Hey CA! I've had this thought bouncing around in my head for the past week or so after starting to do old master studies.
Is it valid to study contemporary masters in the same way you would copy a Rembrandt or Velázquez? It seems like it might be dangerous because your work can end up looking like the living artist's and you deal with orginality and pop culture/trend issues but would it be valid to do copies of Odd Nerdrum's paintings or Marko D's character designs to absorb some of their process and knowledge? Is there an unwritten time span that has to pass in order to make it okay to do master copies of an artist in history? I was just curious what you all think?