Here are two different takes on the same subject. being original. I’ve had this conversation with myself over the years and I’m more inclined to be in Austin Kleon’s camp. It’s what I do on a daily basis. In fact everytime I think I’ve done something original I later on find out that some other artist in the past had done the same thing. The most I we can hope for is the period of time we live in and the experiences and influences we bring to the table make our work slightly different from our predecessors. I highly recommend you watch this video as it answered a lot of questions I had about my own work.