Traditional paintings as their main defining characteristics strive for accurate iconography, display a knowledge of hierarchy and follow one or more of the known Painting Traditions of the Himalayan regions and styles.
Copy art generally is created with the intention to replicate in a similar fashion a previously completed artwork. The focus can be on the central iconographic subject or on all the elements of the composition.
With Souvenir art a key characteristic is a lack of iconographic rigor and knowledge of hierarchy, along with mixed stylistic elements.
The Simhanada Lokeshvara painting below follows traditional painting and iconographic standards. The Padmajala image is appropriated from one painting while the four secondary figure scenes are appropriated from another painting completely unrelated to the Padmajala subject and painting. The Amoghasiddhi Buddha is decorative art with various generic secondary figures at the sides and above and five identical looking wrathful figures below.