I've been told many times -especially when working with film- about the right way to do things.
"Look at the masters", they say. "Do what they did", they repeat.
"It was all academic. You were taught to paint like somebody else, made me not want to paint at all. You want to paint your own way!"
Georgia O'Keeffe said it better than anyone else. Using just charcoal, she created beautiful -but radical for her time- abstract drawings. That wasn't what she was supposed to be doing. And yet, she became one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century.
Look at the masters, and then "kill" them and carve your own path. The world doesn't need another Ansel Adams or another Henri Cartier-Bresson.
The world needs you.