Hey, artists! Has anybody ever told you to "learn the rules before you break them"?
I think this is extremely poisonous advice.
As a young artist, it hurts to hear that your work has no value until you spend years learning the right way to do it. The implication that you should refrain from even trying until then is nothing but discouragement.
I've been there, heard that advice, and stubbornly blown it off. I'm pretty happy with the result.( How I finally learned the rules... )
If I may take a moment to preach to younger artists, I'll say this: go ahead and be adventurous. The rules are really helpful, but if you're serious, you'll inevitably learn them sometime, somehow. Until then, experimenting isn't going to do you harm and may even teach you something. (Don't worry about wasting ideas while you experiment; you'll get plenty of ideas in your life, and you can always come back to something you really like.)
EDIT 2010-07-23 00:00 - Content reordered for better flow.