In school I learned about line, form, light and shadow, I learned these skills carefully and aimed to recreate what I saw on the page. This was praised at first, then criticised. Students around me were being applauded for originality, intention and concept – more than skill and technique. Overall people thought I was good, but I distinctly got the impression that ‘good’ wasn’t really enough, and at the time I didn’t really understand why.
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