So even while styles can look the same, it's never an exact "copy."
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TearsDissolved Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
I agree with you. xD
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GaMei-PeiLaTe Featured By Owner Edited Apr 20, 2015  New member
I strongly agree! :D 
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MasKOfFlaminTwilight Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I think everyone has a style that's impossible to reproduce totally. You can even produce something appearantly identical, but there is something in the touch, in the way someone filters the world in his works, that is not reproducible at all
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Razuri-the-Sleepless Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I like that point of view a lot!
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MasKOfFlaminTwilight Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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GaMei-PeiLaTe Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  New member
me too! It is well said :D
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ScionicSpectre Featured By Owner Edited Apr 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Whether you like it or not, you have a style all your own. While studying different styles and trying to replicate them can improve your skillset, you will never be able to remove what makes you unique from your work. It will always be a mutation, and to reach your full potential you have to leave the other styles behind and pursue 'you'.
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noruoki Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
there is a possibility of training hand to draw similar lines and learning how to color in same looking way, yet I don't think it'd be convincing. copying ideas would be a theft and thinking the same way as someone other seems impossible ^^
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KiloOtaku Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artist
each art style can be repeated and copy to look exactingly the same,as long as you practice.Though you will never know the reason behind it or understand why the artist created a certain style.you will never be able to put the same amount of feeling or care into the drawing/painting as the artist did.if that makes any sense.i am bad at explaining  what i think X.X. 
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Razuri-the-Sleepless Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
It makes much sense to me, because that's a very similar opinion to mine :) When you're able to copy the result of artists's thinking process, you just don't know what's on their mind. You can't recreate the subject, which is a great part of someone's style, in my opinion. After all, you don't usually say "oh, this is that girl who draws small noses" but rather "oh this is that girl who usually draws history- based fanarts". Something like that :)
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Theonyn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
I voted no, but my opinion is a but different! I did not learn in art school, didn't even bother with grabbing a book of how to do stuff... I just copied from other artists, mostly manga style, and western comics later. It's not the best solution to learn, but I was fine, I had fun and that what matters. I slowly stopped copying others, and tried to follow that art style on my own, but of course I made mistakes, and it turned out the small differencies make a good effect. Maybe that's what we can call "style", and this is allright! So the answer should be "yes", everyone have a unique style, but think about it, if I had been more ambitious on copying what I liked, maybe I would draw just the same. And at serious workplaces of animation or comics, people have to learn each others style, to work on the same product.

So um... every art style can be repeated, copied completely with effort and work, but the "style" itself is not something, what can be aquired by reproducing something what others did.

Sorry for my english.
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GaMei-PeiLaTe Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  New member
I am not taking any official art classes now and I am trying to learn from other artists too :) I kinda feel like I can relate a little to how you learn to do art xD although my answer is "yes" :D
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Theonyn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
I guess our opinion is valid for any vote, makes no true difference :D From our point of view I mean
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GaMei-PeiLaTe Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  New member
Naruto Uzumaki (Thumbs Up) 
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Hells-Princess-Cra Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I believe so.  You may be able to copy the style, but the style isn't yours; you're just "borrowing" it or using it as a crutch until you can make your own style.
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Forestwater87 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
This.

Though at the same time I don't think anyone really "invents" their own style, anymore than someone "invents" their own story. Nothing original under the sun, we're all contributing to a giant pool of human achievement and that's beautiful, etc.

But I absolutely agree that copying/repeating someone's style isn't taking away from the copy-ee.
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Hells-Princess-Cra Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
We all use others' achievements as stepping stones, so I can see how nothing is "original" anymore.
Thank you for agreeing C:
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