Inspiration, adaptation, and personal interpretation play a large role in art and expression of ideas. Formulating a personal style can spring from imitation, and eventual expression of self through the tools learned along the way. There really isn't a right or wrong way to express ideas, but don't get stuck in the rut of regurgitation. I strive to make myself uncomfortable whenever I attempt to try something new.
Discomfort can lead to some stumbles, but also a acquisition of new skills.