The great masters copied the work of masters who preceded them, to learn from their work. Following that tradition, I have embarked on copying the work of some of my contemporaries that I admire. But merely copying is not good enough you need to spend time studying their work. It is always exciting when you pick up a few nuggets of wisdom.
IT IS ILLEGAL TO COPY THE WORK OF OTHER ARTISTS TO SELL AND MOST OF ALL IT IS IMMORAL.