“Do what the masters did and surely you will become one.”
There is a difference between mastery and being a copy. There is a difference between creating and copying. There is a difference between us. What made a master was not the ability to copy, but the ability to break out and become an original. Did they master the basic, yes, then they had to navigate something new with the skills they had. They had to stand out in a different way. They would never make a mark on the world they occupied it, they stayed safe copying what had been done before them. Being creative requires courage, it means you must face down your fear, you must risk the very thing you want to save. There are plenty of copycats in the world don’t be one, it’s so not original.
Two things before I end.
The first is learning a style isn’t copying if you can create original content.
The second is you have something to offer the world, so you can use copying to learn but at some point you will have to be courageous and put yourself out there.