About a month ago, I did a sketch of Leonidis, the Spartan General in my "Egghead" style at the request of my fiance. I decided to take a small break (a whole day!) from a couple of other projects do a quick painting of him. I thought it would be fun to emulate a little bit of the style of Frank Miller and Lynn Varley for the piece, like in their graphic novel "300."
It was fun studying their artwork closely and trying to figure out what techniques they used to achieve their looks (watercolor washes, inking). Any good artist can learn by trying to draw or paint in the same styles of other well known artists. They can take what they learn, add them to thier arsenal of techniques and apply it to their work in their own style.