That is, someone whose artistic process consists of taking a reference pic and meticulously, slavishly copying it, starting with the eyes (or, if not drawing a person or animal, some other core detail) and working their way out. Someone who has, on the positive side of things, has good sight and can produce impressively photorealistic work, but is otherwise helpless without their references and whose freehand drawing is pitiful at best. A maddening perfectionist who can't live with a drawing (or themselves) until it is free of perceived flaws and is so afraid of failure they can never relax enough to properly sketch or draw gesture. I call them Xerox artists because they're like human photocopiers; and while they copy very well, it's essentially all they can do.
I think everybody here knows a Xerox artist, or is/was one themselves. I'm one, unfortunately... and I believe I've reached a point where this style of working is seriously cramping my potential for improvement, which is why I decided to quit lurking this place and finally get an account.
Now, I know that very artist is afraid of failure, even if not to such obsessive levels, and I can only imagine every artist to have success eventually had to learn to overcome their fear. So, people here: how have you become more relaxed about their drawing, more accepting of failure and altogether less precious about the whole process?
Alternatively... Am I right for thinking that the only real solution to this problem is to quit complaining and practice gesture until I get over myself? :x