I feel like this goes on fairly often-> rvamag.com.
There is so much work to be inspired from, why do some people, who have considerable technical artistic talents, choose to copy verbatim another work. I know a surprising amount of artists who have had other people flat out steal from them and sell their stolen works. But there is also the issue of being “inspired by” a certain work where it too closely echos the original piece. Its impossible to live in a bubble and not be aware of other artworks and mediums, but there is an uncomfortable line between taking what you see and using it in a new way and simply lifting anthers ideas into your work.