Every faceup shop, well almost all of them, say they don't copy other artists' styles and wouldn't like theirs to be copied- that, or they imply it. What I'd like to know is what constitutes copying? there are some artists who pretty much just do good quality natural faceups, and yet when they speak of copying..? Copying what? Everyone does natural faceups. Most people also do gothic and fantasy. To be honest, although yes each artist has different traits, they are usually so subtle one might accidentally 'copy' them for example in many tutorials it is mentioned, a few different styles of painting bottom lashes or brows, surely someone came up with it originally, are those who learn from tutorials all copying? Each doll is a work of art, unless you're a machine, even if you were inspired by someone elses work you'd never directly replicate it, so why all this fuss of copying? Besides, how will we get new and daring artists if everyone is too afraid to be daring? This isnt related to the other copying discussion in this forum since its about style, not whole dolls and I think it warrants its own thread. I think it has room for some debate in it too. I'd like to see the reasoning for claiming one can copy or trademark a style, unless that style is extremely individual. Even then, could one not do their own version?