I've talked a lot about how to find inspiration from someone else's work without biting their style.
This image below inspired me to make a little painting last night to learn more how this person works. Though it's not really a portfolio piece, I got to learn a lot from this artist's palette and motif of plants.
I do things very differently from them, and that's a big factor to why they're quite different. In college, I was always taught that to learn from a painter, mimic their style and you will learn a lot about them, then use what you learned to apply it to your own style.
What comes of this exercise should also be informative about what types of images you are drawn to in the first place. For example, I love drawing plants.
So, naturally (ha) I loved this work from a kids book, as well as other spreads and pages.
I chose this one because of the colors, so what I did was imported it into Procreate and color-picked many of the main colors in this composition.
I then delete the image entirely. This helps me not copy the style too closely. I have studied it and now it's time to apply what I saw. I did end up using a similar composition, although I think the depth of field is a bit longer in mine, plus there are no figures. I had started with one, but felt for the composition, maybe it was going to be more fun and interesting for me to do if it was just a nature study.
This took me a few episodes of a TV show to do, so it's really more of a sketch than anything.
What is always surprising to me about the color studies is that once I turn off the image layer, my color choices really vary from the source in terms of which to use more or less, how thick or thin to use certain colors, etc. Plus, I think the original is not a digital art piece. It looks a lot like traditional drawing and painting.