People often say that nothing is truly original. It’s all about figuring out how to pull from multiple sources to come up with something that is your own. You can get pretty far just copying others work but you’ll never be great or be someone others look to for inspiration.
Good artists copy, great artists steal. - Pablo Picasso
Its easy to copy what others are doing but why not take it and make it your own. Put your own spin on it. There is a world of inspiration around all of us and there is no shame in pulling from these sources to fuel your imagination. The better work you look at for inspiration, the better your work is going to be. When you look to great artists and designers to see how they accomplished a task, your work is only going to get better.
One of my favorite quotes is from Andy Warhol, “Art is what you can get away with”. Try new things, different things, see what works, see what doesn’t work. You never know when you’ll stumble onto something new and unique.
“It’s not where you take things from; it’s where you take them to.” - Jean-Luc