Thank you for your kind remarks, it always astounds me that anyone else (other then myself), likes my work.
I checked out your work & the two images that stood out for me were the Picture Book pieces, I can't nail why, just that something different.
As for pearls of wisdom... there are a gazillion reasons why people give up in the arts & really not that many as to why some make it.
Fortitude (bigger balls than anyone else), & self belief (even larger balls).
You really have to love telling stories (visually), even if it's a one off piece, you have to convince the viewer that the character has a life off the page, if that makes sense.
Draw. Draw. Draw. Even if you end up using the first idea (which happens a lot of the time), draw it to death.
Watch people a lot, not in some kind of stalkery way but be observant. How a character is posed can tell the viewer everything.
Be nice when you can & honest when you can't.
Have a window in your studio, procrastination will be your evil twin, evil twins hate windows... this is a fact.
Be as social as you can stand to be, even if you are one of those people (medical term forgotten), that has crawly flesh when interacting with others.
Good luck Monica,