I never understood this phrase until I actually started researching the full proof method to improve my art.
The reason why Artist say "Don't Copy My mistakes." Is because their drawings won't help you. Or they will help you learn very, very slowly.
As a young artist, we often look at figure or gesture drawings that others have done and think. "I like that pose, I'm going to use it for my drawing too!" So we reference another artist work so we can focus more on rendering out the cool things like turning it into an anthro or anime character.
But by doing this you are stifling your self as an artist. Those gesture and figure drawings are actually training exercise to help those artist's mind be able to create any pose they want in the future including exaggerating the proportions without any reference.
If you want to be able to do this, there is no other way but study. Study anatomy and study gesture. By doing this you are lea