The Foundations of an Artist
Some believe you have to be born with the ability to create. As true, as this isn't, studies have shown that certain personality types to grasp artistic concepts much easier than others. But, that is balanced by the fact that with much practice and discipline, anyone has the ability to create artwork of substantial quality.
When you are young, you are new to the world and it can fill you with excitement. But as you grow older, you become used to the color blue and no longer feel that spark of fascination. Details slip under the your nose and your mind constantly hungers for something else to entertain you. As an artist, it is crucial that you keep that fascination with simple things, no matter how childish it may seem. You will soon find that it is the key to building a focus on details and patience when creating your work.
I would suggest that any artist who is considering a serious art career take a perspective drawing class. Whether you are an animator or a prefer to use tons of color, you should discipline yourself to learn the rules of drawing. Those who know the rules best can also learn how to break them when needed. It may seem very limiting on your creative, little soul but art is not just drawing whatever pops into your head. In a commissioning career, you will meet people who want something very specific and (likely) something you've never done before. So having that experience of drawing what you necessarily don't want to draw can be a huge boost to the quality of your work as a whole.
Another element that an artist must learn is criticism. They must know the value of someone's opinion. Just because Aunt Mae doesn't like the sea, doesn't mean you shouldn't be proud of that seascape you painted. Find someone you trust that will give you detailed, honest feedback on your work. It may seem scary and intimidating, but without criticism from an outside source you will do either one of two things.
A) Stay in your comfort zone and believe you are doing everything right. This eventually leads to bad habits being created.
B) Believe everything you make isn't good enough and discontinue your creative studies. Remember, criticism involves both positive and negative remarks.
So take that first step and show people you're willing to go the extra mile to make your dream a reality. Change the way people look at artists. Make people realize that art is something you never stop working on.