(via http://nagranowrimo.tumblr.com/post/102376146445/nagranowrimo-faitherinhicks-tweeting-a-little) And now for actual words from Koori. Be passionate. Don't be scared if you just really, really dig drawing drawing mushrooms talking to each other on a sunny day next to a pomeranian barking at a cloud. Do it, draw it. Draw it often, draw it in different styles. Explore other people's styles, from Hikari Shimoda's work to James Jean's to Norman Rockwell's. Their voices will help you tune yours. Surround and drown yourself in everything that catches your eye, makes you happy. Because your art style, the thing that so many new and young artists try to develop first will sneak up on you, it won't be found by you. The industry can be cold and warm. The industry has very specific goals and styles it wants and you need to be mindful of it and not beat yourself up if you don't fit that criteria, the industry is not interested in your tears. But the industry also knows very, very well where you are because everybody in the industry has been there. Reach out to them. They'll welcome you. (If they aren't battling a deadline.) Be passionate, art doesn't grow without it.