Stereotyped image creation: An act of copying or not?

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Early studies related to creativity emphasize the value of originality and see the act of copying as an indication of a lack of self-confidence and self-expression. However, evidence from recent studies has revealed that drawings created by young adolescents carry particular meanings closely related to their everyday life experiences, and suggests that their drawings may thus be considered as socio-cultural products. Therefore, we cannot simply conclude that young adolescents’ copying is nothing but mere imitation. This article aims to answer one essential question regarding stereotyped image creation: Is stereotyped drawing just an act of copying? According to this question, I will examine the key issues related to the imitation phenomenon and stereotyped image creation from the stereotyped ideological perspective and the psychological and socio-cultural perspectives. In the article, I will use manga, one of the most popular forms in the popular visual cultural context, as an example in order to explicate the various ways in which stereotyped image creation may be interpreted, and argue that stereotyped image creation is not just imitation, but that it also has psychological, socio-cultural and educational underpinnings. Copyright © 2013 NTAEC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-99
JournalThe International Journal of Arts Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013



Lau, C. Y. (2013). Stereotyped image creation: An act of copying or not?. The International Journal of Arts Education, 11(2), 76-99.


  • Creativity
  • Imitation
  • Visual culture and art education
  • Stereotyped image creation
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